OldGrowth (2730) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2005 I think of this as a pale ale. nose & appearance on the light side. O.K. flavor. finishes quick. It will do in a pinch.
jeffwhalen (45) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I've heard a lot about this beer, all good things, and to say I'm happy abouth that is an understatement, whew wee, what a damned fine beer, yee ha!
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice sesson IPA, the guys at Harpoon need to take some chances - check out Victory.
Jayb0 (1046) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My favorite beer from Harpoon. A very refreshing IPA with assertive but not overdone hopping. Nice fruit and floral chracteristics from start to finish. Nice frothy head.
jgb9348 (4816) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good beer, nothing special...no excessive hops. In fact, I would classify this as a Pale Ale, not even an IPA. I wouldn’t drink this again if a good IPA was offered from the pub!
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good IPA. I had this one from the keg last night. Well hopped, but with an aftertaste from the hops that made you drink more to kill the aftertaste. Nice aroma. A overall good IPA. Not the best IPA out there, but I wouldn"t hesitate to drink it again.
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a great beer but I agree with the previous reviewer in that something bad happened in the finish on this one. Great malty/bitterness up front but there’s a lingering funky aftertaste. Drank this one side by side with the Red Hook IPA and I honestly thought the Red Hook had this more renowned brew beat. Pour and head were both somewhat weak as well. Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from superb for the style.
Waughbrew (18) - Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is good, but fails in the same area that kills all harpoon beers for me. The maltiness begins well and then goes a little sour at the end. If the finish was as good as the beginning, this could be one of my favorites, but as it is, I rarely drink them.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hopefully, this is an English-style IPA, b/c it didn’t have the pungent hop flavor and aroma of the American versions. Gold color, small head. Mild aroma of noble hops and a little pear. Flavor is sweet initially with a mellow balance of light malt and English hops, with a dry bitter hop finish. Medium body. A pleasant drink, but hop-heads might be a little disappointed.
freekyp (1533) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 Pleasantly hoppy. Very well balanced with a touch of sweetness. Bitterness does not linger long on the tongue. Easy drinking. Touch of caramel in the finish.