proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fine IPA and one of the most balanced IPA’s I’ve tried. While hoppy, it doesn’t have that one-sided hoppiness of most IPA’s. It has a nice balance to it that lets the malt shine through as well. I swear I detected the taste of cloves, similar to a hefeweizen, which only added to my enjoyment. A fine beer. I wish it were distributed here in the Midwest.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy. Very bold and bitter, with a slight undertone of malty sweetness and a touch of citrus. One of Harpoon’s best brews.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
excellent beer!! straight out of the tap! this is what an american ipa should taste like, very flowery,with a great aftertaste super hoppy smells like really good pot!
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Super hoppy. The epitome of hop. Good for what it is, but it’s not my deal.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty/caramelly, not too much hop. Very English, which gains it points all around; most domestic IPAs that I’ve had seem to be the result of some sort of late-night fantasy of "Let’s make a sort of Star Trek Mirror Universe equivalent of Bud Light, with Astounding Amounts of Flavor and a goatee on the can because that’s how things work in Mirror Universes!" Don’t get me wrong, I like hops, but it’s refreshing to get a domestic IPA that eases off them a little.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2003 Has a golden color and a fruity/hop smell. Taste is of hop and finishes with a crisp bitterness. Overall a pretty standard IPA.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wasn’t expecting much, and was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Has a nice white head, and a VERY hoppy flavor. Aroma is classic IPA. A nice beer for the price.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very clear, yellow-gold. Nearly white head, with slightlacing. Bouquet of grapes, bananas, spicy floral hops, sweet malt. Light to medium bodied palate. Sweet malts, dry bitter finish, but definately not over-hopped. Alcohol in the hoppy finish. Not a terrible brew, but not anything incredible either.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good. The best harppon ale out there
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color with fluffy white headLight hops and grain in the nose. Plenty of grapefruit and bitterness with a solid malt backbone giveing it almost a christmas cookie charactor. Easy to drink.