urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I would say this one reminds me more of the earlier IPAs and Pale Ales from the East Coast that emulated the traditional English style. My experience with this was woodiness up front followed by a strong sweetness finishing hoppy. Pretty good, actually.
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Harpoon is not in the race with others to add more and more hops to ridiculous and unpleasant levels. This beer fits the IPA style but with hopping at the lower end of what is available in the US. The balance of malt, bitterness and hop aroma is excellent and although this one tends to get lost among hoppier IPAs, its balanced flavors make it a winner.
jwest (10) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not enough hop nose for an IPA. Good lacing. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A good decent beer.
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy frickin' pine forest aroma!! geez! i think Harpoon must make those pine tree shaped car air fresheners. that's the only explination i have for the BIG PINE SCENT. kinda hoppy but not hugely interesting.
MaBeer1972 (1471) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A very complex Hop character. Kinda bites you in the mouth if you aren't careful. Used to be among my favorites, but my tollerance for sticky aftertasting beers has faded over the years. They leave me cottonmouth.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. A very crisp IPA. It's not particularly unique and so while it ain't going to score in the 4-range, I can see how its nice hoppy bite and smooth, clean finish make it a popular beer. Kind of like Pilsner Urquell? I like this, it's like "good beer for the masses"
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice dark copper with a quickly dissipating white head. A good hop aroma leaves you wanting more flavor in the actual beer. A decent IPA, but nothing spectacular.
CapFlu (4820) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Deep amber body with quick dissipating head. Beautiful aroma of floral hops and slight malt. Nice hoppy flavour. Bitter finish. Good!
boto (1963) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2004 Draught version: The beer pours a golden color. Decent enough white head with a decent amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is fairly decent, with a decent hop aroma. Fairly good hop bite, with a little maltiness to the taste. It is a hair thin in the body department. Pretty decent beer, although it could have a bit more hoppiness to it. Re-rate: seems to have a bit more body to it this time.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer poured an amber color and formed a white foamy head that receded slowly and left some nice lace on the side of the glass. A nice hop aroma was apparent, but not overpowering as some others are. A flavor of hops and caramel. The finish was a touch sweet with some bitterness. This wasn't a bad IPA, but certainly not one of my favorites.