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RATINGS: 1586   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Filtered and force carbonated.
Ingredients: Water, Three malts, including a 2-row pale, Northwest Cascade Hops, and Yeast.
This copper colored ale is floral, medium bodied, with a crisp, refreshing finish. Originally our summer seasonal in 1993, it is now available year-round. Harpoon IPA was ranked atop both domestic and imported IPAs by Beer Connoisseur Magazine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EKGoldings (619) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jwest (10) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Not enough hop nose for an IPA. Good lacing. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A good decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericnixon (742) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MaBeer1972 (1585) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 7, 2003
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"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tkaufman (128) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4958) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
(Bottle) Deep amber body with quick dissipating head. Beautiful aroma of floral hops and slight malt. Nice hoppy flavour. Bitter finish. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (2007) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2003
Sparkling clear, lightly golden ale with a medium-sized, white, fizzy head. Decent lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt (honey) and very floral, peppery hops. A hint of pine and apricot as well. The flavor is malty for a moment and then the well-balanced, moderately bitter, lightly acetic hop addition kicks in. Very pleasant. Light-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, dry, astringent finish with an earthy/woodsy flavor at the very end.

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