bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Descent tasting IPA pours a cooper color with a thin white head.
bgarrigus (36) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great IPA, especially out of the tap. The aroma is sharp and hoppy with a nice undertone of citrus. The hops are present, but not overpowering, with a strong citrus start, good clean middle, and a lingering bitter aftertaste, the way an IPA should be. Not the best IPA out there, but Harpoon's best beer, and their flagship beer.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, shaker glass. Tall, fizzy, foamy, white head looks just like almost every other PA/IPA I've had. Copper colored body is clear with lively carbonation. Toasted grain malt (mod); citric (grapefruit, lime) hops (mod); apple, pear aromas. There's also something medicinal to the aroma. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic finish. Pear flavor is almost overwhelming. Lightly astringent, watery texture, medium body, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: HELP! A pear tree died in my beer!
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this beer out of a bottle. The color is a nice dark amber. The taste is of malt, spice, and hops. The finish isn't as smooth as the better IPAs.
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It all looked great from the start. But once I tasted it...nothing much after that. Clear copper color with a lacing white head. But not much hops in the taste. Did not taste like an IPA. Too smooth. On draft at Hero's in Manassas, VA.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2004 Just picked up a 9-16-04 batch and it was very enjoyable,,still nothing can top Liberty ale for beers like this.Nice golden color,nice head,lace.A tad of sweet in the intresting malts,good easy hop tingle.I will drink more of this in it's fresh state pronto.This is one very nice session EIPA(american version)
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on tap while at the Tage Inn in Boston. Bronze body with a small tan head and a lively hop nose. It's not overpowering but is very pleasant. The taste is hop laden but not like a west coast IPA, and has a light oily and piney body. Some malt in the mix as well. Holds up well to other IPA's and was great on draft with a burger. Finished with little bitterness. Surprisingly better than I expected it to be.
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light, copper golden ale. Floral hoppy nose (cascades). Slight sweetness in body, hoppy, but not excessively bitter finish. Dry finish. Good hoppy American IPA, but not as extreme as some of the more recent offerings to the style.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 26, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 12oz bottle: Rather pale yellow color with smallish white head. Aroma is crisp, slightly ager-like, very faint herbal hops. Flavor is somewhat malty, bit metallic, touch of honey.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden hue with nice frothy head and very good lace. Light piney, grapefruit, lemongrass, hay field, and twangy yeast esters. Crsip and clean mouthfeel with a leading taste of fruity and piney hops with mild malt undertone. Lingering minor bitterness and the dry finish. Thin-bodied. Quaffable, easy going IPA, not big and bold. Good way to start the nights drinking.