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RATINGS: 1558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2003
pretty standard. not as hopped as i'd like it to be. nice copper color with a fluffy but short-lasting head. citrusy nose. there's some kind of odd, metallic taste that i can't quite identify. not bad, not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Superstar (45) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Nothing too impressive here... pretty average IPA. Initially quite hoppy, but fizzles at the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldGrowth (2833) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffwhalen (45) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2003
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JAN 17, 2003
A nice sesson IPA, the guys at Harpoon need to take some chances - check out Victory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1073) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2003
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpknight22 (171) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2003
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Waughbrew (18) - Portsmouth, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 3, 2003
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.

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