Dogbrick (11088) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: Pours a dark amber color with a tiny white head. Decent lacing as well. The aroma is a really pleasant concoction of hops and fruit. Medium-bodied, and the flavor is surprisingly subdued given the strong aroma. There is a fair amount of malt in the flavor as well. Maybe it is the hop-heavy IPAs like Ruination, Buckeye '76 et al that are to blame but I like a higher level of hops than this beer offers, both in the flavor and in the finish. A decent beer nonetheless.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hey, I could make this! I have to take that into consideration when I rate this IPA. The hops aroma is nice, with a nice floral bitterness emanating from the golden body. The watery body, though, is just weak. Flavor is perfumey and slightly bitter, balanced by the slightest hint of malts. More of a session-oriented version of the IPA, and, considering the description that this was once a "summer seasonal," that shouldn't surprise me.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber, medium head. Malty aroma with hops presence. A decent IPA, although not as heavily hopped as the trend has been going. Drinkable with good balance and a palatable aftertaste.
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
skunky-hop aroma. golden orange color. slightly skunked flavor which also includes hops and alcohol flavors. nice label.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yellow body with a thick white head. Some lacing.
Malty, floral aroma. Weird, dough smell in there too.
Malt is very evident. Alcohol and some hops. But the hop bite that's there seems to be that of a pilsner almost. Very weird beer. More of the American hops become evident as the beer warms.
Smooth, full body.
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 (627) - 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 (742) - 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 (1715) - 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.