Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 1619   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 26, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2003
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Very clean golden appearance & light perfume aroma. Crisp and slightly cirtusy with a decent hop bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2003
It was nice looking, sweet smelling, smooth tasting, crisp and hoppy; No real flaws, nothing truly extraordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Clear golden body topped by a small tan head. Aroma is floral and somewhat citric. Taste is floral, grainy and a bit strong. Finish is somewhat sour. Definitely the English version of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2003
pours golden with a large frothy white head. mild floral hop aroma. taste is herbal with some understated citrus hop flavor, no discernible malt character, watery and thin, and hops are very subdued for an IPA. A fairly pleasant and easy drinking beer, but their are many better IPA's to be found.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 30, 2003
Harpoon IPA Thin, golden body with a 1/3 inch thick, healthy head. Aroma is faint hops, both floral and sour. Taste mimics aroma, with sugary flavors up front then bitter, grapefruit and citrus flavors that linger on the tongue and dominate the aftertaste. This is an easy drinking IPA that doesn’t really distinguish itself in any one area. Average drink, neither great nor bad. Had on tap (funky 8-10oz glass) at the 14 Carrot Restaurant in Harrisonburg, VA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2003
Nice white head and has more of a deep gold color rather than the amber/orangy hues of a typical IPA. Aroma is a rather earthy hop and lightly fruity. Malty aromas are also low; Lacking in any real complexity of aroma. Nice soft bitterness immediately on the tongue, seemingly well balanced by what little malt character there is. Hop flavors also appear in the finish along with a light estery fruitiness, but little else. M/F is on the dry side but not astringent and has moderately high carbonation which tends to be a little prickly on my tongue. Overall drinkable, but nothing to write home about. Tap version was extremely high in diacetyl and sort of on the offensive side, but it had more character that the bottled version I'm rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (8572) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Draft. It just lacks hops and doesn't impress. It's easy enough to drink and has a medium bode, but it could sure use some more flavor.

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