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RATINGS: 1612   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 rerate: Medium gold color (lighter than I remember) with moderate head. Crisp hops flavor in moderation (definately not a West Coast IPA).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAY 2, 2003
Light golden color with a substantial dense white head. Aroma primarily of hops. Flavor is crisp, smooth and primarily hoppy with piney hints although not overwhelmingly so. Somewhat sweet in the middle. Finish is citrusy slightly bitter hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 1, 2003
My first Harpoon brewery beer was this one. Wow! When I opened the bottle, the aroma of hops literally took my breath away. It is loaded with fresh hops aroma & taste. It poured out a nice, straw yellow color, with a dense, rocky white head on it. My first sip opened my sinuses like crazy. It has so much hops in it, it actually made my nose run when I sipped it. This is a great beer to have with spicy Mexican food, chili, or anything really hot and spicy. It can stand up to the hottest food with no problems whatsoever. A really good beer in my book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2003
A pleasing light IPA. Not the beer for hopheads but wonderful for those who are interested in a lighter IPA.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2003
Surprisingly uninteresting example of my favorite style. Good reddish amber appearance. After that, my impressions were that this started as a real IPA and then was cut with a lot of water. Not much malt, not much hops, none of the strong pine, grapefruit, or orange flavor I associate with American IPAs using west coast hops. Not bad, just really uninteresting. Easy to drink with lobster, but hard to get excited about. I guess I'd rather have a Bass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2003
Creamy white head. Floral, hoppy aroma, but not over the top. First hoppy bitter, then sweet, then back to kind of a bitter iron taste. Very tastey brew, I would have liked to see it hazy, but just a personal preference.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2003
On tap: beautiful floral aroma, bright orange color. Good amount of hops, citrus flavor, somewhat sweet aftertaste. Easy to drink, good session brew that you can find at many bars.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raymow (1395) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2003
Bottled, yet nice foamy pour. Very hoppy at first, but gets sweeter further in. Nice color and definite aroma of an IPA.Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThePollinator (4) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2003 does not count
When you open this bottle you will love the fresh hops aroma. It has a smaller brewery in Windsor, VT. with a great New England experience. Moderately lasting and creamy head. Tastes great with salty or hot food or whatever your pleasure. Good IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2837) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2003 A good IPA but not the best. Ive yet to have a bad IPA, but this one doesnt compare to others. Right on par with Redhook. Copper/orange appearance, smells of citrus, pine, and hops. Has a little more character than redhook but not as hopped as I like. More citrus came out in the taste than hops. But overall a good IPA.

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