nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Clear honey/amber pour with a creamy head. Grassy aroma with a citrus zest backdrop. Pine and resin and enough sweetness to balance. Pretty ordinary but decent and definitely balanced, at least more balanced than expected. Flavor is less exciting. Big hoppy, bitter finish. Hops, mushy malt, to bitter to dusty, and then back to juicy. Kind of strange to me. Very decent. I’m not a harpoon fan in general, but nicely done.
douglas88 (4483) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared generously by footbalm. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is full of powerful hop notes; mostly grapefruit, some caramel malts too. The flavor was a real hop bomb; loads of strong grapefruit and perfume infused hops. Not super bitter, but loads of flavors. Some light caramel malts also. Not bad at all, very enjoyable. Not very hot for 10% for sure.
dogfish120love (724) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golgen orange with a thick white head, smell of grapefruit, hops. I am personally not as impressed as i thought i would be according to the other ratings
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from DrDogBeer. Pours hazy brilliant amber with a thin white head, some lace. Smells potent... Hoppy resiny with some nice pine and citrus, maybe a touch of malt. Tastes resiny and citrusy hoppy with a solid malt backbone. Definitely an East Coast hop bomb though. Lots of nice hop flavor, nice and bitter. Full body, good carbonation.
waolsen (1322) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. thanks mike. godlen pour with thin head. perfume and oily hop aroma. sugary malts, bitter piney hops, hop oil, big.
bdigital (652) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a clear copper color with a sizeable white head. Aroma has massive amounts of stanky-ass, wet floral and resin hops with a bit of caramel malt there as well...additional citrus notes came through as it warmed. I definitely see where Doclock is coming from in regards to the plastic-y flavors on this, though they aren’t horribly apparent. Flavors consist of bitter pine, mangoes, peaches and some caramel covered flowers. All in all a good brew. Thanks John for the bottle.
TomDecapolis (4223) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a translucent copper amber with a large foamy off white sticky lacing head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, hop resin, floral, piney, orange peel and tropical fruits. Flavor of pine resin, grapefruit, sweet caramel malt, banana, mixed citrus, flower petals, bready notes, a little sticky, abv well hidden. This was a solid double IPA.
LilBeerDoctor (2816) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick light tan head. Aroma of bitter grassy hops, banana. Flavor of the same bitter grassy hops, some wheat, a nice malt backbone, and lots of banana. Alcohol is well hidden. Quite hoppy and quite tasty!
fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of pine and orange-perfume hops, increasing mango also as it warms. Flavor of those hops, juicy indeed, and a strong malt base with a toffee crunch character. Mild hop (pine) and slight alcohol bite at the finish. Very nice.
phiconners (141) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 Pours a nice copper, not much head. Aroma is hops. Very nice hops flavor, alcohol is very well masked for 10%. Didnít expect much from Harpoon, but this was a fantastic imperial IPA.