brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear gold with a one inch head of white. Retention is moderate, with the head fading to a skim coat within two minutes.
Aromatics are fairly pungent and piney. Grapefruit, melons, and spruce resin follow through with a hint of butterscotch.
Medium bodied and a bit chewy. A creamy and crisp mouthfeel.
Pine dew, spruce bark, melon rinds, and grapefruit start the palate. Light malt, warming alcohol, and buttery undertones follow through.
Bitterness is firm and lingering, and the brew is nicely drying.
Finishes with a sustaining bitterness, warming alcohol, shades of grapefruit zest and conifer tannins.
Pretty damn tasty. One of Harpoons best in my book. The hopping is pretty agressive, and this is a big beer.
I prefer a more tropical, floral type hop profile though, and the buttery undertones detract.
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour was straw yellow and left a nice frothy head. Aroma was floral with obvious hops. Flavor was very good, slick mouthfeel, LOTS of hops, grapefruit and a warming alcohol finish. A very solid Imperial IPA, thanks to Cletus for provdiing this as a bonus bottle on a recent trade.
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle.
Deep reddish-orange color with a decent sized head. Pine and citrus galore on the nose.
On the palate it actually begins with a hint of bread before progressing into the predictable citrusy hops. Ends with the pine flavor (the resin perhaps) that was present on the nose.
More balanced than Id expected, but still far too hoppy for my tastes. A good example of the style, though.
dmac (5378) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from Capones. Wow did Harpoon step it up for this one. Poured a clear orange with a large white frothy head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Very balanced flavor of citrus rind, bread, fresh floral hops, caramel malts and even more hops. A very respectable DIPA. Glad I grabbed a growler of this one and it held up nicely for when I cracked it a whole whooping week later.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy nose,orange, piney and plenty of malt. Dark sunset orange, small custard head. Flavour is a smashing citrus, mostly red grapefruit, some pine is there, and the malt again is suitably allied with the hops. Full bodied, resiny, a palate pleaser. Terrific. Thanks for sharing swoopjones.
Travlr (20929) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear gold with thick white head. Flowery aroma, taste of pine and nuts. Bitter finish. Nice IPA.
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from capones. Pours an orange amber body with a 1 finger white head. Big hop character with grapefruit and citrus. Big sweet malty backbone and a big alcohol finish.
pineypower (3035) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dmac for sharing a growler of this. Pours out a clear orangy/light copper color with a small mostly white lacing head. Aroma is of citrus hops with a slight floral note, also a little sweetness was noticeable. Taste is citrus hops, floral hops and some sticky sweet malts going on in there too, decent amount of balance with a dry, bitter and slightly alcoholic finish. Not a bad effort.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Coles shared with Rudolf, DougShoemaker, blankboy & garthicus. One of the better if not the best Harpoon beers to date. For one of the first times the aroma doesnt live up to the taste. Nice full hop flavor, resiny, piney. Smooth drinking with the right amount of sharp bitterness. Nice job
canary dog (732) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very fresh and robust experience, as should be the case for a quality Imperial IPA. Hops are clearly multi-layered both in the mouth and in the nose; ends with a heavy and lush floral explosion. I have my serious doubts that this is 10%. I thought it was remarkably smooth for a 10 percenter, and I drank my entire 4-pack with barely a buzz. I would say this is closer to 8 or 8.5%.