egajdzis (5651) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a brownish copper color with a small off white head and no lacing. Spicy sweet malt aroma. Malts backed by light citrus and a light carbonation.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown color with decent sized tan head. Taste was more malty than anything else, almost to the point of being too sweet. Chocolate is all over the place. Man, I’m not in the mood for a candy bar right now.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 Bottle - Poured a reddish/copper color with very little whitish head and fairly low carbonation. Very nice malty brew with a slightly bitter hop finish. A very good drinkable beer.
ghostwheel (43) - Hauppauge, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head pours nice, good aroma. Fruit & hops are apparent. Taste of mild hops and very malty. Nice beer!
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is definitely a beer that eats like a meal. Lots of malt backbone, that is very nice, has a slight bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Very well balanced and enjoyable, which is more than I can say about most of their beers. Finishes with just a slight bit of hop bitterness.
ClarkVV (4425) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2015 2003 bottle. Deep amber-brown/mahogany, wavy and has some yellow tones. Good off-white head that lasts long. Smells lightly hopped, slightly tart and a touch of roast. Begins with a big slightly syrupy malt, that is chewy and lightly nutty. Body is a satisfying medium. Moderately carbonated. Finish has a big hops flavor for it. More so than traditional for the style I would think, as this one is not overly malted. But the hops taste fresh. Warming up, it gets sweeter, lightly chocolatey. I thought it much better than average.(7/4/7/4/16)
2004 bottle. Not quite as decent as I remembered. More watery, some fruity hops and a very dry malt. Light caramel/mild chocolate sweetness on the finish. Color, aside from being filtered, still looks impressive. (6/4/6/2/11)
Draught at Beacon Hill Pub, 9/24/15.
Wow, what the hell is this? Dark chestnut-amber with roastiness??!! in the flavor leading to spoiled fruits, nearly syrupy caramel and very little redeeming anything. Rating is for this recent sample.
CapFlu (4857) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Thin, almond head and copper body. Lightly carbonated. Light hops in nose and flavour. Average.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 Aroma of some nice malts at first then straight to the hops.I enjoy the hops in this one..A tongue tingler that reminds me of an amercan made EIPA crossed w/good octoberfest characteristics.Better than I expected.It left the essence of toasty chocolate and hops on my palate.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice amber color and has a wonderful malty sweet aroma. The balance between bitter and sweet is just right to make this a very enjoyable easy drinking beer. As it warms you get the real good caramel and spices flavors more prominately.
PhoebeDog (5) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2003 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Harpoon makes a great IPA, but I keep wishing the rest of their work would keep up.