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RATINGS: 1638   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
This is a decent IPA. Not fantastic, but a good hearty flavor, good appearance, a well done beer overall.

3.5
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2005
standard east coast american IPA. Deep copper/light amber with a fading head. Aroma is balanced with hops and malt. Some spice/ herbal and fruity hops in the aroma and flavor. Good solid malt backbone. Somewhat minerally in the finish though.

3.1
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Tap: Yellow and cloudy. Very hoppy nose. Clean hop finish. Very nice IPA

3.4
abc2248 (9) - LITITZ, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005 does not count
12 oz. bottle. Aroma is citrus and piney. Light copper color, slightly cloudy, with small off-white head that didn’t last too long. Taste starts sweet, turns to a good, clean bitter, and finishes with floral notes. Somewhat bitter aftertaste. Medium body with just about the right carbonation. Overall, a good, solid IPA.

3.8
singlelensrefl (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2004
12oz bottle. Decent white head with some lacing left on the side of the glass. Just the right amount of carbonation. Floral, grapefruit, and pine on the nose. Really nice piney scent from the hops. The taste is where this beer really comes through. Very smooth and well balanced with a perfect amount of bitterness for an IPA. There is some room for improvement here, but I couldn’t tell you where. Very good, one I will buy again.

3.5
Foxbush (2003) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Another 2004 Christmas beer. Head was modest and there was lacing. The taste was smooth, with excellemt balance of hops. This is an IPA that you can enjoy at any time. The finish was not bitter but sweet. I would enjoy having another. In March 2008 I purchased a 6-pack. I enjoyed every one of them. The hops and bitterness are well balance. It is more like an APA. The modest alcohol for an IPA also is nice when you having more than one. Great for watching basketball.

3.2
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Solid IPA. On tap at Bacchus. Pale copper color with a small head. Aroma had a little skunk in it. Besides that good grapefruit and hops. Not overly bitter, but just about right. Good piney hops. Great finish. Enjoyable

3.7
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Sturdy golden body with a foamy, off white head that settles quickly but leaves some half decent lace behind. Floral, hoppy nose with some nice malt character and hints of sweet fruit. Smells clean and fresh, just like I like my IPAs. Flavor is a bit unrefined. Starts off sweet and malty followed by a sharp hops bitterness that is quickly overwhelmed by a dominant floral palate. Finishes floral and sweet with some bitter hops desperately trying to make an appearance while a nice alcohol note wraps up the package. Overall, reminds me of the refrigerator at a flower shop. Not bad, I’d drink it again if it was on tap or available at a friends house.

3
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2004
On tap this brew pours a hazy orange/amber with a very small white head. I was really unimpressed with this IPA, not just for the lack of hops, but also for the overall blandness of this. Very watery taste, slightly spicy hops with a very light bitterness. Living in the pacific NW I have come to expect a bit more from my IPAs.

3.8
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Clean, refined hoppy nose - not too overpowering but enough to give your tastebuds a heads-up as to what’s coming. Perfect golden color with a hint of cloudiness. Nice head that lasts until the glass is emptied. Flavor is pure, clean hops. Medium bodied with a nice soft texture and a (what else?) quick hop finish. This is a New England favorite, found on draft in many a bar ’round these parts. It’s obvious why!


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