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RATINGS: 1605   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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tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Golden amber in color, white head, mild crisp bitterness, not as bitter as I thought an IPA should be. A little floral in aroma and taste, not much body. This is a good beer but just a little weak for IPA standards.

3
Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2005
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Orangey golden with a moderate head. Hoppy and aromatic, but far from the bitterness and character found in other IPAs.

2.4
ClarkVV (6941) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2005
December 2004 bottle, consumed 3/15/05. I’ve had this beer at so many different bars, in bottle and on draught over the past 3 years that my previous rating of it was just getting too cumbersome and inaccurate. So let’s start afresh with this one. Clear, highly filtered pour reveals a color that would be robust for a pale lager, but inadequate, IMHO, for an IPA. White, foamy head is initally medium-sized, but quickly disipates to foam, with little lacing. Aroma of lightly peppery/spicy hops and a bit of floral notes, rather dry and almost paper-like. Flavor is more of the same light floral hops, low bitterness and a very plain, base pale malt in the background. Medium body, no real complexity. Little bit of hops crispness on the end. Terrifically boring in my opinion, with more body than actual flavor (lots of watery fullness, but rather bland). I even noted some light alcohol notes in aroma and flavor. Harpoon has rather markedly turned itself in to another Sam Adams. It’s lower flavor profile, and low bitterness are more appealing to the masses. They have great quality control, but with that filtration and pasteurisation, I feel they lose much that gives a beer that "microbrew" feeling. That’s fine, and more power to them, but it’s not for me.

3.4
BpaiHorngnam (14) - THAILAND - MAR 3, 2005
On my first sip, I thought the hops made the beer too bitter, but slowly but surely over the next two years it became my go-to beer. Now I do taste that fruity nose and enjoy the good crispy kick. It’s not too heavy in body, so a "few" servings won’t leave you overly full, but you will be tasting the hops all night and into the next morning. And yes, I do brush my teeth.

3.3
Zeswaft (1785) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Just ok. Pretty weak for an IPA. Has a nice fruity nose but loses the hops in the taste. Doesn’t have a full flavor, just kind of bitter.

3.3
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 $3 Pint on tap in Chapel Hill, NC. True to it’s name, a pale gold color, unconvincing head. Bitter hoppy finish.

3.3
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Seems to be in line with more of a Brit IPA than American. Some faint floral, citrusy hops in the aroma, but it is mostly dominated by the crystal malts used. Overall seemed quite similar to their Ale, just beefed up with some additional hopping (perhaps dry-hopped). Flavor is a bit musty and fruity, but finishes with a quick hit of hoppy bitterness. Palate seems a bit thin and watery.

3.1
BassMonkey83 (16) - USA - FEB 17, 2005
Not bad, tried it out in Cape Cod this summer on tap and enjoyed it. However, it loses something in the bottling and trip down to Virginia. Flavor isn’t bad, with some citrus and sweet flavors. Palate is lacking, feels thin. Finish has some bite to it, but not as much as I’d like. Overall, it’s pretty good, just not distinguished

2.3
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Hey, what happened here? I had this on tap in boston and thought it was great. Anyway, pours v. light yellow, head diminishes to traces but strangely gives good lacing. Bright, clear and copper in a shaker glass. Not getting any IPA aroma. Really close to watery mouthfeel. Flavors are light but somewhat interesting. Lots of butterscotch. Some tinny macro overtones. No proper IPA bitterness in the back. Ghandi would have been a shoe salesman if the British tried to survive on this one.

3
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Bottle. Fizzy, decent head. Copper and clear. Floral aroma with some caramel thrown in for good measure, but it’s in the background. It’s a bit watery and thin. Hop flavor is barely there. It almost tastes chalky. All in all, it’s uninspired and average at best


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