DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 (12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) Smells and tastes like a hoppy cream ale. It’s mildly sweet and grainy, a bit of vanilla in there, and the moderate nuttiness seems stronger than it is because there isn’t much else in the flavor to challenge the nuttiness. Moderately bitter, especially in the finish, but it’s not a pleasant bitterness. The medium bodied beer has a creamy palate, but the floral hops bite finishes a bit harshly. Medium gold color. Whitish head pours to average size, soon fades to a thin layer, and leaves a decent amount of droopy lacing on the glass. Another subpar east coast IPA.<P>(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with slob, thanks Bert!) A second try with this IPA, and I’m getting a fair amount of honey sweetness in the nose. Sweet, honey flavor matches the aroma. Grainy, malty flavor. I mentioned a vanilla flavor before, and while I’m not sure it’s vanilla, that’s close enough. Compared to the really good IPAs, this beer lacks quality malt, but REALLY lacks quality hops. This is like your average brewpub beer, or maybe even a "craft" brew from the macros, but doesn’t even come close to being a quality craft-brewed IPA. Color and appearance are similar to my previous rating ... average. I rate this beer, "Bah, whatever." leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2004
"Harpoon IPA was ranked atop both domestic and imported IPA’s by Beer Connoisseur Magazine." So the commercial description says, but this IPA does not live up to the hype. It pours a dark golden color. The sugary sweetness is a surprise to the nose. This sweetness is accompanied by a strong prescence of orange citrus hops. Light bodied with notes of sweet malt and moderate citrus hop flavorings. This one won’t be making the top of my IPA list. jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pours golden yellow with a medium head. Very nice floral hop aroma. Standard IPA flavor of hops backed by a little malt. Nice finish. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Clear dark golden color with a small white head. Hoppy, citrusy aroma with a
bit of malt in the background. Flavor was mostly hops with a bit of citrus and malt on the finish. A little thin bodied. verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Body was a clear light golden color with next to no head. Aroma of oranges and hops. Beer starts citrusy, with a crisp hop bite and dry finish.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Smells floral and citrus. Pours gold, copper with white head. Body is lighter than most IPA’s I have had, less bitter as well, but nice flavor. A biting floral taste, pretty smooth and not bad aftertaste. I think this is more of the type of IPA I like, haha. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Bottle - thanks to slob for the trade! Pours cliear amber with a large, billowy head that lingers well. Aroma is smooth malts and floral hops with hints of orange. Flavor is malty and dusty with an earthy hop bitterness. Light to medium body and gentle carbonation. Nice little IPA. johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Probably best described as something of a more mass-market IPA. Of course, that means it’s a little watery. Pours with a nice head, lacks the really pungent smell of better IPAs. Taste is similarily less strong. More straw taste and hops not made too bitter. Probably a good introduction to IPAs, however, as this is a perfectly drinkable beer. punkeedo (499) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2004
This very weird beer smelled and tasted like freshly mowed grass. That’s the only way to describe it. It was so freakin’ hoppy it was ridiculous and tasted like the lawn. Yes, the lawn. PatMac (17) - Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2004
A crisp IPA with a hint of fruit. Nice foam on the top of the beer that follows the glass down until its gone. Goes well with seafood.