Foxbush (2171) - 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. 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 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. 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. 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!
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 tap.I really enjoyed this beer cause it wasn’t quite as bitter like most IPA’s. An amber colored medium bodied beer with real good flavor. Not overally hoppy which would normally give it its extreme bitter taste. A fairly large white head and smelled of citruses. I’d give it a try but definatly different from a traditional IPA. DarkElf (3067) - 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.