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RATINGS: 1588   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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4.1
Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle: Real nice orange and grapefruit aroma. Pours a light transparent copper with a inch tall white head with good retention. Okay lacing. Nice initial sweetness followed by a nice hoppy finish. In comparison to the other IPA’s I’ve head, less hoppy the Dogfish and more than Samuel Smith’s. Very smooth mouthfeel. Leaves a light bitter aftertaste. Excellent balance. Excellent beer. Was never a huge IPA fan before rating on this site, but my tastes seems to be changing and I really enjoy these.

3.4
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 Bought a whole case of this for the first weekend of football season (a friend told me it was good). Pours a nice bronze gold with a large amount of frothy white head. Aroma is of nice citrus hops, but not as much as i had hoped. Flavor is sweeter than I expected. A good deal of malts to balance the hops. Not an overpowering hop presence like hopdevil or a 90 minute. Much more mellow. Not exactly what I had hoped for. Goes down smooth with a little hop finish. Overall, pretty good ipa, but you can easily find better.

3.4
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Bottled. Floral, hoppy aroma is very nice. Hop presence (taste-wise) is not at all overpowering. A solid, above average, IPA, very similar to Dogfish’s 60-minute brew.

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unclebleen (620) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2004
A decent IPA. Gold color, nice white head, hops and malt in nice balance. A very typical IPA, but by no means a poor representation.

3.3
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours golden. Nice amount of hops in the nose, but the taste is not as hoppy and floral as I’d normally expect in an IPA, but nice to drink none the less.

3.2
bubbleflubber (2228) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2009 Pours light copper into the glass, with medium froth. Hints at tropical and floral aromas. Flavor is good, a bit softer than traditional IPA’s, with light banana maltiness ufront, a little copper in the mid-palate, and a crisp hop finish.... lingering slightly. Easy to drink, with a light body and lively carbonation that plays well with the close of the pull. Not complex, as the mouthfeel is a little thin for a traditional IPA, but it’s reliable, and a relatively solid offering.

2.9
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Copper amber, decent head. Easy drinking, nothing fancy here. OK session beer, an East coast version. I have a case, I will drink it.

2.9
Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2004
Golden amber with a sudsy foam head, silently still inside. Light hoppy aroma. Astringent grassy hop character, woody and biting.

3.2
1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2004
need to rerate now that I know better- still a great session beer, still nice understated hoppiness and yes, still some bannan like fruitness. I good introduction to great beer.

3.6
DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2004
Pours dark straw/light coppery. Aroma of malt, hops, citrus, some spiciness. The flavor is malty, subdued hoppy, with finishing citrus and black pepper notes. Finishes crisp and medium bodied.


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