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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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3.4
Aurelius (5659) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2005 House ale for Tiernan’s Pub in downtown Boston. This was a fairly standard, but good APA. A blonde PA, nicely hopped. No incredible subtleties, just straightforward good drinking. Cascade-y PA aroma. Enough hopping to make it interesting. Doughy, somethimes. Fair enough.

3.9
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2004
On draft at the Druid's keep. Big creamy head; spicy-hop aroma (Northern Brewers?) - definitely "distict" hop finish. Great drinking.

3.8
zoidberg (25) - USA - APR 7, 2004
For my money, one of the best inexpensive IPAs ($10/12-pack). Strong hoppy aroma that's almost rubbery, but the taste is a lot more appealing than I just made it sound. Pours opaque golden with a medium white head that lasts. Great flavor: balanced, just hoppy enough to make a good IPA, acidic overtones of citrus. It might not be my all-time favorite India pale, but it's certainly the best value among good ones.

3.5
BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2004
The aroma is musty and lightly floral with some spice and herbs. The flavor is balanced but much more English and earthy than hoppy. French toast like end with honey. Pale straw color with light tan and lasting head. Overall an average IPA with nothing too unique saves for the brit-like lack of hops.

3.2
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 4, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2004 Has almost a smokey flavor, which is also brought out by its hazy aroma. Small bitter bite, generally nice to sip. Kind of a medium-dark roasted color. Note from June 2004: After having my friend Robin from England sample this in New York, he says "this beer tastes like the beers back home". High praise, from him.

3.6
JorisPPattyn (10118) - BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2004
Slim yellowish head on clear orange beer. Grapey, flowery hops in the nose. Over-powerful hops, but not overly bitter; flowery, very English-character hops. Convincing for an I.P.A.. This is in fact a super-English BB, which is probably what a real India P.A. used to be. Lemon and asparagus flavours. Medium-bodied. Not very filled by malt. Obviously, I like this. Ideomatic for the style.

2.9
mribm (463) - Ocala, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Bottle. Smells like oranges which matches the color. It tastes sweet up front with a nice hoppy finish. This was far from being my favorite IPA, however it was good for the price.

3
Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Orangey gold, rotten fruit and flowers aroma. Grapefruit and pine hop flavor, some malt, but mostly hops all the way through.

3
Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Hazy golden with a small white head. Fresh, juicy hop aroma with little malt underneath. The body is fairly thin and totatly unexciting. The flavor is not exciting at all. I expected tons of hop character based on the nose, however all I encountered was a bland, boring beer. The bountiful hop nose produced a non-existent hop flavor atop thin, bland malts. At best, this is a mediocre IPA.

3.3
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2004
Draft: Pours a clear golden with a puffy thick white head. Nice fresh and bold hoppy aroma. Starts sweet and floral, but finishes more dry and grainy, similar to a macro lager. Could use some more finesse and balance.


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