RATINGS: 1627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NateDawg (12) - Arlington, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Not really an IPA...there is very little hop nose and only a moderate amount of bitterness. Let's face it, this is a pale ale. My biggest beef with this beer (and most of Harpoon's beers) is a husky/grainy/astringent flavor that takes away from the flavor. And once I noticed it, it was like the cowbell on "Don't Fear the Reaper" after seeing Will Ferrell's skit on SNL...I taste it in all of Harpoon's beers (UFO excluded). Are they over-sparging there, or what? I usually only have this beer if it's the only kind in someone else's fridge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12908) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
(Draught) Descent tasting IPA pours a cooper color with a thin white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgarrigus (36) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
Great IPA, especially out of the tap. The aroma is sharp and hoppy with a nice undertone of citrus. The hops are present, but not overpowering, with a strong citrus start, good clean middle, and a lingering bitter aftertaste, the way an IPA should be. Not the best IPA out there, but Harpoon's best beer, and their flagship beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 21, 2003
12 oz bottle, shaker glass. Tall, fizzy, foamy, white head looks just like almost every other PA/IPA I've had. Copper colored body is clear with lively carbonation. Toasted grain malt (mod); citric (grapefruit, lime) hops (mod); apple, pear aromas. There's also something medicinal to the aroma. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately bitter, moderately acidic finish. Pear flavor is almost overwhelming. Lightly astringent, watery texture, medium body, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: HELP! A pear tree died in my beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2003
I had this beer out of a bottle. The color is a nice dark amber. The taste is of malt, spice, and hops. The finish isn't as smooth as the better IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
haddon90 (1633) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 17, 2003
It all looked great from the start. But once I tasted it...nothing much after that. Clear copper color with a lacing white head. But not much hops in the taste. Did not taste like an IPA. Too smooth. On draft at Hero's in Manassas, VA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2004 Just picked up a 9-16-04 batch and it was very enjoyable,,still nothing can top Liberty ale for beers like this.Nice golden color,nice head,lace.A tad of sweet in the intresting malts,good easy hop tingle.I will drink more of this in it's fresh state pronto.This is one very nice session EIPA(american version)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6123) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Had this on tap while at the Tage Inn in Boston. Bronze body with a small tan head and a lively hop nose. It's not overpowering but is very pleasant. The taste is hop laden but not like a west coast IPA, and has a light oily and piney body. Some malt in the mix as well. Holds up well to other IPA's and was great on draft with a burger. Finished with little bitterness. Surprisingly better than I expected it to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerSlacker (34) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2003
Light, copper golden ale. Floral hoppy nose (cascades). Slight sweetness in body, hoppy, but not excessively bitter finish. Dry finish. Good hoppy American IPA, but not as extreme as some of the more recent offerings to the style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 12oz bottle: Rather pale yellow color with smallish white head. Aroma is crisp, slightly ager-like, very faint herbal hops. Flavor is somewhat malty, bit metallic, touch of honey.

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