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RATINGS: 1602   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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3.3
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours an amber color with a medium sized white head. One of the darkest IPAs I have ever seen. Aroma of sweet hops. Initial taste is a lot of flavor. Has a good mixture of hops and citrus without the hoppy bite that most IPAs have at the end. Not bad at all.

3.8
Sturgess (173) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2004
A good IPA but not of the best one's around...can definentelty find better...but it's satisfactory and not bad for the price of harpoon.

3.2
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Very nice medium-dark gold color. Very smooth off-white head that seems to be sticking around pretty good. Kind of has a nutty hop smell that I really like. Nice citrusy hop taste, reminds me a bit of grapefruit. Another good one from VT.

3.4
VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2004
One of my favorite commercial beers. Nice gold color with a bright white head. Not real hoppy, but a pleasant citrus flavor and adequate bitter palate.

3.2
Hangover (1142) - oxford, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours a golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is standard IPA fare... hoppy, grapefruit and weak malt undertones. Taste is pretty good for this style. Strong citrus notes, piney bite and really hopped up as well. 'Almost' too bitter of a finish. Pretty good IPA overall.

2.7
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2004
not a bad beer actually. my first experience with harpoon. still not as good as some other ipas, but not that bad. this is in a bottle- too lazy to get a glass.

3
rabuc (143) - carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2004
poured golden clear with a tight white head. aroma was clean fresh citrus, somewhat unique. the flavor seemed a little bland and watery. it was just a little hoppy with a mild bite. i was expecting more.

3.4
Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2004
I liked the aroma more than the flavor - the aroma was very fresh and more than the standard pineyness - wet clay freshness and some citrus rind sharpnes. The flavor was a good solid IPA flavor, with some malt and strong C hop action.

3.1
hershiser2 (3667) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Paid $1.39 for a single 12-oz. Light in body- medium golden- but had a great, huge head. Fluffy, lasts, and laces nicely. Kinda plain in the nose. Slightly IPA smelling, but also a bit weak. Plain in the mouth too, kinda hoppy, but not really. Only slightly citrus. Drinkable, but not a great beer =(

4.6
ocduff (7) - USA - JAN 26, 2004 does not count
Both glass and bottle. This is my favorite, despite the other highly rated IPA's on this site, which don't hold a candle to this one IMHO. Appearance is a honey color, with a grainy, thin head. The aroma is hoppy, citrusy. But the flavor is really where this IPA shines. The taste is clean, biting, and has an exhilerating hop finish with bright, flower and citrus undertones. There is a distinct malt body mouthfeel - overall, a dense, sharp and carbonated impression. Implied spice flavors add complexity. The knifelike zing of this IPA may be too much for those who haven't spent a bitter winter evening in Boston. The least watery finish of any beer I've had, and not astringent at all. I can close my eyes and taste this beer, that's how good it is. Cheers


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