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RATINGS: 1638   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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3.1
Scopey (14523) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2016
Keg at A back-alley boozer in Mayfair. It pours clear amber with a substantial off-white head. The aroma is pretty pleasant - sweet, sticky, juicy, plenty of orange marmalade, peach and some pine on the back-end. The taste is bitter - sweet, pine, toasted grain, some grass, orange marmalade, toffee and a touch of spice with a drying finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I imagine this was pretty stand-out beer back in the day, but in 2016 it is pretty damn average. Remains drinkable.

2.9
Tmoney99 (14381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2005
Draft. Drinkable brew with average aroma, flavor and short hop finish. Refreshing but not distinct.

3.6
djd07 (14369) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden with a medium frothy white head that leaves sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is floral hops with citrus and orange peel. The taste is a crisp hop with grapefruit and a nice bitter finish. Easy to drink, a good IPA from Harpoon.

3.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2003
Clear golden body topped by a medium beige head. Aroma is floral, peach and grapefruit. Taste is floral, earthy and light peach. Finish is earthy/floral. Medium body. English-style, pleasant beer.

3.3
Lubiere (13796) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2009
A golden IPA with a thick receeding white head. In aroma, a nice floral hops, pinous, and classy. In mouth, a rather crisp and British rendition, with biscuitty malts, good floral hops, not overpowering. A nice entry level IPA. On tap at Harpoon Tap House, Logan Airport, Nov. 11 2009.

3.5
Drake (13662) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Pours a clear amber color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops and toffee malts. Taste is citrus hops, toffee, apple and other slight fruit notes. Medium bodied.

3.2
Christian (13605) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2009
Cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma is floral, grapefruit, orange peel, peach and grass with a little caramelly malt. Sweetish with a decent hopflavour and bitterness. Nothing special

3.1
BeerandBlues2 (13216) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Red with a white head. Hoppy and bitter aroma. Bitter and biting flavor. Very active palate, fizzy.

3.1
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
(Draught) Descent tasting IPA pours a cooper color with a thin white head.

3.4
Dogbrick (12936) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2003
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Aug 4th, 2003: Pours a dark amber color with a tiny white head. Decent lacing as well. The aroma is a really pleasant concoction of hops and fruit. Medium-bodied, and the flavor is surprisingly subdued given the strong aroma. There is a fair amount of malt in the flavor as well. Maybe it is the hop-heavy IPAs like Ruination, Buckeye '76 et al that are to blame but I like a higher level of hops than this beer offers, both in the flavor and in the finish. A decent beer nonetheless.


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