edmedina (21) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Appearance: Pours clear dark yellow color. Has good head retention. Highly carbonated for sure.
Smell: Nice hoppy character. I really can not pick out anything special. The hops just over power any real scent.
Taste: Bang!! you hit with hop bitterness. It doesn’t give you really any other taste. Harpoon wants you to know you have an Imperial IPA.
Overall: What you have here is a typical Imperial IPA. Harpoon has a done a great job in keeping with the style. When going for this style you are not going for much malt character or sweetness but for total hit you in the face hops. This is a great representation for the style. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Bottle courtesy of joepais poured into a tulip.
Pours a clear golden orange with a big pillowy white head that dissipates slowly to a small cap and leaves tons of lacing on the way down the glass.
Aroma is sweet and floral with hops up front with a generous caramel malt presence as well. The hops are a bit subdued at this point, but it’s still a nice balanced aroma.
The taste has a slight citrus hop kick up front but had definitely lost some of its hop profile. The bready malts dominate underneath before the bitterness of the hops linger in the finish.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and still slightly sticky with hops though the bitterness has clearly faded a little bit.
I would have loved to try this fresh and I still think it’s a very good beer. The hops have faded but it’s still drinkable. blipp (9696) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours gold with an off white head. Hoppy aroma, with fruity orange. The flavor is a little off, citric rind, with a strange boozy note. Not awful, but certainly not good either. It’s drinkable, but not something I’d ever revisit. blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2009
Two bottles (12oz each) shared with swoopjones, garthicus, rudolf and DougShoemaker -- courtesy of swoopjones. Pours a clear deep orange with a small diminishing white head. Nice resiny, citrusy hops aroma, backed by caramel malt. Flavour, also of resiny hops is simple yet tasty -- There’s a good amount of hops there: resiny, piney and citrusy. Nice bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good, especially for Harpoon, I quite liked it. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2009
The appearance is an orange color, thin white head. Slightly less red than a IIPA normally is. The aroma is strong citrusy/grapefruit hops. The flavor is almost pure hops, a mixture of citrus and piney hops. Some brown sugar and malt sweetness as it warms, but not enough to be great. The hops leave a tingling throughout the entire mouth and palate long after drinking the beer. The IIPA is a great style, and this is simply a good beer. Or rather, relatively mediocre beer in this great style.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Pours clear gold with a one inch head of white. Retention is moderate, with the head fading to a skim coat within two minutes.
Aromatics are fairly pungent and piney. Grapefruit, melons, and spruce resin follow through with a hint of butterscotch.
Medium bodied and a bit chewy. A creamy and crisp mouthfeel.
Pine dew, spruce bark, melon rinds, and grapefruit start the palate. Light malt, warming alcohol, and buttery undertones follow through.
Bitterness is firm and lingering, and the brew is nicely drying.
Finishes with a sustaining bitterness, warming alcohol, shades of grapefruit zest and conifer tannins.
Pretty damn tasty. One of Harpoons best in my book. The hopping is pretty agressive, and this is a big beer.
I prefer a more tropical, floral type hop profile though, and the buttery undertones detract.
DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Pour was straw yellow and left a nice frothy head. Aroma was floral with obvious hops. Flavor was very good, slick mouthfeel, LOTS of hops, grapefruit and a warming alcohol finish. A very solid Imperial IPA, thanks to Cletus for provdiing this as a bonus bottle on a recent trade. nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Poured from bottle.
Deep reddish-orange color with a decent sized head. Pine and citrus galore on the nose.
On the palate it actually begins with a hint of bread before progressing into the predictable citrusy hops. Ends with the pine flavor (the resin perhaps) that was present on the nose.
More balanced than Id expected, but still far too hoppy for my tastes. A good example of the style, though. dmac (6471) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Draft from Capones. Wow did Harpoon step it up for this one. Poured a clear orange with a large white frothy head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Very balanced flavor of citrus rind, bread, fresh floral hops, caramel malts and even more hops. A very respectable DIPA. Glad I grabbed a growler of this one and it held up nicely for when I cracked it a whole whooping week later. DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2008
Hoppy nose,orange, piney and plenty of malt. Dark sunset orange, small custard head. Flavour is a smashing citrus, mostly red grapefruit, some pine is there, and the malt again is suitably allied with the hops. Full bodied, resiny, a palate pleaser. Terrific. Thanks for sharing swoopjones.