Saturday, August 24, 2013

Harpoon IPA

In todays beer world there are so many different IPAs (India Pale Ale) out there, and many different IPA styles as well. It seem that every brewery out there as a least on IPA. But some of those breweries have been doing for quite some time like the Harpoon Brewery in Boston MA. They’ve been make Harpoon IPA, 5.9% ABV for twenty years. Sound like they know what they are doing when it comes to an IPA. This IPA is in tribute to the hoppy ales of the Pacific Northwest. Harpoon IPA pours a light amber color with a one finger white head that fade rather quickly. There are good amounts of light coming trough the glass with great carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The aroma on this IPA is a big orange like with a hint of pineapple, pine straw/needles, and a slight grassy scent. All of said aromas are on the stronger side. The taste on is similar to the aroma you get that nice orange and pineapple taste with a big hoppy flavor with nice pine needle/straw note with a malty bitterness and a grassy quality.  The flavors really coat your mouth and stick to you taste buds. Harpoon IPA has a light to medium mouth feel, and the finish on this beer is hoppy with a little bitterness and that always-present grassiness. This is not a ‘BIG’ IPA, it’s don’t wreck you taste buds. This is a good regular IPA. I say this is an A-. I do believe that Harpoon could have made the malts a little more present in this, but the malts that were there, weren’t bad. This is a good IPA, none to complex and none boring. It is just right! I recommend you try this! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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