Here it is… The 100th beer review! The decision of which brew to review for the big one hundo was not taken lightly, so I did what anyone making an important, career-defining decision would do… Ask social media! Deferring to the wisdom of the Twittersphere, I took the advice of Beer Up and decided to review the first beer I ever purchased upon reaching the age of legal consumption, Harpoon IPA. I’m actually embarrassed to say that it’s been quite some time since I last enjoyed this classic, and it was much more difficult to track down than expected. Two stores were sold out, and I ended up buying it as a single… Even though the universe was against me, here we are with the beer that started it all!
The aroma of Harpoon IPA has a citrusy, floral spice with an undertone of caramel malt. These characteristics are pleasant and well balanced. This IPA pours a clear copper with a sudsy, white head that dissipates rapidly.
The flavor profile features citrusy grapefruit and lemon notes that lead into a floral spice. This is balanced by an underlying bed of malty sweetness that mellows the hop flavors into a mild, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is particularly light and very drinkable.
Great IPAs seem to gravitate toward the water (Dogfish Head 60, Ballast Point Sculpin, Bell’s Two hearted, etc.), and Harpoon IPA is no different. While lacking the hop firepower of the aforementioned IPAs, Harpoon goes for a more balanced take on the style that features classic hop flavors on an approachably light body. Cheers to finishing every trip down memory lane with a beer!
- Appearance: Clear Copper / Sudsy, White Head
- Aroma: Citrus, Floral Spice, Caramel Malt
- Flavor: Grapefruit, Lemon, Peppery Spice, Malty / Bitter Finish
- Mouthfeel: Light
- ABV: 5.9%