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Friday, November 13, 2009

Harpoon I.P.A.

Dead Soldier
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Harpoon India Pale Ale
Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA USA
Est. 1986
Brain Damage Quotient = 5.9 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Orange with red hues in color, slightly cloudy.
Floral hop and hop oil aromas with some malt.
, fluffy three fingered head that dissipates slowly.
Head lacing coats entire glass nicely.
Moderate carbonation with bright hops finish.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
There are lots of I.P.A.'s to select from in the beer world today.  Plenty of breweries add tons of hops in order to capture what they believe to be the ale was supposed to be in its origin.  This has led to off-shoot splinter I.P.A.'s that hop even more and more and more, to the point where your tongue goes numb.  And, that is the point of many; climb to the top of the hops pile, to become king-of-the-hops-hill.

What Harpoon has done, is craft an I.P.A. that does not punish your taste buds for wanting more than one...or two...or even three.  They have managed to get it right by keeping the 'hops heat' to 40 IBU's.  By accomplishing this, they allow you to enjoy a session of pure, unadulterated hoppy IPA indulgence.  After some rumination, I decided that point alone was what pushed it from a B+ to an A-. 
Imagine that! 

Don't get me wrong.  I like my hops as much as the next fellow.  But when the fire blazes, you'll find yourself backing off from the heat; hence you lose the enjoyment.  By allowing it to smolder, you can enjoy the fire for a long, long time.

Get the picture?  Now you get this exceptionally subtle I.P.A.

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