Well, today’s Friday! *moonwalks* Crazy week at work, and while I wanted to head over to Malakor Thai to have their tasty Saketini, I instead stopped by my local booze shop for some new beers to review. All for you, my hunks of burning love. [insert googly eyes]
As a reminder, when it comes to beer, a few terms you’ll need to become familiar with are: Alcohol by Volume (ABV), which describes how much of the beer is actual alcohol, and International Bittering Unit (IBU), which describes the bitterness level. Beer falls within 2-12% ABV range with most falling between 4-6%. They’re best enjoyed at 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit for paler or lower alcohol beers, and 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit for darker or higher alcohol beers.
306 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
336 Ruth Carney Drive
Windsor, VT 05089
First things first the date on the bottle read “best by 9/15/12“. I bought on 12/14/12. Err, ok!
I began by pouring the IPA into a clean clear glass where it formed a nice foamy head. As the head dissipated, it left lacing on the sides of the glass. I found the smell extremely pleasant… so much that it even went up my nose and I considered dabbing some behind the ears. Okay, the last part may have been a joke.
Harpoon IPA has floral notes, I get a bit of citrus as well. It has a clear caramel-like color. In terms of taste, carbonated & bubbly. Left a lingering bitter taste, which I’m not too fond of but I guess is the trait of an Indian Pale Ale. If I’m just to guzzle this, I’d enjoy it minus that bitter aftertaste. It seems to do what I think a good beer should do, which is to have you wipe your upper lip and expel a contented sigh.
Overall, I can’t say that this is a bad beer… just not something I’d keep on standby or lunge for when making a beer run. I did finish the bottle though and by then I don’t think I noticed the aftertaste that much. Coincidence?
On my radar from Harpoon:
UFO White, Harpoon Cider, Grateful Harvest Ale, UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen.
Reviews are not solicited, just my journey in expanding my palate and chronicling the experience.
- Beer Buzz 101: What’s an IPA? (azcentral.com)
- The ABC’s of IPA’s (the idiot’s guide) (epinions.com)
- What’s that extra bitter taste in IPA’s that make them so delicious? (chowhound.com)
- Brew Beer: How to Flavor Homebrewed Beer (about.com)
- Review: Dundee’s Original Honey Brown Lager (cookmixmingle.com)