Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Harpoon IPA

type: IPA
origin: Windsor, VT
price: $14/12x12oz
ABV: 5.9%
NSP: 17.5

I've been infatuated with Harpoon since my first 100 Barrel series--their ESB--and I've been waiting to try a deeper selection.  In Vermont I found it impossible not to find Harpoon in the stores and on the taps, which is really encouraging: clearly Vermont knows beer.  When I bought this 12-pack I was quickly accosted by some Vermonter who said to me "THAT'S A VERY GOOD CHOICE." (And it sounded just like it reads in your head.)

As an IPA this is nothing like the West Coast style I've come to love.  But let that not be a detraction because this is good, and it makes me happy that I'm able to enjoy a completely different style of IPA without claiming some silly bullshit about West vs East.  That same silly bullshit killed Tupac and Biggie, and that shit was weak!

This beer is good because it's simple, and balanced. Easy on the palate, and nice on the buzz.  On the west coast we've become used to beers that try and push the limit, and consequently we may tend to forget the simpler beer-pleasures in life.  This is one of those beers that reminds you why we drink beer in the first place, so it should be obvious that this is damn refreshing too.

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