Summer 2016 Beer Rediscovered

Harpoon IPA – Kathy Prince

Kathy Prince
Origlio Beverage On-Premise Sales Representative

Kathy Prince, sales rep for Origlio Beverage, had her first taste of Harpoon IPA years ago at a party, where each guest brought a different beer for all to sample. “After my first sip, I remember thinking, ‘wow!’ From that night on, it’s been my go-to beer,” she says.

First brewed in 1993 as a summer seasonal, Harpoon IPA was so well loved that the Boston-based brewery began making it year-round. And it’s no wonder. This copper- colored beer is a harmonious combination of hops, malt and yeast. No single ingredient dominates. The sturdy malt backbone provides depth of body and color, which is balanced by a pleasantly hoppy finish.

Prince, a fan of IPAs, is drawn to Harpoon IPA because it’s so easy-drinking. “This beer works well for almost any beer-drinking occasion. Whether I enjoy one with dinner, at a summer BBQ or out at a bar with friends, Harpoon IPA fits the bill. It’s especially good with Mexican food. The bitterness and floral/citrus characteristics really balance the spiciness.”

IPAs are so popular and abundant that many stellar pioneers get overlooked. Prince thinks that’s a shame. “Nowadays people get caught up with the ‘newest thing’ and forget about the originals that started the whole craft movement,” she says. “I respect Harpoon because they have produced great beers for 30 years. And I am really enjoying their newest summer seasonal, Camp Wannamango.”

Harpoon IPA is such an iconic New England brew that it was reporter Michael Rezendes’ beer of choice in the Academy award-winning film, Spotlight, which is set in Boston. Rezendes, played by actor Mark Ruffalo, relaxes with a bottle of Harpoon’s flagship IPA. Why? The director wanted to portray authentic Boston. Just as “Lager” in Philadelphia means Yuengling, “IPA” in Boston is Harpoon.

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