As a beer enthusiast I feel a sense of responsibility to help others discover the wonderfully flavorful world of craft beer. I specifically enjoy the adventure of trying different beers. I try not to get wrapped up in judging them so much as I like to find their value. If a certain beer is not to my particular taste, I am sure that there are those out there that it would be perfect for. Personally I have found that If a beer I try is not as good as I would have expected, that beer may be a good introductory beer to friends that are not familiar with that style of beer. Recently I came across such a beer. For my sister’s 21st Birthday my family celebrated by going out to dinner at Bertucci’s. I found they actually had a craft beer on tap besides Sam Adams.
I ordered a Harpoon IPA. It came to me with a one finger thick white sudsy head and a transparent golden amber. The aroma was fruity and floral with notes of light citrus. The taste up front was slightly sweet and malty with a touch of bittering hops balancing it out. It was lighter than I had expected. The mouthfeel was a bit on the watery side. The lacing down the glass was pretty decent. The 5.9% ABV keep this beer a light experience. This is not the most impressive IPA I have ever had but I would not say it is bad at all. As a matter of fact it is perfect for the establishment for which it is being served. This is a light refreshing IPA that will not over power any of the meals served at Bertucci’s. My father who is a complete beer novice actually really liked it. This could make for a great “gateway” IPA! I think I would recommend this to those who have tried IPA’s in the past and thought them as too bitter! Introduce a friend to IPA! Here’s to Good Beers!
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