Massachusetts based Harpoon Brewery crafts a bunch of good microbrews; their India Pale Ale is especially tasty. Introduced in 1992, Harpoon IPA uses Harpoon's proprietary yeast strain, three different malts, and Northwest Cascade hops. This IPA is 5.9% alcohol by volume and has 52 IBUs. It pours out a clear amber with a tall sudsy white head that sticks around for a while, and leaves leggy lacing in your glass. The nose is hoppy: earthy and grassy hops, and caramel malts are present. The taste is strongly of bready malts, with floral and herbal notes; the heavy sugars involved in this beer never dominate, but are well balanced by the earthen hops-it's a pleasing floral taste. The body is slightly sticky with thorough carbonation. This ale pairs well with spicier foods (due to its floral sweetness), crisp cheeses, poultry, shellfish, and salmon. Enjoy Harpoon's IPA in a pint glass, mug, tumbler, or stein.