Beer of the Week: Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA

Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA
Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA

THE BEER: Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA.

THE STORY: Boston-based Harpoon Brewery has sold oceans of its flagship India pale ale since the brewery’s founding in 1986. Almost 30 years later, Harpoon has released a new year-round version of that IPA, called Take 5, with a scaled-down alcohol content and less hoppy bitterness. Notice I said scaled down, not watered down. Take 5 pops with piney, citrusy aromas and has a sturdy malt base, creating a full flavor experience that will send you reaching for a second bottle. 

THE SPECS: 4.3 percent alcohol by volume, 43 IBUs. 

WHERE: Publix, Winn-Dixie, Total Wine, Crown and more for about $9 a six-pack. 

Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: @EvanBenn