Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,752 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,752
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 69
Gots: 619 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

Harpoon IPA is an interpretation of the classic English style using hops and malt grown in the United States.

42 IBU
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Ratings: 3,752 | Reviews: 1,234
Photo of toti1972
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA, one of my favorites so far, great smell, fruity but not exaggerated, right carbonation and a very appealing clear orange color. Will have it again.

Photo of jski
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love it favorite ipa there is

Photo of Tilly
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orange with very little head.
Aromas of mild pine, orange mild citrus and hops.
Taste is weak for an IPA. Hits all the notes but very mildly.
Mouth feel is fair carbonation and a tinge of bitterness.
Sadley, i think there's better out there.

Photo of jmoney1747499395949292
4.66/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Favorite go to IPA. Widely stocked in New England.

Photo of Cloverlay
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Solid IPA from Boston's best brewery.

Photo of dacrza1
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: June 24, 2015...Vessel: basic table glass...Occasion: last day of a three-day trip to Point Pleasant...Appearance: golden peach, effervescent body; white, creamy, half-finger head; body is transparent; glass drains with vibrant lacing... Aroma: as advertised, a caramel malt and citric hop blend that balances favorably; secondary hints of pine, orange, and melon make for an alluring entrance...Palate: peaceful, soft start; a bit thin, but the malts add a creamy, medium-bodied finish... Taste: the caramel malts take the lead, giving way to slightly bitter hops; drinkable and refreshing, with soft fruit and almost no pine...an East Coast IPA that could almost be a pale ale in profile...Overall: a nice match for a sunny, poolside beach day, with no overwhelming features to suggest a nuanced or groundbreaking beer; having been at this game a while, Harpoon deserves credit for doing what they do well, and this is a standard I recall from my early drinking days...a vacation-worthy beer...

Photo of Phillip13
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer but there are so many better IPA'S out there to drink.

Photo of Cure_Tap
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great, moderately hopped IPA. It's piney, but not excessively so, and leaves a pleasantly bitter aftertaste behind. A great beer in it's own right, and I think it serves as an excellent introduction to the style for people who are unfamiliar, because it hits the standard notes, but remains very drinkable and not too heavy.

Photo of beerboy21
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been around a long time. Has changed over the years. Some malt with moderate bitterness. Citrus and malt in the nose.

Photo of KensWorld
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks typical, smells good, tastes great, overall solid IPA from one of the best NE breweries. 4.5

Photo of SpineLCord
4.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is always a solid IPA. One of my favorite standard IPAs!

Photo of Dirty_Curt
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Easy drinking. Being from Boston it is fairly cheap here and a great regular drinking option. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy at times but the taste is a decently hoppy and with a nice bready, biscuity finish. Hints of caramel for me with floral overtones as well. Not too simple, not too complex. A great sessionable beer that keeps you interested while again, remains drinkable. I may be a bit biased, but I have to say I feel this beer is better than reviewers are saying. Harpoon never fails to satisfy me.

Photo of CAcreeks
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not sure why Bostonians say this IPA is hoppy. At 42 IBU it qualifies as an IPA but only barely. Not much citrus or floral smell but enough. Aftertaste lingers but thirst quenching bitterness is lacking. Better than any British IPA I have tried, so kudos for improving the style.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours brilliant gold under a 3” finely bubbled cream colored persistent foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: This is five months past is best by date but the floral hop aromas are still detectasble from several feet away. Closer up are traces of citrus and pepper.
T: Clean, crisp and dry with light malt on the front end and assertive floral hops on the finish. A trace of light caramel to toffee along with light citrus on the tongue.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A strikingly beautiful beer that is hoppy yet refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

25 cent single from ABC. very mild IPA....

Photo of BeerDroid
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hop weak, but perhaps that's the English style. Can taste the malt. Zero citrus.

Photo of Bru-ster
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first breweries to bring ale brewing back to New England. New England, particularly Boston, has always been known as home of ale cisumers, because of its large irish population.

A great IPA. Nice hop malt balance. Not so happy you can't taste the malt. Smooth and very drinkable. One of my favorite all time ales (Ballantine IPA was one and Sierra Nevada IPA another).

Photo of Kezway
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When in Boston, I was waiting for the bartender to change the keg on the Sam Adams. A guy offered to buy me a Harpoon so I wouldn't have to wait. I'm not gay, but hey, I'll drink a free beer. He ended up buying me 9 beers. It was so much better than the Sam I was planning on ordering...

Turns out he was the Harpoon Brewmaster. I haven't had a Sam Adams since!

Photo of Dogleg
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Terrible, although some blame definitely is owed to the unclean lines.

Photo of Hoptometrist
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lots of hop bitterness but not a ton of hop flavor.

Photo of Pip_Count_167
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first favorite beer, some of my liking may be nostalgia; but even though I often drink highly rated and delicious IPAs, I still love Harpoon. The first t-shirt & short sleeves day in spring means my first six-pack of Harpoon, and it's a session beer of choice for the warmer months.

Ratings note: This is my baseline 'great' beer. I'm new to rating, and thought I'd start here, Harpoon IPA=4.

Photo of redsoxjim
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable IPA. I do not love IPAs but I do like them and Harpoon is one of the best for a casual IPA drinker

Photo of Frank_TX
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hoppy, floral, wonderful IPA. Not a big IPA but easy to drink.

Photo of Leonard_Siegfried
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice easy ipa, not that an ipa should necessarily be easy but this just hit the spot right (right now anyway)... nice mouth feel, even feel, slightly bitter (not a really stiff ipa).... almost ipa light (an a good way)... maybe the wife will like it... naw...

Photo of AuntBea
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Why too hoppy for me.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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