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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,215 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,215
Hads: 3,898
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 23.97%
Wants: 80
Gots: 769 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,215 | Hads: 3,898
Photo of Ikeithbot
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this beer is getting some shit reviews lately. It's NOT AN AMERICAN IPA! English ipas are a different breed. Don't expect a citrusy grapefruit drink. They are closer to wee heavies. Very malty, but with more hops.

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Photo of Waggles
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass. Golden honey, transparent. Light half-inch head that dissipated quickly, with almost no lacing. Seems very carbonated. Mostly malts, and uncharacteristically earthy for an IPA. Smells almost skunky. Taste-wise, it seems a bit low on hops, but I suppose that's more typical of an English IPA (I'm more partial to American IPAs). If I hadn't read the label, I'd have guessed this was a lager. Tastes a little sweeter than I expected. Pleasant, but nothing to write a review about. Probably a nice cross-over for more traditional beer-drinkers looking to dabble in the craft-beer side, but fell a bit flat for me.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light golden yellow body that’s crystal clear and filled with carbonation. The head is an off white, thick and fluffy.
Smell: plenty of citrus rinds, hops and spices; just a hint of skunkiness to it.
Taste: Hops and citrus rind all around, that tiny hint of skunkiness is there, but it not ruining the taste. It’s got a nice bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and a mildly dry aftertaste.
Overall: Pleasant to drink, this would make a nice sixer to keep around the house.

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Photo of Roby923
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasty brew Harpoon Brewery. At 41 IBUs this should be a starter IPA when doing a tasting. Found this to be well balanced from a hops and malt perspective. The English Pale Ale style varies quite a bit from the American Pale so don't expect a hop assault, just a reliable, drinkable pale ale.

Bottled from somewhere in CT.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden color, thick foamy head. mostly malts on the nose, also getting a slight skunky smell. taste is similar, mainly malt taste with a very slight bitterness. overall its relatively drinkable and would be pretty crisp/refreshing except for the slight smell and taste of skunk which I assume is not present in most cases.

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Photo of DevWand
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable IPA, just not as hoppy as I usually go for (which I guess this being fashioned after an english IPA, the flavor it hits, matches said style).

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Photo of predikit
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper, left a fizzy white head that had a fair retention.

Smell from the bottle was pure grass, smell off the pour is grassy with a hint of skunk. Makes me worried about slight mistreating.

Nice malty character with hints of citrus in the background. No bitterness, but doesn't really do anything either. Middle of the road.

Light bodied, crisp, a bit on the warm side with alcohol feel. Drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle with the new label, it pours a golden amber with a just-off white head, quickly dissipating. Citrusy hops in the nose. Fresh, malted hops in the mouth. Feels good in themouth - yum!

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Photo of Kessel
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: copper orange, slight lacing.

Smell: floral, grass, honey-fruit.

Taste: perfume, bright, young hops, lingers on the buds.

Feel: plenty carbonation, light-medium mouth feel, tangy.

Overall, for this style of English inspired ale, Harpoon has done a pretty damn good job. Let's say they aimed traditional but ended up with a bit of American one-up ism.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold in color with a fingernail of brilliant white on top. It looks a bit hazy and leaves behind heavy, soapy looking lacing. Aroma is of faint citrus hops. The taste is a balance of light bready malt and citrus hops. This is more like a pale ale, but I'm about a week away from the drink before date so perhaps it has faded somewhat. The mouth is faintly resinous, but this is fairly dry and quaffable.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.31/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a huge fan of this beer. This is a great beginner IPA, and it has a great taste of earthy hops with a light citrus taste with a hint of malt flavor.It is is very smooth and is not too harsh. It has a fruity and pleasant smell. Nothing better than to crack open a 22 ounce bottle to start off a night of drinking.

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Photo of CTBeerBari
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An extremely pleasant & drinkable EIPA. Poured out of the bottle, has a nice yellow, clear color with a nice foamy head. Lemon aroma. This starts soft, has a nice lemony flavor that dwells on the middle tongue then finishes soft and malty. Worth the price of admission but don't expect a super hoppy experience.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear, straw gold. Small head
Smell: Malt fragrance. Light lemon notes.
Taste: Subtle hop notes of floral and citrus up front, cascading to a wheat and malt back end. Sweet malty after taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Harpoon’s IPA is a great IPA for those new to the style. It drinks more like an EIPA, which is great for newcomers. There is a nice malt base, but it brings subtle hops when compared with other American IPAs.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoy by 11/15/15. Poured into a pint glass. Clear copper with a great two inch white head that retains for a while. Leaves great lacing. Smell is faint lemon. Taste is mild citrus, light grapefruit and balances with breadiness. Not a big fan of English ipas but for someone who is this is pretty good. Cheers!

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Photo of apants007
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Note: this is a review of the can.

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Nice amber color with a thick dense head that lasts and lasts. But then it goes down from there... Smell is faintly of coastal hotel must... And the initial taste is like a good beer poured through dirty lines... Or like if you poured a shot of tap water into a lagunitas ipa... Not bad... But not great. If I had to pick between this harpoon and a dale's I'd pick this ... Good for a cookout or tubing or walking down the street with a paper bag or somewhere else you absolutely need a can... But not a beer to seek out.

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Photo of DuaneL
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GOOD BUY, $8/6pack. Tasted at the America on Tap day-fest in Wilmington Aug 15th, 2015. It is delicious, not overly hopped - more like an American Pale Ale, we thought. Just found out is English style IPA - so that explains it (more like "Monkey" by Left Hand).

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well this is an interesting beer to review. A relic of an older craft beer age, if you will. Per style it's actually pretty well done. Restrained, earthy and leafy hops that are controlled by a nice caramel malt sweetness. It's nothing spectacular, which is funny that I say it because 15 years ago this would have been. Times have changed and Harpoon IPA is still around, watching all the other IPAs get hopped into out space. Harpoon IPA stays the same, keeping its malt prominent. Respect!

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Photo of breardon1776
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know. What were the 'Bros' thinking. I like the amber hue in my glass, but the taste is rather skunky and harsh. I get the aroma of a E-IPA and taste but doesn't do it for me. Nicefluffy head. Fantastic lacing. But score for taste i must knock a few points off.

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Photo of BigGold
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how I've missed this classic before now. Had at Legal Sea Foods Long Wharf, Boston, Mass., on draft into tumbler. A solid traditional English IPA, this beer must have been the answer to a condemned (to thirst) man's last request on its debut in 1993.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.67/5  rDev -54%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Harpoon IPA.

Quick review for one of the worst IPA's I've ever had.

Look - Deep yellow with a two finger white head that doesn't stick around. Carbonation is on high, and no lacing remains. 2.5.

Smell - What the fuck...skunk. 2.

Taste - Skunky with a few touches of old grapefruit juice. This is an IPA? 1.75

Feel - Watery body, lacking carbonation. 1.75.

Overall - Terrible. The fact they call this an IPA is just pityful. Tasted like a generic skunked lager that claims to be from Germany. 1.75.

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Photo of toti1972
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of Tilly
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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...

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Photo of Phillip13
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The first IPA that I ever had. At that time is was great. It has a slight hoppy flavor with a little bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer but there are so many better IPA'S out there to drink.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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