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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,691 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,691
Reviews: 1,217
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 68
Gots: 547 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,691 | Reviews: 1,217
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.

Photo of BobK88
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice, easy drinking IPA. Good.

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

Good everyday IPA. Mild enough for people unused to IPAs, but flavorful enough to enjoy.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a finger of head on a clear dark golden body.
The aroma is mild grain.
The taste is smooth blend of moderate bitterness and malt.
The texture is crisp.
A nice maltier IPA.

Photo of Easdon
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very different, a mellow IPA with floral hints.

Photo of Lanypany88
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good beer I wouldn't drink back to back. But I would order time to time.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Harpoon Larry's in Newport News. Pours a fairly clear amber with a small whitish head that dissipates fairly quickly. A very faint aroma of hops and a fairly watery mouthfeel dominate the beverage. it does have a nice malty, floral taste to it. Overall, an acceptable IPA.

Photo of Kale99
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beer is very nice. smooth

Photo of Altrurian
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pleasant, deep amber color. Two-finger head of tight, white foam thins out after a few minutes, leaving some remnants on the glass. The beer's aroma is sweet--reminiscent of honeysuckles. I must describe the taste and feel as insipid, but only because of my high esteem for some of this brewer's other products. A good, drinkable beer, but not an eyebrow raiser.

Photo of Corca_Laoidhe
4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

good, reliable ale is my main go-to

Photo of Jetlag767
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of the bottle. I remember it better, but that was draft at the brewery.

Photo of Hammertimeee1
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely like this IPA. On the light side but is very drinkable and perfect out of a Kraft. Well done!!

Photo of hurricanes56dan
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Copper color along with floral hops and an amazing balance of hops and grains with the full body make this a very good ipa.

Photo of Antc2382
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced malt and hops

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really drinkable, tasty, on the lighter side IPA

Photo of greenengineer
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good solid IPA. I love that it is local, always a good pint.
Color is a nice shade of blonde. Head sticks around with good lacing. Not a hop bomb, but enough to remind you it's an IPA. In addition to the bitterness, a decent malt backbone. Not chewy, but a good tingle on the tongue from the carbonation.

Photo of nmoreilly
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

in the context of a "traditional" English IPA Harpoon nails it. I'm shocked it is not - on average - rated much higher. This is a well balanced IPA with no pronounced malt "backbone" as it were. Malts, floral and fruit are all well combined with what might possibly be one of the best East Coast masterpiece interpretations of the style; other than the ABV being a little high for an English, this one is killer

Photo of CIBoy10
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. I really like the hoppy flavors in this compared to others.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,691 ratings.