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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,339 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,339
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 42
Gots: 253 | 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:
Harpoon IPA is an interpretation of the classic English style using hops and malt grown in the United States.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000)
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Reviews by Michaelcbyrnes:
Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - straw golden yellow, fine head which dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma - floral and citrus layered over a pleasant honey sweet maltiness.

Taste - grassy and citrusy to start followed by a light malty sweetness and a nice hop finish with just an edge of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - smooth and round with a sweet soft finish.

Overall - very nice IPA with a great balance of malt and hops neither of which is over stated. Very drinkable.

Michaelcbyrnes, Jan 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium gold color with a medium head that leaves some lacing,aroma is assertively hoppy and zesty.The taste is hoppy for sure but there is a sweet balance there in the finish.I think this an above average IPA that is very drinkable and goes good with spicey food.

oberon, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a light clear orangish-yellow in color with a short but retentive head that left some pretty good lacing.

Smell – The light, leafy hops were mixed with grapefruit and a super-light malty base. I couldn’t really pick up a whole lot from this nose.

Taste – The hop flavors here were very singular in nature. They are very leafy and herbal and sorely one-dimensional. There was a little faint grain mixed in with everything but no finish to this beer.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the nice, bitter mouthfeel of this light to medium-bodied IPA but thought it was lacking in complexity.

Drinkability – It would be hard to keep drinking this all night. Although I live out West I can still appreciate a good East Coast IPA, but this just isn’t it.

RoyalT, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

cam477, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one from the local packy. Pours a medium amber in color with a good two finger head and lots of lace. Floral and hop aromas in the nose. Biscuity malt with a slight caramel sweetness with lots of hops to balance. mouthfeel and carbonation are good. Drinkability? had no problem drinking several for this review.

ExtraStout, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Harpoon ipa. 5.9% alcohol.

A- At first glance i notice this beer doesn't have any different look than that of an standard micro ipa. Pours a mild orange tinted fluid with a small head that falls to a small ring around the glass, light lace retention.

S- Good scents of floral hops and mild hints of pine.

T- Improvment of smell first is the floral and pine tang followed by a slight hop bitterness that finishes the job nicly.

M-D- Rolls over the taste buds easily but leaves a thin bitter layer on the tongue. I do like the feel of some hoppy oil kick. Alcohol is light but work in a good session beer way.
I could drink a six pack easily.

Note: A good all round ipa at its standard.

wesbrownyeah, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

tbryan5, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of sgoodship
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fairly clear pale amber color. Nice creamy white finger head. Some spotty lacing and the head is retained as a dusting and ring throughout.

S: Caramel malt with a bit of floral hop coming through. I was surprised not to get more hop bitterness.

T: Bready and malty. Sweet caramel. A pleasant taste but really lacking hops. It's there but not at an IPA level. Feels empty.

M: Medium carb is a touch aggressive on the palate. Light body - feels thin at times.

D: If this was a pale ale, I'd say it is a nice subtle one. It's lacking flavor and kick as an IPA. At times, I say it is even a touch watery. I know this brew has a strong heritage and I feel bad about not taking that into account. It just isn't what people want from an IPA these days IMHO.

sgoodship, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pouring from bottle into a pint glass produced light white foamy head that dissipated quickly. About average lacing. Color was a clear yellow; just darker than straw.

S: Floral hop smell is immediate in the nose with sweet citrus follow-up.

T: Beautifully bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Relatively light in body, the flavors just seem to roll over the tongue in waves.

M&D: Light in body with medium carbonation. The odd mix of bitterness with sweet aftertaste is done well.

For a light bodied IPA this really packs in some interesting flavor. The malts used in this are sweet and even without having much of a toasty taste and it works great with the hops. The bittering is just right with some great floral aromas.

SIRIUS2, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of beergod82
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

beergod82, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -24%

SuomiHobbit, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of SmellTheGluv
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

SmellTheGluv, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of gemery554
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

gemery554, May 04, 2013
Photo of dcrawlins
2.15/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a Harpoon IPA on draft at Red Robbin last night and I couldn't even tell it was an IPA or even a Pale Ale. There was no hop aroma and barely any taste. It was a bit cloudy also It reminded me of Bud American Ale which has no noticeable hop aroma either . I don't recommend it.

dcrawlins, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

danthehopslamman, May 03, 2014
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -17.1%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of IPAs, but hadn't had this in some time, and it seemed to go well with a game of pool. It was a nice medium yellow color with a good head and some lacing. It had a fresh, crisp odor and a nice hoppy taste, which got stronger after swallowing. Reminded me of summer.

lordofthewiens, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BeerDreadz, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Kappakoosh, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Chuggs
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good session beer. Bold taste; just make sure it is dated within the month of purchase. Poor out of the bottle with a little force to release aroma and carbonation. I would not consider it a IPA because I don't get the bite I would expect-- but not disappointing.

Chuggs, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of tim6298
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

tim6298, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of DWolf
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

DWolf, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty decent, all around good IPA. Plenty of hops and malt to match, with a nice alcohol kick. Unfortunately it's seems to be changing year after year, getting dumbed down for the masses and is nothing like the original Tod Mott recipe. Still, a solid favourite of mine and a nice backup beer.

Todd, Nov 01, 2000
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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,339 ratings.