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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,279 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,279
Reviews: 1,166
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 42
Gots: 226 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American 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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Ratings: 3,279 | Reviews: 1,166 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Sixpack595:
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

White head capping a golden body with a constant stream of bubbles. Great fruity hop aroma with only a hint of malt. Flavor is a bit weak, but nice. Weak mouthfeel, boring but drinkable. As with the Harpoon beers I've tried its a nice, drinkable beer but a bit more bland than I prefer.

09-15-2004 08:25:41 | More by Sixpack595
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

08-05-2003 20:40:12 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

11-22-2004 21:29:19 | More by RoyalT
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

10-03-2013 02:11:48 | More by cam477
Photo of ExtraStout


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

07-07-2009 03:42:20 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

04-27-2009 04:30:39 | More by wesbrownyeah
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-05-2013 15:11:33 | More by tbryan5
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-07-2014 00:46:28 | More by GameOfBeers
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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

07-22-2009 03:00:12 | More by sgoodship
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

02-05-2008 02:30:07 | More by SIRIUS2
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

02-13-2014 21:24:49 | More by beergod82
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

07-24-2013 01:42:09 | More by SuomiHobbit
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

04-09-2014 15:08:10 | More by MikeC144
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-28-2014 23:49:53 | More by SmellTheGluv
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

05-03-2013 23:12:39 | More by gemery554
Photo of dcrawlins

2.15/5  rDev -40.6%

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.

07-13-2012 20:38:48 | More by dcrawlins
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

05-02-2014 23:07:45 | More by danthehopslamman
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New York

3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-07-2014 00:01:07 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

01-14-2006 19:50:57 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-09-2014 01:10:53 | More by BeerDreadz
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

02-08-2014 17:28:24 | More by Kappakoosh
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

08-25-2012 01:18:53 | More by Chuggs
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-02-2013 20:44:53 | More by tim6298
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-28-2012 17:16:21 | More by DWolf
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

11-01-2000 22:29:18 | More by Todd
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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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