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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 Zraly:
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3.94/5  rDev +8.8%

Pour a nice medium golden color with a two-finger white head. Nice floral notes upfront.

Clean, floral and citrus hop flavors resting on a sturdy malt backbone. Very well balanced and well made. Crisp and clean, finishes dry. Medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate. It's not the latest and greatest, but it has been around since the 90s. I think that says something about the quality and consistency.

A nice, solid, easy-drinking IPA. I could drink several of these and not get tired; sessionable for sure. A great all-purpose beer for chicken, fish, and Indian dishes -- I'd love to have a dish with mango with this as I think the contrast would be nice.

04-26-2013 21:40:15 | More by Zraly
More User Reviews:
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
Photo of tbryan5


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
Photo of sgoodship


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
Photo of SIRIUS2

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
Photo of Todd


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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