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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

1,199 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,199
Hads: 3,806
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 74
Gots: 673 | 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: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 1,199 | Hads: 3,806
Reviews by beertardis:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of woodchipper
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look= light amber, small head
Smell= off flavor detected
Taste= Sour cardboardy malt, but not overpowering
Feel= Slight carbonation, could be more (146 characters)

Photo of dcrawlins
2.14/5  rDev -41.2%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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! (492 characters)

Photo of BigGold
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of Dirty_Curt
4.59/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Easy drinking. Being from Boston it is fairly cheap here and a great regular drinking option. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy at times but the taste is a decently hoppy and with a nice bready, biscuity finish. Hints of caramel for me with floral overtones as well. Not too simple, not too complex. A great sessionable beer that keeps you interested while again, remains drinkable. I may be a bit biased, but I have to say I feel this beer is better than reviewers are saying. Harpoon never fails to satisfy me. (503 characters)

Photo of toti1972
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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. (158 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Mulzicus
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Iamjlopez12
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sgoodship
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (734 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of SmellTheGluv
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.