Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,558 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,558
Reviews: 1,189
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 381 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by cheapxceptbeer:
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an excellent pale ale, but ipa this is not. I want to give it a worse rating, but I enjoy the taste and smell, it is just not hoppy at all. A little bitter, but it is so balanced to the point that it bothers me. If harpoon wants to put out an ipa I'm waiting, however if I'm a little strapped for cash I can always go and get there pale ale which I will now review.

A- Paler than most ipa's, a light golden brown color. Has a nice head that stays along with solid lacing.

S- Smells like an ipa light, a toned down dfh 60 minute or stone, very toned down, but nonetheless a nice beer smell, just not the smell of a strong ipa.

T- This beer is actually pretty tasty, it starts off with a malty flavor then you taste the minerals (burtonized?) then a little hop bitterness with an aftertaste of the malt and minerals. This is a good tasting beer, obviously made to compete with Sam Adams as the craft beer of choice for the uninitiated beer enthusiast. This is not a very good ipa, I am expecting citrus, pine, grass, grapefruit, and bitters and I got very little to none.

M- Good carbonation level, I really like this amount of carbonation, it feels like a beer should, not soda pop. Medium body, and the minerals really come to play here, I think there is a calcium deposit in my upper jaw.

D- Fuller mouthfeel leads to less drinkability but this beer is light enough to have a few. A sixer of this however, would leave me awfully stuffed.

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.

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.

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Iamjlopez12
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of woodchipper
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
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

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.

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.

Photo of beergod82
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of SmellTheGluv
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of joel_bou
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of gemery554
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,558 ratings.