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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,163 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,163
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 41
Gots: 174 | 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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Reviews by cubedoggy:
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cubedoggy

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First I'll talk about this one in the bottle.

OK, I've been drinking this stuff for years, and even though I've been told it's not so, something changed in this ale about two years ago, right around Christmas time. It got sweeter, leaving an almost syrupy aftereffect that left it less refreshing. I like the dry hoppiness of IPAs, and I really believe this one used to be drier.

That said, when I'm out, this is my draught of choice. No megabrew product can compare. When this IPA started to take a chunk out of Sam Adams' home market, they brought their awful, watery excuse for an IPA to the masses, and it has (in my experience) been rightfully eschewed. Bud and Miller haven't even tried. Harpoon IPA is available almost everywhere on tap in Massachusetts, and it is a good, comforting pint while taking in the lay of the land in a new spot.

I certainly do not dislike this ale, but there are better IPAs out there in the bottle (Shipyard Fuggles, Victory Hop Devil). If you're in a pub that has Harpoon on draught, have one for me!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 20:50:50 | More by cubedoggy
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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,163 ratings.