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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,634
Reviews: 1,201
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 62
Gots: 483 | 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
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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter than amber, even a pale golden color. In the aroma a bit citrusy hop, but not too big. In the taste, a grapefruity hop and a nice balanced IPA. This was the first IPA I ever remember having and always talkit up a bit. I get some crap from friends, but I think it is a stand up good IPA.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a very pale orange, with medium white head and good lacing throughout. Strong citrus aroma, mostly grapefruit, lemon and orange, with a hint of floral. Fruits carry over to the taste, and leaves a good finish. Overall, this is a good tasting IPA at a value price

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better on tap than in the bottle. Looks more creamy with more body, active carbonation, and clarity. Smells pine-ey, hoppy, mildly sweet, and very citrusy. Tastes much more citrusy than through the bottle. More crisp and refreshing. Just more alive. Mouthfeel is a good blend of bubbly and creamy. Crisp and mildly dry in the finish. Less metalic, tin-ey, and thin than the bottle. This suddenly became a good beer. I recommend this beer--but only on tap.

Photo of truknon
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Hoppy smell from the bottle after opening.

Poured into a Pint glass with a beautiful 4 finger head and golden/orange color.

Almost a fruity smell from the glass after the head settles down to some puffy clouds.

Very smooth taste on first sip and Hoppy in the mouth.

Overall, this IPA is a good choice for a weekday to go along with a nice submarine sandwich. Oddly enough the second one I had tasted better than the first...and maybe the third will be even better!!

Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber, very clear, big white head, nice lacing. Smell is pine and citrus hops, crystal caramel malt, honey sweetness. Taste is piney, some light malt flavour, citrus near the end, clean bitter finish. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and refreshing, tasty IPA.

Photo of IronLover
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with perfect clarity. Very thin head that didn't last. A quick swirl of the glass rejuvenated the white cap. Light floral aroma with a hint of biscuit. Light hoppy flavor in the beginning, lemon and orange, that rolls into light malty, biscuity taste and a very clean, almost dry finish. Pretty light for an IPA. The biscuity flavors and finish were more reminiscent of an English Pale Ale. Very easy to drink.

Photo of argylegirl
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Norica
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon IPA out of the can, it's nice to see an old friend in a different light. Picked up as a single out of an ice cold bucket..says it's canned in Utica, NY. Appearance is solid with a nice head although aroma seems a little muted but that might be to the almost frozen nature. Taste and drinkability are all around solid as always, one of the best everyday IPA's available and the fact that it's now canned you can almost insure that this beer will be even more ubiquitous at almost every event in New England during the summer..which ain't a bad thing. Cheers to Harpoon for canning this brew....makes one wonder how long it's going to be until Sam abolishes it's "Beer Drinkers Bill of Rights", eats crow, and starts canning Summer Ale that other NE staple?

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear light amber colour topped by a thin white head that showed excellent retention and stickage.

Smell: The aroma is well-balanced between grainy malt character and citrusy hops (pink grapefruit). Very nice.

Taste: The balance is on the bitter side (of course) with a light citrus and floral hop flavour. Some basic malty sweetness is also present. While good, the flavour is a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body and moderate carbonation with a smooth texture. No complaints here.

Drinkability: Overall, a pretty good pint and not bad for a session. I had the opportunity to sample it a couple times over several days and my impressions didn't really change.

Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a bright and incredibly clear gold color with a foamy 1" white head. The head settled after a few minutes and left just a bit of lacing behind.

S= Some sweet malt came though despite the big citrusy hop aroma. Some pine in there too.

T= Lots of "West coast" hop flavor going on here. The citrus was fruity and the pine was bitter. These combined with the malts made for a pretty well balanced IPA really. The finish was drier and pleasantly bitter.

MF= Medium bodied with a slick feel and decent crispness.

D= A solid IPA here, unfortunately I think my bottle had some age on it so the hops had mellowed quite a bit. Still, damn drinkable and I enjoyed it!

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice label, pours a dark golden and slightly reddis color. The appearance reminded me of some of the better Macro Canadian Ales because of the darker golden color and clarity. The aroma is of floral hops and the taste is consistent with the aroma. This is a straight floral hop beer. If you like that type of hops, you'll love this beer.

Photo of EkimGram
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden-wheat colour with about an inch thick head. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of hops, some citrus and malt notes.

Taste: Very bitter hop flavour. A little bit of sweetness and malt. Leaves very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A great session beer, very refreshing.

Photo of spree92
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken on recent Boston trip, 05/13/11.
A- light golden-bronze with small head but good lacing.

S- for some reason in draught, I never get much of a nose. Small hops and slight malt.

T- hoppy with candies notes. Has a little euro profile in that sense.

M- light body, a little sticky remains.

O- a refreshing IPA thrashing was easy to drink.

Photo of mwa423
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden with a thin white head.

S - Light citrusy fruity aroma with a hint of malt.

T - Very well balanced hops and malt, about the perfect traditional ipa with the citrus hops balanced with malt.

M/D - Mouthfeel is excellent with a slight bite from hops and a smooth malt backbone. This is a perfectly drinkable ipa.

T -

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great ipa, enjoyed in a can for the first time today. pours crystal clear light brassy color, almost glowing in the sun, with a bigger than one inch off white head. smells like floral hops and english bready malts, balanced but hop forward. flavor matches. this is the classic summer ipa to me, its got just enough body to be an ipa, but its down easy with a drinkable but flavorful malt support cast. the hops are bitter but not challengingly so, just sort of crisp in the finish. also this is very well carbonated, lovely in the mouth. overall one of my go to summer ipas, so much flavor in a drinkable body, this is everywhere for a reason.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz., bottled on 12/23/04, served chilled in a pint glass. Pours an amber/orange color with an off-white 1 finger head that reduces to a thin blanket and leaves a few rings. Smell is of sweet malts with grapefruit/floral/spicy hops. Fairly smooth with more sweet malts on the palate than I usually find in IPAs, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The grapefruit/floral hops complement this and leave a decent bitterness. Well balanced, but I think it could still use an extra shot of hops.

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass at JWS.

Pours clear amber/golden color, with a nice, full, finger+ thick head, lots of lace on the side of the glass. Sweet and crisp smell, some citrus and fruity aromas with underlying grain tones. Taste is sweet, not as bitter as expected, sweet grain/malt well balanced with a grapefruit and hoppy flavor. Finishes dry. Medium-body, crisp carbonation. Very refreshing, not overly bitter to wear out the palate. A nice, easy IPA.

Photo of smibroncos
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a clear amber,light copper, color, with a white one finger head, Some lacing on the glass.

S. Pine, citrus, hops, flowers, alcohal

T. Bitter hops, butter, bannans

M. Medium bobied, medium carbonation

D. A good IPA, decent hops, decent malty sweetness, and bitter hop bite.

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very light copper with a white rocky head. Agressive up front hop aroma. Strong resins of citrus, pine and floral smells dominate the aroma. The front end is very bitter, and while the body is a bit on the thin side, this IPA remains very well balanced. The middle and finish are smooth and dry. Definitely a crisp finish. This perfectly carbonated -just enough CO2 to bring out a snappy, bitter profile. A very nice IPA, even if its a bit on the thin side.

Photo of cracgor
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden Amber color. Thin creamy white head. Leaves good lace.

Smell: Ruby Grapefruit like hop. A little piney. Maltiness is almost nonexistent.

Taste: Well hopped. A dry fruity hop. NOt over the top. A little to sweet as far as maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Refreshing.

Drinkability: A very good IPA. Tasty and refreshing.

Photo of zymurgy4all
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical IPA. It has great aroma of citrusy and slightly floral hops. It pours a deep golden color, and has a fantastic white long lasting head with good lacing. The initial flavor is very hoppy, with a nice bitterness, however a slight detection of alcohol exists, but this isn't abnormal for the style. It might need a little more bittering hops to balance it out more. The grain bill appears to be slightly weak as well, making the beer have a bit of a hollow body. Pretty good IPA overall, worth trying.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw color with a golden hue. Thin head that fades quickly.
Smell is grassy hops and some assertive malts. Honey, peach, pineapple and some very faint tangerine.
Taste is bready malts, with some grassy hops following. Citrus and faint peach, as well as some pineapple.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a fairly flat and wet finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. A fairly well-rounded IPA, with some good features.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is uninspiring but fortunately that's the weakest part of this brew. The beer pours a clear bright yellow with a reasonable sized white head. No real stickiness to the foam and it falls flat in no time.

The smell is very inviting - a somewhat sweet hoppy note with plenty of pine resin and floral hops. Not pungent by any means but refined and inviting.

The taste is certainly the high point here - this beer has a very nice balance between the floral hops and a rather robust malt note. There's an underlying sweetness that rounds out the drink very nicely. The hops aren't the least bit acrid or bitter so you end up with a solid but not overpowering taste.

Mouthfeel is good as well. This is a light bodied brew with lots of fine carbonation. No bitter aftertaste, no burning of the palate. This is a good IPA for beer lovers who aren't incurable hop-heads seeking extreme brews..

All in all a pretty good brew, if you're an IPA drinker I could easily imagine this one in the regular rotation.

[Another brew from the "Midwest Beer Barge" trade with TikkiGodxxx - a great opportunity to sample some fine beer that doesn't normally make it to the Left Coast]

Photo of BigJohnny
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,634 ratings.