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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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1,204 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,204
Hads: 3,844
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 23.97%
Wants: 79
Gots: 728 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 1,204 | Hads: 3,844
Photo of NewGeneric
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one last night before bed. Poured a clear bronze color with soap bubble white head and decent lacing. Smelled of citrusy hops followed by grass and malt. Tasted like very mild earthy hops and malt. It was slightly overcarbonated as well, reminding me of something like a hoppy club soda. I could kick back a few of these, but only if nothing else is available.

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Photo of travolta
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Light frothy head with minimal retention. Lacing was nice. Golden apricot in color.

Nose: Slightly herbal, leafy, and fruity.

Taste: Leafy, lightly bitter. I don't really get anything else. Maybe some hops.

Notes: Well balanced and not over the top. I like the fact that this beer is not west coast, over-hopped, craziness.

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Photo of vitesse
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on draft.
a thoroughly average beer. pours a clear light amber color. very little head. some lace. lots of carbonation bubbles.
smell is citrusy, with some hops aroma. taste is clean and crisp. hops up front and tons of lemon at the end. very very lemony when i had it on tap. i don't think that aspect is as prevalent when had in bottles. mouthfeel is thin and crisp. average drinkability. not a top-notch beer but a decent IPA that delivers some hops and is pretty tasty. much better on tap, imho.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looked as if it was a red ale. It poured a golden, but definitely reddish color. I did not have much of a head on this.

The aromas were somewhat natural for an IPA. There were slight hints of grapefruit and citrus giving it the IPA feel. My fist taste was decent, nothing to take this beer down or anything, but there was also nothing there for me to get excited about.

A good wholesome IPA, perhaps a very good choice for someone who wants to venture into the world of IPAs!

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Massive head in a pint glass clear orange copper color with beige medium bubbled head, yeasty looking. Aroma is a bit weak, smells kind of floral. All the carbonation must have gone to the head! Mouthfeel is very thin and under carbonated. Taste is not as hoppy as most IPA’s. As a beer it is quite drinkable but as an IPA it is definitely not top shelf. Probably a good beer to drink with pizza.

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Photo of in780
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Best-by date of "2-15-11" printed on the bottle.

A - Looks good. More golden than copper (color stated on the bottle), but whatever. Nice white foam sticks around, good lacing. Visible carbonation all the way til the end.

S - Not much. Was expecting more floral notes. Not bad, just not enough here to go on.

T - Initial hop bite, but fleeting and gone in a snap. Bread. Nothing standing out.

M - Good, enough alcohol presence so you know it's beer, but not abrasive. Right amount of carbonation for and IPA

D - One more at most if fine.

Would have liked to sample fresher...I'll have to revisit.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: clear, golden, carby with finger of head that fades slowly to a lacy ring at the edges.

S: bananas (exactly like the Tropicana tropical fruit juice blend with strawberries and banana), yeast esters, a slight sour vomit in the background (gross but true), an irritating lack of hops considering the style.

T: tastes like more of a bitter lager than an IPA; almost exactly like the same as the Harpoon 100 series Potts lager. More of the fruity notes from the nose, bananas, finish is bitter and toasty.

M: light bodied, sharp and clean with good carbonation.

D: meh. This used to be one of my favorite beers in college but I guess I've grown out of it. It's not that it's a horrible beer, it's fairly drinkable, but it's a horrible IPA. If you go in with the expectation of an American IPA (or any other type), you may be sorely disappointed.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Medium orange/yellow colour with a ring of white head.

S - Slight bitterness present with a light citrus aroma. Not overly impressive aroma.

T - A decent bitterness up front with some floral and citrus flavours. A slight bready malt backbone is present.

M - Light body with some creaminess. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Poured a 2 finger head. Some lacing noticed. Body a clear golden yellow color.

S. Citrus and pine hops. A vague sweetness about it as well.

T. Understated. Light pine hoppiness runs rather quickly into a straight bread flavor with light spice.

M. Light, sessionable. Watery. Easy going.

O. Not what I'm looking for in an IPA. I like a balanced IPA, and this one is very balanced, but it doesn't have enough "oomph" in it, especially on the hop end.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed 01-05-05 and transcribed from notes. Pours a deep hazy gold to copper color. Small head is accompanied by a small carbonation level. Nose is cloying with malt sweetness and has a hint of hops. Flavor is big malty and overly sweet. The flavor does dry up nice and quick. Aftertaste starts off with malt but then hops take over and dominate.

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Photo of marburg
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think this was previously released under the name, "Golden hop water."

Prickly, citric hops. The malt portion of the aroma is limited to a light cracker-like breadiness. Hop dominated flavor. While the bitterness isn't overwhelming, the lack of malt really helps to bring forth the hop flavor. Very citric and crisp but there's nothing here to keep this from being too one-dimensional in a not entirely pleasant way.

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Photo of Floydster
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of swnicholson as an extra in a trade, thanks for the opportunity Scott, best before date of June this year, consumed Friday, reviewed from notes, poured into my Humboldt pint glass, color is a cloudy golden orange, 1/2 inch soapy white head, aroma consists of floral hops, and what smells like Cascde, grapefruit, peaches, grassy accents, bread, and strong yeast, starts off slightly dry, chewy in the middle with toast and caramel malt, finish is slightly sweet and barely has any hops, minimal bitterness in the aftertaste, warming up did not help that either, malty, chewy, and slightly dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, too much carbonation, almost watered down because of it, taste does not linger, could drink a lot of this but probably would not just because there is not much flavor for an IPA and it is too malt reliant for me, although it does stay smooth, refreshing, and light, this IPA did not really do it for me, definitely can tell it is not heavily hopped like I am used to here on the west coast but even taking that into account, it was nothing special, probably would skip next time, might be worth trying

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: golden yellow/orange hue, 2 finger big head, very little lacing

S - subtle floral, grain, and hint of pine.

T: sweet malt, earthy mild pine hoppy finish

M: med/light body, crisp/semi-dry finish, big bubbly feel

D: I had to do a double take, is this an IPA? Had more of an adjunct lager feel and look to it. Fine session beer for a newbie and perhaps ok gateway brew. Have not yet been impressed with Harpoon.


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Photo of mzwolinski
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Surprisingly Weak" For some reason, I expected good things of Harpoon. Maybe it's just my West Coast enchantment will all things Eastern. But this beer was just "blah." Poured clear gold in color with rather little carbonation and not much of a head to speak of at all. Aroma contained very little malt and only a muted leafy/grapefruity hop boquet. This grapefruit taste comes off in the flavor as something more like grapejuice -- sweet without any significant hop bite. Not much of a malt body, either. It's drinkable, but so is water.

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Photo of sholland119
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a highly unexpected pilsenery yellow gold. Fluffy white head and a little lacing.

S-A bit better than the look. Nice malt presence and some hops faintly in the middle distance.

T-Bready malt in the front with a bit of earthy hops in the finish.

M-Crisp, medium carbonation.

D-Well if you insist it's an IPA who am I to argue? But this is not to my liking at all, really.


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Photo of CapH
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Light amber, almost dark golden color. Nice head eroding to crisp ring.

S- Astringent malt followed by slight hop bitterness.

T- Fruity malty frontline followed by bitter hop tones in the back.

M- Crisp almost light mouthfeel. Not much body, high effervescence.

O- A solid IPA. More traditional English style than true American. Not bad at all. Nice drinking, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Risser09
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip - Best by date of 11/2/2007

Appearance: Pours a transparent gold color with orange hues. The head really rises up to about 1.5 inches and is off white in color. Plenty of stringy lace drapes on the sides of the glass. Nice.

Smell: Hops, both piney and grapefruit. Wheat, sugar and slight mothball aroma. Maybe this one isn't as fresh as it should be. Not very aromatic.

Taste: Bitter hops up front. Next is the grapefruit middle and also the finish. Not much hop oil in this beer, as it is mostly a drying, thin bitterness. Malt balance is definitely there.

Mouthfeel: Thin and bubbly with an alcoholic presence that finishes bitter and dry.

Drinkability: This is a decent IPA. It is dryingly bitter without the oiliness from the hops. It is very drinkable, but below average in a league of other mediocre to very good India Pale Ales. So far I have not been impressed with what Harpoon beers I have reviewed.

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Photo of powoo19
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this a while back and had yet to review. This beer is not bad but forgettable. It has a pale apricot color which is not very impressive. The smess is average and hoppy as is the taste. I would rather this on tap then bottle but have yet to try it. Anyone out there have any opinion on the tap version?
Happy Drinking!

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Photo of callmemickey
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber body. 2 finger off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Generic caramel malt and non-descript earthy hop bitterness.

T: While decent, this could be the IPA at any mediocre brewpub. Its got a generic caramel malt base, somewhat bready in parts and mildly bitter earthy, piney hops.

M: Somewhat thick and chewy. Lively carbonation. Muddled finish.

D: Eh. Not bad. But I don't really want to drink "not bad." I am spoiled, I guess.

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Photo of soze47
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a hard one to review. This seems to be an everyday, widely available type of beer in the Boston area, but when comparing it to the style and how it holds up to others, this one simply doesn't get a high grade from me.

Appearance: Light amberish orange hue. 1 1/2 inch of pure white head that settled quickly. There are a lot of ephervescent bubbles dancing up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: I get biscuity malt first on smell, then slight grassy hops. This is odd and not what I would expect for the style. Although BA puts this in as an American IPA, which it is, I feel like this is closer to an English IPA from the nose.

Taste: Just like the nose, maltiness is what I get first with the hops only providing a balancing bittering quality with little appreciable flavor. It doesn't taste bad, but it certainly isn't robust or anything remarkable.

Mouthfeel: Again, middle of the road. Considering middle of the road ABV, you get a boozy heat on this one. It finishes pretty crisply without a massive aftertaste. The higher rate of carbonation also keeps the body light in the mouth.

Drinkability: Like I mentioned before, this is a fine beer to have when kicking around Boston as it is available everywhere. The bitterness is actually key to keeping this from being too malty or oppressive. It is an easy drinker, but nothing that is remarkable either.

Overall: I seem to have at least on Harpoon IPA a month living in Boston. It can often be the best beer in the room at a party or non-beer specialty bar. However, this is not one to try if you are at a place with other regional or national IPAs on hand.

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Photo of sstackho
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours fairly pale, with medium carbonation. Head fades pretty quickly, but has decent lacing. Nice, floral hoppy aroma. Taste is enjoyable, but a bit lacking, and not as full, hoppy and fruity as I was hoping from the aroma. As this beer appears to be pretty readily available in the Boston area, I would definitely choose it again when offered alongside the big brews, if no interesting micros are available.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To be honest, I'm just not a fan. I don't think I can exactly pinpoint what it is, but this beer just seems to be too acidic for me. It has a helluva bite, without much reward. It's like breeding pit-bulls without keeping one to protect the house. I looove hops, but this is just plain bitter - not in the good way. There just isn't anything to balance out this brew. I get very little flavors other than hop bitterness. Perhaps a little bit of lemon. Anyway, maybe I'll give it a try in the bottle since the brothers seem to think it is better that way.

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Photo of Gmann
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a short wispy white head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a floral hop with some orange and apricot scents. The malt is bready with a honey sweetness. Smells more malty than hoppy.

The taste is of a sweet honey malt with some cereal grains. The hops are grassy with some citrus. A slight hint of asprin towards the end.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Pretty balanced between the sweet and the bitter; finishes slightly dry.

Definition of an average IPA. Its quite drinkable but the flavor is just ho hum.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, says to enjoy by 02/15/2013. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours a clear copper color with one finger of head that disappears quickly. Steady column of bubbles rushing up to the top.

S - Malty and lightly hoppy. Smells hoppier than it actually is, if you ask me.

T - Taste is way more malty than it is hoppy, which is kind of disappointing. It is well-balanced, but I definitely wish it was more bitter and hoppy. Has a vague apple cider taste to it also, which is kind of strange.

M - A nicely bodied beer, with a nice resinous mouthfeel, and the lingering taste of green apple.

Overall, it's not a bad beer, but I like my IPA's to be ridiculously hoppy, and this beer disappoints in that arena. Nicely bodied, and tasty nonetheless, but as an example of the style it is a little bland. Solid 5.90% abv, and I got this 6 pack on sale for $5.99 so I guess I can't complain.

Harpoon IPA ---3/5.

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Photo of supercolter
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a small restaraunt on Nantucket Island, definately the most average IPA I have tasted.
The hops just weren't what they should be. That's not to say they were non-existant, but they were along the potency of an APA and tasted poor in quality. The flavor overall was good but just not a good depiction at all of the style.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.