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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,539
Reviews: 1,185
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 55
Gots: 362 | 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)
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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/burgandy color with a tan, two-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of a good deal of hops. A a toasty malt aroma.

T - It tasted of bitter hops bite, very grassy. It also had a good sweet maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It was a medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very nice IPA. An impressive beer for their flagship brew.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at papa razzi restaurant in boston with dinner. Showed up a clear orange with a thin head in a pint glass. Pretty calm looking in the glass but the lacing practically coats the side as I drank the brew. Nice piny citrusy hops smell. Doesn't seem oveewhelming in the hops, just how I like it. Taste however is much more bitter than the nose lends. Overall nice IPA with a touch of bitterness. Pretty medium bodied and an easy drinker. Could be balanced a bit more for my tastes, but a standard IPA.

Photo of mschofield
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber with a thin white head. Laces passably with thin rings.
Floral and citrus aroma - not very strong.
Citrus flavor, a little lemon, and when it warms just a tiny bit of pine.
Nicely balanced slightly hoppy pale ale. It's a small one, but good - doesn't compare to the big boys like Stone or DogFishhead, but then it really isn't meant to.

Seems to have gotten a little weaker over the past couple of years. More of a pale ale than an IPA now. It also hasn't ever been as good on tap as in the bottle. I used to buy the bottles quite often, I'd go more with Stone or HopDevil now.

Photo of Will46andbrew
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The color is golden yellow. Very clear, nice appearance.

S - The smell is slightly bitter. Not florally like some IPA's. Somewhat faint.

T - The taste is crisp and good. Not too bitter, just right for a good refreshing IPA.

M - The mouthfeel is good.

D - The drinkability is good. It's not too heavy, but you can't sit down and have a 6 pack without feeling bloated... Has a refreshing taste, a really good beer. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but it's very good. This is one of my staples.

Photo of mnrider
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle. Best By on bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thick white sticky head. lacing clings to the glass better than most.

S: Strong rich aroma. Nice hopy citric mixed with nice thick malts.

T/M: Creamy and medium bodied. Excellent balance between citric hops and malts. Slight bitterness. Hops are weaker than I would like.

D: Solid all around American I.P.A. Other than the hop situation this is an amazing brew. I'll be returning to this one again.


Photo of ommegangpbr
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little watery on the palate, a little soapy in the mouthfeel, but a good hops character and an overall enjoyable flavor for an IPA.
A little herbal, a bit of citrus rind.
At $6 for a six pack, this is a brilliant idea.
A good way to get your hops fix, even if you dont get the bargain price.
Good for the style and a good brew.

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An old standby.

A - Clear golden orange with a one finger tan head. Good retention/lacing.

S - Slightly floral but surprisingly not that aromatic. Slight citrus and pine.

T - Very piney and citrusy IPA, but the two hop bites are well balanced. Sweet, malty, and dry in the finish. Slightly bitter.

M - A bit oily and overcarbonated, but not terrible. Somewhat thin.

D - Very drinkable for an IPA, but not a style I tend to have more than a few of.

Photo of belgiumbud
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap at the Bell In Hand Pub in historic Boston

Poured nicely in a large Hefe style glass with very little head retention...Great autumn auburn color with the aroma of extremely mild hoppiness and chestnut

More similar to an English IPA than its American counterpart...Very smooth, well balanced flavor with decent amount of nutty maltiness that is cut short from the mild hop back...Would view this beer as a good example of a session beer...Not my favorite beer by any means

Photo of dickroop
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale was served with only a little head. It was light golden, very clear. The smell was limited to a biscuity aroma with very limited hop presence.

The taste was weak for an IPA. The hop flavor was spicy and floral-to-piney. The malts were light and, like the nose, biscuity. Mouthfeel was a little watery.

Drinkability was fine but Harpoon has never been an IPA that excited me. The hops of Sam Adams Boston Lager are more interesting. To me, the Harpoon IPA is a serious underachiever.

Photo of mnj21655
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear yellowish gold in color with nearly two fingers of fluffy white head and some nice lacing. Smells of floral hops with a very light maltiness. Taste is dominated by bitter floral, lightly herbal hops although there is just a mere indication of malts. Flavors are fairly well-balanced for an IPA. Nice mouthfeel, solid body, moderate carbonation. Good drinkability, has a nice crisp, clean finish. This is a great session IPA.

Photo of atlanta
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drink alot of this because its my sisters only beer. I find it a little sweet at times, and yesterday at the octoberfest in Vermont, I drank it next to the UFO pale, and it was really notable how little flavor the IPA had. Strange, that. But it is a reliable IPA, and I do choose it when I get the chance. My favorite pub in Atlanta has it for $3 a pint!
Again, a little sweet but a fine light hopiness that drives the drinkability.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden body. Looks decently carbonated. Frothy white head turning into a iceberg effect.

Hops, some pine and floral but a very mild aroma.

Nice tasting IPA but a little on the lighter side. Hops, pine and a mild metalic taste mostly in the beginning with a slight bready backbone.

Light body and easy to go down. Not a whole lot of carbonation but it's noticeable.

This a session IPA. It's light in the body so it's easy to go down. A nice taste makes this a IPA to try.

Photo of tigerpaws
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very well rounded IPA from one of my fav breweries. But as one earlier post stated after trying others such as Pyramid and Sweetwater for me it had alot to live up to. I would drink this beer again but there are other IPA's much better in my opinion...............CHEERS

Photo of afordney
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw in color, carbonated with a thin head, light lacing didn't stick around long.

Smells almost spicy, hopped and carbonated. Very appetizing

Tastes just as good, hoppy flavor gives way to orange peel. slightly malty and sweet in the finnish

Hoppy and slightly bitter, well carbonated

A great warm weather beer, very light and tasty, one I will reach fore again

Photo of Immortale25
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottleneck says Enjoy By: 12/15/13.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Unique hop aroma that's spicy and a bit earthy. A little bit of alcohol comes into play as the malts play off the zesty (but not citrusy) hops.

T- Very balanced for an IPA as the bitterness is very tame and the malt creates a nice balance making for a high drinkability. The hops that are there are pretty earthy and the malt is lightly toasty.

M- Moist and a tad oily. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This was the first IPA I had (besides DFH's 60 and 90) where I realized "Hey, I like IPAs." Not very surprising since it's such a subtle version of the style. Recommended for people who aren't that into hops but would like some bitterness in their beer.

Photo of biggiet
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-It pours a medium dark amber color with light clingy head. Looks great in a curvy glass!

S-Smells lightly floral kind of mild for an IPA in my opinion.

T-Tastes on the light floral side with light carbonation and little bite.

M-Very light, easy going with low bitterness.

O-What a great drinking IPA for a session! Easy to drink with a tad more ABV than most of the lighter IPAs so I guess that's why I like it so much. I only tried it after checking this site and decided to become a member to review it as my first beer because of other people's reviews! I highly recommend it even though I may not be a beer expert but believe that I have had my share to be a source of information.

Photo of Goldopelgt
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured, from bottle, into my Duvel tulip (c'mon, give me a break, it was the only clean one!)...Deep amber hue, with a frothy white-ish head...Decent lacing on the glass

S: Some citrus hops upfront, with a good amount of toasted malt too...

T: Hop presence throughout, but not over powering...Slight heat of alcohol...Buscuit and hops linger on the palate...

M: Crisp, not overly carbonated...nothing to complain about here

D: A decent brew, wouldn't complain about revisiting this IPA, but, being somewhat of a hop-head, I kinda wish there was more of a hop presence...Really, just splitting hairs at this point, definitely worth a try.

Photo of joel_bou
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of richkrull
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy golden color with lots of beige head on it.

Smell is hoppy with floral and citrus notes coming through.

Taste is fairly balanced. Hops are a little lighter than I typically like in my IPAs. Good tasting though.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a pretty decent IPA. Not one of my faces but I would drink it again.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden, honey like color in the glass with a thick fluffy white head which quickly subsided leaving behind some fair lacing. Smells of hops, but not too strongly. Somewhat citrusy and flowery. Tastes of malt up front followed by bitter, spicy hops. Smooth and easy to drink, lightly carbonated.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I cannot believe I've never reviewed this beer before. QUITE honestly, it is probably my "most consumed" beer. Not overly charismatic in any of its forms, but it is one consumable beer.

A. Average. Depending on how it’s served, variances its appearance.

S. Slightly hoppy, kind of commercial.

TM. Average. At best.

D. Off the charts. Widely available in Massachusetts, and New England.

Photo of Koebele
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Photo of TWStandley
3.8/5  rDev +5%

My go to when at local bars with limited menus.

Appears a see through golden orange color with a big, white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells hoppy with some grapefruit and pine, orange zets, slight bitterness in the nose.

Taste is hoppy and sweet - well balanced.

Overall a staple - probably one of the beers I have consumed the most.

Photo of cjl1209
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"In the tradition of IPAs, our highly-hopped, copper-colored ale features a floral aroma and a crisp, refreshing finish. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as we do."
No freshness date.

A - Pours a crystal clear gold color with a 2 finger off white bubbly head. Lighter than expected.

S - Pleasant floral hops with a touch of sweet malts.

T - The sweet malts come through at first, followed by the somewhat spicy hops. A nice floral, fruitiness develops showcasing a good hop complexity. There's actual hop flavor in this beer, it's not just straight bitterness. With a solid malt backbone appearing on the tail end of things, this is a high-quality, well balanced brew. Slightly bitter but not overly dry finish. This isn't an aggressive IPA but it certainly is tasty.

M - Light bodied and crisp with a good sense of hops.

D - Very sessionable brew. Hops are there but not overbearing.

Final Thoughts: Not overly hopped as promised but still a solid effort within an overrepresented style by the folks at Harpoon.

Photo of Darkale
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon's IPA is a very clear, light yellow-orange in color, with a bright white head. The aroma is clean, lightly floral. The head sticks around for only a short while.

A nice hop snap, gritty mouthfeel, slight malt aftertaste.

This is a very consistent, thirst-quenching, reliable beer. It could be a bit sharper, but of course, I'm a bit of a hop-head. It could have more depth, more complexity, a bit more malt to play with the hops. But, it is very refreshing on a hot day, and seems well put-together.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,539 ratings.