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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,589 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,589
Reviews: 1,194
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 57
Gots: 419 | 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 JodyPowers
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bceaglejoe
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber color from the tap, culminating in a rather large head that dissipated to about an inch. After a few sips, it was still sitting about a quarter inch atop the beer.

This beer has a slightly stronger scent than other beers, mainly due to the fact that it's an IPA and it's more "pungent." Definitely not bad at all though.

The bitterness of this beer really isn't overwhelming at all. It seems to me a well-balanced IPA, with the hop flavor offset by malts. It goes down really easily, and it doesn't feel overly harsh on the tongue at all. I suppose it has the smoothness of a lager combined with the flavor of an ale.

I definitely could drink more than one of these in one sitting. It's a very enjoyable beer, and it would probably go well as a "session beer." If you haven't had this yet, I definitely recommend it.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - big, bold golden color with some auburn shades and a nice inch of fluffy head which leaves some lacing streaking downward.

Aroma - sweetened lemon juice, oranges, some earthiness, freshly cut grass, dried hops and bread dough.

Taste - definitely earthy, grassy, more subdued potency with the hops but a decent amount of sweet citrus flavor comes through. The caramel maltiness provides a very strong back to this, almost encroaching on the hops and taking the leading role. As far as flavor goes, this is a very clean tasting IPA without too much of a bite but just enough hop presence to remind you of what you're drinking.

Overall - Harpoon's IPA will remind the staunchest hopheads more of an English-style IPA than a bold, piney, grapefruit-ey American one. Regardless of that, this is a very solid and very easily enjoyed brew that will make hands leaving the icy depths of a cooler very happy.

Would I buy more of it? - I am actually going to be picking up a couple 12-packs tomorrow to bring on a camping trip this weekend. Its affordable and will please the whole crew of people that are going. I might also pick up some of their Summer Beer as well.

Photo of thespaceman
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek pint glass.

Appearance: Nice copper color, a minimal size head with extra soapy lacing.

Smell: Smell is of citrus bliss. A oily hop presence leaks off to a boquet of fruit florals, a tinge of spiciness is there also from the hoppiness.

Taste: Fresh grapefruit, plum, citrus elements, and a metallic hop taste. I don't know if it's supposed to taste like that but the hops are so strong with the carbo that it taste almost like drinking water from the fountain at school. Not a bad thing at all, I can see where it's coming from, just a little weird seeing as though I've never come across something like this from an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Extra carbonated, a good mouthfeel all in all, the bitterness from the hops is right on point, and it doesn't get too flat on the tongue.

Drinkability: Besides the metallic taste, I love this IPA, it's refreshing, features just the right amount of hoppy elements, and is smooth in it's own sense. I recommend this to any hop head looking for an enjoyable IPA.

Photo of WoostaBia
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Leebo2007
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

COLOR: light to dark brown, great color

CONSISTENCY: Very bubbly, good constant color with copper color

HEAD: Good to medium head

SMELL: fresh/Fruity smell. Has some wild yeast smell too.

TASTE: fruity and floral at first but then loses some hoppiness. Still pretty crispy for an IPA.

Not the best IPA but has a good yeasty taste that many IPAs do not have.

Photo of jwerner23
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ahelms90
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of batt6343
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Robjm1987
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For a wide-spread distributed IPA...Harpoon has to be my favorite..

Serving: tap and & bottle.
Appearance: Copper.
Smell: Nice subtle hoppy smell.
Taste: more on the hoppy side, with a wee-bit of floral notes.
mouthfeel: on the heavier side.
Ovearall: Formidable IPA.

Photo of harryhops
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

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

A nice, solid, and affordable IPA. I picked at a 12 pack at Wegmans for $13. Its a touch light in color and head, but has great lacing. Smells of citrus and grapefuit. Tastes of biscuit malts and citrus hops. A nice kick of bitterness, but nothing you cant handle. Easy to drink and tasty.

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

Pours a nice light copper color with a very nice fluffy head.

The smell is not as full as I would have hoped. Fresh grain, mango, and pineapple.

Fresh grain to start. Pineapple, pine, and mango to finish. Pine lingers for a bit.

The feel is full-bodied and creamy.

Overall, this was a pretty tasty brew. It could have been a bit more fresh, but the beer is still pretty damn good.

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

On tap @ harpoon brewery.

Pours a very dark yellow / oragney color. Some faint citrusy, grassy hops in the nose, but not dominant like you would expect from an american IPA. Flavor is a nice mix of bready and citrusy flavors, (well balanced between the malt and hops), with a faint touch of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is average (maybe a bit overcarbonated), and finishes quite smooth, overall a pleasnt drinking experience.

Definetely not a hop-bomb like many modern IPA's, but if consider it more as an APA, you will not be dissapointed.

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

On the pour the beers appears a deeply tanned gold with a sparkling white head that is impressive in size, frothy in its texture and as it erodes it leaves a nice lace coving. Lightly floral, hints of malt with a citrus crispness and quite a treat for the nose, sweet at the front with a middling top and a biting acidity at the finish with an “English hop spicy bite”, not brutal, just quite pleasant to the palate, also quite dry, and a very drinkable beer in this “Beer” lovers book.

Photo of cktison
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
A: Pale amber, not as dark orange as some. Nice 1" head, medium bubbles and moderate retention. Some lacing.
S: Light, hoppy, grapefruit and citrus. Peaches, melons, really interesting aroma - I really like how this one smells!
T: After the aroma, taste lets me down. Not as hoppy as many IPA's, but a good floral aroma and decent malt backbone. Not very bitter at all - which surprises me, but makes for an easy drinking IPA.
M: Nicely carbonated, smooth, not too bitter and a slight metallic tinge at the end.
D: Really easy drinking, smooth IPA.

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

Had a bottle at RFD in Washington DC. Served in a tapered tumbler, something that I thought wouldn't help this beer breath much. Average clear copper color, small head, clean hops in the nose and flavor. The hops bite is there, but I was not overwhelmed by any one aspect in this beer, but I couldn't say it was bad, it's just not elite. A good regional IPA

Photo of runningjoke
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured onto pint glass.

Amber colored with a tight head that disappears, leaving only faint traces.

Smells bready, citrusy, a bit piney and floral.

Sweet at first the bitter comes through at the end. In the same order as the nose is presented.

Quaffable, the beer goes down nice and easy.

I could drink a ton of these. It not the greatest, the hops are on the lower end of the spectrum. That won't keep me from drinking this.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. The head kind of disintegrates, leaving sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it does. A little beer ring lacing.

S: Hops, lemon citrus, a little honey and Italian spice.

T: Pungent hoppy flavor with just a tinge of spice and lemon lime citrus and honey.

M: Dry, hoppy, but has a little of washed-out feel.

D: Goes down easy. Dry, but you can put this one down.

Atmosphere is good. Nice look, good head, and some decent lacing. Nose is a really good combination of hops, citrus, sweet and spice. Flavor is pungent and hoppy with a citrus and sweet. Tastes like it smells. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of ckbailey97
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good IPA, especially for the price. When comparing to $30 and up for a case of IPA, should you buy it in that manner, it makes this IPA much more attractive. Locally it is accessible for around $13 a 12 pack. Not the best IPA I have tasted, but above others for me that are more pricey. Good lawn mowing IPA, little spill here or there doesn't make you cry. Not my favorite thing to do either, but spillin' a Titan makes me worrysome.

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

Pours a medium, faintly transparent amber, retains a decent amount of head to the end.

Smells florally hops, the aromas of this beer aren't too strong, nothing immediately jumps out.

Taste is pretty balanced for an IPA. Bitter hops are recognizable, but there is also a pretty strong sweet malty taste in there as well. The first thing I noticed is that it is a nicely balanced IPA, which is somewhat strange for the style.

A very solid brew, definitely worth trying.

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.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,589 ratings.