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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,104 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,104
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 39
Gots: 146 | 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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JMCrocker

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.1%

05-01-2012 01:06:08 | More by JMCrocker
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bostonbluenose

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.1%

12-30-2011 17:00:47 | More by bostonbluenose
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mooner

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While many new IPA's have certainly entered the realm of Imperial or double IPA, and surely are jam packed full of flavor, I wonder how many reviewers remember when Harpoon was the only company that made one. And in 94 it was certainly more hoppy than any beer I had ever tasted. It still holds up as a great tasting brew. That unique bubblegum flavor poons' yeast spits out really sits well with the cascade nose. Really clean and fresh when in Boston. Hard to find a better choice when in the city, rarely disappoints. It seems to me that many newbie IPA brewers are just masking nasty yeast aroma or low boils or lackluster fermentation, with huge amounts of hops, alcohol, or residual sugar. To pack the flavorful punch of Harpoon into 5.9% and 42 ibu's is a testament to the brewers passion for drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2006 19:02:18 | More by mooner
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +38.1%

11-22-2011 22:37:29 | More by KC9LDB
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BenGreedie


5/5  rDev +38.1%

03-17-2012 18:19:29 | More by BenGreedie
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xXTequila

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This has to be one of my favorite ipa's.
You can smell the hops while you pour.
Golden Orange with a big thick head. Great lace.
At first a salty green rind flavour followed by a rush of citrus and sweet malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2001 16:41:10 | More by xXTequila
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright golden yellow with a nice thick foamy head and quite a bit of carbonation.

Strong biscuity malt aroma nutty and earthy, with a fruity tea-like hoppiness.

Smooth and crisp on the palate, sweet with a biscuit malt flavor. Very nice spiced, tea-like hoppiness in the middle. Piny/Citrusy bitter finish clings to the palate.

Balanced, drinkable and very refreshing. A session beer with some a warming effect to it. One of my all-time favorites

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 02:29:14 | More by SteveO1231
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boogles

Kansas

4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a GREAT beer, by which I mean it's terribly accessible. It is what it is--a robust, full, fruity hopped-up beer. As much as I like dirty double stouts and bitter imperial IPAs, the Harpoon IPA is a winner. Maybe "delicious" is a careful appropriate word here. Unfortunately, every place I've seen that carries it carries better beer. Oh well, it's worth it now and agian, and is a great gift for the novice who likes IPA but doesn't know the difference between Pale Ale and IPA. A gift, that is, were I get to keep/have some.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 08:24:54 | More by boogles
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klink40

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are an IPA fan this is a no-doubt, failproof, reliable, never disappointing beer of choice. It is found on tap at most Boston area establishments.

A: vibrant glowing brown color.

S: earthy, clean, euphoric

T: hoppy, sharp, crisp, clean

M: medium body/carbonation, refreshing

D: Great with dinner but distinct enough that it stands out on it's own.If drinkability means you can have 6 and can still say "This is a good f'n beer!" then Harpoon IPA is "King of Drinkability"

Absolutely delicious! Plus 5.9% and $7/6-pack.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 03:09:02 | More by klink40
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alesaram

Guam

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

10-15-2012 23:05:38 | More by alesaram
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

04-25-2012 18:22:54 | More by Larrydoherty
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runawayJame


4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

05-01-2012 11:11:28 | More by runawayJame
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MrShroom

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

11-26-2012 21:15:32 | More by MrShroom
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Shakydog68

New York

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

02-16-2014 04:29:24 | More by Shakydog68
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Spigs84


4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

06-30-2014 00:54:21 | More by Spigs84
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sjs057

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

05-31-2014 21:00:49 | More by sjs057
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ejane

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

10-13-2012 15:22:56 | More by ejane
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braedon_peluso

New York

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

06-10-2013 02:39:21 | More by braedon_peluso
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RyneEverett

New York

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

09-09-2013 23:33:57 | More by RyneEverett
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lordwembly

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

07-30-2013 07:41:08 | More by lordwembly
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Antonius08

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

06-14-2014 00:33:53 | More by Antonius08
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Envious

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another of the beers on my sampler tray. Although I had tried this before out of the bottle it had never been better then on-tap at the source. This style was my crossover beer. I've never looked back.
This IPA was an amber color, slightly cloudy, plenty of carbonation. The spicy hops aroma went pleasantly with the yeast and citrus undertones. As with Harpoons other light beer (UFO) this ale has very good mouthfeel. A clean drinking beer which went extremely well with my rare roastbeef sandwich (the New Englander).

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2006 20:08:54 | More by Envious
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.72/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, so I'm a little bit biased with this review. I've been drinking Harpoon IPA for years and can't believe I never reviewed it until now. It's my favorite IPA, session beer and go to beer at most bars.

The beer pours a clear straw yellow with some orange hues mixed in. A frothy white head forms on top slowly dissolving to a thick ring around the surface leaving behind a nice netting pattern of lace. A citrus aroma of grapefruit and pine with a hint of toasted malt greets you before each sip.

The flavor of this medium bodied smooth beer is filled with hoppy goodness. It begins with some pine and citrus. It sweetens towards the middle with some malt and bubblegum flavors before finishing with a mild bitterness leaving behind a hoppy residue. The hops are not too bitter and are well balanced with the malt. This would be a good beer to introduce someone to the wonderful world of hop bitterness.

Harpoon IPA is the light in the darkness when at a new bar with a (mostly) poor beer selection. It can always be found in my fridge or cooler on a camping trip. It's so easy to drink and full of flavor I can't see why anyone would want another session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 00:47:00 | More by WanderingFool
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erosier

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is always a pleasure to have. It has a very nice golden amber color with a thick white head that sticks to the glass. The smell is really nice. Very fresh, very hoppy and fruity and flowery that overpower the malt tones. The taste is phenomenal. One of the best IPAs, if not the best, I have ever had. It tastes fruity and hoppy and very light malt taste in the background. The good thing about this IPA is that this does not have a very acidy taste, very clean. It's aftertaste is clean and not too bitter which I really like. Very good mouthfeel and very good all around. This is excellent and I recommend it for anyone who wants a refreshing IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 00:54:34 | More by erosier
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dippy

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my go to beer. "What do you have on Tap?", "I will have an IPA".

In MA if you ask for an IPA you get a harpoon.

It pours a yellow/golden color with some amount of carbonation. Nice tight knit buble structure on top that is nice and sticky icky.

Smell is straight hops. Floral and citrus.

Taste is Citrus grapefruit rind that disapates to a more floral touch..

I love this brew. I drink it all the time. It is always in my fridge. If you want to see what HArpoon is about, check this one out. It is in everybar in Boston. Look for the Yellow harpoon tap and drink away.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 18:59:10 | More by dippy
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,104 ratings.