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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,254 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 3,254
Reviews: 1,166
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 43
Gots: 219 | 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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Photo of wombat

1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

I had this beer for the first time and when i tasted it i had to check the label to make sure i had the beer i wanted. nothing about this beer tastes like an IPA in fact it tastes like a lager. i don't know if they got their labels mixed up or if the IPA is just horrible but something isn't right.

07-19-2012 21:10:50 | More by wombat
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1.65/5  rDev -54.4%

On tap at Barley's Smokehouse on 11/27/10

Clear, grainy yellow. Thin retention with a little drippy lace.

Smells like soap, lysol & watered down jolly ranchers. Tastes like bubblegum & bread. Agitation that comes with tasting air cleansers as they rain down. Medium-light body. Low carbonation. Soapy finish.

Where is the IPA?

01-10-2011 01:09:48 | More by Ryan011235
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1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

06-23-2013 01:40:32 | More by tgeorgf
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

1.83/5  rDev -49.4%

This is the beer that made me realize that I don't enjoy IPA's.

I gave this a try while attempting to complete the 100 Beer Tour at the local college bar. This is the first one that I really didn't like.

The bottle looked nice, and it smelled just a little hoppy. Then I took my first sip and BANG--hops hops and more hops. To the point that it tasted like chlorophyl. I don't mind ESB's so I don't think it was the bitterness that got me. It was just pungent. I had to pass it around to get it finished.

09-09-2006 15:48:15 | More by Rudgers73
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1.93/5  rDev -46.7%

Trying as hard as I could, I could find very little in this beer that I approved of.

It poured a clear and very light copper, with a moderate medium density head that left heavy lacing.

The smell was best described as harsh and unforgiving. The characteristic hoppiness of an IPA was present, but in a very one sided and unforgiving way. No malt that I could detect, just harsh hops.

Taste was bad, just plain bad. Harshly bitter (which one would expect in an IPA), but also a little sour. It also had a foul long-lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was about average. Not too dry or too sweet.

I definately will not be buying this again.

08-31-2004 02:31:26 | More by oracle
Photo of applky

New York

1.95/5  rDev -46.1%

I'm so sorry, but I don't see what everyone else does in this beer. To me, this beer is absurdly over-hopped, so much so that at all temperatures it smells like rotting vegetation and tastes like a pale ale with with alpha acids added from an eyedropper. The malt flavor is too aggressive and tastes over-toasted. I love IPAs with malt flavor, but only if it works to balance the hop flavor. In this case, both flavors are too aggressive. Come on, Harpoon. Your Dark Munich Ale is so good! Everything else you make is so good! Maybe (with more care) this beer as a double IPA would work well? Although this doesn't bear that much resemblance to their Leviathan. Still, in all departments I find it profoundly below average, except maybe appearance and mouthfeel, which are standard (gold with a tinge of brown and not too oily, respectively). This is just one of those beers I can't get into.

12-22-2008 09:44:08 | More by applky
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

01-04-2012 15:27:23 | More by jaredseaman77
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

05-22-2013 13:48:02 | More by DStoked
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -44.8%

06-26-2012 03:11:44 | More by Mudawg
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

02-19-2013 05:27:28 | More by Blanco
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -44.8%

05-10-2013 20:25:26 | More by Caudalie
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

05-14-2013 01:29:28 | More by jlwelsh
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

01-02-2014 02:43:04 | More by Mstezano
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

08-16-2013 00:21:35 | More by Dusty6467
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -44.8%

02-23-2013 20:10:48 | More by jamiesmithnc
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

06-21-2012 17:09:20 | More by Focusf111
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

11-24-2011 03:58:18 | More by iguana1010
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

05-08-2012 12:15:45 | More by greyghost86
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

02-15-2012 21:31:25 | More by garyford
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

06-18-2014 21:57:51 | More by cbuckl14
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District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -44.8%

11-17-2011 14:56:01 | More by DMPollock
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New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -44.8%

01-27-2013 17:14:23 | More by BigStein88
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

05-29-2012 01:24:56 | More by brandoneverett
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2.03/5  rDev -43.9%

clear golden in color. minimal lacing.

smell is almost non existent. fruity esters overtake a mild hop aroma.

taste is mildly hoppy with some esters. the yeast seems lowly attenuative which doesn't allow what little hops are left to shine.

mouthfeel is thin and sweet. not enough cabonation.

pass on this one

03-22-2009 23:58:37 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of dcrawlins

2.15/5  rDev -40.6%

Had a Harpoon IPA on draft at Red Robbin last night and I couldn't even tell it was an IPA or even a Pale Ale. There was no hop aroma and barely any taste. It was a bit cloudy also It reminded me of Bud American Ale which has no noticeable hop aroma either . I don't recommend it.

07-13-2012 20:38:48 | More by dcrawlins
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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