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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,359 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,359
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 44
Gots: 262 | 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 chippo33
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

chippo33, Mar 13, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

tsgooch79, May 23, 2014
Photo of wombat
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

wombat, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
1.65/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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?

Ryan011235, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of tgeorgf
1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

tgeorgf, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Rudgers73
1.83/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Rudgers73, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of oracle
1.93/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

oracle, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of applky
1.95/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

applky, Dec 22, 2008
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

DStoked, May 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Mudawg, Jun 26, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Blanco, Feb 19, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Caudalie, May 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

jlwelsh, May 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Mstezano, Jan 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Dusty6467, Aug 16, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

jamiesmithnc, Feb 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Focusf111, Jun 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

iguana1010, Nov 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

greyghost86, May 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

garyford, Feb 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

cbuckl14, Jun 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

DMPollock, Nov 17, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

BigStein88, Jan 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

brandoneverett, May 29, 2012
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,359 ratings.