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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,164 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,164
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 41
Gots: 174 | 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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JMAC45

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-29-2013 00:14:50 | More by JMAC45
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tcsather


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-03-2012 19:02:08 | More by tcsather
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-18-2014 21:04:17 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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justinp

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-21-2012 21:41:41 | More by justinp
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-18-2012 20:37:32 | More by Mikecap
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-21-2012 01:17:37 | More by vicsju1991
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppery orange color topped with a healthy head of white foam that had fair retention. Mild lacing inside the glass. Medium high levels of carbonation.

S: Strong indications of cascade hops and citrus fruit. I note a strong presence of malt, which is usually absent from the style, but fits well and adds a buttery like aroma to the nose.

T: Well made. A dry hop flavor blooms into a citrusy and pine note that is accented by a mild malt character. Slightly buttery, this one has more depth than a lot of IPA's, but a touch less flavor.

M: Smooth, slightly crisp. Balanced. Very enjoyable. Not too heavy, and not too light.

D: Not bad. I'd have it again, and would be interested in trying it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 02:15:50 | More by Frozensoul327
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njbusa

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-19-2014 21:38:14 | More by njbusa
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very clean golden color, bordering on amber, and displaying light pinkish tints. The beers body is very translucent and particle free, but the head is tiny and nearly nonexistent, which is too bad. What bubbles do appear, appear to from a small scrim-ring around the glass and are an eggshell white. The lacing on the sides of the glass is spotty and quite slick, only staying briefly before they return to the beer. On the nose, the beer smells of grassy and hay-like hops with a good sweet and slightly stale bread malt base and a light citrus touch. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter with a great malty sweet playing alongside of it, but never fully meshing with the bitters. The beer begins with light caramel sweets and a faint bitter bite before the bitters open into a nice little punch with very slight citrus, grass, and hay notes. As the beer rounds out the bready malts build in the mouth to play alongside the bitters, and in the finish there is still a great bitter tingle with a fading sense of the bready sweet malts. Just as the beer drops down the throat there is very quick emanation of cereal malts, which quickly returns to the bready sweet aftertaste. On the mouth, the beer feels thin to medium in body, with a little tingle of fierceness from the carbonation, and a big bitter bite on the tongue. The mouth is left clean but for some slight saliva on the edges of the mouth and a bitter tingle in the tongue. Overall, this is a solid middle of the road IPA. It has a little more of a bitter bite than a true English IPA, but not nearly enough pine or citrus to be considered an American IPA. I think this is a terrific introduction to the world of hops and IPA’s, and definitely a recommendation for anyone trying to slowly convert someone else to the hops. The malts and bitters work beautifully side-by-side, but never quite mesh, which isn’t entirely bad. A great intro IPA, and a good beer that can be found outside of craft beer bars.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:50:39 | More by Maxwell
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-07-2012 07:16:23 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-07-2012 05:03:45 | More by tobelerone
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gibsonflip

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-17-2013 00:16:42 | More by gibsonflip
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nyyfanatic213

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-03-2013 20:14:54 | More by nyyfanatic213
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closisinthehouse

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-28-2012 14:57:35 | More by closisinthehouse
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-01-2012 00:51:49 | More by ms11781
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Hitmanoo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-26-2014 01:09:57 | More by Hitmanoo
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-14-2014 13:50:08 | More by superdoopersauce
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RayOhioFelton

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-17-2013 05:02:19 | More by RayOhioFelton
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lic217

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-18-2013 03:21:51 | More by lic217
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-21-2013 19:43:25 | More by InspectorBob
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laicha926

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-15-2012 17:50:36 | More by laicha926
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tomasher

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-29-2012 16:50:21 | More by tomasher
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mdube0378

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-19-2014 20:14:15 | More by mdube0378
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Brianedonovan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

09-01-2013 06:17:44 | More by Brianedonovan
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-23-2012 14:48:33 | More by rhabdovirus
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,164 ratings.