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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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2,909 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2909
Reviews: 1154
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%

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 connecticutpoet


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely amber ale with a good-sized head.

The aroma struck me as being pure Cascade hops. I'm not sure if that's what they used, but that's what it certainly smelled like to me. That bitterness, pine, and citrus aroma that blend together like no other.

The taste was of sharp, tangy, bitter hops with touches of citrus. Again, it tasted like pure Cascade to me. Quite delightful.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 04:24:08 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of ypsifly


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz with no dates.

Golden orange with good carbonation. This one sports a 1"+ head of white that clings to the glass leaving nice lacing.

Smells of earthy hops, more citric than floral. There's a slight touch of malt underneath.

The taste is (as expected) very hoppy with the citric notes carrying through. Nice clean, dry finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel. Great drinkability as this one isn't hop overkill like so many others from this style.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 04:07:51 | More by ypsifly
Photo of ithacabaron


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhere between a deep gold and a light amber. Your pick.

Aroma is slightly grainy malt, soft floral hops, and a sprinkling of rock sugar. Very refined -- the soul has been sucked out of this baby a bit over the years, but there's still something here.

Taste is still delicioso, not nearly affected by the recipe changes as the aroma has been. There's something extremely distinct about the hop profile of this beer -- I could recognize it from a mile away. It takes me back to cases of the stuff back in Upstate NY, drinking it as the last of the leaves fall, and the first stiff breezes let you know that the snow isn't far behind. Gets a bump-up for nostalgia...so sue me.

Mouthfeel is just dandy. Even, slow, maybe a bit high at moments, but it's just passing by.

Drinkability is good -- in a pinch, this is a decent sessioner, after all these years. That being said, was my next pint another Harpoon IPA? No, it was not. Take that as you will.

Still a solid brew in this late summer of 2005. No, it's not challenging, no, there isn't a huge attack of hops, no, you're not checking to see if your gums have melted after a pint of this. It's barely holding on to it's identity as an IPA in this age of big juicy hop bombs.

That being said, it's still a good beer, I still got a little hop-burping in -- and I'll certainly never turn down a pint of Harpoon IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2005 04:25:23 | More by ithacabaron
Photo of hopsaplenty


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep golden yellow with a solid white head of mixed bubble sizes. Dissipates quickly and left minimal lacing.

Smell: Floral hops with biscuity malt. Some tart fruit as well.

Taste: Wonderful hop bite that is supported with sweet malt underpinnings. The hops leave a nice tart finish, which begs for another taste.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, gentle carbonation.

Drinkability: This gets two thumbs up. A fantastic beer that is a great representative of the style. These go down easy and are completely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 16:29:50 | More by hopsaplenty
Photo of jaluria


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear & almost glowing orange color with subtle copper hues. A frothy, white head develops quickly and stays intact for a few moments before dissipating and leaving behind some nice lacing. Aromas of fresh citrus, juicy hops, bubble gum, grass, and pine; quite aromatic and yet not overpowering or fear-inspiring. The taste is loaded with juicy hops and citrus/grapefruit flavors, but not entirely unbalanced with a mild (but present) malt profile that grows over time. Refreshing and crisp, this beer feels like it is cleaning my tongue with every sip. The carbonation adds a touch of cream-like texture to the already silky and slighly oily mouthfeel. Very easy to drink and enjoy with a variety of dishes including Mexican cuisine and an assortment of aged cheeses.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 13:10:58 | More by jaluria
Photo of Damian


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden yellow. The small, fizzy head quickly faded to a film of lace.

Aroma was intensely hoppy (piney, citrusy, cascade hops) and somewhat fruity, with notes of spices.

Taste was similar. Punchy, resiny hops from start to finish, with a touch of malty sweetness (just enough to perfectly balance out this beer). Grapefruit and other ripe fruits were detectable as well. Hoppy and nicely bitter on the swallow with an incredible, resonating, floral hop aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing.

Medium bodied.

Overall, very easy drinking (I would have never expected this to be 6% ABV).

This was a flavorful, thirst quenching beer and a great selection overall (especially for the price).

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 04:11:09 | More by Damian
Photo of Bamabrew22


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Nice find for Sweet Home Alabama.

Appearance: Nice coppery hue with decent head retention. Good looking beer.

Smell: Floral hops, distinguishable, with a light malty hint

Taste: Great hop bite, spicy, with notes of coriander and citrus. Just an overall great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Suttle, yet significant. Lays across the palate, as though it doesn't want to leave. Full.

Drinkability: Smooth, tasty, easy-drinking beer. One of the best IPAs I have ever tasted, although I will admit, I haven't tasted that many IPAs. A great experience, and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 21:25:23 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great golden straw color with a thin white head a great lacing. Aroma was of citrusy hops. The taste was great. Hops abound and a nice sweetness to it along with great citrus notes. Mouthfeel was a medium body with medium high carbonation. Overall a damn good IPA! Wish we could get this on a regualr basis here in LA.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 22:28:47 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of seanh99


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle into Harpoon IPA glass.
A: Golden with a white pillowey head that faded to lacey fairly quickly.
S: Piney hop note up front with floral, citrus notes and then the malt way in the background.
T: Hop forward flavor with a bit of maltyness coming on. M: crisp and refreshing, enough carbonation to scrub the hop of my tounge
D: This is my go to beer when out as it is usually available eveywhere in the Boston area

I just wish is was 4.9% instead of 5.9% it has snuck up on my a couple times...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 00:34:28 | More by seanh99
Photo of drjamyma


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I had beer snob friends, this would probably cause a riff in our friendship, for this is my favorite IPA. This is not even my boston bias speaking. If I want to enjoy a nice beer with hop presence with out feeling like I'm being medicated, this is my go to. The key is they don't over do it. This may not be enough for hardcore hop heads out there, but man, on hot afternoon, nothing does it like a nice cold one of these.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 16:22:01 | More by drjamyma
Photo of CowsCanBark


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark gold/orange hue with a one-finger pinkish-white head. Moderate lacing left on glass.

Smell: Very floral and fruity, almost detect a peach-like odor. Hop dominant.

Taste: What a lovely brew! Moderate floral and citrus hop flavors mold together, forming a beautiful taste. The end note is especially flowery, and there is a slight bitterness throughout. Not overly hoppy, but extremely well-balanced and delicious!

Mouthfeel: Light/moderate body with moderate to high carbonation, it's crisp and refreshing and an easy drinker. Would be great on a hot summer day.

Overall: An awesome IPA, one that I'm definitely going to be grabbing way more often. Very floral, which I love.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:31:28 | More by CowsCanBark
Photo of merlin48


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was from a 12 bottle sampler box that arrived at Lexington, Kentucky's Liquor Barn stores a couple of weeks ago, so it should be reasonably fresh. Pours out a medium gold, with an average head and moderate lacing. Floral hop aroma is pleasant, but doesn't knock you back like many American IPAs. Mouthfeel is just about right, medium carbonation and dry hops balanced perfectly with the malt. Taste is basically the same, impressive balance with notes of pink grapefruit and lemon. This is not an exciting or "big" IPA, but it is definitely a very well crafted, if toned down, American style pale ale. I'm impressed with its overall likeabilty.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 23:34:52 | More by merlin48
Photo of LeeMarvin


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Harpoon's take on India Pale Ale because it's an extremely drinkable variation on the style. It's got a crisp, hoppy, flavorful taste that's just heavy enough to entertain your palate yet light enough so it doesn't fill you up after a few.

I like all different styles of beer, and often treat myself to more exotic potions depending on the season, but this IPA is great anytime of the year, regardless of temperature or occassion.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2005 18:35:43 | More by LeeMarvin
Photo of Tang07


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


I started seeing this beer more and more. I've been buying it when it is on sale and lately I've been seeing (and drinking) it at a lot of bars in the Triangle area.

It pours a nice orange/gold color with a pretty good head that lasts about 3/4 of the way down the glass.

The smell is a nice hoppy citrus.

The taste is a strong, but not overpowering hop, with a lasting bite and a hint of orange.

The mouthfeel is very nice. The brew has nice body to it.

I've been drinking a lot of these lately because, well it's very drinkable and I guess they are just getting it out there and it has been on special at the last few bars I've been to.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2005 03:19:09 | More by Tang07
Photo of kevman527

New York

4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Had a big, foamy white colored head, with good retention and decent lacing. Had a Yellow-Hazy hue.

Smell: Fruity and floral at the same time, the fruit smell was somewhat citrusy, and the hops were definitely pungent. I liked the smell, not too over powering.

Taste: Piney, and hoppy all the was through from front to back. Leaves a bitter aftertaste, but I don't mind this one, it is nice.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, very smooth and it gets even smoother as you drink it.

Drinkability: A very good middle of the road IPA, easy to drink several of them and not burn out your taste buds.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 05:25:47 | More by kevman527
Photo of BeerSox


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear light amber hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thick frothy cap. Stacks of sticky ringed lacing.

A little bit of honey in the background behind some sharp citrusy hops. A little bit of sweet green tea aromas in the background.

The hops add a bitterness along with a little bit of sweetness, along with a touch of grapefruit. The malts are mostly hidden and add a little bit of a bready flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation. The hops linger for a bit after each sip.

This is a very solid and drinkable IPA. A great regular for those in the Boston area. The hops give a good balance of bitterness and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 01:44:37 | More by BeerSox
Photo of TommyW


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear, gold with a white, sticky head.

S- Spicy and citrusy hops with some sweet, malt undertones.

T- Malty base is slightly toasted in nature, but is almost completely masked by the citrusy hops. The bitterness is assertive but not over-the-top.

M- Good carbonation making for a crisp and smooth beer.

D- One of my favorite IPAs so far. Really enjoy drinking this brew at any time.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 00:02:14 | More by TommyW
Photo of Chilly444


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites so I may be a tad bias.

A - Deep golden/yellow, decent head, slightly underwheling lacing (but its still there)

S - Awesome, super floral and slightly fruity.

T - Filled with floral notes. Such an interesting well balanced IPA. Slightly malty/fruity. The even floral balance throughout the body is really what makes this one perfect. It is apparent as soon as you smell it, and lasts even after you're done tasting it.

M - Nice light/medium body. Medium carbination. A very friendly beer.

O - I love it. If you havent tried one and live in NE then there is something wrong. So far one of my personal favorites! Great job Harpoon.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 15:24:37 | More by Chilly444
Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First introduced to this IPA at Brewery in VT. Sampled many Harpoon beers at tasting, and this is my favorite. Enjoyed this brew for many years.

a: Typical amber color
s: Citrus, and slight hop smell
t: Smooth taste, my favorite IPA
m: Medium body with slight citrus after taste
o: Favorite Eastcoast IPA

Will be visiting Harpoon Brewery in Boston soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 15:43:05 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of ppoitras


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle found in my fridge after the Superbowl party. Thanks, somebody...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the dark golden/light amber brew. Head is pillowy and a bit uneven as it fades slightly, with nice lacing. Aroma is leafy hops, with underpinnings of sweet pale maltiness. Taste is upfront with a shot of hops, giving way to smooth malts, and closes up shop with a revisit of the hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Nice one from Harpoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 21:44:09 | More by ppoitras
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma on this was like sniffing a fat bag of Cascade hops-beautifully pungent. A nice head formed but then dissipated quickly with small dots of lace. A nice swirl of the glass brings it back nicely. Harpoon calls this a copper-colored ale but surpisingly I found it much lighter in color. Hops are strong and first on the palate. If you drink it slowly across the palate, sweet flavors are revealed. A vigorous froth in the mouth totally sweetens this IPA and releases all the wonderful malt flavors-Amazing! Hops are steady through to the finish. The belch from this IPA is heavenly as though I am generating essence of Cascade! This IPA has all that i love about them: killer aroma, generous hop flavor and the malt flavors to boot with a killer finish. very drinkable. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 12:54:19 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of Jp7010


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this sitting in the fridge for quite some time, bought some time last month. Finally decided to crack it open and review it tonight.

Poured light gold into a nonic glass, with about two inches of creamy white head. The aroma was everything I hope for in an IPA. A pungent pine signifies there are cascades in this beer. The taste did not disappoint, a bitter and hoppy brew we have here. Pine notes with citrus undertones confirms, yep, those are cascades! A slight malty tone followed in the aftertaste. The feel was fizzy, with a medium body. This brew is definitely a hop head's dream. I found it hard to keep it in the fridge, while waiting for the right time to want to sit down and review it. Glad it finally happened so I could enjoy this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 03:16:33 | More by Jp7010
Photo of woodychandler


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) moves forward with another summer CANned beer from Harpoon. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "In the tradition of IPAs, our highly-hopped, copper-colored ale features a floral aroma and and a crisp, refreshing finish. Cheers! Love Beer. Love Life. Harpoon. Pack it in, pack it out. Please recycle."

I got two-plus fingers' of tawny head from my pour, demonstrating that the rain today is finally killing the oppressive head and humidity of the past week. As the head slowly reduced, a good bit of sticky lacing formed, which was a nice trade-off. The CAN read "copper-colored", but it was a light copper for which I will extend the benefit of the doubt, with NE-quality clarity. No qualms with their mention of "a floral aroma" on the nose, however. Citrusy and definitely hoppy - that's how I like my beer from a CAN! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a great hoppy spiciness on the tongue. What a welcome relief from some of my recent CANs! This both tasted like something and it tasted good, also. The finish was bitter, dry, and refreshing, just the way I like my AIPAs to be. I would definitely put this is my cooler, but it is sadly a limited test run in New England to see about the viability of CANning their beers. I was lucky to get some but I hope that they make it a routine endeavor.

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 17:03:59 | More by woodychandler
Photo of shand


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

One of the few widely available IPAs I've yet to have. Let's give this a shot. A very aggressive pour yields a whole hand's worth of very foamy head that leaves nice sheets of lacing on it's (very rapid) way down the glass. The brew itself is a golden color, very clear and with visibly high carbonation. The aroma is very good good, floral hops take center stage, along with some citrus. The taste is also quite good, it's a very refined IPA that comes on with nice citrus aspects paired with clean malts at first, then some of the floral aspects come through along with a bit more of a biscuit-y character from the malts. The finish leaves just a bit of nice oily hops.

The mouthfeel is delicate, just like the brew. That said, I'd like a bit more thickness. The drinkability is very good, this glass didn't last long in front of me at all. Overall, I think this is a great IPA. I like the fact where it was "hop-forward" without punching me in the face with hops. Just a very well made and drinkable beer with just enough of a hoppy bite to satisfy me. Not the extreme "punch you in the face with hops" that many people expect from IPAs, but it's just a delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 23:10:10 | More by shand
Photo of Botulizard


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A translucent orange with a small head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lacing that remains throughout.

S: Nose is very citrusy. Didn't notice any other strong smells of note.

T: Like a stronger version of the nose. Strong citrus-hop flavor with a lingering citrus aftertaste.

M: Thick and full. Average amount of carbonation. Leaves a great tingling sensation on the tongue.

O: Overall, I found this to be a great beer, I really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it as an excellent introduction to the IPA style as it has what it takes to exemplify satisfactorily what an IPA is, but it is not so hoppy/bitter as to be unpleasant to the inexperienced IPA drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 01:09:44 | More by Botulizard
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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