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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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1,204 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,204
Hads: 3,846
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 23.97%
Wants: 79
Gots: 727 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

Harpoon IPA is an interpretation of the classic English style using hops and malt grown in the United States.

42 IBU
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Reviews: 1,204 | Hads: 3,846
Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update...frsh bottle bottled about a month ago....similar thoughts...very fresh hop flavors...leafy...juicy...not real bitter...great tobacco/canibus like nose...very balanced and drinkable....I could drink this all day every day....almost has some celebration Ale hop flavors and feel to it....thanks a bunch to Johnny P for the freshie....
I decided to pour this along side a Tyranenna IPA...it pales in comparison in regards to hops on the nose and the buds...the Tyranena rocks...huge citrus invade at first pour...this one is different but good in it's own way...the hops and malt are very balanced...almost even...it is highly drinkable..I see the hopping as more of a sweter, floral style than a tight citrus flavor...I like it...Good in a lot of ways and I like the sweeter mouthfeel as a changeup IPA...Almost more of an APA like Summit Extra Pale Ale rather than a full fledged IPA....

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden yellow beer with a nice head of pure white foam that leaves a good bit of lace. Aroma is full of hops with floral and grapfruity citrus notes dominating. Flavor was light hop bitterness, with a big dose of citrus hoppiness being right up front. Flavor fades through some sweet malt before a very fast dry finish.OK beer for the style, and at least it isn't one of those all hops all the time super beers.

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Photo of akajimmyd
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Poured into the brewer’s glassware. Rich copper/gold color. Great action in the glass. Fluffy but full head which lingered.

Smell – Very floral on the pour. Great hoppy smell. Whiff of pine.

Taste/Mouthfeel – Nice smooth hops. Not too bitter. Little citrus and herbal flavors. Malts stay way in the background. Dry finish, feels great.

Drinkability/Notes – I have a soft spot for my first (and a hometown) IPA, I’m a big fan. Great for a first timer or a more developed palate. Very drinkable, tough to have just one.

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Photo of ski271
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber with a small, off-white, creamy, mostly-diminishing head and some streaky lacing.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops aromas are moderate to big, a little piney and slightly buttery

Taste: Nice strong citrusy hops with just enough of a presence to balance it out a bit while still staying out of the spotlight. Finish is medium-length, crisp and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and easy-drinking beer. It’s not as bold as I would expect an Am. IPA to be, but it good enough to make me really wish I had more than one bottle.

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Photo of Andreji
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this in Boston.

This beer was a brilliant change from a series of extreme beers I tasted in NY. Soft looks with an orangey hue to it with very little head and almost no lacing. Very translucid

Smell is fairly modest with a citrusy finish to it. Taste is a soft but balanced blend between half-roasted malt and some finishing hops that remind you this is still an ipa. Mouthfeel is however very soft and east going.

Overall this is a return to the basics but quite a pleasant one. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mshallah
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber ale with clingy head. The original grapefruit IPA in New England. This one leans towards ruby red grapefruit juice in flavor, with a hop aroma that keeps the glass under your nose. When this beer was first introduced I believed it was an east-coast answer to the aromatic dry-hopped beers from California. A session IPA compared to more recently popular American IPA's. Great with meals and found in many restaurants, this classic has stood the test of time.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pouring from bottle into a pint glass produced light white foamy head that dissipated quickly. About average lacing. Color was a clear yellow; just darker than straw.

S: Floral hop smell is immediate in the nose with sweet citrus follow-up.

T: Beautifully bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Relatively light in body, the flavors just seem to roll over the tongue in waves.

M&D: Light in body with medium carbonation. The odd mix of bitterness with sweet aftertaste is done well.

For a light bodied IPA this really packs in some interesting flavor. The malts used in this are sweet and even without having much of a toasty taste and it works great with the hops. The bittering is just right with some great floral aromas.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I forgot I was going to review this beer and just took a big gulp while reading beermail on here.
WOW. What a surprise that was!!!
This beer is heavily floral in aroma with some fresh pine oil at the end.

Taste is very clean and fresh and incredibly balanced. Sweet amber malt melts to citrus and pine hops with light floral notes in the middle. It truly blends together very nicely.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Very nice.

Drinkability is definitely a 4...wish it was summer or at least spring. A 6'r of this IPA would be real nice on a warm afternoon.

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Photo of seagis
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Simply put, I was really impressed with this beer. At just over $1 per bottle for a 12 pack, it was truly a bargain.

I poured a bottle into a pint glass, and it stood a nice two finger head that dissipated rather slowly. There was a very discernable fruity aroma. Not unpleasant, not overpowering, just good.

The actual taste, as many have said, was rather hoppy. It had a bit of a champagne essence to it, in the sense that it was very bright, crisp, and even somewhat floral. The carbonation was just about right, and before I knew it I was finished with the entire glass. This is truly a session beer if there ever was one.

The IPA class is rapidly becoming one of my top favorites. I'm still a bit preferential to English bitters, but if there are more beers like this one out there, I may have to rearrange my priorities.

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Photo of beyah
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz brown longneck bottle into a pint beer glass.
A beautiful golden color very very clear, nice frothy head with decent lacing.
Smell lots of Cascade and a some mild malt in the background.
There is a citrus hop taste and it is more forward than that of the malt. A perfect balance between malty and bitter.There is a sweetness I can only atriute to the yeast. Only notice the alcohol slightly.
A light to moderate body, IPA, with the right mouthfeel.
This stuff is very drinkable, need to keep some of this around yearound, I could serve this to almost anyone and they would find it a good choice.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

A subtle, solid IPA. When I lived in Boston, this was my go-to IPA. An excellent contrast to the West Coast, superhop approach (though I like those too).

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Photo of Wamesit
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden copper color with a strong white head that produces superb lacing.

S- Citrus nose is strong but beneath it is both moderate hops and malty smoothness.

T- Citrus throughout that gives way to bitter hops on the back of the tongue, a mild maltiness follows. Rich flavors that follow in a desirable succession. Not too crisp/sharp but as with any good IPA the hops flavor does have staying power, making itself present with soft bursts on the sides of the tongue as the drinker breathes.

M- Medium feel. Rich.

D- I find this beer to be extremely drinkable. Light but not certainly not dull, this citrusy IPA could fight warm summer nights.

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Photo of LBBeer
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a chilled pint glass at the Marriott in Quincy, MA.

A--Straw color with a slightly orange hue. Ivory head.

S--Surprising dose of hops in the nose. Being West Coast based, I have heard many people bash Harpoon IPA for a general lack of character, but the aroma definitely started things off well.

T--Great bittering hop profile that you don't see enough of on the west coast. Just enough hops, not a palate wrecker.

M--This is a sessionable IPA, with enough malt to balance the bitternes, but not so much that it gets big and heavy.

O--Having not had Harpoon IPA in several years, my expectations were low, but I definitely prefer it over Dogfish 60.


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Photo of Smixam
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, a nice medium copper; medium (two-finger), foamy head. Splotchy but persistent lacing and an overall nice appearance. The scent of this beer is great if you're an IPA fan; very floral and full of hoppy aroma, it's one of the best for a medium to large scale IPA like this.

First taste is all about the hops, nice for this style, so many offerings are too weak in this regard. After the initial onslaught of hops, the taste is very smooth and crisp; this will be an excellent summer-night brew. Aftertaste is minimal and pleasant, floral feel left on the pallet that just begs you to have more. Instantly became one of my favorites.

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Photo of cardinal25
4.29/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck Best By: 6/14/07

Appearance: golden with exceptional clarity, dense frothey head average cling

Smell: Citric

Taste: Citric and hop, bitter, small

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, crisp, smooth

Drinkability & Notes: First time in the bottle, second time overall, love the crisp hoppiness

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Photo of fdrich29
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has been a staple of mine for a few years now. Bottle has the distictive Harpoon logo that looks like it a tatoo youre great uncle had from his navy days.

Amber in appearance with a sweet, hoppy taste and smooth and pleasant mouthfeel makes for its high drinkability.

Easily accessable in the New England area and beyond and reasonalbly priced for such a well crafted beer. Tastes best out of a growler fresh from the brewery in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of drjamyma
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of seanh99
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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...

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best-balanced IPA's, particularly for an American style. Up front, this is moderately sweet with a little resin in the hops. The hops bittering in the finish is lingering at the back of the tongue. Very drinkable, and one of the few IPA's that I would designate as having session potential.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Leon
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So here's a beer that has been surpassed by many others in the style, in various ways...or has it?

Well, the answer is yes. And the answer is also no.

Appearance? Simply what you'd expect. Golden-orange, fairly clear, tight carbonation.

Smell? Well, this is really nice, actually. Clean as can be, distinctly orange,
extremely fresh.

Taste: It's all about balance, with a slight tilt toward bitterness. Just enough to adhere to the style. Not enough to be dominant. Big enough overall to be an American IPA. Good amount of fruit, awesome hop burps.

Mouthfeel is simply great. Just enough hop oil to keep it interesting. Not so much that you can't down it with ease. Sweet, subtle malt backbone is sublime.

Drinkability is rather ridiculous. I'd like to meet the beer drinker who can't suck one of these down, and I'd like to smack him in the mush.

Good in hot weather, good in cold weather, good at home and the bar. Maybe the ultimate session beer.

And maybe I'm prejudiced, because I can score this wonderful beer for $20.99 a case every day.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of jaluria
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.