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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,259 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,259
Reviews: 1,166
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 43
Gots: 220 | 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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Focusf111

Vermont

2/5  rDev -44.8%

06-21-2012 17:09:20 | More by Focusf111
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iguana1010

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -44.8%

11-24-2011 03:58:18 | More by iguana1010
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greyghost86

Delaware

2/5  rDev -44.8%

05-08-2012 12:15:45 | More by greyghost86
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garyford

Texas

2/5  rDev -44.8%

02-15-2012 21:31:25 | More by garyford
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cbuckl14

Virginia

2/5  rDev -44.8%

06-18-2014 21:57:51 | More by cbuckl14
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DMPollock

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -44.8%

11-17-2011 14:56:01 | More by DMPollock
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BigStein88

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -44.8%

01-27-2013 17:14:23 | More by BigStein88
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brandoneverett


2/5  rDev -44.8%

05-29-2012 01:24:56 | More by brandoneverett
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jasonjlewis

Texas

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
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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
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -40.6%

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy golden body with a finger of fluffy off-white head Decent retention, scattered lacing.

Nose is rather underwhelming in the hops department. Smells of sweet floral and apple, a dash of lemon that seems somehow artificial. Tastes disappointing as well. Plenty of bready malt, general fruity sweetness, a bit of lemony/medicinal something that could be construed as hoppiness. Old bottle, possible? I'm inclined to think not given the turnover of the store in question. What I'm not inclined to do is to try this again.

12-06-2010 16:34:02 | More by PDXHops
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Porkfist

New York

2.15/5  rDev -40.6%

My first review.
When I went to my local beer distrib, he suggested I try this brew.
Poured nicely with a nice thick head and good retention.
The smell was unimpressive. I liked to be knocked over by the smell of hops. The first time I tasted this was right after a Hop Devil, so I assumed that it tasted off because my palate was somewhat numbed by the Hop Devil. I'm not sure if it was the lack of malts or the citrus flavor, but this brew tasted average to me. I also perfer a beer with a little more body to it, not crazy about it being "crisp", I rather it smooth and the mouthfeel a little thicker.
Overall, not bad for the $5 I paid, but after this sixpack is gone, it won't be returning to my beer stash.

05-04-2004 00:43:05 | More by Porkfist
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MrTopher

California

2.15/5  rDev -40.6%

A – Pours and almost clear yellow color, similar to an adjunct lager. There is a small white head that develops, but then disappears quickly and leaved no lacing as all.

S – I get a faint bready malt and mild hop character, but it’s hardly there on the boarder of non-existent.

T – Am I drinking an IPA or am I drinking a lager? This beer has hardly any hop character and hardly any malt character. It is like drinking some adjunct lager. It is a clean and crisp beer, but as for flavors I got some mild malt on the bready side and a very small hop character that has a mild citrus to it. Huge let down.

M – Good on this end, it was well carbonated maybe a little overly carbonated for my liking. The mouth feel was very thin.

O – This was a huge let down, then again I don’t know what more I was expecting, but they could have added more flavor to this than they did, it was just hanging there without anything giving it life.

11-17-2011 18:42:13 | More by MrTopher
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -39.2%

Had one in the winter sample pack. Nice appearance with a clear copper look and some good lacing. Aromas were radically weak with little spice wrapped around the hops. Taste was very bland with just a simple bitter taste and lagging metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel was an aid by giving it a dry carbonation but the flavors are not helped at all. Overall, a low quality IPA at least for me.

12-06-2008 04:19:08 | More by fitzy84
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tARsh


2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

05-31-2012 06:45:23 | More by tARsh
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Jennille

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

07-23-2013 22:25:56 | More by Jennille
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

A good IPA but not my style, serious hops from start to finish. Clear, good head, heavy hop aroma. Medium body and fairly dry. Strong bitter finish.

07-25-2002 19:06:59 | More by jdhilt
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beerhast

Indiana

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

08-23-2013 03:52:07 | More by beerhast
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khargro2

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

01-11-2012 20:39:32 | More by khargro2
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LexShaw89

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

04-28-2012 01:21:21 | More by LexShaw89
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JessPauline


2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

02-03-2013 07:14:43 | More by JessPauline
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LibrariansLoveBEER

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

07-28-2012 17:22:32 | More by LibrariansLoveBEER
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hopmandu

California

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

04-09-2014 19:20:23 | More by hopmandu
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beersvh23

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

12-01-2012 04:45:09 | More by beersvh23
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crayphish

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Another offering from a recent mixed sixer. This IPA from Harpoon poured a rather clear yellow liquid. The sudsy cap held on for a while. The smell was a floral hop note for sure, with just the slightest element of the malt back noted. Taste? Man something about Harpoon brews, their water perhaps, but I did not enjoy this beer at all. After the obligatory hops all I was left with was a metallic bleh in my mouth. The hops were again floral in nature with just a touch of pineyness. The metallic element lingered in mouth and had me wanting to grab another beer or water to clean it out. I think I am done with Harpoon brews.

08-12-2008 06:01:09 | More by crayphish
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,259 ratings.