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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

3,106 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,106
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 39
Gots: 146 | 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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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, yellow/orange in color. White head of about a finger.

Crisp, slightly floral with a bit of pronounced malt sweetness.

Taste is initially citrus fruits, though a bit faint. A light bitterness follows and sweet malts. Finish was a funky banana taste that I did no care for in the least.

Feel was crisp, slick and lighter in body.

Not great, though not undrinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 05:01:00 | More by EgadBananas
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have tried this in bottle before but decided to give it a try on-tap.

Pours a very clear, lightly fizzy golden copper. Thin white head. Smell is grassy and lightly fruity.

Taste is a crisp light maltiness. Lightly fruity and a puny lightly hoppy finish. Sometimes I couldn't taste the hops at all. Really poor example of the style and not worth expounding upon.

I always try to get my wife to try IPA's because it's one style I can't seem to convert her to. Usually she makes a face and says it's too bitter. When I offered her te Harpoon her response was "Nothing great but I could actually drink this IPA." Enough said about the hop profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2004 03:37:22 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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blakesell

Ohio

2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a half finger of nearly absent head. Disappointing to say the least. Lacing is glued to the sides of the glass which is a little more encouraging.

Smell- Citrus hops and that's about it. Lemon and orange and no malt to balance it out. Harpoon is pissing me off early here and I haven't had enough yet to be pissed drunk, so it must just be the beer.

Taste- A little more malt balance on the flavor, but I'm still disappointed. Balanced enough to drink but not enough to enjoy at any length. Lightly bitter but more sweet overall. A smidgen of pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Lightly sticky, too sweet, cloying, light medium bodied, and medium carbonated.

Drinkability- Not good. I was anticipating this beer and in the end it just pissed me off.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2008 17:12:13 | More by blakesell
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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Last of the 6-pack here. poured into a glass.

A light golden color, with about one finger of head.

Faint smell. some faint yeasty notes, coriander leaves, really a dry citrus smell,as if smelling an orange rind without the flesh.

mouthfeel is light,crisp, some citrusy hops,and light yeasty notes, but not more hoppy then your average pale ale, less then quite a few pale ales i can think of, much less then most IPAs.
Best by date still 2-1/2 months away so hops i'm sure haven't faded.

This isn't a bad tasting beer, and actually could be a really great beer for newer craft beer drinkers who are used to lighter beers. This beer is very easy drinking, and the hops wouldn't be overbearing after a few pints either, but i don't think i'd really care to have a few pints of it anyway.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 09:30:02 | More by ChadQuest
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samie85

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap earlier tonight at a neighborhood corner bar.

A-This one is a golden orange color with a half-finger head.

S-Bready and caramel malt with a bit of flower and pine hop notes.

T-Orange and maybe a little pine with some light caramel malt and a clean, bitter finish.

M-Light bodied with low carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

D-A really meh beer for me, not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 05:45:03 | More by samie85
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beachbum1975

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for this one soundbarrier.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear orangey, apricot with a slightly off-white head w/ little to no sticking on the walls of my pint glass. Cool, nautical packaging.

Smell: bread, yeast and some indefinable sweetness like bananas or vanilla

Taste: Tastes watered down compared to the smell. Sweet with mild tartness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavily carbonated and mildly dry

Overall: Easy going IPA, a good crowd pleaser. Too mild for my taste. In my opinion, it should be a Pale Ale, not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 21:53:59 | More by beachbum1975
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VietPong

Connecticut

2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high expectations. A unique beer with a unique name. Unfortunately, it was too bitter for my liking. Probably the most bitter beer that I have ever had. It was not watery at all, but if you are a big fan of bitterness then you should like this beer

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 04:38:05 | More by VietPong
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SpecsBEERMAN

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Has to be a the verge of being a pale ale...IBUs have to be low. I will chalk it up as an English style IPA, but still a "light" one. Pours a deep gold with thin white head. Light, almost clean aroma with a very predictable palate. The hops are there, but not near extent I expect from an IPA. Very drinkable, a beginner IPA for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 00:52:56 | More by SpecsBEERMAN
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alysmith4

District of Columbia

2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried this once on-tap at a nice restaurant on the Cape.. I remember liking it so I thought I'd give it another try.

The smell is a bit off.. musty, with some definite straw/hay tones. But the taste is pretty good. Nice and well balanced.. a good amount of hops, but not too bitter. I would definitely recommend as it's a pretty decent example of an American IPA, and it's easy to find.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 23:12:21 | More by alysmith4
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rockaday

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

02-06-2012 23:31:26 | More by rockaday
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sunofneurot

New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-03-2013 02:30:54 | More by sunofneurot
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LJWalker

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

02-07-2012 03:56:48 | More by LJWalker
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MrJolly

Arizona

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-18-2011 21:54:32 | More by MrJolly
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Treb0R

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-13-2012 15:35:39 | More by Treb0R
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chet4

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

02-21-2014 15:34:24 | More by chet4
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jmann40

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

07-21-2013 01:19:08 | More by jmann40
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

01-30-2012 06:17:10 | More by slimntubbs
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nafredet1

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

01-02-2013 17:43:32 | More by nafredet1
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MaineMike

Maine

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-18-2011 16:20:08 | More by MaineMike
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Phishyhopps


2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

11-14-2012 01:22:59 | More by Phishyhopps
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tjdrewry

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-31-2011 00:51:00 | More by tjdrewry
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katahdin01

New York

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

10-14-2012 20:35:57 | More by katahdin01
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mjweth2

Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

02-16-2012 03:29:19 | More by mjweth2
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

09-04-2012 21:32:31 | More by DelicateDelirium
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HookemHops13

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

01-13-2014 00:55:53 | More by HookemHops13
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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