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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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2,908 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2908
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 2,908 | Reviews: 1,154 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of proc


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed: 3/14/04: Pours out to a bright yellowish, copper color in the glass with an decent sized head. Aroma is that of grapefruit and biscuits. The taste is very good, with a nice, hop assault on the palate. Not as well-rounded, malt-wise, as some other IPA's, but still a nice offering.

Original review: 11/01/02: A fine IPA and one of the most balanced IPA's I've tried. While hoppy, it doesn't have that one-sided hoppiness of most IPA's. It has a nice balance to it that lets the malt shine through as well. I swear I detected the taste of cloves, similar to a hefeweizen, which only added to my enjoyment. A fine beer. I wish it were distributed here in the Midwest.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 02:57:13 | More by proc
Photo of Ahhdball


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber and smelling of hops when poured, it's been quite some time since I last had ANY Harpoon. I'm glad to have this opportunity once again. Hops dominated the aroma but subtle undertones of lemon came through. Nice tangy bite when drank. Smoothed out to a nice small molasses finish. This is a really good IPA, above average. The hops and malt play very well together in this.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 00:26:50 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A classic American IPA that pours a deep golden or copper color with a large white head. Lacing is minimal, however. The aroma is predominantly citrusy hops with a malty undertone. The taste is classic hops with citrusy tinge, a nice hoppy bitterness, smooth carbonation, and a slight alcohol hit at the end. It has a crisp, moderate body. This is a real drinkable beer from the beginning to the end and through several more. There are hoppier ales that I like more but this is one is above average.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 23:20:25 | More by rdrummer
Photo of fdrich29


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 23:33:47 | More by fdrich29
Photo of Southernbrew


4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice copper color, very nice head that lasts a while.

Nice citrusy hops smell, very full aroma, smells just like an IPA should. Some floral notes as well.

Medium mouthfeel, very hoppy, slight bitterness. Strong citrus notes and a slight bitter-sweetness in the finish, as well as a bit of dryness.

Definitely a nice brew and a quality IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 02:50:16 | More by Southernbrew
Photo of rajendra82


3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale clear golden color with off white head that crowned to about two inches tall. Floral hop aroma is gentle yet strong. Delicate pine resin hoppyness with an assertive spicy bitterness. Hints of butterscotch and grapefruit on the palette back the hops up nicely. Medium to thin creamy body. Very drinkable. Don’t worry about what you might have read about this beer on some other site, this is a pretty good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2004 04:23:40 | More by rajendra82
Photo of Gasp100


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very solid and enjoyable IPA. Poured a cloudy orange with a wispy off white head -- Nice lacing sticking to the side of the glass. The smell was of Hops and citrus fruit. The taste was lighter than I expected and not too bitter but the fruit taste was very well balanced and not as obtrusive as some other IPA's I've had. There was not much of a malt backbone, but overall I welcomed the lighter side of this IPA. Very enjoyable, spring time drink with a decent ABV and very drinkable. I believe I can find this brew in most stores on the East Coast so this will be added to the list as a nice, quick "on the road" brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 18:11:55 | More by Gasp100
Photo of mac56


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: honey color, a good sized head that took a long time to fall, tight bubbles and very little lace.

Smell: slightly floral, slightly spicy. My wife said "marigolds".

Taste: very nice balance of hop and malt. Aftertaste can only be described as crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: the hop bitterness hit me in the back of the mouth, then faded away ever so slowly to be replaced with a malty smoothness.

Drinkability: quite so. Finished one and immediately wanted another.

Overall: a very good beer of the style. I think this is what I expected the Sweetwater IPA to be like when I reviewed it last week. I will definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 03:39:11 | More by mac56
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured crystal clear golden. The head was large and lasting. It took forever to fall.

The aroma when first opened was earthy and floral. After a few minutes and the head dying down, the aroma is slightly malty and citrusy but not overpoweringly so.

The flavor is crisp and not very bitter. The malt and hops are very well balanced, but only a slight hint of bitterness shines through. The flavors are not overpowering.

The finish is dry and finally goes to some subtle bitterness. The body is medium and quite drinkable.

Haven't had a Harpoon in quite some time. This one was a 12 ounce bottle with markings on the neck that said XX/17/03. The XX was unreadable.

The beer could be more bitter and have a more pronounced hop character.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 23:24:39 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of ADR


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark gold color, a little lighter than many IPAs. Head is steamed milk frothy, over 1/4 of an inch with lasting properties. Laces in big dripping blobs. Nice grapefruit pith aroma, not overdone but solid for style. Body is slightly thinnish, malt has a hard time generating a presence before a slightly oily bittering kicks in. Hops start well, but not as big as many, and are helped by the aroma qualities. The finishing aspects are slightly metallic and the mouthfeel turns a little watery at the same time. Not bad, at least its not one of those hop cartoons IPA that are flooding the market. Malt and finish could be better. Thanks to Liza P. and her dad for getting it, and Ken K. for bringing it back.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 17:03:33 | More by ADR
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle from Beers of the World.
Straw color with medium head. The basic standard, really.
The smell was of floral hops. Definate IPA. Caramel also in there
The taste was hoppy, yet well balanced with caramel malt. Not bad, but not great. There are much better IPA's out there. It was smooth and I will drink it again. I just liked it better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 16:14:49 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish golden in color with an off-white head that left lace.
Big citrusy, floral hop aroma. Malt buried under the hops.

Taste shows a solid spicy, citrusy, floral hop flavor. Toasty malt falls a bit short of balancing this one. Solid hop bitterness lingers just a bit at finish.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Overall, this is a good IPA with plenty of hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2003 05:32:20 | More by PhantomVodoo
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 goz


4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark golden/light amber, with a large cloudy white head, lacing is superb in it's sheeting and strength. Aroma is mostly strong floral hops, with a bit of caramel malt holding it together. Flavor is slightly malty up front, with a big juicy hop finish that dominates the palate and lasts for a while. Medium bodied, extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2003 20:38:33 | More by goz
Photo of ZAP


4.2/5  rDev +16%
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....

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 04:35:37 | More by ZAP
Photo of waughbrew


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer for long sessions. Very yellow in color compared to most IPAs. Aroma is big on the floral and citrus character, my guess is from a healthy dry-hopping. Taste is kind of like budweiser with a ton of cascades added to it. (I mean that in a good way) It tastes well-made with a beatiful balance to it that fades evenly. The only real malt character to speak of is a little breadiness and graininess. The feel is a little thin and fizzy. I felt like I could have drank about ten of these in a row. Pleasing in flavor yet light and drinkable. I have had this beer on tap and it is not nearly as good as the bottled version. I was pleasantly surprised, and it just may become a regular bottled beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 20:30:29 | More by waughbrew
Photo of beergeek279


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper, with a bit of head Smell is a very light hop. The taste is mostly of hops, though not nearly as much so as other IPAs, more like a pale ale, and it has a very nice malt base so at least it's more or less balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth. As for drinkability, I could have a few drinks.

This seems to be more of a pale ale than an IPA. Still, not a bad beer. I could definitely have a few more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 03:16:20 | More by beergeek279
Photo of nixhecks

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden color, a little lighter than other IPAs I have tried - this looks almost like a pilsner. The head was medium sized with medium retention, wilted down to a thin film that stayed for the remainder of the glass. The aroma is very good, a full, spicy, floral hop bouquet, with lemony-citrus note. The taste is also very good. Started off mellow and sweet and blended into a crisp, citric hoppiness that left me smacking my lips. Mouthfeel was full bodied, smooth and semi-dry. Good all-round IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 01:43:56 | More by nixhecks
Photo of jermar


3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to think those of you who don't think this is anything special aren't getting it fresh! So much of the enjoyment of this beer is from the incredibly floral hops matched well with a toasted maltiness/alcohol blend. My only complaint is that this IPA seems to get me hung over more than others, thus the lower drinkability rating. And, for some reason, this beer makes me sneeze!

-- on re-review, it seems that Harpoon has dumbed this down for the masses, with a much more watery taste and diminished hoppiness. Not the classic it once was.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 01:29:20 | More by jermar
Photo of mzwolinski


3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Surprisingly Weak" For some reason, I expected good things of Harpoon. Maybe it's just my West Coast enchantment will all things Eastern. But this beer was just "blah." Poured clear gold in color with rather little carbonation and not much of a head to speak of at all. Aroma contained very little malt and only a muted leafy/grapefruity hop boquet. This grapefruit taste comes off in the flavor as something more like grapejuice -- sweet without any significant hop bite. Not much of a malt body, either. It's drinkable, but so is water.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 04:12:17 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of pezoids


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a dense and cream-like head. Buttery and crisp is an accurate way to describe this beer. Dry and oily with a slight oily aftertaste. Alcohol presence with a bit of citrus tang. Well rounded body and full of flavor. Nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 18:54:04 | More by pezoids
Photo of Boto


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 golden color. Decent enough white head with a decent amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is fairly decent, with a decent hop aroma. Fairly good hop bite, with a little maltiness to the taste. It is a bit thin in the body department. Pretty decent beer, although it could have a bit more hoppiness to it. Not too terribly different from the draught version.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 13:57:27 | More by Boto
Photo of dmarch


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden in color with a slight haze. Cascade hops are immediately apperrant in the aroma. Taste is citrusy. Some malt in the taste as well, but it doesn't take away from the hoppiness of this IPA. Basically, just a solid IPA. It has enough bitterness to satisfy the hopheads, but doesn't try to show off with an insane amount of hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 22:30:49 | More by dmarch
Photo of SheepNutz


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light gold color with two fingers of head. There is good head retention and lots of lace left down the side of the glass. The smell is full of pine and citrus, just a hint of hops. The taste is full of fruity esters, but the hops might be a little low for an IPA. Still it is a very nice smooth taste with a nice crisp finish. The body was just a little light and oily. The drinkability is superb though, and I am looking forward to more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 03:55:12 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium gold color with a medium head that leaves some lacing,aroma is assertively hoppy and zesty.The taste is hoppy for sure but there is a sweet balance there in the finish.I think this an above average IPA that is very drinkable and goes good with spicey food.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2003 20:40:12 | More by oberon
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 2,908 ratings.