Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,755
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 69
Gots: 624 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 3,755 | Reviews: 1,235
Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Why did I drink this? I don't even like IPAs :(

Photo of NHPC
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Always a good go to. not as complex as i like, but nothing wrong at all and a good flavor.

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My go-to IPA. Wonderfully fresh, floral aroma. Different from most IPAs I have tasted. Continues to remain interesting, even after several years of drinking it.

Photo of Yanaguana
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Best example of an Eastcoast IPA. Understated hops taste, great smooth, finish.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - A watery poor that does not hold it's head beyond a very thin line up bubble on the edge of the glass; this beer had the color of apple juice and absent the thin head, you would never know the difference on first glance

S - Subtle, but indistinct aromas, nothing dominate

T - It has the hop bite, but it's far less bitter than most IPAs, no dominate flavor

F - Has a carbonated feel despite no appearance

O - For me, just okay

Disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of the IPA, but my curiosity keeps me tasting. I try to temper my preconceptions when evaluating.

Photo of Akravatz
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%


Photo of ChadwickHines
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Top notch IPA and a favorite of mine.

Photo of Ngcba415
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Good beer although it's not exactly what I look for in an IPA. English IPA's are definitely not my favorite.

Photo of HipCzech
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into an IPAD glass (marked "enjoy by 12/15/14").

Appearance: Clear, bright gold with frothy white head. Recedes to spare lacing.

Smell: Sweetish malts and grassy, floral hops.

Taste: Round, caramel malty body balanced by herbal hops and some earthy minerality. Bitter, but only enough to balance the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Full hop and malt flavors, well balanced throughout.

Photo of Prairiephoenix
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nice hoppy nose. Medium bitter finish. Easily on par with Odell IPA.

Photo of spinsyco
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

My favorite IPA - this is what I compare all of my other IPA tastings to. Perfect hop aroma with crisp tangy citrus flavor. Yummy!

Photo of theh3rbalist
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Had 1 on tap.

Somewhere between an American IPA and an English IPA, leaning toward the American side but still more balanced than the usual hop bombs.


Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

Much better than I think it gets credit for. The beer pours a straw colored yellow with a thin head that trails the glass. A lot of great floral smells come through because of the hops. The taste has a hop punch up front and then a lot of great toasted flavors coming through. A very complex, yet approachable beer. Would definitely recommend for an everyday beer, or maybe a nice beer to start getting into IPA's with.

Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Decent and a good price but seems to be dropping in quality.

Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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).

Photo of car2052
4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Pint glass.

A: Filtered, Deep Golden, with the slightest tinge of orange. 2 finger head that recedes to a 1/2 inch ring of foam.
S: Heavily of pine. Some grapefruit. Not as much floral or orange notes.
T: A hop-forward presence is matched by a bold, roasted malt backbone to create a larger flavor than expected. An assertive flavor that sits remarkably well on the palate. Doesn't leave too much of an aftertaste, and finishes dry.
M: Light to Medium bodied. Pretty crisp throughout.
O: A great staple from the East Coast that can appeal to many people. If a bar had this on tap, I would have it without a second thought. One of my favorite EIPA's.

Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thin thick head with short retention.
Nice aroma with grapefruit and piney notes.
Hoppy flavor with notes of grapefruit, peppery American yeast, pine cones, slightly toasted malts and flowers. Dry aftertaste with a long lasting bitterness.
Medium body with proper carbonation.
Reliable and by the book assertive American IPA, meaning a good solid IPA. I would sure drink this again.

Photo of H0PHead108
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

My first IPA so probably more of a sentimental favorite but I love it in a can.

Photo of TWStandley
3.8/5  rDev +5%

My go to when at local bars with limited menus.

Appears a see through golden orange color with a big, white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells hoppy with some grapefruit and pine, orange zets, slight bitterness in the nose.

Taste is hoppy and sweet - well balanced.

Overall a staple - probably one of the beers I have consumed the most.

Photo of FFreak
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at the Burlington Maritime Festival Umphrees McGee concert. Served in a 12 oz clear plastic cup. A clear copper-yellow with a thin white head. Mostly malt in the nose....not a hop bomb at all. Taste was better than I expected after the lack of hop aroma. Caramel malt sweetness with a slightly bitter backbone...although lacking significant hop flavor. Nice refreshing beer. Perfect for the occasion as enjoyed by the horde.

Photo of Symmes
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am an IPA whore. The more hops that drop kick my tonsils on the way down, the better. In my honest opinion, this should be an "all day" IPA. It goes down great, but may leave you wanting more. By no means is it tasteless, yellow, boiled wheat by-product, but drinks more like a pilsner than an IPA. Harpoon makes great products, and this beer is no exception. Just know, it is not going be like a lot if the IPA's on the shelf nowadays. It's damn good on any occasion, great with any meal, best when shared with friends....or.....well, don't be a dick! If your hosting, the least you can do is serve beer. This would be a great beer to serve.

Photo of illpass78
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft aboard the Cross Sound Ferry, headed from Orient, N.Y. to New London, Conn.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a short white head. Carbonation is moderate to low. Leaves some pretty good lacing on the way down.

Aroma: The aromas are kind of subdued for an IPA, but I get a sense of hops, grapefruit, lemon and citrus.

Taste: The taste follows the nose - a bitter grapefruit taste followed by a somewhat piny finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice depth for an easy, summery IPA.

Overall: This is a pretty decent standard IPA. I don't want to describe it as "entry level" but it's a solid IPA for folks who don't do IPAs with heavy frequency. It's not a hop bomb or an especially complex beer, but it's nice for what it is.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger creamy egg shell head that receded slowly to a thin film; moderate lacing;

S: balanced; piney hops and caramel malt

T: like the nose - balanced; mild as compared to a West coast hop bomb;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; refreshing;

O: not as exciting as some of the new kids on the block, but an old reliable;

Photo of mick303
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the brewery and later in the bottle, colour is a light clear golden colour with decent white lacing. Smell is a flowery hoppiness with sweet ruby grapefruit, cherries, some husky malt.
Taste is a light start with pale malt and citrus hops, grapefruit and apricot, smooth bodied with a moderate carbonation and a lot of graininess. Overall a decently sessionable IPA, a bit more of a dry floral edge to it with a crayon type of character coming in, it does dry out and linger on with some of the maltiness. Has some earthy and dry bitterness, getting a bit more balanced by the malt toward the finish. There are better IPAs for sure but this one seems to work alright, a bit more of an English influence to it is quite evident, but the combination didnt hit it out of the park.

Photo of Beric
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On-tap at the Harpoon taproom in Boston, MA
Served: 1 June 2014

Appearance: Clear brown-amber color with minor head and minimal lacing, though this could be attributed to the size of the sampler tray.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops, sweet.

Taste: Floral and citrus hops again, with a slight earthiness. Sweet malt backbone. A good "balanced" IPA between the malts and the hops, something that one doesn't see too often.

Mouthfeel: Fresh and bubbly.

Overall: I think this is an underrated beer from Harpoon. While it certainly won't knock your socks off, this is a solid brew with a good balance of flavors. Would recommend.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,755 ratings.