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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,905 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2905
Reviews: 1153
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: 2,905 | Reviews: 1,153 | Show All Ratings:
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doho95fu

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good brew overall. Copper colored with a clear look, thin off white head and no lacing. Smells hoppy and citrusy with a bit of spice I think. Not a very hoppy IPA, and when I drink this style I really prefer a big hop kick. However, the more balanced flavor of this beer was pleasant. Very drinkable and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2003 06:38:37 | More by doho95fu
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

A very good brew from Harpoon. This pours a nice dark red/copper colour with a little head that is gone very quickly, I have noticed that most harpoon beers don't have too much of a head retention to them...oh well. This smells very hoppy, like an IPA should, and it goes down very crisp on the tongue. This beer has a very balanced flavor, the interplay of the hops and the malts is great! but unlike the ale the hops really stand out on this one! This has a crisp mouthfeel and a high drinkability factor as well. This is a great summer evening brew that will keep you coming back for more....great!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2002 05:57:45 | More by francisweizen
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Gusler

Arizona

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

On the pour the beers appears a deeply tanned gold with a sparkling white head that is impressive in size, frothy in its texture and as it erodes it leaves a nice lace coving. Lightly floral, hints of malt with a citrus crispness and quite a treat for the nose, sweet at the front with a middling top and a biting acidity at the finish with an “English hop spicy bite”, not brutal, just quite pleasant to the palate, also quite dry, and a very drinkable beer in this “Beer” lovers book.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 14:32:44 | More by Gusler
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass a gold color. The head was foamy white head that left fairly fast but the skim that it left was able to leave some lace. The aroma was of citrus, hops and citrus hops. The taste was not too heavy on the hops but they were present, but they shared it with the citrus. Some malt seemed to be present at the back of the taste but it faded quick. Pretty good for this style. I think it would be a good starter for a beginning IPA drinker

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 09:40:06 | More by Jarod
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purplehops

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice balance of hops and malt with a pleasant copper color. Nothing fancy here, just a good clean consistent ale. This is my everyday always on hand ale. Refreshing and thirst quenching and readily available on the East Coast.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 03:56:52 | More by purplehops
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 23:00:36 | More by MaineBeerMan
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

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

My first IPA, I decided to revisit it. Just the right blend of hops, not too overpowering make this copper colored beverage just right. Easy drinking, it can be a good "game time" beer. Glad I tried it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 09:33:45 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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paceyourself

Connecticut

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

A pleasant suprise from harpoon. A rich copper color with a creamy head. In the middle for taste but a good dry finish. Goes down very easily,a nice ipa to share with crossovers.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2002 16:54:18 | More by paceyourself
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Jon

Illinois

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

Harpoon's IPA looks like your standard issue American IPA. It's medium copper in color and possesses a sticky, clinging head that leaves substantial lace throughout the glass. The nose is predominantly hoppy, with a definite floral aspect. It tastes quite hoppy with a decent malt backbone, however for this style, my tastes require more hops and more malt. Mouthfeel is rather prickly and clean. It's easy to have more than a few of these, making this a good choice for a session beer. It's certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 16:14:55 | More by Jon
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

although some ipa's have failed me, this one was pretty good. hoppy, but not to the extreme. i will say that this beer had a very intense flavor and mouthfeel. it had some kick with a nip on your tongue that you could never forget. harpoon seems to do that, and i find it unique. it is a great new experiece to have a harpoon

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2002 22:14:58 | More by ElGuapo
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

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

Mmmm I have never gone wrong with an IPA and this is no exception. Beautiful fluffy head that stood well over the top of my glass, copper color. Very nice hop flavor, not that strong but you certainly can't miss it. Sticky lace all the way down. Extremely smooth, and an excellent mouthfeel, smooth and buttery. A great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 20:19:19 | More by IrishRedRock
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inebrius

Michigan

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

Quite the easy drinking tap offering. A toasty malt spine holding up a well hopped bitterness, aroma and flavor. One could drink this all night, but the ABV might have something to say about that after a half dozen.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2002 13:52:32 | More by inebrius
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marc77

California

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

Dark golden hue w/ a light ale haze. Pungent dry hopped Cascade hop nose (not unlike fresh Liberty Ale) dominates, but a bit of generic caramel sweetness is there in aroma also. Although hop bitterness dominates, yeast fruitiness & toasty malt are perceptible. Light in body, but crisp and quite drinkable. The hop flavor is expctedly citrus. Finishes clean and bit dry. A bit understated in malt for an AIPA and perhaps one - dimensional, but nonetheless is an enjoyable brew. With a bigger malt backbone this would be excellent. It's reminscent of a thin Anchor Liberty with more hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2002 08:18:04 | More by marc77
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2002 19:06:59 | More by jdhilt
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frank4sail

New Jersey

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

Slightly musty hop smell with a hint of citrus. Very light color with a slight amber hue. It has a lasting white head. It is very.. very carbonated. Crisp hop flavor with a nice bitter finish. It is very clean.. almost too clean but is quite drinkable for an IPA due to this fact. The mouth is left very dry after tasting. A very tasty IPA. It is a clean and bitter brew with a dry hop flower finish.. Very sturdy.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2002 18:24:41 | More by frank4sail
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Brent

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2002 21:13:18 | More by Brent
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BillyBrew

Maine

4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite beer for everyday enjoyment! And especially beautiful and tastey on tap. This is everything that Harpoon IPA is with a deep golden colour with a super-creamy, off-white head with tremendous retention. Big rings and full coverage across the top. Nice dry and balanced, slightly biting medium body with covert, but full, malts and complex and striking hops. Drinks great for any occasion or situation. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2002 12:23:10 | More by BillyBrew
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tigerpaws

South Carolina

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

A very well rounded IPA from one of my fav breweries. But as one earlier post stated after trying others such as Pyramid and Sweetwater for me it had alot to live up to. I would drink this beer again but there are other IPA's much better in my opinion...............CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2002 14:55:14 | More by tigerpaws
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light copper color with a thin white head that has some decent lacing qualities. Nice pungent, oily aroma. The hop explosion hit the palate first. And it is good. I would say this beer is more hoppy than it is bitter. There is a bitter element present, but more of the hoppy tones seem to make their way to my taste sensors. Flowery and herbal at the same time. A bit oily. Slightly pungent. After cutting through all of the wonderful hop nuances, you will find a decent malt presence. Nicely done IPA here.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2002 21:48:44 | More by Bighuge
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All in all, a decent IPA. After having tried Pyramid and Lost Coast though, the bar may be a bit too high. The color was a nice copper and there was a moderate hoppy aroma intertwined with some fruit and spice tinges. The first sip is slightly disappointing, as one tends to expect more bang for the buck. As you get to the middle of the bottle, and towards the end of it, this IPA tends to grow on you a bit. Not the best, but not terrible, by far.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2002 03:26:47 | More by goindownsouth
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mophie

Delaware

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had my first one of these tonight. It's a nice beer, and from what I've read, a pretty consistent one, which is a good thing. Just a few shades lighter than amber in color, with a fluffy white head that fades rather quickly. The aroma has me befuddled -- I can hardly smell anything. Allergies, maybe? Taste is more pronounced, though. Almost English in style, the hops are not over-the-top, but they're there. Nice mild citrus and a touch of pine. Smooth malt character provides a pleasant balance, and leads to a smooth, creamy finish. Not a standout necessarily; this is probably one of those beers that grows on you the more you drink it, so I'm looking forward to trying a few more.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2002 18:56:41 | More by mophie
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

Big bubbly white head over golden body. Nice lacing. Big hop aromas, lot of citrus. Much more balanced in taste than nose would indicate. More English than American IPA (except for the aroma). Which makes it more of a session beer for hopheads. Some postings/reviews seem to indicate that it has been dumbed-down, but this is still a fine beer. Glad they still send large quanitites to New Jersey.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2002 21:24:52 | More by RonfromJersey
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Murph

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright golden color with a thick, bubbly, white head. Smell is all hops and hop oil. Some slight citrus and very floral qualities. Floral hops explode onto the tongue but are then followed by some nice balancing malt. Brew gets maltier as it warms. Crisp and dry mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. This is definitely one of my major fallback brews when I am home in MA. Recently it has become very easy to get down here in VA, no complaints from me. One of my all time favorite session brews.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2002 15:18:32 | More by Murph
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly sour aroma, pours to tempting head, golden color (light for ipa). Good hop character: floral, bitter, stringy. Hops are what make the beer. Light fruity malts are understated, pretty mild character overall despite hop presence. Absolutely fresh, it can be quite good but if its more than a couple weeks old it'll be closer to average.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2002 15:14:20 | More by Thrasher
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the local hopmeister. A deep rich amber color with a medium body and lasting thick head give this beer a good look, nice heavy hop aroma and powerful, yet mellow hop flavor profile. Nice balance of malts with this one create an easy drinking libation.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2002 04:10:35 | More by beernut7
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