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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,201 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,201
Hads: 3,824
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 23.97%
Wants: 75
Gots: 699 | 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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Reviews: 1,201 | Hads: 3,824
Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at Harpoon Larry's in Newport News. Pours a fairly clear amber with a small whitish head that dissipates fairly quickly. A very faint aroma of hops and a fairly watery mouthfeel dominate the beverage. it does have a nice malty, floral taste to it. Overall, an acceptable IPA.

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Photo of Altrurian
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pleasant, deep amber color. Two-finger head of tight, white foam thins out after a few minutes, leaving some remnants on the glass. The beer's aroma is sweet--reminiscent of honeysuckles. I must describe the taste and feel as insipid, but only because of my high esteem for some of this brewer's other products. A good, drinkable beer, but not an eyebrow raiser.

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Photo of greenengineer
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good solid IPA. I love that it is local, always a good pint.
Color is a nice shade of blonde. Head sticks around with good lacing. Not a hop bomb, but enough to remind you it's an IPA. In addition to the bitterness, a decent malt backbone. Not chewy, but a good tingle on the tongue from the carbonation.

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Photo of nmoreilly
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

in the context of a "traditional" English IPA Harpoon nails it. I'm shocked it is not - on average - rated much higher. This is a well balanced IPA with no pronounced malt "backbone" as it were. Malts, floral and fruit are all well combined with what might possibly be one of the best East Coast masterpiece interpretations of the style; other than the ABV being a little high for an English, this one is killer

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Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw yellow to light golden color. Little head but a tiny ring of lace retains throughout. Overall, nothing too special about the look of this brew.
A citric hop aroma hits your nose immediately. As the drink warms I detect hints of sweet malts and fruity esters . This combination kind of reminds me of strawberries dipped in chocolate.
The hops are most persistent in the taste. This is balanced by a malty and bready flavor that keeps the hops bitterness in check. Also there is a nice smooth and fruity finish that balances the flavored.
Good feel. Crisp, refreshing and lighter than some of the more heavy duty IPAs I've had. Overall, I enjoyed this one and will have again.

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Photo of F_B_E
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think Harpoon IPA is a good introductory IPA for those who are interested in broadening their beer horizons but feel that most IPAs are too hoppy.

Here in Florida, Harpoon is often on special at Publix for 7.99, a good price if you just want a simple 6 pack of a decent IPA.

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Photo of bmeehan
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer looks prettier than it tastes or smells. It's a nice mild color, and its scent isn't too piney, but it lingers and when you actually sip it, it tastes like you're drinking something made from pinecones.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My go-to IPA. Very floral hop aroma, with a nice, strong malt presence that balances everything out. Different than most IPAs I've tried. It's definitely an IPA.. it just doesn't beat you over the head about it.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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Photo of theh3rbalist
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.


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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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Photo of everythingiszen
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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).

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Photo of car2052
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of FFreak
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Symmes
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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;

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Photo of mick303
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Beric
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of MikeyRamone
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a Two Hearted Ale (Bell's) last night and a Finestkind (Smuttynose) IPA the night before that, so this is a bit of a letdown. It's still a nice beer and probably the best choice I could have made at the supermarket on a Sunday night (as opposed to my usual place to score beer).

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Photo of barnabasdog
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- rich light golden color with white creamy head about 1 and half fingers, minimal head retention, decent visibility.

S- lots of florals with a hint of citrus.

T- floral hops but not too bitter on the front end, piney, sweet malts, with a slight bread aftertaste.

M- medium body, light carbonation, smooth creamy feel and thickness.

O- solid IPA on the lighter side.

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Photo of gabeyts
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from bottle due to lack of glass at the time:

S: Slightly hoppy and floral, nothing crazy

T: Hops and floral notes with a slight bitterness at first, finishing off with a bready note.

M: Very smooth

O: Really like the balance of including yeast and malts as well as the hop and floral taste. I am not really an IPA guy, and I get more pleasure from this as a drinkable beer than from, say, 60 min. If you're crazy about hoppy bitterness, you will find this too sweet

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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