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 metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of grapefruit hops in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of citrusy hops (grapefruit stands out in particular) along with some hints of caramel malts. A moderate amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing stands out about the taste of this beer compared to other India Pale Ales but it is a very easy-to-drink beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a nice copper color with a white head and some good lacing on the way down. The taste is malty with some pine and floral hops seeking to balance. The flavor is mostly malt with a bit of bread and some light floral hops. A bit of bitterness and a good body. Drinks well enough, but not too fantastic.

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear honey color with a frothy head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Nice grapefruit floral tone with some malt in the background

Taste: Starts with a nice caramel malt flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by some grapefruit hops; the finish is well-balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Walking the tightrope between and APA and an IPA, the Harpoon is an extremely well-balanced and drinkable beer

Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much better on tap than in the bottle. Looks more creamy with more body, active carbonation, and clarity. Smells pine-ey, hoppy, mildly sweet, and very citrusy. Tastes much more citrusy than through the bottle. More crisp and refreshing. Just more alive. Mouthfeel is a good blend of bubbly and creamy. Crisp and mildly dry in the finish. Less metalic, tin-ey, and thin than the bottle. This suddenly became a good beer. I recommend this beer--but only on tap.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great ipa, enjoyed in a can for the first time today. pours crystal clear light brassy color, almost glowing in the sun, with a bigger than one inch off white head. smells like floral hops and english bready malts, balanced but hop forward. flavor matches. this is the classic summer ipa to me, its got just enough body to be an ipa, but its down easy with a drinkable but flavorful malt support cast. the hops are bitter but not challengingly so, just sort of crisp in the finish. also this is very well carbonated, lovely in the mouth. overall one of my go to summer ipas, so much flavor in a drinkable body, this is everywhere for a reason.

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a nice looking golden color with a thick looking white head on top. The head leave some scattered lacing on the glass with a decent retention. The smell of the beer was hoppy, with a nice amount of malt on the nose too. The taste of the beer is hoppy but not hard to handle, it's a subtle IPA. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean feeling. Overall it's a good social IPA, where you can drink this on a regular basis and not get too sick of it.

Photo of largadeer
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear pale amber with half an inch of froth. This one looks almost like a lager in appearance; it's incredibly clear and pale.

Smell: Mild floral hops, a bit grassy, not nearly as bold as the West Coast IPAs I'm used to.

Taste/mouthfeel: Initially quite malty with a bit of caramel and fruity sweetness. Body is light and fairly crisp. Hops come out toward the finish, but again are very mild and subdued. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean with very little residual bitterness.

Notes: Tasty stuff but it drinks more like a plain ol' pale ale in my opinion. Thanks to leftmindedrighty for the bottle!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Radiant amber with a hint of orange peel when backlit with morning sunshine. The polished ivory crown is truly gorgeous. It's thick and rich and sticky and is beginning to lay down an impressive amount of lace. Although lighter than most IPAs, this is good looking beer.

I'm a sucker for a Cascade-hopped APA or IPA. This one smells more like the former, but that doesn't mean I'm not enjoying each and every sniff. Given the color and the nose, I'm betting that caramel malt wasn't used to any great extent. Good.

I can't believe it's taken me this long to acquire a bottle of Harpoon IPA. I know the brewery considers it to be their flagship beer, but, beyond that, I don't have any preconceived notions. And the conclusion is... yeah, not bad. My worries about a lack of IPAness in the nose apply equally on the palate. Time might have passed this offering by since 'generously hopped' isn't a phrase that applies in any way, shape or form.

The flavor profile is on the simple side (no crime in that). Pale malt, with a hint of something more earthy and toasted, provides ample backing for what has to be considered a barely acceptable amount of citric hoppiness for an IPA in 2007. There's plenty of bitterness to go around, although it's still on the left side of the bell curve for the style.

At the risk of beating a dead horse, the mouthfeel is APA-like (light-medium and briskly carbonated without being overly busy). Simply put, this IPA should be thought of as an American pale ale. It makes more sense that way.

Harpoon IPA might have been the 'be all and end all' at some point in the history of the craft beer movement, but it's no longer on the cutting edge. The good thing is that it has retained enough sharpness to be enjoyable (on occasion) to hopheads and to be a good introduction to those who wonder what 'all this fuss about hops' is about.

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

Grabbed a pint of this one at the mellow mushroom in Columbia tonight. Not a very good tap list, so I had to go with a standby. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/18/2009.

The pour was decent with a nice amber color and a moderate head of white on the top. Even color and a nice carbonation throughout the session. The aroma was nicely balanced. Light pine hops, hints of bready malts and a light touch of caramel on the nose. Well balanced but nothing really jumping out at me. Smooth, even flavor here with the first sip identical to the last. Light caramel flavors that have overlapped with nice touches of hops. Light to medium body and an easy sessionability made this one easy beer to put down.

Overall very solid and a good choice. Again while nothing spectacular it was a more then decent beer to drink.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD: 6/10/08

Poured a light, dull amber color, visible streams of carbonation, sizeable head. Soapy texture to the foam, with some lacing.

Aroma was a little faint, honey and vague noble hop, like a Helles.

Tasted fine, sort of mild. Lower bitterness, herbal & floral notes mostly. Lingering hop taste. Label says "highly-hopped" yet it's not very bitter at all. Feel is a bit prickly, not bad, sort of middle of the road. Easy to drink and certainly thirst-quenching. I'll revisit this review with a fresher bottle in the future.

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper/burgandy color with a tan, two-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of a good deal of hops. A a toasty malt aroma.

T - It tasted of bitter hops bite, very grassy. It also had a good sweet maltiness.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It was a medium-bodied brew.

D - This is a very nice IPA. An impressive beer for their flagship brew.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with a full, white head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted malt and fresh-cut flowers with a far-off note of sliced grapefruit.

Taste: Pale malts, a hint of toast, a touch of sweetness. Medium 'pop' of cleansing hop bitterness. Flavors of flowers and citric grapefruit. Crisp finish with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A standard, basic India Pale Ale, but quite easily drinkable.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared flute glass at Bliss.

Another Thursday, another tasting at Bliss. This offering pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger or white foam. The nose comprises flowers, light grapefruit, orange zest, and very light lemon zest. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a mild contingent of caramel in the background. The body is a hefty light (or light medium...whichever y'all prefer), with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, nothing outstanding, but something easily drinkable.

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

A solid inch or more of bright white foam rests gently atop a slightly hazy, golden-amber body. The head retention is good, and some very nice lace is left throughout the entire glass. Bright, fresh, and floral hops greet you in the nose as soon as it's poured! Very nice! A medium body combines with a very fine-bubbled carbonation to leave it lightly crisp on the tongue. Floral hops and a sweet grainy malt swirl in a kaleidescope of flavor right off the bat! Rich, exciting, sweet, hoppy, fruity, and finally, bitter in the lingering, drying finish. It's exceptionally well-balanced with a bitterness that reveals itself increasingly with every sip. What finesse!

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

On-tap 2/23/07 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The smell is faint, but has a good floral hops content, with a mild background of caramelized malt and citrus.

T: It starts out with a good hops burst as an IPA should. The thing with this beer though is that I find the hops taste has much more of that “cut grass” flavor than any other beer that I’ve had. There’s a decent caramelized malt backbone and a slight citrus sweetness. The after-taste is of course hoppy and pleasantly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, good kick, slightly filling, good representation of style. The first time that I had this beer I didn’t like it at all, but since then it has grown on me, which is fortunate for me as a hophead, because it’s the most common IPA in the area on-tap.

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

On tap @ the Harpoon Riverbend Taps and Beer Garden (Windsor, VT) on 2/20/11. Served in a Harpoon IPA branded pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of thick and foamy bright-white head. This retains with roughly a rich ½ finger that proceeds to coat the sides of the glass with heavy sticky lacing. The aroma is bright and zesty smelling in the nose with citrus flavors that are undercut by some additional leafy, earthy, and spicy notes. A firm backing of caramel and bread balance things out across the back, giving the overall nose a spicy tanginess at times.

The taste mirrors the nose, with fresh biting citrus flavor that is surrounded by a leafy spiciness. This is balanced by a silky mix of caramel and lightly toasted grains. The finish is dry and spicy with a touch of bitter earth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the sides, which then pulls together into more of a creamy and silky feel across the back of the throat as this goes down. That slightly sub 6% ABV helps keep this smooth and drinkable.

This was my first time with this beer on draft and I must say that I enjoyed it much more than the few times that I've had it out of the bottle. Lots of fresh bright citrus flavors and bitterness here, which were well balanced and the creamy body here kept this very drinkable. This has a bit of an Americanized British IPA hybrid thing going on and I really liked it.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber with a nice crème head. Nose is hops with a strong leaning towards very live tree evergreen tree needles. Flavor is hops all in the mouth. But it certainly isn't obliterating my palate. It stays smooth and even, and after a long time, I get a rather earthy aftertaste that some might say was dirty. Feel has a lot of carbonation that goes over the tongue. This is drinkable yes. Seems like the tail end of it could use more balance or rounding out, but overall it is still a good IPA.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be an excellent IPA from a brewery that doesn't seem to be talked about very much. It is well balanced for the style and very drinkable. It's definitely very hoppy and bitter (in a good way) and makes for a good beer drinking experience. I recommend this one for a cheap,delicious IPA.

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

I had this on draft at the Colisseum in Camp Hill, thanks to tenderbranson69. Served cold in a tumbler.

A - A light amber w/ a half inch of white foam. The lace has good stickage.

S - Piney aroma hops w/ subtle malt notes. Very fragrant w/ slight toasted notes w/ a floral aroma and light yeast odor.

M - Malty w/ a nice balance of bitter hop acidity and sweetness. Gently carbonated w/ a slightly hop accented finish.

T - Maltier than I remember, this has been one of my favorite American IPA's for years, probably the first IPA I actually liked when first getting into craft brew. This ale has a pleasant balance and has a full sweet feel like some pale ales w/ a crisp taste that has nice English hop characteristics.

D - A solid American choice, very drinkable w/ pleasant flavor yet the bitterness isn't overdone. I could quaff several of these without much thought. I would recommend this to those who claim to dislike hoppier beers.

Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with an ink jet printed bottled on date above the label.

Appearance: Vibrant deep golden hue with a fine clarity, densely frothed head sticks just about everywhere.

Smell: Earthy and citric hop in the nose with a mild maltiness in the back, hops are a mix of Cascade and Cluster.

Taste: Soft citric hop throughout, bitterness is just above the malt flavours. Some alcohol is there with a warming factor towards the end. Toasted and biscuity flavours from the grain show a stable base of malt. Hop flavour in its softness lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, lined crispness with a smooth backing.

Drinkability & Notes: A highly drinkable bottled ale, seems faintly withdrawn over the years but is still a reliable American IPA.

One of my favourites especially when I can get it with a month old or less "bottled on date". Nothing like fresh Harpoon IPA! Oddly I like this brew better in the bottle than on tap.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured golden with a 1" white head. Some lacing & minmal head retention

S: Floral hops

T: Floral hops combines with fruittyness up front. Slight cirtus/lemon hops. Finishes fruitty dry & zesty

MF: Medium bodied with good carbonation & balance

Drank too easy, a good ipa with a bit of English influnce IMO

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Rex's Tavern, West Chester, PA

Pretty good IPA. Of note is the fact that when I first had this beer, I was served in a true glass pint, while my friend Dave received his in a plastic cup. Just sayin'.

Poured a slightly hazy amber, with some carbonation, and a humble white head. Faint aroma of citrus hops and caramel malts. Pretty smooth tasting at first with malts and nuts up front, and hops coming in soon afterward with some bitterness. Citrus and pine notes. Light-medium mouthfeel with some stale bitterness in the aftertaste. Fairly drinkable.

Photo of LXIXME
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head slowly recedes into a pretty decent lacing above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Not much aroma for an IPA but what there was was a light citrus hops with an ever lighter sweet background.

Light citrus hops almost bitter taste with a little sweet malt coming through after the initial hops dissipates.

A medium bodied affair that leaves you wanting more for some reason, maybe if there were stronger and richer hops tastes there would be a different reason for wanting more.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a golden copper tone with an off white mother of pearl tinted creamy full head while leaving some nice residual lacing. The aroma is slightly citric, but predominantly a nice floral hop aroma with a good bit of malt sweetness balancing out the over scent of this beer. Can't say the aroma is amazingly memorable, but I can say this is a nice pleasant go to at this point very solid brew. The taste flavor is a mellow creamy balance of malty goodness blended with a floral bitter hop profile, I can tell that this beer is a little dumbed down from the guidelines of a typical IPA not getting the hop satisfaction that any true hophead is yearning for. Like I said not a failure but not a favorite at the same time. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with a nice chewy texture to it, not thick and cloying chewy just some pleasant and welcoming body to this beer. Overall what can I say no off flavors maybe lack of some hop bitterness, but overall a dangerously drinkable well made beer in my book.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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