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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,115 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,115
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 39
Gots: 157 | FT: 0
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)
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Ratings: 3,115 | Reviews: 1,162 | Display Reviews Only:
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-19-2012 13:17:54 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

05-23-2012 11:45:50 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:33:57 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 13:43:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 01:55:54 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 02:50:16 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 16:38:31 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-05-2011 00:49:13 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2005 13:34:17 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-09-2012 15:20:30 | More by acurtis
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 06:01:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-29-2013 02:14:58 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

08-15-2013 03:36:57 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-09-2013 23:31:56 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

02-21-2014 06:04:04 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.1%

02-18-2012 05:32:13 | More by ygtbsm94
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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
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-21-2013 02:32:25 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 19:42:04 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:22:08 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 23:55:26 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2007 22:58:56 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 01:55:53 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 13:19:45 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2007 16:22:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,115 ratings.