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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,533 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,533
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 55
Gots: 357 | 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:
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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Photo of waughbrew
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer for long sessions. Very yellow in color compared to most IPAs. Aroma is big on the floral and citrus character, my guess is from a healthy dry-hopping. Taste is kind of like budweiser with a ton of cascades added to it. (I mean that in a good way) It tastes well-made with a beatiful balance to it that fades evenly. The only real malt character to speak of is a little breadiness and graininess. The feel is a little thin and fizzy. I felt like I could have drank about ten of these in a row. Pleasing in flavor yet light and drinkable. I have had this beer on tap and it is not nearly as good as the bottled version. I was pleasantly surprised, and it just may become a regular bottled beer for me.

Photo of Ricochet
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review will be just like the other good IPA reviews I've made. It's good but not outstanding.

Pours orange as advertised, slight head. Smell was like JWD's Pale ale, hops, malt, average for IPA. Mouth was good, with that bite from the hops and the alcohol making itself known. Taste was , well, a little grapefruit, a lot of hops bitterness, very little alcohol taste, buffered by the bitterness of the hops.

Yeah, I will get this again. It would be nice during football. However there are several other pale ales/ipas that I can also choose that have more notes that I would favor. Beer is good.

Photo of mweso2000
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow color with thin white head. Slight piney smell with a hint of hops. This beer does not really taste like an IPA. The hop flavor is very weak with little bitterness. Tastes more like an Pale Ale. Not a bad flavor, just not an IPA. Drinks very smooth and goes down easy. Overall a good beer, just not worthy of a high IPA grade.

Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stein glass.

A: A very nice and deep golden color. Thin head, with short retention.

S: Not much on the aroma, short bit of hops, mostly earthy. Not what I was expecting from an IPA more like an APA. Very malty aroma.

T: A nice bold malt start brings out very nice flavors. The earthy hop finish is much better on the taste than aroma had me to believe.

M: A creamy malt mouthfeel, not typical of an IPA that would have bold hop bitterness, but good none the less.

D: Great, A very nice session IPA. This one I had more than three and still was enjoying the taste a characters. Good ale.

Photo of olafphysics
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of rale
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of marcpal
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have very often had this on tap in the past as the best option available at chain restaurants (Legal Seafoods, Cheesecake, McCormicks) and decided while I was picking up 4 Leviathans, I would grap a 6 of these bottles to sit down and think through.

Notes from 2/19. 12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams uber glass.
Bottle Graphics: 3/10.

A: Golden to orange body with a hazy wheaty look for an IPA. Rocky mountain head with spelunking like caves. The color is made up for by the head and fluffy lacing that sticks like marshmallow fluff.

S: Ahh, the lovely scent of Cascade hops. Not an intense smell of some IPAs but robust enough. The sweetness was not apparent in the nose. The smell is the shining moment of this beer.

T: There are clearly hops in the flavor but it doesn't round out to where it needs to be. It seems like it is about three notes away from being a very good IPA, like Smutty Finest Kind but the areas it lacks just leaves it several notches lower. The hops from the aroma don't carry over to the bite or chew which is unfortunate. When cold, no real malt flavors but some biscuit as it warmed down. Closer to a pale and an india pale. Need double simcoe, stat.

M: Maybe training wheels for someone curious about what a hop can bring to a beer because in the texture, there is no oil or bitterness that leaves you yearning for more.

D: Almost to a level of predictability when I get this as the best tap option, the spicy food I like usually dominates and overpowers this beer. Hell, the soy chips and cinnamon sugar pretzels I am chowing on now are not a palate cleanser, they are defeating the heart of this beer.

Photo of blbarnett3
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of banger7
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sailorastro
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of YalovaIA
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of davet100
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of harryhops
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of RWNay
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Azpittil57
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Got this one on draft at a festival. Poured a clear medium orange gold, with a white, one finger high bubbly head. Dissipates fast, medium lacing.
Smell is of flowery hops and some caramel.
The taste was very nice! Fruity hop flavors up front. Bread and malt flavors in the middle, with a nice balanced finish. Nothing special, but truly above average.
A nice drinkable, medium bodied IPA.

Photo of RichD
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with just a hint of red/amber hue. Good frothy white head that leaves nice lacing.
Floral/citric hop nose is pleasant and inviting. A little sweetish malt is also detectable with some effort.
Flavor is great for an IPA/Pale Ale in my opinion. Not because the hops are less prominant, but because they're more rounded and soft. Plenty of hop bitterness, especially lingering long after the finish, yet nothing harsh or ass-puckering. Good malt presence as well and a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.
A very drinkable choice on a hot day. I first tried this beer at a fish joint in Boston this August, when every day was in the 90's with rediculous humidity. It went down real easy; bought it again when I got home and enjoyed it just as much.

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of fizzyted
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of shirfan
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearances can be deceiving; this looks and smells like an IPA, but certainly doesn't taste like one.

Bottled on 02/06/03.

Pours dark and clear golden with a frothy white head and a piney hops aroma.

Taste is poor for the style: starts smooth and a little malty, moves to a lemony, crisp middle, and finishes with a very weak and watery pine-resin hops note. Who dry-hopped the Genny Cream Ale?

This isn't a serious IPA, more like something a macro drinker would try when they want to be adventurous. It could be rescued by a chunkier mouthfeel and more hops; in its current incarnation I won't be revisiting this.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,533 ratings.