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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,153 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,153
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 39
Gots: 173 | 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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Photo of Domvan


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

05-21-2014 00:51:16 | More by Domvan
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

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

Had on draft at Ghazal in JP- poured a very clear yellow golden color with a half finger head. Very little retention and a little bit of lacing.

Generic smell- a little citrus hops a little pine. Ale yeast (it's something I recognize only from my own brews really).

Tastes pretty good- again nothing l exciting but nothing bad. Same citrus and pine hop tastes neither really dominate.

A light to medium bodied brew with medium carbonation. This a fine session ipa but not anything to ring home about. There are better ones.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 19:31:34 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of SoCaliC8


2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

01-18-2014 18:04:56 | More by SoCaliC8
Photo of dugly2ugly


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

02-17-2012 01:38:46 | More by dugly2ugly
Photo of rousee


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a true honey-apricot amber and forms a small cap of 2mm or less within 60 secs. Very little carbonation but it doesn't seem to bother me - I don't like flatness-- but in this case, there is still plenty of energy in it.

Smell is very mild malty sweet honey with hop/berry present too.

Taste is a peach/apricot berrymix with nice malt and hops resembling berries backing it up. Cranberry essences I am getting
too. Pretty well balanced with an emphasis on berrymix/hoppy flavor.

It finishes failry dry and chalky but chalky in a nice kind of "cleanse your palate way". Mouthfeel is slightly better than average but nothing special.

Drinkability is DANGEROUS !! Easy to get carried away and have too many of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2004 02:23:41 | More by rousee
Photo of MSchae1017


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

This beer was tasted in a Pint Glass from the bottle.

The beer pours a transparent golden-amber with a nice white head that leaves a thin white film all the way down the glass along with some lace. The smell is primarily hops that is characterized by a nice mixture of citrus (possibly grapefruit) and floral aromas. The taste also exhibits similar characteristics to the smell along with some delightful bitterness. The beer finishes with some sweet barley maltiness. The mouthfeel is characterized by a good thickness and carbonation. Overall this is a highly drinkable beer. I really enjoy the bitterness and believe I am begining to become more of a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 01:44:18 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of inebrius


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
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, MA.

Orangish color with an average head and a fair amount of carbonation. It smells very good, a little bit fruity. The taste is sharp and the hops are very present in this one. Can still detect some fruity tastes in there. Leaves your mouth a little bit dry, making it a little difficult to keep drinking. Not a bad beer overall.

Edit>>Since trying this beer for the first time about 4 months ago, I have grown a fondness for this beer and consider it - if not the best - one of my favorite IPA's. Available almost anywhere on-tap in the Boston area, I usually find myself drinking one of these at some point throughout the night. Excellent beer that I have most certainly grown to love.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2004 21:36:15 | More by Jacobob10
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-17-2013 17:17:10 | More by razorsdescent
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-22-2012 19:32:55 | More by tenacioustomato
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-28-2012 02:23:06 | More by GreyGhost4
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

02-08-2012 00:30:33 | More by rusty3335
Photo of Naes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is copper colored with a large white head.

The aroma is of hops and a bit of citrus.

Its flavor is hopy with a citrus aftertaste. It’s also a bit grassy.

The mouth feel is surprisingly light for an IPA and is nice and refreshing. It’s nothing amazing, but much better than I was expecting. It’s worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 01:06:53 | More by Naes
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

1.83/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the beer that made me realize that I don't enjoy IPA's.

I gave this a try while attempting to complete the 100 Beer Tour at the local college bar. This is the first one that I really didn't like.

The bottle looked nice, and it smelled just a little hoppy. Then I took my first sip and BANG--hops hops and more hops. To the point that it tasted like chlorophyl. I don't mind ESB's so I don't think it was the bitterness that got me. It was just pungent. I had to pass it around to get it finished.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 15:48:15 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of jonathaniler


4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

09-21-2013 00:16:09 | More by jonathaniler
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-05-2014 17:10:51 | More by whitenads
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

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

A-pours a nice golden/copper color with a nice billowy white head. It leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S-Hoppy with some sweet maltiness. Nothing overpowering.

T-Not an over hoppy ipa. It has a nice maltiness to balance it out. This beer is much more watered down than other ipas.

M-Thin and watery.

D-highly drinkable ipa due to it being watery and well balanced.

Overall, this is just a middle of the road ipa that I might purchase if there were no better options.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 21:39:07 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Larrydoherty


4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

04-25-2012 18:22:54 | More by Larrydoherty
Photo of RyanGoodman


4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Full inch+ of off-white head that never completely disappeared throughout session. Copper, golden color that is completely and intensely clear. Nose offers bready malts, and faint hop aroma. Taste is malt and hop balance perfected, which is not exactly preferred in the American IPA style. So I'm not taking issue with the beer, just the genre that it's listed under here, according to BA's definition of an American IPA. The brewery brochure simply says it's an IPA, so this may be more accurate. Flavor is certainly floral, some definite cascade hoppiness, and finishes with an unexpected sweet/malty appearance. I can't put my finger on it, perhaps ?mead? which would go along with the floral nature to the beer. Mouthfeel, again, is lighter than one would expect from an IPA. If it were styled as a Pale Ale I may have given it a perfect rating across the board. All this being said, I more than thoroughly enjoyed this beer. So much so that I could drink it all day long. Beer substitute for water? Thank you very much Harpoon!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:46:33 | More by RyanGoodman
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-05-2012 17:17:10 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
Photo of dubdrop


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-09-2012 00:26:13 | More by dubdrop
Photo of hreb


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle poured into American pint glass on this very hot, hot, humid day in Massachusetts. Big, foamy, tall head of moderate longevity. Clear amber color. Just the head smells, and tastes, beautifully hoppy. The smell of the beer is of a very pleasant and floral hops. Leaves heavy, messy white lacing on the glass.

Carbonation seems low, which along with a very well balanced hop flavor makes for a very drinkable American IPA. The dominant hop flavor is cascade, but it's well balanced with other hops (?) and the medium-delicate malt. Body is considerable and depth is excellent, with kind of a soapy element. Finishes pleasantly with a really nice bitter aftertaste without having that unpleasant hop-burnout effect I get with other Cascade-heavy ales (I'm looking at you, Sierra Nevada).

One of my favorite American IPAs. Or maybe it's just the weather.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 00:48:07 | More by hreb
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3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Poured a 2 finger head. Some lacing noticed. Body a clear golden yellow color.

S. Citrus and pine hops. A vague sweetness about it as well.

T. Understated. Light pine hoppiness runs rather quickly into a straight bread flavor with light spice.

M. Light, sessionable. Watery. Easy going.

O. Not what I'm looking for in an IPA. I like a balanced IPA, and this one is very balanced, but it doesn't have enough "oomph" in it, especially on the hop end.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 05:43:37 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-23-2013 15:15:42 | More by shredder83
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-12-2014 23:59:10 | More by Shafaegalo
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,153 ratings.