Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 1,195
Hads: 3,783
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 70
Gots: 647 | 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: 1,195 | Hads: 3,783
Photo of truknon
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Hoppy smell from the bottle after opening.

Poured into a Pint glass with a beautiful 4 finger head and golden/orange color.

Almost a fruity smell from the glass after the head settles down to some puffy clouds.

Very smooth taste on first sip and Hoppy in the mouth.

Overall, this IPA is a good choice for a weekday to go along with a nice submarine sandwich. Oddly enough the second one I had tasted better than the first...and maybe the third will be even better!! (477 characters)

Photo of fostah
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(another review culled from my cell phone. Please excuse the brevity.)

12 oz tap pour. 3/4 inch of white head that runs away fairly quickly. Clear, orange color. Floral hops aromas and more in the taste. Medium body, almost light. Malt is evident, the hop bite is almost an after thought. Feel like I'm drinking potpourri tea... (329 characters)

Photo of LeeMarvin
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Harpoon's take on India Pale Ale because it's an extremely drinkable variation on the style. It's got a crisp, hoppy, flavorful taste that's just heavy enough to entertain your palate yet light enough so it doesn't fill you up after a few.

I like all different styles of beer, and often treat myself to more exotic potions depending on the season, but this IPA is great anytime of the year, regardless of temperature or occassion. (441 characters)

Photo of bigbodybussey
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass at The Fermentation Lounge in Tallahassee, FL.

Appearance - a clear, deep, golden yellow with an inch of fluffy white head.

Smell - Loads of hoppiness paired with some citrus (probably orange) and lightly fragrant spices.

Taste - Very subtle with initial hoppy bitterness that progresses throught the sip. Citrus and mild spice pair with the bitterness quite well and blend. Finally, the bitterness becomes more apparent and leaves a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Light with moderate carbonation and a slight creaminess. Very smooth in comparison to other IPA's.

Drinkability - Exceptional. The bitterness blends quite well and is not overpowering. This beer goes great with anything. Just an all around winner. (773 characters)

Photo of Keblar
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sorry, lazy review.

There's a reason there are flowers on the bottle-floral. Super hopped as an IPA is intended to be, but not as offensive as some domestic craft IPA's can be.

Not much head, but any extra carbonation would seem like too much. Piney floral scent, dry and crisp with a lingering bitterness (in a good way).

Not for me, but probably a good measure for IPA's (376 characters)

Photo of n8tron
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer from tap and from the bottle. In both this beer is fantastic. Very hopy with no other flavors to get in the way. A really perfect IPA. It has a nice color, slightly dark and reddish brown. It is very drinkable and you don't get tired of it. Its good till the end, like all good IPA's should be. Luckily this beer is very popular in boston, and i hope if i ever move it is popular where i live. (412 characters)

Photo of bwhite105
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good American IPA. Nice golden-grown color with a decent head. Crisp hop taste, but not overly hopped or bitter. It has a nice refreshing mouthfeel, and is a very drinkable beer. It is certainly not the best IPA on the market, but for the price and its wide availability in New England it is a solid bet. (311 characters)

Photo of nhopkin
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: coppery amber, modest head

Smell: nice herbal, earthy hop aroma, very fresh and delicious. Like herbal tea

Taste: Not as much of the hop character comes through in the taste as I had hoped. The body is a little thin as well and it finishes with a very modest hop bite

mouthfeel: fine, but it seemed maybe a little fizzy to me

Overall: it's fine if there's nothing else around. It has some sentimental value for me, but I feel like it comes up a little short as an ipa (483 characters)

Photo of mafeeker
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep golden color with a sizeable off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass

S: Pronounced malt with grassy hop aroma. A light citrusy pineyness follows.

T: Nice hop bitterness a first, followed by a malty sweetness, and finishes dry and slightly bitter

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Not the best IPA I have ever had by far, but very good. A nice summer beer, great for any hop-head. (401 characters)

Photo of PoorArtist
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, deep golden color, with off-white head, and good sticky lacing.

S: Gentle Floral Hop. Pleasant, but reserved and unassertive.

T: Mild hoppiness, mild barly and malt, mildly bitter throughout. Pleasant, balanced, very drinkable, but unassertive and not that memorable.

M: Clean and easy to drink. Very little aftertaste. Mixes well with food. Sessionable.

O: Altogether a very pleasant, drinkable, good-quality beer, but too demure for an IPA. More like a good Pilsner with a little extra hop, or a Pale Ale.

V: At the price I paid, not a great value, so it loses half a point. There are better IPAs for less money. (629 characters)

Photo of Robjm1987
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For a wide-spread distributed IPA...Harpoon has to be my favorite..

Serving: tap and & bottle.
Appearance: Copper.
Smell: Nice subtle hoppy smell.
Taste: more on the hoppy side, with a wee-bit of floral notes.
mouthfeel: on the heavier side.
Ovearall: Formidable IPA. (268 characters)

Photo of jsg2220
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served - 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden colored and orange when held to the light. Small bubbles rise up to a 1" tan head that settled out to about 1/2".

S - Mild pine and a hint of sweetness.

T - Mildly bitter with an almost melon/fruit sweetness in the finish. The bitterness doesn't linger to long although a biscuity malt flavor does.

M - Tiny bubbles. Watery and soft.

D - A very mild east coast I.P.A. I have had it with pad thai a few times because it is available everywhere and the whole history of I.P.A.s. It neither enhanced or hurt the dish. The ABV is a little high for a session beer but it goes down easy.

Ect. - Freshness date: 8/15/09. This beer had amazing head retention covering the top till the beer was over half gone. I can't consider this fully an I.P.A. to me it just seems to mild tasting and I think of it as a malty pale. (876 characters)

Photo of phpfunk
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just an overall average IPA, nothing special IMO. It needs more kick personally but I am a fan of really hoppy IPAs. Their Rye IPA is better than this standard run-of-the-mill IPA.

If you want a good starter IPA to get used to a bit of bitterness I think this would be a good one to go with. Unfortunately for me, I probably would never buy this again. There are plenty of better IPAs out there for the price. (410 characters)

Photo of uncleozzy
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber brew served with a short, white head that stuck all over the glass for ages. Smelled of citrus and pine with a little bit of malt hiding in the background. The moderate carbonation complemented the significant, but not overpowering, citric hoppiness, which was balanced by a not-insignificant malt sweetness. While the hops were a big part of the flavor, I didn't find that they were significantly bitter, which makes this beer very easy to drink, although the 5.9%abv limits this a bit. The overall impression is smooth and crisp. A short, dry finish rounds off a solid American IPA that is a go-to in Boston-area bars. (632 characters)

Photo of HerrBob
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a pleasant brew. Would fit on a hot day or with light food. For an IPA it is too meek & mild on the hops. I like an IPA to be a stand alone and this brew is not bold enough for that. I kept looking for the hops to come through but to no avail. Most describe an IPA with different comparison to pine, citrus etc. Not this one. Also much paler than most. If you want an IPA it is best to look elsewhere. (409 characters)

Photo of soundbarrier
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into pint. Good apricot color. Boring smell. Very clean tasting with a hint of banana.

Pour: Poured into pint glass with a nice off white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Good bouquet. But a bit boring.

Taste: Hoppy taste with banana tones.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Good taste. OK to drink.

Serving type: bottle (346 characters)

Photo of GregoryShmegory
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good IPA from Harpoon. Lacking sufficient body and flavor but a good beer to have a few. Pours golden into a glass with a quickly decaying head. Smells like piney hops. Tastes a little flavorless with carbonation somewhat dominant. I like the beer but wouldn't rave about it. (277 characters)

Photo of Jeffro96
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured in to pint glass and looked promising. Deep amber with a creamy think head.not shabby.

Smelled like pine and hops, a hint of turpentine or after shave. All in all it promised to be bitter.

If it promised bitterness it didn't fail to deliver. The bitterness hit me up front but lacked any real hops flavor.The only flavors I could taste was a bit of a spice bite and then warmth from the alcohol.

very average mouthfeel quite carbonated though.

Finished clean and fairly quick.

Haven't found an IPA that I've ever liked guess I still haven't. Can't see what all the hype is about, sorry! (598 characters)

Photo of CapH
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A- Light amber, almost dark golden color. Nice head eroding to crisp ring.

S- Astringent malt followed by slight hop bitterness.

T- Fruity malty frontline followed by bitter hop tones in the back.

M- Crisp almost light mouthfeel. Not much body, high effervescence.

O- A solid IPA. More traditional English style than true American. Not bad at all. Nice drinking, enjoyable beer. (383 characters)

Photo of biggiet
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-It pours a medium dark amber color with light clingy head. Looks great in a curvy glass!

S-Smells lightly floral kind of mild for an IPA in my opinion.

T-Tastes on the light floral side with light carbonation and little bite.

M-Very light, easy going with low bitterness.

O-What a great drinking IPA for a session! Easy to drink with a tad more ABV than most of the lighter IPAs so I guess that's why I like it so much. I only tried it after checking this site and decided to become a member to review it as my first beer because of other people's reviews! I highly recommend it even though I may not be a beer expert but believe that I have had my share to be a source of information. (691 characters)

Photo of rpgman456
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ahhh the Harpoon IPA... I distinctly remember this as the first Indian Pale Ale I have ever tried. This beer alone catapulted me into the world of IPAs and amber ales that I enjoy today. From the second I removed the cap of this Ale I was immediately filled with a sensation of a beautiful spring day. The floral scents of this ale are awe inspiring, but not overdone. As I poured the beer into the only available pint glass left in the kitchen (beer was stored refrigerated and had a shelf life of less than one week) I was pleasantly surprised with the golden amber color and a nice thick head that stays around for a couple minutes but doesn't leave a lace like most macro beers do and can only compare to craft beers. The aroma of hops complemented the wonderful color of this beer and the taste was nothing short of climatic. The mouthfeel for a beer of this nature was extraordinary... by far the first beer that I was really able to sit down and enjoy. Since then I have tried the IPA with a barrage of foods and find Italian and Cajun cuisine complement the taste of this beer very well. I highly recommend this beer to anyone interested in the field of American IPAs. (1,176 characters)

Photo of Klunco
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aggressively poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Growing up in Boston this was one of the first beers I really got into. After not having it for a while figured it was time for a review.

A-Crystal clear dark golden color with a fluffy white head

S-Floral hops with hints of citrus. Good smell but not as strong as I would like in an IPA

T-Taste is very crisp and refreshing. The hops were a little weak for an IPA and is only slightly hoppier than a hoppy pale ale. Not much malt to provide a backing or balance so it just ends up being a bit weak overall.

M-Thin and crisp, carbonation not too aggressive making it easy to drink a few

D-Not quite as hoppy or as pronounced a finish as I would like but this would definitely make a great session IPA. Easy to drink and the hops wouldn't get to you (808 characters)

Photo of SpecsBEERMAN
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Has to be a the verge of being a pale ale...IBUs have to be low. I will chalk it up as an English style IPA, but still a "light" one. Pours a deep gold with thin white head. Light, almost clean aroma with a very predictable palate. The hops are there, but not near extent I expect from an IPA. Very drinkable, a beginner IPA for sure. (334 characters)

Photo of grumpyowl
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle in Manchester, NH.

A: Clear 1 inch head. Nice lacing that holds up. Dark gold in color

S: Sweet fruit; Strawberries come to mind, some pine

F: Hops in the back then fruity in the finish. Some date. No maleness detected.

M: Dryer than I thought considering sweetness in the nose. Carbonation hits back of palate right away. Taste disappears then bitterness comes through. Slight tartness in the finish.

D: Very drinkable.

O: Although no maltiness detected, sweetness in the nose and mouth balances the finishing bitterness. Nice! (565 characters)

Photo of Ds650rida
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

L:Thick 2 1/2 finger off white head. Plenty of thick lacing falls slowly Orange/amber transparenr body

A:Citrus smell, mainly grapefruit hops

T:Light hops, a bit of sweet malt and citrus.

M:Malt and what little hops stick around at the finish. Light carbonation.

O: a surprisingly drinkable ipa, the hops are light and like others said, a good specimine for someone being introduced to ipa's. (424 characters)

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.