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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,272 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,272
Reviews: 1,166
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 43
Gots: 226 | 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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ccurrid

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-09-2014 23:15:15 | More by ccurrid
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

04-06-2014 03:44:09 | More by MidwestBA
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Mortarforker

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

07-04-2013 14:30:52 | More by Mortarforker
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SoCaliC8

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

02-08-2006 01:44:18 | More by MSchae1017
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

05-29-2012 23:34:00 | More by lilnicky068
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salinasa

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-29-2012 12:12:43 | More by salinasa
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inebrius

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

08-10-2002 13:52:32 | More by inebrius
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-22-2012 19:32:55 | More by tenacioustomato
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banger7

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-01-2012 18:56:42 | More by banger7
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Mack

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-24-2013 23:06:08 | More by Mack
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Naes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

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

New York

1.83/5  rDev -49.4%

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.

09-09-2006 15:48:15 | More by Rudgers73
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meehandennis

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

06-15-2014 20:39:39 | More by meehandennis
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dubdrop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-09-2012 00:26:13 | More by dubdrop
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

09-25-2009 21:39:07 | More by thegodfather2701
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csurowiec

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

12-07-2013 12:11:50 | More by csurowiec
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

This is a hard one to review. This seems to be an everyday, widely available type of beer in the Boston area, but when comparing it to the style and how it holds up to others, this one simply doesn't get a high grade from me.

Appearance: Light amberish orange hue. 1 1/2 inch of pure white head that settled quickly. There are a lot of ephervescent bubbles dancing up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: I get biscuity malt first on smell, then slight grassy hops. This is odd and not what I would expect for the style. Although BA puts this in as an American IPA, which it is, I feel like this is closer to an English IPA from the nose.

Taste: Just like the nose, maltiness is what I get first with the hops only providing a balancing bittering quality with little appreciable flavor. It doesn't taste bad, but it certainly isn't robust or anything remarkable.

Mouthfeel: Again, middle of the road. Considering middle of the road ABV, you get a boozy heat on this one. It finishes pretty crisply without a massive aftertaste. The higher rate of carbonation also keeps the body light in the mouth.

Drinkability: Like I mentioned before, this is a fine beer to have when kicking around Boston as it is available everywhere. The bitterness is actually key to keeping this from being too malty or oppressive. It is an easy drinker, but nothing that is remarkable either.

Overall: I seem to have at least on Harpoon IPA a month living in Boston. It can often be the best beer in the room at a party or non-beer specialty bar. However, this is not one to try if you are at a place with other regional or national IPAs on hand.

10-01-2010 02:31:08 | More by soze47
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

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

Bolivia

4.2/5  rDev +16%

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!

06-18-2012 02:46:33 | More by RyanGoodman
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-05-2012 17:17:10 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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JHendu

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-31-2013 21:02:12 | More by JHendu
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%

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.

07-16-2011 05:43:37 | More by CFHMagnet
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,272 ratings.