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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,164 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,164
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 41
Gots: 174 | 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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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

This is a serving of Harpoon IPA at the satellite brewpub in Windsor, VT.

Appearance: The ale is a deep yellow, almost orange color with no haze. There is a bit of head, but nothing to get excited about.

Smell: The ale has a very strong citrusy hop aroma that dominates the nose.

Taste: The hops are strong here, adding a very pleasant bitter flavor. The malt body is incidental, providing enough balancing to prevent the beer from being a bomb.

Mouthfeel: The hops are crisp and clean and provide a truly good flavor kick.

Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable with a firm hop character that is spicy without numbing the tastebuds.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2006 03:21:35 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This AIPA pours dark golden amber, with a slight haze. non descript white head, and just a smattering of lacing. laid back grainy hops in the nose. Can't say I'm overwhelmed by this IPA, hop crunch is quite subdued. Sort of a mushy feel to the center and body of this brew. Finish is equally mundane. C'mon Harpoon , I feel like this one has been sliding downwards the past few years, not the punchy and flavorful IPA I remember.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 01:03:23 | More by Billolick
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

06-17-2013 01:36:01 | More by orangesol
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-21-2013 19:43:25 | More by InspectorBob
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle best by date of 1/15/10.

Pours a very clear amber color with more than a finger of big bubble head. Just slightly off white color to the cap. Not much retension but it laces all over the place. The hops present in the nose is kinda mild for an IPA but recognizable as the fruity/citrus character of cascade. Little bit of malt sweetness coming through in the aroma as well. Taking a sip, it is a nice balance of malt sweetness to hop bitterness. Feel is quite thin and carb is a little low. Overall it isn't bad but I feel cheated. I got to enjoy this in time before the best by date but it doesn't have the freshness character to back that label up.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 23:53:21 | More by stakem
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-08-2012 03:06:48 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A good IPA but not my style, serious hops from start to finish. Clear, good head, heavy hop aroma. Medium body and fairly dry. Strong bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2002 19:06:59 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

A freakishly clear and lightly colored IPA, this has the clarity of Macro lager and is barely tinted Orange. Fair white forms but does not last.

The smell is sweet and malty and hoppy without covering up a nice floral aroma. Grapefruit and roses are the main scents here.

The taste begins sweet and floral, that suggestion of rose petal makes its way to the taste. Outstanding taste in an IPA, lots of flavor instead of a simple tongue numbing hops overload. Lots of floral taste here and just the merest trace of the normal citrus and pine tastes. Mostly the taste here is herbal and floral and doesn't really settle in to a 'taste' it keeps changing. A cut above the rest for an AIPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

VERY easy to drink and flavorful AIPA. As a rule the beers that interest Beer Advocates are too much for most of the beer drinkers of the USA this is one that is both outstanding and accessible to more casual beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 05:22:04 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-11-2014 03:11:41 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

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

On draft in a chilled shaker pint glass at The Eastern Standard, on to the beer:

The beer shines a light pale gold in the glass, leaving decent lacing on the glass as I drink it. Aroma is clean and somewhat malty sweet. The same can be said for the first part of the taste. You taste the malts (which are bready and caramel) at first, but then the hops kick in mildly during the second half. There's a note a fruit in the middle of it all. Clean and easy drinking.

I could have confused it for a pale ale, as this is a well balanced, albeit averagish example of an IPA. Still, you can find this all around Boston, and it might make a good starter beer for those who are getting into hoppier beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2008 02:10:36 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jaxon53 for this brew.

Best by 10/10/07

Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, I don't see too many IPAs look like this, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, which then leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty/hoppy, not much citrus or pines in this one, and some caramel tones. The taste is a nice balance of hops/malts, nice little touch of bitterness/sweetness. Medium body. Drinkable, a different IPA in my book, tasty. This is also my first brew from Harpoon.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 20:45:12 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle found in my fridge after the Superbowl party. Thanks, somebody...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the dark golden/light amber brew. Head is pillowy and a bit uneven as it fades slightly, with nice lacing. Aroma is leafy hops, with underpinnings of sweet pale maltiness. Taste is upfront with a shot of hops, giving way to smooth malts, and closes up shop with a revisit of the hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Nice one from Harpoon.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 21:44:09 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-16-2013 01:07:08 | More by ejimhof
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-28-2013 20:08:39 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Upper Crest in D.C.

The beer is crystal clear and light yellow hued. Effervescence lasts the duration of the session. The head is a finger thick and leaves some decent legs on the glass. The aroma is pretty weak, with only faint traces of hops. The flavor is better, with some pine and hop flavors and a lingering bitterness. Overall, an ok offering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 19:52:46 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 4/15/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of pine, herbal, floral, citrus, grass, caramel, and a bit of honey sweetness. Decent aromas that are on the weak side. Taste of big pine, citrus, herbal, floral, caramel, biscuit, grass, and graininess. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of biscuit, pine, herbal, citrus, and grass on the finish for a bit. Some good malt and flavor balance with bitterness. Medium carbontion and body; with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Some prickly carbonation present as well, but it still drinks very smoothly. No alcohol presence in the taste or finish. Overall this is a solid and pretty enjoyable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 04:43:48 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

11-29-2011 15:30:57 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

12-01-2011 07:00:06 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger creamy head. There was good retention and good sticky laing.

The smell consisted flowery and citris hop and biscuity malt.

The taste was dominated at first by the oily hop character but soon was balanced by a solid doughy malt backbone.

The mouthfeel was light and dry.

Overall a nice AIPA. Not the greatest one out there, but definitely highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 01:40:54 | More by plaid75
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

07-15-2013 00:12:38 | More by Mebuzzard
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Best before Dec 15th 2013.

A truly great looking beer out of the bottle. Soapy sudsy and and even big tall three finger head, that clumps and stays forever. Virtually all the bubbles are uniform, and it sits on a great crystal clear copper amber body, with really nice flowing carbonation..

Nose is interesting, a little pine, some woody tones kind of a juicy citrus orange angle a bit. Not getting the suggested floral senses the bottle mentions. Some nice small cinnamon warmth and carmel too. This is actually quite good, this feels really promising.

Palate sort of lets down. Geez what happened? Slightly wet caramel body, and wood malts combine on first sip. Thin palate gives a slight earthy finish but doesn't last. Bitterness and sweetness is nowhere to be found, perhaps a hinting herbality somewhat but really struggling to find a flavor profile on here.

This isn't an old IPA, but this really seemed to start off with such promise. This is a letdown unfortunately for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:11:03 | More by smakawhat
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Golden amber, very clear, big white head, nice lacing. Smell is pine and citrus hops, crystal caramel malt, honey sweetness. Taste is piney, some light malt flavour, citrus near the end, clean bitter finish. Lighter bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and refreshing, tasty IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2005 17:38:04 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: The beer is orange gold in color with a one finger white frothy head. Pretty good head retention, lasting for most of the time drinking. Left behind some spotty lacing.

S: Very light, a bit of floral hops with a bit of citrus and caramelized malt.

T: Similarly weak, with a slight bit if hops upfront. There is some light citrus as well as some floral and grassy flavors. A little biscuity malt and some caramel balance the beer out. Slight bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and was rather crisp on the hot day that I had this.

O: Nothing offensive about it, just a bit boring. Seemed lacking in oomph. Just needs a little something more to get it to solid. Not a bad option in the greater Boston area though, where it may be the best draft beer available.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 17:50:06 | More by mdaschaf
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light copper color with a thin white head that has some decent lacing qualities. Nice pungent, oily aroma. The hop explosion hit the palate first. And it is good. I would say this beer is more hoppy than it is bitter. There is a bitter element present, but more of the hoppy tones seem to make their way to my taste sensors. Flowery and herbal at the same time. A bit oily. Slightly pungent. After cutting through all of the wonderful hop nuances, you will find a decent malt presence. Nicely done IPA here.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2002 21:48:44 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a little deeper and darker than expected. Smells like very little. Taste = disappointing. "Where's the hops?" a la "Where's the Beef?" I get it this is an east coast interpretation, but dang.

Mouthfeel just tastes like a shiftless amber or brown ale. Doesn't inspire me to ever try any of their hoppy beers. I think they have a limited Imperial or double IPA, but I would have to speculate that based on this beer, it would take a double/imperial to raise it to its appropriate hop and alcohol strength to be a more worthy version of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 00:05:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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