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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,199 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,199
Hads: 3,806
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 74
Gots: 673 | 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: 1,199 | Hads: 3,806
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium gold color with a small white head and decent carbonation. Nose is floral, lightly hopped. Taste is grainy, light bodied with floral hints and not much malt. Mouthfeel is light, astringent at times and floral. Do not recommend at all. (250 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Notes of 02/2009) Tasted during a horizontal tasting of two American IPAs, the other one being the Flying Dog "Snake Dog IPA"; BB 21/10/2008, served only mildly chilled in a wine glass.

A: dark golden to amber in colour, fast-retreating off-white foamy head, fizzy upfront, then turning light on the carbonation.
S: balanced - a "breezy" aroma mixed of honey drink, lychee fruits, other slightly sharp tropical fruits, a flowery scent of Cascade-like US hops springs to mind, set against an enticing bedrock of light biscuity and faintly caramely malts. As the beer warms up a bit, a semi-sharp touch of pineapples also comes forward, witnessing the work of yeastiness.
T: sweet honey-ish, grapefruity and lychee-shell-like flavours upfront precede a lightly tannic, leafy hop bitterness and residual citric sourness; settling to a lightly chewy finish with lingering biscuity elements of pale malts, while hop bitterness stays loyally at the end of the tasting, transcending a little piney scent as well.
M&D: unfortunately, it's pretty thin on the body and the semi-spritzy fizziness comes not as soft and natural as a bottle-conditioned ale, but perhaps it's designed as such (light) to be quaffable and the overall mouthfeel is clean enough indeed. Not as deep and complex as the FD Snake Dog IPA tasted alongside, but overall an easy-drinking example all the same. (1,371 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (151 characters)

Photo of plaid75
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. (425 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
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. (503 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Medium orange/yellow colour with a ring of white head.

S - Slight bitterness present with a light citrus aroma. Not overly impressive aroma.

T - A decent bitterness up front with some floral and citrus flavours. A slight bready malt backbone is present.

M - Light body with some creaminess. Moderate carbonation. (320 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From tap to 22oz glass at Buffalo Wild Wings in Crystal City on 2/26/11
*From notes

A: Clean light gold with one finger head and dissapointing lacing.

S: Not much. I was expecting something, anything. I mean I really had to jam my nose into the oversized glass to pick up even the faintest of mild hop oil.

T: This one definitely caters to the masses, as there really isn't a whole lot to get excited about. I dectect a dallop of hops, which is immediately followed by heavy grain and malt. The finish is soft and fairly weak.

M: Better then I had expected, given the lack of character.

O: This isn't one I'll be returning to often if at all. Not a bad beer, just a bland beer, especially for an AIPA.

I will say this one served it's purpose though, as I and the rest of the wifey's Birthday bunch left (well, got asked to leave) rather toasty. (850 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After bowling soiree....good friend brought a couple of bottles of Harpoon IPA so I had to try it!!! The color was clear and golden and had decent white head and laced quite well. The nose had a good hints of citrus hops and subtle floral undertones. The taste was a good balance of malt and pine/citrus. Mouthfeel was good...this is a good session IPA!! (354 characters)

Photo of Duff27
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Thin white head on a clear amber beer. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Smells of grapefruit and...hoppy.

T- I don't really taste anything until I get a strange fruity aftertaste, kind of off putting to be frank.

M- Medium to medium thin feel. Good carbonation.

D/O- With all the other good to great IPAs out there, don't waste your time with this one. "Must be eight dollar beer night." (396 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also very hoppy, not much else going on, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkabilty. Overall this is a fairly good beer. (305 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear light amber colour topped by a thin white head that showed excellent retention and stickage.

Smell: The aroma is well-balanced between grainy malt character and citrusy hops (pink grapefruit). Very nice.

Taste: The balance is on the bitter side (of course) with a light citrus and floral hop flavour. Some basic malty sweetness is also present. While good, the flavour is a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body and moderate carbonation with a smooth texture. No complaints here.

Drinkability: Overall, a pretty good pint and not bad for a session. I had the opportunity to sample it a couple times over several days and my impressions didn't really change. (704 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Best By 12/19/08

A- Pours a golden orange color with a huge white head that possesses excellent retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is malt with some citrusy and floral hops.

T- The taste starts out with some malt and finishes on the dry side with some citrusy hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit of a creaminess to it.

D- Not a bad IPA, not a full-flavored as some of the other examples of the style, but easy drinking nonetheless. (463 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another sample that I got in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours from 12oz bottle(best by 10-10-07) a clear light gold with a 1 finger head of foam that recedes slightly but remains as a solid fine layer right to the end of the session.

The smell is of grapefruit and a touch of malt but it's pretty light on the nose.

The taste is pretty light also but I get some nice hop *and* malt flavours. The hops are mostly grapefruit but the malt moves in quickly to balance out what bitterness the hops injected. This is a *very* balanced IPA that is smooth drinking, medium bodied, medium in carbonation, and it finishes slightly citrusy.

Bottom line: This kind of reminds me of a English Style IPA in that the malt character doesn't just make an appearance, it shares equal billing with the hops. It's a very balanced brew and easy to drink. I like it. (866 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden amber color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head with good retention. Decanted lightly. Wavy rings laced the glass.

S: Citrussy hops and crackery malt. Neither were overpowering.

T: Citrus hop flavor backed up by biscuity and crackery malt. Slight resiny coating; smooth. Dry and bitter finish.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Bitter and dry.

D: Very drinkable. Sessionable IPA. Its not weak, but smooth and well-balanced hop and malt bill. (474 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. It pours a golden yellow with a lot of carbonation and and fizzy, white head. There is decent lacing. The hoppy aroma is clearly there but not as powerful as most IPA's I have had. The mouthfeel is moderate to bold The flavor has the hoppy bitterness of most IPA's but like the aroma, it is not as powerful as better IPA's. (351 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light copper color. Aroma has a decent hop bouquet and the taste follows. Not too hoppy and not not too much of anything else. Solid flavor. A pretty good representation of its style. To some, Harpoon is a benchmark for IPAs. I would say that it's a good starting point. (288 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light coppery amber color with a quick head and thin foam about one minute after the pour. Good bubbling.

The aroma is full of grass and just a little citrus. Very clean smell overall with just a little hint of toasted malt.

The taste starts earthy, makes me think of plant roots, grass, and soil. Just a little citrus hop flavor comes out once the toasted malts come forward on the palate.

Very clean, astringent palate that still has a little sweetness from the malts to keep this beer sessionable. (519 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with moderate amounts of buttery diacetyl and milder amounts of citrus and earthy hops. As the beer warms the hop aromas fade even further.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of citrus and leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors fade a bit and diacetyl works its way into things. The hops reassert themselves near the end of the sip and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this IPA was fairly forgettable - certainly not a bad beer but not one I'd be in a rush to revisit. (973 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a gold colour with a very large size frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing the lacing is very nice. The head lasted for quite a while before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, hops, grapefruit and lemon zest, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation on the palette and the beer feels light yet creamy. The carbonation level suits the style of beer very well. The most noticeable flavours are hops, malts, breads/grains, a slight woodiness, and lemon zest. The beer finishes with a malty mild hop bitter aftertaste.

Drink - This is an above average beer that to me tasted a little bit like a pilsner. I'm not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm happy to have tried it. (776 characters)

Photo of claspada
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mold citrus and piney hops. A light sweetness in the nose to balance out the bitterness. Simple.

The tastes are quite similar to the nose. Citrus hops, but not overly bitter. Some light malty sweetness. Not very impressive, and bland compared to today's unique/impressive offerings. A medium body, but thin a watery.

Overall this is not a hard IPA to drink. The bitterness does not over power, and makes for a relatively easy to drink beer. Not worth revisiting or reordering with the plentiful amount of great offering available today. (548 characters)

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.