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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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2,904 Ratings
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Ratings: 2904
Reviews: 1153
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%

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 damndirtyape


3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Uno Chicago Grill, Orlando FL - International Drive. Served in a flared pilsner glass (looks like a Hefeweizen glass with thin bottom, large top).

Appearance: Clear gold to amber color. Off-white very thin skin of foam across the top. Persistent sheets and strands of lacing here and there.

Smell: Remarkably odorless. Barest hint of citrus hops when first brought to the table, but nothing after that.

Taste: Citrus, mild pine bitterness with a good malt backbone. Well balanced - a good, if not overly flavorful, simple AIPA. What I mean is that it's not a hop bomb, it's not an extreme AIPA - it's just a simple AIPA - classic AIPA bitter flavors, straight forward malt to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation with a nice thickness. Sticks a little to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Plenty drinkable, went well with the deep-dish pizza. In the end though, nothing special - perhaps an average example of an AIPA. Good simplicity in the flavor, but a letdown in aroma so not an outstanding AIPA overall.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 23:33:32 | More by damndirtyape
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear dep golden brew, an off-white head that leaves good lacing and some curtains.

Smells of oatmeal, lemon and grape-fruit.

Some brown bread, grape-fuit juice and peel.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, fresh and smooth, a dry finish.

A nice clean standard IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 19:00:30 | More by rarbring
Photo of kemoarps


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear and pale amber, with a pillowy white head that lingers a little bit, but doesn't leave as much lacing as I had anticipated.

The nose is mostly sweet; malty yes, but almost a flowery caress that I don't typically associate directly with the malt profile of a beer. Considerably sweeter than I expected from an IPA. Almost a hint of harvest season in an orcahrd.

As I let it roll around the tongue, I am again surprised by the sweetness. It finishes with an ode to the bitter hoppiness for which the american version of this style has become famous. A couple more sips in, the hops start to hit earlier, and add a decent balance before the aforementioned sweetness and the citrusy hops. Overall it's somewhat understated and kind of blunted.

So, I had never had this beer when I bought it. I bought it to be used in a super top-secret Pulled Pork recipe that called for a hoppy beer. I figured; American IPA, should be hoppy...
So my initial disappointment is pocketed in that backstory. If you take away any expectations it is a decent beer. It's well balanced, and can be used to introduce newcomers to the idea of an IPA, as it is not overwhelming and is fairly smoothe to drink. If you are familiar with the microbrew community/are looking for a strong American IPA, though this isn't going to be what you're looking for. Approach it with an open mind and remove labels such as style and you might enjoy it. Speaking of florid...

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 05:29:35 | More by kemoarps
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with a medium thick white head that lasts a good amount of time and nice lacing on the glass. Slightly sweet hoppy aroma with lemony accents and a good maltiness. Sweet hoppy flavor with a good malty background. Light to medium bodied and slightly dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 20:58:54 | More by BillH200174
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz fresh from the botting line.
Brilliantly clear straw-amber color. Frothy white head. Clings to glass a bit but won't hold. Smells piney and sweet. Very mild aroma.
Flavor is simple with a bitter heavy mouthfeel. Fairly clean yeast character, what I can taste is fruity. Very moderately bitter, although it lingers. Thin mouthfeel. Easy drinkin for an IPA. Kent hops? Respectable ABV. So much better fresh.

When I first started drinking, I thought this was over the top bitter. Now it borders and pale on my palate. I don't drink it as much, but I respect it as a transition beer. From mega-swill 30 racks to craft beer and flavor. Always pleased to see Harpoon as the flavorful option at a bar with a otherwise atrocious lineup.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:57:28 | More by mlazzaro
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange\amber pour. Decent foam retention and lacing. Clarity is good.

S - Scents of hoppy spice, and a bit of fresh apples. But the smell was tame and didn't increase as it warmed a bit.

T - Good crisp flavor. Has a decent ratio of sweetness to bitteress. Overall it is mellow on both counts which makes it a solid IPA.

M - Very sessionable. Slight hop bite at the end. This is a great option to see on tap if you want a few cold drafts.

O - a solid IPA for any season. I didn't find it all that exciting, but I would easily go back to this.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 19:40:34 | More by socon67
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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
Photo of Labeerfinder

3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a white head that fades, and a moderate to good amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fragrant with some nice flowery and citric hop aromas, paired with some fruity estery aromas of apple jelly, and just a touch of sweet caramel aroma. The palate is soft with some good pale and caramel malt flavors, with a back drop of estery fruit. Harpoon IPA finishes with more fruit and malt up front, then ends with a mildly bitter, citric hop bite that slightly lingers.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 04:58:28 | More by Labeerfinder
Photo of maxk


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled into a tulip.

A crystal clear copper with steady bubble streams making their way up to a foamy eggshell colored head. As the head settles, it leaves thick trails of lacing down the glass.

Pine, citrus and some caramel malt jump out at first. The lightly roasted grains sit in the background and slightly remind me of toasted marshmallows.

Grapefruit upfront, quickly followed by the caramelized sugars of the malt. All of that gives way to pine and grass. Properly carbonated and the body that an IPA should have.

Balanced and mild, no flavors are overly extreme. It's a decent IPA, especially for the price, however I'd say it's more of a starter IPA. It is palatable to those sensitive to much more invasive hop flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 02:33:39 | More by maxk
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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
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2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy yellow with small white head. Aroma of grass and hay, some sweet malt, with not a lot of aromatics for the style. This one had some weird flavors going on. A little bready malt mixed with some unwelcome spice. The hops were not up front and the sweetness was not balanced with bitter. Not impressed, despite Leviathan being a great IPA. I am hoping I just grabbed an older bottle, but when I originally had this I didn't pay much attention to those sorts of things.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:24:30 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light copper gold with a a nice foamy white head that fades into a thin cap, little lacing.

Aroma of floral hops, citrus and light malt.

Taste of light floral hops, grain, grass and hints of citrus. Not over-ally bitter, a very nice balanced taste.

Mouth Feel was medium body, moderate carbonation, crisp with a slight bitter and dry ending.

Overall this a good well balanced IPA, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 17:44:31 | More by dtivp
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze, white head, stringent lacing...Weak biscuits and sweet grassy notes round out the nose. A light amount of honey, sweet but not cloying, followed by mild hop bitterness. It reminds me of a better version of Saranac IPA. Weak in IBU's but balanced well with malty hermit cookies.

I would probably call this just a pale ale, but hey, I didn't brew it. For a pale it it is pretty darn tasty, for an IPA it is still tasty but missing out on the strong hop points.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:22:58 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of CowsCanBark


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark gold/orange hue with a one-finger pinkish-white head. Moderate lacing left on glass.

Smell: Very floral and fruity, almost detect a peach-like odor. Hop dominant.

Taste: What a lovely brew! Moderate floral and citrus hop flavors mold together, forming a beautiful taste. The end note is especially flowery, and there is a slight bitterness throughout. Not overly hoppy, but extremely well-balanced and delicious!

Mouthfeel: Light/moderate body with moderate to high carbonation, it's crisp and refreshing and an easy drinker. Would be great on a hot summer day.

Overall: An awesome IPA, one that I'm definitely going to be grabbing way more often. Very floral, which I love.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:31:28 | More by CowsCanBark
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a rich copper with a good sized head, only it leaves little lace.

S- the hops on this are very floral, with hints of orange and tobacco, and a little bit of pine.

t- I'm getting a lot more malt on this than I remembered there being, and it is working to make this a very balanced, somewhat mild ipa. Floral hops, citrus, and an earthiness make up the flavor.

o- a very good ipa that gets overlooked because of its availability. I still like to revisit this beer as it was my first ipa. Even though I've had many more that i would deem better, this is a great gateway beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 15:40:30 | More by Tschnab
Photo of jb413


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a bright, light golden-copper with some rising bubbles, finger and a half of white head with good retention, and some decent lacing.

S - Big floral hop presence in the nose dominates some less noticeable toasted malt and herbal notes.

T - Floral hops are moderate and tasty in the front. Transitions with mildly balancing underlying malt before moving into a pleasant and prolonged bitterness in the finish.

MF - smooth and crisp. Refreshing. Pretty drinkable. Body is medium. Carbonation matches well and finish is nice.

O - Still new to the IPA hoppy styles, and this has been a nice gateway. A good pick all around.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2012 17:16:10 | More by jb413
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4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pub glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a white 2-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Nice hoppy aroma that is crisp and clean.

T: Crisp hoppy flavor that is slightly bitter and tart. Finishes in the dry side of sweet.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid ale – very balanced and well hopped!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:27:40 | More by ckollias
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West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Golden straw color with small white head.

S- hoppy, but doesn't seem as hoppy as most ipa's. A little more malts than expected as well.

T- grassy and citrus hops with a bit of sweet grain.

M- average carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This is an good IPA, its very drinkable but seems to lack enough spicy hop kick in the smell and taste department. however, because of this, you could easily drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 00:32:54 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a short wispy white head that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of a floral hop with some orange and apricot scents. The malt is bready with a honey sweetness. Smells more malty than hoppy.

The taste is of a sweet honey malt with some cereal grains. The hops are grassy with some citrus. A slight hint of asprin towards the end.

The feel is moderate with tingly carbonation. Pretty balanced between the sweet and the bitter; finishes slightly dry.

Definition of an average IPA. Its quite drinkable but the flavor is just ho hum.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:59:05 | More by Gmann
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a nice looking golden color with a thick looking white head on top. The head leave some scattered lacing on the glass with a decent retention. The smell of the beer was hoppy, with a nice amount of malt on the nose too. The taste of the beer is hoppy but not hard to handle, it's a subtle IPA. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean feeling. Overall it's a good social IPA, where you can drink this on a regular basis and not get too sick of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 19:42:04 | More by Knapp85
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New Hampshire

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

Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy, sticky head of foam. Pleasing citrus nose. Taste is grapefuit, pine combined with earthy notes. Terrific balance with this beer. Great sudsy mouthfeel. Always has been my "go to" beer of choice. It never disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 21:52:03 | More by Ilovesuds
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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having had their rather excellent Leviathan Imperial IPA, I thought I'd try this when I saw it was available on-tap at my local bar.

From notes:

Light golden orange, with moderate fluffy white head. Average retention. Very little lacing.

Some sweet smells of fruits, some very sweet malt, and some citrus. Hops are present, but under-served.

Sweet fruits, and overly sweet malt, a little citrus here, and then some hops somewhere in between. Some grains, and breadiness is apparent. Medium body, maybe a little on the thin side, high carbonation.

Rather disappointing as an IPA. The hops are not very well-served, overemphasized sweetness and grains, thus not as hoppy as it should be. And at only 5.9% ABV, it's a rather weak one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 17:20:08 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into my Lil Wayne pint glass. The go to pint glass.

Gold color, most of the head dissipates, not much lacing left.

Floral hop smell, some sweet laffy taffy type smell. I might be too far gone to be reviewing this but that’s what I got from a cold bottle from the fridge. It goes away after warming for sure just leaving a hoppy smell.

Not much hop flavor popping in my mouth that I expect from an IPA. Good but not all too exciting. Fairly malty.

A good beer for sure but its lacking as far as IPA’s are concerned.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 06:51:35 | More by MattSweatshirt
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into pint glass. I have had this so many times...from a can, tap, bottle, and even at the brewery. This beer, for me anyway, is a solid IPA. Its always good and available at most restaurants and bars who at least try to expand beyond Macros...
Its hoppy, but not overdone. Light, refreshing, and easy drinking.
Its up there as one of my go to IPAs...especially cool that it comes in a can, for festivals and concerts...

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2011 16:24:37 | More by DrinkSlurm
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my good friend Jay for supplying this to me. Poured into a beer mug.

A: Typical IPA body. The body is a somewhat cloudy amber color, and it has a two-finger slightly off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: It's weird...and not the pleasant kind of weird that I get with the Ranger IPA, either. A bit funky, but a nice scent of up-front, piny bitterness.

T: As the nose dictates, the hop bitterness is upfront and spicy, but the bready malts help keep in check. About what I expect from an east-coast IPA.

M: Shockingly silky overall, might be one of the smoothest IPAs I've ever had. Medium-bodied overall with somewhat high carbonation, and easy going down, too.

O: Not groundbreaking, but it's enjoyable and nicely balanced - qualities I look for in an IPA. Great introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 23:33:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
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