Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,194 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,194
Hads: 3,779
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 70
Gots: 644 | 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: 1,194 | Hads: 3,779
Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz with no dates.

Golden orange with good carbonation. This one sports a 1"+ head of white that clings to the glass leaving nice lacing.

Smells of earthy hops, more citric than floral. There's a slight touch of malt underneath.

The taste is (as expected) very hoppy with the citric notes carrying through. Nice clean, dry finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel. Great drinkability as this one isn't hop overkill like so many others from this style. (468 characters)

Photo of ski271
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber with a small, off-white, creamy, mostly-diminishing head and some streaky lacing.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops aromas are moderate to big, a little piney and slightly buttery

Taste: Nice strong citrusy hops with just enough of a presence to balance it out a bit while still staying out of the spotlight. Finish is medium-length, crisp and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and easy-drinking beer. It’s not as bold as I would expect an Am. IPA to be, but it good enough to make me really wish I had more than one bottle. (636 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 Luigi
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color. Has a good sized white head that sticks nicely to the glass. Smells hoppy, some fruit and earthy aroma. Taste hoppy up front. Very fuity, balanced with a biscuit powdery malt. Medium mouthfeel with a semi-dry hoppy finish. I have always enjoyed this beer, never dissapoints. (301 characters)

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

12 oz., bottled on 12/23/04, served chilled in a pint glass. Pours an amber/orange color with an off-white 1 finger head that reduces to a thin blanket and leaves a few rings. Smell is of sweet malts with grapefruit/floral/spicy hops. Fairly smooth with more sweet malts on the palate than I usually find in IPAs, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The grapefruit/floral hops complement this and leave a decent bitterness. Well balanced, but I think it could still use an extra shot of hops. (496 characters)

Photo of Sycodrummer
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently had on tap at Pizzeria Uno's served in their 22oz. glass. A dark deep yellow with about a one finger head that lasted most of the sample but yeilded little to no lacing.

Smell was very flowery and citrusy up front. A strong hop presence as well.

Taste was similair to what would be expected from the smell. Citrus up front backed up by midly bitter hop flavor. Well balanced so the hop bitterness didn't over power the other flavors.

Moderate on the palate with only slight carbonation. Very smooth and an easy finish to the beer.

Very easy to drink and a nice alternative to the other stagnant beers this establishment tends to throw your way. I can easily have a few of these at one sitting and not get tired of them. A solid, all around, fairly average but enjoyable IPA, IMO. (800 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 ybnorml
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark yellow beer. Has a big bright white foamy head and some good lace. The aroma has a sweet citrusy, sharp hop character with a hint of malt in the background. The taste starts with a sweet citrusy tease followed by a blast of hops bitterness and has a nice refreshing clean hop finish. (296 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start off by saying that IPA's aren't generally my cup o' tea. However, I really liked this one! Never at any point did I feel it was a chore to toss this one back. I like.

Poured out an almost standard golden, with a thin wispy head to match that laced nicely through the whole pint and retained a thin presence throughout. Smell is hoppy and a bit citrusy, a faint maltiness even. Taste was very nice, first note being a nice hop hit, not overhwhelming like I feel most IPAs are, more balanced. The middle is dominated by a battle between the hops and the fruity tones and malt. Toward the end is a very tasty bread/biscuit like tone, something rather unexpected but I really liked that, that was what put this one over the top in my book.

Very nice. (763 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer flows forth displaying an amber hue with no readily apparent tid bits of luscious ingredients tossing about in the mixture. Pretty clean. Head is fair. It seems to hold up alright and dissipates into a fair manifestation of lace. Looks alright.

Not overly pungent. Smell has floral hops and crystal malt providing a lightly toasted citrus fruit ambiance. Shiskabobbed lemon and orange. Nice.

The taste profile is fairly mellow. Mildly citric and modestly bitter without any intention of crossing over into bold territory. It is completely unoffensive and quite drinkable, but lacks the full character that this style can display. A little uninspiring in terms of the style. (689 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 bceaglejoe
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber color from the tap, culminating in a rather large head that dissipated to about an inch. After a few sips, it was still sitting about a quarter inch atop the beer.

This beer has a slightly stronger scent than other beers, mainly due to the fact that it's an IPA and it's more "pungent." Definitely not bad at all though.

The bitterness of this beer really isn't overwhelming at all. It seems to me a well-balanced IPA, with the hop flavor offset by malts. It goes down really easily, and it doesn't feel overly harsh on the tongue at all. I suppose it has the smoothness of a lager combined with the flavor of an ale.

I definitely could drink more than one of these in one sitting. It's a very enjoyable beer, and it would probably go well as a "session beer." If you haven't had this yet, I definitely recommend it. (851 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For someone who is not the biggest fan of American IPAs, I absolutely loved this one. Persoanlly, Harpoon IPA or the Cottonwood Endo are the best of its style I've tried so far. Poured a nice amber colored hue that filled the glass with much carbonation and head rentention. Sparkled in the mouth and the hops was not overbearing. Will definitely try this again. (362 characters)

Photo of Kookiekwan
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden/orange has a two finger head with fair retention and some ok lacing. The aroma was of floral hops and caramel malt. The taste was of pale malt with a grassy hop finish. This beer is medium bodied with average carbonation and is very drinkable.

Reflection: Not as hoppy as I like my IPA's but as a pale ale this would be great. With the good flavor and nothing over the top this would make a great session beer. (443 characters)

Photo of travolta
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Light frothy head with minimal retention. Lacing was nice. Golden apricot in color.

Nose: Slightly herbal, leafy, and fruity.

Taste: Leafy, lightly bitter. I don't really get anything else. Maybe some hops.

Notes: Well balanced and not over the top. I like the fact that this beer is not west coast, over-hopped, craziness. (346 characters)

Photo of LarryV
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish amber color with a moderate head that fades quickly. I don't know what they use for a yeast in this beer, but it has a strong Ringwood flavor to me. Hints of butterscotch. For an IPA, it's rather lacking in hoppiness. The hops get lost in the maltiness of this beer. An okay beer that I could drink 1 or 2 of in an evening but that would be it. Tastes more like an English pale ale to me than an IPA. (418 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a light clear orangish-yellow in color with a short but retentive head that left some pretty good lacing.

Smell – The light, leafy hops were mixed with grapefruit and a super-light malty base. I couldn’t really pick up a whole lot from this nose.

Taste – The hop flavors here were very singular in nature. They are very leafy and herbal and sorely one-dimensional. There was a little faint grain mixed in with everything but no finish to this beer.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the nice, bitter mouthfeel of this light to medium-bodied IPA but thought it was lacking in complexity.

Drinkability – It would be hard to keep drinking this all night. Although I live out West I can still appreciate a good East Coast IPA, but this just isn’t it. (782 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 granger10
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a flourescent orange color with a medium bright white head. Lots of bubbles rush to the top. The scent was restrained at first but I picked up more notes the further I went along. There seems to be a real strong floral pungency in here along with citrus notes from what appeared to be dry hopping, but im not sure about that. The taste was a bit restrained. There was no real dominating flavor but a big mix of estery hops, caramel malt, and a grainlike huskiness around the edges. The body was a bit thin and that hurt this beer a little. All in all a decent but underwhelming beer, not really an ipa but not subtle enough to be a good pale ale. (662 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a thick white head with a bright and clear yellowish/orange body.

The nose was a mix of biscuit malt, fresh caramel malt, and a sharp fruity hop with a touch of fine citrus.

Medium bodied with a quick, slightly sour, hop taste and bitterness. Definitely a BIG grainy earth and citrus dry hop taste. Rich malt, caramel, biscuit, Munich. A mix of hops abound in this beer. Some classic English touches as well as American IPA notes. From start to finish there’s an intense in your face bitterness.

This should be the official beer of Boston. A perfect combo of big American IPA’s and British pale ales. One of the best Boston session beers ever. (671 characters)

Photo of ken3c
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold color. Big creamy head. Leaves sheets of lace.

Bold malt aroma with pine smelling hops in the backround.

Sweet, very malty taste and a nice pine finish. It almost balances but not quite.

Mouthfeel was interestingly creamy, well carbonated and light body.

There is plenty of taste in this beer. It leans toward the malty side and I'm sure would be better with more hops taste and aroma. Still, I liked it and I'll buy more. (440 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - bright orange color, slightly hazy. A rather large head with a pale yellow tint, creates a lacework down the glass as it melts down.

Aroma - a soft blend of citrus and pine, appropriately and pleasantly aromatic for the style.

Taste - malty beginning, solid, then some quite palatable, mild hops and citrus enter in. More an APA than an IPA, but a decent hop-dominated finish.

Mouthfeel - a little heavier than average, adequately coating, complements the flavor well.

Drinkability - a good quaffer, not in the upper echelon but an easy and satisfying choice. (584 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have tried this in bottle before but decided to give it a try on-tap.

Pours a very clear, lightly fizzy golden copper. Thin white head. Smell is grassy and lightly fruity.

Taste is a crisp light maltiness. Lightly fruity and a puny lightly hoppy finish. Sometimes I couldn't taste the hops at all. Really poor example of the style and not worth expounding upon.

I always try to get my wife to try IPA's because it's one style I can't seem to convert her to. Usually she makes a face and says it's too bitter. When I offered her te Harpoon her response was "Nothing great but I could actually drink this IPA." Enough said about the hop profile. (654 characters)

Photo of necoadam
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one disappointed me.

Poured out a golden amber with a decent head that went to lacing after a while.

Smell consisted of hops, but not as strong as I would of liked them to be. Floral and citrus hops for the most part, with some earth tones and a slight whiff of yeast hangs around in the background.

Taste was..light. Hops? Only found a little bit of them. Malts kick in slightly with some citrus tones, but again, quite light.

Mouthfeel was too creamy and smooth for an IPA.

IPA? I know more APA's with more hops than this beer. Unless they want to appeal to the macro drinkers, I would consider this a light IPA. Goodness, go grab a HopDevil and see how it's done correctly. (698 characters)

Photo of kennyo
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

gold color with nice, foamy head. Head has a bitter bite but has good legs. Their is a spicy, hop aroma. Their is a light malt taste with hop bitterness and a slight lemony aftertaste. The body is light/thin, could use more malt to balance this brew. (250 characters)

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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