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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,409 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,409
Reviews: 1,172
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 49
Gots: 285 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev +10.8%

gnuguy, Jun 24, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber to yellow color. Some head dissipates quickly. Minimal spotted lacing.

S: Hops - pine and citrus.

T: Bitter all the way thru - mild pine and a hint of citrus. Some malting present very late on the finish.

M: Nice carbonation on the to tongue.

O: Good but doesn't stand out above many other IPAs.

Oakenator, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Twal, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

njable, Jun 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

BeerShoup, Jun 23, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this beer yet, I've had it many times. This rating reflects the brew as I had it on tap at Dave's house, thanks for the opportunity. Clear deep golden color with a decent frothy white head that persists forever. Earthy citrus hop aroma countered with plenty of bready caramel malt. Old school bitter citrus flavor with a fair amount of brown sugar read and caramel. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. After all these years this is still a pretty good IPA.

johnnnniee, Jun 23, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -51.5%

tgeorgf, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Casterbridge, Jun 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Userme59, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

FrostyWPG, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

hockeypuck, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

ACB, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

jburchett, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Acquired today as part of a trade with the gracious michaellscoates - thanks, man! 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and standard branded pry-off cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings. Reviewed as an English style IPA per current notes. No ABV listed. "Best by 08/19/12" (acquired in a trade and served the day of receipt..)

Served cold, straight from the freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 4-5 finger wide head. Beige colour. Nice thickness. Decent frothiness. Slight creaminess; not enough. Pretty good (~4-5 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks pretty standard for the style; not unique or special. I don't notice any overt flaws. Uneven inconsistent light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Sm: Definitely English-style hopping; fuggles and noble if I had to guess. The malty end is dominant, with caramel and pale malts seizing prominence. A bit toasty and bready. A fairly strong aroma; certainly above moderate strength. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Appealing for the style; I haven't had an IPA with English character in awhile and this fits the bill.

T: Pale malts and caramalt; the malty backbone is strong here. Floral hops complement the simple body nicely. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Lightly bready with a hint of toasted character. Not much in the way of citrus. Not juicy, oily, nectary, or bitter. A balanced enjoyable IPA, but its simplicity does hold it back. No subtlety or complexity here. Just a barebones English style IPA with effective build. Limited depth and intensity of flavour. Average flavour duration.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Nice thickness. Not oily or harsh. Average/adequate carbonation. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally well but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. No complaints here.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable; very sessionable stuff. A no-frills English IPA that I could kill a 6er of. I doubt I'd get it again but I'm glad to have tried it. I wouldn't mind trying it on-draught at a good price. Hides its average ABV well. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but it gets the job done and doesn't offend. Approachable pedestrian stuff. This would be a great beer to use to ease newcomers into the style.

C+

kojevergas, Jun 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

rgille2, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

powdersoldier, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

kylehay2004, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

ali1987, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

NightINgale, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

BRYeleJR, Jun 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

DavidRose, Jun 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

cgarcer, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

billbeers, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Dasein11, Jun 19, 2013
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,409 ratings.