Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,194 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,194
Hads: 3,778
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
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: 3,778
Photo of vitesse
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on draft.
a thoroughly average beer. pours a clear light amber color. very little head. some lace. lots of carbonation bubbles.
smell is citrusy, with some hops aroma. taste is clean and crisp. hops up front and tons of lemon at the end. very very lemony when i had it on tap. i don't think that aspect is as prevalent when had in bottles. mouthfeel is thin and crisp. average drinkability. not a top-notch beer but a decent IPA that delivers some hops and is pretty tasty. much better on tap, imho. (501 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Harpoon IPA seems to be imitating the IPA style rather than letting loose and creating their own representation. Orange pekoe in color. The medium malt is a little grainy. This highly hopped brew is uninspired. Some citrus bitterness with a hint of sweetness. Smooth for the IPA and too easy to drink (Should be sharp edged and boldly bitter.) Nice mix! (357 characters)

Photo of Darkale
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon's IPA is a very clear, light yellow-orange in color, with a bright white head. The aroma is clean, lightly floral. The head sticks around for only a short while.

A nice hop snap, gritty mouthfeel, slight malt aftertaste.

This is a very consistent, thirst-quenching, reliable beer. It could be a bit sharper, but of course, I'm a bit of a hop-head. It could have more depth, more complexity, a bit more malt to play with the hops. But, it is very refreshing on a hot day, and seems well put-together. (513 characters)

Photo of AaronRed
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap this was a very enjoyable brew. Color was pale, with a nice white head. My favorite part of the beer (not really, drinking it is the best) was the aroma. It was a nice combination of fruity and hop like smells that reminded me of spring. A nice flavored beer as well, with a strong hop presence that I expect from an IPA. Overall, a very tasty brew with or without food. (377 characters)

Photo of yen157
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty, honey colored brew with a quickly settling off-white head that left a good lace. Sweet smelling fruit from the hops with a bit of pale and toasted malts. Its sweet malt flavor tasted a bit too mass produced like Sam Adams does with a tea-like finish. IMO it was perfectly carbonated giving the beer a very smooth mouth feel. The hopping in this beer was relatively mild by contemporary American IPA standards, but it stills had a decent clean bitter bite with an additional astringent rind-like characteristic.

A good beer and at a good price when compared to other micros. (584 characters)

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon was the second IPA I ever tasted, so it holds a special place for me.

Appearance is golden amber, nothing special. Aroma is typical for an IPA: fruity, sharp and moderately pronounced with a short-lived dirty blonde head. Taste is good, with a spicy floral accent. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a tingly finish.

Harpoon is not the best IPA but it's a worthy brew and I'll buy it again. (406 characters)

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

I may like this brew better from the bottle. I'm not sure. Pours out a nice amber color with a great head. Goes down almost as smooth as on tap. Very very drinkable brew. I love the fact that this brew is everywhere around Boston. It's nice to live in a city where a nice micro can be bought where ever you go. Not a wonderful IPA, but you'll be able to put them away. (368 characters)

Photo of cubedoggy
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First I'll talk about this one in the bottle.

OK, I've been drinking this stuff for years, and even though I've been told it's not so, something changed in this ale about two years ago, right around Christmas time. It got sweeter, leaving an almost syrupy aftereffect that left it less refreshing. I like the dry hoppiness of IPAs, and I really believe this one used to be drier.

That said, when I'm out, this is my draught of choice. No megabrew product can compare. When this IPA started to take a chunk out of Sam Adams' home market, they brought their awful, watery excuse for an IPA to the masses, and it has (in my experience) been rightfully eschewed. Bud and Miller haven't even tried. Harpoon IPA is available almost everywhere on tap in Massachusetts, and it is a good, comforting pint while taking in the lay of the land in a new spot.

I certainly do not dislike this ale, but there are better IPAs out there in the bottle (Shipyard Fuggles, Victory Hop Devil). If you're in a pub that has Harpoon on draught, have one for me! (1,049 characters)

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, golden IPA with a clingy, off-white, moderate head. The smell is floral, hoppy, and malty. First I taste malt, then grapefruit, with a bitter citrus finish. The body is thin to firm in my mouth. Overall, a bit on the bitter side for me.

(source: Habersham Discount Beverage; Savannah, GA) (300 characters)

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

This IPA is a clear, coppery color with some white foam that leaves good lace in the glass. The aroma is modest, but smells of hops and malt. The dominant flavor, as one might expect in an IPA, is hops (citrus, grapefruit, pine), but subdued hops. The flavor is crisp and clean and hoppy, but just a tad thin. The mouthfeel is good, clean and smooth with medium body. The drinkability is good. This is a good session brew.

Re-reviewed and ratings altered a bit on 6/2/03. (474 characters)

Photo of kelticblood
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid white foaming head with great bubbling carbonation.A slight amount of lace left on the glass.The aroma was of hops with a hint of an earthy smell.The color was a light gold with a touch of a haziness.The taste offered a well balanced hop,bitter,and citric taste and mouthfeel.Very crisp and balanced with just the right amounts of everything.I especially liked this IPA because it didnt leave a gagging bitter finish that lasted for hours.Very smooth and creamy.Easy on the mouth with a high drinkability percentage.

note: not an overpowering hop taste or smell.Very refreshing and light.Great for the summer or really anytime.

Upon another review I found it to be a bit watery. (699 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with an ink jet printed bottled on date above the label.

Appearance: Vibrant deep golden hue with a fine clarity, densely frothed head sticks just about everywhere.

Smell: Earthy and citric hop in the nose with a mild maltiness in the back, hops are a mix of Cascade and Cluster.

Taste: Soft citric hop throughout, bitterness is just above the malt flavours. Some alcohol is there with a warming factor towards the end. Toasted and biscuity flavours from the grain show a stable base of malt. Hop flavour in its softness lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body, lined crispness with a smooth backing.

Drinkability & Notes: A highly drinkable bottled ale, seems faintly withdrawn over the years but is still a reliable American IPA.

One of my favourites especially when I can get it with a month old or less "bottled on date". Nothing like fresh Harpoon IPA! Oddly I like this brew better in the bottle than on tap. (975 characters)

Photo of doho95fu
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty good brew overall. Copper colored with a clear look, thin off white head and no lacing. Smells hoppy and citrusy with a bit of spice I think. Not a very hoppy IPA, and when I drink this style I really prefer a big hop kick. However, the more balanced flavor of this beer was pleasant. Very drinkable and smooth. (320 characters)

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

A very good brew from Harpoon. This pours a nice dark red/copper colour with a little head that is gone very quickly, I have noticed that most harpoon beers don't have too much of a head retention to them...oh well. This smells very hoppy, like an IPA should, and it goes down very crisp on the tongue. This beer has a very balanced flavor, the interplay of the hops and the malts is great! but unlike the ale the hops really stand out on this one! This has a crisp mouthfeel and a high drinkability factor as well. This is a great summer evening brew that will keep you coming back for more....great! (601 characters)

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

On the pour the beers appears a deeply tanned gold with a sparkling white head that is impressive in size, frothy in its texture and as it erodes it leaves a nice lace coving. Lightly floral, hints of malt with a citrus crispness and quite a treat for the nose, sweet at the front with a middling top and a biting acidity at the finish with an “English hop spicy bite”, not brutal, just quite pleasant to the palate, also quite dry, and a very drinkable beer in this “Beer” lovers book. (490 characters)

Photo of Jarod
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass a gold color. The head was foamy white head that left fairly fast but the skim that it left was able to leave some lace. The aroma was of citrus, hops and citrus hops. The taste was not too heavy on the hops but they were present, but they shared it with the citrus. Some malt seemed to be present at the back of the taste but it faded quick. Pretty good for this style. I think it would be a good starter for a beginning IPA drinker (465 characters)

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

A nice balance of hops and malt with a pleasant copper color. Nothing fancy here, just a good clean consistent ale. This is my everyday always on hand ale. Refreshing and thirst quenching and readily available on the East Coast. (228 characters)

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

Crystal clear golden yellow beer with a nice head of pure white foam that leaves a good bit of lace. Aroma is full of hops with floral and grapfruity citrus notes dominating. Flavor was light hop bitterness, with a big dose of citrus hoppiness being right up front. Flavor fades through some sweet malt before a very fast dry finish.OK beer for the style, and at least it isn't one of those all hops all the time super beers. (425 characters)

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

My first IPA, I decided to revisit it. Just the right blend of hops, not too overpowering make this copper colored beverage just right. Easy drinking, it can be a good "game time" beer. Glad I tried it again. (208 characters)

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

A pleasant suprise from harpoon. A rich copper color with a creamy head. In the middle for taste but a good dry finish. Goes down very easily,a nice ipa to share with crossovers. (178 characters)

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

Harpoon's IPA looks like your standard issue American IPA. It's medium copper in color and possesses a sticky, clinging head that leaves substantial lace throughout the glass. The nose is predominantly hoppy, with a definite floral aspect. It tastes quite hoppy with a decent malt backbone, however for this style, my tastes require more hops and more malt. Mouthfeel is rather prickly and clean. It's easy to have more than a few of these, making this a good choice for a session beer. It's certainly worth a try. (514 characters)

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

although some ipa's have failed me, this one was pretty good. hoppy, but not to the extreme. i will say that this beer had a very intense flavor and mouthfeel. it had some kick with a nip on your tongue that you could never forget. harpoon seems to do that, and i find it unique. it is a great new experiece to have a harpoon (325 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm I have never gone wrong with an IPA and this is no exception. Beautiful fluffy head that stood well over the top of my glass, copper color. Very nice hop flavor, not that strong but you certainly can't miss it. Sticky lace all the way down. Extremely smooth, and an excellent mouthfeel, smooth and buttery. A great IPA. (324 characters)

Photo of inebrius
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite the easy drinking tap offering. A toasty malt spine holding up a well hopped bitterness, aroma and flavor. One could drink this all night, but the ABV might have something to say about that after a half dozen. (215 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden hue w/ a light ale haze. Pungent dry hopped Cascade hop nose (not unlike fresh Liberty Ale) dominates, but a bit of generic caramel sweetness is there in aroma also. Although hop bitterness dominates, yeast fruitiness & toasty malt are perceptible. Light in body, but crisp and quite drinkable. The hop flavor is expctedly citrus. Finishes clean and bit dry. A bit understated in malt for an AIPA and perhaps one - dimensional, but nonetheless is an enjoyable brew. With a bigger malt backbone this would be excellent. It's reminscent of a thin Anchor Liberty with more hop bitterness. (605 characters)

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.