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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

2,909 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2909
Reviews: 1154
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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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Clear apricot orange with a 2.5 finger white head. No lacing.

S - A sweet grain and citrus scent.

T - Light citrus and pine hops with a sweet malt and grain flavor.

M - Light body with good carbonation for the style.

O - A standard, unmemorable IPA. Definitely is more of an English style beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 00:43:20 | More by Ri0
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottleneck says Enjoy By: 12/15/13.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Unique hop aroma that's spicy and a bit earthy. A little bit of alcohol comes into play as the malts play off the zesty (but not citrusy) hops.

T- Very balanced for an IPA as the bitterness is very tame and the malt creates a nice balance making for a high drinkability. The hops that are there are pretty earthy and the malt is lightly toasty.

M- Moist and a tad oily. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This was the first IPA I had (besides DFH's 60 and 90) where I realized "Hey, I like IPAs." Not very surprising since it's such a subtle version of the style. Recommended for people who aren't that into hops but would like some bitterness in their beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:00:38 | More by Immortale25
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Best before Dec 15th 2013.

A truly great looking beer out of the bottle. Soapy sudsy and and even big tall three finger head, that clumps and stays forever. Virtually all the bubbles are uniform, and it sits on a great crystal clear copper amber body, with really nice flowing carbonation..

Nose is interesting, a little pine, some woody tones kind of a juicy citrus orange angle a bit. Not getting the suggested floral senses the bottle mentions. Some nice small cinnamon warmth and carmel too. This is actually quite good, this feels really promising.

Palate sort of lets down. Geez what happened? Slightly wet caramel body, and wood malts combine on first sip. Thin palate gives a slight earthy finish but doesn't last. Bitterness and sweetness is nowhere to be found, perhaps a hinting herbality somewhat but really struggling to find a flavor profile on here.

This isn't an old IPA, but this really seemed to start off with such promise. This is a letdown unfortunately for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:11:03 | More by smakawhat
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LordBeardman

Michigan

2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bertucci's Italian Restaurant in Marlborough, MA.

A: Kind of a dark orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Hoppy with a citrus smell as well. Kind of sweet.

T: Not very bitter. Very mild hop flavor. A lot of citrus in there.

M: Has a good crisp feel. Not the usual bite I get from an IPA.

O: Definitely not my favorite IPA but not bad. Seems like this is the only IPA on tap around this area of MA. I would say that this beer is very average.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 01:59:37 | More by LordBeardman
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Ds650rida

New York

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

L:Thick 2 1/2 finger off white head. Plenty of thick lacing falls slowly Orange/amber transparenr body

A:Citrus smell, mainly grapefruit hops

T:Light hops, a bit of sweet malt and citrus.

M:Malt and what little hops stick around at the finish. Light carbonation.

O: a surprisingly drinkable ipa, the hops are light and like others said, a good specimine for someone being introduced to ipa's.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 00:33:45 | More by Ds650rida
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A translucent orange with a small head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lacing that remains throughout.

S: Nose is very citrusy. Didn't notice any other strong smells of note.

T: Like a stronger version of the nose. Strong citrus-hop flavor with a lingering citrus aftertaste.

M: Thick and full. Average amount of carbonation. Leaves a great tingling sensation on the tongue.

O: Overall, I found this to be a great beer, I really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it as an excellent introduction to the IPA style as it has what it takes to exemplify satisfactorily what an IPA is, but it is not so hoppy/bitter as to be unpleasant to the inexperienced IPA drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 01:09:44 | More by Botulizard
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DagenhamDavis

New York

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Rich amber that is really more orange. Provides very ittle head even on a vigorous pour, which leaves something to be desired. Pretty much translucent.

S- Citrus hops and lots of them. Not much else to be sniffed.

T- Hoppy, but not too hoppy. I'm not a big IPA fan, so this one is a nice surprise. A sweet, bready finish after a bitter attack upfront. Seems like a nice middle ground between hop-heavy ales and those that are less so.

M- Light with lots of carbonation, refreshing.

O- I like this beer, and will buy singles here and there when I get a hankering for an IPA. Not too wild, and a crisp and tasty beer. The price is right too.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 01:19:46 | More by DagenhamDavis
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon IPA
12 oz bottle
Best before: 9/15/13

A: Pours a crystal clear, light golden amber, with 2.5 fingers width of sea foam white colored head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising towards the top of the glass. Head has excellent retention and leaves tons of fine honeycomb lacing.

S: Malty, almost smokey, a bit of booze. Hop characters are pine, soap, and citrus rind.

T: An interesting combination or citrusy orange, sweet malts, and an almost smokey character. Not really the characters I look for in an IPA, but a very tasty beer.

M/D: Full body, moderate carbonation, drinkability is fair.

O: Pretty good beer. Drinks much more like an English IPA than an American IPA, but enjoyable and above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 21:23:21 | More by zac16125
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Crazy4LegMoose

Massachusetts

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange hue with a 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. Good lacing as it goes down the glass.

S: Sweet caramel smell that mixes well with the strong grapefruit hop aroma. There is a slight resin pine aroma mixed in.

T: Smooth balance between the sweet caramel notes up front finished with a good citrus hop bite in the finish. Leaves traces of sweet caramel and bread on the palate in the aftertaste.

M: Close to creamy but more fizzy. Lighter mouthfeel for this brew.

O: Good IPA when fresh and you get the blend of the grapefruit and caramel. Nice balance to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:20:56 | More by Crazy4LegMoose
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rdilauro

Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looked as if it was a red ale. It poured a golden, but definitely reddish color. I did not have much of a head on this.

The aromas were somewhat natural for an IPA. There were slight hints of grapefruit and citrus giving it the IPA feel. My fist taste was decent, nothing to take this beer down or anything, but there was also nothing there for me to get excited about.

A good wholesome IPA, perhaps a very good choice for someone who wants to venture into the world of IPAs!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:16:40 | More by rdilauro
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Ankur

Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent IPA, nothing outstanding about it. Noticeable head on pour, crisp smell and taste. Very light mouthfeel. Not enough aroma and taste as expected from an IPA. Worth trying once, you may like it if you are not an IPA enthusiast.
Overall an above average beer, but an average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:04:42 | More by Ankur
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From twelve ounce undated bottle.

Aroma is slightly fruity and floral. Poured clear orange/yellow with a thin but long lasting white head. Some lacing to glass. Taste is perfect, not overwhelmed by the hops! Just the right bite in the aftertaste. I.P.A.'s are not usually my forte, but I will have more of this!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 22:37:56 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Clear medium amber with a one inch white head which took its time shrinking to a heavy white surface film with some lacing. Impressive!

s: Faint fresh fruit.

t: Good medium plus hop bite.

m: Smooth. Attention-getting bitterness without being harsh.

o: Spot on for an IPA refresher, not overloaded with hops, although there is nothing wrong with that. Easy drinking and sessionable. This is an excellent IPA, especially hard to beat at its reasonable price point.

There was an extra label on the bottle which noted this IPA has been produced for twenty years now. Understandable after trying it.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 04:31:39 | More by scotorum
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charlzm

California

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed on June 27th, 2013 from a bottle labeled "enjoy by 05.15/13. D'oh! Poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass at 50 degrees F.

Beer is a profoundly clear, rich yellow-orange. A two-finger head of creamy, off-white bubbles forms during the pour. Provides clingy sheeting as the beer level gets lower...

Aroma is a little soapy, slightly sweet and graced with touches of citrus and subtle grass notes.

Flavor is mild and smooth. Husky grains rise up in the front with a splash of sweetness, then segue into a lightly herbal, grassy finish. Hop character is pronounced but not overbearing. What's the term so many American brewers forget about? Oh, yeah, BALANCED.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a little sharpness and dryness. VERY well executed.

I'll bet if I had this a little fresher, it might have been even better. As it is, a nice staple beer. We can't get this out where I live, but, if we could, I would be taking sixers of this to non-beer-geek parties.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 04:02:14 | More by charlzm
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:15:46 | More by Oakenator
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2013 04:46:07 | More by johnnnniee
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kojevergas

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
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+

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 04:18:00 | More by kojevergas
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dmgeng

Indiana

3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Listened to the hype and gave it a try.

A - Very pale orange and crystal clear. Fine white head with some lacing.

S - Strong floral hop aroma dominates all nose.

T - Distinct and pungent floral hop flavor, as if eating a flower. Some grassy and herbal hints as well. Low to moderate malt that is mostly masked by the floral tones. Finishes crisp with low bitterness that sits on the back of the palate. No alcohol or caramel flavor.

M - low/moderate mouth-feel for an IPA with lots of carbonation. Carbonation adds a very slight acidity and a lighter body.

Overall, it's a nice change of pace from heavier or more citrusy IPA's. If you haven't tried it I would recommend trying it to understand the diversity that different hops at different times can bestow on a brew. I believe that this IPA's success is in it's novelty and less in it deliciousness. Don't knock it until you try it but not my favorite IPA.

Glass- English Pint

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:36:01 | More by dmgeng
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fostah

Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(another review culled from my cell phone. Please excuse the brevity.)

12 oz tap pour. 3/4 inch of white head that runs away fairly quickly. Clear, orange color. Floral hops aromas and more in the taste. Medium body, almost light. Malt is evident, the hop bite is almost an after thought. Feel like I'm drinking potpourri tea...

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 14:51:02 | More by fostah
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MichaelRabdau

Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was really wanting to love this beer, having lived in Boston and love the town. I guess the fact that I had this immediately following Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA, it really didn't stand a chance. I'll look at this again when there's no comparison, but on first blush, this is about as generic an IPA can get (consider the comparison)...

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 22:07:39 | More by MichaelRabdau
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Keepmywitbieraboutme

New York

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really recommend trying this at the brewery.
The pour is clean with a cotton like head.
A shade darker than amber in the color.
The floral smell is what sets off the good feeling. Take the time to get your nose in the beer.
The hops comes through in the taste and lingers a minute.
The beer finishes nicely and is constant from start to finish.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 03:25:06 | More by Keepmywitbieraboutme
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Glass: Samuel Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale yellow to pale orange. A finger of soapy bright white head is produced from an aggressive pour. Lacing sticks around beautifully and helps the rating here.

Smell: A bit of piney and citrus character, but overall relatively mild in smell. Nothing offensive, but nothing too exciting.

Taste: A bit of bitterness, with a relatively strong floral character. A bit of a "soapy" character in there as well. Malt is pretty balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation. A slight oily texture.

Overall: This one is not bad at all, but certainly nothing special. It is pretty balanced, if that is what you like, but the floral character is not for me. Wouldn't buy this one again, but I wouldn't turn it down, either!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 01:15:32 | More by ChrisKayler
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dar482

New York

3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had it straight from the bottle.

The flavor doesn't on spot for me for an IPA. It lacks generous hopping and a bitter tight finish. Instead it has big malt for a beer of the style. The mouthfeel is quite creamy.

In the end, it's a bit too mellow and middle of the road for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 22:13:31 | More by dar482
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Zraly

Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a nice medium golden color with a two-finger white head. Nice floral notes upfront.

Clean, floral and citrus hop flavors resting on a sturdy malt backbone. Very well balanced and well made. Crisp and clean, finishes dry. Medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate. It's not the latest and greatest, but it has been around since the 90s. I think that says something about the quality and consistency.

A nice, solid, easy-drinking IPA. I could drink several of these and not get tired; sessionable for sure. A great all-purpose beer for chicken, fish, and Indian dishes -- I'd love to have a dish with mango with this as I think the contrast would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 21:40:15 | More by Zraly
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Eeroomnhoj

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't have a fancy beer glass so I am drinking it straight from the bottle while listening to Richie Havens. The beer is a little but I think that is a good thing. I could drink more than one of these as they have a good flavor, not too strong and not too weak (a la Coors Light).

Unfortunately my Brother in Law is coming into town so I should probably hide the rest of the case before Friday.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:45:11 | More by Eeroomnhoj
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