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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,151 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,151
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 39
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
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 glid02


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with moderate amounts of buttery diacetyl and milder amounts of citrus and earthy hops. As the beer warms the hop aromas fade even further.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of citrus and leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors fade a bit and diacetyl works its way into things. The hops reassert themselves near the end of the sip and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this IPA was fairly forgettable - certainly not a bad beer but not one I'd be in a rush to revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 01:16:49 | More by glid02
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours transparent golden with large white head on top. Aroma of grains, some light malt, subtle lemon, grass and spice. Tastes of slight spice, sweet malt, aggressive grassy and citrus hops, bitter towards the finish with a slight buttery characteristic. Light, crisp, upfront carbonation and a damn good IPA. A summer session with great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 21:59:02 | More by JRed
Photo of IronLover


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with perfect clarity. Very thin head that didn't last. A quick swirl of the glass rejuvenated the white cap. Light floral aroma with a hint of biscuit. Light hoppy flavor in the beginning, lemon and orange, that rolls into light malty, biscuity taste and a very clean, almost dry finish. Pretty light for an IPA. The biscuity flavors and finish were more reminiscent of an English Pale Ale. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 03:00:14 | More by IronLover
Photo of Prostman81


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I wouldn't exactly call this an IPA. Two components for me were definitely lacking, the first being the ABV (I like to see IPAs in the mid 6 to 7% range) and the lack of hop aroma. This beer really reminds me of an APA, or maybe even an Extra PA. Oh well, I'll chalk this up to being an East Coast IPA and leave it at that.

Besides the ABV and aroma, this was a very pleasant beer. I liked the rich color, as well as the smooth, semi-dry body and nice drinkability. I could put away a couple of these no problem (and I did). Wish there was a little more hop flavor than what was present. There's other East Coast IPAs out there that I'd probably go for over this in the future, but this was definitely worth the try, and would be a decent fall back beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 15:40:39 | More by Prostman81
Photo of OtherShoe2


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

Received a glass of light orange brew. Good clarity and an off-white foamy head. Light lacing.

Light citric hop aromas with some fruit and caramel. Simple and decent.

Lighter flavored, with decent hop bitterness balanced with light toasted malt, fruit, some grapefruit, and a touch of sweetness. Finish is bitter and malty. Good.

Medium bodied and carbonated. Ok.

Overall, middle of the road IPA. Many out there that are far better, but a refreshing beer, for the style, on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 21:09:41 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of VietPong


2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high expectations. A unique beer with a unique name. Unfortunately, it was too bitter for my liking. Probably the most bitter beer that I have ever had. It was not watery at all, but if you are a big fan of bitterness then you should like this beer

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 04:38:05 | More by VietPong
Photo of tone77


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also very hoppy, not much else going on, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkabilty. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

Serving type: can

08-10-2010 15:30:09 | More by tone77
Photo of belgiumbud


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer on tap at the Bell In Hand Pub in historic Boston

Poured nicely in a large Hefe style glass with very little head retention...Great autumn auburn color with the aroma of extremely mild hoppiness and chestnut

More similar to an English IPA than its American counterpart...Very smooth, well balanced flavor with decent amount of nutty maltiness that is cut short from the mild hop back...Would view this beer as a good example of a session beer...Not my favorite beer by any means

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 19:51:05 | More by belgiumbud
Photo of NODAK


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma features a good amount of hoppiness...grapefruit, piney.

Unlike many IPA's, some sweet caramel malt is evident here at first....the grapefruit, floral hops are still the star of the show, however, and do take over the majority of the flavor profile. Again though, this isn't an IPA for those who want an "in your face" beer. Not only is the force of the hops at their highest not that strong, but they dissipate fairly quickly and leave little to no aftertaste. Most IPA's don't tend to be this clean.

I've had APA's that I'd say are stronger than this, but as a person who does not identify as a "hophead", I find this to be a very drinkable offering and I can appreciate an IPA that allows some malt to intermingle in the flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 03:23:39 | More by NODAK
Photo of haddon


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

A- pours a clear golden color with nice frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing down glass. Perhaps a shade lighter hue than other ipa's

S- floral and fruity hops with light malty backbone. Pretty light on the nose with not much standing out worth noting.

T- taste like it smells... Not much going on here. Light hops and malts with a hint of pine. Bit of bitter aftertaste but not a good kind of bitter like other ipa's.

M- light to medium body with ample carbonation

D- actually, I find this beer rather drinkable but more as an apa than an ipa, like others have noted. Probably wouldn't buy again. There are too many other ipa's out there that have passed this one by.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 21:22:39 | More by haddon
Photo of albern


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer a zillion times over the years but never sat down and reviewed it. By happenstance I had this in conjunction with a Stone IPA and this is what prompted the review. Harpoon IPA is a decent, drinkable, harmless, nondescript IPA and not much more. It looks good in that it pours a nice golden color with a nice creamy white head, good retention and some lacing. The beer is a shade or two lighter than is typical for the style. The nose is quite nice in that it has some nice grapefruity hop notes, maybe a touch of pine as well. If only the taste followed suit.

The taste is more malty than hoppy, and it is probably the least hopped up IPA you'll typically find. The hops are slightly floral and fruity but very subdued, too subdued actually, and the caramel notes, the crisp malts, the English yeasty presence defines this beer much more so than the hops. That's not a good thing for an IPA to hand its hat on. Trying this next to a Stone IPA was a real eye opener. Sometimes beer reviews are best done in tandem with another beer of the same style. Let's just say that Stone killed Harpoon IPA, but that doesn't mean that Harpoon was necessarily bad. The beer is fairly light bodied, plenty carbonated, a touch drying in the finish, but nothing special in any category. It's okay, decent, drinkable, and that's all I can say.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 20:37:46 | More by albern
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap aboard the Mt. Washington.

A: Very deep gold with coppery highlights. This is a very attractive beer.

S: Loads of floral and pine hops. Sweet biscuity malts underneath.

T: See above. This tastes like an IPA, and is a very good style example. It gets the basics right while paying attention to the details. It opens bright and sweet with citrus and transitions to caramel before ending with a piney twang and a bitter, lingering finish. This brew has a healthy dose of hops in it (as it should!) but it remains accessible.

M: Smooth, creamy, and full.

D: Quite drinkable, even for a very drinkable style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 14:18:23 | More by Boppar
Photo of bigbodybussey


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a pint glass at The Fermentation Lounge in Tallahassee, FL.

Appearance - a clear, deep, golden yellow with an inch of fluffy white head.

Smell - Loads of hoppiness paired with some citrus (probably orange) and lightly fragrant spices.

Taste - Very subtle with initial hoppy bitterness that progresses throught the sip. Citrus and mild spice pair with the bitterness quite well and blend. Finally, the bitterness becomes more apparent and leaves a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Light with moderate carbonation and a slight creaminess. Very smooth in comparison to other IPA's.

Drinkability - Exceptional. The bitterness blends quite well and is not overpowering. This beer goes great with anything. Just an all around winner.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2010 22:38:49 | More by bigbodybussey
Photo of thekanna


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in College Park, MD.

A: Relatively clear gold with about 1 finger of head.

S: Some subdued hops and citrus. Definitely can smell a little orange in there, maybe lemon.

T/M: Some sweet malts, citrus, and hops. Hops definitely take a backseat to the slightly watery smoothness of the beer though, and it all seems a bit subdued for an IPA.

D: Very drinkable, but hops are too low-key for it to be an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 05:13:14 | More by thekanna
Photo of UnDeadly

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very even gold color. Good foam! I poured with moderate aggression and easily produced 1 finger, which lowered in a thin but maintained head. Moderate lacing that sticks quite evenly.

Smell - I found the smell quite boring, to be honest. Mild notes of malt, and on the floral side of hops. I detected a light note of green apple.

Taste - Simple, pleasant, but nothing special. Crisp front, interestingly the malt notes seem to come through in the middle, and then progressing in bitterness off the back and into the aftertaste. Bitterness is slightly crisp, tart, and floral.

Mouth Feel - Carbonation is well done, and foam produces a pleasant creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Relatively low ABV and pleasant mouth feel make this a very drinkable and sessionable beer.

OK, so this beer was not bad. At all. But I do not think it is an IPA! Judging according to style, it was very weak and boring by IPA standards. Both the malt and hop notes were muted. But the beer was very balanced in this regard, and if it was classified as a Pale ale, I would have probably given it at least a grade higher.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 01:56:12 | More by UnDeadly
Photo of EkimGram

New York

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden-wheat colour with about an inch thick head. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of hops, some citrus and malt notes.

Taste: Very bitter hop flavour. A little bit of sweetness and malt. Leaves very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A great session beer, very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:14:36 | More by EkimGram
Photo of Schoney62


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six-pack of this in Boston. I asked the liquor store owner for something local, and his reccomendations were this and Whale's Tale. I picked this. Overall, I was pleased.

Appearance: I drank it out of the bottle, so I didn't really get a good look at it. 3.0 by default.

Smell: The first one I drank was warm, and it had a strong hoppy smell as soon as I opened it. It was very pleasant. Cold, the beer had less of a smell.

Taste: Rich hops, but a very smooth flavor as well. It's not sweet, but it is mellow.

Mouthfeel: Not very heavy. Not light, of course, but a generally pleasant heaviness. A little aftertaste is all that's bringing this down.

Drinkability: All in all, very pleasant. Not exceptional - I would pick Summit over Harpoon any day (if I were ever able to make the choice, that is), but I'm glad I asked the liquor store employee for a local with which I wasn't familiar. Even given the option between this and Sam Adams, if we're comparing local beers, I'd pick this.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 20:48:02 | More by Schoney62
Photo of drinkiusmaximus

New York

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light copper in color with a fingers width head which recedes quickly.carbonation is very evident by the amount of bubbles present.

S- Citrousy hoppines up front with a slight muted maltiness.

T-bittering hops mellowed slightly by the sweet malts does not linger long possibly from the high carbonation.

M-Very light for an IPA crisp and smooth only a slight bitterness left behind.

D-Highly drinkable extremely crisp and refreshing although would almost classify this as a pale ale slight on the mild side for an IPA overall a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 00:09:06 | More by drinkiusmaximus
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light orange with a finger or two of white soapy head. Nice enough lacing. Smells of floral hops and a bit of bready malts. Some bitterness in the flavour, but not a ton. Taste has a nice level of hoppiness, but this isn't a hoppy beer. Carbonation was good. This is a nice beer for food as it won't overpower the flavours, but still is pleasant enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:04:12 | More by kwjd
Photo of kingcrowing


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a dfh signature glass.

Pours a very nice clear amber with a big two finger white headand lots of sticky lacing. Nice bubbles coming up from the etching. Nose is hoppy and crisp with pine notes and a bit of sweet malt.

Taste is a bit harsh but it mellows as it warms. There's a sharp aftertaste on the back of my tongue that's quite piney. The carbonation is very full and creamy. Pretty easy drinking but that harsh pine resin flavor takes it down a bit.

Serving type: can

07-16-2010 00:16:09 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 9/15/10

Poured down the center into a pint glass. Clear, crisp looking, light-orange peach body with a big, sticky, white head. Good amount of webbed lacing left behind.

Nose has some, light, sweet grains and a touch of grassy, somewhat peppery hop. Slight bit of lemon citrus. Not bad, but it would be nice to get some more hop aroma out of this.

Flavor combines light hops that become washed away by sweet, somewhat bland, malts. A touch of grapefruit shows its face once in awhile, but otherwise there isn't much going on.

Mouthfeel is malty, yet has some crispness to it. Fairly smooth with ample carbonation. Faint lingering bitterness, mostly washed out by the malts.

Drinkability is good. The ABV is unnoticeable as are the hops to some degree. Maybe this would make for a good starter IPA if someone were new to the style. Not much going on in the aroma or flavor, but it is easy to drink. This beer is pretty common around here, so I'll probably end up drinking it again, but nothing worth seeking out. The Leviathan Imperial IPA on the other hand is definitely worth seeking out. Kind of surprised there is such a large difference between the two.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 03:13:04 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of garuda


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper with a one finger white head that has good retention and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

S - Pleasantly surprised with some pine and grapefruit hops and some biscuity malts.

T - More of the same, but there's an off-flavor of seltzer water about mid palate that kills the transition from malt to hops.

M - Medium body, but the carbonation is a bit too high and creates a seltzer water feeling mid palate with kind of a messy finish.

D - I feel this would be much more drinkable if the carb level was a bit lower. Still, its a good choice if the only other options are macros.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2010 13:19:16 | More by garuda
Photo of irishtimepiece


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark gold/light copper color with a large, fluffy, eggshell colored head that fades quickly to a cap.

A fine blend of floral and citrus hops in the nose.

Citrus hops sustain through the flavor portion, though biscuit malt is definitely present to a fair degree. Not entirely unbalanced as many IPAs tend to be. There is a slight warming sensation from the alcohol that would compliment spicy food.

Has a basic body with a crisp finish.

Not overwhelming in alcohol or hops as many IPAs. I could go for a second or, almost as importantly, something entirely different as the hops didn't leave my palate a wreck.

In my 5 years of drinking this beer has gone under the radar. I'm pleasantly surprised by this.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 04:52:15 | More by irishtimepiece
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4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) moves forward with another summer CANned beer from Harpoon. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "In the tradition of IPAs, our highly-hopped, copper-colored ale features a floral aroma and and a crisp, refreshing finish. Cheers! Love Beer. Love Life. Harpoon. Pack it in, pack it out. Please recycle."

I got two-plus fingers' of tawny head from my pour, demonstrating that the rain today is finally killing the oppressive head and humidity of the past week. As the head slowly reduced, a good bit of sticky lacing formed, which was a nice trade-off. The CAN read "copper-colored", but it was a light copper for which I will extend the benefit of the doubt, with NE-quality clarity. No qualms with their mention of "a floral aroma" on the nose, however. Citrusy and definitely hoppy - that's how I like my beer from a CAN! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a great hoppy spiciness on the tongue. What a welcome relief from some of my recent CANs! This both tasted like something and it tasted good, also. The finish was bitter, dry, and refreshing, just the way I like my AIPAs to be. I would definitely put this is my cooler, but it is sadly a limited test run in New England to see about the viability of CANning their beers. I was lucky to get some but I hope that they make it a routine endeavor.

Serving type: can

07-10-2010 17:03:59 | More by woodychandler
Photo of IronCitySteve


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

A: Pours an orangish golden color, with a nice 2 finger foam head. The head lasts a while. Some spotty lacing.

S: Not as potent as I thought, but there are some citrus hops up front with some bready/caramel malt flavor mixed in.

T: Just like the scent, the hops hit you on the front end with the caramel malt on the backend. The flavors are balanced but not the hop presence I expected.

M: A nice light body beer that leaves a slightly bitter taste on the palate.

D: A low ABV makes this easy to drink. Although the hop flavoring is not as potent as expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 00:30:05 | More by IronCitySteve
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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