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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3,173 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,173
Reviews: 1,163
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 41
Gots: 184 | 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 Reagan1984


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

Well, this is going to be an interesting review here. Harpoon was long ago, one of my first microbrew regulars. I've always thought that a bottle of Harpoon was as close to the draft version as any beer has been able to achieve. While I've had one or two on draft over the past year, this is the first time I sit with a bottle to do a review.

Bottle says, best by 10/15/09

Pours with a soapy/sudsy big head. Large bubbles and pretty nice retention. The beer is a clear light amber color with a sparse amount of bubble making their way to the surface. Nice lacing lace along the inside of the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet, and biscuit like. Perhaps slightly doughy. Some spice and a touch of floral.

It's quite clear that my threshold for hoppy beer has grown over the past 18 months. Very well balanced in my mind. Fruity sweet up front, then a moment of biscuit. At this point a nice balance of hop bitterness enters the picture. More fruity esters than I remember. There is an interesting sweet bread flavor here that is quite nice.
Really well balanced in the end.

Mediu/light body, very soft carbonation.

An old favorite that isn't as exciting as some of the new beers I've discovered, but still a nice port in the storm. The draft version is always a welcome site at a bar with only BMC choices.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 19:00:18 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

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

Golden in color with just a hint of red/amber hue. Good frothy white head that leaves nice lacing.
Floral/citric hop nose is pleasant and inviting. A little sweetish malt is also detectable with some effort.
Flavor is great for an IPA/Pale Ale in my opinion. Not because the hops are less prominant, but because they're more rounded and soft. Plenty of hop bitterness, especially lingering long after the finish, yet nothing harsh or ass-puckering. Good malt presence as well and a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.
A very drinkable choice on a hot day. I first tried this beer at a fish joint in Boston this August, when every day was in the 90's with rediculous humidity. It went down real easy; bought it again when I got home and enjoyed it just as much.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 22:18:49 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a clear dark amber. Two finger white foamy head with good retention. Decent carbonation. Good lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Smells of pine and grapefruit hops, combined with caramel malts.

Taste: Mild hop bite to start, with slightly smoky and caramel malts mixing in and taking over. Good balance, but more maltier than most IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Good carbonation. Easy drinker with a good linger.

Drinkability: A more mild and maltier IPA. Very easy to drink. Avery good session IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 03:59:57 | More by jonziefle
Photo of william5586


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

Poured a golden orange color with a good sized head that had really good retention and lace. The head looked the same the entire time I drank. Good looking beer.

Citrus and floral hop smell.

The taste was a little earthy with a touch of sweet malt, citrus hops, and a crisp mildly bitter finish. It had a medium body with a little tingle from the carbonation.

Overall this is a solid, refreshing, IPA that is not overly hopped. Compared to some of the IPAs out there now, this could almost be called an APA, but I liked it all the same. I could easily drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 03:18:21 | More by william5586
Photo of yit4311


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Love it. Can't beat a case of harpoon when you're trying to have a good time. I enjoy a good IPA and harpoon is very easy way to get my fix. It is carried at most bars in my area as well as pretty much any liquor store. The crisp hoppiness defines this beer for me. It's definitely worth a taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 04:37:48 | More by yit4311
Photo of Genuine


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a clean pint glass.

The pour formed a nice 2 finger, white head on top of a nice dark amber body. This in and of it self is very appetizing.

Smell - this one is more floral, than it is citrus, which is a nice change of pace.

Taste - the floral notes can be tasted in the end, with some bitterness to round things up. there is a bit of a citrus note as well, not much..just enough for one to notice.

Mouthfeel - I really like the carbonation in this one. I think they have the right amount of bubbles for this one to work well. This one really cleans your pallet while at a meal.

Drinkability - This one has got to be one of my go-to beers if I can't find anything else.

Overall, this is a great IPA from a Boston brewery. It is definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 21:41:08 | More by Genuine
Photo of GregoryShmegory


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good IPA from Harpoon. Lacking sufficient body and flavor but a good beer to have a few. Pours golden into a glass with a quickly decaying head. Smells like piney hops. Tastes a little flavorless with carbonation somewhat dominant. I like the beer but wouldn't rave about it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2009 00:47:37 | More by GregoryShmegory
Photo of jnezda


2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this beer in the North Train Station in Boston. Tried on draft but in a plastic cup the beer had a pale amber colour with some cloudiness that cleared quickly. The flavour seemed like that of a bit of a started IPA. The hop characters were lacking as well as the fullness of flavour. The redeeming qualities of this beer are the nuttiness, yeast, and malt flavours that shine through in the profile. This beer would be a decent intro IPA for the inexperienced beer drinker. Unlike a full bodied IPA I could enjoy this as a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2009 23:06:02 | More by jnezda
Photo of WCBCFrank


3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon IPA pours a golden amber in a pint glass. Good amount of carbonation and hops; slightly sweet and nicely bittered with each taste.

For the novice: A well made, classic IPA; you will love it.

Personally: A steady-eddy IPA, you can't go wrong with a Harpoon IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 02:33:58 | More by WCBCFrank
Photo of maleman


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date was stamped on bottle.

A - poured a clear amber. less than one finger creamy white head which quickly settled into a tight cap. even lacing all the way down.

S - nice hoppy smell with some floral notes. some biscuit-type aroma in there, too.

T - a caramel...almost like dark chocolate is the first thing that grabbed me. some citrus, but more toward the sweet versus sour. a bit of bread in the finish.

M - about average carbonation. about average mouthfeel, not too watery, or the other direction, either. taste resides in the back and sides of the mouth.

D - decent, session-type beer. nothing exciting. i had expected more.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 23:03:09 | More by maleman
Photo of cbutova


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber into my glass with a lackluster head, rising carb bubbles and the head has low retention. A small head blanket is left on the beer and little to no lacing is left on my glass as it drains. Smells is lacking here, cannot pick up much besides a bit of hops and some citrus, weak smell is hard to smell here. Taste is much better than the smell, good hoppy balance, woody and citrus, some more fruit and a bit of alcohol that throws me off, not well hidden at all. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy and good, nice carbonation with the alcohol taking away from the smoothness. Drinkability is good here, good session beer, alcohol takes this down from a 5 here, I have a feeling the only thing you will taste after 2 of these is piney alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 03:56:32 | More by cbutova
Photo of bwhite105


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good American IPA. Nice golden-grown color with a decent head. Crisp hop taste, but not overly hopped or bitter. It has a nice refreshing mouthfeel, and is a very drinkable beer. It is certainly not the best IPA on the market, but for the price and its wide availability in New England it is a solid bet.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 23:14:16 | More by bwhite105
Photo of BayouBengal1537


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

12 oz bottle Best Before Date 4/15/09 poured into Nonic Pint Glass
A - Clear copper/ orange color, aggressive pour had pillowy 3 finger head, nice lacing around glass

S - Nice floral notes, earthy hops, some citrus notes

T - Earthy, floral hops are present at first, but followed by bready maltiness. Hops are mild, and not very dominant. Its kind of simple, and not very crisp

M&D - easy drinking medium body with medium carbonation. Its pretty drinkable but just an okay IPA, just nothing fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 19:46:28 | More by BayouBengal1537
Photo of JMD


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

A: Light copper color with pillowy white head that nicely laces the glass.

S: Big citrus aroma with som nice floral notes. Also smells of fresh brewed tea and carmel.

T: Nice balance with sweet carmel malt upfront. A touch of honey and tea. Followed by a nice burst of citrus flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied and smooth.

D: Very smooth and drinkable IPA. Doesn't push the boundries like some other brews, but nicely balanced and well crafted. Alot of bars in this area have Harpoon IPA on tap, so it's become my go-to beer when all the other offering are the BMC variety.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 16:27:41 | More by JMD
Photo of greengorilla


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

I had this beer poured into a pint glass out of a 12 ounce bottle at the Blennerhassett hotel lounge.

It it was pale in color with a good head, but the clarity was hard to just in the low light.

The smell and taste were good, with a decent hop presence, but not exactly what I hoped for from an IPA.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were also good. Overall, this is a solid beer, but it is well down the list of IPA's that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 14:42:52 | More by greengorilla
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

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

I was surprised to see that I've never reviewed this beer. Grabbed a few bottles again and thought I'd finally knock this one off.

Pours a light gold with a nice 2-finger white head on top. Decent retention and it leaves some nice pretty lacing on the glass. Smells very floral and citrusy, of the orange/pineapple variety.

The mouth is crisp and clean. I notice a vast amount of bubbles rising through this beer. Not spritzy though. Just right. This is a very simple, well-made IPA. I would compare this with Goose Island's IPA. Very simple and it hits the spot every time. Nice citrus backbone that finishes slightly sweet. Mellow bitterness that is not harsh in any way. I could drink these all night. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 22:52:19 | More by Onenote81
Photo of MisterSH


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness date noted.

Rich coppery gold color, very clear. Nice 2 finger head with some staying power.

Floral hops dominate the aroma. Some pine, citrus. Very pungent and pleasing. A hint of malt adds a reassuring appeal.

Taste is most all hops. Some warming alcohol is apparent. Finish is remarkably (strangely?) clean, I am not detecting much malt flavor in this beer. There seems to be a long period while this beer sits on my tongue where I am not tasting much of anything.

Light in body, moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Surely this beer could use a stronger malt backbone. It's refreshing, and easy to drink, and no doubt the hops are pleasant, but something is lacking, making this a near miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 18:53:41 | More by MisterSH
Photo of Darkhorse09

New York

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More of a pale ale, I'd say. But still pretty tasty. Good starter IPA if you really aren't too familiar with the style. A very subdued IPA, which does not seem to be the trend these days.

A - White head, disappears at an average rate. Lacing is very minimal. Light yellow/ straw in color.

S - Floral, but not in your face. You really have to take big sniffs to get anything complexo n the nose. Maybe a cut grass character? Just a hint of citrus. Very subdued.

T - A good blend of bitter hoppiness and malt. Well balanced. However, because of this, the IPA comes off as a little boring to me.

M - A very light IPA. Just a little too carbonated for my liking.

D - Very drinkable. But like I said, really more of a Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 13:50:01 | More by Darkhorse09
Photo of ghebb


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

On tap @ harpoon brewery.

Pours a very dark yellow / oragney color. Some faint citrusy, grassy hops in the nose, but not dominant like you would expect from an american IPA. Flavor is a nice mix of bready and citrusy flavors, (well balanced between the malt and hops), with a faint touch of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is average (maybe a bit overcarbonated), and finishes quite smooth, overall a pleasnt drinking experience.

Definetely not a hop-bomb like many modern IPA's, but if consider it more as an APA, you will not be dissapointed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2009 14:51:39 | More by ghebb
Photo of hoplover82


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear deep yellow color with a medium large fluffy/creamy off white head that has pretty darn good retention. As it receeds, it leaves realy strong and beautiful lace in it's trails.

S-The aroma is very plain at first, I think because of the coldness at first. But after it warms a little, some bright, but light citrus hops come to the nose after a swirl of my wine glass. And of coarse in this beer, some slight pale malts in the back. Also, some mild fruity esters in the nose.

T-The taste is very clean and simple. Some mild but noticable bitterness, some earthy,floral hops come first in the flavor, then in the finish is a slightly sweet pale bready maltiness, which is nice. It's like in the middle for a summer or winter IPA. It's not crisp and dry, but it's not too sweet or thick. It's just right.

M-Very easy drinking medium body. Very clean on the palate. It's not or crisp, it's so balanced in the mouthfeel. Very impressive and unique. Unsually a brewer will go on one end of the spectrum with the mouthfeel. But Harpoon chooses a balanced mouthfeel. Thanks Harpoon.

D-I could drink and session these all night. Please go and get some, you won't be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:42:01 | More by hoplover82
Photo of beerman207


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orange with a head that hangs out a bit.
S - A little dissapointed in the nose - some citrus but not much else coming through
T - Not enough bitterness - very mild. In my opinion, this brew is made for mainstreamers. A lot more malt than expecting
M - Good carbonation
D - Definately could have had more but pretty boring for an IPA to be honest

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 01:27:12 | More by beerman207
Photo of Riccymon


2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At first glance and smell, Harpoon IPA had me thinking Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Must be a fair amount of Cascade hops, which I thought a good sign. Tasting, however, found a generic, watered down pale ale with a little wet cardboard flavor. Mouthfeel was similarly watered down; not clean and crisp like I'm looking for. On the whole, just not a satisfying IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 05:54:04 | More by Riccymon
Photo of Kitt


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich coppery-red color. Head weak with subsequent little lace.

An earthy malty-straw aroma overwhelms a citrus hop background.

Taste is a refreshing balance of malt and hops with hints of citrus. The straw aroma is manifested in a lingering bitter taste that is underwhelming but, again, refreshing. This beer is analogous to what one might think of as a "seltzer" IPA; for an IPA, it is weak on hops indeed, but the "refreshing balance" between hop and malt flavor leaves one wanting.

Mild viscosity for an IPA, the drinkibility is superb. This is an excellent Friday afternoon beer for transition between work and weekend.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 02:52:47 | More by Kitt
Photo of MaxBrews


2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orangish Amber with a thin large head, becomes rocky until it dissipates into a spotty soapy that clings all over the glass. Looks like a proper IPA if it only it were a tad bit more colorful.

Smell: Floral and citrus fruit in the hops. For an IPA though the hop smell is really lacking. I've had APAs smell hoppier. The smell is the start to the problem.

Taste: This where it all goes wrong! Taste is really subdued and relaxed. A bit of citrus and a tid bit floral, but a grainy malt/yeast taste. If you look for a Not a complex nor exciting IPA.

Mouthfeel: Standard amount of carbonation, no real hopbite, only the slightest bit dry in the finish.

Drinkability: Yea this is drinkable. This is more of a pale ale of then an IPA. I've heard it used to be more on IPA but this has obviously been dumbed down for the masses. It barely meets the IPA requirements. If you're looking for a refreshing beer this obviously will wet your whistle if you're looking for a in your face hopslam, you'll be very disappointed. This would be an alright beer if they didn't through the IPA tag on it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 20:34:08 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of hustlesworth


3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- clear burnt amber with golden highlights. expansive beige head is light, airy, and frothy, but retains well and deposits cobwebs of lace.

S- cascade all over the nose, straight up mandarin orange and grapefruit with some white lilies, cedar, vanilla, caramel and toasted grains in the background. it's a little weak, but what's there is very nice.

T- a nicely balanced and clean IPA, but perhaps could use some more malt to separate it from the APA category. although very clean and straightforward, the taste seems somewhat watered down. high degree of toasty flavors in that water though, with only a fleeting hint of caramel to be detected. citrus and pine hop flavors, finishing herbal and dry.

MF- relatively thin and on the light side of medium bodied and the same goes for carbonation. a dry-water feel as opposed to something juicy, resinous, or something with heft.

D- all things considered, this is an IPA that drinks like a standard american pale ale. crisp, slick, refreshing, mildly flavored, tasty, and not over the top in any way. style guidelines maybe questionable, but when i select an IPA, i prefer something more aggressive and noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 13:40:41 | More by hustlesworth
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