Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3,554 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,554
Reviews: 1,188
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 377 | 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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Photo of gdrydenc
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in many different formats. I have been enjoying this beer for a long time, I can't believe that I haven't reviewed it!

A - Pours a medium orange color with about 2 fingers of off white head.

S - A bit floral, a bit of fruitiness, a bit of piney resin. Pretty mild smell, but pretty standard for its ABV.

T - Much like the smell. A good amount of all three of those flavors. There is an unfortunate amount of bitterness in the finish, though. It's not enough to take a huge chunk out of the beer, but it's good.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty much what I would expect. It's fairly carbonated, but not overly so.

Overall, this is a very solid beer. Considering the price, this beer is constantly stocked in my fridge.

Photo of u2carew
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a big frothy head. Then settles quite quickly leaving sticky lacing along the edge of the glass. Bronze in color and clear body. Sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Pleasant hop aroma - apricot, grassy. Not overly aromatic.
T) Earthy hops from the start. A bit thin and leafy with some mellow malt tones in the mix. Lingering hops in the aftertaste. The overall flavor profile gets better as the palate warms to it.
M) The thin side of medium body. Tannin feel remaining in the finish.
O) An average IPA not a standout but solid. I'd have another.

Photo of Monkey962
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally decided to try something of Harpoon's even after having seen the red H bottlecaps in certain secluded areas around town.

Appearance: Two to three finger white, bubbly head. The ale itself is transparent, and a summery dark gold. The head recedes to a foamy layer that sticks itself to the side of the glass, all the way down.

Smell: Smells of a more balanced American IPA. Hopefully it'll taste the same way. However, it's difficult to pick up much of anything, apart from the stronger American IPA scents - grapefruit, resins, pine, astringency.

Taste: Definitely not as bitter an interpretation of the style that's so popular, but instead pretty well balanced. Bitterness comes through first, accompanied by a slightly unsettling 'soapy' flavor, that resolves itself as very mild malt sweetness. The sweetness carries through to the bready aftertaste. I'm sure many others will malign the taste for not being bitter enough, or having enough hop character, but I happen to find its lack of complexity very mellowing.

Feel: The once bubbly head resolves to a layer of foam that smooths out the feel, and makes it feel silky. Carbonation is just enough to feel refreshing.

Overall: I was always aware of Harpoon from a young age, and after reading reviews about this beer, I wasn't expecting much. What I got however, was a very nice middle of the road IPA that makes a perfect go-to beer.

Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/03/11 notes. Brought a 12 pack of this to a BBQ to try and get some friends to try something other than Corona, but I ended up drinking 6-7 of them myself as most people did not touch them.

a - Pours a clear amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and mdoerate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hop, fruity malts, light pine hops, and some tropical fruits. Not overly hoppy, but a lot of fruit, which I enjoyed.

t - Tastes of citurs hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, biscuit, and bready malts. Some ncie fruit again but also some smooth bready malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy body, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice IPA that got me through the day. The friends of mine who did try it all enjoyed it a lot; I would think this could be a very good low ABV IPA to bring to a summer BBQ or gathering to introduce some non-crafat beer drinkers to craft beers. Would certainly have it again.

Photo of abgba121
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear amber with light head that recedes quickly and leaves a light lacing

S: hoppy smell, mostly citrus and pine

T: hops throughout that also lingers, slight bitterness very faint

M: light and crisp, good carbonation

O: great IPA, a regular to drink, though not super hoppy and somewhat low alcohol level

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Upper Crest in D.C.

The beer is crystal clear and light yellow hued. Effervescence lasts the duration of the session. The head is a finger thick and leaves some decent legs on the glass. The aroma is pretty weak, with only faint traces of hops. The flavor is better, with some pine and hop flavors and a lingering bitterness. Overall, an ok offering.

Photo of Duff27
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Thin white head on a clear amber beer. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Smells of grapefruit and...hoppy.

T- I don't really taste anything until I get a strange fruity aftertaste, kind of off putting to be frank.

M- Medium to medium thin feel. Good carbonation.

D/O- With all the other good to great IPAs out there, don't waste your time with this one. "Must be eight dollar beer night."

Photo of tykees88
2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- that orange gold color that seems to be just standard for the style. nothing special with the head.

S- Smells really nice. Biscuits give way to hops.

T- underwhelming. It really has no malt backbone, the hops are weak at best. can't call this much of an ipa

M- medium to lighter bodied, nicely carbonated

O- totally underwhelmed by this beer. It's not hyped, but harpoon makes decent stuff, but this just sucked.

Photo of RickS95
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't care for the looks, but it's par for the course. It's a tangerine color, but it's extremely translucent/clear with no head.

The smell is citrus, but it's a bit different than what I'm used to. It actually seems to be peach or tangerine, just a bit different.

The taste is similar to the smell. It's citrusy, but the fruits seem different than just orange or grapefruit. Can't put my finger on it, but it's different.

There's an obvious hoppy bite, but it's not overwhelming like most IPAs. It's not that it's smooth, it's just IPA like but it sort of works.

I wanted to go with below average, but I give this beer points for being a bit different.

Photo of therica
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Chicago UNO in Hagerstown MD.

Nice to see a nicely hoppy beer there for once-- usually they just have Samuel Adams rebranded "Uno" beers and none in the hoppy zone.

A= lighter amber-copper, a very large gushy foamy head when served (all 3 that I had!) in tall pils-style 20-ounce glasses (although they looked more in the 16-ounce range).

S= very nice hops presence, west-coast style, some nice bready malts.

T= nicely hoppy bitters, not overwhelming, but fairly well balanced with the chewy bready malts. Decent, very enjoyable, not outstanding in its category however.

M= bready and hops-bitters, some pine and grapefruit but more so the pine although not annoyingly so. Decent for savoring.

O= went well with all the dishes served, ranging from Indian and Tex-Mex appetizers to deep-dish supreme pizza to flatbread pizza. Enjoyable on its own, as well.

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

I'm not a big fan of any IPA that is below 6%, but I thought I would go ahead and rate anyway. Well balanced IPA in the English style with a decent malt background and a burst of American Cascade hops. Reasonable color and aroma. Not the typical "hop bomb" IPA, but enough hops to still be a reasonable example of the style for a pale ale. Again, I don't think you can have an IPA below 6% - it should just be called a pale.

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

Picked this up on recent trip out east as it's not distributed here in The Lou.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very clear, golden straw colored, with a nice frothy two finger head. Stuck around awhile and left some lacing.

S - Very sweet for an IPA. Some citrusy / pine notes do come through, but there is a definite sweetness to the smell.

T & M - Refreshing, not overly bitter in terms of the hops. Almost a pale ale rather than an IPA. Nicely carbonated and leaves no aftertaste. Feel this could be a nice session beer.

Overall - Decent offering. A little lacking on the bitterness side, considering it's an IPA, but smooth and refreshing. I could definitely drink a few in a session. I would try and buy this again.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap down the shore in NJ. The view from the bar was far better than the quality of this beer.

It is pretty... yellow with nice foam. It looks exactly like an IPA should look.

Off the top, I couldn't pick up much complexity. It smelled like a stronger Pale. I get more hops, but not much definition.

The tasting wasn't very balanced. There is a lot of bitterness overwhelming almost everything else in the beer. I picked up some citrus, but it wasn't a good mix of flavors.

Photo of secondtooth
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean golden copper, with a rich head and dense lacing. Attractive.

Aroma is citrus, floral, and yeasty. Appealing enough.

Tastes light, light in body and light in flavor. I get a little bitterness, but a crisp maltiness almost seems to overpower the hops. Seems watery and thin.
I'd rather have a more profound hops character.

Overall, a sessionable IPA, worthy of a try but not among the best out there.

Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, dark golden, one finger white head disappates somewhat quickly. A couple rings of lacing.
S- Pale malt aroma, with decently strong floral and lightly citrus hops.
T- A well balanced IPA, a good pale malt base, with just a bit of toasted malt notes. Citrus and floral notes. Definite grapefruit-esque flavors.
M- Light-medium for style, same for carbonation. Crisp at first, but finishes a bit more smoothly.
O- I found it to be good IPA, and a bit better on tap than out of the bottle. Might not meet some people's hop desires, but I liked the flavors and balance.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared flute glass at Bliss.

Another Thursday, another tasting at Bliss. This offering pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger or white foam. The nose comprises flowers, light grapefruit, orange zest, and very light lemon zest. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a mild contingent of caramel in the background. The body is a hefty light (or light medium...whichever y'all prefer), with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, nothing outstanding, but something easily drinkable.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a can into a pint glass.

A – Pours out a golden yellow. Clear as day. Pretty good foamy three inches of crisp white head. Sticky lacing.

S – Citrusy in the nose and has a bit of sweetness to it.

T – It is not as hop forward as the nose makes you think. Its there but its subdued. Definite citrus in the forms of grapefruit and orange. The orange seems to give it a touch of sweetness. Has some bitterness at the end but again not a ton.

M – Moderate carbonation and medium bodied. Has an almost creamy feel to it.

O – This is a much more subdued taste that I was expecting from an IPA. Was sweeter then most and not quite as crisp. Not bad but not great either. It is very drinkable. As always its worth a try and I would certainly do that but there are better out there.

Photo of ktrillionaire
1.5/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I have had this beer on-tap or in bottles a number of times, and consider it a middling offering... I was interested to see what the can was all about. The results were, honestly, disgusting; this was the quickest drainpour I've ever seen. The drainpour was sudden, like projectile vomiting (which, incidentally, is what this beer reminded me of, and nearly induced...)

A - It looks like a normal IPA or Pale Ale, and is golden with a big white head.

S - Uh-oh. This smells terrible, like rotten corn, cardboard and sweatsocks.

T - The taste is the definition of 'gross'. I cannot remember a more disgusting beer. I don't know what went wrong with this can, but it is utterly foul. The tap and bottle versions I've had have never been even close to this bad.

M - Not the feels' fault, but having beer this bad soil your palate feels very very bad.

O - Congrats Harpoon IPA: if you can't be the best, why not be the worst.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tulip. Amazing pour on this. Nice clear honey yellow body on this with a big rocky white head. It settles a little bit with sticky lace.

Nice bitter grapefruit aroma up front with this one. A little bit of piney bitter hops round this out. Big malt body on this with and a little bit of citrus on the pallet. The hops are nice and bitter and piney on this. Really a nice IPA here.

Good feel, the body is light and the carbonation is solid. Overal, this has been a go to beer for me for quite some time. Glad to see this solid offering in cans these days.

Photo of PoorArtist
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, deep golden color, with off-white head, and good sticky lacing.

S: Gentle Floral Hop. Pleasant, but reserved and unassertive.

T: Mild hoppiness, mild barly and malt, mildly bitter throughout. Pleasant, balanced, very drinkable, but unassertive and not that memorable.

M: Clean and easy to drink. Very little aftertaste. Mixes well with food. Sessionable.

O: Altogether a very pleasant, drinkable, good-quality beer, but too demure for an IPA. More like a good Pilsner with a little extra hop, or a Pale Ale.

V: At the price I paid, not a great value, so it loses half a point. There are better IPAs for less money.

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

Received this in my bierkraft order of a mixed case. I had tried before but not reviewed. It pours a nice coppery colour into my chalice. Smell immediately hits me from the opening and probably the most appealing attribute. Steady flow of carbonation and some gentle lacing upon dissapation of most of the head. Smell is citrusy, maybe apricot and grapefruit pineconish. Taste ranges in the same area of smell with some mild maltiness. Only drawback is that it overall seems subdued. Like a hopaliscious beer trapped in the body of a light beer. Other than the watered down appearance/taste, overall it is a satisfying beer. I could certainly recommend this for a springtime session on the beach. Cheers.

Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the May 2011 LEAF Festival.

A - Amber with a off-white head

S - Exceptional aroma of hoppy citrus. Somewhat floral. Very pleasant and enticing. If only the flavor paralleled the aroma.

T - Good flavor, but insufficient hop flavor for an Amer. IPA.

M - Mouthfeel of an average pale ale.

O- Great aroma and good flavor. Score would be higher if this was classified as a pale ale or had more hops.

Photo of spree92
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes taken on recent Boston trip, 05/13/11.
A- light golden-bronze with small head but good lacing.

S- for some reason in draught, I never get much of a nose. Small hops and slight malt.

T- hoppy with candies notes. Has a little euro profile in that sense.

M- light body, a little sticky remains.

O- a refreshing IPA thrashing was easy to drink.

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

After bowling soiree....good friend brought a couple of bottles of Harpoon IPA so I had to try it!!! The color was clear and golden and had decent white head and laced quite well. The nose had a good hints of citrus hops and subtle floral undertones. The taste was a good balance of malt and pine/citrus. Mouthfeel was good...this is a good session IPA!!

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

A: Clear and golden. Two or so fingers of white head. Leaves a foamy cap and a decent amount of lacing.

S: Faint Hop aroma, floral

T: Light malt taste, floral and citrus hop flavor

M: Light to Medium body with light carbonation

O: Very drinkable beer, hops do not over power the beer.

Serving type: bottle

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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