Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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82
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3,552 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 3,552
Reviews: 1,188
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 373 | 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 Slynger
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, clear, golden-orange color with a thick fuzzy lid that leaves slippery lacing.

The aroma is hoppy. Floral and grassy earth with some citrus. The hops really flow together in a very balanced effort. Pale malt sweetness sits subtly in the background.

Light-medium body with a fairly crisp, smoth, and clean finish. The taste is lightly lemony sweet upfront with a crackery malt backbone. A touch of spicy and earthy hop bitterness finishes clean and smooth, without much linger.

Pretty good. Enjoyable and well balanced with a pleasant mouthfeel. I would definitely drink it again if it comes around.

Photo of turbine2475
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Drdogbeer for this trade:
A - Careful pour resulted in a weak head with a light white hue. Milky honey colored.
S - Heavy in fruity citrus hops.
T - Light, less hops then I expected for an IPA with a decent amount of malt.
M - Light, chrisp, tart....pretty decent.
D - Good, but not quite the IPA I was expecting....I'm not complaining, but would prefer this beer if I were in a pale ale mood.

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

Good, but it's nothing special. I have it on tap and am glad I didn't get a full half barrel.

It pours a nice clear gold with a white head. It has some distinct citrus and hop scents. It tastes pretty good but lacks a mouthfeel. I'll try this beer again in the summer but not in keg form. I may be bias having drank heavier beers all winter but this beer reminded me of an American Lager more than an IPA.

I'd suggest Dogfish Head's IPA's if you're looking for a truer IPA beer.

Photo of jneiswender
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Old gold body and a nice medium head .

S--Very fresh hop aroma, pine needles and citrus.

T--Very balanced at first with a hop kick at the end.

M--Medium

D--Get this beer as fresh as you can. A really nice in between IPA. Not too hoppy not too malty. Goldilocks just right.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I forgot I was going to review this beer and just took a big gulp while reading beermail on here.
WOW. What a surprise that was!!!
This beer is heavily floral in aroma with some fresh pine oil at the end.

Taste is very clean and fresh and incredibly balanced. Sweet amber malt melts to citrus and pine hops with light floral notes in the middle. It truly blends together very nicely.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Very nice.

Drinkability is definitely a 4...wish it was summer or at least spring. A 6'r of this IPA would be real nice on a warm afternoon.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear, pale golden amber, some head which soon fades to a thin layer. low-to-moderate lacing.

some mild hop aroma and earthiness, but not much else. maybe even metallic whiff.

hops are gentle but bitter, not much malt. again, something metallic.

watery, a bit fizzy.

what the hell? i guess it's drinkable if you consider this an english pale or bitter. but even for an english IPA, this is tame. don't even try to consider this an american IPA.

22oz bomber purchased from cooler and dated "best by" several months from now, so i really don't think i got a bad bottle.

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

I had this on draft at the Colisseum in Camp Hill, thanks to tenderbranson69. Served cold in a tumbler.

A - A light amber w/ a half inch of white foam. The lace has good stickage.

S - Piney aroma hops w/ subtle malt notes. Very fragrant w/ slight toasted notes w/ a floral aroma and light yeast odor.

M - Malty w/ a nice balance of bitter hop acidity and sweetness. Gently carbonated w/ a slightly hop accented finish.

T - Maltier than I remember, this has been one of my favorite American IPA's for years, probably the first IPA I actually liked when first getting into craft brew. This ale has a pleasant balance and has a full sweet feel like some pale ales w/ a crisp taste that has nice English hop characteristics.

D - A solid American choice, very drinkable w/ pleasant flavor yet the bitterness isn't overdone. I could quaff several of these without much thought. I would recommend this to those who claim to dislike hoppier beers.

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

12oz bottle poured into SA glass. I picked up a mixed 12 pack at the brewery. I'll start here.

A: clear, deep golden in color with one finger + foamy white head. Good retention. Medium carbonation.

S: earthy, floral hops. faint honey.

T: hops and malt in nice balance. mild hop bitterness.

M: medium body. crisp with moderate carbonation. mild bitter aftertaste.

D: mighty fine. very drinkable. This is one of my go to beers when I'm at a restaurant with limited beer choice.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great golden straw color with a thin white head a great lacing. Aroma was of citrusy hops. The taste was great. Hops abound and a nice sweetness to it along with great citrus notes. Mouthfeel was a medium body with medium high carbonation. Overall a damn good IPA! Wish we could get this on a regualr basis here in LA.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear amber-golden with a decent head. Aroma is strong and surprisingly malty, but there is also a good hop component. Flavor is strongly hoppy with minimal bitterness and a good malty undertone. Thus is a very smooth and definitely enjoyable IPA.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pouring from bottle into a pint glass produced light white foamy head that dissipated quickly. About average lacing. Color was a clear yellow; just darker than straw.

S: Floral hop smell is immediate in the nose with sweet citrus follow-up.

T: Beautifully bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Relatively light in body, the flavors just seem to roll over the tongue in waves.

M&D: Light in body with medium carbonation. The odd mix of bitterness with sweet aftertaste is done well.

For a light bodied IPA this really packs in some interesting flavor. The malts used in this are sweet and even without having much of a toasty taste and it works great with the hops. The bittering is just right with some great floral aromas.

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass at JWS.

Pours clear amber/golden color, with a nice, full, finger+ thick head, lots of lace on the side of the glass. Sweet and crisp smell, some citrus and fruity aromas with underlying grain tones. Taste is sweet, not as bitter as expected, sweet grain/malt well balanced with a grapefruit and hoppy flavor. Finishes dry. Medium-body, crisp carbonation. Very refreshing, not overly bitter to wear out the palate. A nice, easy IPA.

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

Six pack from Hannaford market on sale. Pours a nice golden color with a medium head. Smells very lightly like a pilsner, different from what you would expect. Tastes lightly hoppy, sweet malt, with a biter finish but not too much, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is a bit carbonated for me. Overall it's a good beer if not too exciting or interesting. Probably would get it again if it was another good sale on it.

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

Sampled from an X-mas variety pack. Poured into a glass from the bottle. Head is smaller than expected but long lasting. Nice, dark golden color. Hint of flowers as I take a whiff out of glass. First taste is the hops then the malt. Nice lacing on the glass as i drink it down. Very balanced taste. Nice IPA. I am not a big craft/micro person but found IPAs a few years ago thanks to Dogfish. I enjoy the type and the Harpoon IPA. I would drink it again.

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

Well, I decided to try yet another IPA. On with the testing!

A- Pours with a big fat 2 finger head that stuck around and left some nice lacing.... Lighter in color however, and crystal clear... Moderate carbonation

S- Hops, and a cookie like malt... light yeast... Overall a very nice nose.

T- Malt and hops kinda hit the tongue at the same time. Although this is far from the hoppiest IPA, there's plenty of hop to go around... Unfortunately, the hop is kinda one dimensional, a tiresome piny hops. The malt character is nice though. Overall, decent flavor.

M- Hop bite... light body... dry finish

D- This wouldnt be my first pick for an IPA, but it wouldn't be my last either... I'd drink this socially.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Massive head in a pint glass clear orange copper color with beige medium bubbled head, yeasty looking. Aroma is a bit weak, smells kind of floral. All the carbonation must have gone to the head! Mouthfeel is very thin and under carbonated. Taste is not as hoppy as most IPA’s. As a beer it is quite drinkable but as an IPA it is definitely not top shelf. Probably a good beer to drink with pizza.

Photo of PhageLab
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Golden orange color, slightly hazy. Produced a nice full head of froth that stuck on top until the very end. Lacing was decent yet spotted.

S - Nice hoppy nose with a hint of something faintly metallic. Couldn't quite pick out what it was, but there is something in there that may not belong.

T - Relatively inoffensive body of citrus and some hops. Not very potent, and balances well with a slight malt backbone.

M - Light bodied, creamy feel, good carbonation level, and an oily residue left on the palate.

D - Definitely worth trying, especially for someone new to the style. Not my favorite, but certainly one that I could revisit at any time.

Photo of acrawf6
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly haze light orange amber with a white head.

Smell. Very floral, but not a strong hop character. In it is a little pine and lemon citrus. Tamer than i expected.

Taste. Has a nice balance as i am getting a decent amount of malts in it. Hops are very tame, reminds me more of an apa. Mostly floral in flavor, with just a touch of a fruity pear sweetness. I also get just a little medicinal taste.

Mouthfeel. body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Has a nice balance.

Overall, not what i expected at all. I thought it was going to be much hoppier. Its nice to see an ipa without a ton of hops, but i still personally wished to taste a little more in it. According to their website it's only 42 ibu's, which is pretty freakin low for an ipa. This is one i dont mind having, but can only drink 2-3 at most before i grow tired of the floral flavors.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess I should finally review this beer, since it is the one I drink most often at the brewhouse. Color is very light gold and very clear with nice white head. Very clear for an IPA. Smells of nice floral (cascade) hops when nice and fresh on tap. Taste is very crisp with nice hop bitterness that lasts. Overall a nice session IPA.

Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was hoping for more from this one.

It looked really good. Much lighter than others of its style. Nice lacing and head as well.

Smelled pretty hoppy with a nice malty base.

Doesn't taste nearly as hoppy as the aroma would indicate. This is a bit bland and watery with a bitter aftertaste. Strange finish to this one.

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

Dark gold and clear with a one finger head that lasts and leaves lots of lacing.

Piney hop aroma with slight malt sweetness , just enough to keep the right amount of hops in check but still let them dominate.

There is just a little too much base malt that comes through in the flavor to make this one great. If it were a more complex blend of malts, maybe, but if not, let the hop shine more than it is in this flavor profile.

A little thin and pretty highly carbonated for the style.

Smells very good; I'd love to have a candle with this aroma. It's a good beer and widely available. Might appeal to people who like a bit more malt in their IPA. I still drink it from time to time, though, as it's a lower ABV for the style so I can have a few and still enjoy my favorite type of beer.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a good head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is mostly floral hops, no malt smell, not much else going on.

Decently hoppy with a citrus edge, not much malt in the forefront to balance out the bitterness of the hops in the aftertaste. For all its unbalanced glory, its taste is not too bad for an IPA.

Photo of pittvkyle7
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- Clear, golden, small white head (probably not poured that well) that hung around for over a min. nice sticky lacing.

s- Lemon mostly, flowery hops.

t- Fruity (lemons and friends). Interesting blend of hops, to me it felt like they fought together instead of blended. (but that could just be complexity) The hops were flowery then piney. Light toasty malts to balance somewhat.

m- Medium light in the mouth, appropriate carbonation.

d- Very drinkable. Overall, this was good in the style with some interesting hop combinations.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. "Best by 3/13/08" is imprinted on the bottle.
A: Strawy yellow in color, maybe a very light orange. Pretty full head, whitish and foamy after a vigorous pour. A little bit of fingery lacing.
S: Citrus and oily hops, with a bittery yeasty smell. Scents of straw too. Definitely a pleasant smell, but weak and light.
T: At first, a mild hop taste, mix of oily and orange zest tastes. Midtaste is slightly sweet but mostly a mild bitterness. Finish is light, with a lingering taste of small hops and a bit of sweet sugars.
M: Crisp and easy to put back, definitely.
D: For what it's worth, easy to drink.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice transparent bright gold in color. Head is 1 finger after a medium pour. Lacing is present, but minimal.

S- Nice floral and pine hop notes. Nice grapefruit and citrus as well, but the piney smell overrides it. It is a tad bit sour.

T- Sweet malt and fruity hops. Finishes sweet and sticky.

M- Medium/oily as far as thickness goes. Leaves the mouth sticky. Carbonation is low.

D- Very drinkable. Strongest point of the brew.

Overall- Very sessionable. Not too bitter or strong. Little bit sweeter and less dry than I like most of my IPA's, but not a bad thing in this one. Very smooth.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,552 ratings.