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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,259 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,259
Reviews: 1,166
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 43
Gots: 220 | 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 blackie


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

12oz bottle. Decent white head with some lacing left on the side of the glass. Just the right amount of carbonation. Floral, grapefruit, and pine on the nose. Really nice piney scent from the hops. The taste is where this beer really comes through. Very smooth and well balanced with a perfect amount of bitterness for an IPA. There is some room for improvement here, but I couldn’t tell you where. Very good, one I will buy again.

05-18-2005 05:28:06 | More by blackie
Photo of Redrover


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis. The beer was a almost a shiny bronze/copper. Ok head and lacing.

The aroma was of fresh hops (think citrus and pine sap) and more than a bit of cut grass/hay smell.

Not surprisingly, the hops leap to the front. I get some mouth puckering grapefruit type taste and more than a bit of pine. The beer does seem to have a nice malt backbone that emerges about ¼ of the way through the beer. The malts add some nice counter point and more than a touch of caramel type sweetness.

The mouthfeel was somewhat thick with nice low carbonation. It is an easy drinker and may be a decent session type beer. Would be easy to pair with food.

05-16-2005 18:50:58 | More by Redrover
Photo of ChrisBowers


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

I used to really love this beer, but I feel as if its lost some of its hoppiness, or maybe its just my taste buds have changed over the years. Served on tap into a large pint glass. Pretty good head. Somewhat floral, hoppy aroma. Taste is smooth, hoppy, but not that hoppy and not all that complex. I'd actually push this one down into the pale ale category. Has a slightly creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable, refreshing. A good beer, but in the middle of the IPA pack.

05-07-2005 18:32:36 | More by ChrisBowers
Photo of LPorter33


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Purchased a single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Good 1/2 inch head, bubbily lighter redish golden color. Light for an IPA.

Smell = Good typical smell of a solid IPA. Citrusy hops dominate.

Taste = It's not Dogfish for sure. I do like the very gentle honey like undertone that comes through as it perfectly compliments the bitter hops. Normal citrus like flavor of IPAs is present.

A pretty average tasting IPA. It does have a refreshing mouthfeel and high drinkability and I do like a few of the more subtle flavors. Recommended although not strongly.

05-01-2005 02:28:09 | More by LPorter33
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.2/5  rDev +16%

The first whiff was awesome. It had a real funky grassy hop aroma that was unfortunately difficult to detect after the first few sips. Bright off-white head poured fairly thick, and faded slowly leaving some thick strings of lace as it faded to a quarter inch thick film. Transparent pale copper colored beer with clouds of fine bubbles shooting up from one corner. Mild floral hop flavor up front over top of a light malt base. There's a candied hop bitterness that lingers in towards the end, and balances everything out. Finish is pretty clean, and burps taste of hops (yum!). Moderately light body and solid hoppiness help this one down. A solid fresh hoppy beer.

04-26-2005 02:29:26 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

The beer pours into a pint glass with a smallish pearl white head and a pale yellow color thats slightly on the light side for an IPA. Leaves nice white lacing down the glass. The smell is a floral bouqet of hops, with a citrusy note as well, spot on for an IPA. The taste is pretty much dominated by the hops with a slight maltiness, but this is not so bitter as to turn away non Hop heads. You can detect many complex hops tastes with a floral, citrusy, and slightly resiny hop oil coating your mouth thats interrupted slightly by a caramel malt taste then quickly finishes with a light hop bitterness. This is really a fantastic IPA, that could be drunk for hours and in im opinion would be a good beer to convert someone to the glory of hops, as it is not so bitter as to turn people off but bitter enought to keep the hopheads interested

04-22-2005 04:55:52 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Pegasus


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a large white head and no carbonation, but excellent lacing.

Aroma; Deep and pronounced hop aroma, little else. The hops predominantly lend a pine tar note, with lesser grapefruit.

Taste: Very smooth fromthe opening of the taste, throughout there is an emphasis on hops, which overpower the malts beneath.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, anf full, quite soft on the palette, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Although it is not one of my favored styles, this is a very good IPA, certainly worth a try. Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this.

04-22-2005 04:14:26 | More by Pegasus
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Suprising find at my local beer store. About a cross between a Sam Adams and a really good IPA. The smell is there, nice appearance and lacing. It seems like a good IPA spiked with water. Bitter enough for the style, but just too thin. You could blast through a few of these with no problem. Maybe a good gateway IPA, but I'm way beyond the gateway at this point. Followed by a Titan and an Indiga, both of which really blew it away.

04-16-2005 03:47:12 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of Tang07


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%


I started seeing this beer more and more. I've been buying it when it is on sale and lately I've been seeing (and drinking) it at a lot of bars in the Triangle area.

It pours a nice orange/gold color with a pretty good head that lasts about 3/4 of the way down the glass.

The smell is a nice hoppy citrus.

The taste is a strong, but not overpowering hop, with a lasting bite and a hint of orange.

The mouthfeel is very nice. The brew has nice body to it.

I've been drinking a lot of these lately because, well it's very drinkable and I guess they are just getting it out there and it has been on special at the last few bars I've been to.

04-12-2005 03:19:09 | More by Tang07
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Pleasant spicy, citrusy hop aroma but I was expecting more from an IPA. Taste is a bit of a letdown also, hops do not dominate as they should in an IPA. A decent, easy drinking beer, but there are better choices out there.

04-05-2005 14:50:54 | More by clemtig76
Photo of uncleozzy

New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Light amber brew served with a short, white head that stuck all over the glass for ages. Smelled of citrus and pine with a little bit of malt hiding in the background. The moderate carbonation complemented the significant, but not overpowering, citric hoppiness, which was balanced by a not-insignificant malt sweetness. While the hops were a big part of the flavor, I didn't find that they were significantly bitter, which makes this beer very easy to drink, although the 5.9%abv limits this a bit. The overall impression is smooth and crisp. A short, dry finish rounds off a solid American IPA that is a go-to in Boston-area bars.

04-04-2005 17:36:02 | More by uncleozzy
Photo of HardTarget


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Standard 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 01/04/05
Aroma: All about the hops, as it should be. I got floral, citric and pine notes in very fresh smelling hops, a sharp quality about the aroma as well. The sweet base underneath was also present. Very inviting.
Appearance: Extremely clear yellow glass with a nice multi-bubbled white head that left a little lace.
Flavor: While the hop flavor was very crisp, I really didn’t perceive a lot of IBUs. Guessing there are more hops later in the boil than earlier. The bittering hops did start to show deep in the glass, but always supported by the firm malt base. Maybe I’ve done too many DIPAs, but I found the hops somewhat restrained. Still, a great taste and very refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean finish
Overall Impression: A refreshing IPA with low bittering flavors. If it were a tad more local I could see making it a regular beer. Drinkability really helps the score.

04-03-2005 11:21:06 | More by HardTarget
Photo of FirstMan


2.55/5  rDev -29.6%

A golden amber color, with a thin, lacy head with incomplete coverage of the top of the beer.

The nice floral hop character in the nose. Some sweet notes of caramel are there as well.

The taste is a let-down, unfortunately. Not much complexity at the beginning before a strong lingering hop bitterness sets in. I keep swishing it around my mouth and hoping something will arise.

Generally this IPA is pretty average and, frankly, a little boring.

03-30-2005 23:10:40 | More by FirstMan
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

This AIPA pours dark golden amber, with a slight haze. non descript white head, and just a smattering of lacing. laid back grainy hops in the nose. Can't say I'm overwhelmed by this IPA, hop crunch is quite subdued. Sort of a mushy feel to the center and body of this brew. Finish is equally mundane. C'mon Harpoon , I feel like this one has been sliding downwards the past few years, not the punchy and flavorful IPA I remember.

03-21-2005 01:03:23 | More by Billolick
Photo of ypsifly


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%

Poured from a 12oz with no dates.

Golden orange with good carbonation. This one sports a 1"+ head of white that clings to the glass leaving nice lacing.

Smells of earthy hops, more citric than floral. There's a slight touch of malt underneath.

The taste is (as expected) very hoppy with the citric notes carrying through. Nice clean, dry finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel. Great drinkability as this one isn't hop overkill like so many others from this style.

03-16-2005 04:07:51 | More by ypsifly
Photo of ski271


4.2/5  rDev +16%

Appearance: Golden amber with a small, off-white, creamy, mostly-diminishing head and some streaky lacing.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops aromas are moderate to big, a little piney and slightly buttery

Taste: Nice strong citrusy hops with just enough of a presence to balance it out a bit while still staying out of the spotlight. Finish is medium-length, crisp and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and easy-drinking beer. It’s not as bold as I would expect an Am. IPA to be, but it good enough to make me really wish I had more than one bottle.

03-14-2005 20:59:30 | More by ski271
Photo of LeeMarvin


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%

I like Harpoon's take on India Pale Ale because it's an extremely drinkable variation on the style. It's got a crisp, hoppy, flavorful taste that's just heavy enough to entertain your palate yet light enough so it doesn't fill you up after a few.

I like all different styles of beer, and often treat myself to more exotic potions depending on the season, but this IPA is great anytime of the year, regardless of temperature or occassion.

03-09-2005 18:35:43 | More by LeeMarvin
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a hazy orange color. Has a good sized white head that sticks nicely to the glass. Smells hoppy, some fruit and earthy aroma. Taste hoppy up front. Very fuity, balanced with a biscuit powdery malt. Medium mouthfeel with a semi-dry hoppy finish. I have always enjoyed this beer, never dissapoints.

03-05-2005 08:12:36 | More by Luigi
Photo of mmmbeer


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

12 oz., bottled on 12/23/04, served chilled in a pint glass. Pours an amber/orange color with an off-white 1 finger head that reduces to a thin blanket and leaves a few rings. Smell is of sweet malts with grapefruit/floral/spicy hops. Fairly smooth with more sweet malts on the palate than I usually find in IPAs, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The grapefruit/floral hops complement this and leave a decent bitterness. Well balanced, but I think it could still use an extra shot of hops.

03-02-2005 04:08:16 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Sycodrummer


3.8/5  rDev +5%

Recently had on tap at Pizzeria Uno's served in their 22oz. glass. A dark deep yellow with about a one finger head that lasted most of the sample but yeilded little to no lacing.

Smell was very flowery and citrusy up front. A strong hop presence as well.

Taste was similair to what would be expected from the smell. Citrus up front backed up by midly bitter hop flavor. Well balanced so the hop bitterness didn't over power the other flavors.

Moderate on the palate with only slight carbonation. Very smooth and an easy finish to the beer.

Very easy to drink and a nice alternative to the other stagnant beers this establishment tends to throw your way. I can easily have a few of these at one sitting and not get tired of them. A solid, all around, fairly average but enjoyable IPA, IMO.

03-01-2005 03:49:28 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of ppoitras


4.38/5  rDev +21%

12oz bottle found in my fridge after the Superbowl party. Thanks, somebody...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the dark golden/light amber brew. Head is pillowy and a bit uneven as it fades slightly, with nice lacing. Aroma is leafy hops, with underpinnings of sweet pale maltiness. Taste is upfront with a shot of hops, giving way to smooth malts, and closes up shop with a revisit of the hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Nice one from Harpoon.

02-23-2005 21:44:09 | More by ppoitras
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +3%

A clean dark yellow beer. Has a big bright white foamy head and some good lace. The aroma has a sweet citrusy, sharp hop character with a hint of malt in the background. The taste starts with a sweet citrusy tease followed by a blast of hops bitterness and has a nice refreshing clean hop finish.

02-21-2005 01:37:41 | More by ybnorml
Photo of Gaisgeil


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

I'll start off by saying that IPA's aren't generally my cup o' tea. However, I really liked this one! Never at any point did I feel it was a chore to toss this one back. I like.

Poured out an almost standard golden, with a thin wispy head to match that laced nicely through the whole pint and retained a thin presence throughout. Smell is hoppy and a bit citrusy, a faint maltiness even. Taste was very nice, first note being a nice hop hit, not overhwhelming like I feel most IPAs are, more balanced. The middle is dominated by a battle between the hops and the fruity tones and malt. Toward the end is a very tasty bread/biscuit like tone, something rather unexpected but I really liked that, that was what put this one over the top in my book.

Very nice.

02-14-2005 07:31:19 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of SupaCelt


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

This beer flows forth displaying an amber hue with no readily apparent tid bits of luscious ingredients tossing about in the mixture. Pretty clean. Head is fair. It seems to hold up alright and dissipates into a fair manifestation of lace. Looks alright.

Not overly pungent. Smell has floral hops and crystal malt providing a lightly toasted citrus fruit ambiance. Shiskabobbed lemon and orange. Nice.

The taste profile is fairly mellow. Mildly citric and modestly bitter without any intention of crossing over into bold territory. It is completely unoffensive and quite drinkable, but lacks the full character that this style can display. A little uninspiring in terms of the style.

02-14-2005 04:02:35 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of DrJay


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Appearance: Very clear light amber colour topped by a thin white head that showed excellent retention and stickage.

Smell: The aroma is well-balanced between grainy malt character and citrusy hops (pink grapefruit). Very nice.

Taste: The balance is on the bitter side (of course) with a light citrus and floral hop flavour. Some basic malty sweetness is also present. While good, the flavour is a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body and moderate carbonation with a smooth texture. No complaints here.

Drinkability: Overall, a pretty good pint and not bad for a session. I had the opportunity to sample it a couple times over several days and my impressions didn't really change.

01-30-2005 18:00:22 | More by DrJay
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