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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3,622 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,622
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 60
Gots: 476 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

Harpoon IPA is an interpretation of the classic English style using hops and malt grown in the United States.

42 IBU
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Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that I have enjoyed for awhile, and a mainstay for Harpoon Brewing.
The beer pours a medium yellow, slight head with minimal lacing. There isn't much of an aroma to the beer. I generally expect IPA's to have distinct hops scent...but with Harpoon it is more muted. There is a slight metallic taste at first sip, but after a few sips it is unnoticeable. Harpoon's IPA is a great beer, it isn't an overpowering knock your socks off type IPA but it has definite drinkability and can be emjoyed really any time.

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

golden color. only a suggestion of amber. head is gone quickly. minimal lacing.
to the nose, alcohol is surprisingly assertive, then lightly toasted grain and vague orange nougat.
the taste is better than the appearance and smell suggested. fresh grainy sweetness is accompanied by citrus rind and a mild bitterness. not nearly enough hop presence for an ipa imo.
coarse carbonation, too prickly--swishing helps.
overall, tolerable but forgettable.

Photo of bobsy
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden body with a small white head that lasts a good long while. Light floral hop aroma. The flavour is lighter than most IPAs with the hops coming through with a grassiness and floral aspect. Some light sweet malt also. Everything seems dialed back perhaps to appeal to a wider audience. Medium-light body and carbonation. Easy drinking, in part due to its mildness. Seems more of an entry-level beer, and would make a good introduction to the scene.

Photo of changeup45
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color topped with a pretty thick white head. Nice sweet hoppy flavor with a soft bitter hoppy bite. Not overly bitter or fruity, just mild in both areas. Easy drinking. Lots of lace left on the glass as well. Nice and refreshing. I'd certainly get this one again but it could use a little more of a hop kick.

Photo of ectomorph
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a Best By date of 10/24/08

A - Pours a golden/orange with nice 1 inch head that fades slow.

S - Nice hop kick with a clean grassy follow through.

T - Good initial hops but the finish is leaving something to be desired.

M - Medium body and carbonation, overall it's good.

D - Makes for a good sesion brew, easier on the palate than most IPA's today.

Photo of UFGUY2122
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Clear golden amber with 1/2 inch head that faded quickly. Lacing left webbing on the side glass.

S-The smell was floral and hoppy but less pronounced than other beers of the style.

T-Malty up front and finishes with a hop bite. However, the bitterness of the hops is less intense than other beers of the style.

M-Mouthfeel is less than full-bodied and slightly watery.

D-Very drinkable beer. It's not exaclty what I expected from an IPA but it definetely has decent flavor. This would be a solid session beer.

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

This is their flagship beer so I had to give it a whirl. Came to me in a pint glass with a good head that sadly displayed rather little retention and/or lacing. Tantalizing honey color with very little visible carbonation rising. Nice citrus hops aroma with some soil like undertones of malt. The flavors were robust and straightforward, hoppy but not a hop bomb as is en vogue presently (despite the shortage!?). Medium body and light carbonation (could have pumped this up a bit). Easy to drink for an IPA yet varietly correct as the wine snobs say. *Special note about this beer* Those in the know say it has changed a lot over the years, becoming less and less edgy for mass consumption. Equally, it is said to be better in the bottle than on tap. A rare find in a beer. Pick up a sixer and try it out.

Photo of crayphish
2.28/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another offering from a recent mixed sixer. This IPA from Harpoon poured a rather clear yellow liquid. The sudsy cap held on for a while. The smell was a floral hop note for sure, with just the slightest element of the malt back noted. Taste? Man something about Harpoon brews, their water perhaps, but I did not enjoy this beer at all. After the obligatory hops all I was left with was a metallic bleh in my mouth. The hops were again floral in nature with just a touch of pineyness. The metallic element lingered in mouth and had me wanting to grab another beer or water to clean it out. I think I am done with Harpoon brews.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold in color with just a slight froth of head forming on the pour. Smell is very floral hops. There is a subtle maltiness underneath the hops that show up midway through each sip. Taste is less of the hops, but a balanced ale. Easy to drink and non-cloying. Decent session beer, but nothing great.

Photo of Dalem
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark gold in color and a one finger quickly fading head is how it looks. Laces a big more sticky than expected judging from how soon the head vanished. Grassy scent with hints or caramel. Neither of which are very strong if one but it sure got more aroma than a Bud or Labatt Blue. Taste is along the same lines. Slight metallic hop bitterness up front but muted by the malt. Pretty much the same thing going down the throat but with a little bit of a citrus tang sticking to the back of the throat.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear golden, with a huge 3 finger head. Retention is excellent, and never drops below a thick, patchy cap. Tons of lacing.

S - The best, if not one of the best IPAs I've smelled. Pine and citrus, spanning grapefruit, lemon, and orange are in abundance. There's also a very interesting sweet smell in there; don't know if it's something from the malts or just a floral hop aroma that I'm not familiar with. Either way, it really sets this apart from others I've had.

T - Not what I was expecting after the nose. Bland almost. Slightly grainy, pale malt makes an appearance early on and adds a touch of sweetness. The hops lazily make their entrance, offering up a lackluster and mild lemon peel flavor backed by pine and flowery notes, though nothing stands out. Finish is a somewhat unpleasant earthy/sour/bitter.

M - Light, borderline medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Increased carbonation would've no doubt highlighted the hoppy nuances from the nose.

D - This is pretty easy drinking, especially for IPAs (which I don't generally care for) but the beer itself is a let down in taste and the mouthfeel could use some improvement. All that being said, this might be something I pick up a 12 pack of during a night with friends. Drinkable, a little different, and not over the top.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear yellow/golden color with a decent head.Smells of citrusy hops aromas. Taste is more citrusy hop flavors, juicy, decent hop bitterness in the finish. Kind of watered down v.s. it's contemporaries. Mouthfeel has good carbonation and relatively light and easy drinking. Crisp. Alcohol is detectable. Pretty drinkable.

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

Reviewed from notes.

A 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. This beer pours a clear, medium gold amber color. Head is a good inch or so thick when poured, settling to a nice surface layer. Very good lace! A nice, floral, hop aroma is present, and not much else, but that's alright. There is a fairly sweet malty flavor with a bit of caramel upfront, followed by a citrus hop flavor. The hops do fade a bit as the beer warms. Good balance of flavors, as no single thing seems to dominate. Has a crisp and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Very easy to drink.


Photo of gfreed
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey-amber color and a fluffy white head that didn't last long. Has a floral aroma with some fruit and a nice bitter twang, all of which was present in the taste. Lots of hops, but less than I expected from the smell. Still, it was bitter enough, and with the carbonation would be satisfying on a hot afternoon. As it warmed up it began to taste a little watery. Not much wowie, but decent.

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

Had a bottle of this last night for the first time in a while and it was pretty awesome. It definitely was a good bar brew, in lieu of the cover band playing some pretty good tunes.

Appearance was a copper-ish amber with a small amount of head and barely any lacing. Not a bad looking beer, decent at best.

Smell was pretty toasty and crispy with fresh hops and bitterness. This was definitely a beer waiting to be consumed with pride.

Taste was very good. With a nice balance of bitter hops and smooth ale, this stuff certainly had a nice palette of flavors to choose from. Certainly a great styled brew.

Mouthfeel was pretty average. While it has a strong main taste, it somewhat died before the big finish.

Drinkability is good. A few of these will certainly get you dancing on the dancefloor, but it will definitely give you a great buzz. Not a bad brew.

Photo of chefnash51
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden light copper. Minimal head with little retention. Carbonation looks a bit non existent

S - Nothing over whelming or pungent. Some floral notes make their way up to my noise.

T - This happens every time I have this beer. the first couple sips are pretty much let downs. Then about half way through the beer I really start to pick up on the floral citrus hop that I love in this beer. Nowhere near a hop bomb. But, tasty all the same.

M - Carbonization could be kicked up a little bit more. Otherwise the body was pretty spot on for this refreshing IPA.

D - I put this one pretty high on drink ability. Good IPA to showcase to folks who are getting into craft beer. It shouldn't scare anyone away.

One of my fail safe beers when I go out and all they have is BMC.

Photo of morebeergood
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a pint the other night before dinner. Came served in a big 20oz imperial pint glass. Kinda flat looking, not a lot of carbonation or head. Smell and taste were both fairly hoppy. Maybe it's due to the shortage, but it's just not as hoppy as it used to be. Fine with me, as I don't want a knock-out type of IPA, but it juts came off as sorta boring. It's a solid IPA but with all the other IPAs out there, it's becoming harder and harder to order this one for an occasional treat.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

A: Poured a clear copper with almost a hint of red color with a slightly off white dense head that dissipated at a fair rate. Barely any carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Some light lacing.

S: Light hoppy aroma with some hints of some floral notes.

T: Good flavor, very hoppy with a nice bite. Solid.

M/D: Good carbonation level, medium body. Overall a good beer that is drinkable. Just a solid beer and one that I will reach for again.

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

Amber color with a big white head. A flowery bitter aroma. The beer flows a light to medium body on the palate. Flavor starts sweet and biscuity with hops building at the end. Flowery citrus and bitter at the finish.

This is a solid IPA and a great session beer.

Photo of seanh99
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from 12 oz bottle into Harpoon IPA glass.
A: Golden with a white pillowey head that faded to lacey fairly quickly.
S: Piney hop note up front with floral, citrus notes and then the malt way in the background.
T: Hop forward flavor with a bit of maltyness coming on. M: crisp and refreshing, enough carbonation to scrub the hop of my tounge
D: This is my go to beer when out as it is usually available eveywhere in the Boston area

I just wish is was 4.9% instead of 5.9% it has snuck up on my a couple times...

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

This beer pours into the glass a coppery brown color with about the average amount of head for this style. Not a lot of aroma from this one, maybe some sweet malt. Not much hop nose, at least compared to other popular American IPA's. Maple malt flavor initially followed fairly limply by a mild grassy bitterness. Possibly some butterscotch notes?

A pretty average representative of this style.

Photo of Jwale73
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of a mix pack. Appropriately served in my Harpoon IPA glass. Poured and orange-gold with crystal clear clarity. Two inch rocky bright white head left behind trails of sticky lacing as the head subsided. Scent was somewhat muted, but a hint of hops with a grassy quality. Taste consistent with nose with some slightly floral undertones, as well as a mild citrus quality. Light and effervescent mouthfeel with a mild carbonation burn and a light citrus astringency along the sides of the tongue. I'm not an IPA fan, so that fact that I like this brew leads me to believe that it may not meet the expectations of IPA afficionados, but it's refreshing and enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of Saunapoika
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a 2-finger white head in a pint glass. Clear, orangish and more toward a yellow color to it. Was thinking this would be a bit darker.

S: Herbal, citrus, floral...pretty much what I was expecting. Left a nose of freshness that I liked.

T: Pretty good. Not the best IPA I've had but nonetheless, pretty decent. A rush of bitterness up front, then a bit of a dose of maltiness, and a dry, bitter finish. Like I said...pretty decent.

M: Right where it should be. Crisp, dry finish.

D: I like this one. Hot weather suits this brew well. I like it ice cold in my frozen pint glass. I do have a homebrewed IPA on tap that I think outclasses this one however.

Photo of blakesell
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a half finger of nearly absent head. Disappointing to say the least. Lacing is glued to the sides of the glass which is a little more encouraging.

Smell- Citrus hops and that's about it. Lemon and orange and no malt to balance it out. Harpoon is pissing me off early here and I haven't had enough yet to be pissed drunk, so it must just be the beer.

Taste- A little more malt balance on the flavor, but I'm still disappointed. Balanced enough to drink but not enough to enjoy at any length. Lightly bitter but more sweet overall. A smidgen of pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Lightly sticky, too sweet, cloying, light medium bodied, and medium carbonated.

Drinkability- Not good. I was anticipating this beer and in the end it just pissed me off.

Photo of AmishT
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass

A - Brilliant gold and crystal clear. A nice, 2-finger white head. Leaves lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - The traditional herbal hop ipa smell is definitely present, and definitely favorable. I'd just like it to be a bit stronger

T&M - Spicy and herbal hop flavors are present, but a tad weak. Hops finish with a nice sweet bitterness. Nice, crisp carbonation. Mouth is pretty light. Not bad, but a little bit watery.

D - Very drinkable in my opinion for an ipa: light mouthfeel and low abv. I'd like there to be a little more flavor, though.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,622 ratings.