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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,323 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,323
Reviews: 1,168
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 42
Gots: 245 | 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 mzwolinski
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%

"Surprisingly Weak" For some reason, I expected good things of Harpoon. Maybe it's just my West Coast enchantment will all things Eastern. But this beer was just "blah." Poured clear gold in color with rather little carbonation and not much of a head to speak of at all. Aroma contained very little malt and only a muted leafy/grapefruity hop boquet. This grapefruit taste comes off in the flavor as something more like grapejuice -- sweet without any significant hop bite. Not much of a malt body, either. It's drinkable, but so is water.

mzwolinski, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured a golden yellow with a dense and cream-like head. Buttery and crisp is an accurate way to describe this beer. Dry and oily with a slight oily aftertaste. Alcohol presence with a bit of citrus tang. Well rounded body and full of flavor. Nice IPA.

pezoids, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%

The beer is a medium amber, fairly unassuming, with a light orangey cast. A thick, creamy bone colored head adorns the liquid. Incredible lacework, sticking to the glass in a ladder-like fashion.
Aroma is wonderful. Very clean, with a pronounced cascade hoppiness. A sturdy malt background, with some light floral esteriness and a hint of apple.
Flavor is excellent. A solid malt base, with a hint of oak chips. Sweetish up front, with a bit of apple fruitiness and a touch of floral esters, fading into a clean herbal hoppiness. Very light citric bitterness right when the hops kick in. Extremely well balanced, with smooth, mild carbonation. Medium to full bodied. All the flavors are perfect, with excellent transition into each other.
I've had this beer many times, and i never remember it being this good. I never had it on tap, and it's far superior to the bottled version.

UnionMade, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of Boto
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

The beer pours a golden color. Decent enough white head with a decent amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is fairly decent, with a decent hop aroma. Fairly good hop bite, with a little maltiness to the taste. It is a bit thin in the body department. Pretty decent beer, although it could have a bit more hoppiness to it. Not too terribly different from the draught version.

Boto, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
4/5  rDev +10.5%

OK, it's IPA time. Pours a nice golden color, creamy sticky lofty head. Smells very nice of cascade hops, very brisk in aroma. Taste is dominated by the hop flavors, not too strong though, quite pleasant actually and very drinkable, balanced by some malts, biscuit and bread flavored malts that is. Hop flavors are distinctly of juniper and pine. My belches really bring out the juniper flavors. A solid IPA.

chaduvel, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

Pours golden in color with a slight haze. Cascade hops are immediately apperrant in the aroma. Taste is citrusy. Some malt in the taste as well, but it doesn't take away from the hoppiness of this IPA. Basically, just a solid IPA. It has enough bitterness to satisfy the hopheads, but doesn't try to show off with an insane amount of hops.

dmarch, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%

This beer pours a light gold color with a moderate head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some fruits in it and some spices as well. The taste was fairly smooth, but not very hoppy. The carbonation is evident in the flavor. Decent beer, but a not quite smooth enough for my tastes.

clvand0, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light gold color with two fingers of head. There is good head retention and lots of lace left down the side of the glass. The smell is full of pine and citrus, just a hint of hops. The taste is full of fruity esters, but the hops might be a little low for an IPA. Still it is a very nice smooth taste with a nice crisp finish. The body was just a little light and oily. The drinkability is superb though, and I am looking forward to more from this brewery.

SheepNutz, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

On tap at the brewery. This was my favorite draught beer when I last lived in Boston. Doesn't seem to have the impact it once did for me but a solid IPA still. Fresh as can be a deep copper color with a decent head to it. Aroma is primarily cascade with a slight citrus. Medium bodied witha nice balance and a slight bitter finish. Quite enjoyable.

BierReise, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a nice medium gold color with a medium head that leaves some lacing,aroma is assertively hoppy and zesty.The taste is hoppy for sure but there is a sweet balance there in the finish.I think this an above average IPA that is very drinkable and goes good with spicey food.

oberon, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Hoppy hoppy hoppy if you like a nice balanced but hoppy IPA this is a classic style. Little malt to round off this ale which is more like a West Coast version. Floral nose and hoppy throughout it is thirst quenching and refreshing.. excellent Belgian lace throughout.. and very drinkable on a warm day.

bierman2000, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of bmills1608
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured from the 12 oz bottle a deep gold with slight chill haze present. Head was stark white, moderately sized for about 30 seconds then begins to collapse ending up as a solid but thin film on top. Sticky lace from the collapse clings to the side of the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, prickly spices and sweet toasted malt on the nose. Somewhat prototypical American IPA nose. Taste was very nice. Cascades in the forefront, a nice bitterness, lots of spicy goings on, some buttery/toasted malts ease their way in and balance things out exceptionally well. Finishes smooth with hop oil flavor clinging to the roof of your mouth, slightly drying with some lemony notes as well. Mouthfeel seemed a bit watery when too cold, but smoothed out and become fuller as the beer warmed. Carbonation was medium with very tight bubbles.

Overall impression - Not a monstrous IPA, but definitely not wimpy either. Solid and well crafted. The balance was superb, as was the drinkability. Moderately complex character keeps you interested all the way to the bottom of the glass.

bmills1608, Jul 15, 2003
Photo of canoehornpoint
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Nice label, pours a dark golden and slightly reddis color. The appearance reminded me of some of the better Macro Canadian Ales because of the darker golden color and clarity. The aroma is of floral hops and the taste is consistent with the aroma. This is a straight floral hop beer. If you like that type of hops, you'll love this beer.

canoehornpoint, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Appears a golden copper tone with an off white mother of pearl tinted creamy full head while leaving some nice residual lacing. The aroma is slightly citric, but predominantly a nice floral hop aroma with a good bit of malt sweetness balancing out the over scent of this beer. Can't say the aroma is amazingly memorable, but I can say this is a nice pleasant go to at this point very solid brew. The taste flavor is a mellow creamy balance of malty goodness blended with a floral bitter hop profile, I can tell that this beer is a little dumbed down from the guidelines of a typical IPA not getting the hop satisfaction that any true hophead is yearning for. Like I said not a failure but not a favorite at the same time. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with a nice chewy texture to it, not thick and cloying chewy just some pleasant and welcoming body to this beer. Overall what can I say no off flavors maybe lack of some hop bitterness, but overall a dangerously drinkable well made beer in my book.

WVbeergeek, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of Wildman
3.73/5  rDev +3%

This beer poured an amber color and formed a white foamy head that receded slowly and left some nice lace on the side of the glass. A nice hop aroma was apparent, but not overpowering as some others are. A flavor of hops and caramel. The finish was a touch sweet with some bitterness. This wasn't a bad IPA, but certainly not one of my favorites.

Wildman, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Ah the summer months bring me such joy with the abundence of hops! Harpoon reminds me of Labor day when my parents and their friends would gather and one of them always brough a sixer of Red Hook and a sixer of Harpoon. The IPA poured a hazy summer yellow with a huge fluffy white head that had real staying power. Great head retention! The smell was very sweet and fruity with a little hint of medicinal hops. The taste was refreshing and dry, but lacked the real hop punch I look for in an IPA. Tart hops tickled the front of my tongue and then morphed into deep roasted malts fighting with peachy sweet hops and ended with a bitter hop finish. the mouthfeel was very buttery. This is a good standby, but nothing exceptional. Perfect summer beer.

GreatPondBrewer, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of avylover
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured a light clear golden color with a small white head. Nice carbonation throughout. Floral hops in the aroma, and really not much else. Nice hoppy taste thats not overpowering but leaves a nice zing on the tongue, finishing dry. Like other harpoon beers I've had this beer has a hint pumpkin pie in the taste that's good & unique, and really noticeable in the winter warmer. This a good IPA. Nothing too special but good overall.

avylover, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Body is golden colored with strong elements of orange hues. Aroma is moderate in strength and largely comprised of floral and citrus notes. Flavor has an odd malt bite which creates a good balance with the brew's moderate hop profile for an IPA. Body is moderate and head leaves a strong lace. A good IPA. No surprises here.

allboutbierge, May 31, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%

Sampled in a 12oz bottle.

Poured a clear, golden yellow with a one inch head. Sampling left ribbons of lacing one the glass.

Aromas of hops, flowers, wheat, and malt came from the glass.

Had soft citrus, hops, and malt throughout. Finished with a toasted biscuit with a mild bitterness that finishes nicely. Great IPA and a wonderful beer.

Loki, May 28, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Sampled at the AOBF 5/24/03.

Pale amber in appearance. Silky smooth off-white lace coats the glass. Aromas are much softer than the bottled version. A slight citrus and earthy mix. The taste is so very smooth. Given that this is my first cask-conditioned beer, I really didn't know what to expect. Man! Was I impressed! When I'd originally reviewed this beer, I noted how well-balanced it was, from a hoppy bitterness:malty sweetness ratio. The very same holds true with this version of the IPA. Everything just seems to have been toned down and mellowed. Mouthfeel and drinkability were fantastic. The differences in this beer from the cask and bottle are striking. A great way to start off the AOBF.

OldFrothingSlosh, May 27, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%

A solid inch or more of bright white foam rests gently atop a slightly hazy, golden-amber body. The head retention is good, and some very nice lace is left throughout the entire glass. Bright, fresh, and floral hops greet you in the nose as soon as it's poured! Very nice! A medium body combines with a very fine-bubbled carbonation to leave it lightly crisp on the tongue. Floral hops and a sweet grainy malt swirl in a kaleidescope of flavor right off the bat! Rich, exciting, sweet, hoppy, fruity, and finally, bitter in the lingering, drying finish. It's exceptionally well-balanced with a bitterness that reveals itself increasingly with every sip. What finesse!

NeroFiddled, May 25, 2003
Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a fairly light pilsner color, topped with an orangey foamy head. There is a light hop aroma, and an initial flavor also of light hop. Flavor is also tinged with pine and citrus. For an IPA, I would have expected the hop to be stronger, but it is even and well balanced with other flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp.

far333, May 20, 2003
Photo of wyllder
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Solid IPA. Pours yellow-orange with a good head. Sturdy mouthfeel with a nice level of hoppiness. Finishes a bit too bitter for my taste but rather well balanced overall. Perhaps its best quality is its ready-availability almost everywhere in the NorthEast these days.

wyllder, May 19, 2003
Photo of powoo19
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

I tried this a while back and had yet to review. This beer is not bad but forgettable. It has a pale apricot color which is not very impressive. The smess is average and hoppy as is the taste. I would rather this on tap then bottle but have yet to try it. Anyone out there have any opinion on the tap version?
Happy Drinking!

powoo19, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of Admiraldinty
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

I must note prior to the review that the bottle I got is about seven months old. Pours a pale orange (someone described it as apricot, I'd say that's right) with a sticky, white head. Earthy, citric hope head, with some malt towards the end. Very vibrant smell. I was a bit disappointed by the taste. While the nose was very nice, the taste was just so-so, and kind of boring. There is hop bitterness, but much less than I expected. Malty, biscuity taste. This beer warms a bit, which is always nice. Medium-bodied, and crisp. I'd say this beer is fairly drinkable. It might be a nice beer for those uninitiated in the world of IPA's just so they can start to get their feet wet.

Admiraldinty, Apr 01, 2003
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,323 ratings.