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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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2,898 Ratings
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Ratings: 2898
Reviews: 1153
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%

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 FosterJM


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1737th Review on BA
Draft to 22oz Mug

@Dallas Fort Worth Airport

App- A very dark orange with a bit of a golden hue and maybe a touch of browns. Only a small 1/4" of bubbles due to a fuller pour. The head was a bit of an off white that fell quickly. Nice falling cling lines.

Smell- The english hops and malt combo come full force on this one. The malts create the base and then the hops add a certain tinge of a malty, orange pulp, butterscotch aroma.

Taste- Well I had this on my wants and I think for a good reason. This is a good example of an english IPA. Having more than the simple American Hop bill, lent this to be a bit more malty with and a simple english bitter like flavor. The aroma also brought its characteristics to the taste with a small orange, butterscotch flavor. A bit of a earthy flavor blends it all together.

Mouth- A small medium body with a stronger medium carbonation. A strong malt flavor comes out on the residual flavors with that english malt bill and a small bitter. More of that butterscotch flavor comes out.

Drink- This was pretty good. It was new and an english IPA. Something different and flavorful to sip on at that airport. Glad I could check this off my wants.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 00:39:29 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Goldopelgt


3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured, from bottle, into my Duvel tulip (c'mon, give me a break, it was the only clean one!)...Deep amber hue, with a frothy white-ish head...Decent lacing on the glass

S: Some citrus hops upfront, with a good amount of toasted malt too...

T: Hop presence throughout, but not over powering...Slight heat of alcohol...Buscuit and hops linger on the palate...

M: Crisp, not overly carbonated...nothing to complain about here

D: A decent brew, wouldn't complain about revisiting this IPA, but, being somewhat of a hop-head, I kinda wish there was more of a hop presence...Really, just splitting hairs at this point, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 22:53:24 | More by Goldopelgt
Photo of bottle

3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Characteristics: low carbonation, slightly hoppy, medium sweet (sweet aftertaste), very dry. No really dominating/characteristic taste, very balanced and average.

Overall a average IPA, not outstanding but not bad either, something you can have in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 00:28:40 | More by bottle
Photo of micromaniac129


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon IPA is pretty light for an IPA. It's more the color of golden amber. It has a small head and lightly carbonated.
Aroma are light too, with husky malts and minimal hops.
Taste bring backs those same husky malts with some bready or grain notes and not much way as far as hops are concerned.
Rough on the palette.
All in all drinks like a chain restaraunt IPA, solid but bland.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 16:04:54 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of EORS


3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden with almost no head (what little there was was pale) and very minimal carbonation.

Smell: Herbal hops right out of the gate, with some honey/caramel/raisin sweetness as the beer warms up

Taste: Lingering bitterness balanced well by the malt body - a hint of citrus but mostly more of that herbal hop.

Mouthfeel: Light, would be crisp if there was more carbonation.

Overall: Don't know if the bottle that I had was a little flat, but a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 22:43:03 | More by EORS
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank this so many times and am realizing now I have never reviewed this one.
A: Pours into pint glass a clear, orange-light amber color with a frothy half-inch head that settles nice and slow.

S: Hops up front with pine, tangerine, red grapefruit, and light floral notes. Soft sweetness from crystal malts with light caramel and doughy aromas.

T: Nice balance of pine and citrus hops and a semi sweet caramel, fresh bread and light roasted grains. It is easy on the palate with not much of an alcohol presence.

M: Crisp carbonation on a medium body with a dry finish.

O: This beer is a great easy drinking IPA that can satisfy a hop lover and also introduce a newbie to the IPA style. It is good any time of year and with just about any food. Try and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 01:47:06 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of Davidjames321

5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first time I tried the IPA, and it is one of the best I have tried. The taste is very smooth and goes very well with the smell. I think this might be my new favorite beer company.

From the label I would have not thought to try it, but I do know most IPA's are good. However this one has a perfect balance of taste, smell and feel. I will surely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 20:23:56 | More by Davidjames321
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3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, says to enjoy by 02/15/2013. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours a clear copper color with one finger of head that disappears quickly. Steady column of bubbles rushing up to the top.

S - Malty and lightly hoppy. Smells hoppier than it actually is, if you ask me.

T - Taste is way more malty than it is hoppy, which is kind of disappointing. It is well-balanced, but I definitely wish it was more bitter and hoppy. Has a vague apple cider taste to it also, which is kind of strange.

M - A nicely bodied beer, with a nice resinous mouthfeel, and the lingering taste of green apple.

Overall, it's not a bad beer, but I like my IPA's to be ridiculously hoppy, and this beer disappoints in that arena. Nicely bodied, and tasty nonetheless, but as an example of the style it is a little bland. Solid 5.90% abv, and I got this 6 pack on sale for $5.99 so I guess I can't complain.

Harpoon IPA ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:51:40 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of rangerred


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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with a smallish white head.

Strong pine in the aroma along with a little bit of light citrus. Some pale malt sneaking in there as well.

More pine and citrus in the flavor along with light bread. Some lighter caramel notes and biscuit along with a moderate bitterness. A nice balance between malt and hops. Mouthfeel is quite clean finishing a little sticky.

Overall, an extremely average but tasty IPA. Really I think this should be classified as an APA as it really doesn't quite make it to the IPA threshold.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 16:00:28 | More by rangerred
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West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My serving type was a bottle poured into a Pilsner Flute.

My appearance was a quick forming one half inch head that quickly diminished. (I can relate to that). But a constant flow of carbonation was can be seen in the darkened amber fluid. I would say the color reminds me of a cherry stain or something lighter. (3.5)

Smell - if you've followed my other reviews, well you know that the smell of burnt hops is not something I write home to mom about, but this beer isn't over powering and in my opinion is quite light in hoppiness odor. (3.5)

However that "quite light in hoppiness" would not describe the taste as the hops come through in spades! Not over powering to me. I don't taste many of the florals that others have described, but that's typically not the way I describe things anyway. The taste is strong, but not over powering by any stretch. I could enjoy this with a steak. (3.5)

Now this beer is crisp in the mouth, and you know that makes a high score for me. 4.. I like. It tingles and cracks, and goes down easy.

Overall I got to go with 3.5 - it's better than I expected, and will buy again, maybe I'll aquire a more filling taste for it, maybe I haven't paired it with a great food. Not sure, but it is a good beer and I will definitly have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:46:23 | More by BottleOfPills
Photo of Maxwell


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

The beer pours a very clean golden color, bordering on amber, and displaying light pinkish tints. The beers body is very translucent and particle free, but the head is tiny and nearly nonexistent, which is too bad. What bubbles do appear, appear to from a small scrim-ring around the glass and are an eggshell white. The lacing on the sides of the glass is spotty and quite slick, only staying briefly before they return to the beer. On the nose, the beer smells of grassy and hay-like hops with a good sweet and slightly stale bread malt base and a light citrus touch. On the tongue, the beer tastes bitter with a great malty sweet playing alongside of it, but never fully meshing with the bitters. The beer begins with light caramel sweets and a faint bitter bite before the bitters open into a nice little punch with very slight citrus, grass, and hay notes. As the beer rounds out the bready malts build in the mouth to play alongside the bitters, and in the finish there is still a great bitter tingle with a fading sense of the bready sweet malts. Just as the beer drops down the throat there is very quick emanation of cereal malts, which quickly returns to the bready sweet aftertaste. On the mouth, the beer feels thin to medium in body, with a little tingle of fierceness from the carbonation, and a big bitter bite on the tongue. The mouth is left clean but for some slight saliva on the edges of the mouth and a bitter tingle in the tongue. Overall, this is a solid middle of the road IPA. It has a little more of a bitter bite than a true English IPA, but not nearly enough pine or citrus to be considered an American IPA. I think this is a terrific introduction to the world of hops and IPA’s, and definitely a recommendation for anyone trying to slowly convert someone else to the hops. The malts and bitters work beautifully side-by-side, but never quite mesh, which isn’t entirely bad. A great intro IPA, and a good beer that can be found outside of craft beer bars.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 19:50:39 | More by Maxwell
Photo of Skeeter206


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

A ~ A dark golden color with noticeable carbonation and about a half finger head, has a pretty decent lacing. 3.5/5

S ~ Nothing overpowering in the smell of this, sweet fruit maybe oranges, a barely noticeable hop presence in the smell. It might be that I'm a little congested right now but there isn't a whole lot going on in the smell. 3/5

T ~ Well you can definitely taste the hops if you couldn't smell them, nothing over powering but definitely a presence... about average for an IPA in regards to bitterness and taste coming from the hops. Definitely a little bit of caramel in there, pretty good balance. 4/5

M ~ The beer is definitely carbonated, but not in a bad way. Solid feel to it, its goes down easy, an easy beer to drink multiple of. 4.5/5

O ~ This is my go to beer, it isn't an overpowering IPA, with flavor or ABV. It is a good IPA that is available almost anywhere in MA, and on tap at almost every bar. If i feel like having an IPA I can always grab this, it is also generally cheap at bars around Boston if you are on a budget. B-

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:59:28 | More by Skeeter206
Photo of Bitter_Echo


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure how fresh this is, but pours a dark yellow without any real orange accents. Smells sweet malt and grain and some floral notes, but not strongly hop-forward for an IPA. Tastes sweet and bready and malty and a bit bitter, but again, not really positioned strongly for an IPA...more ale-like here. Fouthfeel is strongly fussy effervescent and really good. Overall, a just good IPA. Would like to try one fresh out of production for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:30:33 | More by Bitter_Echo
Photo of BeerDawgs


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

A 12 oz bottle with a drink by date of 11/15/12. Bummer. Bought on 12/5/12. Guess this one is not fresh

A - A clear copper, with 1/2 a finger of head, and a little bit of lace left on the glass. Standard for an IPA, but not over the top. Looks filtered. I like them unfiltered

S - Citrus, fruit hop aromas. Not a hop I really recognize though?

T - Interesting. Citrus hops. Needs more balance, a little bitterness.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation.

O - An average to below average IPA. Was hoping for more, since it is in about every store these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:41:42 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of MasterSki


3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Abbey Pub; went with this when I heard that Daisy Cutter was out. Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lace. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Even though Harpoon says this uses US-grown hops, I'm wondering if they're American variants of English strains like Willamette or Cluster. There's a very earthy, grassy, and tea-like vibe going on here, along with fruity ale yeast, and a touch of toffee malt. I get perhaps a touch of grapefruit or lemon in the periphery. (Upon consulting Harpoon's website, this is dry-hopped with Cascade, but there's no info about flavor hops).

T - The taste has a bit more citrus and lemon zest. There's a bready and lightly sweet toffee malt backbone, followed by moderate herbal bitterness and tea-like astringency; perhaps a bit of aspirin in there as well. More hoppy than I expected, but on the bittering side rather than the flavor side of things.

M - Fairly zesty carbonation, more grainy than your typical IPA, medium body, with a dry and slightly gritty finish. Some mild alcohol warmth comes as a surprise.

D - This was better than I was expecting, especially if you frame it as a transitional IPA between English and American traditions. Still, the bitterness and astringency gets a bit fatiguing and the flavor is a bit dull in general. I'd drink it again if I was really desperate (like I was last Wednesday) but there are much better options available virtually everywhere in Chicago.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2012 05:23:08 | More by MasterSki
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North Carolina

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a 1 finger head and nice lacing.

S: Some hops and malts, but mostly I just smell some dank weed.

T: Grassy and somewhat hoppy flavor with a nice malt balance.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Not a hop bomb by any means, but easy to drink and enjoyable. I'm not usually big on less hoppy IPA's, but this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:47:10 | More by nUgZ
Photo of AmitC


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

One of the worst IPAs i have had. I was expecting something decent.

Poured into a snifter. Thin layered off white head. Golden amber, extremely clear appearance. Large number of bubbles. Just adequate lacing.

Smell : I do not even want to comment. You have to literally search for hops. Very mild for an IPA. So much so that it difficult to decipher what type of hops are used. Slight malt presence.

Taste: Bland. Very little bitterness. Slightly sweet. Some herbal presence. Mild hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Light to somewhat medium feel. Body is very toned down. High on carbonation and appears and feels fizzy.

Bad evening. Disappointing.

Style Rate: 3
Personal Rate: 3

Hop lovers avoid this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 22:56:53 | More by AmitC
Photo of ColdWaffles


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Signature Pint Glass.

Appearance: Small, off-white head, dissipates in about a minute. Shame, because it is rather pleasant. Leaves a lacing on the glass. Nice clear amber color.

Smell: Barely there, slightly grassy.

Taste: Evident hop flavor, but not particularly strong. Kind of grassy flavor overall. Slight sweetness in the aftertaste. Crisp flavor, with ideal carbonation. An enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for the style. Carbonation is ideal.

Overall: Not a particularly strong IPA. This would be an ideal session IPA given that it doesn't have a particularly high ABV and is pretty easy to knock back. Given that context, I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 00:18:13 | More by ColdWaffles
Photo of cyclonece09


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice red yellow, a little cloudy with a small white head that leaves a little lacing in the glass. Nice aroma of floral and citrus hops, very nice combination. Tastes of malt with piney and earthy hops, nice bite. Beer seems a tad bit fizzy but still finishes nice. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 01:10:19 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of nukem5


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

A: Pours a clear golden color with nice foamy cap. When head is gone the lacing clings to the wall of glass.

S: Aroma is of earthy hops and malts.

T: Taste is of malts and then hops, almost a touch of honey inside.

M: Mouthfeel is of medium body and a good amount of carbonation. .

O: Overall a great solid beer with a nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 23:17:14 | More by nukem5
Photo of barczar


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

Pours a brilliant deep golden color with copper hues and a solid one inch ivory head that is fluffy and dense. The head dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is grassy and slightly dank, with a bit of skunky hops and an underlying bready malt. There's a subtle citrus finish.

Flavor reveals more citrus underpinnings, heavily grapefruit, ending pithy and a touch bitter. Toasted breadcrust forms the backbone, and herbal and floral hops add hints of complexity. Notes if pine surface as it warms

Body is pretty moderate, with carbonation on the high side. There's a bit of an astringent bite at the finish, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Fairly subtle for an ipa and lacking depth and hop complexity. Might be a good intro to ipas, but I would consider this to be closer to a pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2012 23:10:47 | More by barczar
Photo of BEERMILER12


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

Best By 12/19/12

A: Pours a golden color with a fingers worth of head that dissipates quickly

S: Floral hops jump out along with pale malts and some breadiness in the back

T: Again, very floral hops jump out along with a nice bready malt backbone to help balance things out. Alcohol unnoticeable, which isn't actually all that surprising given the 5.9%

M: Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Soft and inviting

O: A good middle-of-the-road IPA that has a distinct floral hoppiness and a good malt backing. Nothing too special, but certainly a good sessionable IPA given the abv. A good intro to the style

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 21:25:45 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on draft at a festival. Poured a clear medium orange gold, with a white, one finger high bubbly head. Dissipates fast, medium lacing.
Smell is of flowery hops and some caramel.
The taste was very nice! Fruity hop flavors up front. Bread and malt flavors in the middle, with a nice balanced finish. Nothing special, but truly above average.
A nice drinkable, medium bodied IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 03:24:13 | More by Hopfenpeter
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3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This AIPA poured a light copper color, very clear, produced a very nice white head, great retention and excellent lacing. The aroma of this ale contained malted grain and an explosion of citric hops. Very Nice! Medium in body, this AIPA had a foundation of malted grain, bitter citric hops. Crisp refreshing beer. Excellent session beer, first beer that I have tried from Harpoon, impressed!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 22:01:43 | More by GossageBrewery
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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just an overall average IPA, nothing special IMO. It needs more kick personally but I am a fan of really hoppy IPAs. Their Rye IPA is better than this standard run-of-the-mill IPA.

If you want a good starter IPA to get used to a bit of bitterness I think this would be a good one to go with. Unfortunately for me, I probably would never buy this again. There are plenty of better IPAs out there for the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:38:35 | More by phpfunk
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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