Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,194 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,194
Hads: 3,776
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 70
Gots: 644 | 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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Reviews: 1,194 | Hads: 3,776
Photo of Michaelcbyrnes
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - straw golden yellow, fine head which dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma - floral and citrus layered over a pleasant honey sweet maltiness.

Taste - grassy and citrusy to start followed by a light malty sweetness and a nice hop finish with just an edge of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - smooth and round with a sweet soft finish.

Overall - very nice IPA with a great balance of malt and hops neither of which is over stated. Very drinkable. (447 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass

A-pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that dissipates little lacing

S-aromas of pine and citrus not too overpowering

T-sweet citrus up front with slight hops and the end

M-light and clean not bitter for an IPA

O-above average IPA very clean and light was expecting more hops (316 characters)

Photo of Wrigfen
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An ok beer. Had on tap, fine taste but hard for me to rate higher with so many great IPA's. Should be b priced with the average IPA's and I would rate higher overall. For those of you who do not like the stronger tasting IPA's this might be your ber. Many a friend of mine o not like the real hoppy IPA's I do, so this would be a high recommendation for them. I would be interested in their feedback. ENJOY!!! (409 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance; gold, small bubbles that rise all around the glass to the surface, a finger of white head settles into thin lacing.

smell; not bad but not particularly inviting; sour grapes, hints of citrus and a bit of pine.

taste; obvious grapefruit flavora but the citrus flavor itself is quite mild, yeast, and some pine and bitterness in the finish.

mouthfeel; not bad, medium/light body with the carbonation lingering on the tongue.

overall; not the greatest or most impressive IPA I've had by any means but I'm not sorry it was part of the twelve pack i bought, and those who can't handle very strong, better, IPA's will appreciate its mild flavor. (655 characters)

Photo of Dafixa
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a giant fan of this beer. It looks ok, it smells just ok, it tastes in my book less than ok.

On the surface it's golden look and white foam head just don't start or finish right in my mouth.

Overall I've had other Harpoon beers and feel they could do better. (268 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light copper with a half finger of fluffy white head that dissipated quickly. The nose is only mildly hoppy. Overall, the flavor profile is quite light as well. The finish is slightly hoppy, but I have had top-shelf APAs that are hoppier than this offering. (271 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Notes of 02/2009) Tasted during a horizontal tasting of two American IPAs, the other one being the Flying Dog "Snake Dog IPA"; BB 21/10/2008, served only mildly chilled in a wine glass.

A: dark golden to amber in colour, fast-retreating off-white foamy head, fizzy upfront, then turning light on the carbonation.
S: balanced - a "breezy" aroma mixed of honey drink, lychee fruits, other slightly sharp tropical fruits, a flowery scent of Cascade-like US hops springs to mind, set against an enticing bedrock of light biscuity and faintly caramely malts. As the beer warms up a bit, a semi-sharp touch of pineapples also comes forward, witnessing the work of yeastiness.
T: sweet honey-ish, grapefruity and lychee-shell-like flavours upfront precede a lightly tannic, leafy hop bitterness and residual citric sourness; settling to a lightly chewy finish with lingering biscuity elements of pale malts, while hop bitterness stays loyally at the end of the tasting, transcending a little piney scent as well.
M&D: unfortunately, it's pretty thin on the body and the semi-spritzy fizziness comes not as soft and natural as a bottle-conditioned ale, but perhaps it's designed as such (light) to be quaffable and the overall mouthfeel is clean enough indeed. Not as deep and complex as the FD Snake Dog IPA tasted alongside, but overall an easy-drinking example all the same. (1,371 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very attractive label in the Harpoon tradition with really nice colors and graphics. Front label states “Love beer, Love Life” and gives a bit of brewery info. Back label pay homage to the 20th Anniversary of Harpoon IPA. Neck label gives a short description of the beer as well as paying homage to the 20th Anniversary of the IPA. Enjoy by 12.15.13 printed on the bottle.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 16oz Imperial Pint led to a 3 finger white head of medium density resting atop a clear golden yellow amber colored beer. Head retention was 4min before fading to a thin coating and ring.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of citrus hops with slight hints of floral tones and a nice malt back bone.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of citrus hops on the front end with a slightly floral hop midpoint and a bitter resin hop back end and finish all resting upon a toasty bready malt backbone. Hops seem very light and not overpowering.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with an above average amount of carbonation that leads to a smooth slightly crisp mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. 4/5

Overall/Comments: A very good IPA that doesn't wow you but does a good job representing the style. Solid and drinkable. Classified as an American IPA @ 5.9% ABV. Consumed 10/19/2013. (1,323 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear golden color with a white spotty head that sticks in spots on the glass. The smell is pine bitterness with little malt present. The taste is not as bitter as the smell with slight caramal honey pale malt that leads into the piney flower bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium. Not really a hoppy tasteing ipa like the smell would make you think. I do like this very good. (379 characters)

Photo of biggiet
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-It pours a medium dark amber color with light clingy head. Looks great in a curvy glass!

S-Smells lightly floral kind of mild for an IPA in my opinion.

T-Tastes on the light floral side with light carbonation and little bite.

M-Very light, easy going with low bitterness.

O-What a great drinking IPA for a session! Easy to drink with a tad more ABV than most of the lighter IPAs so I guess that's why I like it so much. I only tried it after checking this site and decided to become a member to review it as my first beer because of other people's reviews! I highly recommend it even though I may not be a beer expert but believe that I have had my share to be a source of information. (691 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Clear apricot orange with a 2.5 finger white head. No lacing.

S - A sweet grain and citrus scent.

T - Light citrus and pine hops with a sweet malt and grain flavor.

M - Light body with good carbonation for the style.

O - A standard, unmemorable IPA. Definitely is more of an English style beer. (339 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out a clear amber, very lightly carbonated. The head barely exists and quickly disappears. Zero retention. On its way down the glass, though, it does leave a hint of lacing. The aroma is a little odd, a little musty and also sweet. The taste has some slight nondescript hops flavors and a slight lilt of malt. There is a decent weight to body and it is fairly smooth. It's not terrible, but not one I'd go to again. (422 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottleneck says Enjoy By: 12/15/13.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Unique hop aroma that's spicy and a bit earthy. A little bit of alcohol comes into play as the malts play off the zesty (but not citrusy) hops.

T- Very balanced for an IPA as the bitterness is very tame and the malt creates a nice balance making for a high drinkability. The hops that are there are pretty earthy and the malt is lightly toasty.

M- Moist and a tad oily. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This was the first IPA I had (besides DFH's 60 and 90) where I realized "Hey, I like IPAs." Not very surprising since it's such a subtle version of the style. Recommended for people who aren't that into hops but would like some bitterness in their beer. (1,022 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Best before Dec 15th 2013.

A truly great looking beer out of the bottle. Soapy sudsy and and even big tall three finger head, that clumps and stays forever. Virtually all the bubbles are uniform, and it sits on a great crystal clear copper amber body, with really nice flowing carbonation..

Nose is interesting, a little pine, some woody tones kind of a juicy citrus orange angle a bit. Not getting the suggested floral senses the bottle mentions. Some nice small cinnamon warmth and carmel too. This is actually quite good, this feels really promising.

Palate sort of lets down. Geez what happened? Slightly wet caramel body, and wood malts combine on first sip. Thin palate gives a slight earthy finish but doesn't last. Bitterness and sweetness is nowhere to be found, perhaps a hinting herbality somewhat but really struggling to find a flavor profile on here.

This isn't an old IPA, but this really seemed to start off with such promise. This is a letdown unfortunately for me. (1,040 characters)

Photo of LordBeardman
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bertucci's Italian Restaurant in Marlborough, MA.

A: Kind of a dark orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Hoppy with a citrus smell as well. Kind of sweet.

T: Not very bitter. Very mild hop flavor. A lot of citrus in there.

M: Has a good crisp feel. Not the usual bite I get from an IPA.

O: Definitely not my favorite IPA but not bad. Seems like this is the only IPA on tap around this area of MA. I would say that this beer is very average. (464 characters)

Photo of Ds650rida
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass.

L:Thick 2 1/2 finger off white head. Plenty of thick lacing falls slowly Orange/amber transparenr body

A:Citrus smell, mainly grapefruit hops

T:Light hops, a bit of sweet malt and citrus.

M:Malt and what little hops stick around at the finish. Light carbonation.

O: a surprisingly drinkable ipa, the hops are light and like others said, a good specimine for someone being introduced to ipa's. (424 characters)

Photo of Botulizard
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A translucent orange with a small head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lacing that remains throughout.

S: Nose is very citrusy. Didn't notice any other strong smells of note.

T: Like a stronger version of the nose. Strong citrus-hop flavor with a lingering citrus aftertaste.

M: Thick and full. Average amount of carbonation. Leaves a great tingling sensation on the tongue.

O: Overall, I found this to be a great beer, I really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it as an excellent introduction to the IPA style as it has what it takes to exemplify satisfactorily what an IPA is, but it is not so hoppy/bitter as to be unpleasant to the inexperienced IPA drinker. (684 characters)

Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Rich amber that is really more orange. Provides very ittle head even on a vigorous pour, which leaves something to be desired. Pretty much translucent.

S- Citrus hops and lots of them. Not much else to be sniffed.

T- Hoppy, but not too hoppy. I'm not a big IPA fan, so this one is a nice surprise. A sweet, bready finish after a bitter attack upfront. Seems like a nice middle ground between hop-heavy ales and those that are less so.

M- Light with lots of carbonation, refreshing.

O- I like this beer, and will buy singles here and there when I get a hankering for an IPA. Not too wild, and a crisp and tasty beer. The price is right too. (698 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon IPA
12 oz bottle
Best before: 9/15/13

A: Pours a crystal clear, light golden amber, with 2.5 fingers width of sea foam white colored head. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising towards the top of the glass. Head has excellent retention and leaves tons of fine honeycomb lacing.

S: Malty, almost smokey, a bit of booze. Hop characters are pine, soap, and citrus rind.

T: An interesting combination or citrusy orange, sweet malts, and an almost smokey character. Not really the characters I look for in an IPA, but a very tasty beer.

M/D: Full body, moderate carbonation, drinkability is fair.

O: Pretty good beer. Drinks much more like an English IPA than an American IPA, but enjoyable and above average. (730 characters)

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange hue with a 1/2 finger of fizzy white head. Good lacing as it goes down the glass.

S: Sweet caramel smell that mixes well with the strong grapefruit hop aroma. There is a slight resin pine aroma mixed in.

T: Smooth balance between the sweet caramel notes up front finished with a good citrus hop bite in the finish. Leaves traces of sweet caramel and bread on the palate in the aftertaste.

M: Close to creamy but more fizzy. Lighter mouthfeel for this brew.

O: Good IPA when fresh and you get the blend of the grapefruit and caramel. Nice balance to this brew. (574 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This looked as if it was a red ale. It poured a golden, but definitely reddish color. I did not have much of a head on this.

The aromas were somewhat natural for an IPA. There were slight hints of grapefruit and citrus giving it the IPA feel. My fist taste was decent, nothing to take this beer down or anything, but there was also nothing there for me to get excited about.

A good wholesome IPA, perhaps a very good choice for someone who wants to venture into the world of IPAs! (482 characters)

Photo of Ankur
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A decent IPA, nothing outstanding about it. Noticeable head on pour, crisp smell and taste. Very light mouthfeel. Not enough aroma and taste as expected from an IPA. Worth trying once, you may like it if you are not an IPA enthusiast.
Overall an above average beer, but an average IPA. (285 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From twelve ounce undated bottle.

Aroma is slightly fruity and floral. Poured clear orange/yellow with a thin but long lasting white head. Some lacing to glass. Taste is perfect, not overwhelmed by the hops! Just the right bite in the aftertaste. I.P.A.'s are not usually my forte, but I will have more of this! (312 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

a: Clear medium amber with a one inch white head which took its time shrinking to a heavy white surface film with some lacing. Impressive!

s: Faint fresh fruit.

t: Good medium plus hop bite.

m: Smooth. Attention-getting bitterness without being harsh.

o: Spot on for an IPA refresher, not overloaded with hops, although there is nothing wrong with that. Easy drinking and sessionable. This is an excellent IPA, especially hard to beat at its reasonable price point.

There was an extra label on the bottle which noted this IPA has been produced for twenty years now. Understandable after trying it. (655 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed on June 27th, 2013 from a bottle labeled "enjoy by 05.15/13. D'oh! Poured into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint" glass at 50 degrees F.

Beer is a profoundly clear, rich yellow-orange. A two-finger head of creamy, off-white bubbles forms during the pour. Provides clingy sheeting as the beer level gets lower...

Aroma is a little soapy, slightly sweet and graced with touches of citrus and subtle grass notes.

Flavor is mild and smooth. Husky grains rise up in the front with a splash of sweetness, then segue into a lightly herbal, grassy finish. Hop character is pronounced but not overbearing. What's the term so many American brewers forget about? Oh, yeah, BALANCED.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a little sharpness and dryness. VERY well executed.

I'll bet if I had this a little fresher, it might have been even better. As it is, a nice staple beer. We can't get this out where I live, but, if we could, I would be taking sixers of this to non-beer-geek parties. (973 characters)

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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