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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,106 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,106
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 39
Gots: 146 | 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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TheOtherMike

Michigan

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

This is another one of my go-to brews. It's sometimes hard to get but is often available in my area. It is a good session beer for me as the ABV is not too high and it goes well with most food. I haven't seen it outside of my area on recent vacations - I do check around to see what's available. So I guess I'm lucky that I can usually get this top-shelf selection.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:18:26 | More by TheOtherMike
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Wildwilliam

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +38.1%

07-29-2013 01:21:53 | More by Wildwilliam
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tripdout

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.1%

06-28-2013 01:34:35 | More by tripdout
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magictalkngtacos


5/5  rDev +38.1%

07-02-2012 01:33:15 | More by magictalkngtacos
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spedprof

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +38.1%

12-13-2011 05:39:30 | More by spedprof
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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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Harryryeguy


5/5  rDev +38.1%

07-11-2014 04:41:44 | More by Harryryeguy
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ChrisGemmiti

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.1%

05-21-2012 01:32:31 | More by ChrisGemmiti
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DeadGuyRyan

Ohio

5/5  rDev +38.1%

11-11-2012 02:47:08 | More by DeadGuyRyan
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Beerme09

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +38.1%

01-21-2012 19:19:43 | More by Beerme09
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BostonKyle

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.1%

08-21-2012 15:28:54 | More by BostonKyle
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HEADYdb

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.1%

05-23-2012 00:39:52 | More by HEADYdb
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wordcloud


5/5  rDev +38.1%

01-21-2013 00:28:32 | More by wordcloud
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Demian

Illinois

5/5  rDev +38.1%

04-16-2014 17:47:08 | More by Demian
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Mda1078

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +38.1%

08-28-2013 04:11:24 | More by Mda1078
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JMCrocker

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.1%

05-01-2012 01:06:08 | More by JMCrocker
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bostonbluenose

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.1%

12-30-2011 17:00:47 | More by bostonbluenose
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mooner

Massachusetts

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

While many new IPA's have certainly entered the realm of Imperial or double IPA, and surely are jam packed full of flavor, I wonder how many reviewers remember when Harpoon was the only company that made one. And in 94 it was certainly more hoppy than any beer I had ever tasted. It still holds up as a great tasting brew. That unique bubblegum flavor poons' yeast spits out really sits well with the cascade nose. Really clean and fresh when in Boston. Hard to find a better choice when in the city, rarely disappoints. It seems to me that many newbie IPA brewers are just masking nasty yeast aroma or low boils or lackluster fermentation, with huge amounts of hops, alcohol, or residual sugar. To pack the flavorful punch of Harpoon into 5.9% and 42 ibu's is a testament to the brewers passion for drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2006 19:02:18 | More by mooner
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +38.1%

11-22-2011 22:37:29 | More by KC9LDB
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BenGreedie


5/5  rDev +38.1%

03-17-2012 18:19:29 | More by BenGreedie
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xXTequila

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This has to be one of my favorite ipa's.
You can smell the hops while you pour.
Golden Orange with a big thick head. Great lace.
At first a salty green rind flavour followed by a rush of citrus and sweet malt.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2001 16:41:10 | More by xXTequila
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful bright golden yellow with a nice thick foamy head and quite a bit of carbonation.

Strong biscuity malt aroma nutty and earthy, with a fruity tea-like hoppiness.

Smooth and crisp on the palate, sweet with a biscuit malt flavor. Very nice spiced, tea-like hoppiness in the middle. Piny/Citrusy bitter finish clings to the palate.

Balanced, drinkable and very refreshing. A session beer with some a warming effect to it. One of my all-time favorites

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 02:29:14 | More by SteveO1231
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boogles

Kansas

4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not a GREAT beer, by which I mean it's terribly accessible. It is what it is--a robust, full, fruity hopped-up beer. As much as I like dirty double stouts and bitter imperial IPAs, the Harpoon IPA is a winner. Maybe "delicious" is a careful appropriate word here. Unfortunately, every place I've seen that carries it carries better beer. Oh well, it's worth it now and agian, and is a great gift for the novice who likes IPA but doesn't know the difference between Pale Ale and IPA. A gift, that is, were I get to keep/have some.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 08:24:54 | More by boogles
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klink40

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are an IPA fan this is a no-doubt, failproof, reliable, never disappointing beer of choice. It is found on tap at most Boston area establishments.

A: vibrant glowing brown color.

S: earthy, clean, euphoric

T: hoppy, sharp, crisp, clean

M: medium body/carbonation, refreshing

D: Great with dinner but distinct enough that it stands out on it's own.If drinkability means you can have 6 and can still say "This is a good f'n beer!" then Harpoon IPA is "King of Drinkability"

Absolutely delicious! Plus 5.9% and $7/6-pack.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 03:09:02 | More by klink40
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alesaram

Guam

4.75/5  rDev +31.2%

10-15-2012 23:05:38 | More by alesaram
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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