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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,590
Reviews: 1,195
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 57
Gots: 422 | 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 arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap in a casual seafood restaurant while visiting Boston in late September. The RedSox fans were enjoying the Friday night victory over the Yankees.

This brew had a orange-yellow color that poured an OK head that disipated quickly and left minimal lacing. Nose is of floral hops, malts,and a hint of fruit as well. Taste is a nice combonation of hops with a hint of sweet malts. Mouthfeel was decently full and OK carbonation. Overall drinkability is good. This is a nice beer that representative of the style.

Photo of JMD
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper color with pillowy white head that nicely laces the glass.

S: Big citrus aroma with som nice floral notes. Also smells of fresh brewed tea and carmel.

T: Nice balance with sweet carmel malt upfront. A touch of honey and tea. Followed by a nice burst of citrus flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied and smooth.

D: Very smooth and drinkable IPA. Doesn't push the boundries like some other brews, but nicely balanced and well crafted. Alot of bars in this area have Harpoon IPA on tap, so it's become my go-to beer when all the other offering are the BMC variety.

Photo of WoostaBia
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mjw2808
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold amber color, small head and little lacing. The smell was of fait hops. The taste was semi hoppy at first with a very noticeable malt finish. Good mouthfeel and a very drinkable beer. Not as hoppy as I would expect from am IPA, but this is still a solid beer.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber, barely any head, however lace remains

S: 1' Floral, 2' citrus

T: quickly evolving citrus/floral flavors following the hop kick. Seems to have some amber and wheat beer flavors to it.

M: thin, not too dry but the hop presence does remain the whole way through like it should

D: would drink all night long.

Photo of ahelms90
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of blackie
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Decent white head with some lacing left on the side of the glass. Just the right amount of carbonation. Floral, grapefruit, and pine on the nose. Really nice piney scent from the hops. The taste is where this beer really comes through. Very smooth and well balanced with a perfect amount of bitterness for an IPA. There is some room for improvement here, but I couldn’t tell you where. Very good, one I will buy again.

Photo of runningjoke
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured onto pint glass.

Amber colored with a tight head that disappears, leaving only faint traces.

Smells bready, citrusy, a bit piney and floral.

Sweet at first the bitter comes through at the end. In the same order as the nose is presented.

Quaffable, the beer goes down nice and easy.

I could drink a ton of these. It not the greatest, the hops are on the lower end of the spectrum. That won't keep me from drinking this.

Photo of batt6343
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of harryhops
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JodyPowers
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

This is a very good session beer. Bold taste; just make sure it is dated within the month of purchase. Poor out of the bottle with a little force to release aroma and carbonation. I would not consider it a IPA because I don't get the bite I would expect-- but not disappointing.

Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

Poured a nice cloudy golden color with lots of beige head on it.

Smell is hoppy with floral and citrus notes coming through.

Taste is fairly balanced. Hops are a little lighter than I typically like in my IPAs. Good tasting though.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

Overall a pretty decent IPA. Not one of my faces but I would drink it again.

Photo of racer2k
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a small white head that dissipates quickly. There is exceptional clarity in this beer.

S: Nice hoppy bouquet with a hint of citrus and orange

T: Initially there is a sweet hoppy bite on the front end which smooths out nicely and finishes dry and clean. This beer has a ton of flavor with a nice balance of citrus and grapefruit.

M: Thin mouth feel with moderate carbonation with minimal bitterness.

O: Great session beer that is a very nice interpretation of the IPA style. Not overwhelming with the hops but very tasty.

Photo of BennyL1
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the winter pack, best by 3/15/11

A - Pours a nice copper color with a good fingers worth of nice foamy head. Decent lacing as well.

S - Aromas of grapefruit and other citrus from the hops with a bit of a bready malt background. Pretty standard for the style, nothing overly exciting though.

T - Pale malts and burnt toast up front. You can taste the hops, its just not as noticeable as they should be. No matter though, still a very tasty IPA.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, what you would expect.

D - Pretty good, I would have a couple of these no problem. Solid job by Harpoon.

Photo of jwerner23
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

A classic American IPA that pours a deep golden or copper color with a large white head. Lacing is minimal, however. The aroma is predominantly citrusy hops with a malty undertone. The taste is classic hops with citrusy tinge, a nice hoppy bitterness, smooth carbonation, and a slight alcohol hit at the end. It has a crisp, moderate body. This is a real drinkable beer from the beginning to the end and through several more. There are hoppier ales that I like more but this is one is above average.

Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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

On tap at Naked Fish in Natick, Mass.

Poured a deep amber into, for some reason, a pilsner glass. Produced a one-finger eggshell-hued head that lingered a bit, leaving some lacing on the glass. Smelled largely of floral hops with some bready, malty notes. On first taste, hops quickly gave way to an ephemeral syrupy sweetness before balancing out into a nice, bitterly hopped finish that remained. Felt crisp and carbonated (though my 2nd one was flat). Refreshing -- definitely a decent session beer.

This was not a great beer by any stretch, but it was a perfectly good one. If I'm looking specifically for an IPA, I'm never going to go out and look for a six-pack of this stuff if the Smuttynose or the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale is available, but it's certainly satisfying. It's also ubiquitious on tap in the Boston area -- you'll see it at pretty much every chain restaurant with a crappy beer list and thank your lucky stars that it's there.

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

A- a really light amber

S- bready with light hops bite, earlier I smelled bright floral notes

T- grapefruit, light citrus, nice balance of malt backbone, hops last long on the palate

M- medium body with good carbonation

D- a VERY drinkable beer, an easy choice at the bar for a dependable ipa. sometimes I look for a little more hops bittering.

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

Pours a deep yellow color with a quarter inch of white foam. Smells of yeast and a wee bit of citrus. The taste is more of a pale ale than IPA, but I didn't take this as a bad thing. If it had been labeled as a pale ale, I'd consider it one of the better ones on the market. As an IPA, it was just a bit more yeasty than some people might want, but a blind tasting would get a big thumbs-up in any case. Definitely a beer worth trying.

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

A: Pours a deep golden color with a sizeable off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass

S: Pronounced malt with grassy hop aroma. A light citrusy pineyness follows.

T: Nice hop bitterness a first, followed by a malty sweetness, and finishes dry and slightly bitter

D: This is a very drinkable beer. Not the best IPA I have ever had by far, but very good. A nice summer beer, great for any hop-head.

Photo of Robjm1987
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For a wide-spread distributed IPA...Harpoon has to be my favorite..

Serving: tap and & bottle.
Appearance: Copper.
Smell: Nice subtle hoppy smell.
Taste: more on the hoppy side, with a wee-bit of floral notes.
mouthfeel: on the heavier side.
Ovearall: Formidable IPA.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,590 ratings.