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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3,326 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,326
Reviews: 1,168
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 42
Gots: 247 | 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 Jarod
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

This beer poured into the glass a gold color. The head was foamy white head that left fairly fast but the skim that it left was able to leave some lace. The aroma was of citrus, hops and citrus hops. The taste was not too heavy on the hops but they were present, but they shared it with the citrus. Some malt seemed to be present at the back of the taste but it faded quick. Pretty good for this style. I think it would be a good starter for a beginning IPA drinker

Jarod, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of Beric
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Serving: On-tap at the Harpoon taproom in Boston, MA
Served: 1 June 2014

Appearance: Clear brown-amber color with minor head and minimal lacing, though this could be attributed to the size of the sampler tray.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops, sweet.

Taste: Floral and citrus hops again, with a slight earthiness. Sweet malt backbone. A good "balanced" IPA between the malts and the hops, something that one doesn't see too often.

Mouthfeel: Fresh and bubbly.

Overall: I think this is an underrated beer from Harpoon. While it certainly won't knock your socks off, this is a solid brew with a good balance of flavors. Would recommend.

Beric, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of jettjon
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

I’m really beginning to get into the IPA’s, and Harpoon did not disappoint me.

Highs: Nose, good IPA taste
Lows: None

Pours amber/gold with a fluffy, thick head that slowly fades away. Nose is floral and honey sweet with evident hops—pretty much what you’d expect from an IPA. Flavor is both hopsy and sweet, a good blend that is refreshing and drinkable. This IPA is less bitter and more sweet than many others I have sampled, but it works for me. Individual tastes, of course, will vary. The mouth is watery and bubbly; refreshing, but nothing to write home about. There’s a nicely bitter finish. Drinkability is average to slightly above average.

Overall, this is a good IPA and is heartily recommended.

jettjon, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Tschnab
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

A- pours a rich copper with a good sized head, only it leaves little lace.

S- the hops on this are very floral, with hints of orange and tobacco, and a little bit of pine.

t- I'm getting a lot more malt on this than I remembered there being, and it is working to make this a very balanced, somewhat mild ipa. Floral hops, citrus, and an earthiness make up the flavor.

o- a very good ipa that gets overlooked because of its availability. I still like to revisit this beer as it was my first ipa. Even though I've had many more that i would deem better, this is a great gateway beer.

Tschnab, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of SaucyA
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

I'm ashamed I've never tried this until today. Thanks DrDogbeer!

A - Pours a rather drab copper/golden color with a scant white head. Not incredibly appealing, but I've surely seen worse.

S - English Ale yeast? I get a super-fruity yeast profile reminescent of Magic Hat #9 which is really throwing me off. Random sweet fruit flavors. It smells pleasant, however it's not where I wanna be for an AIPA.

T - Again, not necessarily on point for an AIPA, however I'm gonna cut it some slack as the flavor is actually quite good. I could let this slide as an over-hopped EIPA or APA but it sorta misses the mark. It's fruity up front and bitter/dry/crisp at the back momentarily and then it fades to nothing. Good, not standout.

M - Fine, prickly carbonation and medium/thin mouthfeel.

D - Sure, it's drinkable but I'm not that inclined to drink my other one immediately. Not when my fridge has Leatherlips and Finest Kind in it. :D

Notes: The east coast really has some great contenders, Harpoon being one of them. While this hasn't been my favorite of their offerings, it's a solid beer.

SaucyA, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of uustal
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Slight citrus hop aroma. Very toasty flavor profile. Starts with a lot of toasty and earthy flavor. Hints of caramel malt and semi sweetness. Not much hops for an IPA. Finishes with a bit of citrus and pine hops. Not a hop head beer and more of an APA than IPA, but a very good tasting beer nonetheless.

uustal, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of pittvkyle7
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

a- Clear, golden, small white head (probably not poured that well) that hung around for over a min. nice sticky lacing.

s- Lemon mostly, flowery hops.

t- Fruity (lemons and friends). Interesting blend of hops, to me it felt like they fought together instead of blended. (but that could just be complexity) The hops were flowery then piney. Light toasty malts to balance somewhat.

m- Medium light in the mouth, appropriate carbonation.

d- Very drinkable. Overall, this was good in the style with some interesting hop combinations.

pittvkyle7, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of treedoctor5002
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Like the bottle says this beer is a light "copper" color. I poured it into my SS pint glass and it arrived with a nice creamy head on top. Smell is slightly piney with a bit of citrus and floral aromas but not overpowering by any means, just nicely done. Taste is very straightforward and typical for an IPA. Not as much bitterness in the finish as other regular IPA's I've had. A good starter IPA. Mouthfeel is kind of watery and thin. I would call this a session IPA. I could definitely knock out a few of these. Overall I'd recommend this one to a friend.

treedoctor5002, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of jonziefle
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Poured a clear dark amber. Two finger white foamy head with good retention. Decent carbonation. Good lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Smells of pine and grapefruit hops, combined with caramel malts.

Taste: Mild hop bite to start, with slightly smoky and caramel malts mixing in and taking over. Good balance, but more maltier than most IPAs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth. Good carbonation. Easy drinker with a good linger.

Drinkability: A more mild and maltier IPA. Very easy to drink. Avery good session IPA.

jonziefle, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of EORS
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

EORS, Jan 23, 2013
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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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