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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3,533 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,533
Reviews: 1,184
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 55
Gots: 359 | 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 DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very clear light amber colour topped by a thin white head that showed excellent retention and stickage.

Smell: The aroma is well-balanced between grainy malt character and citrusy hops (pink grapefruit). Very nice.

Taste: The balance is on the bitter side (of course) with a light citrus and floral hop flavour. Some basic malty sweetness is also present. While good, the flavour is a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body and moderate carbonation with a smooth texture. No complaints here.

Drinkability: Overall, a pretty good pint and not bad for a session. I had the opportunity to sample it a couple times over several days and my impressions didn't really change.

Photo of cracgor
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden Amber color. Thin creamy white head. Leaves good lace.

Smell: Ruby Grapefruit like hop. A little piney. Maltiness is almost nonexistent.

Taste: Well hopped. A dry fruity hop. NOt over the top. A little to sweet as far as maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Refreshing.

Drinkability: A very good IPA. Tasty and refreshing.

Photo of rpgman456
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ahhh the Harpoon IPA... I distinctly remember this as the first Indian Pale Ale I have ever tried. This beer alone catapulted me into the world of IPAs and amber ales that I enjoy today. From the second I removed the cap of this Ale I was immediately filled with a sensation of a beautiful spring day. The floral scents of this ale are awe inspiring, but not overdone. As I poured the beer into the only available pint glass left in the kitchen (beer was stored refrigerated and had a shelf life of less than one week) I was pleasantly surprised with the golden amber color and a nice thick head that stays around for a couple minutes but doesn't leave a lace like most macro beers do and can only compare to craft beers. The aroma of hops complemented the wonderful color of this beer and the taste was nothing short of climatic. The mouthfeel for a beer of this nature was extraordinary... by far the first beer that I was really able to sit down and enjoy. Since then I have tried the IPA with a barrage of foods and find Italian and Cajun cuisine complement the taste of this beer very well. I highly recommend this beer to anyone interested in the field of American IPAs.

Photo of boudreaux
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a sturdy, 2-finger off-white head, which slowly dissipates before holding steady at about 1/2 finger width; leaves a bit of lacing gripping onto edge of my pint glass; as for the beer itself, pours a clear deep-golden/amber; looks clean and refreshing.
Smell: crisp, moderate hop aroma; slight fruit-ester undertones; sweet spice aroma cuts through hop smell.
Taste: mild hop flavor at beginning, before floral flavors come through (something about this reminds me of tea); leaves an acidic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light; I wouldn't call it water (like American Adjuncts), but more "juicy", like it should have more mmph than it does; carbonation adds to the texture in a positive way.

Overall, not a bad beer for Harpoon, one of my go-to breweries. There are better American IPAs out there, but this is a tried and true, consistently refreshing brew.

Photo of hoplover82
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear deep yellow color with a medium large fluffy/creamy off white head that has pretty darn good retention. As it receeds, it leaves realy strong and beautiful lace in it's trails.

S-The aroma is very plain at first, I think because of the coldness at first. But after it warms a little, some bright, but light citrus hops come to the nose after a swirl of my wine glass. And of coarse in this beer, some slight pale malts in the back. Also, some mild fruity esters in the nose.

T-The taste is very clean and simple. Some mild but noticable bitterness, some earthy,floral hops come first in the flavor, then in the finish is a slightly sweet pale bready maltiness, which is nice. It's like in the middle for a summer or winter IPA. It's not crisp and dry, but it's not too sweet or thick. It's just right.

M-Very easy drinking medium body. Very clean on the palate. It's not or crisp, it's so balanced in the mouthfeel. Very impressive and unique. Unsually a brewer will go on one end of the spectrum with the mouthfeel. But Harpoon chooses a balanced mouthfeel. Thanks Harpoon.

D-I could drink and session these all night. Please go and get some, you won't be dissapointed.

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

This beer poured an amber color from the tap, culminating in a rather large head that dissipated to about an inch. After a few sips, it was still sitting about a quarter inch atop the beer.

This beer has a slightly stronger scent than other beers, mainly due to the fact that it's an IPA and it's more "pungent." Definitely not bad at all though.

The bitterness of this beer really isn't overwhelming at all. It seems to me a well-balanced IPA, with the hop flavor offset by malts. It goes down really easily, and it doesn't feel overly harsh on the tongue at all. I suppose it has the smoothness of a lager combined with the flavor of an ale.

I definitely could drink more than one of these in one sitting. It's a very enjoyable beer, and it would probably go well as a "session beer." If you haven't had this yet, I definitely recommend it.

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

Pour - big, bold golden color with some auburn shades and a nice inch of fluffy head which leaves some lacing streaking downward.

Aroma - sweetened lemon juice, oranges, some earthiness, freshly cut grass, dried hops and bread dough.

Taste - definitely earthy, grassy, more subdued potency with the hops but a decent amount of sweet citrus flavor comes through. The caramel maltiness provides a very strong back to this, almost encroaching on the hops and taking the leading role. As far as flavor goes, this is a very clean tasting IPA without too much of a bite but just enough hop presence to remind you of what you're drinking.

Overall - Harpoon's IPA will remind the staunchest hopheads more of an English-style IPA than a bold, piney, grapefruit-ey American one. Regardless of that, this is a very solid and very easily enjoyed brew that will make hands leaving the icy depths of a cooler very happy.

Would I buy more of it? - I am actually going to be picking up a couple 12-packs tomorrow to bring on a camping trip this weekend. Its affordable and will please the whole crew of people that are going. I might also pick up some of their Summer Beer as well.

Photo of thespaceman
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Otter Creek pint glass.

Appearance: Nice copper color, a minimal size head with extra soapy lacing.

Smell: Smell is of citrus bliss. A oily hop presence leaks off to a boquet of fruit florals, a tinge of spiciness is there also from the hoppiness.

Taste: Fresh grapefruit, plum, citrus elements, and a metallic hop taste. I don't know if it's supposed to taste like that but the hops are so strong with the carbo that it taste almost like drinking water from the fountain at school. Not a bad thing at all, I can see where it's coming from, just a little weird seeing as though I've never come across something like this from an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Extra carbonated, a good mouthfeel all in all, the bitterness from the hops is right on point, and it doesn't get too flat on the tongue.

Drinkability: Besides the metallic taste, I love this IPA, it's refreshing, features just the right amount of hoppy elements, and is smooth in it's own sense. I recommend this to any hop head looking for an enjoyable IPA.

Photo of WoostaBia
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Leebo2007
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

COLOR: light to dark brown, great color

CONSISTENCY: Very bubbly, good constant color with copper color

HEAD: Good to medium head

SMELL: fresh/Fruity smell. Has some wild yeast smell too.

TASTE: fruity and floral at first but then loses some hoppiness. Still pretty crispy for an IPA.

Not the best IPA but has a good yeasty taste that many IPAs do not have.

Photo of ahelms90
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of batt6343
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Robjm1987
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of harryhops
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Pours a nice medium gold color with a medium head that leaves some lacing,aroma is assertively hoppy and zesty.The taste is hoppy for sure but there is a sweet balance there in the finish.I think this an above average IPA that is very drinkable and goes good with spicey food.

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

A nice, solid, and affordable IPA. I picked at a 12 pack at Wegmans for $13. Its a touch light in color and head, but has great lacing. Smells of citrus and grapefuit. Tastes of biscuit malts and citrus hops. A nice kick of bitterness, but nothing you cant handle. Easy to drink and tasty.

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

Pours a nice light copper color with a very nice fluffy head.

The smell is not as full as I would have hoped. Fresh grain, mango, and pineapple.

Fresh grain to start. Pineapple, pine, and mango to finish. Pine lingers for a bit.

The feel is full-bodied and creamy.

Overall, this was a pretty tasty brew. It could have been a bit more fresh, but the beer is still pretty damn good.

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

On tap @ harpoon brewery.

Pours a very dark yellow / oragney color. Some faint citrusy, grassy hops in the nose, but not dominant like you would expect from an american IPA. Flavor is a nice mix of bready and citrusy flavors, (well balanced between the malt and hops), with a faint touch of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is average (maybe a bit overcarbonated), and finishes quite smooth, overall a pleasnt drinking experience.

Definetely not a hop-bomb like many modern IPA's, but if consider it more as an APA, you will not be dissapointed.

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

On the pour the beers appears a deeply tanned gold with a sparkling white head that is impressive in size, frothy in its texture and as it erodes it leaves a nice lace coving. Lightly floral, hints of malt with a citrus crispness and quite a treat for the nose, sweet at the front with a middling top and a biting acidity at the finish with an “English hop spicy bite”, not brutal, just quite pleasant to the palate, also quite dry, and a very drinkable beer in this “Beer” lovers book.

Photo of cktison
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
A: Pale amber, not as dark orange as some. Nice 1" head, medium bubbles and moderate retention. Some lacing.
S: Light, hoppy, grapefruit and citrus. Peaches, melons, really interesting aroma - I really like how this one smells!
T: After the aroma, taste lets me down. Not as hoppy as many IPA's, but a good floral aroma and decent malt backbone. Not very bitter at all - which surprises me, but makes for an easy drinking IPA.
M: Nicely carbonated, smooth, not too bitter and a slight metallic tinge at the end.
D: Really easy drinking, smooth IPA.

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

Had a bottle at RFD in Washington DC. Served in a tapered tumbler, something that I thought wouldn't help this beer breath much. Average clear copper color, small head, clean hops in the nose and flavor. The hops bite is there, but I was not overwhelmed by any one aspect in this beer, but I couldn't say it was bad, it's just not elite. A good regional IPA

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. The head kind of disintegrates, leaving sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it does. A little beer ring lacing.

S: Hops, lemon citrus, a little honey and Italian spice.

T: Pungent hoppy flavor with just a tinge of spice and lemon lime citrus and honey.

M: Dry, hoppy, but has a little of washed-out feel.

D: Goes down easy. Dry, but you can put this one down.

Atmosphere is good. Nice look, good head, and some decent lacing. Nose is a really good combination of hops, citrus, sweet and spice. Flavor is pungent and hoppy with a citrus and sweet. Tastes like it smells. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of ckbailey97
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good IPA, especially for the price. When comparing to $30 and up for a case of IPA, should you buy it in that manner, it makes this IPA much more attractive. Locally it is accessible for around $13 a 12 pack. Not the best IPA I have tasted, but above others for me that are more pricey. Good lawn mowing IPA, little spill here or there doesn't make you cry. Not my favorite thing to do either, but spillin' a Titan makes me worrysome.

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

Pours a medium, faintly transparent amber, retains a decent amount of head to the end.

Smells florally hops, the aromas of this beer aren't too strong, nothing immediately jumps out.

Taste is pretty balanced for an IPA. Bitter hops are recognizable, but there is also a pretty strong sweet malty taste in there as well. The first thing I noticed is that it is a nicely balanced IPA, which is somewhat strange for the style.

A very solid brew, definitely worth trying.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,533 ratings.