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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,594
Reviews: 1,196
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 58
Gots: 426 | FT: 0
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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 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.

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

It pours a clear and carbonated golden yellow. A finger of pithy white head slides slowly to foamy vellum. Runes of lacing sign the inside of the glass.

It's rather thin at the nose, with a very understated malt sweetness and a vague dry citrus hop bitterness.

Upon tasting, there's a mellow toasted malt berry fruit sweetness, with a rounded, creamy touch of vanilla. The hops are more assertive on the flavor, with upfront grapefruit crispness followed by a farther-back pine note. A residual biscuit malt trace ebbs to a medium finish of nicely refreshing bitterness. While not notable or signatory, it's bsically good and tasty.

Light bodied, it coats and flows enough to leave a fair impression.

It's better than average, and if not special, it does pack enough to make it enjoyable. The building-block combo of malt and hops and yeast yield a pleasant character that makes it crisp and drinkable. So it may not stand out in a crowd, but it does manage to hold its own well enough.

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

12 oz. brown bottle. Best By on bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thick white sticky head. lacing clings to the glass better than most.

S: Strong rich aroma. Nice hopy citric mixed with nice thick malts.

T/M: Creamy and medium bodied. Excellent balance between citric hops and malts. Slight bitterness. Hops are weaker than I would like.

D: Solid all around American I.P.A. Other than the hop situation this is an amazing brew. I'll be returning to this one again.


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

Appearance: Lighter in color than i was expecting, golden color, very nice head, clear. leaves lots of lacing as you drink.

Smell: hops presence isn't overwhelming, but it's there. yeast and malts come through too. hops are kind of floral, not very aggressive. soap?

Taste: more hoppy than I remember it being the last time I tried it, but since it was following Smuttynose IPA that night I'm not surprised. An IPA balanced for sessionability. Hoppy, yes, but not an assault on the taste buds (however welcome it may be!). Fruitier than your typical AIPA.

Mouthfeel: aftertaste lingers, carbonation is good.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. Drinkable, sessionable, better than I remember.

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

BB 05/15/09. The label has a small banner on it stating "Est. 1986" between the words, "Love Beer" and "Love Life" and since 1986 is the year I first became a father, I am instantly endeared to this brew. It's a clear copper-gold with a shallow off white head and large bubbles that form a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Although there was a bit of spritz on the pour, it faded quickly leaving slow but persistent carbonation and minor lacing. During the entire tasting, a little swirl would quickly regenerate a head.

I found the nose to be light and peachy. The taste initially was less hoppy than I expected with mild bitterness and a malty finish. I'm not quite sure what it might be about this blend of hops and malt but I found the finish to be rather abrupt - I call it "clunky": it's a sudden dropping off of flavour and the substitution of a malty earthiness of sorts in the finish that lingers. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it's just a characteristic that I find in some brews from time to time. The body in this case is thin, not unlike a pale ale, although with more substance. With warming, there are more floral notes and a more bitter edge to balance the malt presence. Distinctive taste, interesting profile, not bad at all although restrained when compared to some IPA's these days.

Photo of rpgman456
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 bceaglejoe
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 kbnooshay
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wish i could find this on tap around here. Nice design and bottle cap. This poured a very nice golden color with a great frothy head. Fairly sticky. Aroma is earthy, hint o metallicness but not bad at all, hoppy. The taste is very nice, citric and pleasant. Nice and bitey but malts save the day. Very good balance. Some roasty flavors in there are very nice. Moderate body but crisp creamy. VERY drinkable! Seems like it would be a good entry level beer for bud or other shit addicts. Very pleasant session brew.

Photo of chefnash51
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden light copper. Minimal head with little retention. Carbonation looks a bit non existent

S - Nothing over whelming or pungent. Some floral notes make their way up to my noise.

T - This happens every time I have this beer. the first couple sips are pretty much let downs. Then about half way through the beer I really start to pick up on the floral citrus hop that I love in this beer. Nowhere near a hop bomb. But, tasty all the same.

M - Carbonization could be kicked up a little bit more. Otherwise the body was pretty spot on for this refreshing IPA.

D - I put this one pretty high on drink ability. Good IPA to showcase to folks who are getting into craft beer. It shouldn't scare anyone away.

One of my fail safe beers when I go out and all they have is BMC.

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

A: Bubbly 1 finger head. Good retention & nice lacing Light amber body.

S: Light aroma, but hoppier and more floral than the Harpoon Ale.

T: Aah. There's the taste that was missing from the Harpoon Ale. Very nice. Has a great hoppy finish without harshness.

M & D: Mediu bodied. Good carbonation. Not too dry. Goes down easy with a tasty finish. Darn good IPA.

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

A- light copper in color with a fingers width head which recedes quickly.carbonation is very evident by the amount of bubbles present.

S- Citrousy hoppines up front with a slight muted maltiness.

T-bittering hops mellowed slightly by the sweet malts does not linger long possibly from the high carbonation.

M-Very light for an IPA crisp and smooth only a slight bitterness left behind.

D-Highly drinkable extremely crisp and refreshing although would almost classify this as a pale ale slight on the mild side for an IPA overall a decent brew.

Photo of Leebo2007
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 mophie
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had my first one of these tonight. It's a nice beer, and from what I've read, a pretty consistent one, which is a good thing. Just a few shades lighter than amber in color, with a fluffy white head that fades rather quickly. The aroma has me befuddled -- I can hardly smell anything. Allergies, maybe? Taste is more pronounced, though. Almost English in style, the hops are not over-the-top, but they're there. Nice mild citrus and a touch of pine. Smooth malt character provides a pleasant balance, and leads to a smooth, creamy finish. Not a standout necessarily; this is probably one of those beers that grows on you the more you drink it, so I'm looking forward to trying a few more.

Photo of maleman
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date was stamped on bottle.

A - poured a clear amber. less than one finger creamy white head which quickly settled into a tight cap. even lacing all the way down.

S - nice hoppy smell with some floral notes. some biscuit-type aroma in there, too.

T - a caramel...almost like dark chocolate is the first thing that grabbed me. some citrus, but more toward the sweet versus sour. a bit of bread in the finish.

M - about average carbonation. about average mouthfeel, not too watery, or the other direction, either. taste resides in the back and sides of the mouth.

D - decent, session-type beer. nothing exciting. i had expected more.

Photo of tanarm
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle directly into a pint glass. Pours quite pale in color. The thick head has a fresh floral, spicy hop aroma.

Carbonation is not too overpowering, and the head is staying strong at about ¼ inch.

The taste is a nice balance between fresh hops and malt, with the hops finishing out a bit stronger in the end. There is no harsh bitterness here at all, just a very spicy hoppiness as the aroma would suggest. The taste lingers on the back of the palate for some time, giving you a little extra for your dollar.

Overall, a great beer for hop heads who aren’t ready to destroy their palate but would still like a dose of tasty hop. Recommended.

Photo of Proteus93
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Quite a pale amber / blonde hue, which was actually pretty surprising. I expected it to be a little darker than this.

S: A VERY floral aroma, it literally smells like wild flowers to my nose. Maybe something of an orange citrus in there, and a little bit spicy with something I can't quite put a finger on. Nice, but a little unusual, perhaps.

T: Almost like eating the aroma... quite a pungent, bitter hoppiness that actually mellows a little as it warms, rounding out a little more into an orange peel / floral flavour. A little bit of a malty backbone offers a touch of balance.

M + D: A medium body, could maybe use a little more expressiveness, but alright. Fairly refreshing, and easy going... I would gladly have it as something of a bulk purchase when trying to avoid overspending, along with something like Sam Adams or Sierra Nevada, but it wouldn't really stand out too much from those, ultimately.

Photo of Gusler
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Nice mild piney hop aroma. Not quite the hop explosion that I've been seeing lately in various IPAs, but quite a nice aroma.

Nice piney hop flavor upfront with a nice wave of maltiness. Imagine that, someone that manages to get some balance in an IPA! I'm a fan of the hop bombs, but it's refreshing to have an IPA that dares not to be extreme.

Nice solid body that matches the flavor. Goes down quite smooth.

This is an easy drinking IPA. These guys at Harpoon really know how to make a balanced beer. I had almost forgotten that there can be more than just hops in an IPA.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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 bmwats
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Goldopelgt
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured, from bottle, into my Duvel tulip (c'mon, give me a break, it was the only clean one!)...Deep amber hue, with a frothy white-ish head...Decent lacing on the glass

S: Some citrus hops upfront, with a good amount of toasted malt too...

T: Hop presence throughout, but not over powering...Slight heat of alcohol...Buscuit and hops linger on the palate...

M: Crisp, not overly carbonated...nothing to complain about here

D: A decent brew, wouldn't complain about revisiting this IPA, but, being somewhat of a hop-head, I kinda wish there was more of a hop presence...Really, just splitting hairs at this point, definitely worth a try.

Photo of irishevans
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium golden color with a soap sud white head that was 2 fingers at the pour but settled down to a little better than half a finger (to be fair though, I'm a Bass player and have the stereotypical Bass player fingers), it pretty clear, very little haze. not anything crazy special, but certainly no disappointment either.

N- Mostly citric hop aroma, though it does have a bit of a floral/herbal hint in the background. the grain is there, but enough to really remark on. It seems to mellow the hop aroma more than lend it's own smell.

T- the Hop character is the reverse of the nose, very Floral, with a citric back note. grain is not really noticeable, but the hop flavor isn't overdone. much more boldly hoppy than most other east coast IPAs I've tried but still more mellow than your average West Coast palate-wrecking hop bomb. a bit of a grapefruit hint in the middle to finish of it, but mostly it's dominated by the floral hop flavor. in a good way.

M- rather dry, or perhaps "pale" throughout, and especially on the finish. the carbonation is on the lighter side, but more than amply crisp, and it works well with the floral flavor.

O- I'm a fan. I really like the floral flavor, and the aroma is very pleasing to the nostrils when in that IPA mood. the mouth feel is pleasantly dry like a pale ale should be, and it accomplishes all this without killing your palate for the night. as far as East Coast American IPAs go, I really like this one. wonderfully mellow, without being boring, or bland.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,594 ratings.