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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,632
Reviews: 1,201
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 61
Gots: 481 | 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 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.

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.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,632 ratings.