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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
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1,198 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,198
Hads: 3,803
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 74
Gots: 668 | 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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Reviews: 1,198 | Hads: 3,803
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours brilliant gold under a 3” finely bubbled cream colored persistent foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: This is five months past is best by date but the floral hop aromas are still detectasble from several feet away. Closer up are traces of citrus and pepper.
T: Clean, crisp and dry with light malt on the front end and assertive floral hops on the finish. A trace of light caramel to toffee along with light citrus on the tongue.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A strikingly beautiful beer that is hoppy yet refreshing and easy to drink. (570 characters)

Photo of Kezway
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When in Boston, I was waiting for the bartender to change the keg on the Sam Adams. A guy offered to buy me a Harpoon so I wouldn't have to wait. I'm not gay, but hey, I'll drink a free beer. He ended up buying me 9 beers. It was so much better than the Sam I was planning on ordering...

Turns out he was the Harpoon Brewmaster. I haven't had a Sam Adams since! (367 characters)

Photo of toti1972
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA, one of my favorites so far, great smell, fruity but not exaggerated, right carbonation and a very appealing clear orange color. Will have it again. (158 characters)

Photo of jvajda
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apearance: Good deep orange/copper hue and frothy head.
Smell: It smells of bitterness and grapefruit. Very piney as well.
Taste: It's a superbly balanced IPA. The perfect amount of hop bitterness and fruitiness, no more, no less. Very impressive.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and alive in the mouth.
Drinkability: When I want a good plain ol' IPA, this is the one I reach for. It's a fine session beer as well. (404 characters)

Photo of Jaguar
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried a pint on tap at a local steakhouse,and was pleasantly surprised.I really like this in bottles, and to be honest it's one of my fridge staples, since it's local and fresh, so I expected the same beer on tap. wrong.
It was even better. The smell was like floral perfume, and the taste of the hops not much different. enough malt to balance it out and a crisp finish with a nice bitterness on the back of your tongue. I could drown myself in this on a Saturday night. (474 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear honey color with a frothy head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Nice grapefruit floral tone with some malt in the background

Taste: Starts with a nice caramel malt flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by some grapefruit hops; the finish is well-balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Walking the tightrope between and APA and an IPA, the Harpoon is an extremely well-balanced and drinkable beer (466 characters)

Photo of chicagoish
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice clear, pale copper color. White head fades quick but sticks to the side of the glass.

S - This has it all. The classic sweet floral hops smell you expect from an IPA.

T - The sweet hop bitteness that you want. How can it be sweet and bitter? That's a classic IPA

M - Thin, slick with oily hops.

D - I can drink several over the course of the night. Others who don't like such bitterness won't want as many. (428 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber body with a little under a half an inch of off-white head. Smells great - like citrus and bitter hops, strong but not overpowering, and no off scents or alcohol. Tastes hoppy - bitter, piney, and citrus, ballanced with a good malt backbone. Creamy mouth-feel on the higher side of medium bodied, but not sticky and syrupy as some IPAs can be. At the same time, it's very pleasant and drinkable. This beer is really good. A new favorite! (442 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice light golden color with a low off-white head and good carbonation. Nice, but not overpowering, citrusy hop aroma and flavor with a perfect hop-malt balance. Medium-light bodied and easy drinking.

A very nicely balanced American IPA. This was one of the better bottlings I have tasted but also haven't had this in a bottle in a very long time -- a nice revisit !

Per HB website:
OG: 15.5 P
Color: Copper 15 EBC
ABV 5.9%
IBU’S: 42

Bottled: 'PKG ON 07/24/06' lasered on neck ('6202' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 11/09/06

($7.99 / 6-pack) (560 characters)

Photo of rfabian
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 2 inch head that clings to the glass in clumps. The appearance is light amber and clear. The aroma is mouthwatering with citrus and floral hops. The taste is similar to the aroma with mild to moderate bitterness and a little malt sweetness. Light, smooth feel with light carbonation a clean finish. I tried one of these and immediatly got more. Very drinkable and highly enjoyable, a really excellent example of the style. (458 characters)

Photo of JasonCoop
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance- nice. crystal clear orange/amber. nice little head that fades in a minute or 2. nothing too special, but not bad

smell- i love the smell of this beer. very flowery and nice strong hops aroma.

taste- very nice. a classic IPA taste. hoppy of course, but not too much. pretty nice balance. seems like carbonation is kind of high. nice flowery elements mixing with the hops taste

mouthfeel- nothing special in this aspect, kind of highly carbonated feeling, bubbly, somewhat light. the hops and slightly dry finish give the tongue kind of a cottony feel after a while.

drinkability- easily drinkable. a classic IPA. if you like IPA you could definitely have a nice session. they are light enough to put down a lot and smooth enough to keep your interest.

overall- Harpoon is the kind of beer that isn't anything truly special but will always be around as someone close to boston. i consider it the gateway to IPAs. when u start expanding your taste it is probably a good choice to figure out what IPAs are all about. The old stand-by. (1,057 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Pint glass.

A: Filtered, Deep Golden, with the slightest tinge of orange. 2 finger head that recedes to a 1/2 inch ring of foam.
S: Heavily of pine. Some grapefruit. Not as much floral or orange notes.
T: A hop-forward presence is matched by a bold, roasted malt backbone to create a larger flavor than expected. An assertive flavor that sits remarkably well on the palate. Doesn't leave too much of an aftertaste, and finishes dry.
M: Light to Medium bodied. Pretty crisp throughout.
O: A great staple from the East Coast that can appeal to many people. If a bar had this on tap, I would have it without a second thought. One of my favorite EIPA's. (683 characters)

Photo of FenwaySquid
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, bottling date of October 26 (hey, my brother's birthday) printed on the bottleneck, poured into a tall Harpoon IPA pint glass (kind of a cross between a pint glass and a stange).

Appearance: Poured a deep semi-transparent golden color. Head formed about 1 inch thick and faded very slowly into a film on top of the beer.

Aroma: Floral hops, very enticing.

Taste: Hoppy from the beginning to the end. A faint caramel malt flavor comes through in the middle, but it's definitely in the background. The finish is bitter and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with carbonation in good balance.

Overall: A great IPA, this is one of my favorites. Definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of the style. (727 characters)

Photo of ByTor2112
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma on this was like sniffing a fat bag of Cascade hops-beautifully pungent. A nice head formed but then dissipated quickly with small dots of lace. A nice swirl of the glass brings it back nicely. Harpoon calls this a copper-colored ale but surpisingly I found it much lighter in color. Hops are strong and first on the palate. If you drink it slowly across the palate, sweet flavors are revealed. A vigorous froth in the mouth totally sweetens this IPA and releases all the wonderful malt flavors-Amazing! Hops are steady through to the finish. The belch from this IPA is heavenly as though I am generating essence of Cascade! This IPA has all that i love about them: killer aroma, generous hop flavor and the malt flavors to boot with a killer finish. very drinkable. Cheers! (784 characters)

Photo of shand
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

One of the few widely available IPAs I've yet to have. Let's give this a shot. A very aggressive pour yields a whole hand's worth of very foamy head that leaves nice sheets of lacing on it's (very rapid) way down the glass. The brew itself is a golden color, very clear and with visibly high carbonation. The aroma is very good good, floral hops take center stage, along with some citrus. The taste is also quite good, it's a very refined IPA that comes on with nice citrus aspects paired with clean malts at first, then some of the floral aspects come through along with a bit more of a biscuit-y character from the malts. The finish leaves just a bit of nice oily hops.

The mouthfeel is delicate, just like the brew. That said, I'd like a bit more thickness. The drinkability is very good, this glass didn't last long in front of me at all. Overall, I think this is a great IPA. I like the fact where it was "hop-forward" without punching me in the face with hops. Just a very well made and drinkable beer with just enough of a hoppy bite to satisfy me. Not the extreme "punch you in the face with hops" that many people expect from IPAs, but it's just a delicious beer. (1,229 characters)

Photo of kevman527
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Had a big, foamy white colored head, with good retention and decent lacing. Had a Yellow-Hazy hue.

Smell: Fruity and floral at the same time, the fruit smell was somewhat citrusy, and the hops were definitely pungent. I liked the smell, not too over powering.

Taste: Piney, and hoppy all the was through from front to back. Leaves a bitter aftertaste, but I don't mind this one, it is nice.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, very smooth and it gets even smoother as you drink it.

Drinkability: A very good middle of the road IPA, easy to drink several of them and not burn out your taste buds. (603 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) moves forward with another summer CANned beer from Harpoon. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "In the tradition of IPAs, our highly-hopped, copper-colored ale features a floral aroma and and a crisp, refreshing finish. Cheers! Love Beer. Love Life. Harpoon. Pack it in, pack it out. Please recycle."

I got two-plus fingers' of tawny head from my pour, demonstrating that the rain today is finally killing the oppressive head and humidity of the past week. As the head slowly reduced, a good bit of sticky lacing formed, which was a nice trade-off. The CAN read "copper-colored", but it was a light copper for which I will extend the benefit of the doubt, with NE-quality clarity. No qualms with their mention of "a floral aroma" on the nose, however. Citrusy and definitely hoppy - that's how I like my beer from a CAN! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a great hoppy spiciness on the tongue. What a welcome relief from some of my recent CANs! This both tasted like something and it tasted good, also. The finish was bitter, dry, and refreshing, just the way I like my AIPAs to be. I would definitely put this is my cooler, but it is sadly a limited test run in New England to see about the viability of CANning their beers. I was lucky to get some but I hope that they make it a routine endeavor. (1,313 characters)

Photo of ricchezza
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very lightly carbonated. Dark straw; not quite amber color. Head leaves a nice lacing.

S - A mild yet balenced malt/hop aroma. Once the beer settles a bit the hops really break through.

T- A zesty hoppy brew, but not too much hop. Very nice. Crisp on the palate.

D - What I expect from an IPA. Very drinkable. Good brew. Recommended. (340 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a medium amber, fairly unassuming, with a light orangey cast. A thick, creamy bone colored head adorns the liquid. Incredible lacework, sticking to the glass in a ladder-like fashion.
Aroma is wonderful. Very clean, with a pronounced cascade hoppiness. A sturdy malt background, with some light floral esteriness and a hint of apple.
Flavor is excellent. A solid malt base, with a hint of oak chips. Sweetish up front, with a bit of apple fruitiness and a touch of floral esters, fading into a clean herbal hoppiness. Very light citric bitterness right when the hops kick in. Extremely well balanced, with smooth, mild carbonation. Medium to full bodied. All the flavors are perfect, with excellent transition into each other.
I've had this beer many times, and i never remember it being this good. I never had it on tap, and it's far superior to the bottled version. (882 characters)

Photo of Jp7010
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this sitting in the fridge for quite some time, bought some time last month. Finally decided to crack it open and review it tonight.

Poured light gold into a nonic glass, with about two inches of creamy white head. The aroma was everything I hope for in an IPA. A pungent pine signifies there are cascades in this beer. The taste did not disappoint, a bitter and hoppy brew we have here. Pine notes with citrus undertones confirms, yep, those are cascades! A slight malty tone followed in the aftertaste. The feel was fizzy, with a medium body. This brew is definitely a hop head's dream. I found it hard to keep it in the fridge, while waiting for the right time to want to sit down and review it. Glad it finally happened so I could enjoy this brew. (768 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First introduced to this IPA at Brewery in VT. Sampled many Harpoon beers at tasting, and this is my favorite. Enjoyed this brew for many years.

a: Typical amber color
s: Citrus, and slight hop smell
t: Smooth taste, my favorite IPA
m: Medium body with slight citrus after taste
o: Favorite Eastcoast IPA

Will be visiting Harpoon Brewery in Boston soon. (355 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle found in my fridge after the Superbowl party. Thanks, somebody...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head above the dark golden/light amber brew. Head is pillowy and a bit uneven as it fades slightly, with nice lacing. Aroma is leafy hops, with underpinnings of sweet pale maltiness. Taste is upfront with a shot of hops, giving way to smooth malts, and closes up shop with a revisit of the hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent as well. Nice one from Harpoon. (510 characters)

Photo of LeeMarvin
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Harpoon's take on India Pale Ale because it's an extremely drinkable variation on the style. It's got a crisp, hoppy, flavorful taste that's just heavy enough to entertain your palate yet light enough so it doesn't fill you up after a few.

I like all different styles of beer, and often treat myself to more exotic potions depending on the season, but this IPA is great anytime of the year, regardless of temperature or occassion. (441 characters)

Photo of Botulizard
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A translucent orange with a small head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a fair amount of lacing that remains throughout.

S: Nose is very citrusy. Didn't notice any other strong smells of note.

T: Like a stronger version of the nose. Strong citrus-hop flavor with a lingering citrus aftertaste.

M: Thick and full. Average amount of carbonation. Leaves a great tingling sensation on the tongue.

O: Overall, I found this to be a great beer, I really enjoyed it. I'd recommend it as an excellent introduction to the IPA style as it has what it takes to exemplify satisfactorily what an IPA is, but it is not so hoppy/bitter as to be unpleasant to the inexperienced IPA drinker. (684 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear light amber hue with a two finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thick frothy cap. Stacks of sticky ringed lacing.

A little bit of honey in the background behind some sharp citrusy hops. A little bit of sweet green tea aromas in the background.

The hops add a bitterness along with a little bit of sweetness, along with a touch of grapefruit. The malts are mostly hidden and add a little bit of a bready flavor. Full bodied with good carbonation. The hops linger for a bit after each sip.

This is a very solid and drinkable IPA. A great regular for those in the Boston area. The hops give a good balance of bitterness and flavor. (678 characters)

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.