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Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

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Reviews: 1,227 | Ratings: 3,969
Photo of Pegasus
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a large white head and no carbonation, but excellent lacing.

Aroma; Deep and pronounced hop aroma, little else. The hops predominantly lend a pine tar note, with lesser grapefruit.

Taste: Very smooth fromthe opening of the taste, throughout there is an emphasis on hops, which overpower the malts beneath.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, anf full, quite soft on the palette, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Although it is not one of my favored styles, this is a very good IPA, certainly worth a try. Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Suprising find at my local beer store. About a cross between a Sam Adams and a really good IPA. The smell is there, nice appearance and lacing. It seems like a good IPA spiked with water. Bitter enough for the style, but just too thin. You could blast through a few of these with no problem. Maybe a good gateway IPA, but I'm way beyond the gateway at this point. Followed by a Titan and an Indiga, both of which really blew it away.

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Photo of Tang07
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


I started seeing this beer more and more. I've been buying it when it is on sale and lately I've been seeing (and drinking) it at a lot of bars in the Triangle area.

It pours a nice orange/gold color with a pretty good head that lasts about 3/4 of the way down the glass.

The smell is a nice hoppy citrus.

The taste is a strong, but not overpowering hop, with a lasting bite and a hint of orange.

The mouthfeel is very nice. The brew has nice body to it.

I've been drinking a lot of these lately because, well it's very drinkable and I guess they are just getting it out there and it has been on special at the last few bars I've been to.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Pleasant spicy, citrusy hop aroma but I was expecting more from an IPA. Taste is a bit of a letdown also, hops do not dominate as they should in an IPA. A decent, easy drinking beer, but there are better choices out there.

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Photo of uncleozzy
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber brew served with a short, white head that stuck all over the glass for ages. Smelled of citrus and pine with a little bit of malt hiding in the background. The moderate carbonation complemented the significant, but not overpowering, citric hoppiness, which was balanced by a not-insignificant malt sweetness. While the hops were a big part of the flavor, I didn't find that they were significantly bitter, which makes this beer very easy to drink, although the 5.9%abv limits this a bit. The overall impression is smooth and crisp. A short, dry finish rounds off a solid American IPA that is a go-to in Boston-area bars.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 01/04/05
Aroma: All about the hops, as it should be. I got floral, citric and pine notes in very fresh smelling hops, a sharp quality about the aroma as well. The sweet base underneath was also present. Very inviting.
Appearance: Extremely clear yellow glass with a nice multi-bubbled white head that left a little lace.
Flavor: While the hop flavor was very crisp, I really didn’t perceive a lot of IBUs. Guessing there are more hops later in the boil than earlier. The bittering hops did start to show deep in the glass, but always supported by the firm malt base. Maybe I’ve done too many DIPAs, but I found the hops somewhat restrained. Still, a great taste and very refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean finish
Overall Impression: A refreshing IPA with low bittering flavors. If it were a tad more local I could see making it a regular beer. Drinkability really helps the score.

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Photo of FirstMan
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A golden amber color, with a thin, lacy head with incomplete coverage of the top of the beer.

The nice floral hop character in the nose. Some sweet notes of caramel are there as well.

The taste is a let-down, unfortunately. Not much complexity at the beginning before a strong lingering hop bitterness sets in. I keep swishing it around my mouth and hoping something will arise.

Generally this IPA is pretty average and, frankly, a little boring.

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Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This AIPA pours dark golden amber, with a slight haze. non descript white head, and just a smattering of lacing. laid back grainy hops in the nose. Can't say I'm overwhelmed by this IPA, hop crunch is quite subdued. Sort of a mushy feel to the center and body of this brew. Finish is equally mundane. C'mon Harpoon , I feel like this one has been sliding downwards the past few years, not the punchy and flavorful IPA I remember.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz with no dates.

Golden orange with good carbonation. This one sports a 1"+ head of white that clings to the glass leaving nice lacing.

Smells of earthy hops, more citric than floral. There's a slight touch of malt underneath.

The taste is (as expected) very hoppy with the citric notes carrying through. Nice clean, dry finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel. Great drinkability as this one isn't hop overkill like so many others from this style.

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Photo of ski271
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber with a small, off-white, creamy, mostly-diminishing head and some streaky lacing.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops aromas are moderate to big, a little piney and slightly buttery

Taste: Nice strong citrusy hops with just enough of a presence to balance it out a bit while still staying out of the spotlight. Finish is medium-length, crisp and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and easy-drinking beer. It’s not as bold as I would expect an Am. IPA to be, but it good enough to make me really wish I had more than one bottle.

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Photo of LeeMarvin
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of Luigi
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color. Has a good sized white head that sticks nicely to the glass. Smells hoppy, some fruit and earthy aroma. Taste hoppy up front. Very fuity, balanced with a biscuit powdery malt. Medium mouthfeel with a semi-dry hoppy finish. I have always enjoyed this beer, never dissapoints.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz., bottled on 12/23/04, served chilled in a pint glass. Pours an amber/orange color with an off-white 1 finger head that reduces to a thin blanket and leaves a few rings. Smell is of sweet malts with grapefruit/floral/spicy hops. Fairly smooth with more sweet malts on the palate than I usually find in IPAs, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The grapefruit/floral hops complement this and leave a decent bitterness. Well balanced, but I think it could still use an extra shot of hops.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently had on tap at Pizzeria Uno's served in their 22oz. glass. A dark deep yellow with about a one finger head that lasted most of the sample but yeilded little to no lacing.

Smell was very flowery and citrusy up front. A strong hop presence as well.

Taste was similair to what would be expected from the smell. Citrus up front backed up by midly bitter hop flavor. Well balanced so the hop bitterness didn't over power the other flavors.

Moderate on the palate with only slight carbonation. Very smooth and an easy finish to the beer.

Very easy to drink and a nice alternative to the other stagnant beers this establishment tends to throw your way. I can easily have a few of these at one sitting and not get tired of them. A solid, all around, fairly average but enjoyable IPA, IMO.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clean dark yellow beer. Has a big bright white foamy head and some good lace. The aroma has a sweet citrusy, sharp hop character with a hint of malt in the background. The taste starts with a sweet citrusy tease followed by a blast of hops bitterness and has a nice refreshing clean hop finish.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll start off by saying that IPA's aren't generally my cup o' tea. However, I really liked this one! Never at any point did I feel it was a chore to toss this one back. I like.

Poured out an almost standard golden, with a thin wispy head to match that laced nicely through the whole pint and retained a thin presence throughout. Smell is hoppy and a bit citrusy, a faint maltiness even. Taste was very nice, first note being a nice hop hit, not overhwhelming like I feel most IPAs are, more balanced. The middle is dominated by a battle between the hops and the fruity tones and malt. Toward the end is a very tasty bread/biscuit like tone, something rather unexpected but I really liked that, that was what put this one over the top in my book.

Very nice.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer flows forth displaying an amber hue with no readily apparent tid bits of luscious ingredients tossing about in the mixture. Pretty clean. Head is fair. It seems to hold up alright and dissipates into a fair manifestation of lace. Looks alright.

Not overly pungent. Smell has floral hops and crystal malt providing a lightly toasted citrus fruit ambiance. Shiskabobbed lemon and orange. Nice.

The taste profile is fairly mellow. Mildly citric and modestly bitter without any intention of crossing over into bold territory. It is completely unoffensive and quite drinkable, but lacks the full character that this style can display. A little uninspiring in terms of the style.

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Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For someone who is not the biggest fan of American IPAs, I absolutely loved this one. Persoanlly, Harpoon IPA or the Cottonwood Endo are the best of its style I've tried so far. Poured a nice amber colored hue that filled the glass with much carbonation and head rentention. Sparkled in the mouth and the hops was not overbearing. Will definitely try this again.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy golden/orange has a two finger head with fair retention and some ok lacing. The aroma was of floral hops and caramel malt. The taste was of pale malt with a grassy hop finish. This beer is medium bodied with average carbonation and is very drinkable.

Reflection: Not as hoppy as I like my IPA's but as a pale ale this would be great. With the good flavor and nothing over the top this would make a great session beer.

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Photo of travolta
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Light frothy head with minimal retention. Lacing was nice. Golden apricot in color.

Nose: Slightly herbal, leafy, and fruity.

Taste: Leafy, lightly bitter. I don't really get anything else. Maybe some hops.

Notes: Well balanced and not over the top. I like the fact that this beer is not west coast, over-hopped, craziness.

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Photo of LarryV
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish amber color with a moderate head that fades quickly. I don't know what they use for a yeast in this beer, but it has a strong Ringwood flavor to me. Hints of butterscotch. For an IPA, it's rather lacking in hoppiness. The hops get lost in the maltiness of this beer. An okay beer that I could drink 1 or 2 of in an evening but that would be it. Tastes more like an English pale ale to me than an IPA.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one poured a light clear orangish-yellow in color with a short but retentive head that left some pretty good lacing.

Smell – The light, leafy hops were mixed with grapefruit and a super-light malty base. I couldn’t really pick up a whole lot from this nose.

Taste – The hop flavors here were very singular in nature. They are very leafy and herbal and sorely one-dimensional. There was a little faint grain mixed in with everything but no finish to this beer.

Mouthfeel – I enjoyed the nice, bitter mouthfeel of this light to medium-bodied IPA but thought it was lacking in complexity.

Drinkability – It would be hard to keep drinking this all night. Although I live out West I can still appreciate a good East Coast IPA, but this just isn’t it.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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