Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,750 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,750
Reviews: 1,233
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 69
Gots: 618 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,750 | Reviews: 1,233
Photo of Kale99
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beer is very nice. smooth

Photo of Altrurian
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pleasant, deep amber color. Two-finger head of tight, white foam thins out after a few minutes, leaving some remnants on the glass. The beer's aroma is sweet--reminiscent of honeysuckles. I must describe the taste and feel as insipid, but only because of my high esteem for some of this brewer's other products. A good, drinkable beer, but not an eyebrow raiser.

Photo of Corca_Laoidhe
4.49/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

good, reliable ale is my main go-to

Photo of Jetlag767
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of the bottle. I remember it better, but that was draft at the brewery.

Photo of Hammertimeee1
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely like this IPA. On the light side but is very drinkable and perfect out of a Kraft. Well done!!

Photo of hurricanes56dan
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Copper color along with floral hops and an amazing balance of hops and grains with the full body make this a very good ipa.

Photo of Antc2382
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced malt and hops

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really drinkable, tasty, on the lighter side IPA

Photo of greenengineer
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good solid IPA. I love that it is local, always a good pint.
Color is a nice shade of blonde. Head sticks around with good lacing. Not a hop bomb, but enough to remind you it's an IPA. In addition to the bitterness, a decent malt backbone. Not chewy, but a good tingle on the tongue from the carbonation.

Photo of nmoreilly
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

in the context of a "traditional" English IPA Harpoon nails it. I'm shocked it is not - on average - rated much higher. This is a well balanced IPA with no pronounced malt "backbone" as it were. Malts, floral and fruit are all well combined with what might possibly be one of the best East Coast masterpiece interpretations of the style; other than the ABV being a little high for an English, this one is killer

Photo of CIBoy10
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. I really like the hoppy flavors in this compared to others.

Photo of Gajo74
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw yellow to light golden color. Little head but a tiny ring of lace retains throughout. Overall, nothing too special about the look of this brew.
A citric hop aroma hits your nose immediately. As the drink warms I detect hints of sweet malts and fruity esters . This combination kind of reminds me of strawberries dipped in chocolate.
The hops are most persistent in the taste. This is balanced by a malty and bready flavor that keeps the hops bitterness in check. Also there is a nice smooth and fruity finish that balances the flavored.
Good feel. Crisp, refreshing and lighter than some of the more heavy duty IPAs I've had. Overall, I enjoyed this one and will have again.

Photo of BeckySherman
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Good taste and don't normally like IPAs

Photo of woodchipper
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look= light amber, small head
Smell= off flavor detected
Taste= Sour cardboardy malt, but not overpowering
Feel= Slight carbonation, could be more

Photo of Bitzer2
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs ever

Photo of Rachus
4.71/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Real good. Probably my favorite APA so far. At least best balanced in my opinion; hops to malt.

Photo of F_B_E
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think Harpoon IPA is a good introductory IPA for those who are interested in broadening their beer horizons but feel that most IPAs are too hoppy.

Here in Florida, Harpoon is often on special at Publix for 7.99, a good price if you just want a simple 6 pack of a decent IPA.

Photo of InkedinRi
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a really good session ipa! Looks good in the glass.. Mild taste but well made. Good beer to get your buddy into IPAs

Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Why did I drink this? I don't even like IPAs :(

Photo of NHPC
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Always a good go to. not as complex as i like, but nothing wrong at all and a good flavor.

Photo of Burnthedevice
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My go-to IPA. Wonderfully fresh, floral aroma. Different from most IPAs I have tasted. Continues to remain interesting, even after several years of drinking it.

Photo of Yanaguana
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Best example of an Eastcoast IPA. Understated hops taste, great smooth, finish.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - A watery poor that does not hold it's head beyond a very thin line up bubble on the edge of the glass; this beer had the color of apple juice and absent the thin head, you would never know the difference on first glance

S - Subtle, but indistinct aromas, nothing dominate

T - It has the hop bite, but it's far less bitter than most IPAs, no dominate flavor

F - Has a carbonated feel despite no appearance

O - For me, just okay

Disclaimer: I'm not a big fan of the IPA, but my curiosity keeps me tasting. I try to temper my preconceptions when evaluating.

Photo of Akravatz
2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Ehhhhh

Photo of ChadwickHines
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Top notch IPA and a favorite of mine.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,750 ratings.