Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,554 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,554
Reviews: 1,188
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 54
Gots: 377 | 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:
Harpoon IPA is an interpretation of the classic English style using hops and malt grown in the United States.

42 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000)
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Signature Pint Glass.

Appearance: Small, off-white head, dissipates in about a minute. Shame, because it is rather pleasant. Leaves a lacing on the glass. Nice clear amber color.

Smell: Barely there, slightly grassy.

Taste: Evident hop flavor, but not particularly strong. Kind of grassy flavor overall. Slight sweetness in the aftertaste. Crisp flavor, with ideal carbonation. An enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light for the style. Carbonation is ideal.

Overall: Not a particularly strong IPA. This would be an ideal session IPA given that it doesn't have a particularly high ABV and is pretty easy to knock back. Given that context, I like it a lot.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on draft at a festival. Poured a clear medium orange gold, with a white, one finger high bubbly head. Dissipates fast, medium lacing.
Smell is of flowery hops and some caramel.
The taste was very nice! Fruity hop flavors up front. Bread and malt flavors in the middle, with a nice balanced finish. Nothing special, but truly above average.
A nice drinkable, medium bodied IPA.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with just a hint of red/amber hue. Good frothy white head that leaves nice lacing.
Floral/citric hop nose is pleasant and inviting. A little sweetish malt is also detectable with some effort.
Flavor is great for an IPA/Pale Ale in my opinion. Not because the hops are less prominant, but because they're more rounded and soft. Plenty of hop bitterness, especially lingering long after the finish, yet nothing harsh or ass-puckering. Good malt presence as well and a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.
A very drinkable choice on a hot day. I first tried this beer at a fish joint in Boston this August, when every day was in the 90's with rediculous humidity. It went down real easy; bought it again when I got home and enjoyed it just as much.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of shirfan
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearances can be deceiving; this looks and smells like an IPA, but certainly doesn't taste like one.

Bottled on 02/06/03.

Pours dark and clear golden with a frothy white head and a piney hops aroma.

Taste is poor for the style: starts smooth and a little malty, moves to a lemony, crisp middle, and finishes with a very weak and watery pine-resin hops note. Who dry-hopped the Genny Cream Ale?

This isn't a serious IPA, more like something a macro drinker would try when they want to be adventurous. It could be rescued by a chunkier mouthfeel and more hops; in its current incarnation I won't be revisiting this.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of bboven
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark gold and clear with a one finger head that lasts and leaves lots of lacing.

Piney hop aroma with slight malt sweetness , just enough to keep the right amount of hops in check but still let them dominate.

There is just a little too much base malt that comes through in the flavor to make this one great. If it were a more complex blend of malts, maybe, but if not, let the hop shine more than it is in this flavor profile.

A little thin and pretty highly carbonated for the style.

Smells very good; I'd love to have a candle with this aroma. It's a good beer and widely available. Might appeal to people who like a bit more malt in their IPA. I still drink it from time to time, though, as it's a lower ABV for the style so I can have a few and still enjoy my favorite type of beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass and a bit too chilled in my opinion, it pours a nice crystal clear amber color with a nice frothy tan head. Some slight haze maybe, but solid overall.

Not quite as hoppy on the nose as I would have expected. A bit of caramel malts pop through but some citrus also comes along with it.

Bitter floral hops protrude from the body of this, along with a sweet, but tart grapefruit flavor (maybe a mix of grapefruit and orange peel). As bitter as the hops are, it quickly gives way to the floral and fruit flavors. Some flavor dies toward the end of this one which is a bit disappointing.

Very smooth IPA with a crisp body but smooth delivery. carbonation is managed well, as is the alcohol. NOt the biggest IPA I've ever had either...again, nice but a bit disappointing.

Overall, a nice session brew. This would go nice in a variety case and nice to share or drink a 6-er yourself.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap @ Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, MA.

Orangish color with an average head and a fair amount of carbonation. It smells very good, a little bit fruity. The taste is sharp and the hops are very present in this one. Can still detect some fruity tastes in there. Leaves your mouth a little bit dry, making it a little difficult to keep drinking. Not a bad beer overall.


Edit>>Since trying this beer for the first time about 4 months ago, I have grown a fondness for this beer and consider it - if not the best - one of my favorite IPA's. Available almost anywhere on-tap in the Boston area, I usually find myself drinking one of these at some point throughout the night. Excellent beer that I have most certainly grown to love.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: clear, golden, carby with finger of head that fades slowly to a lacy ring at the edges.

S: bananas (exactly like the Tropicana tropical fruit juice blend with strawberries and banana), yeast esters, a slight sour vomit in the background (gross but true), an irritating lack of hops considering the style.

T: tastes like more of a bitter lager than an IPA; almost exactly like the same as the Harpoon 100 series Potts lager. More of the fruity notes from the nose, bananas, finish is bitter and toasty.

M: light bodied, sharp and clean with good carbonation.

D: meh. This used to be one of my favorite beers in college but I guess I've grown out of it. It's not that it's a horrible beer, it's fairly drinkable, but it's a horrible IPA. If you go in with the expectation of an American IPA (or any other type), you may be sorely disappointed.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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