Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3,754 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,754
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 69
Gots: 622 | 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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Ratings: 3,754 | Reviews: 1,235
Photo of chefnash51
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden light copper. Minimal head with little retention. Carbonation looks a bit non existent

S - Nothing over whelming or pungent. Some floral notes make their way up to my noise.

T - This happens every time I have this beer. the first couple sips are pretty much let downs. Then about half way through the beer I really start to pick up on the floral citrus hop that I love in this beer. Nowhere near a hop bomb. But, tasty all the same.

M - Carbonization could be kicked up a little bit more. Otherwise the body was pretty spot on for this refreshing IPA.

D - I put this one pretty high on drink ability. Good IPA to showcase to folks who are getting into craft beer. It shouldn't scare anyone away.

One of my fail safe beers when I go out and all they have is BMC.

Photo of Smixam
4.27/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, a nice medium copper; medium (two-finger), foamy head. Splotchy but persistent lacing and an overall nice appearance. The scent of this beer is great if you're an IPA fan; very floral and full of hoppy aroma, it's one of the best for a medium to large scale IPA like this.

First taste is all about the hops, nice for this style, so many offerings are too weak in this regard. After the initial onslaught of hops, the taste is very smooth and crisp; this will be an excellent summer-night brew. Aftertaste is minimal and pleasant, floral feel left on the pallet that just begs you to have more. Instantly became one of my favorites.

Photo of chrisrhoppe
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Depressing head formation with a clear light amber hue of a body. Lightly piney, citrus nose carried by more of a grain scent. The taste is balanced but weak, the light hop bitterness coats the tongue as the malt washes over hardly leaving a trace or influence. Maybe I’ve been spoiled but I expect a bit more out of my IPAs, at least the leviathan is incredible.

Photo of Diggitydustin
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to mug. It was a pretty golden color, head stuck around basically til the last drop. Smell was decent. The taste was a typical IPA, which isn't a bad thing, there was just nothing really to differentiate it from others. The price is pretty good compared to other IPAs I've had that tasted relative. Not the best beer I've ever drank but I did enjoy it. No complaints here.

Photo of Jp7010
4.37/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of watkins
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper-orange into pint glass with tight one-finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Hoppy with grapefruit-citrus, slightly yeasty.

T: Hop from start with a some sweetness detected in the middle, finishing sort of metallic, with lightly bitter, lightly fruity hops.

M: Sort of wartery, lightly carbonated and not too thick for an IPA, slightly underwhelming.

D: Definitely a summer cookout or boat beer to throw back with grilled food. Better than Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale by far.

Photo of Reiksguard
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rated from a 12 oz bottle with an expiration date on the side, poured into a pint glass. As a note, I am a big Harpoon fan, but I have never really fallen for the whole IPA craze, so my slight aversion to the style might be coming through.

A: Pours fairly light with a nice golden color. Limited white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Hoppy aroma with a citrus nose. Pleasant.

T/M: There is a sweetness and citrus bite on the front end and the characteristic IPA bitterness on the backside. Reminds a little of grapefruit. Finishes dry and clean with a residual bitterness. Beer feels a little thin.

O: Overall, I might order another pint at the bar, but only if it was one of the few craftbrews on tap. However, as an IPA, I was plesantly happy - I didn't walk away with a crippled pallet from the bitterness that I have with other IPAs and IIPAs.

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

This was a solid IPA.
A: the appearance was as expected from an ipa
S: Nice nose. Nothing spectacular but good.
T: Again a solid ipa taste, with no real problems or nothing I would say makes this an expectional ipa
M: Good. Good carbonation and mouthfeel.
O: this is a good ipa. not great. good. i would expect it to have a bit more alcohol to keep up with the current crop of ipas on the market.

Photo of barnabasdog
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- rich light golden color with white creamy head about 1 and half fingers, minimal head retention, decent visibility.

S- lots of florals with a hint of citrus.

T- floral hops but not too bitter on the front end, piney, sweet malts, with a slight bread aftertaste.

M- medium body, light carbonation, smooth creamy feel and thickness.

O- solid IPA on the lighter side.

Photo of ghebb
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ harpoon brewery.

Pours a very dark yellow / oragney color. Some faint citrusy, grassy hops in the nose, but not dominant like you would expect from an american IPA. Flavor is a nice mix of bready and citrusy flavors, (well balanced between the malt and hops), with a faint touch of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is average (maybe a bit overcarbonated), and finishes quite smooth, overall a pleasnt drinking experience.

Definetely not a hop-bomb like many modern IPA's, but if consider it more as an APA, you will not be dissapointed.

Photo of nastley3
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great ipa. This beer has a copper color, does not have a very strong smell, average head, but delivers on taste. Has a very nice balance to it, the perfect amount of hops. It is extremely drinkable, it would be very easy to drink this beer frequently. Has a refreshing finish.

Photo of Ilovesuds
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy, sticky head of foam. Pleasing citrus nose. Taste is grapefuit, pine combined with earthy notes. Terrific balance with this beer. Great sudsy mouthfeel. Always has been my "go to" beer of choice. It never disappoints.

Photo of calicaliente
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a big foamy white head and good retention. Decent lacing as well. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with a bit of caramel malts in the back. Citrus hops up front; slightly juicy. Astringent tartness followed by rough wheat and corn husks. Medium bodied. Pretty average IPA, but drinkability is Ok.

Photo of AlHam
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and clear.

Smells very hopsy, as an IPA should. The malt comes through as well, with some slightly woodsy scents.

Tastes hopsy and slightly bitter. The alcohol comes through very clearly, adding to the bitterness of the strong hops in the IPA.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, and almost overpowered by the alcohol.

Drinkable, but the taste and mouthfeel are poor for a Harpoon.

Photo of hermesch
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly golden yellow with active carbonation. Small head that doesn’t stick around with moderate lacing.

Smell: Hops are immediately evident, with a faint promise of citrus undertones.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp and bitter start that is followed up by a moderate hop punch and finishes nicely. The citrus notes in the bouquet are not nearly as evident in the taste, but the hop component is just right for an American IPA, so that’s enough. Notes of pine and biscuit malt hang around just at the very end and make for a fine finish.

Drinkability: This is a damn good beer and you can drink a lot of them. Perfect for just about any gathering. Recommend popping a few open with some pungent cheeses for a lunchtime treat!

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

I was lucky enough to try this on tap at Buckowski's while in town for the Stammtisch festival. It poured a burnt, golden colour. Not a whole lot of carbonation to be had. The tiny head left its mark down the glass as it was devoured. Understated floral scents on the nose. The initial port like sweetness mellowed as the hops gently let themselves be known. I feel this ale more closely resembles a British IPA than a typical american IPA. Not spectacular, but very drinkable. Yummy.

Photo of BottleOfPills
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My serving type was a bottle poured into a Pilsner Flute.

My appearance was a quick forming one half inch head that quickly diminished. (I can relate to that). But a constant flow of carbonation was can be seen in the darkened amber fluid. I would say the color reminds me of a cherry stain or something lighter. (3.5)

Smell - if you've followed my other reviews, well you know that the smell of burnt hops is not something I write home to mom about, but this beer isn't over powering and in my opinion is quite light in hoppiness odor. (3.5)

However that "quite light in hoppiness" would not describe the taste as the hops come through in spades! Not over powering to me. I don't taste many of the florals that others have described, but that's typically not the way I describe things anyway. The taste is strong, but not over powering by any stretch. I could enjoy this with a steak. (3.5)

Now this beer is crisp in the mouth, and you know that makes a high score for me. 4.. I like. It tingles and cracks, and goes down easy.

Overall I got to go with 3.5 - it's better than I expected, and will buy again, maybe I'll aquire a more filling taste for it, maybe I haven't paired it with a great food. Not sure, but it is a good beer and I will definitly have again.

Photo of Phillip13
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer but there are so many better IPA'S out there to drink.

Photo of joeyels
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper orange color, thin white head that fades quickly. Tiny bubbles of carbonation well after beer is poured. Light smell of floral hops on the nose. Taste is of light hops a bit perfumey with a slightly sweetened aftertaste. Very light and easy drinking. IMO, a basic run of the mill IPA, very average.

Photo of Samichlaus
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz. into pint glass

A: Pours a clear gold with a bubbly, tall, off-white head. Head dissipates but leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Mild grapefruity hops. Grainy malt character. Dull sweetness that intensifies as it warms. Mild smell altogether.

T: Grapefruit and grass. Bready malt. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

D: Top notch drinkability.

Never my first choice but a good go-to IPA. I like a little more body and bitterness than this has to offer but the drinkability is awesome and it's never let me down.

Photo of applky
1.94/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm so sorry, but I don't see what everyone else does in this beer. To me, this beer is absurdly over-hopped, so much so that at all temperatures it smells like rotting vegetation and tastes like a pale ale with with alpha acids added from an eyedropper. The malt flavor is too aggressive and tastes over-toasted. I love IPAs with malt flavor, but only if it works to balance the hop flavor. In this case, both flavors are too aggressive. Come on, Harpoon. Your Dark Munich Ale is so good! Everything else you make is so good! Maybe (with more care) this beer as a double IPA would work well? Although this doesn't bear that much resemblance to their Leviathan. Still, in all departments I find it profoundly below average, except maybe appearance and mouthfeel, which are standard (gold with a tinge of brown and not too oily, respectively). This is just one of those beers I can't get into.

Photo of casemw
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing this one as I drink it...

A-Pours a clear golden color with 1" bubbly head that fades to 1/4 inch. Leaves some lacing.

S-Citrus hops and not a whole lot else, a little bit eartly somewhere in the middle. Also a little bit of alcohol at the end.

T-Pretty mild when it comes to hops. Full of citrus/grapefruit, but not overly hoppy. Somewhat sweet aftertaste.

M-On second thought, more hops than I initially thought. Fair amount of carbonation.

D-Decent body. Wouldn't drink more than two of these probably. Overall a nice IPA, but in a country full of them I'd gravitate elsewhere.

Photo of LBBeer
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a chilled pint glass at the Marriott in Quincy, MA.

A--Straw color with a slightly orange hue. Ivory head.

S--Surprising dose of hops in the nose. Being West Coast based, I have heard many people bash Harpoon IPA for a general lack of character, but the aroma definitely started things off well.

T--Great bittering hop profile that you don't see enough of on the west coast. Just enough hops, not a palate wrecker.

M--This is a sessionable IPA, with enough malt to balance the bitternes, but not so much that it gets big and heavy.

O--Having not had Harpoon IPA in several years, my expectations were low, but I definitely prefer it over Dogfish 60.


Photo of sogrady
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short of Dogfish 60, this is one of the better mass market IPAs you'll find. It's clean drinking, medium body and has a bit more octane than some of the other beers in this class at almost 6%. The taste is basic but pleasant, mild to moderate hop present up front balanced by a hint of bitterness after.

Overall it's a good, solid IPA, particularly now that it's available in cans.

It loses points for drinkability, however, because it has a deserved reputation for being much harder on you the next morning than comparable offerings. Whether it's the presence of the sugars or some other factor, I know more than a few people who steer clear for fear of the aftermath.

For a beer or two, it won't kill you.

Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden color, with nice white head and good decent amount of lacing.

S: Floral hops and a hint of malt. Unassertive and light.

T: Some hops coupled with barly and malt. Good choice on hot summer days, but nevertheless, unassertive and not that memorable.

M: Almost too little action there. Mild carbonation and light-bodied.

O: For an IPA this one is suprisingly light-bodied and not very memorable. Goes down easy, but then again so do the less expensive budlights of this world.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,754 ratings.