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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,590
Reviews: 1,195
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 57
Gots: 422 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer for long sessions. Very yellow in color compared to most IPAs. Aroma is big on the floral and citrus character, my guess is from a healthy dry-hopping. Taste is kind of like budweiser with a ton of cascades added to it. (I mean that in a good way) It tastes well-made with a beatiful balance to it that fades evenly. The only real malt character to speak of is a little breadiness and graininess. The feel is a little thin and fizzy. I felt like I could have drank about ten of these in a row. Pleasing in flavor yet light and drinkable. I have had this beer on tap and it is not nearly as good as the bottled version. I was pleasantly surprised, and it just may become a regular bottled beer for me.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stein glass.

A: A very nice and deep golden color. Thin head, with short retention.

S: Not much on the aroma, short bit of hops, mostly earthy. Not what I was expecting from an IPA more like an APA. Very malty aroma.

T: A nice bold malt start brings out very nice flavors. The earthy hop finish is much better on the taste than aroma had me to believe.

M: A creamy malt mouthfeel, not typical of an IPA that would have bold hop bitterness, but good none the less.

D: Great, A very nice session IPA. This one I had more than three and still was enjoying the taste a characters. Good ale.

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3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have very often had this on tap in the past as the best option available at chain restaurants (Legal Seafoods, Cheesecake, McCormicks) and decided while I was picking up 4 Leviathans, I would grap a 6 of these bottles to sit down and think through.

Notes from 2/19. 12oz bottle poured into Sam Adams uber glass.
Bottle Graphics: 3/10.

A: Golden to orange body with a hazy wheaty look for an IPA. Rocky mountain head with spelunking like caves. The color is made up for by the head and fluffy lacing that sticks like marshmallow fluff.

S: Ahh, the lovely scent of Cascade hops. Not an intense smell of some IPAs but robust enough. The sweetness was not apparent in the nose. The smell is the shining moment of this beer.

T: There are clearly hops in the flavor but it doesn't round out to where it needs to be. It seems like it is about three notes away from being a very good IPA, like Smutty Finest Kind but the areas it lacks just leaves it several notches lower. The hops from the aroma don't carry over to the bite or chew which is unfortunate. When cold, no real malt flavors but some biscuit as it warmed down. Closer to a pale and an india pale. Need double simcoe, stat.

M: Maybe training wheels for someone curious about what a hop can bring to a beer because in the texture, there is no oil or bitterness that leaves you yearning for more.

D: Almost to a level of predictability when I get this as the best tap option, the spicy food I like usually dominates and overpowers this beer. Hell, the soy chips and cinnamon sugar pretzels I am chowing on now are not a palate cleanser, they are defeating the heart of this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Andrew041180
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light amber/copper with 1 finger of head the reduces to a film, but never quite vanishes. Slight trace of lace on the glass.

S - I shoved my nose deep into the pint glass and smelled... nothing.

T - Unusual flavors for an IPA. Must be malt heavy, as it seems almost sweet to me, with a little bit of a bittery hop finish. The finish isn't half bad. No distinct flavors that I could point to. Tastes like a Harpoon. The beer. Not the whaling implement.

M - Thinner than I would like, but not too bad. A little above average.

O - For me this is one of those beers that I would order at a Boston sports bar when there are few better alternatives. And this does happen.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.84/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
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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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Jacobob10
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of shirfan
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
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%

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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