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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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3,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,627
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 60
Gots: 480 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly pedestrian and not really unique in any way. Sorry Harpoon, but it's just way too bland and one-dimensional. Amber with some bright orange highlights when I hold it up to the light.

I've had APA's with bigger hop profiles in the aroma...and not just Stone or other big beers, but just generic pale ales that seem to be more hoppy.

Does not really have an english ipa profile either, which can sometimes not be as hoppy. It's definitly an american ipa, with american hops. Just doesn't have much to offer.

Biscuity roasty malt and a good soft hop and alcohol presence. Overall a good drinker, and the mouthfeel seems full enough. This ones just not in my top IPA's, by far.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of twelvsies
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is an old staple. Pretty standard for an American IPA, but reliable and damn good. Appears a little bubbly actually, but there's a nice frothy head present that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Smells of citrus and piney hops, typical for an IPA of course. Tastes great to me, just what I would expect from Harpoon. Lots of hop flavor, less malt, and with a little bitter kick towards the end. Smooth mouthfeel, although a little fizzy, but generally impressive. This is a solid beer great for pretty much any occasion, such as watching the Sox game, which I am going to go do now.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a tawny golden color with about an inch of white head that fades relatively rapidly. No real lacing to speak of. Smells ok, a bit of earthy hops and some pale malt, but also some corny sweetness reminiscent of a macro. Taste isn't bad at all, some nice citrus hops with a moderate bitter kick, although the flavors just don't seem to meld that well in this one. Medium to light body, helps when having a session of this one. Not bad, but I could pick at least a dozen IPAs that I'd rather have.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

All in all, a decent IPA. After having tried Pyramid and Lost Coast though, the bar may be a bit too high. The color was a nice copper and there was a moderate hoppy aroma intertwined with some fruit and spice tinges. The first sip is slightly disappointing, as one tends to expect more bang for the buck. As you get to the middle of the bottle, and towards the end of it, this IPA tends to grow on you a bit. Not the best, but not terrible, by far.

Photo of sisuspeed
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 9/15/10

Poured down the center into a pint glass. Clear, crisp looking, light-orange peach body with a big, sticky, white head. Good amount of webbed lacing left behind.

Nose has some, light, sweet grains and a touch of grassy, somewhat peppery hop. Slight bit of lemon citrus. Not bad, but it would be nice to get some more hop aroma out of this.

Flavor combines light hops that become washed away by sweet, somewhat bland, malts. A touch of grapefruit shows its face once in awhile, but otherwise there isn't much going on.

Mouthfeel is malty, yet has some crispness to it. Fairly smooth with ample carbonation. Faint lingering bitterness, mostly washed out by the malts.

Drinkability is good. The ABV is unnoticeable as are the hops to some degree. Maybe this would make for a good starter IPA if someone were new to the style. Not much going on in the aroma or flavor, but it is easy to drink. This beer is pretty common around here, so I'll probably end up drinking it again, but nothing worth seeking out. The Leviathan Imperial IPA on the other hand is definitely worth seeking out. Kind of surprised there is such a large difference between the two.

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of darcange
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of YalovaIA
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of banger7
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Ricochet
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This review will be just like the other good IPA reviews I've made. It's good but not outstanding.

Pours orange as advertised, slight head. Smell was like JWD's Pale ale, hops, malt, average for IPA. Mouth was good, with that bite from the hops and the alcohol making itself known. Taste was , well, a little grapefruit, a lot of hops bitterness, very little alcohol taste, buffered by the bitterness of the hops.

Yeah, I will get this again. It would be nice during football. However there are several other pale ales/ipas that I can also choose that have more notes that I would favor. Beer is good.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.
best before stamp: 03/15/11

pours a clear dull gold/copper color with a finger or so of fizzy while head. so-so retention; bits of lace in patches but nothing to write home about.

nose is definitely on the subdued side (not one of those aromatic IPAs that swarms the oflactory senses); floral hops and some toasted malt characters.

flavor is an improvement. at the risk of showing my bias - this was one of my "gateway" craft brews - you get a nice hop/malt balance with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. not exceptional by most measures but a tasty and enjoyable IPA.

medium-light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. very drinkable.

Photo of HopsMatt
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of JxExM
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of khiasmus
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty golden color with light cream-colored head that settles to a thin layer fairly quickly.

S- Mostly malty and caramelly in aroma, with a hint of hops. Aroma could stand to be a little stronger.

T- Decently rich caramelly malt character up front, with a lightly bitter hop finish. Very well-balanced IPA, and a solid flavor. Not special, but within style and enjoyable.

M- Crisp and light with medium high carbonation and a bit of astringency in the finish.

D- Excellent. one of the most drinkable IPA's I've had.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of supercolter
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at a small restaraunt on Nantucket Island, definately the most average IPA I have tasted.
The hops just weren't what they should be. That's not to say they were non-existant, but they were along the potency of an APA and tasted poor in quality. The flavor overall was good but just not a good depiction at all of the style.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,627 ratings.