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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
80
good

3,425 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 3,425
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 49
Gots: 291 | 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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Ratings: 3,425 | Reviews: 1,173 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

blbarnett3, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

mjstacker, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of thekanna
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in College Park, MD.

A: Relatively clear gold with about 1 finger of head.

S: Some subdued hops and citrus. Definitely can smell a little orange in there, maybe lemon.

T/M: Some sweet malts, citrus, and hops. Hops definitely take a backseat to the slightly watery smoothness of the beer though, and it all seems a bit subdued for an IPA.

D: Very drinkable, but hops are too low-key for it to be an IPA.

thekanna, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB 05/15/09. The label has a small banner on it stating "Est. 1986" between the words, "Love Beer" and "Love Life" and since 1986 is the year I first became a father, I am instantly endeared to this brew. It's a clear copper-gold with a shallow off white head and large bubbles that form a ring around the perimeter of the glass. Although there was a bit of spritz on the pour, it faded quickly leaving slow but persistent carbonation and minor lacing. During the entire tasting, a little swirl would quickly regenerate a head.

I found the nose to be light and peachy. The taste initially was less hoppy than I expected with mild bitterness and a malty finish. I'm not quite sure what it might be about this blend of hops and malt but I found the finish to be rather abrupt - I call it "clunky": it's a sudden dropping off of flavour and the substitution of a malty earthiness of sorts in the finish that lingers. This is not necessarily a bad thing, it's just a characteristic that I find in some brews from time to time. The body in this case is thin, not unlike a pale ale, although with more substance. With warming, there are more floral notes and a more bitter edge to balance the malt presence. Distinctive taste, interesting profile, not bad at all although restrained when compared to some IPA's these days.

ThatWineGuy, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of Casey10
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not that bad really though average as far as IPA gos.

A - Clear see through beer small lacing once poured.

S - light faint notes of spice.

t - not overpowering at all basic

M - light wispy feel

D - good as in, well wouln't search for it but if someone gave it to me I would drink it

Casey10, Sep 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

4Socialanxiety, May 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Azpittil57, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Cheers the Bar of all places. (I was a tourist, I know.) This beer had a minimal head, but it had a nice color and a good aroma.

The big plus of the beer is its really good malt profile. This made this an exceptional beer. I've purposely not read the other reviews, and I assume most will say not enough hops. This is hoppy. But definitely could use more hops as an IPA. Very good though. You can find this all around town, which is a nice thing to say about Boston.

GeoffFromSJ, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass. I've had this beer many times and was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it.

Moderate pour gives a full 2 fingers of foam that threatens to overflow the glass. Settles to 1 finger and leaves much chunky lacing on the glass. Deep straw yellow brew, perfectly clear.

Big piney hops apparent on the nose. Also lemon, fresh cut grass, dish soap, a hint of PEZ candy, and a robust malty presence. It smells viscous, like complex sugars, but not sweet per se.

Taste is a well-rounded and harmonious blend of everything in the nose. No surprises. Dry pine/lemon/grassy hop finish. It has appropriate hoppiness for an IPA, but hopheads used to guzzling DIPAs and Imperial IPAs might not find what they're looking for here.

Drinkability is huge. It feels good in the mouth and feels good going down, begs to be swallowed. Hard to stop, pick it apart, and analyze it. Great beer, something I can drink regularly and not grow tired of. Dependable and solid all around, a staple for summertime.

BeerNinja007, Jun 07, 2009
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

jpd026, Dec 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

NHbeerfishing, Dec 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

KevChiTown, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

obrike, May 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

banger7, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Atlas1
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice peachy-apricot golden color with a respectable head (which lasted about 2.5 minutes before noticeably subsiding). Pleasant enough aroma and taste, but neither were overwhelming (in good or bad ways). Hoppy, but indistinguishable as far as IPAs go. A crisp, refreshing choice for a hot summer day, but not a hop-head's dream come true. Still, there are less exciting IPAs out there, and you could do worse than Harpoon's staple.

Atlas1, Apr 23, 2006
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

hpthebull, Feb 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

JasonTaverner, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Shafaegalo, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

Jacobob10, Mar 21, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

nyyfanatic213, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Murph
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright golden color with a thick, bubbly, white head. Smell is all hops and hop oil. Some slight citrus and very floral qualities. Floral hops explode onto the tongue but are then followed by some nice balancing malt. Brew gets maltier as it warms. Crisp and dry mouthfeel and extremely drinkable. This is definitely one of my major fallback brews when I am home in MA. Recently it has become very easy to get down here in VA, no complaints from me. One of my all time favorite session brews.

Murph, May 26, 2002
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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing like relaxing on a Saturday afternoon when all the errands are done and having a beer. Had this at the NEBF and a bar in Boston that weekend. Finally saw it at a local liquor store.

12 ounce bottle poured into a British Imperial pint glass.

A - A very nice look for the style. About a shade between copper and golden, with a nice foamy white head that sticks to the glass.

S - A very nice citric hop smell on the initial whiff. The bitterness takes the forefront here but doesn't completely dominate. A tiny bit of sweet malty flavor lingers under the hops.

T - The hops are the leader on the taste as well. A nice bitterness comes through the mouth with the malts making a little appearance but "staying in there place". Dry on the finish with the tiniest bit of hop bitterness/citrus flavor lingering.

M - Feels good throughout the whole drink. A fairly thin consistency but nice nonetheless.

D - Very good. A sessionable IPA because it doesn't overpower the senses. It still has enough flavor to be enjoyed on it's own or with a meal.

EStreet20, Jan 07, 2006
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3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours 14k gold with good clarity. Creamy white head of one and a half fingers shows good retention and decent spotty lacing. Slight apple ester in the nose with some mild chinook and cascade aromas. Flash of sweet toasted malt upfront, followed by a blast of grassy american hop flavor and mild grapefruit rind taste, which then dissipates to a solid bitterness. A pinch of high-Alpha acid hop flavor in the aftertaste, but mostly just a bland, dry bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body- this seems too crisp and light for the style with an unbalanced bitterness and lack of hop flavor and aroma. Finishes bitter but clean. While this very drinkable and devoid of any significant flaw, it's also kind of boring.

PBRstreetgang, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a great golden straw color with a thin white head a great lacing. Aroma was of citrusy hops. The taste was great. Hops abound and a nice sweetness to it along with great citrus notes. Mouthfeel was a medium body with medium high carbonation. Overall a damn good IPA! Wish we could get this on a regualr basis here in LA.

Beerbuddha, Feb 06, 2008
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 3,425 ratings.