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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,326 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 3,326
Reviews: 1,168
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 42
Gots: 247 | 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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

sneth019, Feb 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GreyGhost4, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

ACB, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of necoadam
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%

This one disappointed me.

Poured out a golden amber with a decent head that went to lacing after a while.

Smell consisted of hops, but not as strong as I would of liked them to be. Floral and citrus hops for the most part, with some earth tones and a slight whiff of yeast hangs around in the background.

Taste was..light. Hops? Only found a little bit of them. Malts kick in slightly with some citrus tones, but again, quite light.

Mouthfeel was too creamy and smooth for an IPA.

IPA? I know more APA's with more hops than this beer. Unless they want to appeal to the macro drinkers, I would consider this a light IPA. Goodness, go grab a HopDevil and see how it's done correctly.

necoadam, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of Jacobob10
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%

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
Photo of Mortarforker
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Mortarforker, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of blakesell
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a half finger of nearly absent head. Disappointing to say the least. Lacing is glued to the sides of the glass which is a little more encouraging.

Smell- Citrus hops and that's about it. Lemon and orange and no malt to balance it out. Harpoon is pissing me off early here and I haven't had enough yet to be pissed drunk, so it must just be the beer.

Taste- A little more malt balance on the flavor, but I'm still disappointed. Balanced enough to drink but not enough to enjoy at any length. Lightly bitter but more sweet overall. A smidgen of pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Lightly sticky, too sweet, cloying, light medium bodied, and medium carbonated.

Drinkability- Not good. I was anticipating this beer and in the end it just pissed me off.

blakesell, Jun 24, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

cwd, Jul 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

meehandennis, Jun 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

nquigley16, Oct 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Matthew607, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

gonzo000, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

First Harpoon ever.

Used to see bottles and caps of this a lot when I was little during my many Vermont summers but certainly didn't think I'd be sitting here reviewing it. Best by 05/15/10. I can't find the ABV which is surprising.

A- Clear gold. Some random bubbles. Nice slightly off-white head looks sticky and tops the liquid nicely.

S- A whiff of the open bottle reveals some sweet candy-like hops
In glass i get more of a grassy hopiness. Still sweet though.

T- Woody and boozy. I get some lager-ish grain and yeast and hops.

M- Full mouthfeel. Medium to high carbonation. Carbonation is prickly yet the overall is smooth.

D- High. I can see why there were so many bottles and caps around when I was a kid.

Feels like the type of beer you'd like to drink a 6-pack of. I may be off with this but to me this looks like a Pilsner IPA hybrid. Wonder what the recipe was.

Yoonisaykul, Apr 28, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Eastside151, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

JasonTaverner, Jul 07, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance is deep golden with a one finger white head that does not dissipate too quickly. Smell is minimal--faint citrusy hops. The taste is mainly grapefruity hops at first with a little yeast, and then there's a kind of medicinal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is acidic at first, but then oddly smooth. Not as heavy as other IPAs/APAs. This is a drinkable IPA, but it doesn't have quite the same bold smell/flavor as a lot of other IPAs.

theghost3, Jan 01, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Davit, Apr 21, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a slightly darkened golden color. There is a ton of carbonation and fizzy bubbles that create a huge white head.
Slight biscuit malt smell that is immediately taken over by the hops. The hops are strong with a nice citrus, grapefruit smell.
Immediately one can taste the very strong hop taste. There is a lot of citrus and grapefruit taste making the beer very tart.
There is a nice thickness to this beer for an I.P.A., but very smooth also.
I like the hop taste to this beer, but it is almost too much. There is no balance to it, so it takes the drinkability down a peg. Because of the extreme tart taste, one could only have so many of these.

BDIMike, Oct 21, 2007
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3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber in color, about one finger of white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with malts. A very faint smell of citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was mostly hops, slight citrus in the background.

Overall: This is an OK IPA. Not my first choice to have but I will not turn one away.

Cavanaghty, May 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

jonathaniler, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

salinasa, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

banger7, Nov 01, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

Clear honey-amber color and a fluffy white head that didn't last long. Has a floral aroma with some fruit and a nice bitter twang, all of which was present in the taste. Lots of hops, but less than I expected from the smell. Still, it was bitter enough, and with the carbonation would be satisfying on a hot afternoon. As it warmed up it began to taste a little watery. Not much wowie, but decent.

gfreed, Jul 26, 2008
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

Cold 12oz bottle poured into American pint glass on this very hot, hot, humid day in Massachusetts. Big, foamy, tall head of moderate longevity. Clear amber color. Just the head smells, and tastes, beautifully hoppy. The smell of the beer is of a very pleasant and floral hops. Leaves heavy, messy white lacing on the glass.

Carbonation seems low, which along with a very well balanced hop flavor makes for a very drinkable American IPA. The dominant hop flavor is cascade, but it's well balanced with other hops (?) and the medium-delicate malt. Body is considerable and depth is excellent, with kind of a soapy element. Finishes pleasantly with a really nice bitter aftertaste without having that unpleasant hop-burnout effect I get with other Cascade-heavy ales (I'm looking at you, Sierra Nevada).

One of my favorite American IPAs. Or maybe it's just the weather.

hreb, Jul 16, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

csurowiec, Dec 07, 2013
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,326 ratings.