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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

3,546 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,546
Reviews: 1,188
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 55
Gots: 364 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Andrew041180
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of jackorain
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Tacomac in Alpharetta, GA

A-1 finger head of fine dicernable bubbles quickly fell to thin coat that provided a decent lace

S-Light floral and citruc hop and some biscuity malts

T-Floral and citrus hops with an odd taste I could not place, I had charlie taste who was sitting next to me and he placed it. Soap! Some malts carmel and biscuit come through as well. Soap taste is pervasive, once it was defined.

M-Creamy medium body

D- the odd taste in the middle (soap) ruins the drinkability of this one for me.

Photo of Anthony1
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was decent with a nice amber color and a moderate head of white on the top. Even color and a nice carbonation throughout the session. The aroma was nicely balanced. Light pine hops, hints of bready malts and a light touch of caramel on the nose. Well balanced but nothing really jumping out at me. Smooth, even flavor here with the first sip identical to the last. Light caramel flavors that have overlapped with nice touches of hops. Light to medium body and an easy sessionability made this one easy beer to put down.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of danielharper
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL. (New to AL!)

A: Pours dark yellow/orange color with a very thick white bubbly head. Clear carbonation on the bottom of the glass, slowly-rising bubbles. Very nice.

S: Sweeter than expected, strong sugary aroma, some oranges and a nice bunch of hops. Not exactly bad, but.. unexpected, in its sweetness.

T: About like the aroma, but with an unpleasant astringency on the backwash. Clean enough, but still a bit overly sweet.

M: Moderate thickness, a bit biting on the palate due to hops.

D: Reasonably drinkable. Not one I'll buy again anytime soon, but a decent beer that might make for a welcome change from other IPAs.

Might be better reviewed as an APA, though.

Photo of lpayette
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Details- 12 oz. bottle. Purchased at the Windsor, VT brewery. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Golden yellow-orange with a leaning towards yellow. Very big foamy, cloud-like head. Impressive, but lacing is minimal.

Smell- Flowery essence with hints of grape nuts.

Taste- Decent, but not impressive... just average. The flavor profile favors hops, yet not nearly enough... especially if this is supposed to be an American IPA. A bit of herbal/medicinal flavors come through. A bit of citrusy notes too.

Mouthfeel- A very traditional ale mouthfeel if that makes sense. Could use a bit more pizazz.

Drinkability and other notes- It certainly goes down smooth and easily, but overall this is a very average beer. It tastes like a "macro IPA" that would appeal to the masses, but that's good for quaffability.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of shbobdb
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Harpoon IPA is sorta the Mustang of craft beer. It rarely (if ever) wins the 'best of' conversation, but somewhere along the line, someone inevitably brings it up and I can see why.
It pours a nice amber, with a nice bit of white head that soon fades into obscurity. It smells likes it's on the ESB end of IPAs, with a nice balance of malt and hops. None of this is truly impressive.

The taste and mouthfeel on the other hand -- Wowie-zowie! What a great beer. It marries hops with malt in a beautiful way and the mouthfeel is pleasantly grainy. It's mouthfeel is flat-out perfect and it's taste is wonderful. Clean, yet voluminous . . . it works on so many levels. Awesome, awesome awesome.

Truly, 100% recommended. Great stuff. I usually only buy singles but this time I sprung for the six-pack and I don't regret it. Not one bit.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Casey10
3.73/5  rDev +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

Photo of thekanna
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 3,546 ratings.