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Harpoon IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,198 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 1,198
Hads: 3,803
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 74
Gots: 669 | 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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Reviews: 1,198 | Hads: 3,803
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a golden copper tone with an off white mother of pearl tinted creamy full head while leaving some nice residual lacing. The aroma is slightly citric, but predominantly a nice floral hop aroma with a good bit of malt sweetness balancing out the over scent of this beer. Can't say the aroma is amazingly memorable, but I can say this is a nice pleasant go to at this point very solid brew. The taste flavor is a mellow creamy balance of malty goodness blended with a floral bitter hop profile, I can tell that this beer is a little dumbed down from the guidelines of a typical IPA not getting the hop satisfaction that any true hophead is yearning for. Like I said not a failure but not a favorite at the same time. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with a nice chewy texture to it, not thick and cloying chewy just some pleasant and welcoming body to this beer. Overall what can I say no off flavors maybe lack of some hop bitterness, but overall a dangerously drinkable well made beer in my book. (999 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To start, I must admit having a soft spot for this beer. When it was first introduced, it was the best IPA I had up to that point. Throughout New England, this is my favorite regularly available beer. That said, it is not my favorite IPA any longer, but it is worthy of this review.

A-color is honey to light amber. Has a two-finger head that leaves clumpy lace on the glass.

S-Floral hop bouquet, although this muted from some of the "big" IPA's now available. This bottle had a slight refridgerator smell.

T/M-Nice bitter flavors with a moderate body and an above average carbonation. Fairly smooth in terms of mouthfeel. The aftertaste is largely bittering hop.

D-I find this to be the quintessential drinking IPA. It's not too pronounced in any of the areas that some IPA's are prone to. A consistent performer. (827 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Abbey Pub; went with this when I heard that Daisy Cutter was out. Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to partial cap, thick collar, and splotchy lace. Transparent dark golden body.

S - Even though Harpoon says this uses US-grown hops, I'm wondering if they're American variants of English strains like Willamette or Cluster. There's a very earthy, grassy, and tea-like vibe going on here, along with fruity ale yeast, and a touch of toffee malt. I get perhaps a touch of grapefruit or lemon in the periphery. (Upon consulting Harpoon's website, this is dry-hopped with Cascade, but there's no info about flavor hops).

T - The taste has a bit more citrus and lemon zest. There's a bready and lightly sweet toffee malt backbone, followed by moderate herbal bitterness and tea-like astringency; perhaps a bit of aspirin in there as well. More hoppy than I expected, but on the bittering side rather than the flavor side of things.

M - Fairly zesty carbonation, more grainy than your typical IPA, medium body, with a dry and slightly gritty finish. Some mild alcohol warmth comes as a surprise.

D - This was better than I was expecting, especially if you frame it as a transitional IPA between English and American traditions. Still, the bitterness and astringency gets a bit fatiguing and the flavor is a bit dull in general. I'd drink it again if I was really desperate (like I was last Wednesday) but there are much better options available virtually everywhere in Chicago. (1,503 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a nice apricoty hue, head is nice and white. Aroma is quite nice, fresh and fruity, abounding in sweet associations, with orange on top, followed by peach, apricot, melon, cherries. I keep searching, and I keep finding. Great aroma!
Hops are plentiful on the palate. An entire garrison is deployed upon the tongue, but it swiftly subsides. Taste is ultimately very smooth and mellow, but less complex than I'd prefer in a hoppy IPA. Smelled great, tasted blase. Oh, well.
I do thank Uglyradio for sending it. (519 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/03/11 notes. Brought a 12 pack of this to a BBQ to try and get some friends to try something other than Corona, but I ended up drinking 6-7 of them myself as most people did not touch them.

a - Pours a clear amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and mdoerate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of citrus hop, fruity malts, light pine hops, and some tropical fruits. Not overly hoppy, but a lot of fruit, which I enjoyed.

t - Tastes of citurs hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, biscuit, and bready malts. Some ncie fruit again but also some smooth bready malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy body, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice IPA that got me through the day. The friends of mine who did try it all enjoyed it a lot; I would think this could be a very good low ABV IPA to bring to a summer BBQ or gathering to introduce some non-crafat beer drinkers to craft beers. Would certainly have it again. (1,009 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 4/15/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of pine, herbal, floral, citrus, grass, caramel, and a bit of honey sweetness. Decent aromas that are on the weak side. Taste of big pine, citrus, herbal, floral, caramel, biscuit, grass, and graininess. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of biscuit, pine, herbal, citrus, and grass on the finish for a bit. Some good malt and flavor balance with bitterness. Medium carbontion and body; with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Some prickly carbonation present as well, but it still drinks very smoothly. No alcohol presence in the taste or finish. Overall this is a solid and pretty enjoyable IPA. (848 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the May 2011 LEAF Festival.

A - Amber with a off-white head

S - Exceptional aroma of hoppy citrus. Somewhat floral. Very pleasant and enticing. If only the flavor paralleled the aroma.

T - Good flavor, but insufficient hop flavor for an Amer. IPA.

M - Mouthfeel of an average pale ale.

O- Great aroma and good flavor. Score would be higher if this was classified as a pale ale or had more hops. (413 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap and in a bottle at a local bar...I asked the bartender to just place the two next to each other without my looking. I tried each and prefered the bottle. I have tried both before - and tried it on tap at other places. I thought it was my imagination, but the bottle is better. The tap isn't BAD, but lacks the fresh crispness that the bottle has. (364 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bere is orange with a one finger head, completely clear, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly fruity with a mild pine backbone.

Beer is medium to thin in body and tastes like sulfur with some moderate bitterness on the backend. The overall feel of hte beer is OK, the drinkability is fine but this is clearly a bargain basement crappy IPA for the masses from Mass. I am unimpressed and will continue to overlook this particular IPA. (442 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: The beer is orange gold in color with a one finger white frothy head. Pretty good head retention, lasting for most of the time drinking. Left behind some spotty lacing.

S: Very light, a bit of floral hops with a bit of citrus and caramelized malt.

T: Similarly weak, with a slight bit if hops upfront. There is some light citrus as well as some floral and grassy flavors. A little biscuity malt and some caramel balance the beer out. Slight bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and was rather crisp on the hot day that I had this.

O: Nothing offensive about it, just a bit boring. Seemed lacking in oomph. Just needs a little something more to get it to solid. Not a bad option in the greater Boston area though, where it may be the best draft beer available. (820 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a nice light maltiness to it along with a mild addition of citrousy aroma hops. It seems to be a bit dry and refreshing. The taste is good. It has a nice pale malt core along with a super bitter hop bite. It goes down smooth and finishes dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine IPA. It is a bitter tasting brew with a nice hop aroma. (471 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown bottle best by date of 1/15/10.

Pours a very clear amber color with more than a finger of big bubble head. Just slightly off white color to the cap. Not much retension but it laces all over the place. The hops present in the nose is kinda mild for an IPA but recognizable as the fruity/citrus character of cascade. Little bit of malt sweetness coming through in the aroma as well. Taking a sip, it is a nice balance of malt sweetness to hop bitterness. Feel is quite thin and carb is a little low. Overall it isn't bad but I feel cheated. I got to enjoy this in time before the best by date but it doesn't have the freshness character to back that label up. (665 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Upper Crest in D.C.

The beer is crystal clear and light yellow hued. Effervescence lasts the duration of the session. The head is a finger thick and leaves some decent legs on the glass. The aroma is pretty weak, with only faint traces of hops. The flavor is better, with some pine and hop flavors and a lingering bitterness. Overall, an ok offering. (367 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a thin lacing of head. The nose is citrusy, floral hops. The taste is light, pale malt with citrusy, floral hops that add a smooth grapefruit-like finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

Overall a good beer though it's a little one dimensional. It's not the best IPA on the market, but it's one of my go-to's when I'm in a pinch. (385 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) moves forward with another summer CANned beer from Harpoon. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "In the tradition of IPAs, our highly-hopped, copper-colored ale features a floral aroma and and a crisp, refreshing finish. Cheers! Love Beer. Love Life. Harpoon. Pack it in, pack it out. Please recycle."

I got two-plus fingers' of tawny head from my pour, demonstrating that the rain today is finally killing the oppressive head and humidity of the past week. As the head slowly reduced, a good bit of sticky lacing formed, which was a nice trade-off. The CAN read "copper-colored", but it was a light copper for which I will extend the benefit of the doubt, with NE-quality clarity. No qualms with their mention of "a floral aroma" on the nose, however. Citrusy and definitely hoppy - that's how I like my beer from a CAN! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a great hoppy spiciness on the tongue. What a welcome relief from some of my recent CANs! This both tasted like something and it tasted good, also. The finish was bitter, dry, and refreshing, just the way I like my AIPAs to be. I would definitely put this is my cooler, but it is sadly a limited test run in New England to see about the viability of CANning their beers. I was lucky to get some but I hope that they make it a routine endeavor. (1,313 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a one finger head that falls quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: citrus and hop bitterness are detectable.

Taste: grapefruit citrus, a biting bitterness, and a hint of overripe pears. Malt is a touch on the grainy side too.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long on the bitterness and citrus.

Drinkability: pretty decent drinking beer. Several of these can be quaffed in a session. This is a beer that I revisit a few times over the year, but it is not a staple IPA in my house. (572 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This AIPA pours dark golden amber, with a slight haze. non descript white head, and just a smattering of lacing. laid back grainy hops in the nose. Can't say I'm overwhelmed by this IPA, hop crunch is quite subdued. Sort of a mushy feel to the center and body of this brew. Finish is equally mundane. C'mon Harpoon , I feel like this one has been sliding downwards the past few years, not the punchy and flavorful IPA I remember. (429 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Best before Dec 15th 2013.

A truly great looking beer out of the bottle. Soapy sudsy and and even big tall three finger head, that clumps and stays forever. Virtually all the bubbles are uniform, and it sits on a great crystal clear copper amber body, with really nice flowing carbonation..

Nose is interesting, a little pine, some woody tones kind of a juicy citrus orange angle a bit. Not getting the suggested floral senses the bottle mentions. Some nice small cinnamon warmth and carmel too. This is actually quite good, this feels really promising.

Palate sort of lets down. Geez what happened? Slightly wet caramel body, and wood malts combine on first sip. Thin palate gives a slight earthy finish but doesn't last. Bitterness and sweetness is nowhere to be found, perhaps a hinting herbality somewhat but really struggling to find a flavor profile on here.

This isn't an old IPA, but this really seemed to start off with such promise. This is a letdown unfortunately for me. (1,040 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft in a chilled shaker pint glass at The Eastern Standard, on to the beer:

The beer shines a light pale gold in the glass, leaving decent lacing on the glass as I drink it. Aroma is clean and somewhat malty sweet. The same can be said for the first part of the taste. You taste the malts (which are bready and caramel) at first, but then the hops kick in mildly during the second half. There's a note a fruit in the middle of it all. Clean and easy drinking.

I could have confused it for a pale ale, as this is a well balanced, albeit averagish example of an IPA. Still, you can find this all around Boston, and it might make a good starter beer for those who are getting into hoppier beers. (700 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice, solid, and affordable IPA. I picked at a 12 pack at Wegmans for $13. Its a touch light in color and head, but has great lacing. Smells of citrus and grapefuit. Tastes of biscuit malts and citrus hops. A nice kick of bitterness, but nothing you cant handle. Easy to drink and tasty. (289 characters)

Photo of Kelp
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden color when poured into my glass, bubbling up into a decent head. Nice aroma from the beer reminds me of grapefruit and hops. Mild hoppiness in the taste only a tinge of grapefruit on the end notes. Smooth finish with a bit too much carbonation for my taste. I could have a few of these, but the fact that it is easily attainable around here and that there are better IPA's to be had make it nothing more than an occasional beer for me. (447 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this beer yet, I've had it many times. This rating reflects the brew as I had it on tap at Dave's house, thanks for the opportunity. Clear deep golden color with a decent frothy white head that persists forever. Earthy citrus hop aroma countered with plenty of bready caramel malt. Old school bitter citrus flavor with a fair amount of brown sugar read and caramel. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. After all these years this is still a pretty good IPA. (538 characters)

Photo of corby112
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light amber color with a thick off-white foamy head. The aroma is very bland, containing only a slight bitter hop presence. This beer was very watered down with not enough of a strong bitter hop taste. Another dissapointing offering from an, in my opinion, overrrated brewery. (291 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through the Secret Bunny 2007 BIF and sinstaineddemon.

A freakishly clear and lightly colored IPA, this has the clarity of Macro lager and is barely tinted Orange. Fair white forms but does not last.

The smell is sweet and malty and hoppy without covering up a nice floral aroma. Grapefruit and roses are the main scents here.

The taste begins sweet and floral, that suggestion of rose petal makes its way to the taste. Outstanding taste in an IPA, lots of flavor instead of a simple tongue numbing hops overload. Lots of floral taste here and just the merest trace of the normal citrus and pine tastes. Mostly the taste here is herbal and floral and doesn't really settle in to a 'taste' it keeps changing. A cut above the rest for an AIPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

VERY easy to drink and flavorful AIPA. As a rule the beers that interest Beer Advocates are too much for most of the beer drinkers of the USA this is one that is both outstanding and accessible to more casual beer drinkers. (1,007 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at a TGIFridays and served in a weisse-vase, the beer is a bright copper-gold coloring, with a chestnut color in the depths. Very thin film of white head atop the brew. Light and green nose, with spicy notes throughout, and an overall blend of grapefruit and oregano. The flavor is caramel malt forward, with a roasted character, followed by grapefruit sweet and tart, and then ending with a flush of fresh, green, wet hops at the end, and peppery/all-spice highlights throughout. Grapefruit sweet and tart aftertaste, with hops spice and bitters. The finish is quick, clean, and dry. Tasty! (605 characters)

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.