Harpoon Belgian Pale Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Belgian Pale AleHarpoon Belgian Pale Ale

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dherling on 11-26-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear copper, moderate carbonation, 1 finger white head that fades to a covering and leaves some lacing.

S - Sweet, floral, a touch of bubblegum and spice. Refreshing and clean aroma.

T - Much like the aroma, some floral hops, although not malty sweet you get a sweetness from the spice and hops. Some of the bubblegum comes though but not in an unpleasant way at all just more fruity.

M - Fairly light body and with the carbonation makes it very clean, easy to quaff on a hot day.

O - I think this is a very solid Belgian style pale ale. Would go to this over a hefe just about anytime (unless it was a Bavarian weiss...then I would have to think).

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 6pack, best by 7/15/10 on the label.
In a snifter the beer was a copper color with a medium-sized white head.
It had a fruity aroma, yeasty and spicy.
Fruit taste, apples and pears mostly, but also somewhat like a fruitcake. A little peppery.
Medium mouthfeel, nice beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from a sixer purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Best by dating (7-15-10) etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours light copper amber, pretty clear, very minor off white head and just a smidge of what might be called lacing. Fruity nose with a moderate additional wiff of bubblegum, yum. Love that smell in a fresh Belgian. Things sort of fizzle after the sniff. This is a pretty tame little Belgian attempt by those owners of the middle of the road at Harpoon. Carbonation is quite low, head is long gone, no lace. Fruity, a hint of mint tea, moderate amounts of super drying hops in the rear of the midsection and carrying into the finish. Decent but something seems to be missing, similar to so many Harpoon offerings. They never seem to really go much beyond the the beginner stage of the craft brewing specturm. Crowd pleasing perhaps but lacking in interest for the more thrill seeking palates.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. best before 2-15-11 stamped on the neck, 5 days past its prime...no really a big deal.

pours out a clear lightish copper color with 1 1/2 fingers of white somewhat soapy head that slowly faded to a decently retentive layer. some lace that is quick to fade.

spicy, bubblegum belgian yeast with lots of sharp phenolics, clove, almost metallic like, not super apealing in that aspect. some kind of grassy hops take a back seat to the yeast. not much malt detectable.

american hops blended with belgian yeast. spicy, phenolic, clove, bits of fruity bubblegum, some grassy and citrus notes with a good amount of bitterness in the finish, lingering as well.

medium bodied with not the greatest feeling carbonation. somewhat of a dry finish.

drinks fairly easily, one is an easy drink, but i prolly wouldnt want another. a decent addition to the variety pack, but i definatly wouldnt buy a six pack.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six, I'm glad I did affordable 8 bucks defnitely worth it. Very nice version of a BPA, really smooth and easy drinking. Pours a clear bodied light amber hue with a bright off white bubbly head forming thick and effervescent, dwindles slow leaving behind chunky sporadic Belgian style lacing. Aromatics offer up nice spicy citric floral herbal spiced notes, a great mix of complexity. Malt backbone weighs in with a great sturdy breadiness. Yeast really gives it a funky spicy note a mix of tartness and black pepper kickin', definitely works well. Flavors overall explode in the best way possible, one of the most creative bigger micros I've tried that is going to be a regular release? If it isn't going to make it into rotation then I'm voting to get it there now. Citrus, floral, spice combo with a bit of caramel and dried spice combination, although I thinke the spiciness is all yeast and hop driven. Again black pepper, a bit of funky yeast, citrus fruit really combine on the palate. Mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation levels nice flowing effervesence the bottle really pops when you unleash the cap. Mouthfeel has a nice dry finish medium bodied session ale in my book, definitely not by English aka Ding's standards. Drinkability is rock solid offering out of New England. I'm really enjoying most of Harpoon's single batch series and this is up there with the best of the best I've tried from them.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A filtered, clear and bubbly, golden amber with a robust, fluffy white head, slow dissipation, mellow bubbles, a bit sluggish.

I'm surprised to smell some sweet caramel scented malt first,tangy, metallic fruity hop bite, subtle lemmon and corriander, subtle pepper with some minor hair-perm like chemy aroma.

This one is very fruity in flavor, juicy fruit like hop flavor, honey sweet malt provides a unique American twist on the Belgian Pale, the yeastie tanginess is pretty nice, mellow and mild with good balance. The finish ha sa very nice dry, peppery edge and very light and crisp. This one feels really good and it keeps thing interesting. The yeast flavor is not nearly as complex as I would like or excpect from a real Belgian ale, the yeast flavor and complexity is always the key to the Belgian style and most American Brewers just don't have it, with the exception of only a few.

A Belgian ale with training wheels.

Photo of BennyL1
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz offering from Harpoon's winter pack. Best by 3/15/11

A - Beer is a nice golden amber color with about a fingers worth of white head. A bit of lacing but nothing extraordinary.

S - Aroma is on the sweeter side with a good hints of spice. Fruits like pear and banana in the nose and a nice yeast note as well. Really nice overall aroma.

T - A bit of tropical fruit up front with a slight caramel malt background. A bit of grain in there as well. A nice peppery spicyness from the yeast also makes a really nice addition.

M - Medium body with a medium amount of carbonation, spot on.

D - Very good. A very nice offering from Harpoon, I will definitely be drinking this in the future.

Photo of emsroth
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Dark gold, almost an amber. Frothy off-white head with decent lace.

Smell: This is where the american style comes in. Strong hoppy nose: fruity and slightly flowery with a bitter edge. A touch of malt, but mostly hops.

Taste: A hoppy beer throughout. Starts with a bit of a fruity bite. Ends with bitter, herbal flavors that fade into smooth, creamy malt an touch of yeast found in Belgian ales.

Medium body with well-paired carbonation.

Definitely more hoppy than most BPA's. At first I didn't like the beer, but after a few tries it grew on me. Try it on cask!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light copper body with golden highlights beneath a short white head. Average retention.
S: Fruity with spice and a mineral/chalky edge. Lots of clove, dark fruit, some caramel.
T: The flavor, as usual, follows the aroma. The clove becomes softened in the mix, and there's a bit more peppery spice. Notes of cherry and dark fruit (plum/prune) round it out. Unfortunately there's only a little bit of caramel and standard malt flavor present, and it lacks a base. Not that it's not there, or that it's not to the proper gravity or alcohol, it's just that the base malt that's being used isn't offering enough flavor (or perhaps the grain bill is a little skewed, which I doubt). That said, keep in mind that the style is fairly delicate and what I'm noting is not so much a flaw as a bit of a balance issue. If the fruitiness and spiciness of the yeast was just a touch more restrained it might fall into focus.
M: Medium with a dextrinous edge and moderate, fine carbonation.
D: Overall, a really nice and very drinkable treat! Worth trying.

Photo of bamojr
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This has a nice clean flavor that has drinkability written all over it. It has a nice amber color with a fluffy white head. A relatively hoppy flavor with some citrus and banana flavors. This a quite an interesting brew with some flavors i would not expect to find in a beer. It does however represent the Harpoon name very well in its uniqueness and overall good brew.

Photo of Ezone024
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass, clear amber color with a thick frothy 2 finger head. smells of standard belgian yeast, sweet fruit and hops make a subtle presence.

Taste is mild, medium bodied with a sugary feel. at 1st taste like a sweeter american ale, but then the yeast flavor cuts through just a little...i prefer this because in some belgians i feel the yeast is too strong.

in the traditional style however i'd say this is a pretty damn good attempt at some New Englanders making a belgian style.

Photo of SidewinderX
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a winter mix pack. The aroma is a bit sweet and spicy, and the taste is the same. Sweetness at first that ends with spice in a rather delightful way. Mouthfeel isn't as good as the taste, but not disappointing.

Solid brew, a nice part of Harpoon's winter mix pack!

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Liberty St. in Allentown. This had a smooth and sweet, slightly fruity, pale malt character. Basically, if you took a malty pale ale and dialed up the barley with a little caramel, this is what you have, It's fairly drinkable, though the body is a touch thick. Give this shot.

Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted straw color with amber highlights. The off-white head is small and tight, settling inot a small cap.

The aroma is spicy and floral from the belgian yeast. Notes of clove and tropical fruit mix with a perfumey floral character. It is a very bright aroma and very belgian, good job.

The taste is noticably more American. There are notes of clove, wild flowers and bubblegum from the yeast. There is a solid grassy american hop profile, that adds some bitterness. Light tropical fruit notes from the yeast are detected as well.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Starts off sweet on the palate but finishes with a grassy bitterness. The finish is dry and asprin like, kinda lingers on the palate.

An above average BPA from an american brewer. It is not a cloying sugar bomb so that is a plus. Definitely a bit hoppy for the style

Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mix-a-six poured into a pint glass. I see this beer is no longer brewed, it seems I have snagged one of the last ones.

Pours medium amber with no residual foam. A little cloudy. Black peppery smell, very light. Mixed tropical fruit taste, papaya/guava even - is that even possible? Fruity close, mild hop throughout. Subtle belgian yeast. Hard close, long aftertaste. Like a non-belgian brewery making one in the style. Good, but not the real thing.

Photo of alleykatking
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light amber orange color. One finger light tan head that has medium retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Banana and clove are the strong points to the aroma. There is a light malt and sweet alcohol in the middle to ending of this beer. Light earthy hops in the ending.

T- Hops bite right from the get go has some light bitterness to it. There is a light clove and banana taste in the middle with some caramel malts coming through. The ending has a sweet alcohol and light bitter hop bite in it. The flavors overall are a little muted and muddled.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high for the style. Light alcohol left on the palate. Clove and light hops left in the aftertaste with some more alcohol. Flavors are balanced for what htey are when you can taste them. Alcohol has light drying on the palate.

D- This is not one of my favorite offerings from Harpoon. It's average at best for what it is. I do like seeing them for being a bigger brewery though taking the choice to do something a little different.

Photo of GregPearson33
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper with amber hues and a thin head that receded to the edges after a few seconds. 3.5

Smell: Sweet and floral with some fruity hues. 3.0

Taste: Comes on malty and rich with those fruity tones - apple, pear? - but then its tapered by a nice hop presence and the citrus bite of those quintessentially Belgian esters. 3.5

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Not thick or thin, very average with a considerable level of carbonation which puts it back easy. Very sessionable, especially when cold. 4.0

Overall: A nice well balanced beer, sweet like a Belgian complimented by a nice hop presence.

Photo of tone77
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, some spice. Taste is good, fruits, spices, a bit of yeast, very flavorfull. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle dated 05-15-11. Sampled a few weeks after that on June 4, 2011. It pours amber-copper with a small head that fades and good clarity. I was hoping for something a bit more cloudy. Sweet malts erupt in the aroma right away along with the yeast and a smaller whiff of meaty fruits like banana and pear and a vague clove sensation. The body is a little better than medium. The taste tends to be too sweet for my liking and for the style. It wouldn't be so bad if I were drinking an amber ale but this is a Belgian Pale so it a slight letdown. Very easy to drink on its own however.

Photo of u2carew
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a finger thick head, then settles quickly. The lacing is nearly nonexistent. Clear body. Bronze in color.
S) Definitive Belgian aroma with an American hop notes. Banana. Hints of grapefruit and floral tones.
T) Decent malty flavors up front. Banana. Some clove in the mix. Finishes with pleasant floral notes and a slight hop bite.
M) Medium body. Smooth. Slight dry in the finish.
D) A decent brew. I'd drink another.

Photo of matjack85
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this single brown 12oz bottle at the Binny's store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.49. No freshness date, but there is a short blurb about the beer on the neck label.

The beer poured a mostly clear golden/orange color with a ½-finger of white head that completely disappears in about a minute. Very little lacing with this one.

The beer has a nice smell of sweet malt, fruit, spices, and a touch of alcohol when swirled.

The malts, Belgian yeast, and hoppy spice flavors dominate with some mild lemony citrus in the background. The 33 IBU's worth of hops keep it from being too sweet from the pale and caramel malts, but one thing I did not care for was the noticeable alcoholic flavor in here despite it only being a 5.8% abv beer.

Light to medium moutfeel with crisp carbonation.

Warning: DO NOT let this beer warm up as the alcohol gets stronger and stronger as it sits. It's drinkable cold, but not the best Belgian Pale Ale out there.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new one for me. I grabbed this one out of my father in laws fridge the other day. Wanted to try a little something new ya know. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/26/2010.

The pour was very nice, cloudy golden in color with a nice head of white that capped the top nearly perfectly for a few moments before falling down and leaving a good bit of lacing streaking down the sides and a broken crown across the top. Some light carbonation could be seen coming up through the glass as well. Aroma is very light, fresh citrus, banana touches, a hint of clove all mixed in very well with a fresh grassy note and a touch of an herbal quality. Complex but light and airy, almost a slight fault. Thin body, but amply carbonated as I take the first sip. The flavor seems to roll across the tongue quite well reaching the furthest depths of the palate with light orange and pineapple notes mixed with a graininess and a light Belgian yeast. Light, dry finish is quick and fleeting leaving you thirsty and looking for another sip.

Overall a pretty darn good example of the style. Nothing outrageous or crazy, just a solid example of a fine little ale. Would do this one again without an issue.

Photo of breakofdawn
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having not had many beers of the Belgian Ale style, I thought I would give this one a try. Picked up a six-pack at a local store, and I was not disappointed in the least.

A-Pours with a minimal head that dispered quickly. Golden-copper color.

S-Bit of a flora scent with the smell of hops.

T-At first, sligthly bitter, then a nice, sweet (though not too sweet) after taste comes in for a good finish.

M-Leaves some carbination behind and a taste of hops. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability for this brew is very high, in my opinion. Great tasting beer, perfect for hanging out with friends by a campfire.
Harpoon hasn't let me down yet. Another solid beer.

Photo of rlee1390
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear orange, two finger head, although not as much carbonation as one would expect.

S-Very spicy, clove, wheat some hops

T-Spicy (not as much as the nose though), surpising amount of bitterness for the style, but the taste is bland compared to the nose.

M-Light and little to no carbonation.

O-The nose was great but the rest of the beer was disappointing. Harpoon really doesn't make anything worthwhile, that I've had so far, and this is no exception.

Photo of barleyroad
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber and clear in the class with a generous head. Over all aroma is good with a hint of spice. Mouthfeel is good with limited lingering. This is a good tasting beer one that is ok on a one to one basis. Overall we found this beer to be very well brewed, one worth having. Huha. Great with coconut shrimp...

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Harpoon Belgian Pale Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.