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Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPAHarpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA

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very good

640 Ratings

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is brewed with our proprietary yeast – the same yeast we’ve used since first brewing Harpoon Ale – and some interesting hop varieties. The combination of Pale, Rye, Caramel 60, Flaked Rye, and Vienna yield a complex malt body that stands up to the spiciness of the rye and the pronounced hop flavor. The rye also adds a reddish hue to the beer. The kettle additions of Centennial, Apollo, and Chinook, and the dry hop addition of Falconer’s Flight add a multidimensional hop character.

70 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011)
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Photo of Mojo


3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - clear medium amber with a two inch white head, low retention, and average lacing.

S - citrus, grass, bread, earthy notes

T - Caramel malt dominates upfront with a very grapefruit citrus flavor. The finish is fairly bitter but nice with the expected rye profile.

M - medium thick with average carbonation

O - pretty good offering from Harpoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:18:58 | More by Mojo
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 01/15/14, so about 2.5 months past its prime.

A: Pours a clear copper with an average off white head. Not very much visible carbonation in the body. Leaves spots of lacing on the glass as I drink.

S: Malt is a bit more pronounced in the aroma than your typical IPA, but that I would imagine is due in part to it being expired.

T: Flavors blend together nicely in this one, sure the hops have faded a bit but the rye spice flavor is coming out very nicely. Almost more like an amber ale at this stage.

M: Medium body with a mostly clean finish. Somewhat low carbonation and just a bit sticky.

Overall I'll have to revisit this one if I see it fresher. Always been a fan of beers that incorporate rye so I'm a bit partial.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:13:13 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of u2carew


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head - white, tight and sticky. Clear copper colored body. Sticky lacing in the drink down.
S) Hints of caramel. Not overly aromatic.
T) Caramel. Toasty grains. A nice hop bite throughout.
M) Creamy. Medium body. Smooth.
O) A good brew. I'd drink another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:13:19 | More by u2carew
Photo of secondtooth


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean amber, with a nice head of off-white foam. Attractive and detailed lace.

Aroma is hoppy, with a sharp rye spiciness. Nice.

Taste is well-hopped, for sure, with elements of pine and citrus up front. The rye infusion comes through at the finish, with a spicy zing. A very nice and enjoyable IPA, even a few months past it's "best by" date! Worthy.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 16:23:02 | More by secondtooth
Photo of thegodfather1076


3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very attractive color scheme and graphics in the Harpoon traditional style with front label giving a bit of brewery info, ABV info, states “This Beer is a toast to friendship, decades of brewing, and enjoying great beers together – RD &DK”. Back label gives a nice history and story of the brewery. Neck label states “Rye IPA” and gives a small description of the beer. Enjoy by 12/15/13 printed on bottle.

Appearance: A semi aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 12oz stange glass led to a 1 finger off white head of medium density resting atop a beautiful looking clear deep orange/amber cocoa wood colored beer. Head retention was an excellent 3min 15sec before barely fading to a thick coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of heavy rye spiciness and bready malts. Also has a sweet juicy grapefruit citrus hop aroma along with a slightly floral aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is dominated by a combination of sweet and spicy with sweet bready maltiness and a spicy rye flavor. Mid point has a bit of the rye spiciness along with a bready malt character as well as a sweet citrus fruit hoppyness. Back end turns herbal with floral hop tones and a very bitter aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and slightly creamy and smooth while still remaining refreshing. Finishes slightly dry. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: I really enjoyed reviewing this offering and thought it was very well done with all aspects one would look for in a Rye IPA with a nice complexity to it. Classified as a Rye Beer @ 6.9% ABV. Consumed 10-22-2013.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:00:46 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of superspak


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/15/2014. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, orange zest/rind, floral, grass, pine, rye, toast, caramel, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, rye, toast, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peace, floral, grass, caramel, toast, rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop flavors with prominent malt backbone; with fairly crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice rye IPA. All around good complexity and balance of juicy hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:02:33 | More by superspak
Photo of DrewsBrews450

North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber with a nice head that leaves a ton of lace.. the smell is floral hops with a hint of pine..maybe a little rye on the end.. the taste leaves a little more spice pepper rye but barley.. you also get the hops pine and flowers but not a ton of bitterness.. just a hit of sweetness in the beginning that comes on more while it warms.. the mouthfeel is pretty full.. a slight chewy.. wish there was more bubbles. Its a good beer but not a lot of rye more just a ipa.. pale ale.. still good

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 23:47:16 | More by DrewsBrews450
Photo of 57md


3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper in color with a finger and a half of head that took a while to dissipate completely. The primary note in the nose is hops with the rye secondary. The flavor is the reverse of the nose - the rye is upfront and the hops follow. There is a touch of sweetness on the finish followed with a dry spiciness from the rye and a mild hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:13:21 | More by 57md
Photo of mooseisloose


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poppin the top I get a nice fresh cut grass hop smell with a sweet anticipated malt backbone. Pours into the SAPP with a deep orange bronze color and a nice 2.5 finger head. Taste is a very constant bold happiness with a nice sweet maltiness that supports but doesn't over take any happiness. Overall this is a well balanced brew not so IPA but very imbibable. Revisited 11/01/13, still a great IPA with a nice malt and hop bite
Very in tune with the style, but not a standout in the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 21:23:08 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A - A very nice looking beer. A medium ruby-brown, shows a pretty looking mahogany / maroon when put to the light. A thick 2" inch off-white head formed after a slightly aggressive pour. A fair amount of carbonation visible.

S - Lot's of rye malt up front, along with some sweeter malts. Sour smelling from the rye. Noticed a fair amount of bitter floral hops at the end. A very, very slight aroma of strawberry and possibly blueberry from the hops is noted as well, which is pretty unique.

T - Not the biggest fan of Rye beers, but this is a good representation of the style. The aforementioned rye malts and sweet malts are very noticeable up front. Don't notice as much hoppiness as I did in the aroma, but it's still there. Could also detect the faint hint of strawberry. A unique taste, as it wasn't sweet like strawberry, instead picture a strawberry minus the sugar. Interesting and unique. A bit more hoppiness noticed when beer warmed slightly.

F - Some dryness, which drags my rating down a tad, but it's certainly drinkable, and possible sessionable. Can be a but rough on the tongue, but easy on the throat and stomach. Didn't dislike the mouthfeel persay, but it's the aspect of the beer I preferred least.

O - A very solid rye beer. Very nice looking, and features a unique combo of malts to give it a good rye taste, and a very light and pleasant amount of sweetness. The bitterness of the hops play very well off of this. I am looking forward to drinking the 2nd of these from the Harpoon Winter variety pack. Nothing I'd actively seek, but this is a good beer for any Rye Beer or IPA fans. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 14:29:51 | More by stella77artois
Photo of AB810

New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a 32 ounce mug.

a- coppery golden color, suitable for enticement. Thick foamy head dissipated rapidly, much like snow on the first spring rain, to a thin, foamy head

s-spicy notes and a heady rye aroma that rises, Phoenix like and welcomes the first taste, but dissipates over time

t-not overly sweet or sour, tastes somewhat watery for an IPA, but satisfying and refreshing.

m- no excitement on the front of the tongue but some action when it hits the back a long lingering, somewhat oaky/yeasty (maybe) taste? No overwhelming alcohol taste.

o- an IPA that does not taste like an IPA i expected. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 01:19:10 | More by AB810
Photo of Culture


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spicy rye malts along with some notes of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: The taste is both malty and spicy; the spiciness from the rye particularly stands out in the finish while the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness. There is a mild to light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink for the style because the spiciness from the rye is not overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2013 00:23:42 | More by Culture
Photo of chicagoish


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice Thick one finger head that reduced to a thin layer and soapy cling to the glass. Copper color.

Smell: Hoppy, citrus, herbal.

Taste: Nice Hoppy bite supported by the Rye, giving it a nice backbone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy.

Overall: IPAs are my go too brews and this one's a good one. 6.9ABV is hidden in the flavor, it's not upfront.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 21:37:09 | More by chicagoish
Photo of Flounder57


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a orange color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing from the reduced head and as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Spicy rye, caramel, toasted malts, citrus, herbal, and grassy hops too.

Taste: Same as above. Pretty solid. The caramel and toasted malts balance out with the rye.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, creamy, and delicious.

Overall: One of my favorites. You can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:11:51 | More by Flounder57
Photo of 80x2HopHead


4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had a growler filled today at Harpoon in Windsor. I have had Rich and Dan's filled in a bottle a few times and its consistently a good not great RIPA. This brew fresh on tap is way different- Pours a amber coppery color leaving a generous head of foam. I immediately pick up on floral hops and bubblegum. Smell is not dissimilar from the taste- I pick up on bubblegum fading to more of a floraly flavor with a malty presence but not overwhelming. For being an IPA its not overly bitter but I may consider this one to be a bit "chewy". Overall this is a fantastic RIPA and I am enjoying this one way more on tap as compared to bottled. If you can try it on tap I would strongly recommend it , and if you like RIPA's I also recommend trying it fresh out of a bottle.

Serving type: growler

09-18-2013 03:05:45 | More by 80x2HopHead
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into pint glass

A: Nearly crystal clear bright golden orange, color is good, head recedes quickly but clings to sides of glass

S: Piney hops, not much else going on but decently pungent

T: Not sure if its the combination of hops and rye, but has a very harsh flavor, bitter without much flavor, what hop flavor is there is all pine, maltiness is harsh as well, no sweetness and no real breadiness

M: Medium body and dry, ok but not all that pleasing

O: If you just pick one up to drink casually its manageable however, its not a very good beer in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 00:58:11 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never tried this before. I haven't had any beers of this style in quite a while and I was wondering if the hops in here would overpower the grainy aspects of this. While this did turn out to be nicely balanced, it was just a bit too strong a bitter to truly be a great example of this style. With that being said, I enjoyed this and considered it a nice surprise, since the mouthfeel was spot-on and there was a lot to like about this from start to finish!

Nice pour to this - with a copper hue, frothy head, and lacing after the first few sips that I took. The aroma wasn't terribly overpowering but I could could pick up some rye and tropical flavors. There was some lemon and resin on top of that I gave this a good swish and the carbonation was nearly perfect. Not a lot of grit, corn, and bite to this as the oily mouthfeel made me think of this as an IPA with some rye thrown in to make this a bit fuller. The mango and papaya really came out in the aftertaste with a hint of booze and earthy bitterness that led to a slight warming sensation.

To be fair, this was strong but never really felt it. On its own, this beer was solid but I don't think I could ever figure out what this wanted to be. It's one I could easily down a few in a session, even though it's nowhere close to being a session beer. Experimentation can lead to brews like this that don't conform to a particular mold or style but lead to some tasty concoctions to enjoy on their own, and this was certainly one of them.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 20:02:52 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon Brewery - Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a rich amber with a slight ruby hue and a nice bubbly head that runs away. Good lacing.

Smell - Rye blast for sure, some resiny floral hops and deep rich malts underneath.

Taste - Rye is up front and the main element of the taste, followed by some sweet and spice with bitter hops resting on top.

Mouthfeel - Ever so slightly sticky, almost full bodied. A bready malty brew. Booziness is there but not overly hot or anything. Not bad here.

Overall - For what it is, rye, it knows what it is doing. IPA seems like a side element, it is almost TOO balanced for its own good. Would recommend for rye fans, would not recommend for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 12:49:12 | More by JMScowcroft
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3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Arrived at my table a deep copper color with a small head. I appreciate the bartender giving me a full pour to be honest. There were a small number of bubbles that made their way slowly through the beer, but did not aid in head retention. There was some mild lacing at the top of the glass, but nothing near the bottom. I liked the color a lot.

S - Biggest hitter here is the rye, which I love. I once had a rye beer that didn't taste like rye. This won't be the case here. A few additional whiffs produced some sweeter malts and the familiar scent of Harpoon IPA.

T - Spicy rye up front which I love. For me it is balanced a little awkwardly, as it seems a little too sweet for my tastes. There is a lot of flavor here to be certain, but it didn't go together quite right for me.

M - I wouldn't call it resinous, but it was on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Maybe a touch too viscous for me.

O - Solid beer, and I love the rye flavor. Truth be told, however, if you're not a big fan of rye flavor you might not be impressed with this one. I enjoyed it, but it didn't knock my socks off.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2013 00:06:48 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, brassy gold colored with a small, off-white head. Smells lightly hoppy...flowery and lightly oily with an easy a going all around spiciness and a touch of orange. Flavors of grapefruit and resin, subtle rye, caramel, and spiced fruit. Not overly complex or anything, but rather soft and easy drinking. Medium bodied with some added creaminess. Pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:04:53 | More by wedge
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber and medium to small head. Nice looking but a bigger head would be welcome. Aroma is fresh with light graininess, lemon, grass, spice, and earthy nature in general. Flavors are light sweet malt, spicy rye, and clean. Fairly simple arrangement...not bad. This is nice and refreshing. Texture is a little syrupy and body is a light medium. Pretty suckdownable beverge. Overall a decent choice but maybe not in comparison to other greater options out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 00:14:26 | More by tastybeer
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New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a wine glass - tasted against Ballast Pt Big Eye and a bowl of sauteed shrimp, garden spinach, tomatoes, baby potatoes, carrots, walnuts, lemon oil, provolone, italian bread.

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with a frothy, full, white head, that laces well all the way down and settles out to a thin film that covers most the beer.

Smell: Excellent, and grows nicely over time. Bready, pale maltiness w catty, hoppy stink, and a hint of sweet bread. Very citrusy, resiny, lightly earthy hops. - Reminds me of Dales Pale Ale.

Taste: Follows the smell with sweet malts with caramel, sweet grain. Also - Citric, lemon, grapefruit with high mountain pine forest. Good bitterness. Drying, bitter, citrusy on finish. Great clean aftertaste. Goes great with food.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, carbonation, and tingly mouthfeel with kissing bitters.

Overall: Great beer. Wish it came in cans. Harpoon consistently interesting, original, dependable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:15:47 | More by Act25
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4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a clear, orange-golden appearance, and lots of lacing rings left behind on the glass. The aroma is of spicy, pungent, sweet malt, with a rye peppery aspect. Flavor is the same, with hearty bitterness and bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. The 6.9% abv really does not present itself. Overall, this is a very delicious beer, and I think you should check it out.


Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 17:53:56 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium copper with a great fluffy head. Some lace.

Some citric hop notes, some caramel, some bread crust and spicy notes in the nose. Wanted a bit more, but decent.

Nice hoppy brew, with a good balance of caramel, brown bread crust, some spicy bite (from the rye), some resinous hop notes, and bitter with character. Any sweetness is pushed aside by hops and rye notes. Dries up a bit as it finishes.

Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Nice one from these guys. Complex enough, and quite drinkable. Good balance, no overkill. Good job.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 03:18:20 | More by OtherShoe2
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper color with a huge head that fell pretty slowly and left good lacing. I don’t know what I expected in the "rye" part but the IPA part is solid. Nose is pretty good with plenty of malt character to lead you in, a touch of caramel and a solid rye. Taste is rye and spicy/sour with a little citrus, pine and grass. It’s a medium body malt and is well carbonated. It’s crisp and it’s not what you expect from hop flavor because it’s not hop flavor. It’s rye. Get it? It’s wry! It has a palate of it’s own and would be great with sandwiches. This was originally from the 100 barrel series but I had it from a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 12:35:13 | More by utopiajane
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Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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