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

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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

804 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: Jason on 05-10-2011

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
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Ratings: 804 | Reviews: 196
Photo of AAG
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than the Harpoon IPA but very average in my opinion.

Photo of tillmac62
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EBD 11/15/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a slight hint of garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of pine, citrus and spicy rye over a biscuit and caramel base.

Medium body with a slick texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, moderately complex and well balanced. It begins with a bready rye note that is a bit spicy. The middle brings a mild bitterness that has a bit of rind and pine flavor. As the bitterness fades, a rich malt sweetness comes to the forefront coupled with mango notes from the hops. The finish is a slow fade of rind, caramel and a nice rye bite.

Photo of KensWorld
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks good, smells good, tastes typical of a rye. I've had better 3.9

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty; very rich and flavorful.

Photo of tlema1
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Full bodied, spice from the rye, some bitterness on the finish

Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 4/15/15, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear deep-golden color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a film that stays on top long after the pour, a bit of lacing left behind

S- earthy/dank aromas noticed up front, mixing with some peppery rye spice & some bready sweet malt. The hop aroma consists of tropical mango/passionfruit, with hints of citrus and grass

T- quite malty up front with toasted grains & bread crust, the hops take over mid-palate with some notes of citrus, fresh pine & mango, spicy rye finish with more sweet malt on the linger

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a big creamy mouthfeel that continues into a smooth finish

O- well balanced with just enough spice from the rye, a good deal for the price and one that I would try again

Photo of MarkLinton1
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely one of my favorite Rye IPA's. Golden hue with a slight tint of red. Beautiful nose with plenty of spices and earthy notes. The most remarkable thing about this beer is the balance of all the different hops. Tastes of grapefruit, pine and a wonderful array of spiciness. Dry across the tounge. Give this a try. Doubt you will be disappointed.

Photo of K-Baum
4.89/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Can't rave enough. My favorite go-to beer. Balanced in all aspects, nothing that overpowers the rest. Simply perfect.

Photo of bluehende
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice IPA. Nothing great and certainly nothing wrong. At this price point it is very good. Not a lot of rye presence. Bought in a mix pack.

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

A: Pours a nice clear amber orange color, very active head.

S: The aroma is floral and piney, clean and pleasant.

T: The hops are bold enough, and that same piney spice is present. There is a fresh citrus note that gets bitter on the finish.

F: Light and fluffy, we'll carbonated. Refreshing.

O: A well rounded, properly balanced IPA. Well worth trying, another strong offering from Harpoon.

Photo of Reillybrews
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer several times, love it!

Photo of everythingiszen
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

The rye that got me into ryes. Heavy bodied, golden hued, grapefruity. Lingering bitter finish, maybe too lingering.

I'm probably biased in Harpoon's favor, but it's good regardless.

Photo of hail_seitan
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - A good golden body with a moderate haze, topped by a thick, foamy white head.

S - Resinous, with grapefruit rind, mild pine, and some generic spice.

T - The first thing to register on the tongue are some fairly bready flavors with a mild spiciness. Then comes a onslaught of grapefruit rind, accompanied by some pine sap. The finish is bitter with a lingering honey sweetness from the malt.

M - Fairly thick and sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation is slightly overzealous.

O - I had heard good things about this beer, but I have to say it was a bit of a disappointment. The sticky grapefruit hoppiness is really quite enjoyable, but the malt is a bit too saccharine and viscous to give it a good backbone. The spice from the rye is under-realized, too. Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye is a far superior beer for the price point.

Photo of Beric
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%

Serving: On tap at the brew hall, in a sampler
Serving: 6 September 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear beer with good carbonation and a nice soapy white head. Nice deep color. Best looking IPA from Harpoon by far. 3.75/5

Aroma: Nice sweet malts with a strong hint of grapefruit citrusiness from the hops. 4/5

Taste: One of Harpoon's best! Nice maltiness carries assertive citrus hops all the way through the sip. The hops taste clean and fresh for once rather than dank like most hoppy Harpoon beers. Some nice spice on the back end from the rye.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation lends the beer some nice body. 3.75/5

Overall: One of Harpoon's best offerings, and doubtlessly their best hoppy beer I've had to date. Would recommend for Harpoon fans. 3.75/5

Photo of gonzo000
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Wow - this is my favorite Harpoon beer that I have had in a 12 oz bottle. Looking at the picture associated on the website, it started as a 100 barrel series beer. Good choice to bring to a 12 pack.
a. - Orangish in huge with a 1 finger head when poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet glass.
s. Hops, carmel, rye, sweet smell (dry hop??)
t. Outstanding! This is where the beer shines. Rye, some sweet, good hops - great balance.
m. Smooth. A bit dry on the back, but very, very good. Easy to Drink.
o. Boarder-line outstanding beer.

Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a slight yeast and pine aroma
Appearance- This brew is a great amber to orange color with a nice white head.
Taste- Has an excellent flavor of citrus, pine and hops that goes down well.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate to high carbonation has a dry finish.
Overall- I really like this beer, I don't see it being sold often down in Georgia, but the next time I see I will pick up a few bottles.

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

Pours a bright orange color with white head and spotty lacing. The aroma has a good blend of malts and rye grains, some fruity notes from yeast and hops round it out. The taste has mostly rye grain notes and a satisfying spice bite with the hops leaving the palate dry. Each sip leads to a need for another, and this beer was consumed in a matter of fact fashion. Harpoon makes decent, drinkable beers and everything is well in Massachusetts.

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of DrewsBrews450
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

Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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