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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804 Ratings

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

Poured into a nonic a clear rich copper with a creamy-like one finger white head that never really settles,just some nice froth.Aromas have a nice spicy rye kick to go along with the citric hops,a bit of nutty malt is detected as well.Flavors start with citric and earthy hops wich is good but the rye doesn't quite stand out as much on the palate,there is a slightly sweet and nutty malt base wich holds up well to the hops.There is a nice creamy feel to the beer and it has alot of stuff going for it,a little beefing up on the rye malt and this beer would be outstanding,as is it's still pretty damn good.

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 lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Sam Adams pint glass this beer was a gold color, not at all hazy. It had a medium-sized white head that left a little bit of lace.
Rye malt aroma, fairly sharp. Citrus and herbal notes.
Rye malt taste against grapefruit. Some piney hops showed up late.
This beer was certainly on the crisp side. It had a nice bite to it.
Would drink it again.

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

A- Slightly hazy copper in color with a big egg shell head that fades slowly leaving impressive lace.

S- Big nose of American hops, lots of pine and fruit, with some spicy and sweet breadiness.

T- Smooth and light up front, with a strange pit fruit character that is quickly whisked away by a refreshingly bitter and fairly smooth bitterness.

M- Thin and dry with medium low carbonation, this one goes down pretty easily.

O- An enjoyable IPA thought I don't get a huge amount of rye, just enough to poke around the hops. This beer could also use a little more hop flavor up front rather than just the finishing bitterness.

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a batch # on the bottle.

LOOK: Hazed golden peach color, more than ample head

SMELL: Orangey, grassy, catty, spicy rye, yeast, juicy fruit, over ripe lemons

TASTE: Hoppy, herbal, spicy rye, bready, buttery yeast, mangoes, hemp seeds, dried grass, bitter dry finish

Gratz on the 25 years, certainly a good stab at the Rye IPA style. Big and hoppy equals fun and the house character keeps it interesting.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Premium Gourmet of Buffalo. Poured into a Duvet goblet.

Bright amber brew, nice billowing head that settles into a nice little layer. Good lacing, decent looking brew.

Nose is sweet malt, very little hops at all, with the caramel, toffee and rye grain dominating things.

Nice rye brew, with the hops having a bit more of a go on the palate. A bit of citrus there, and with a nice rye character.

Thinner bodied, carbonation is touch hot. Hop bitterness lingers a bit.

Interesting rye brew, I enjoyed it. Again, more hops would have been great, but I did get that chewy rye grain flavor, which is a good thing.

Photo of jondeelee
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich & Dan's Rye IPA begins with an aroma that is heavy on the hops (as is to be expected), with lovely pine and grapefruit notes. Beneath that is a healthy dose of grains, including fresh-cut wheat aromas, as well as light hints of rye and pumpernickel bread.

On the tongue, the beer provides a massive upfront hit of hops, heavy on grapefruit and grapefruit rind. The malts add a touch of apricot. The rye flavors come later in the mouthful and are quite light, but do add a hint of spicy undercurrent, resembling marble rye bread with fresh-cracked black pepper. The aftertaste is heavy on hops, with light remnants of apricot and rye, and has a lingering hop and, unfortunately, alcohol tang.

Overall, this is a good IPA, though problematic in that the rye flavors are not as prominent as the label would suggest--indeed, not knowing this was a Rye IPA, I wouldn't have necessarily known rye was in it. And the heavy alcohol in the aftertaste did become overwhelming after about a third of the bottle. Still, the hoppy tones are delicious, and there's just enough spice to give the beer a welcome kick. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

Photo of skivtjerry
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light amber color, slightly hazy, with a small sticky head.

S: Hoppy, lots of resin/pine notes with a little dankness and some soapy notes (no, my glass is clean, nothing but hot water touches it). A slight rye note that seems to be lightly toasted unmalted rye rather than rye malt.

T: A respectable but not harsh hop bitterness up front followed by piney hops balanced by some spiciness and the smooth flavor of rye malt. Medium-dry, bitter finish.

M: Moderate carbonation and the slick body that rye malt lends. Finish is a tad too dry and bitter but that is splitting hairs.

O: A very drinkable beer with no real faults, just doesn't blow me away. I would buy it again. Would like to try this on draft.

Photo of Culture
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into becker pint glass. Slightly cloudy copper with a medium-thick white head that fades fast into a nice layer of foam that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Smells of spicy malts and some hops. Taste is just like you'd expect; spicy rye malt and bitter hops in taste and both through to the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is clean and a bit dry.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper in the body with a billowing off white cream head rising above the edges of my Gulden Draak chalice. Chunky sporadic bands of lacing are left behind with each sip. This is a nice beer, full on citrus and spicy rye interplay going on in the nose. Enough base malt provides some bread/crackers balance to it, but big alpha hop brings the grapefruit pungency. Flavor wise it's banging with citrus hops and a bit of earthiness, which is blended nicely with a bready/spicy rye notes bringing out an herbal/grain note to it. Bitterness lingers in a good way on the palate, with nice slick hop oils flowing along, ample carbonation carries the body just fine. Overall between a nice brisk bitter IPA and interesting rye spiciness, this was one of my favorites I've had from the 100 barrel series in some time, pretty rock solid offering so solid that the founders of Harpoon threw their names on it.

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 mdaschaf
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub on IPA day.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a clear copper/amber color with a one finger white head that faded rather quickly leaving only little bits of lacing.

S: Light citrus and grassy with some caramelized malt and a hint of rye malt, but not as pronounced as I was hoping.

T: The first flavor is nice and hoppy with some grapefruit and orange peel. This is followed by some rye malt and a bit of caramel and bready malt. The finish is unfortunately accentuated by a metallic/oxidized flavor.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, slightly dry, but metallic finish.

O: It was ok before the oxidized flavor hit, but even without it, I probably wouldn't go for it again. Thought that the rye was a bit weak as well.

Photo of tastybeer
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clover-honey amber color, standard 2" head, moderate dissipation, good lace and very active in the "eye".

A sweet and tropical aroma from the hops, light citrus...yeah big hops.

Major tropical fruity flavor's come out of the hops, then earthy, major crispiness, medium-bodied bite. Wonderful dry rye effect, that gives a wheat and grains effect. slightly metallic in the finish, which is what keeps the score down a bit.

Bring on more ryeIPA's!

Photo of BennyL1
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle Poured into an Allagash chalice. Drink by 8/15/12.

This Rye IPA pours a nice copper color with a thick frothy white head that sticks around for a while. Really nice thick rings of lace is left along the glass. Fine looking brew right here.

Aromas of rich piney hops with a good rye background. Maybe a bit of caramel in the background.

Lots of good hop flavors up front. Spicy and floral hops with that distinguished rye background. Really enjoying this one. Mouthfeel is nice as well, so easy to put back! Medium in body with good carbonation.

Harpoon got this one right. I'm not a huge fan of rye beers but this one hit the spot. Would recommend to friends.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with an amber hue. There's a 1/4" of head with good retention. The smell is great floral, citrusy hop aromas. The taste is rye and barley malt with citrusy and grassy hops with some faint yeast and fruit notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Overall, a decent beer, but a little unbalanced. The malt is a little light for the hop character. I like most of what's going on here though. From Harpoon, I wish this was more available.

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 hreb
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold 22oz bottle served in a plastic cup (thanks, Days Hotel!). Beer pours golden, relatively pale considering the gravity, and looks pretty clear for a supposedly unfiltered brew. Thin white head falls quickly. Little aroma, faintly hoppy. The flavor, however, is all rye and immediately so.

As far as IPAs go, the hop flavors in this one are muddled together, simultaneously balancing and amplifying the rye. Rye-PA is unfortnately a little pallate-smashing, but I love it. 54 unforgiving IBUs.

A great example of the style.

Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Paul for sharing. This reminded me of Harpoon IPA for better or worse. The body was relatively light for the style, but it was by no means watery and on a summer day, I didn't mind. The hops and rye blend into a spicy bread floral citrus mix that's quite pleasant, but should be a bit richer for an IPA. It just didn't have the same kick as most ~7% hoppy ales.

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 dannydetox
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Above average rye ipa from harpoon. vibrant orange color with large bubbles, yet not overly carbonated tasting. i detect dusty grains and rye on the nose, some english/east coast fruitiness. ale starts off on the fruity side, and then progress into a dry, bitter finish. the rye is more subtle on this one than something like the ruthless rye in my opinion. quite drinkable at almost 7%, though the mouthfeel was slightly oily.

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 jmerloni
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Murky, hazy yellow coloration. Appears unfiltered and raw. Head is moderately large with good lacing.

S - Delicious. Fresh grasses, straw, hops, and a lot of honey!

T - Pretty delicious. Tastes a lot like a west coast IPA. Hops are pretty overwhelming here. A lot of hops overwhelm the deliciously fresh tasting honey malts.

M - Surprisingly thick. Carbonation only comes in toward the end. I actually can't believe how thick this is; a step away from being jello.

D - Overall a solid beer. I probably wouldn't get it again, however, given the price and the fact that there are better rye beers out there. Pretty good showing from Harpoon, though. I just disagree with the mouthfeel, but obviously they chose to make it that way and I think the fact that they decided to take a risk and make this beer thick is pretty cool. Respect, Harpoon.

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