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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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very good

787 Ratings

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 86 | 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: 787 | Reviews: 191
Reviews by dunlap926:
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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 woodchipper
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 juicebox
4.75/5  rDev +25%

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 mjh0527
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DFlynn
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%

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 briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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