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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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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Photo of mooseisloose
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of stella77artois
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of AB810
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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 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.

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.

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of JMScowcroft
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.

Photo of Andrew041180
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of wedge
3.61/5  rDev -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.

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 Act25
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
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.


Photo of OtherShoe2
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of utopiajane
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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 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 wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orangish/amber color, ever so slightly cloudy appearance
S: very nice overall, biscuity malt nose with spicy peppery hops
T: good, well-balanced India Pale Ale with good malt up front and spicy peppery hops in finish
M: creamy mouthfeel and highly drinkable

Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to Slatetank for gifting me with a couple bottles of these 'poon IPA varieties. 12oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass, the brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish to lightly tanned cap more than 2 fingers strong that fades leaving almost a full wall of lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma has some pleasant maltiness caught between caramel and toffee with a distinct fruity aspect of rye. Not really spicy perse but different with that sort of toasted quality that only rye can produce. There is an accenting fruity aspect coming forward from the combination of alcohol and hops. A bit of almost orange marmalade scent is present initially that blends into some melon, honeydew or cantaloupe hop notes.

The flavor is more hop centric than what the aroma would lead you to believe. A rindy, pulpy bitterness hits the tongue first with a flavor of zest and almost catty quality that fades into a strong taste of grapefruit and melon like the aroma suggested. The alcohol is present with it's own fruited aspect and the maltiness pokes through from time to time with a toasted flavoring but little contrasting sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is a pretty nice IPA with the rye being very noticeable. There was just something about the strange melon notes and strangely strong focus on alcohol for being under 7% that hindered the overall drink-ability for me on this one. Regardless, no issues finishing the glass and I am very appreciative of the chance to give this one a try. Thanks again Matt.

Photo of JayQue
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but a bit lacking as either an IPA or Rye beer. Looks good. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Looks good, slightly hazy amber with a good size frothy white head (off a hard pour). Good lacing and head retention.

Mild aroma, a little piney hops.

Taste is a bit better than average. Sharp piney hops and a bit of rye sourness but there is a sour apple vinegar presence too that is not that good.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but there is a crisp bitterness. Richness improves a bit the more you drink.

Overall not bad but I have had much better Rye beers and IPAs.

Photo of ktblue22
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I may be judging this beer harshly, as Rye IPAs are my most absolute favorite style of beer, and I tried this after having a very fresh batch of home-brewed Rye IPA, which absolutely blew my mind. However, I think Harpoon does a good job with this beer. The Rye aspect is there, yet mild, and the IPA half of this beer is VERY mild in my opinion.

Nice and clear, yellowy-brown color. Small head
Smell - mostly rye, hardly getting any hop aromas from this beer
Taste - yummy, yet flat. As you drink the beer the aftertaste builds with a nice musky grass taste, which is lovely, but I'm missing the up-front hoppiness that I love from IPAs. Good amount of rye flavor too, which I'm perceiving more as I'm halfway through this bottle, poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Photo of CapH
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear, light amber color. Solid whitish head that casts nice rings on a glass.

Smell- Nice, medium spicy hop aroma.

Taste- Crisp dry first impression followed by pleasant hops then ending with a dry bite.

Mouthfeel- dry and fizzy. Almost too much carbonation.

Overall- A nice IPA. Easy to drink though a bit too dry and light for my taste.

Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not one of my favorite Ryes. I would recommend this beer for an introductory Rye. There is
nothing wrong with this beer just not my cup of tea. More brewers need to make Rye beers, definetly my favorite style right now... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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