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Harpoon Black IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Black IPAHarpoon Black IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

295 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Harpoon brewer Matt DeLuca took over the brewhouse for our 40th 100 Barrel Series offering. A newly released specialty malt from Briess called Midnight Wheat gives this beer an almost stout-like appearance without the overly roasty attributes often associated with traditional dark malts. Flaked barley is also used in the malt bill for head retention. An intense yet diverse hop addition schedule is executed during the boil that results in a well balanced offering.

On top of the Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade, and Citra hops is an ample addition of Ahtanum hops that provides a fruity aroma to complement the earthy, spicy bitterness of this dark ale.

67 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by DrinkingDrake:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

DrinkingDrake, Jun 28, 2013
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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown color a nice tight one finger beige colored head atop that lasted in a pillow state for quite awhile.Piney hops stood nicely over top of roast and unsweetened chocolate malt notes,the flavors don't really pack any op punch honestly to me it's like a earthy porter with its light bitter chocolate and raw earthy finish,it lacks really any hop character.The beer started out promising but the lack of hop depth on the palate really brought the score down for me,it's not true to style flavor wise.

oberon, Mar 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Todd, Mar 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

TimoP, Feb 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Harpoon 100 BS bomber bottle.

Pours pretty much black, larger then average and lasting darker tan head, leavesa thick collar, ample low sheeting and bits and bars of sticking lace.

Earthy, grassy hopped up nose

Pleasant black ale, with hops some what on the tame side for an IPA. Tastes more like a slightly hoppy stout, with minor roasty character.

Finish is where the hops start to come into their own, however in a subtle and reserved fashion.

$6.99 for the bomber makes this a decent value.

Billolick, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at New World Tavern, Plymouth

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: charred malt and citrus hops

Taste: big chocolate and light citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, light body, sweet with a slightly bitter end

Overall: This one is ok to good, but definitely finished behind Uinta in my Black Ale night. I would pick this up again as it is enjoyable, but there are others in the style I would choose first.

tigg924, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of chudson1992
4/5  rDev +7.8%

chudson1992, May 26, 2013
Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

standardcherry, May 21, 2012
Photo of IPAalways
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

IPAalways, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with ruby highlights at the edges, a fluffy oatmeal colored head of many-sized bubbles lingers long and recedes slowly. Inviting aroma of citrusy hops, mild malt character.

Rich and roasty dark malt flavors intertwined with strong hoppy goodness, full of citrus and floral notes, morphing to pine in the finish. Roasty bitterness emerges, mixing well with the hops. Nice balance of very rich flavors that work well together.

Creamy and full mouthfeel, slight suggestion of tannins. Overall a tasty and enjoyable beer.

far333, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Culture
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Culture, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look I always do my best to track down new offerings from Harpoon, it's one of those larger regional microbreweries with multiple locations in New England. However, I find that they tend to nail a lot of styles pretty well.

Their jumpin' on one of the trends of 2013 the Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA in this case it pours almost pitch black in my glass with some ruby highlights when held toward the light. A nice thick khaki tan head forms thick and forms a great rocky texture with sporadic lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma contains a nice mix of citrus based hops, earthy/dank, mild pine hops multiple varieties listed in the description, dark roasts are mild, hints of dark chocolate not much perceived sweetness.

Flavors dark roasted malts actually blend nicely here with the dank hop components, hints of orange citrus, dark bitter chocolate, herbal/earthy/pine hop flavors at times loose the cohesion with the dark roasted malt bill.

Mouthfeel medium bodied slick mouthfeel, bitter dry finish, yet maintains that smooth crisp drinkability found in most of the Harpoon offerings. Overall nothing incredibly mind blowing but definitely a well made version of an often times poor style from most of the major brewers versions I've tried in the last year.

WVbeergeek, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

The_Big_E, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of rdilauro
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the total blackness of this brew. Almost like the darkest of nights. It could have been a porter or a stout, but instead a black IPA!
Instead of picking up the aromas of chocolate and coffee from most stouts, this Black IPA gave you an complete overload of HOPS... but not overdone. Instead it was really balanced. The fullness of the black beer combined with the hops and malt made this one very good interesting beer.

rdilauro, Jan 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

alesaram, Oct 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Varkias41, Oct 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

ruffdawg, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A head of mold spore look on a black body. Subdued aromas, both the roast and the hop. Lacey. Big roast flavour (some ash sediment) with a citrus hop finish, odd but interesting that they used a German hop.Thanks for bringing John. Average for the style.

Sammy, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - blackish brown with reddish edges; soft, brownish head that fades quickly

S - roasted malts, pine, citrus, chocolate

T - huge, intensely piny hops dominate that front end; smooth chocolate and roasted malts follow through to the end; intensely bitter; some faint citrus and sweetness throughout

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice black IPA. It has an amazingly forward hop character that should please any hop head. It also has a nice, well rounded malt character that balances nicely. It's also a very easy to drink beer that refreshes. It's definitely worth a try.

tdm168, Apr 19, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber of Harpoon's 40th 100 barrel series (couldn't they bring themselves to do a malt liquor for this one?). Served in an oversized wine glass, just to mix things up. Beer pours very dark brown into a black abyss and is topped with a giant chestnut head which falls and leaves thick lacing. This IPA may be black but holy cow, the aroma is all green. According to the label, ample amounts of Ahtanum hops are responsible for that.

Flavor is all IPA, and only in the very end is there any hint of roasted malt. I do feel like the beer might be excessively dry, given the relatively high IBUs and ABVs. This beer really showcases just two things: loads of hops and a contrasting black body. But other than that it's just an average, if high alcohol, CDA.

hreb, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Boitnott, Mar 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

cliff1066, Feb 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Larrydoherty, Mar 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

tc1072, Feb 17, 2013
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Harpoon Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.