Harpoon Black IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by ShogoKawada:
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
new 100 barrel, sweet. into short's large pint glass.
A- nice deep rootbeer brown on the pour. Much darker in the glass. A 1-finger brown sugar head settles to a film on the beer. Lacing looks nice but fades quick.
S- The chocolate and coffee come off strong with a bit of pine sap as well.
T- This one's more than sufficiently bitter. Nice hop wallop on the tongue. Lots of dark roasted malt. Chocolate is bitter, like baking chocolate. Peppery, piny hops.
M- Pretty full body, but all black IPAs seem a bit hefty to me. I like it, though, easy drinkin'.
O- Pretty good stuff. Personally, I'd like to see it ramped up a bit (a la hoppy shoes 1.5) and be rolled in to the Leviathan series. As it stands it's good but nothing special.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2012 23:06:55 | More by ShogoKawada
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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.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2014 02:50:19 | More by WVbeergeek
Harpoon Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.