Harpoon Black IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by jdaelhousen:
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
Pour produces an almost opaque colored body, with a small amount of tan head on top. Aroma contains notes of floral hops with a trailing roastyness of grain. Flavor contains a center of flowery and citrisy hop bitterness, caramel malt mingles well with the hop flavoring. Tobacco mixes in. Finish provides increased spice on the palate, increased carbonation bite, and black patent malt roast that lingers into the aftertaste. Aftertaste also leaves plenty an abundance of spicey hop flavor on the palate. Overall, quite a solid brew from Harpoon's 100 barrel series.
01-16-2012 22:10:58 | More by jdaelhousen
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3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
03-23-2012 22:07:01 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
02-03-2012 02:59:46 | More by Billolick
3.38/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
02-20-2012 21:39:55 | More by tigg924
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
02-06-2012 14:18:34 | More by far333
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
04-29-2014 02:50:19 | More by WVbeergeek
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
01-16-2012 22:40:06 | More by rdilauro
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
06-26-2012 19:42:50 | More by Sammy
4.19/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
04-19-2013 01:08:23 | More by tdm168
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
02-10-2012 04:17:00 | More by hreb
Harpoon Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.