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Harpoon Black IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
84
good

288 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | 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)
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mttaylor1066

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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a lightly hopped IPA with a dark coffee look and taste.

This seemed a little flat-tasting for an IPA, even for a black IPA. Perhaps it is the hops the brewer chose. I drank this 6 weeks before the expiration date stamped on the neck.

Overall, it is a pleasant ale and worth drinking. But it is no "knock your socks off" representative of a new style.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 19:51:28 | More by mttaylor1066
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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.

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Harpoon Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.