Harpoon Black IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by troysoy2:
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle, picked up at the brewery.
Two fingers of bubbly, tan head sit over a black body, with just the slightest bit of deep rust color shining through. Decent retention, but the lacing pretty much ended halfway through.
The smell is of very floral, almost fruity hops, with caramel.
Not bad, and reminds me a bit of the Leviathan Imperial IPA in its hop profile, although more balanced out by some dark, burnt malt. Citrusy and fruity, with an almost berry flavor hiding in there. Sweet, with some caramel. Mildly dry on the finish. A hint of alcohol heat peaks through. Pretty tasty, but I'd like to see some of the flavors brought out a bit more. The mouthfeel is a tad on the lighter side, but nicely carbonated. Not too prickly, but not quite creamy either.
Overall, I'm happy to have grabbed a bottle of this during my visit. A very drinkable, uniquely hopped take on the style.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2012 22:46:48 | More by troysoy2
More User Reviews:
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.