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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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WassailWilly

New York

1/5  rDev -73%

02-09-2012 04:31:05 | More by WassailWilly
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JLapadura

New York

1.25/5  rDev -66.3%

04-20-2012 15:04:18 | More by JLapadura
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.13/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber poured into a Maudite snifter. A smallish tan head tops the deep brown body, but it's fairly tenacious and isn't shy with the lace.

Pretty tame nose for a CDA, chocolate roast with earthy undertones. A punch of earthy hop flavor somewhat ups the 'oomph' factor, but the limp finish and bland malt profile fall flat. On the positive side, there's a hefty dose of bitterness. A blast of bitterness without any other flavors really being fleshed out any other fully developed flavors doesn't have much appeal, though. I love the CDA style, but this particular example misses the mark.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 01:22:45 | More by PDXHops
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Dyerseve

Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

07-05-2012 17:12:00 | More by Dyerseve
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

03-22-2014 15:05:55 | More by TheBigBoy
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

04-01-2014 01:59:29 | More by Fettpopps
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.6/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

16 ounce pint - $6.75 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Nearly black, there's some ruby tints at the edges and capped by nearly an inch of ivory-hued foam.

Smell: Resiny pine notes with some generic roastiness but completely lacking any inviting, ingratiating hop or malt complexities.

Taste: Roasty gas station coffee with a fast flash of bitter chocolate enveloped into char. Nearly nil sweetness. Resinous pine sap with a modest underpinning of citrus. Moderate bitterness. Dry, bitter, resiny finish with a sliver of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'm not too pleased with this one. It's fairly one-note and weak in the malt and hop department, making for a beer that's actually less than the some of its part.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 20:00:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown brew (close to porter shade) with a big head and a fair bit of lacing.

S - A bit of lemon pith, pepper and a medicinal smell.

T - Very little malt presence, almost watery tasting. There is a bit of faint citrus pith and very faint molasses. Very quickly a medicinal bitterness enters that lingers into the aftertaste. It isn't horribly unpleasant, but it isn't great.

M - Smooth, thin, a little refreshing.

D - It isn't bad. It isn't terribly good though.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 03:14:20 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

03-04-2013 21:44:52 | More by Larrydoherty
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chet4

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

02-21-2014 15:39:14 | More by chet4
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

03-24-2012 20:34:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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bmosh99

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

04-21-2013 01:15:51 | More by bmosh99
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rallyr32

New York

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

03-03-2014 18:49:09 | More by rallyr32
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emakings

Puerto Rico

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

02-10-2014 22:36:08 | More by emakings
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

03-04-2012 01:09:16 | More by jfcaa193
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A severely muted aroma of hops, coffee and malt.

T: Tasted of some hops (not enough in my opinion), a bit of malt, and some coffee. Flavor is extremely unbalanced and fairly bland, with an acrid quality to it.

M: A good amount of carbonation, but the acrid quality is especially noticeable in the finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is not one of the better examples of an ABA. It does not have nearly the power or complexity of other beers of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 14:59:11 | More by avalon07
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alesaram

Guam

3/5  rDev -19.1%

10-15-2012 23:05:01 | More by alesaram
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with a Best By Date of 5/15/12. Pours a black color with ruby hues. Small amount of head with some lacing. Aroma is of sweet citrus. Maybe some caramel and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is of grains, some citrus and somewhat earthy. Some floral flavor towards the end. Kind of a metallic aftertaste. Light mouthfeel. This isn't all that great. Pretty light and watery for the style and there is an odd metallic floral aftertaste. Overall, "meh".

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 05:11:28 | More by PicoPapa
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.1%

07-01-2012 00:44:36 | More by ms11781
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Casterbridge

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-29-2012 01:18:22 | More by Casterbridge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with clear, ruby highlights and a fluffy light brown cap. Fair head retention with sticky lacing. Powdery citrus, caramel, grassy hops and roast in the aroma. Bitterness was dominated by sweet malts up front (chocolate, toffee, and roast) and never really took charge once they started to fade towards the finish. Citrus and grassy hops mid-palate with a bit of alcohol following. Creamy carbonation with medium plus body, nice texture, slight warmth. Overall, I liked it, but didn't think it was a great example of the style. Hop bitterness was overshadowed by sweetness, which made it more balanced but neutered the beer. It kind of made me think of a slightly hopped up American Brown Ale rather than an IPA of any stripe.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:08:54 | More by DrJay
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Mbennett

New York

3/5  rDev -19.1%

08-15-2013 02:47:06 | More by Mbennett
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goodonya

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.1%

09-21-2013 16:54:35 | More by goodonya
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -19.1%

06-05-2012 02:46:17 | More by jenray
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beernads

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.1%

10-20-2013 14:10:19 | More by beernads
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Harpoon Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.