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Harpoon Black IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Black IPAHarpoon Black IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

289 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 289
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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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a two finger, off-white head. Slowly settles leaving a sticky lacing all along the inside of the glass. Clear body that is a deep mahogany color.
S) Citrus notes with some smoked, woodsy tones.
T) Mellow hop bite from start to finish. Subtle coffee and chocolate tones.
M) Creamy. Medium body. Dry and slightly tannic in the finish.
O) A good "cascading pale ale". I'd definitely have another one.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 23:51:47 | More by u2carew
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Bjlps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-10-2014 01:15:52 | More by Bjlps
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-09-2014 23:37:01 | More by scxcrunner
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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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MeganandDana

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

03-02-2014 02:34:54 | More by MeganandDana
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-28-2014 22:14:42 | More by rorjets
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_phil_d

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-25-2014 02:04:31 | More by _phil_d
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adaifotis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-24-2014 18:48:18 | More by adaifotis
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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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a found 100 Barrel Series bottle from 2012. Sampled on February 16, 2014.

This was stashed away on a dusty shelf at a small town convenience store with a bunch of other outdated or damaged beers. So I picked it up.

The pour is dark brown with a tremendous, foamy, lacing clinging tan head. Reddish hues glisten all along the side of the glass.

The aroma has a dark roasted barley malt, black licorice, acetaldehydic character. Hops are muted but the ones I get are earthy in nature. The weak hop character could be due to the age of the bottle.

The body is medium with a smooth texture.

The taste is also malty, slightly sweet and more more modestly bitter with a lingering finish. I think this aged well considering it was probably not meant to be aged.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 20:24:09 | More by puboflyons
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-14-2014 22:18:00 | More by Massbmx
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RyanPollock

Ontario (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent black IPA, one of the first i have ever tried. The taste is slightly spicy with smokey undertones and a hint of sweetness. Has a strong aftertaste with excellent hoppiness. The balance between spicy, sweet, and smokey adds a nice quality and makes this a unique beer experience. Surprisingly smooth with a nice drinkable taste. Would totally drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 00:45:59 | More by RyanPollock
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Diggitydustin

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall a really good black IPA. When I poured it into my mug I took a few minutes to just admire the look and smell of this. Poured a dark brown color with a nice, frothy, tan/khaki color head. The smell is several different aromas. Sorta citrusy, sorta earthy. The taste relatively matched that. It was a little heavy, but went down smooth nonetheless. Very enjoyable. I recommend trying it, especially if you like black IPAs. I would pay for this again, and probably will.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 03:22:25 | More by Diggitydustin
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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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jaffers

New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. After being disappointed by other black IPAs, I almost gave up on the style. Seems like not many brewers can nail the balance just right and Harpoon did that, pushing it out of the category of a porter without blasting you with hops. Great beer, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:51:12 | More by jaffers
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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-08-2014 01:36:50 | More by NHSTEVE
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smb71481

Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-02-2014 20:40:49 | More by smb71481
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jburd19

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-01-2014 15:52:34 | More by jburd19
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jw1978

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-25-2014 20:40:21 | More by jw1978
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-21-2014 01:12:42 | More by AJ01923
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theoceantakesme

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

12-28-2013 05:18:33 | More by theoceantakesme
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JoeMans

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

12-17-2013 05:38:52 | More by JoeMans
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ChrisMyles

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-27-2013 22:13:56 | More by ChrisMyles
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TeeRex

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

10-27-2013 15:42:20 | More by TeeRex
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AdamElb

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

10-22-2013 02:05:29 | More by AdamElb
Harpoon Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.