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Harpoon Black IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
84
good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 22 | 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Harpoon Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.