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Harpoon Black IPA - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Black IPAHarpoon Black IPA

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | 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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Ratings: 297 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

rab53, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always nice to see Harpoon tackle this style. It could go anywhere at this point.

Pours a dark brownish-black with a burgundy hue and thick brown head into my glass.

Lightly hopped with a grassy feel. Otherwise, more about the malt than hops.

Sweet with grassy hops. Very chewy. Absolutely no roastiness whatsoever, which works.

Licorice and grassy hops linger at the back of the throat. Again, very basic.

A decent example that I feel is lacking in hoppiness. It's still balanced enough to where you can enjoy it.

Brad007, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Casterbridge
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Casterbridge, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brown, almost black glass gives very thick ruby edges that shows good clarity, but gives a somewhat thin appearance. Gives up tide marks of lace.

Smell: Light vanilla sweet edge to a burnt grain bubblegum confusion. Hints of earthy hop leaves poke through, but don't say IPA. Mild soapy note.

Taste: Roasted grain is restrained, letting some malt sweetness and a pale ale strength hop flavor come through. A slight banana clove yeast flavor that's not expected. The complete package is interesting, but fairly mild.

Mouthfeel: Medium low carbonation, medium body, slick texture with a long fade.

Overall: A tasty beer, but a little modest for the category. Malt seems a bit weak, the hops don't punch, the roasted malt seems just for color. Almost sessionable where I expected a bit more of a celebration beer. Still, a pleasant flavorful beer that I'll enjoy.

HardTarget, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of coachdonovan
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Best by date of 5/15/12, this one was released in the last few weeks. Pours a near black, and the 1" head is not quite as creamy as a pint of Guinness but it's not far off.

Aroma is spot on for the style; fruit-forward but also a nice backbone of roastiness. Taste is similar, with a piney, almost sour bitterness mixed with some significant dark malts. I pick up some unsweetened chocolate, which only adds to the bitterness.

As I make my way through the bottle, there is a metallic astringency that becomes fairly unpleasant. It's not awful, but after a while it's all I can focus on. A disappointing end to a beer I'd been looking forward to trying.

coachdonovan, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

dfd02186, Jan 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

grahambo, Jan 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

pwsoldier, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

new 100 barrel, sweet. into short's large pint glass.

A- nice deep rootbeer brown on the pour. Much darker in the glass. A 1-finger brown sugar head settles to a film on the beer. Lacing looks nice but fades quick.

S- The chocolate and coffee come off strong with a bit of pine sap as well.

T- This one's more than sufficiently bitter. Nice hop wallop on the tongue. Lots of dark roasted malt. Chocolate is bitter, like baking chocolate. Peppery, piny hops.

M- Pretty full body, but all black IPAs seem a bit hefty to me. I like it, though, easy drinkin'.

O- Pretty good stuff. Personally, I'd like to see it ramped up a bit (a la hoppy shoes 1.5) and be rolled in to the Leviathan series. As it stands it's good but nothing special.

ShogoKawada, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

amosher13, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of PicoPapa
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".

PicoPapa, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Thads324
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, barely see through. A bit of ruby on the edges. A small tight tan head dissipates quickly, just a hint of lacing. A light citrus hop aroma with some zest. Only a bit of sweet malt. Starts watery, followed by a hit of hop juice. The hops are a bit piney, black pepper spice, some citrus and more resin like pine. Very little malt at all. Mouthfeel is medium-low body with a high carbonation.
A lot of hop in this bad boy with a malt profile simply to carry the hops. Tasty but could use a semblance of malt flavor. Still very nice

Thads324, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

busterthecat, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

kaelingirl, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

calmstock, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of rdilauro
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the total blackness of this brew. Almost like the darkest of nights. It could have been a porter or a stout, but instead a black IPA!
Instead of picking up the aromas of chocolate and coffee from most stouts, this Black IPA gave you an complete overload of HOPS... but not overdone. Instead it was really balanced. The fullness of the black beer combined with the hops and malt made this one very good interesting beer.

rdilauro, Jan 16, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour produces an almost opaque colored body, with a small amount of tan head on top. Aroma contains notes of floral hops with a trailing roastyness of grain. Flavor contains a center of flowery and citrisy hop bitterness, caramel malt mingles well with the hop flavoring. Tobacco mixes in. Finish provides increased spice on the palate, increased carbonation bite, and black patent malt roast that lingers into the aftertaste. Aftertaste also leaves plenty an abundance of spicey hop flavor on the palate. Overall, quite a solid brew from Harpoon's 100 barrel series.

jdaelhousen, Jan 16, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. The head is huge and fluffy; about 2 inches maybe a little more. The color of the head is light tan. The body is very dark amber which looks black.

The aroma is full of chocolate malt and is full of piney, zesty hops. The hops also add a little bit of dank and dirt aroma.

The taste has some nice coffee notes to go with a bit of molasses bread. The hops are well emphasized as is appropriate for the style, lending to a nice zesty, piney hop finish.

This is light and well carbonated; not quite smooth, kind of bubbly.

Very delicious. Drink this one now.

andrewinski1, Jan 15, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is black, with ruby highlights when held up to light. A thick, frothy, foamy, one inch head that is off-white and big bubbled. The head clings all over the glass as you move the beer around a bit. Aromas are rich cedar and pine, with a slight roasting and a decent resiny presence. The beer's flavors are dry, with a hoppy blast of pine tree and earthy notes, as well as a steady tang of citrus throughout. The beer has a roasting character throughout it, and that transitions directly into the aftertaste, along with an earthy and grainy profile. The finish is quick, with only a slight linger to it. A bit astringent at the end from the hops, cleaning the palate. Good beer.

GarthDanielson, Jan 15, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to get this before it went on the shelves, thanks Dan!

Poured into a brandy snifter.

The appearance is a nice opaque black, the nose is a dominant pine and the taste follows up on that with some slight cocoa and coffe. Very easy drinking!

jimmy82063, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a slick black, with a fluffy 3 inch cream colored head, with lots of lace, and nice retention. Smell is piny hops, citrus, hints of chocolate, and some bread. Taste is all of that with citrus and chocolate the dominant flavors, with a burst of pine in the finish. Body is medium, very easy drinking, plenty of life, and really lush for the style. I was really excited to find this today and be the first to review. A very nice version of a style I love.

SawDog505, Jan 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

eoreilly, Jan 13, 2012
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Harpoon Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.