Hoppy Adventure
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,235
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,450
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 8.12%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
181
From:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the pint can, it pours a clear golden amber with a nice head, soon diminishing to a nice ring. Some lacing. Grassy and piney in the nose. Pine resin in the mouth as well, with a malt background.

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Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can purchased at Windsor, dated 05/07/18 into the pint glass
A - Nice clarity, gentle carbonation, with an aggressive pour, cap of snow white can be created.
S - Pine, pineapple, a bit of warm toast, herbal elements are grassy
T - Follows the nose well, some excellent orange reduction in there as well
M - Medium in body, gently carbonated, this is an area for improvement, finish is semi sweet, linger has a hint of bitterness
O - A well done offering. hops are well proportioned, the base beer is solid. Worth keeping in the fridge

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can. 7.8 % abv. 58 ibu. New England stylie

A totally clear liquid that has gold and amber colorations. A rocky, snow capped foam leaves some very nice, intricate lacing behind. Big sticky, foam clumps hang on like crazy. The liquid seems a bit heavy....and totally clear.

The nose has the classic Harpoon-esque amber malty aroma happening first and formost. Spice and sweet tropical fruits from the hops happen next.wild Honey wheat bready malt, dense, sweet fruits and pepper rounds out the aromatics.

A clean, sharp malty bite to the medium bodied brew leaves a lasting impression. Pepper, leafy dry earth, herbals and green grass sums up the first hit. The classic, Harpoon, amber malty body provides a heavy balanc3, spiced dark wheat bread. A very, zesty, earthy toned body and mouthfeel, spices over smokey caramel and pine with black pepper herbs seems to be the zenith of the flavor spectrum. Medium sized complexity of hops.

Overall, a rather complex....*almost* New England style ipa. I mean, it's Harpoon..so isnt every ipa they make NE style? Mot exactly. It's their own style. Low points if this is in fact, a stab at the NE stylie ipa's , good points for beingban extra good Harpoon release.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a clear golden orange color with a dense off white head. leaves some nice lacing, great looking brew. very mild aromas of grassyness, bread, some sweet fruity hops and a hint of pine. palate follows for the most part. some malty and sweeter notes, hint of orange and some green floral qualities, touch of pine on the finish. overall a nice shelfie!

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Photo of h4ger
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz 4-pk of cans dated 4-15-17. The pour is a clear golden lager, not much lacing, looks a bit on the thin side. The head disappears pretty fast.
Decent aroma, a bit tropical and piney on the nose,
The taste is mostly the same as the aroma, pine and citrus with a touch of malt.
The mouth feel was a bit thin.
Overall it's OK but nothing spectacular, there are much better DIPA's out there but the price point is a bit more reasonable. I have three more and will enjoy them but they will not be a center piece of the evening.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - Golden yellow with hazy body and two finger of thick, white head

S - Resinous with malty sweetness. Peaches and candied orange.

T -Earthy, moss, grass, tree bark, sweet malts, peach pit, stone fruits

F - Feels bigger than abv. Sweet at times, but earth hops bring you back.

O - One of Harpoon's best. Good to see a solid NE DIPA that isn't a juice bomb.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a vibrant golden color with highlights of orange. There is a bit of chill haze and a dense, 1.5 finger, off white head. Retention is very good and there is spotted lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is bright citrus and tropical fruit as well as dank pine and a touch of bready malts.

Taste is the same. Tangerine, mango, lemon and pineapple all combine wonderfully out of the gate with the slightest bit of malt backbone acting as nothing more than a springboard for the hops to launch their all out assault. Mid sip the previous flavors are swept aside by resinous pine and citrus pith creating a nice change of pace and a very nice bitter finish.

Feel is a bit light for a double, but very resinous which helps add to the body. Maybe a touch undercarbonated. Dangerously drinkable though with the light body and absolutely no trace of alcohol.

Overall this is a very good beer. Super hoppy and flavorful. I am not sure how regular of a purchase this will be with a price tag of $12.99 per 4pk, but I will certainly enjoy the 3 that I have left.

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Photo of Phishagonia
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at a local BBQ spot in southern CT. Initially I was concerned this would be an overly hoppy, bitter DIPA. Poured into a pint glass. Look: Very little to zero head, no lacing. Wondering if this was a bad pour/line/setup. Almost looked like a cider in the glass. Smell was a bit of pine, a tiny hint of citrus, and a decent malt backbone. Taste: I get more of the pine and citrus, yet a soft hoppy flavor. This is more balanced than I anticipated, and that's not a bad thing; it adds drinkability. Booze is well hidden with the flavor profile. Despite the strange appearance (lack of head), I ordered a second one. I'd get this again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near-clear golden pour with sticky white top that fades slowly. Aroma is various tropical fruit and pine - somewhat juicy. Flavor follows identically with a slight malt sweet showing up near the finish. Some lingering bitter. Pretty tasty, but so much competitions these days - I'll pass this next time.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 16 oz can with a best by date of 04/15/17. Sampled on March 5, 2017.

Attractive looking heady orange-amber pour with lacing.

The aroma is vibrant with tropical fruits such as pineapple, passion fruit, and orange. Lower white bread profile.

Smooth, medium body.

The taste is not quite as fruit as the aroma suggest but there is a definite breaded sweetness followed by a slightly fruity and bitter bite to finish.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a one pint can with a best by date of 4/15/17. The beer pours a clear golden tan color with a two-finger white head. The head dissipated quickly leaving medium lacing. The smell is some tropical fruit, a little pine, maltiness, and something I can't quite place. The taste is peach (and a bit unusual at that), some tropical fruit, and malt. There is a medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall it's very unique DIPA with an interesting peach flavor I'm enjoying.

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Photo of chiefthreebeers
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 4pk CN at a store. Pours clean and clear appearance. Dark amber color, hint of orange. Bright and colorful. White foam head. Aroma is fruit and boozy. Great flavor. Hops forward for sure but a great balance with sweetness. I will be picking this up again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon Brewery "Hoppy Adventure"
16 fl. oz. can, "Enjoy By 322 03/15/17 1038" and sampled on 02/14/17
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Great looking can. I just realized that the pattern on the label is a hop. It makes me think of whitewater rafting, or hiking and camping; must be the word "adventure". Anyway... it's surprisingly clear. There's some haze to it, but it kind of glows. Very nice golden-amber. And the head retention is very good as well. Back to the lacing in a minute. Rocky off-white head. Nice appearance overall so far. Aroma - I'm not getting much -citrusy/fruity, gentle caramelish malt, dry woody spiciness... ah, duh, I guess that's pine, like dried pine needles on the forest floor rather than fresh green needles or wet trees. On to the flavor... much bolder, very nice. Loaded with piney citrus and a dollop of honey with some grainy, gently caramelish malt... biscuity? Yes, I guess so. Ah, well it doesn't look like the lacing is that good. Disappointing, but still pretty good to look at. It's lighter in body than a lot of double IPAs, yet it has the same basic flavor of many. What's the strength? 7.8%, that works, not that I need the strength, but stylistically. Although if I was to go hiking and I had to hump my beer in I'd definitely want to go with a stronger beer. I could go into IPA versus barleywine around the campfire but that'd just be going off-track. So, back on track - bitterness? Pretty perfectly balanced. It lingers in the very dry finish along with a bit of pine and some lesser citrus that includes grapefruit and tangerine. Nice. I've only had about a quarter of a pint here but I see no obstacle to finishing it off. Would I want another one? Higher alcohol and everything else aside, and if I could just do what I wanted, sure. I doubt I'd have a second one out with the lads though as it is fairly strong. Around the campfire though? Yeah, I'd drink 4 of these. Pretty nicely done. I'll not pass this by if I see it, but I'm not going to make a trip to find it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Bright and clear, medium copper gold color, moderate carbonation, and a moderately thick cream ring of lacing around the top.

S - Juicy tropical fruit aroma, peaches, some pine, and a hint of vanilla (very unusual).

T - Juicy and fruity up front with tropical fruit, citrus, peach, and ends with a combination of hop sweetness with mild pine bitterness and light caramel malt. Bitterness is moderate. Some alcohol does poke through.

M - Medium body, the tropical fruit resin creates a slight coating of fruity, juicy spiciness with some cotton-like texture.

O - Harpoon has a winner here. Picked up a four pack, wish I bought more. Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of nlb802
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can with best by date of 3/18/17. The hop flavors are delicious but they take a backseat to the booze and malt. It tastes better after warming and the sweet flavors start to shine. Not bad but the bar is high for the style. Tropical, pine, a little vanilla. Sweet aroma and nice balanced, almost dry malt. The mouthfeel and appearance was great. As mentioned below, its not really a New England or West Coast style brew...more of a hopped up english. Solid effort and unique.

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Photo of crotharagain
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried a 4-pack a month ago and just picked up another one to review.
Clear orange/gold with a solid head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
Hoppy aroma with hints of pineapple.
Citrusy goodness with a solid malt backbone. High-ish ABV is masked very well. While mouthfeel is not soft, finishes very smoothly.
I guess the fact that I picked it up again with so many other choices out there is a good endorsement. Solid DIPA from Harpoon. I like what they're doing lately to stay competitive.

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Photo of LukieBL
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 16oz can
Really pleasantly surprised by this beer.
Bright melon and sticky hop resin with a sweet malt backend. Not west coast but not east coast either.
Nice attempt at a tough-to-standout style

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle as part of the Harpoon 30th Anniversary pack.

Deep gold with nice clarity and a thick white head. Primarily grapefruit in the aroma with floral hops and caramel malt. Flavor is bittersweet, thanks to the strong grapefruit hops and mild caramel malt sweetness. Nicely balanced for an Imperial IPA, yet none of the flavors really "pop" enough to make it memorable.

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Photo of SicilianDefenseR
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Was glad to see this offering from Harpoon. Pours clear persimmon-gold – no haze? Smells burnt-pie-crust hoppy. Initial taste has an immediate gummy sweetness to it that yields to a maltier hop once it mellows a bit – for best results, pour & walk away for a few. After mellowing, sips like a malty-hop slowdance with rising caramel finish. No lingering alcohol cloy – which I like. Overall: Not as explosively hoppy as expected, but a solid sweet 2xIPA offering from Harpoon.

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Photo of Act25
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleased to be 6th reviewer of Hoppy, thanks to Park Slope Co-op. On New Year's Eve.
Powerful aroma and flavor, marred only by marginal look and feel. Other wise a must try 6.

A: Pours a darker copper body with 1 finger of large bubbled head and body, leaving scant lace. Coarse bubbles.
S: Big with copious, candied citrus and floral hops atop a caramel malt backbone. Big flower shop, herbal, sunny coastal trail aroma. Smell gets better as it warms. Best part.
T: Follows the nose. Leads with the wave of citrus and floral hops, with candied, marmalade rind highlights. On top of a malt caramel candy store, and then landing with the lingering grapefruit rind and bitterness. Nice arc.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but lacking texture.
O: A very LARGE DIPA from Harpoon. Try 6.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a burnt orange/copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a small cap that leaves lots of lacing

S: Lots of citrus and floral hoppiness up front along with a slight caramel malt backbone. Vary nice balance

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a wave of citrus and floral notes, with some nice grapefruit highlights. Maltiness cuts the bitterness very slightly. Finishes with lingering grapefruit and bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A surprisingly awesome DIPA from Harpoon. Easy to drink while providing all the hop goodness that one craves from a double. Worth checking out

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Photo of butters_mcgee
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden yellow with a decent head that leaves a bit of lacing.
Doesn't have much of a nose to it compared to some of its NE counterparts.
Tastes ok, not too bitter. Pretty easy drinking.

Overall it's a decent DIPA. worth getting at least a single.

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Photo of Crentist
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- medium amber, little head, little carbonation
S- Heavy Hop resin, Pine, Dank, little sweet red fruit. Wishing it had more aromatic hops in the nose.
T- heavy hop resin, sweet red fruit, bubblegum. For the style, quite sticky and sweet.
O- I was promised a Hoppy Adventure and I got one, but it was mostly an adventure involving sticky resin than fresh in your face hops. As it warms, the bubblegum flavor dissipates and you get additional hop resin and more red fruit in the nose. It's an interesting DIPA that hides the alcohol behind a sticky sweet wall, but not one that I will go out of my way for in the future.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz glass into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a yellow and copper with a half inch head.

Aroma is pithy citrus orange peel and resin.

Taste is a delicious citrus bubblegum. Absolutely amazing.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 13 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass can says best before 2/15/17. Pours a clear orange yellow with a fluffy 2 inch white head that leaves behind a nice half inch of thick lace around the edges of the glass.

Smell is herbal earthy hops, with some hints of mellon, biscuit, and grapefruit.

Taste follows nice herbal earthy slightly spicy hops, fresh mellon, biscuit, pine, and a hit of grapefruit lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a tad bigger than medium, almost sticky, plenty of carbonation, wouldn't say it it is dry, and excellent drinkability!

Overall this beer I didn't even know existed and I am very impressed with it and will be going back for more. Well done.

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Hoppy Adventure from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 181 ratings