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Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
harpoonbrewery.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We started brewing this beer as a summer seasonal in 1993. There were some great IPAs out in the Pacific Northwest, but no local IPAs on the east coast. We wanted to have a local IPA, so we brewed one. People absolutely loved it, and so did we. So we made it a year-round beer, and it’s now our bestselling beer and our flagship.

Since its introduction, Harpoon IPA has remained unique in its ability to balance hop bitterness with a strong malt backbone. Dry-hopped with Cascade hops, it has a floral hop aroma and a finish that is bitter (it is an IPA after all!) without being harsh or astringent. Combined with a malty sweetness and the fruity esters of our proprietary yeast, those hops create a beer that is wonderfully hoppy but clean and refreshing enough to enjoy a few of - and we hope you do.

42 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,387
Reviews:
1,265
Ratings:
4,156
pDev:
13.54%
Bros Score:
4.01
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
945
Trade:
1
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4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a tap into a conical pint glass at Empire in Boston, Massachusetts.
A: Pours a crystal clear, amber with no more than quarter inch head that clears quickly. No significant lacing.
S: Aromas of mango, pitted fruit, and a little pine. Malty.
T: Caramel and fruit flavors lead. Not quite sweet but leans that way. Bitterness is light and offsets excessive sweetness.
M: Light bodies with low carbonation. Crisp, refreshing finish.
O: I enjoyed this beer. It was much lighter bodied than most IPAs. It is definitely more in the English subcategory in that it does not have the big, loud flavors and aromas of an East or West Coast. Sometimes subtlety is what is needed and this delivers that. Solid flavor, refreshing, and the potential to pair it with almost anything: what is not to like?

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3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leslie91
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jimmah120
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with a date

Look is aight. Head fades real quick to nada. Smells slightly hopy, lot of malt. Taste is a muted ipa, more of a pale ale with a ton of malt.

Not bad stuff, just really unremarkable

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerhunter_3
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rpcarr17
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Harpoon makes the best commercial hard cider on the market, so when I saw their IPA in the store, I figured why not try it. The art on the bottle looked cool, I have always loved their clean crisp carbonated sulfite-free dry cider, so I was straight shocked when I opened the first bottle of their IPA and couldn't finish it. Gross. Heavy, sweet, malty, didn't even taste remotely like an IPA, not enough bitterness, not much carbonation, not much alcohol, too sweet, too much spices and flavors, no thanks, no wonder it was cheap.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dper
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SicemWT
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevin2Smith
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Run of the mill medium bodied IPA. Smooth after taste, which puts it in a league above it's competitors.

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Photo of billybob
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

golden color with a one finger head not much lace. smell is mild pine with a fruity note. taste same, bready, smooth, mild fruitiness along with a salt taste to it. no bitter after taste which I liked the best about this beer. ipa is not my go to beer but I would buy this again.

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3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bixby1971
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mdorn
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate golden yellow + amber colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a large half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of floral + citrus/grapefruit pith hops over the top of light aromas of toasted + biscuit malts as well as a hint of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a just shy of moderate flavor of toasted, biscuit, and caramel malts with a hint of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of floral + citrus/grapefruit pith hops which impart a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades away pretty slowly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery in the finish.

O: A pretty easy to drink and enjoyable English IPA - nothing jumps out about it but if you put it into perspective of when it was introduced to the market, this one is pretty decent. Alcohol is well hidden. A classic.

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3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wi_brew_bud
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Its an ok beer that covers its bases but really doesn't stand out. It isn't bad at all but it is to vanilla. I really am not going to break it down past the fact that it is a run of the mill IPA. It doesnt fail any categorie but it doesn't shine. I guess the best part really is the feel it is really smooth for an IPA. But beyond that it is very plain.

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Photo of tankg
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of martya3
4.59/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

All around one of the better tasting IPA s. Wish it packed more of a kick, but why mess with something close to being perfect.

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3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,156 ratings
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