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:
#37,418
Reviews:
1,272
Ratings:
4,183
pDev:
13.54%
Bros Score:
4.01
 
 
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Photo of JosephKiley
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

While I give Harpoon props for brewing the first local IPA on the East Coast, its reign has since been toppled by better beers. Not the most easy drinking, or complex, or juicy, or hoppy, or interesting IPA by any stretch, but it does reach a good balance with all of these things. It's just an okay beer, not bad but nothing about it stands out to me.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of arr3388
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Turbo
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holderness
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L — Pours a filtered dark orange/amber with a nice off-white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and good lacing
S — Herbal, floral, earth, touch of caramel
T — Primarily earthy and herbaceous, with a good amount of semi-sweet caramel/biscuity maltiness, touch of metallic, floral, and leafiness
F — Easy drinking, not too intense on the hop bitterness. Medium carb.

68/100

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

Photo of Jpwells82
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of hacefresco
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kraut6363
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDDMD
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NOLANDMAN
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyPilates
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of CobraDC23
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hughesm12
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kcrumle18
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewtaltap
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When this beer came out, I’m sure it was a real catch! Get it? Harpoon. But nowadays this beer has lost its appeal. Harpoon ipa is like eating a California roll at a sushi restaurant, it’s not the first thing you pick on the menu, but you’re never upset if it’s the only thing.

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Photo of LUE_Shane
3.26/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dckenary
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of OzmanBey
4.75/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This came in a mix pack I wasn't too sure about this one since I'm not a big IPA person, popped the bottle open and took a swig, it was nice, what I enjoyed about this particular IPA is that it's not overly aggressive, it has a mellowness to it while still maintaining that pine citrus taste. Very good, very surprised.

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Photo of Handsome_Steve
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice smell. It suffered a bit because it didn't get poured into a proper chilled glass. The taste itself was light with a fruity note but really didn't turn into much of anything at the end. Okay but I don't think I'd buy a six.

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Photo of solisbrewmaster
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a snifter. The color is orange - little brown, has a good head retention.
The smell is hoppy, with the most being floral, with a little pungent-peppery, also has a little citric. And can smell some malt in the background.
The taste is hoppy - citric, followed by a malty and caramel background. It is not very bitter and not very resiny.
The body is medium and the mouthfeel is ok, has good carbonation. It is just an OK beer.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,183 ratings
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