Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

BA SCORE
82
good
4,110 Ratings
Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA
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:
Harpoon IPA is an interpretation of the classic English style using hops and malt grown in the United States.

42 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,110
Reviews:
1,257
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.5%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
921
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,110 |  Reviews: 1,257
Photo of CNoj012
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very clear honey golden color with a 2.5 finger soapy off white head. Retention is decent and there is some thin wispy lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell is malt forward, sweet and also doughy. There are some pine and floral hops in the background.

Taste is similar, but the malts really drown out the hop flavors until the very end of the sip and into the aftertaste where there is a crisp zip of pine. Not bad, but not great.

Feel is light and crisp with a dry finish.

Overall this beer is alright. I haven't drank a Harpoon beer since visiting the brewery ~5 years ago, but I remember enjoying them a lot more than this. Something about the malts they use in this beer seem very offputting to me. To each their own though.

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Photo of AlexErez
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwvman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I recently had this beer in Boston. It may not be a top notch brew but it is a good easy drinking local IPA.

Look: golden/amber with a thin white head.

Aroma: citrus and some pine

Taste: caramel, citrus, a bit floral and some pine, a fairly mild flavor for an IPA.

Feel: light to medium mouthfeel

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Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LIODIYA
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of G_Shoe
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BearBrewing
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calebc10410
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALHOPLOVER
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle poured to YETI.
Nice copper color.
More of a piney hops aroma and flavor initially but found a great floral, citrusy, juicy and hoppy flavor halfway through to the end.
One of my favorite sessionable IPA's off the shelf.
Does not disappoint.
Harpoon. Love beer. Love life.

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Photo of baldy00
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papaglide
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JimmyJ76
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L - Amber with a white head and little carbonation.
S - Floral and citrus smell was pretty nice.
T - Slight bitterness and caramel maltiness.
F - Light/moderate mouthfeel.
O - old school, Hoppy yet simple, straight forward beer. Very sessionable.

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Photo of JohnTurano
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radome
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Union Oyster House in Boston, MA.

Appearance was decent; clear golden beer but with little head. Aromas and flavors seem to be in line for an old-school American IPA, but are muted compared to the best modern examples. Mouthfeel is a bit wanting, with low carbonation and low hops bitterness. Overall, this comes across more like an American Pale Ale than an IPA.

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Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vetbidder
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

See through light orange/amber look with lots of little carbonation bubbles. Scent of slightly sweet citrus and a malt center. Seems like some alcohol in the flavor profile and it's not good. The hops hit right away a bit astringent and citric mixing with the alcohol flavor, then it moves to a bready malt ending with slight bitterness and maybe a bit of metallic flavoring working in. Something not well blended with the flavor profile if you ask me. Gets easier as you drink it I guess. Pretty watery also.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of von_kaiser
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Strohm
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rizzy17
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Atg1095
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Narthax
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.63 out of 5 based on 4,110 ratings.
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