IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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
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#34,250
Reviews:
1,285
Ratings:
4,249
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
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Photo of Vidblain
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BillT916
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a best by 11-15-18 date
1/2" white head retains at 1/4" for a long period. Amber/gold - deep color, good looking IPA. Foamy lace.
Very floral hops, maybe a hint of lime and sweet candy malt aroma underneath.
More of a zesty lime up front, melon, some flavors that lean floral and then the finish is taken over by the lightly caramel-y malt bill.
Medium body, south of full for an IPA. Soft mouthfeel, low to mid carbonation. Light bitterness.
Not a "Session IPA" but well balanced and one I could maybe session.

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

Photo of monorailred
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PMakowski
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - mostly clear, golden colored with a thick foam head that fades fairly slow. Good glass lacing.
Smell - bursting with floral hop aroma. Some orange, honeydew melon and strawberry as well.
Taste - Not as hoppy as i thought it would be. Strong malt character and crisp, refreshing. The bitterness is so low that it borders on a pale ale. I do like the hop flavor - it's floral and fruity without being too much grapefruit or pine like most IPA's.

Overall, it's not a stunningly great IPA but it has a unique flavor and it's quite a good beer. I have been very impressed with Harpoon in general, have yet to have a beer that disappointed me. Grade is an A-

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Photo of Can_if_you_can
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

This was my first IPA back when I was getting my sea legs at Northeastern. I drank a ton of these bottles after college too. I have had it recently, usually when out at a bar, & there are no other options. Just does not hold up against the phenomenal choices we have here in New England. More of an English style, has a bit of a stale aftertaste.

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Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of peterpunk15
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TwoTrees
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours out a clear dark golden color with a tinge of haze and 1 finger of white head---------------- the aromas are of sweet malt, Carmel and black tea-------------------- the flavors are of sweet malt, black tea, carmel, pine and floral notes, the beer has a thin mouthfeel with a light bitterness on the finish--------------------- overall this beer was okay - this beer was kinda run of the mill old school east coast malt bomb of an ipa, nothing to exciting here

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Photo of Tony4444
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don’t care what harpoon say. I have had this beer for years and recently they changed the recipe. It was the perfect beer with lots of unique flavor @5.9% abv made it very drinkable and no hangover. Recently they changed the recipe abv is same but flavor is gone. Harpoon should admit they changed the recipe and stop fulling the customers.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbexphys
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerBudha
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

amber color, a bit hazy, minimal aroma, full body with nice mouth feel, nice hop and citrus flavorings, a very good IPA, better than most offerings from larger brewers.

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

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3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,249 ratings