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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:
#36,775
Reviews:
1,269
Ratings:
4,169
pDev:
13.54%
Bros Score:
4.01
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
950
Trade:
1
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2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

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3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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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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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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3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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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 color 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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,169 ratings
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