Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

1,250 Reviews
Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

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

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 1,250 | Ratings: 4,082
Photo of ManapuaMan
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those "tried it again for the first time" situations. Haven't had this beer on tap in over 10 years, even though it's brewed right in town. It's a great beer that's waiting at home for any beer drinker to come back from their long craft-beer-journey, whether for good or just a quick break. Floral, hoppy, caramel and bitter - it embodies what I've come to realize is my personal standard of the IPA, like how SNPA set my standard for the pale ale. Lots of reviews to sift through but know that this is quality.

 518 characters

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Bright, clear amber with a white head and little carbonation. Minimal lacing.
S - Floral and citrus smell was pretty nice.
T - Slight bitterness and maltiness.
F - Light/moderate mouthfeel. Fairly crisp.
O - Although the bottle stated enjoy by 3/15/17, this was a pretty solid beer. Enjoyed it.

 301 characters

Photo of jth63
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used your be a very good IPA. It was my house beer and what I would buy when I couldn't decide. Unfortunately the quality has fallen off a cliff and I never buy it unless my other choices ar s bud light and coors

 218 characters

Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L-Dark amber clearly see-through beer with a very, very small head.
S-Slightly sweet aroma, floral, and citrusy. I'm also picking up the scent of lemon and tea? Booziness follows. Malty hops as well.
T- Very much under-toned and I'm afraid a bit too watery. Slightly bitter, but man, it's watery. Not much else after this.
F- Crisp.
O- Fresh and crisp IPA, thats about it though. Its very well grounded, it doesn't have to much of anything wrong with it, its just lacking the complexity I want.

 494 characters

Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a clear golden orange body, one finger thick white head, good retention, lots of frothy lacing. Smell is marmalade, pine, orange peel, grainy sweetness, caramel. Very English in style. Flavour is caramel, grain and orange marmalade. Not too sweet by any means, which is nice. It's malty but not too malty; a nice hop and mild bitter presence makes this approachable. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, appropriately carbonated, mild zesty bitterness with a bit of marmalade on the finish. A classic, and just had to tick this one. Now that's a blast from the past.

 611 characters

Photo of Czequershuus
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale copper with an average head. The aroma is made up of moderate caramel, floral notes, pineapple, and dried peach. The flavor features a solid malt body, with strong floral and perfumey flavors, candied pineapple, cedar, and other rather woody flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some clinging bitterness, and foamy carbonation. Overall this is different, but maybe to perfume centric for my taste.

 429 characters

Photo of Savan
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an unimpressive hue of straw-golden with medium body white head.
Smells of lavender and grapefruit but only in a subtle sense. Has a good taste about it glass I got is slightly warmer than I would prefer to drink a IPA at... Anywho... there are subtle flavours of pine-nut, lavender, tropical fruit and a 'lil bit of something sweet under currents of bitter hopped goodness. A little crisp and refreshing... I would say clean finish about it. Over all a better than average IPA but not what I would call AMAZING.

 520 characters

Photo of Mdog
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear gold, small head.

Smell: Floral, light toffee.

Taste: Mild toffee sweetness balanced by citrus bitterness which shifts to a more grassy flavor and finish.

Overall: Harpoon recently started distribution to MN so I picked up a 6er. I thought it was going to be a American IPA so slightly disappointed to find it's the English style, but I ended up enjoying it anyway. It stayed away from the tea-like bitterness I don't like in English-style IPA/PA's and kept to a more citrus/grassy hop flavor.

 520 characters

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin,soapy,white head that dissipates fast,leaving a circle around the glass.Beautiful cascade on the pour.Dark gold in color with nice clarity.Light carbonation.

The palate follows the nose with floral and piney hops,combined with some sweet malts.

The body is thin with a medium dry finish.Nice crisp,clean,easy drinking beer.

This is a good IPA,not top shelf but pretty solid.Crisp,clean,and refreshing.Good beer for a hot summer day.
On the nose I get mostly floral notes,with some piney hops,and sweet malts.A little bit of citrus.

 590 characters

Photo of BDabbler
4.78/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours amber with a white head. This beer is popular in my area; so, it on tap everywhere. The more IPAs I drink, the more I'm reminded that this is a go to IPA and rivals anything else I've had. It's very smooth and balanced with floral and citrus notes. Not to strong, not too light; so, I keep going back and I'm never disappointed.

 334 characters

Photo of Imsl2013
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Minimal head on mine, smell was vague and not very pronounced. Nice pale amber color. Conservative on the hops for an IPA, and that reflects in the taste -- I get a hint of hops on the back end, but otherwise nondescript. It may just be that I expect aggressive hops from an IPA and am biased in that sense, but I wasn't super impressed with this one. More than willing to give it another shot.

 394 characters

Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Usually a fan of New England beers, I find this one to be watery, and mid-pack at best. Shipyard and Smutty much better than Harpoon.

A: Pours a clear pale amber with half an inch head. Clear pale like a Vienna Lager, ala Sams. No retention, scant lace.

Smell: Sprouts mild floral hops, grassy, hay, a bit of caramel malt. Meager.

T: Again like Sams Vienna Lager, it starts with caramel and fruity malt sweetness. Follows smell but more full. A great base for a black and tan and closer to a pale ale. Hops come out toward the finish, but are mild, tame.

F: The body is light, fairly crisp, again like Sams. and subdued. Clean finish, good food beer, but boring?

O: An old style, NE pale ale.

 700 characters

Photo of chuckakhan
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely a classic go-to IPA for me. Pours a dark gold. I wouldn't mind more of an aggressive, hop-forward attack on the nose so I could really smell the hops and flowers, but the mouth and finish are nice and bitter. No juicy nonsense like so many IPAs you see (and, unfortunately, taste) now. This one is old school, and it's the one that started me on IPAs nearly a dozen years ago. Get yourself some 'Poon tonight.

 420 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A darker srm than average for an ipa. Head was 1/2" off white. Aroma was almost completely devoid of hops. Shit no man, I believe you'd get your ass kicked for that.

Taste and mouthfeel are more reminiscient of an amber ale. There's more malt and roasting there than your average mass produced lager, but as for the ales, there just isn't the hopping, much less the india pale ale style. Is there brown malt in this? Bready toffee notes. Zucchini bread and shit in a bottle.

 483 characters

Photo of NastyNorseman
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a bad IPA. Pours Amber translucent with fair head size that dissipates quickly. Smells of floral, hops, and caramel. This is an English style so it swings more malty but the balance is good. Full bodied with a slick finish.

 235 characters

Photo of JacksonCR1
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden poor with a foamy white head with little lacing. Malt aroma with some citrus, fruit and earthy aromatics.Mild caramel/sweet taste with some bread.

 153 characters

Photo of Wer34truh
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a calm light amber appearance with a small head.

Smells of flowery herbal hops, and sweet biscuity malts.

Taste is defined by sweet malts, grassy hops, and next to no bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, with moderate carbonation, and a overall sticky sensation.

 265 characters

Photo of nebula1999
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The classic New England IPA of the 1990s (for me anyways). One of the first, solid, approachable, outstanding IPAs that I ever drank. Ya see, back then this was a go to beer for New England hop heads. This well rounded ale taught us micro beer fanatics and newbies what hops were all about. Though the style has changed unbelievably with all these new hop varietals and brewing techniques (that make my mouth water), I bow in respect to the one that schooled me all those years ago.

 486 characters

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber with a frothy white foam head. Smells like sweet malt, some orange citrus, floral earthy herbs, biscuity cracker, and grassy pine. Tastes like sweet malt, mild caramely toasted biscuity cracker, some orange citrus, grapefruit rind, with floral earthy herbs and dank grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice IPA.

 387 characters

Photo of moodenba
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon IPA bottle purchased May 2016. Served in highball glass at about 40 deg F.

Good all-around IPA, but, for me, doesn't have a distinctive character to make it stand out from the pack. It's worth a try; it could be right for you. I prefer a more well balanced (maltier) brew.

 284 characters

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

Copper color with a white foamy head

Aroma: a good balance between malt and hop aroma. Faint sweet malt and faint citrus.

Taste: light fluffy mouthfeel is the first impression.
Slightly sweet (malty), floral, spicy all in one.

 230 characters

Photo of Beertsipper
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper color with a foamy beige head. Smell is hops, pine, caramel, malts. Taste follows the nose with a hint of grapefruit pith. Good carbonation and an easy drinker. Had from a 12 ounce bottle, and prefer draft by just a bit more.

 245 characters

Photo of hman43
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: It pours a light golden color which a white head and plenty of lacing.

Aroma: It has aromas of floral hops, and some citrus.

Taste: It has a grassy hop flavors which floral elements, citrus, and a bit of toast. The initial flavors are a bit sweet.

Feel: It has a light body close to moderate, which a mildy bitter finish.

Overall: It is a somewhat flavorable hoppy beer that doesn't have the long lasting bitter finish that is produced by most IPA's.

 463 characters

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

Attractive bronze body topped with a tawny. foamy head, plenty of lacing. Nice crisp piney bite up front, the bitter settles to a smooth bready ,lightly sweet malt taste, finishes clean. Overall a nice , well balance sessionable , drinkable IPA, interesting enough to have more than just one.

 293 characters

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by date of 05/15/16

Appearance - Pours clear and glows golden orange with a fluffy, eggshell white, finger width head. Great retention, eventually dissipating to a thin, consistent layer of suds across the surface. Displays great lacing, with broken sheets and spotting making up the bulk of it.

Smell - Floral and spicy hops with a hint of lemon and a strong, bready malt aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Balanced notes of hop and malt meet with notes of floral character, faint lemon and bready, biscuity malt sweetness. A touch of grain comes through near the finish. Lingers with a distant citrus pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate, soft carbonation. Velvety smoothness before turning a crisp, mostly dry finish.

Overall - This is a fine English IPA. Good, solid, drinkable brew.

 816 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.63 out of 5 based on 4,082 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.