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:
#39,277
Reviews:
1,278
Ratings:
4,219
pDev:
13.26%
Bros Score:
4.01
 
 
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Photo of Spence94
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Old school east coast ipa.
Look is transparent amber, taste is earthy floral hops with a bit of citrus sweetness.
Surpassed by many but better quality beer then it's ranking suggests.

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Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chiefz1
2.64/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of npdevil27
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pantz9
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of lemonox
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mlatvakokko
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Enjoy by 08/15/2018

L- The beer pours clear with a color somewhere between gold and copper. The head is a fine two fingers of off white foam. The head recedes to a thin film leaving legs of lacing in its wake.

S- The nose starts out slightly floral. There is also a slightly stone fruity presence around the middle.

T- On the palate the beer starts out as it does in the nose. Floral, but not overpoweringly so, hops transition mid palate to dry crackery malt backbone. Bitterness is light to moderate.

F- The overall mouthfeel is light, but slick. Carbonation is also on the light side. Drinkability is excellent if you enjoy the floral hop profile.

O- This beer does exactly what it sets out to do. Hoppy enough to know it's an IPA, but possessing a excellent drinkability. It's won't excite today's craft beer geek, but it still has a place. I might not buy it on it's own, but I'm not dissapointed to have it in a mixed pack either. I'm pleasantly surprised by this beer.

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Photo of jsr1961
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sjones5045
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Bottled and part of Asda's new craft beer line up
pours a golden body with decent white foamy head
the aroma is like a fairly standard EPA
there's a slightly disconcerting to be honest sweet barley flavour at the front that warms to a dryness
its got a good body
just a bit of an odd but enjoyable flavour

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Photo of Canalfisher22
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Docscape
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very mild almost lager smell. Light amber color. Light ipa and even kinda lager taste.
22oz draft. Lucky's at Boston Logan airport.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Best before date stamped on neck of bottle is '05/15/18'.
Clear, deep gold colored body. One finger white head settles to scattered cap and ring. Scattered strings of lacing.
Aroma is floral hops, earthy malts, and a little caramel.
Taste follows aroma with the floral hops. Has a solid malt backbone. A little fruity and earthy. Mild bitterness towards the end. A little sweet at the very end.
Drinks crisp, with thin to medium mouth feel. Good carbonation support.
Toward the style of the English IPA, with the sweeter malt component. No real complaints but no real accolades either.

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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ashurbanipal
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JSP10
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A “go to beer”. Not anybody’s favorite IPA, but a safe bet when you’re not sure what to get. A solid backbone for IPA’s in the Northeast. There are better tasting IPA’s around here but Harpoon will always have a place on the east cost.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of entenduintransit
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,219 ratings