Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

BA SCORE
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4,092 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:
4,092
Reviews:
1,250
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.5%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
915
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 4,092 |  Reviews: 1,250
Photo of Prue
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Was really wanting to love this beer, having lived in Boston and love the town. I guess the fact that I had this immediately following Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA, it really didn't stand a chance. I'll look at this again when there's no comparison, but on first blush, this is about as generic an IPA can get (consider the comparison)...

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Photo of Cadiazmk78
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. The flavor of the beer is an awesome experience. I recomend this beer for a good night of fun.

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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.

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

Photo of RBuckley73
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanty76
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zraly
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a nice medium golden color with a two-finger white head. Nice floral notes upfront.

Clean, floral and citrus hop flavors resting on a sturdy malt backbone. Very well balanced and well made. Crisp and clean, finishes dry. Medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate. It's not the latest and greatest, but it has been around since the 90s. I think that says something about the quality and consistency.

A nice, solid, easy-drinking IPA. I could drink several of these and not get tired; sessionable for sure. A great all-purpose beer for chicken, fish, and Indian dishes -- I'd love to have a dish with mango with this as I think the contrast would be nice.

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Photo of RhodyBrewzah
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon I.P.A. has an amber - slightly to red appearance, pouring w/ a nice white head that hangs around for a little bit but not too long and is revived easily w/ a swift swirl, giving it some life.

The aromatics are mainly hoppy w/ "piney" and "citrusy" notes taking most of the sense.

When finally taking a taste of the beer it has a mild hoppiness but is the "featured taste" w/ the same pine and light citrus notes of the aromas. The beer finishes very well w/ a slight linger but nothing to suggest an overdue stay.

A very pleasant mouthfeel w/ a good balance of medium/light body and complimentry medium carbonation.

A good choice for the hop friendly in the area since a lot of places outside of beerbars have this beer on tap. It is not an overpowering or complex beer but provides a mild taste right for just kickin' back and enjoying which ever occasion.

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Photo of jimj21
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 3/15/09 printed on bottle in bright yellow. Pours a very clear, golden copper color. Topped with two fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is pretty good and leaves a good amount of lacing. Bubbles continue to stream up the glass.

Strong citrus aromas. Grapefruit and tangerines. Maybe a little bit of a toasty character.

Taste is lots of grapefruit and citrus from the hops. A bit of malt sweetness and maybe some bread as well. Really not too bitter at all. Very well balanced. A little dry on the finish and citrusy flavors stay on the tongue for a while.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. A little bit watery, but good overall. Perfect carbonation. Drinkability is very high. Hop bitterness isn't going to destroy your palate, so you can enjoy a number of these in a night.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden light in color with a slight head. Smells of citrus hopyness present but not overwhelming. Well carbonated it hits the tongue first to prevent overt maltyness and finishes with a bitterness that dissipates. This beer is a easy drinking IPA one of my standbys.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a golden copper tone with an off white mother of pearl tinted creamy full head while leaving some nice residual lacing. The aroma is slightly citric, but predominantly a nice floral hop aroma with a good bit of malt sweetness balancing out the over scent of this beer. Can't say the aroma is amazingly memorable, but I can say this is a nice pleasant go to at this point very solid brew. The taste flavor is a mellow creamy balance of malty goodness blended with a floral bitter hop profile, I can tell that this beer is a little dumbed down from the guidelines of a typical IPA not getting the hop satisfaction that any true hophead is yearning for. Like I said not a failure but not a favorite at the same time. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with a nice chewy texture to it, not thick and cloying chewy just some pleasant and welcoming body to this beer. Overall what can I say no off flavors maybe lack of some hop bitterness, but overall a dangerously drinkable well made beer in my book.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle with date poured into a pint glass.

A: A very faint amber, or dark yellow with slow but steady carbonation streams. The beer is capped by a white head that pours full and dwindles to an adequate height for the session.

S: Lots of delicious hops on the nose, specializing in the citric and pine varieties. A mild malty sweetness balances it out splendidly.

T/M: Lots of chewey hops on the palate, but they are bitter. They almost hit the back of your throat in unison with the sip. Lots of hop oils keep that flavor around for a while. A healthy dose of CO2 hits the tongue first and gives this beer a crispness. I love hops as much as the next guy (maybe more), but not when the aftertaste leaves that bad bitterness (earwax?).

D: A good beer; great at $6 a sixer. Sessionable, especially for hot summer days as a quencher.

Some IPAs leave that lingering aftertaste that I have difficulty describing other than extreme bitterness and this is one of them.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange gold, somewhat syrupy looking for some reason, though that doesn't come through on the taste. Smells pretty heavy on the citrus for some reason, malt and lemon. Retains a good deal of its fruity qualities on the flavor, but with a pleasantly hoppy aftertaste. Definitely not one of the overly bitter hop-bombs you sometimes get from something labeled an IPA.

Which I actually consider a good thing, as the respectable but not overwhelming hops make it more drinkable than many other IPAs. Definitely a quality beer.

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Photo of FrankTheTank7
3.92/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sensaray
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looked nice, poured reddish orange amber color. Clear. Off white foamy head.

Light citrus hoppy in the smell. Some sense of malt

Good hoppy flavors emerge toward the front of the taste. Then get light citrus, lemon zest, grapefruit and also a sweet malt backbone. Tonight, it reminded me of 90 minutes little cousin.

Mouthfeel is smooth, very drinkable, Medium light.

Overall a tasty, good, and drinkable ipa.

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Photo of edthehead
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ovaltine
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- kinda yellowish pale color, not impressed
s- had a nice smell, nice citrus notes and a hint of a tart fruit, possibly grapefruit
t- mild citrus taste with a little tartness and maybe a slight minty taste
m- average mouthfeel, weak for an ipa, would be good for a regular pale ale
d- on paper the beer doesnt sound that great but i think i actually like this one, its not amazing or anything but its a decent beer for a brand thats readily available here

about halfway through the beer i had a bowl of curry pork and the beer went really well with that

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this beer yet, I've had it many times. This rating reflects the brew as I had it on tap at Dave's house, thanks for the opportunity. Clear deep golden color with a decent frothy white head that persists forever. Earthy citrus hop aroma countered with plenty of bready caramel malt. Old school bitter citrus flavor with a fair amount of brown sugar read and caramel. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. After all these years this is still a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of sampler pack. Poured a clear golden color with a nice white head. Smell is loaded with hops. Taste leaves a nice dry hop bitterness that is pleasantly enjoyable. Finishes dry and bitter with the feeling of wanting more. Another good beer from Harpoon.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was decent with a nice amber color and a moderate head of white on the top. Even color and a nice carbonation throughout the session. The aroma was nicely balanced. Light pine hops, hints of bready malts and a light touch of caramel on the nose. Well balanced but nothing really jumping out at me. Smooth, even flavor here with the first sip identical to the last. Light caramel flavors that have overlapped with nice touches of hops. Light to medium body and an easy sessionability made this one easy beer to put down.

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Photo of uberfisch
3.92/5  rDev +8%

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.63 out of 5 based on 4,092 ratings.
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