Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

4,110 Ratings
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

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Photo of granger10
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a flourescent orange color with a medium bright white head. Lots of bubbles rush to the top. The scent was restrained at first but I picked up more notes the further I went along. There seems to be a real strong floral pungency in here along with citrus notes from what appeared to be dry hopping, but im not sure about that. The taste was a bit restrained. There was no real dominating flavor but a big mix of estery hops, caramel malt, and a grainlike huskiness around the edges. The body was a bit thin and that hurt this beer a little. All in all a decent but underwhelming beer, not really an ipa but not subtle enough to be a good pale ale.

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Photo of ralerwen
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kbeals
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 12 oz. bottle pours an exraordinarily clear golden golor. About a finger of foamy, white head sits atop it leaving behind good lacing. Lots of bubbles rise up from the bottom resulting in good head retention also.

S- A good base of hops with a bit of sweet malts lingering in the background. Nothing really stands out in this one, it's just a solid smell for an IPA.

T- Similar to the smell with a decent amount of sweetness in the backbone. Hops aren't really prevalent, not like you'd expect in an IPA anyways. As it warms, the beer gets sweeter with the hops seeming to almost disappear from the taste. Average, nothing more to it.

M- Good mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation and a nice light body.

D- Definitely drinkable, just wish it had more of a hop presence to it. I probably wouldn't buy this one again just because there's so many other IPA's that are better examples of the style than this one.

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Photo of von_kaiser
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papposilenus
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ64
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of braican
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zekeman17
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paco1029384756
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of sweet sugars, light spicy hops, caramel and a bit of juice. More sweet than a typical American IPA, not bad.

Taste of mild hops, light grapefruit, tea, and a little caramel. Too juicy with very little hop character, but not a bad beer.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a nice pinch from the carbonation.

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Photo of lemmy187
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft in a chilled shaker pint glass at The Eastern Standard, on to the beer:

The beer shines a light pale gold in the glass, leaving decent lacing on the glass as I drink it. Aroma is clean and somewhat malty sweet. The same can be said for the first part of the taste. You taste the malts (which are bready and caramel) at first, but then the hops kick in mildly during the second half. There's a note a fruit in the middle of it all. Clean and easy drinking.

I could have confused it for a pale ale, as this is a well balanced, albeit averagish example of an IPA. Still, you can find this all around Boston, and it might make a good starter beer for those who are getting into hoppier beers.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden yellow, clear with tiny bubbles. Bubbly white head, dissipates to a thin ring, leaves lotsa lacing.

Smell is light sweet malts, light hop aroma. Not too much in the aroma department. Hint of flowery, light fruit comes thru as it warms.

Taste is light malts, slightly sweet & tingly on the tongue, earthy hops.

Medium carbonation, light, crisp, clean and very drinkable. Nothing too exciting but light enough to have more than one.

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Photo of UncleBubba
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer. I recently picked up a six pack, and I was impressed by how easy this beer drinks for an IPA. It is not the finest IPA I've tried, but Harpoon's offering is a really good beer. Also, I'm not sure if I'd seek it out again, but I would definitely down a few if they were offered to me! Decent hoppiness/bite with fairly balanced malt sweetness. I liked it. Worth checking out!

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with two fingers of bubbly white head that recedes fairly slowly, with a moderate carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Its a little light colored. The nose is dominated with sweet caramel malt with light piney and citrusy hop. The aromas are a bit light. I would like things to be more forceful. Flavor is full caramel, with a mild citrusy hop that fades to finish a touch toasty and with a mild bitterness. Balance is good and flavors are nice, but there is nothing that really makes this one stand out. The feel is on the light end of moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this one is pretty drinkable. The nose could use a bit more boldness, and I'd like a touch more hop flavor, but this one would be a good session IPA.

Rerview. 22 oz bomber.

The beer pours a weak golden color with a 2-finger head that falls fairly quickly to a finger over the brew. This one is very clear, and there is a modest carbonation working up. The aroma brings a nice caramel malt base with a mild peppery and slightly piny hop. Its not overly complex, but it smells pretty nice. The flavor is right on with the aroma. There is a pretty strong caramel sweetness that is interrupted by a solid pine and lighter citrus hop. The bitterness is a bit rough, but it fades pretty fast into the sweetness. I find the sweetness to be a little over the top and out of balance. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this one is a easy drinking brew that could easily find its way into my fridge every so often. It would be a good change of pace to some of the standard IPAs we have around here. Not bad at all. I'll leave the values as they were before.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my good friend Jay for supplying this to me. Poured into a beer mug.

A: Typical IPA body. The body is a somewhat cloudy amber color, and it has a two-finger slightly off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: It's weird...and not the pleasant kind of weird that I get with the Ranger IPA, either. A bit funky, but a nice scent of up-front, piny bitterness.

T: As the nose dictates, the hop bitterness is upfront and spicy, but the bready malts help keep in check. About what I expect from an east-coast IPA.

M: Shockingly silky overall, might be one of the smoothest IPAs I've ever had. Medium-bodied overall with somewhat high carbonation, and easy going down, too.

O: Not groundbreaking, but it's enjoyable and nicely balanced - qualities I look for in an IPA. Great introduction to the style.

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Photo of DaveMiller
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vetbidder
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

See through light orange/amber look with lots of little carbonation bubbles. Scent of slightly sweet citrus and a malt center. Seems like some alcohol in the flavor profile and it's not good. The hops hit right away a bit astringent and citric mixing with the alcohol flavor, then it moves to a bready malt ending with slight bitterness and maybe a bit of metallic flavoring working in. Something not well blended with the flavor profile if you ask me. Gets easier as you drink it I guess. Pretty watery also.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with a full, white head. Splotchy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted malt and fresh-cut flowers with a far-off note of sliced grapefruit.

Taste: Pale malts, a hint of toast, a touch of sweetness. Medium 'pop' of cleansing hop bitterness. Flavors of flowers and citric grapefruit. Crisp finish with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A standard, basic India Pale Ale, but quite easily drinkable.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper amber color with a light off-white head that settles down fairly quickly and leaves just a little lacing.

Aroma of light hops with some malt evident as well as a touch of spice in the back.

Taste reveals hints of bread and caramel with some decent floral notes but for an IPA, this is only slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin with a medium level of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent introductory IPA that won't overwhelm anyone and is a great value, but after becoming more accustomed to hops, this is just too light to stand up to many of the better IPAs out there. Still, a refreshing option that I found mostly satisfying.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours golden amber clear cream colored head. Malty with a citric hop that's lemony and earthy. floral and spice. Mild IPA with a good crisp malt. crackery and a lush fullness. this oneis mellow though. Hops show you all they've got while a light sweet caramel brings the beer to finish with a lackluster end. Mild, almost no bitterness although ti's reasonably balanced. Lingers with citrus cracker and spice. Mouthfeel is a lighter medium finish is sweet. needs to be bitter. Bland flat flavors and as far as the english style IPA is concerned lingering bitterness is usually present.

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Photo of dms1767
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

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.

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

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.63 out of 5 based on 4,110 ratings.
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