IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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IPAIPA
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:
#38,588
Reviews:
1,275
Ratings:
4,201
pDev:
13.26%
Bros Score:
4.01
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
967
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Ratings: 4,201 |  Reviews: 1,275
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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Photo of BennyProfane
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

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

Photo of WickedBeer
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Warren2621
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Higdon
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nick_perry
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Average IPA

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Photo of Cruzgator
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Profundobaso
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Look - golden in color, small head with a tiny bit of lacing. Clean look.
Smell - flowers, light hops, honey. pleasantly fragrant and slightly sweet.
Taste - incredibly crisp, clean, and refreshing. slight bite of bitterness in the finish. tastes like a hoppy pilsner more than an IPA.
Feel - light bodied, medium carbonation, and on the lower side on ABV for IPAs these days. an easy drinking beer.
Overall - easy to drink and enjoyable. a nice beer to complement meals or a game.

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

Photo of JosephKiley
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

While I give Harpoon props for brewing the first local IPA on the East Coast, its reign has since been toppled by better beers. Not the most easy drinking, or complex, or juicy, or hoppy, or interesting IPA by any stretch, but it does reach a good balance with all of these things. It's just an okay beer, not bad but nothing about it stands out to me.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrimeDog
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arr3388
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Holderness
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L — Pours a filtered dark orange/amber with a nice off-white head produced with moderately aerated pour. Some retention and good lacing
S — Herbal, floral, earth, touch of caramel
T — Primarily earthy and herbaceous, with a good amount of semi-sweet caramel/biscuity maltiness, touch of metallic, floral, and leafiness
F — Easy drinking, not too intense on the hop bitterness. Medium carb.

68/100

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Photo of SiepJones
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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IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,201 ratings