Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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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Reviews: 1,250 | Ratings: 4,085
Photo of tjacobs610
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Has a very clear amber color, with a thick foamy white head and quite a bit of lacing and froth as well

Smell: Very earthy and hoppy aroma, hints of citrus as well. Not much aroma for an IPA, but still has a fairly good smell

Taste: Starts off very good, very balanced as well and ends with a very bitter strong taste. Has a very citrusy flavor

Mouthfeel: Very thin feel, has a pretty boring feel compared to other IPAs

Overall: Not a great beer, but not too shabby either. This beer has a good scent and color but the taste is a little to bitter and the feel is a major let down

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Photo of Roderick
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a nice amber with a moderate white head that rapidly dissipated.
Smelled strongly of hops with just a little hint of fruit.
The taste is solid with the hops being the main flavor & a little citrus taste.
Has a normal feel for a IPA with a nice crisp finish.
This was another ok IPA and I see myself purchasing it on occasion.

Paid $1.25 for a bottle

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Photo of Jordan1985rec
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Loads of other people have already covered this. I think is my favourite American IPA. Very drinkable and light for an IPA. Some AIPAs are heavy and sugary on the palate, but I've found that Harpoon is the best IPA to share with friends.
A-Light yellow, closest to a typical lager or pills colour.
S-Piney, quite earthy. Heavy IPA smell for those accustomed.
T-Not syrupy, some American IPAs are way too sweet tasting, but I love this one, quite balanced.
M&D- I love to share this beer with friends for all night sessions watching films or playing board-games!

While Brooklyn East india Pale Ale may be a bit more accurate in terms of authenticity, I love this beer for it's American character. It fully holds what I love about east coast (the valuable coast) beers!

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Photo of yankiac
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What struck me the most about this beer was its balance. I was expecting a stronger hop taste to it and less maltiness. Definitely a good beer though. Pours a deep golden/copper color with a medium head. Highly Drinkable and a solid brew. The only problem is the price.

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an excellent pale ale, but ipa this is not. I want to give it a worse rating, but I enjoy the taste and smell, it is just not hoppy at all. A little bitter, but it is so balanced to the point that it bothers me. If harpoon wants to put out an ipa I'm waiting, however if I'm a little strapped for cash I can always go and get there pale ale which I will now review.

A- Paler than most ipa's, a light golden brown color. Has a nice head that stays along with solid lacing.

S- Smells like an ipa light, a toned down dfh 60 minute or stone, very toned down, but nonetheless a nice beer smell, just not the smell of a strong ipa.

T- This beer is actually pretty tasty, it starts off with a malty flavor then you taste the minerals (burtonized?) then a little hop bitterness with an aftertaste of the malt and minerals. This is a good tasting beer, obviously made to compete with Sam Adams as the craft beer of choice for the uninitiated beer enthusiast. This is not a very good ipa, I am expecting citrus, pine, grass, grapefruit, and bitters and I got very little to none.

M- Good carbonation level, I really like this amount of carbonation, it feels like a beer should, not soda pop. Medium body, and the minerals really come to play here, I think there is a calcium deposit in my upper jaw.

D- Fuller mouthfeel leads to less drinkability but this beer is light enough to have a few. A sixer of this however, would leave me awfully stuffed.

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Photo of runningjoke
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured onto pint glass.

Amber colored with a tight head that disappears, leaving only faint traces.

Smells bready, citrusy, a bit piney and floral.

Sweet at first the bitter comes through at the end. In the same order as the nose is presented.

Quaffable, the beer goes down nice and easy.

I could drink a ton of these. It not the greatest, the hops are on the lower end of the spectrum. That won't keep me from drinking this.

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Photo of mwill7287
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, Cityside, Brookline, MA. Poured into standard 16 oz. pint glass.

Appearance - golden, clear & crisp.

Smell - very "floral", as described by a friend early on in my relationship with this beer. The term has stuck. The fact that I can smell it is remarkable.

Taste - Carries out the floral-ity of the smell. Strong in taste.

Mouthfeel - Naturally bitter, as an IPA, but not overwhelmingly so. Refreshing, cool, crisp - good for warm summer days.

Drinkability - Fairly standard. Good choice to a beer to go with for the evening, especially at bars close to BC that have limited selections.

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Photo of treedoctor5002
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like the bottle says this beer is a light "copper" color. I poured it into my SS pint glass and it arrived with a nice creamy head on top. Smell is slightly piney with a bit of citrus and floral aromas but not overpowering by any means, just nicely done. Taste is very straightforward and typical for an IPA. Not as much bitterness in the finish as other regular IPA's I've had. A good starter IPA. Mouthfeel is kind of watery and thin. I would call this a session IPA. I could definitely knock out a few of these. Overall I'd recommend this one to a friend.

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Photo of tanarm
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle directly into a pint glass. Pours quite pale in color. The thick head has a fresh floral, spicy hop aroma.

Carbonation is not too overpowering, and the head is staying strong at about ¼ inch.

The taste is a nice balance between fresh hops and malt, with the hops finishing out a bit stronger in the end. There is no harsh bitterness here at all, just a very spicy hoppiness as the aroma would suggest. The taste lingers on the back of the palate for some time, giving you a little extra for your dollar.

Overall, a great beer for hop heads who aren’t ready to destroy their palate but would still like a dose of tasty hop. Recommended.

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Photo of gatorguy
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at this evenings summer brewfest in Norfolk, VA. Pours a nice golden copper color with a good finger and a half white head that leaves some lacing. Smell was of spicy hops and citrus, grapefruit and orange came to mind. Taste followed smell, but hops were a bit subdued. It was a balanced flavor, though, and rather easy drinking for it's ABV. Overall this is a good IPA offering, but there are better.

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Photo of Phillip13
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The first IPA that I ever had. At that time is was great. It has a slight hoppy flavor with a little bitter aftertaste. Not a bad beer but there are so many better IPA'S out there to drink.

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Photo of in780
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint. Best-by date of "2-15-11" printed on the bottle.

A - Looks good. More golden than copper (color stated on the bottle), but whatever. Nice white foam sticks around, good lacing. Visible carbonation all the way til the end.

S - Not much. Was expecting more floral notes. Not bad, just not enough here to go on.

T - Initial hop bite, but fleeting and gone in a snap. Bread. Nothing standing out.

M - Good, enough alcohol presence so you know it's beer, but not abrasive. Right amount of carbonation for and IPA

D - One more at most if fine.

Would have liked to sample fresher...I'll have to revisit.

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Photo of lechroy
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fresh sixer in Boston MA. Poured into a glass and A was wonderful, golden and very clean. This was highlight of the brew despite my nostalgia around it. S was weak malty flavor with light hops. T left much to be desired as it was certainly a pale ale to me, not an IPA. BUMMER. M was okay but nothing special and O it was disappointing. Light, flavorless IPA with a nice color as its best asset.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great, moderately hopped IPA. It's piney, but not excessively so, and leaves a pleasantly bitter aftertaste behind. A great beer in it's own right, and I think it serves as an excellent introduction to the style for people who are unfamiliar, because it hits the standard notes, but remains very drinkable and not too heavy.

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Photo of powoo19
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this a while back and had yet to review. This beer is not bad but forgettable. It has a pale apricot color which is not very impressive. The smess is average and hoppy as is the taste. I would rather this on tap then bottle but have yet to try it. Anyone out there have any opinion on the tap version?
Happy Drinking!

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Photo of loosey
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

beautiful pale copper in a pint glass, crystal clear, huge foamy white sticky head... it really is very pretty

the aroma is immediately hoppy, floral and citrus, but requires you to really get in there... malt is almost undetectable

some malty flavor, hoppiness is not overwhelming or even dominant, just slightly more present, a floral mid-palate and a citrusy bitter finish... more malt and biscuit flavors showed up after it began to warm

mouth is light, the whole feel is smooth with some alcohol warming, carbonation is a bit low

i guess i thought it would be hoppier, but all in all a nice example of a well rounded, non-offensive ipa ... a good beer to sip while you download massive amounts of porn (you
know, good but not too distracting)

i would highly recommend you visit the brewery in boston, they feed you beer after beer after beer leaving no tap untouched, and that is just good business

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Photo of schuim
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very aesy going IPA, could have been a little more hoppy in caracter.

A blond to amber

S light hoptones and some fruityness in the aroma.

T Accessable with light hop taste. More a blond than a IPA in my opinion. Could do well as a beginner IPA.

O Nice but a little more hops would make it better.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in the beers of the world gift box for christmas. Sorry for the redundancy with that sentence haha.

it's got a nice bronze color, and a one finger foam head. Retention is nice as well.

immediate taste is a lil sharp and bready with a hint of citrus in the smell.

It was not an out of this world experience, but it is a very light and enjoyable beer for everyday or get togethers.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear, straw gold. Small head
Smell: Malt fragrance. Light lemon notes.
Taste: Subtle hop notes of floral and citrus up front, cascading to a wheat and malt back end. Sweet malty after taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Harpoon’s IPA is a great IPA for those new to the style. It drinks more like an EIPA, which is great for newcomers. There is a nice malt base, but it brings subtle hops when compared with other American IPAs.

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Photo of jvdineen
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Legal Seafood's Flagship in Park Square. A beer with a beautiful yellow-orange hue and a thin head that dissipates quite quickly. The 5.9 % abv is completely hidden behind flowery hops. Not a hop monster by any means actually at the bitterness of some breweries pales. The hops don't disappear and the last taste is of hops. Very drinkable and a very good old reliable. This is definetly a beer that Boston should be proud of to be brewed here and served in even some of the least reputable of establisments.

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Photo of drotski
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick foamy head, that thinned out quickly with lots of lacing.

Smell was alright, I expected to smell more hops. A definite sweetness to it.

Taste was decent, oakey but not as hoppy as some IPAs (a little less sweet and little more hop would of been nice).

Sort of a dry mouthfeel. Not bad overall.

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Photo of BeerBeatnik
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of any IPA that is below 6%, but I thought I would go ahead and rate anyway. Well balanced IPA in the English style with a decent malt background and a burst of American Cascade hops. Reasonable color and aroma. Not the typical "hop bomb" IPA, but enough hops to still be a reasonable example of the style for a pale ale. Again, I don't think you can have an IPA below 6% - it should just be called a pale.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Harpoon IPA
Bottle, poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Coppery gold with a little haze. A full finger of white head with medium retention and nice lacing.

S - Citrus, leaning heavily toward grapefruit, piney hops, and malt.

T - Straight-up American IPA, with plenty of citrusy, piney hops, as expected. Nice sweet malt undertones. Plenty of flavors, nothing unexpected, but definitely not a disappointment.

M - Medium body, with some lingering bitter, pine and malt aftertaste. Strong carbonation.

D - Very drinkable...or more like sippable. This is a solid beer, with no shortage of the good stuff you want in an American IPA. I'd buy it again, if I was in the mood for an IPA, and there wasn't another one available that I haven't tried or have and liked better.

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Photo of box299
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good local beer from Boston... Most fun when consumed at one of the great parties that are held outside at their brewery. This beer is also available on tap all over town.

I usually try and bring a twelve pack on the plane back to Chicago when I travel out east.

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Photo of blackheartbilly
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has always been a reliable "backup beer." You know when you find yourself out with friends at a restaurant not known for their beer selection. They just might have Harpoon IPA.

First time I have had it in a can!

A: Light to golden.

S: Not as hoppy as I would like, but still has that earthy IPA hop smell.

T: Better than I remembered it. Well balanced, nicely hopped, great example of an east-coast IPA.

M: Not overly carbonated.

D: Bottom line, for the price, and for the quality this is a great deal. This is a reliable beer that even non-beersnobs enjoy. Nicely balances quality with price. Now it comes in a 12 pack of cans, which is great for the beach.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.63 out of 5 based on 4,085 ratings.
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