Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

4,131 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 MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stirgy
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a dense and cream-like head. Buttery and crisp is an accurate way to describe this beer. Dry and oily with a slight oily aftertaste. Alcohol presence with a bit of citrus tang. Well rounded body and full of flavor. Nice IPA.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Buebie
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pub glass.
A foamy 1'' white head pops up off the pour, receding to leave thick sticky lace drapes and a small collar of white.
Transparent filtered looking. Color is a light amber golden yellow.

Aroma is minerally bitters, a touch of pine and a small amount of citric hops, some malt and breadieness.
Aroma is pretty laid back and doesn't wow me much, for an ipa it should at least hold some more hops to the nose.

Taste is ultra bitter, lacking that malt filled sweetness that aroma held. So balance is now lost, but that's ok, because hops bite and deliver good flavors.
Bitter pine and ultra bitter grapefruit rind line the palette. A touch of hemp and picking up some floral hops as well. I want to say its like clover honey, without the sweetness. A touch of peppercorn and grassy hops with just a little aspirin.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation dominant.

Overall a different take on hops for an IPA. Its lacks any real fruity hops, sweet balanced malt or additional dimensions to make it stick out from the pack. The color is great and taste is good and bitter. But I've experienced all I need to with this one 12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of samie85
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap earlier tonight at a neighborhood corner bar.

A-This one is a golden orange color with a half-finger head.

S-Bready and caramel malt with a bit of flower and pine hop notes.

T-Orange and maybe a little pine with some light caramel malt and a clean, bitter finish.

M-Light bodied with low carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

D-A really meh beer for me, not one I would seek out again.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of hreb
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle poured into American pint glass on this very hot, hot, humid day in Massachusetts. Big, foamy, tall head of moderate longevity. Clear amber color. Just the head smells, and tastes, beautifully hoppy. The smell of the beer is of a very pleasant and floral hops. Leaves heavy, messy white lacing on the glass.

Carbonation seems low, which along with a very well balanced hop flavor makes for a very drinkable American IPA. The dominant hop flavor is cascade, but it's well balanced with other hops (?) and the medium-delicate malt. Body is considerable and depth is excellent, with kind of a soapy element. Finishes pleasantly with a really nice bitter aftertaste without having that unpleasant hop-burnout effect I get with other Cascade-heavy ales (I'm looking at you, Sierra Nevada).

One of my favorite American IPAs. Or maybe it's just the weather.

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dodo2step
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- MArket Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- Frothy mountainous head that leaves a nice sticky lacing on my glass. a tangerine/yellow color that is clear.

S- grapefruit hops and some pine. A sweet malt smell as well.

T- Dry grapefruit hops. not as hoppy as some IPA's but it has a nice kick to it. Nothing else really stands out.

M-dry and smooth. filling and crisp.

D- a nice session beer and very easy to put back. This is a good tailgating beer.

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Photo of marburg
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I think this was previously released under the name, "Golden hop water."

Prickly, citric hops. The malt portion of the aroma is limited to a light cracker-like breadiness. Hop dominated flavor. While the bitterness isn't overwhelming, the lack of malt really helps to bring forth the hop flavor. Very citric and crisp but there's nothing here to keep this from being too one-dimensional in a not entirely pleasant way.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of riversider76
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper gold with a thin white head. Good retention and laceing. Aroma is of piney floral hops, and citrus. Body is a bit on the thin side with lots of carbonation. Taste is a nice balance. Piney hops,with hints of malt. Nice smooth finish. Not overly bitter,but still retains the IPA flavor.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kkipple
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon IPA fills my pint glass with a clear yellow beer crowned with a small, tenacious foam. Smells of sweet, apple-tinged malts, alcohol, and citrus hops.

Flavor is simple but good; a dry rush of sweet malts and a secondary mild tart bitterness from the hops. There’s a slight syrupy characteristic to the beer, but the bittering hops help keep it balanced. Mildly dry and crisp. The aftertaste is better than a lot of IPAs, it's richer and less harsh.

A very basic beer, Harpoon IPA doesn’t stray far from the style at all. I think it’s sweeter than many other IPAs I’ve had, and could use a bit less malt character and more hop flavor. There's a definate alcohol flavor in this one, not unwelcome but it comes on a bit strong. But all in all, not a bad beer and certainly an easy drinker.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.63 out of 5 based on 4,131 ratings.
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