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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:
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

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Ratings: 4,168 |  Reviews: 1,269
Photo of Kromes
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear gold color with a thin line of bubbles on top. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet grain and malt with a grassy hop aroma. Not very strong.

T: More of the same. Somewhat grainy malt mixed with a grassy hop flavor and a bitterness in the finish.

M: medium-light body with good carbonation.

O: To me this is an above average beer and just an average IPA. Nothing is bad about the beer, however the flavors and aroma are a little tame and light. Definitely a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of Stevie_Janowski
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jbeervt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Shawnspl
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MasterRigger
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hustlesworth
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- clear burnt amber with golden highlights. expansive beige head is light, airy, and frothy, but retains well and deposits cobwebs of lace.

S- cascade all over the nose, straight up mandarin orange and grapefruit with some white lilies, cedar, vanilla, caramel and toasted grains in the background. it's a little weak, but what's there is very nice.

T- a nicely balanced and clean IPA, but perhaps could use some more malt to separate it from the APA category. although very clean and straightforward, the taste seems somewhat watered down. high degree of toasty flavors in that water though, with only a fleeting hint of caramel to be detected. citrus and pine hop flavors, finishing herbal and dry.

MF- relatively thin and on the light side of medium bodied and the same goes for carbonation. a dry-water feel as opposed to something juicy, resinous, or something with heft.

D- all things considered, this is an IPA that drinks like a standard american pale ale. crisp, slick, refreshing, mildly flavored, tasty, and not over the top in any way. style guidelines maybe questionable, but when i select an IPA, i prefer something more aggressive and noteworthy.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of John
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was really something at the onset of the craft brew movement and it's likely converted many a yellow beer drinker. It's still very good beer. However, with the evolution of American IPAs, this one comes up a little short. Maybe that's an unfair comparison since this probably is closer to an English style IPA. Even so, it's a little weak.

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Photo of nzerbe
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Khaack
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Icemann383
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mnj21655
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a perfectly clear yellowish gold in color with nearly two fingers of fluffy white head and some nice lacing. Smells of floral hops with a very light maltiness. Taste is dominated by bitter floral, lightly herbal hops although there is just a mere indication of malts. Flavors are fairly well-balanced for an IPA. Nice mouthfeel, solid body, moderate carbonation. Good drinkability, has a nice crisp, clean finish. This is a great session IPA.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber in color, about one finger of white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with malts. A very faint smell of citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was mostly hops, slight citrus in the background.

Overall: This is an OK IPA. Not my first choice to have but I will not turn one away.

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Photo of stirgy
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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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3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of samie85
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
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 -10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.02/5  rDev +11%
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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1.25/5  rDev -65.5%

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,168 ratings
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