Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

BA SCORE
82
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1,248 Reviews
Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA
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:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,248
Ratings:
4,073
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
13.5%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
902
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 1,248 | Ratings: 4,073
Photo of Diggitydustin
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to mug. It was a pretty golden color, head stuck around basically til the last drop. Smell was decent. The taste was a typical IPA, which isn't a bad thing, there was just nothing really to differentiate it from others. The price is pretty good compared to other IPAs I've had that tasted relative. Not the best beer I've ever drank but I did enjoy it. No complaints here.

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Photo of Jp7010
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this sitting in the fridge for quite some time, bought some time last month. Finally decided to crack it open and review it tonight.

Poured light gold into a nonic glass, with about two inches of creamy white head. The aroma was everything I hope for in an IPA. A pungent pine signifies there are cascades in this beer. The taste did not disappoint, a bitter and hoppy brew we have here. Pine notes with citrus undertones confirms, yep, those are cascades! A slight malty tone followed in the aftertaste. The feel was fizzy, with a medium body. This brew is definitely a hop head's dream. I found it hard to keep it in the fridge, while waiting for the right time to want to sit down and review it. Glad it finally happened so I could enjoy this brew.

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Photo of watkins
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper-orange into pint glass with tight one-finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Hoppy with grapefruit-citrus, slightly yeasty.

T: Hop from start with a some sweetness detected in the middle, finishing sort of metallic, with lightly bitter, lightly fruity hops.

M: Sort of wartery, lightly carbonated and not too thick for an IPA, slightly underwhelming.

D: Definitely a summer cookout or boat beer to throw back with grilled food. Better than Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale by far.

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Photo of Reiksguard
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rated from a 12 oz bottle with an expiration date on the side, poured into a pint glass. As a note, I am a big Harpoon fan, but I have never really fallen for the whole IPA craze, so my slight aversion to the style might be coming through.

A: Pours fairly light with a nice golden color. Limited white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Hoppy aroma with a citrus nose. Pleasant.

T/M: There is a sweetness and citrus bite on the front end and the characteristic IPA bitterness on the backside. Reminds a little of grapefruit. Finishes dry and clean with a residual bitterness. Beer feels a little thin.

O: Overall, I might order another pint at the bar, but only if it was one of the few craftbrews on tap. However, as an IPA, I was plesantly happy - I didn't walk away with a crippled pallet from the bitterness that I have with other IPAs and IIPAs.

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

This was a solid IPA.
A: the appearance was as expected from an ipa
S: Nice nose. Nothing spectacular but good.
T: Again a solid ipa taste, with no real problems or nothing I would say makes this an expectional ipa
M: Good. Good carbonation and mouthfeel.
O: this is a good ipa. not great. good. i would expect it to have a bit more alcohol to keep up with the current crop of ipas on the market.

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Photo of barnabasdog
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- rich light golden color with white creamy head about 1 and half fingers, minimal head retention, decent visibility.

S- lots of florals with a hint of citrus.

T- floral hops but not too bitter on the front end, piney, sweet malts, with a slight bread aftertaste.

M- medium body, light carbonation, smooth creamy feel and thickness.

O- solid IPA on the lighter side.

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Photo of Pip_Count_167
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first favorite beer, some of my liking may be nostalgia; but even though I often drink highly rated and delicious IPAs, I still love Harpoon. The first t-shirt & short sleeves day in spring means my first six-pack of Harpoon, and it's a session beer of choice for the warmer months.

Ratings note: This is my baseline 'great' beer. I'm new to rating, and thought I'd start here, Harpoon IPA=4.

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

On tap @ harpoon brewery.

Pours a very dark yellow / oragney color. Some faint citrusy, grassy hops in the nose, but not dominant like you would expect from an american IPA. Flavor is a nice mix of bready and citrusy flavors, (well balanced between the malt and hops), with a faint touch of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is average (maybe a bit overcarbonated), and finishes quite smooth, overall a pleasnt drinking experience.

Definetely not a hop-bomb like many modern IPA's, but if consider it more as an APA, you will not be dissapointed.

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Photo of BottleOfPills
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My serving type was a bottle poured into a Pilsner Flute.

My appearance was a quick forming one half inch head that quickly diminished. (I can relate to that). But a constant flow of carbonation was can be seen in the darkened amber fluid. I would say the color reminds me of a cherry stain or something lighter. (3.5)

Smell - if you've followed my other reviews, well you know that the smell of burnt hops is not something I write home to mom about, but this beer isn't over powering and in my opinion is quite light in hoppiness odor. (3.5)

However that "quite light in hoppiness" would not describe the taste as the hops come through in spades! Not over powering to me. I don't taste many of the florals that others have described, but that's typically not the way I describe things anyway. The taste is strong, but not over powering by any stretch. I could enjoy this with a steak. (3.5)

Now this beer is crisp in the mouth, and you know that makes a high score for me. 4.. I like. It tingles and cracks, and goes down easy.

Overall I got to go with 3.5 - it's better than I expected, and will buy again, maybe I'll aquire a more filling taste for it, maybe I haven't paired it with a great food. Not sure, but it is a good beer and I will definitly have again.

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Photo of nastley3
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great ipa. This beer has a copper color, does not have a very strong smell, average head, but delivers on taste. Has a very nice balance to it, the perfect amount of hops. It is extremely drinkable, it would be very easy to drink this beer frequently. Has a refreshing finish.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy, sticky head of foam. Pleasing citrus nose. Taste is grapefuit, pine combined with earthy notes. Terrific balance with this beer. Great sudsy mouthfeel. Always has been my "go to" beer of choice. It never disappoints.

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Photo of calicaliente
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a big foamy white head and good retention. Decent lacing as well. Aroma of citrus and floral hops with a bit of caramel malts in the back. Citrus hops up front; slightly juicy. Astringent tartness followed by rough wheat and corn husks. Medium bodied. Pretty average IPA, but drinkability is Ok.

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Photo of AlHam
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden and clear.

Smells very hopsy, as an IPA should. The malt comes through as well, with some slightly woodsy scents.

Tastes hopsy and slightly bitter. The alcohol comes through very clearly, adding to the bitterness of the strong hops in the IPA.

The mouthfeel is fairly light, and almost overpowered by the alcohol.

Drinkable, but the taste and mouthfeel are poor for a Harpoon.

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Photo of hermesch
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly golden yellow with active carbonation. Small head that doesn’t stick around with moderate lacing.

Smell: Hops are immediately evident, with a faint promise of citrus undertones.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp and bitter start that is followed up by a moderate hop punch and finishes nicely. The citrus notes in the bouquet are not nearly as evident in the taste, but the hop component is just right for an American IPA, so that’s enough. Notes of pine and biscuit malt hang around just at the very end and make for a fine finish.

Drinkability: This is a damn good beer and you can drink a lot of them. Perfect for just about any gathering. Recommend popping a few open with some pungent cheeses for a lunchtime treat!

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

I was lucky enough to try this on tap at Buckowski's while in town for the Stammtisch festival. It poured a burnt, golden colour. Not a whole lot of carbonation to be had. The tiny head left its mark down the glass as it was devoured. Understated floral scents on the nose. The initial port like sweetness mellowed as the hops gently let themselves be known. I feel this ale more closely resembles a British IPA than a typical american IPA. Not spectacular, but very drinkable. Yummy.

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Photo of joeyels
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper orange color, thin white head that fades quickly. Tiny bubbles of carbonation well after beer is poured. Light smell of floral hops on the nose. Taste is of light hops a bit perfumey with a slightly sweetened aftertaste. Very light and easy drinking. IMO, a basic run of the mill IPA, very average.

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Photo of Samichlaus
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz. into pint glass

A: Pours a clear gold with a bubbly, tall, off-white head. Head dissipates but leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Mild grapefruity hops. Grainy malt character. Dull sweetness that intensifies as it warms. Mild smell altogether.

T: Grapefruit and grass. Bready malt. Dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

D: Top notch drinkability.

Never my first choice but a good go-to IPA. I like a little more body and bitterness than this has to offer but the drinkability is awesome and it's never let me down.

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Photo of applky
1.94/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I'm so sorry, but I don't see what everyone else does in this beer. To me, this beer is absurdly over-hopped, so much so that at all temperatures it smells like rotting vegetation and tastes like a pale ale with with alpha acids added from an eyedropper. The malt flavor is too aggressive and tastes over-toasted. I love IPAs with malt flavor, but only if it works to balance the hop flavor. In this case, both flavors are too aggressive. Come on, Harpoon. Your Dark Munich Ale is so good! Everything else you make is so good! Maybe (with more care) this beer as a double IPA would work well? Although this doesn't bear that much resemblance to their Leviathan. Still, in all departments I find it profoundly below average, except maybe appearance and mouthfeel, which are standard (gold with a tinge of brown and not too oily, respectively). This is just one of those beers I can't get into.

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

Reviewing this one as I drink it...

A-Pours a clear golden color with 1" bubbly head that fades to 1/4 inch. Leaves some lacing.

S-Citrus hops and not a whole lot else, a little bit eartly somewhere in the middle. Also a little bit of alcohol at the end.

T-Pretty mild when it comes to hops. Full of citrus/grapefruit, but not overly hoppy. Somewhat sweet aftertaste.

M-On second thought, more hops than I initially thought. Fair amount of carbonation.

D-Decent body. Wouldn't drink more than two of these probably. Overall a nice IPA, but in a country full of them I'd gravitate elsewhere.

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Photo of LBBeer
4.26/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle into a chilled pint glass at the Marriott in Quincy, MA.

A--Straw color with a slightly orange hue. Ivory head.

S--Surprising dose of hops in the nose. Being West Coast based, I have heard many people bash Harpoon IPA for a general lack of character, but the aroma definitely started things off well.

T--Great bittering hop profile that you don't see enough of on the west coast. Just enough hops, not a palate wrecker.

M--This is a sessionable IPA, with enough malt to balance the bitternes, but not so much that it gets big and heavy.

O--Having not had Harpoon IPA in several years, my expectations were low, but I definitely prefer it over Dogfish 60.

T--

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

Short of Dogfish 60, this is one of the better mass market IPAs you'll find. It's clean drinking, medium body and has a bit more octane than some of the other beers in this class at almost 6%. The taste is basic but pleasant, mild to moderate hop present up front balanced by a hint of bitterness after.

Overall it's a good, solid IPA, particularly now that it's available in cans.

It loses points for drinkability, however, because it has a deserved reputation for being much harder on you the next morning than comparable offerings. Whether it's the presence of the sugars or some other factor, I know more than a few people who steer clear for fear of the aftermath.

For a beer or two, it won't kill you.

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Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden color, with nice white head and good decent amount of lacing.

S: Floral hops and a hint of malt. Unassertive and light.

T: Some hops coupled with barly and malt. Good choice on hot summer days, but nevertheless, unassertive and not that memorable.

M: Almost too little action there. Mild carbonation and light-bodied.

O: For an IPA this one is suprisingly light-bodied and not very memorable. Goes down easy, but then again so do the less expensive budlights of this world.

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Photo of 2wheeledpirate
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours a medium amber with a medium head and decent head retention. The aroma is not as hoppy as I would expect from an American IPA. I really struggled to descibed the smell of this beer. I keep going back to the smell of sourdough bread. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Flavor is nice, but still light on that hop bitterness. This beer is pleasant and easy to drink but not the best IPA I've ever had.

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Photo of Will46andbrew
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The color is golden yellow. Very clear, nice appearance.

S - The smell is slightly bitter. Not florally like some IPA's. Somewhat faint.

T - The taste is crisp and good. Not too bitter, just right for a good refreshing IPA.

M - The mouthfeel is good.

D - The drinkability is good. It's not too heavy, but you can't sit down and have a 6 pack without feeling bloated... Has a refreshing taste, a really good beer. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but it's very good. This is one of my staples.

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Photo of Leebo2007
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

COLOR: light to dark brown, great color

CONSISTENCY: Very bubbly, good constant color with copper color

HEAD: Good to medium head

SMELL: fresh/Fruity smell. Has some wild yeast smell too.

TASTE: fruity and floral at first but then loses some hoppiness. Still pretty crispy for an IPA.

Not the best IPA but has a good yeasty taste that many IPAs do not have.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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