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Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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:
#36,792
Reviews:
1,269
Ratings:
4,169
pDev:
13.54%
Bros Score:
4.01
 
 
Wants:
87
Gots:
950
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 4,169 |  Reviews: 1,269
Photo of JonathanED
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jth63
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used your be a very good IPA. It was my house beer and what I would buy when I couldn't decide. Unfortunately the quality has fallen off a cliff and I never buy it unless my other choices ar s bud light and coors

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

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

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

Photo of DBosco
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jimbrinkruff
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L-Dark amber clearly see-through beer with a very, very small head.
S-Slightly sweet aroma, floral, and citrusy. I'm also picking up the scent of lemon and tea? Booziness follows. Malty hops as well.
T- Very much under-toned and I'm afraid a bit too watery. Slightly bitter, but man, it's watery. Not much else after this.
F- Crisp.
O- Fresh and crisp IPA, thats about it though. Its very well grounded, it doesn't have to much of anything wrong with it, its just lacking the complexity I want.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a clear golden orange body, one finger thick white head, good retention, lots of frothy lacing. Smell is marmalade, pine, orange peel, grainy sweetness, caramel. Very English in style. Flavour is caramel, grain and orange marmalade. Not too sweet by any means, which is nice. It's malty but not too malty; a nice hop and mild bitter presence makes this approachable. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, appropriately carbonated, mild zesty bitterness with a bit of marmalade on the finish. A classic, and just had to tick this one. Now that's a blast from the past.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale copper with an average head. The aroma is made up of moderate caramel, floral notes, pineapple, and dried peach. The flavor features a solid malt body, with strong floral and perfumey flavors, candied pineapple, cedar, and other rather woody flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some clinging bitterness, and foamy carbonation. Overall this is different, but maybe to perfume centric for my taste.

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

Photo of zotzot
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_ski
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BigTrent
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Savan
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an unimpressive hue of straw-golden with medium body white head.
Smells of lavender and grapefruit but only in a subtle sense. Has a good taste about it glass I got is slightly warmer than I would prefer to drink a IPA at... Anywho... there are subtle flavours of pine-nut, lavender, tropical fruit and a 'lil bit of something sweet under currents of bitter hopped goodness. A little crisp and refreshing... I would say clean finish about it. Over all a better than average IPA but not what I would call AMAZING.

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Photo of TooGood
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeK89
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mikey440
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mdog
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear gold, small head.

Smell: Floral, light toffee.

Taste: Mild toffee sweetness balanced by citrus bitterness which shifts to a more grassy flavor and finish.

Overall: Harpoon recently started distribution to MN so I picked up a 6er. I thought it was going to be a American IPA so slightly disappointed to find it's the English style, but I ended up enjoying it anyway. It stayed away from the tea-like bitterness I don't like in English-style IPA/PA's and kept to a more citrus/grassy hop flavor.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin,soapy,white head that dissipates fast,leaving a circle around the glass.Beautiful cascade on the pour.Dark gold in color with nice clarity.Light carbonation.

The palate follows the nose with floral and piney hops,combined with some sweet malts.

The body is thin with a medium dry finish.Nice crisp,clean,easy drinking beer.

This is a good IPA,not top shelf but pretty solid.Crisp,clean,and refreshing.Good beer for a hot summer day.
On the nose I get mostly floral notes,with some piney hops,and sweet malts.A little bit of citrus.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,169 ratings
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