IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good generic everyday IPA. The IPA's are definitely an acquired taste. This seems to be in the middle of the IPA's in term of hoppiness/bitterness. But this is probably a good starter IPA to get accusomed to this beer style.

I find there is no after taste, which makes this IPA particularly clean and fresh.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At All Star Bar attached to Romeo's Pizza (Yarmouth, ME):

In a pint glass:

A: clear, bubbly, and light gold in color, white frothy head with good sticky lacing that doesn't last

S: floral, citrus, and some grassy pine, subdued malts come out as it warms

T: mild citrus hop flavor, malts come out as it warms

M: medium, somewhat sticky coating the mouth and tongue, sessionable, sticky finish, no aftertaste

O: pretty good American IPA, maltier than most AIPA's, but hey I'd come back to it

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer. I could drink it everyday, if it weren't for becoming an alcoholic. I love local beer, and this is the best in the Boston area. Deep malty color, medium body, great hoppy taste this is my IPA standard and furthermore standard beer. Long live Harpoon IPA!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Light orange color. The pour left a finger and a half of eggshell white head, that didn't leave much lace.

A: Decent hop aroma up front, some sweet citrus consiting of orage, pineapple, and tangerine. A bit of pine sap as well. Additional notes of caramel sweetness.

T: Pretty sweet at the begining. Nice hop and malty flavor in the middle, but does not finish well. Not as bitter as I would like.

M: Medium body and good levels of carbonation.

O: Pretty fair beer. There are much better ipa's out there, but this one's not bad. Would have again. Skal.

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IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,201 ratings