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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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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4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
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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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.62/5  rDev 0%
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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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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

On draft in a Harpoon branded glass

Clear, yellow golden in color, bright white colored head. Moderately strong earthy and citrus hop aroma. Not much malt flavor, Pilsner malt fla or and medium bitterness. Dry. Thinner bodied.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle

Harpoon IPA poured a clear copper color producing a 1-finger white head that formed “start and stop” lacing around the walls of my glass mug. The nose was dominated by citrus hops with flora hops taking a secondary role. The flavor of grapefruit citrus controlled the taste with a medium lingering bitter after taste. Mouth feel is medium, crisp and clean.

Overall, Harpoon IPA is a solid IPA that doesn’t overpower you with bitterness. The IPA is worth ago if you enjoy the style.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass
Has a light golden hue with a frothy white head present. Provided an adequate amount of lacing.
The aroma is sweet and mildly hoppy.
This IPA has a light and refreshing taste.
Mouth feel is simple with a luminous carbonation.
Overall this is a great IPA to enjoy on a summer's day poolside.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 4,189 ratings