Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

4,110 Ratings
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:
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

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Photo of samie85
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
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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Photo of JMad
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a pint glass...
It pours a light copper color, had a bright white head.
Smells of floral hops, and has a light sweetness.
Tastes mostly of lemon and pine resin.
The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and leaves the mouth with a welcome dryness.
Good all around, but really nothing special, for me at least.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, best by 11/15/10

A - Pours a clear gold with a good two fingers of off white head. Nice retention and lacing

S - Nose is a bit of citrus hops and a touch of lighter malt

T&M - Lighter bodied and on the maltier side of an IPA. Some nice, light earthy and floral hop notes. Very clean flavors with a clean finish. I could go for a bit more complexity, but it is a bonus to drinkability.

D - See above; very clean flavors, very easy drinking.

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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 foogerd
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- clear golden straw colored body with a white head
S- fresh piney hops with slight citrusy notes
T- initial slight malty body with subsequent piney hops
M- a bit watery good carbonation though
D- very drinkable decent IPA if youve got nothing else

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

Poured from a bottle into a White Hawk IPA pint glass.

A: Pale for the style; golden yellow with a slight auburn hue, not much head after 15 seconds. Just a thin wisp left, but mountains of lace down the glass as I consume.

S: Typical IPA, piney hops up front with a little grapefruit and some floral notes plus a little cracker malt and some raw, earthy, dirty, something...

T: Again, typical. Tastes like a mass produced IPA. Big blast of salty malt up front, followed by a wave of citrus hops. Finishes a little bland but it sure isn't offensive.

D: I mean, considering you can get this at a lot of grocery stores and it goes down pretty easy, I'd say that Harpoon IPA is a good 'intoduction to IPA' beer for someone.

Value: Pretty good, I paid $7.49 for a sixer.

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

Review number fifty... shit I need more hobbies

Appearance - fairly clear, golden hay color. Produced one finger of head with average retention. Some rocky lace clung to my Dogfish head glass.

Smell - floral grassy hops, lemon and grapefruit citrus, faintest trace of some buttery diacetyl.

Taste - big pale malt, resigny hops with a citrusy finish. Very balance and made me burp a lot which I consider a plus.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, and a relatively creamy feel for the style

Drinkability - an excellent IPA, very well balanced and priced, easy to come by and easier to drink.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this on a number of levels. First the smell is not overpowering, Some IPA's are a bit strong in the nose and this is un-offensive. The taste is good, if not a bit overly carbonated and this might contribute to its very drinkable nature. This is a good warm-up for those uninitiated in the more robust IPA's (think Dogfish Head). All in all, very enjoyable....

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear walnut brown with a 3/4" head which dissipates to a thin froth. Smell and taste are classic IPA but of the large production variety, not at all like a microbrew to me. Decent hops and a little lasting bitterness but overall kind of weak compared to other IPA's. I did note if you chug it instead of sip you can get a little burst of zing.

Hey for the cheap price it's a nice IPA. It's simply not the kind you slowly savor, it's more for the bulk IPA drinker.

By the way, took a while to find it among all the Harpoons listed in the Beer Advocate reviews. Does this brewery really make a bazillion kinds of beer? Guess so. Drives home the fact this really isn't a microbrew brand even though it's relatively young.

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Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of pale malts with moderate amounts of buttery diacetyl and milder amounts of citrus and earthy hops. As the beer warms the hop aromas fade even further.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of citrus and leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip the hop flavors fade a bit and diacetyl works its way into things. The hops reassert themselves near the end of the sip and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this IPA was fairly forgettable - certainly not a bad beer but not one I'd be in a rush to revisit.

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

Pours transparent golden with large white head on top. Aroma of grains, some light malt, subtle lemon, grass and spice. Tastes of slight spice, sweet malt, aggressive grassy and citrus hops, bitter towards the finish with a slight buttery characteristic. Light, crisp, upfront carbonation and a damn good IPA. A summer session with great flavor.

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Photo of IronLover
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper color with perfect clarity. Very thin head that didn't last. A quick swirl of the glass rejuvenated the white cap. Light floral aroma with a hint of biscuit. Light hoppy flavor in the beginning, lemon and orange, that rolls into light malty, biscuity taste and a very clean, almost dry finish. Pretty light for an IPA. The biscuity flavors and finish were more reminiscent of an English Pale Ale. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Prostman81
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I wouldn't exactly call this an IPA. Two components for me were definitely lacking, the first being the ABV (I like to see IPAs in the mid 6 to 7% range) and the lack of hop aroma. This beer really reminds me of an APA, or maybe even an Extra PA. Oh well, I'll chalk this up to being an East Coast IPA and leave it at that.

Besides the ABV and aroma, this was a very pleasant beer. I liked the rich color, as well as the smooth, semi-dry body and nice drinkability. I could put away a couple of these no problem (and I did). Wish there was a little more hop flavor than what was present. There's other East Coast IPAs out there that I'd probably go for over this in the future, but this was definitely worth the try, and would be a decent fall back beer.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a glass of light orange brew. Good clarity and an off-white foamy head. Light lacing.

Light citric hop aromas with some fruit and caramel. Simple and decent.

Lighter flavored, with decent hop bitterness balanced with light toasted malt, fruit, some grapefruit, and a touch of sweetness. Finish is bitter and malty. Good.

Medium bodied and carbonated. Ok.

Overall, middle of the road IPA. Many out there that are far better, but a refreshing beer, for the style, on a hot summer day.

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Photo of VietPong
2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high expectations. A unique beer with a unique name. Unfortunately, it was too bitter for my liking. Probably the most bitter beer that I have ever had. It was not watery at all, but if you are a big fan of bitterness then you should like this beer

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is also very hoppy, not much else going on, considerable bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkabilty. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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

Enjoyed this beer on tap at the Bell In Hand Pub in historic Boston

Poured nicely in a large Hefe style glass with very little head retention...Great autumn auburn color with the aroma of extremely mild hoppiness and chestnut

More similar to an English IPA than its American counterpart...Very smooth, well balanced flavor with decent amount of nutty maltiness that is cut short from the mild hop back...Would view this beer as a good example of a session beer...Not my favorite beer by any means

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Photo of NODAK
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma features a good amount of hoppiness...grapefruit, piney.

Unlike many IPA's, some sweet caramel malt is evident here at first....the grapefruit, floral hops are still the star of the show, however, and do take over the majority of the flavor profile. Again though, this isn't an IPA for those who want an "in your face" beer. Not only is the force of the hops at their highest not that strong, but they dissipate fairly quickly and leave little to no aftertaste. Most IPA's don't tend to be this clean.

I've had APA's that I'd say are stronger than this, but as a person who does not identify as a "hophead", I find this to be a very drinkable offering and I can appreciate an IPA that allows some malt to intermingle in the flavor profile.

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Photo of haddon
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear golden color with nice frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing down glass. Perhaps a shade lighter hue than other ipa's

S- floral and fruity hops with light malty backbone. Pretty light on the nose with not much standing out worth noting.

T- taste like it smells... Not much going on here. Light hops and malts with a hint of pine. Bit of bitter aftertaste but not a good kind of bitter like other ipa's.

M- light to medium body with ample carbonation

D- actually, I find this beer rather drinkable but more as an apa than an ipa, like others have noted. Probably wouldn't buy again. There are too many other ipa's out there that have passed this one by.

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Photo of albern
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer a zillion times over the years but never sat down and reviewed it. By happenstance I had this in conjunction with a Stone IPA and this is what prompted the review. Harpoon IPA is a decent, drinkable, harmless, nondescript IPA and not much more. It looks good in that it pours a nice golden color with a nice creamy white head, good retention and some lacing. The beer is a shade or two lighter than is typical for the style. The nose is quite nice in that it has some nice grapefruity hop notes, maybe a touch of pine as well. If only the taste followed suit.

The taste is more malty than hoppy, and it is probably the least hopped up IPA you'll typically find. The hops are slightly floral and fruity but very subdued, too subdued actually, and the caramel notes, the crisp malts, the English yeasty presence defines this beer much more so than the hops. That's not a good thing for an IPA to hand its hat on. Trying this next to a Stone IPA was a real eye opener. Sometimes beer reviews are best done in tandem with another beer of the same style. Let's just say that Stone killed Harpoon IPA, but that doesn't mean that Harpoon was necessarily bad. The beer is fairly light bodied, plenty carbonated, a touch drying in the finish, but nothing special in any category. It's okay, decent, drinkable, and that's all I can say.

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Photo of Boppar
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap aboard the Mt. Washington.

A: Very deep gold with coppery highlights. This is a very attractive beer.

S: Loads of floral and pine hops. Sweet biscuity malts underneath.

T: See above. This tastes like an IPA, and is a very good style example. It gets the basics right while paying attention to the details. It opens bright and sweet with citrus and transitions to caramel before ending with a piney twang and a bitter, lingering finish. This brew has a healthy dose of hops in it (as it should!) but it remains accessible.

M: Smooth, creamy, and full.

D: Quite drinkable, even for a very drinkable style.

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

Served on tap into a pint glass at The Fermentation Lounge in Tallahassee, FL.

Appearance - a clear, deep, golden yellow with an inch of fluffy white head.

Smell - Loads of hoppiness paired with some citrus (probably orange) and lightly fragrant spices.

Taste - Very subtle with initial hoppy bitterness that progresses throught the sip. Citrus and mild spice pair with the bitterness quite well and blend. Finally, the bitterness becomes more apparent and leaves a nice bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Light with moderate carbonation and a slight creaminess. Very smooth in comparison to other IPA's.

Drinkability - Exceptional. The bitterness blends quite well and is not overpowering. This beer goes great with anything. Just an all around winner.

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Photo of thekanna
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in College Park, MD.

A: Relatively clear gold with about 1 finger of head.

S: Some subdued hops and citrus. Definitely can smell a little orange in there, maybe lemon.

T/M: Some sweet malts, citrus, and hops. Hops definitely take a backseat to the slightly watery smoothness of the beer though, and it all seems a bit subdued for an IPA.

D: Very drinkable, but hops are too low-key for it to be an IPA.

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Photo of UnDeadly
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A very even gold color. Good foam! I poured with moderate aggression and easily produced 1 finger, which lowered in a thin but maintained head. Moderate lacing that sticks quite evenly.

Smell - I found the smell quite boring, to be honest. Mild notes of malt, and on the floral side of hops. I detected a light note of green apple.

Taste - Simple, pleasant, but nothing special. Crisp front, interestingly the malt notes seem to come through in the middle, and then progressing in bitterness off the back and into the aftertaste. Bitterness is slightly crisp, tart, and floral.

Mouth Feel - Carbonation is well done, and foam produces a pleasant creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Relatively low ABV and pleasant mouth feel make this a very drinkable and sessionable beer.

OK, so this beer was not bad. At all. But I do not think it is an IPA! Judging according to style, it was very weak and boring by IPA standards. Both the malt and hop notes were muted. But the beer was very balanced in this regard, and if it was classified as a Pale ale, I would have probably given it at least a grade higher.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Golden-wheat colour with about an inch thick head. Visible carbonation.

Smell: Lots of hops, some citrus and malt notes.

Taste: Very bitter hop flavour. A little bit of sweetness and malt. Leaves very little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little carbonated. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A great session beer, very refreshing.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.63 out of 5 based on 4,110 ratings.
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