Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

4,126 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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Ratings: 4,126 |  Reviews: 1,257
Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear deep-gold with very little head.

Smell - Mild hops with perhaps a light malt undertone and that's about it. Pleasant but weak nose.

Taste - Mild hoppy taste that is well balanced. Not overly sophisticated, but most IPA's aren't. It's slightly underpowered, but seems to make a good session beer.

Mouthfeel - Thin and crisp, rather light body, with a very slight but pleasant bite.

Drinkability - For an IPA it is underpowered, this makes this a wonderful session beer. Remarkably refreshing for an IPA.

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Photo of purplehops
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice balance of hops and malt with a pleasant copper color. Nothing fancy here, just a good clean consistent ale. This is my everyday always on hand ale. Refreshing and thirst quenching and readily available on the East Coast.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of Smconnor
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biggmike
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive golden/amber color with a nice pillowy white head that lasted until the very last sip. Nice lacing also. Aroma was a mix of malt and light floral hops. Taste was a very nice balance of malt and hops. This is not the hop bomb that is characteristic of many American IPAs. This is nicely balanced and sessionable.

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Photo of backwardspope
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of coopdog1000
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amalak
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at Boulevard Tavern in Brooklyn, it was completely clear, no bubbles, brownish in color. Good IPA smell to it.

Taste pretty good, like you would expect from an IPA. Leaves a nice little bitter taste in back of the mouth. Doesn't bite too much, just enough.

This is a really good IPA. I think I would've enjoyed it more if it was fresher off the tap.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a mug

A - Crystal clear copper color, little head, no real lacing; looks okay

S - A nice smell; fairly solid mix of malt and hops; some citrus scent; nothing necessarily particularly unique, but a nice smell

T - Mostly hoppy flavor comes through a lot stronger than the scent might suggest; grapefruit and some floral esters; a hint of sweet malt as well, but the flavors a solid one for a good IPA

M - Medium body, good carbonation, solid aftertaste

D - A solid beer; it's just basically a good IPA with a nice all-around solid flavor but nothing particularly unique; it's almost a archetype for that IPA taste

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Photo of Prue
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MichaelRabdau
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Was really wanting to love this beer, having lived in Boston and love the town. I guess the fact that I had this immediately following Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Extra IPA, it really didn't stand a chance. I'll look at this again when there's no comparison, but on first blush, this is about as generic an IPA can get (consider the comparison)...

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Photo of Cadiazmk78
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. The flavor of the beer is an awesome experience. I recomend this beer for a good night of fun.

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Photo of Mdog
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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 NickTinyRace
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBuckley73
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shanty76
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zraly
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a nice medium golden color with a two-finger white head. Nice floral notes upfront.

Clean, floral and citrus hop flavors resting on a sturdy malt backbone. Very well balanced and well made. Crisp and clean, finishes dry. Medium bodied. Carbonation is appropriate. It's not the latest and greatest, but it has been around since the 90s. I think that says something about the quality and consistency.

A nice, solid, easy-drinking IPA. I could drink several of these and not get tired; sessionable for sure. A great all-purpose beer for chicken, fish, and Indian dishes -- I'd love to have a dish with mango with this as I think the contrast would be nice.

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Photo of RhodyBrewzah
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon I.P.A. has an amber - slightly to red appearance, pouring w/ a nice white head that hangs around for a little bit but not too long and is revived easily w/ a swift swirl, giving it some life.

The aromatics are mainly hoppy w/ "piney" and "citrusy" notes taking most of the sense.

When finally taking a taste of the beer it has a mild hoppiness but is the "featured taste" w/ the same pine and light citrus notes of the aromas. The beer finishes very well w/ a slight linger but nothing to suggest an overdue stay.

A very pleasant mouthfeel w/ a good balance of medium/light body and complimentry medium carbonation.

A good choice for the hop friendly in the area since a lot of places outside of beerbars have this beer on tap. It is not an overpowering or complex beer but provides a mild taste right for just kickin' back and enjoying which ever occasion.

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Photo of jimj21
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 3/15/09 printed on bottle in bright yellow. Pours a very clear, golden copper color. Topped with two fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is pretty good and leaves a good amount of lacing. Bubbles continue to stream up the glass.

Strong citrus aromas. Grapefruit and tangerines. Maybe a little bit of a toasty character.

Taste is lots of grapefruit and citrus from the hops. A bit of malt sweetness and maybe some bread as well. Really not too bitter at all. Very well balanced. A little dry on the finish and citrusy flavors stay on the tongue for a while.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. A little bit watery, but good overall. Perfect carbonation. Drinkability is very high. Hop bitterness isn't going to destroy your palate, so you can enjoy a number of these in a night.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden light in color with a slight head. Smells of citrus hopyness present but not overwhelming. Well carbonated it hits the tongue first to prevent overt maltyness and finishes with a bitterness that dissipates. This beer is a easy drinking IPA one of my standbys.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a golden copper tone with an off white mother of pearl tinted creamy full head while leaving some nice residual lacing. The aroma is slightly citric, but predominantly a nice floral hop aroma with a good bit of malt sweetness balancing out the over scent of this beer. Can't say the aroma is amazingly memorable, but I can say this is a nice pleasant go to at this point very solid brew. The taste flavor is a mellow creamy balance of malty goodness blended with a floral bitter hop profile, I can tell that this beer is a little dumbed down from the guidelines of a typical IPA not getting the hop satisfaction that any true hophead is yearning for. Like I said not a failure but not a favorite at the same time. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with a nice chewy texture to it, not thick and cloying chewy just some pleasant and welcoming body to this beer. Overall what can I say no off flavors maybe lack of some hop bitterness, but overall a dangerously drinkable well made beer in my book.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle with date poured into a pint glass.

A: A very faint amber, or dark yellow with slow but steady carbonation streams. The beer is capped by a white head that pours full and dwindles to an adequate height for the session.

S: Lots of delicious hops on the nose, specializing in the citric and pine varieties. A mild malty sweetness balances it out splendidly.

T/M: Lots of chewey hops on the palate, but they are bitter. They almost hit the back of your throat in unison with the sip. Lots of hop oils keep that flavor around for a while. A healthy dose of CO2 hits the tongue first and gives this beer a crispness. I love hops as much as the next guy (maybe more), but not when the aftertaste leaves that bad bitterness (earwax?).

D: A good beer; great at $6 a sixer. Sessionable, especially for hot summer days as a quencher.

Some IPAs leave that lingering aftertaste that I have difficulty describing other than extreme bitterness and this is one of them.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange gold, somewhat syrupy looking for some reason, though that doesn't come through on the taste. Smells pretty heavy on the citrus for some reason, malt and lemon. Retains a good deal of its fruity qualities on the flavor, but with a pleasantly hoppy aftertaste. Definitely not one of the overly bitter hop-bombs you sometimes get from something labeled an IPA.

Which I actually consider a good thing, as the respectable but not overwhelming hops make it more drinkable than many other IPAs. Definitely a quality beer.

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Photo of FrankTheTank7
3.92/5  rDev +8%

Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.63 out of 5 based on 4,126 ratings.
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