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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:
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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Reviews: 1,239 | Ratings: 4,037
Photo of whartontallboy
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold with a medium white head. Fades slowly.

Lots of hoppy floral aromas on top of the nice fruity hoppiness. There some sweet malt in there, but it's minimal compared to the big hops.

Flavor has a nice bitter floral bite to it. The sweetness comes through in a minor way, but there's a dominant grapefruit citrus feel as well.

Fairly crisp and drinkable with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. This is just a solid, decent IPA.

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice golden color, thick white head that hangs around for quite some time. Clear when held to the light, with visible, but low carbonation. Lace clings well to the side of the glass.

Smell is nothing impressive, and not totally noticeable. My sense of smell isn't much though. From what I can gather, the smell is a bit sweet.

Great hop taste. Sweet tastes, almost of honey, balanced well with the hop bitterness. Tastes of corn/grain come through as well. Overall a nice taste: moderately complex, and creates a very pleasant drinking experience.

Sweet taste lingers, then dries out quickly. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hop aroma was nice and strong but not overpowering

The beer arrived a clear golden with a quick disappearing white head that left a thin lace on the glass.

The taste was balanced but leaning toward the hops. It finishes a bit sweet with the malt taste clinging to the tongue.

The mouthfeel had a little bite on the roof of the mouth and was medium light.

This was a very nice beer and I look forward to taking another trip to Boston to partake of this beer again.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed 01-05-05 and transcribed from notes. Pours a deep hazy gold to copper color. Small head is accompanied by a small carbonation level. Nose is cloying with malt sweetness and has a hint of hops. Flavor is big malty and overly sweet. The flavor does dry up nice and quick. Aftertaste starts off with malt but then hops take over and dominate.

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Photo of BigPapaLager
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My number one beer. Of all the beers I try and drink this is the one that is always in my fridge. Pours are dark gold with decent head retention, Not over hoppy for an IPA but the hops are present enough to be my go to beer. I'm glad its local and ready for me.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz Bottle.
Pours a golden orange color with a small but well formed white head. Retention is okay as is lacing.
Smell is sweet malt, caramel, some fruit (green apples, etc.) and of course hops. Hops are a bit more mild than I would have thought, or generally like in my IPAs
Taste is very fruity (apples again), with a lot of caramel and sweet malt characteristics. Hops are present, but again not as punched up as I like them in most of my IPAs.
Mouthfeel is good, not too slick, not too carbonated, just a well balanced and very easy to drink beer.
Overall...seems kind of like a dumbed-down IPA to me, but that's cool. I need more beers that I can just drink and not have to think about the massive amount of flavors involved in them. This is a very straight forward session beer, and it's damn good for what it is. This along with the Hot Shot ESB from Great Divide are both mainstays in my fridge for when I don't feel like drinking anything too crazy.

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Photo of blackie
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Decent white head with some lacing left on the side of the glass. Just the right amount of carbonation. Floral, grapefruit, and pine on the nose. Really nice piney scent from the hops. The taste is where this beer really comes through. Very smooth and well balanced with a perfect amount of bitterness for an IPA. There is some room for improvement here, but I couldn’t tell you where. Very good, one I will buy again.

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Photo of Redrover
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis. The beer was a almost a shiny bronze/copper. Ok head and lacing.

The aroma was of fresh hops (think citrus and pine sap) and more than a bit of cut grass/hay smell.

Not surprisingly, the hops leap to the front. I get some mouth puckering grapefruit type taste and more than a bit of pine. The beer does seem to have a nice malt backbone that emerges about ¼ of the way through the beer. The malts add some nice counter point and more than a touch of caramel type sweetness.

The mouthfeel was somewhat thick with nice low carbonation. It is an easy drinker and may be a decent session type beer. Would be easy to pair with food.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to really love this beer, but I feel as if its lost some of its hoppiness, or maybe its just my taste buds have changed over the years. Served on tap into a large pint glass. Pretty good head. Somewhat floral, hoppy aroma. Taste is smooth, hoppy, but not that hoppy and not all that complex. I'd actually push this one down into the pale ale category. Has a slightly creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable, refreshing. A good beer, but in the middle of the IPA pack.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Good 1/2 inch head, bubbily lighter redish golden color. Light for an IPA.

Smell = Good typical smell of a solid IPA. Citrusy hops dominate.

Taste = It's not Dogfish for sure. I do like the very gentle honey like undertone that comes through as it perfectly compliments the bitter hops. Normal citrus like flavor of IPAs is present.

A pretty average tasting IPA. It does have a refreshing mouthfeel and high drinkability and I do like a few of the more subtle flavors. Recommended although not strongly.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first whiff was awesome. It had a real funky grassy hop aroma that was unfortunately difficult to detect after the first few sips. Bright off-white head poured fairly thick, and faded slowly leaving some thick strings of lace as it faded to a quarter inch thick film. Transparent pale copper colored beer with clouds of fine bubbles shooting up from one corner. Mild floral hop flavor up front over top of a light malt base. There's a candied hop bitterness that lingers in towards the end, and balances everything out. Finish is pretty clean, and burps taste of hops (yum!). Moderately light body and solid hoppiness help this one down. A solid fresh hoppy beer.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours into a pint glass with a smallish pearl white head and a pale yellow color thats slightly on the light side for an IPA. Leaves nice white lacing down the glass. The smell is a floral bouqet of hops, with a citrusy note as well, spot on for an IPA. The taste is pretty much dominated by the hops with a slight maltiness, but this is not so bitter as to turn away non Hop heads. You can detect many complex hops tastes with a floral, citrusy, and slightly resiny hop oil coating your mouth thats interrupted slightly by a caramel malt taste then quickly finishes with a light hop bitterness. This is really a fantastic IPA, that could be drunk for hours and in im opinion would be a good beer to convert someone to the glory of hops, as it is not so bitter as to turn people off but bitter enought to keep the hopheads interested

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Photo of Pegasus
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a large white head and no carbonation, but excellent lacing.

Aroma; Deep and pronounced hop aroma, little else. The hops predominantly lend a pine tar note, with lesser grapefruit.

Taste: Very smooth fromthe opening of the taste, throughout there is an emphasis on hops, which overpower the malts beneath.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, anf full, quite soft on the palette, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: Although it is not one of my favored styles, this is a very good IPA, certainly worth a try. Thanks to HardTarget for sharing this.

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

Suprising find at my local beer store. About a cross between a Sam Adams and a really good IPA. The smell is there, nice appearance and lacing. It seems like a good IPA spiked with water. Bitter enough for the style, but just too thin. You could blast through a few of these with no problem. Maybe a good gateway IPA, but I'm way beyond the gateway at this point. Followed by a Titan and an Indiga, both of which really blew it away.

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Photo of Tang07
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


I started seeing this beer more and more. I've been buying it when it is on sale and lately I've been seeing (and drinking) it at a lot of bars in the Triangle area.

It pours a nice orange/gold color with a pretty good head that lasts about 3/4 of the way down the glass.

The smell is a nice hoppy citrus.

The taste is a strong, but not overpowering hop, with a lasting bite and a hint of orange.

The mouthfeel is very nice. The brew has nice body to it.

I've been drinking a lot of these lately because, well it's very drinkable and I guess they are just getting it out there and it has been on special at the last few bars I've been to.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a thin white head. Pleasant spicy, citrusy hop aroma but I was expecting more from an IPA. Taste is a bit of a letdown also, hops do not dominate as they should in an IPA. A decent, easy drinking beer, but there are better choices out there.

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Photo of uncleozzy
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber brew served with a short, white head that stuck all over the glass for ages. Smelled of citrus and pine with a little bit of malt hiding in the background. The moderate carbonation complemented the significant, but not overpowering, citric hoppiness, which was balanced by a not-insignificant malt sweetness. While the hops were a big part of the flavor, I didn't find that they were significantly bitter, which makes this beer very easy to drink, although the 5.9%abv limits this a bit. The overall impression is smooth and crisp. A short, dry finish rounds off a solid American IPA that is a go-to in Boston-area bars.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of 01/04/05
Aroma: All about the hops, as it should be. I got floral, citric and pine notes in very fresh smelling hops, a sharp quality about the aroma as well. The sweet base underneath was also present. Very inviting.
Appearance: Extremely clear yellow glass with a nice multi-bubbled white head that left a little lace.
Flavor: While the hop flavor was very crisp, I really didn’t perceive a lot of IBUs. Guessing there are more hops later in the boil than earlier. The bittering hops did start to show deep in the glass, but always supported by the firm malt base. Maybe I’ve done too many DIPAs, but I found the hops somewhat restrained. Still, a great taste and very refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, clean finish
Overall Impression: A refreshing IPA with low bittering flavors. If it were a tad more local I could see making it a regular beer. Drinkability really helps the score.

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Photo of FirstMan
2.62/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A golden amber color, with a thin, lacy head with incomplete coverage of the top of the beer.

The nice floral hop character in the nose. Some sweet notes of caramel are there as well.

The taste is a let-down, unfortunately. Not much complexity at the beginning before a strong lingering hop bitterness sets in. I keep swishing it around my mouth and hoping something will arise.

Generally this IPA is pretty average and, frankly, a little boring.

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

This AIPA pours dark golden amber, with a slight haze. non descript white head, and just a smattering of lacing. laid back grainy hops in the nose. Can't say I'm overwhelmed by this IPA, hop crunch is quite subdued. Sort of a mushy feel to the center and body of this brew. Finish is equally mundane. C'mon Harpoon , I feel like this one has been sliding downwards the past few years, not the punchy and flavorful IPA I remember.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz with no dates.

Golden orange with good carbonation. This one sports a 1"+ head of white that clings to the glass leaving nice lacing.

Smells of earthy hops, more citric than floral. There's a slight touch of malt underneath.

The taste is (as expected) very hoppy with the citric notes carrying through. Nice clean, dry finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel. Great drinkability as this one isn't hop overkill like so many others from this style.

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Photo of ski271
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden amber with a small, off-white, creamy, mostly-diminishing head and some streaky lacing.

Smell: Floral and citrus hops aromas are moderate to big, a little piney and slightly buttery

Taste: Nice strong citrusy hops with just enough of a presence to balance it out a bit while still staying out of the spotlight. Finish is medium-length, crisp and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very refreshing and easy-drinking beer. It’s not as bold as I would expect an Am. IPA to be, but it good enough to make me really wish I had more than one bottle.

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Photo of LeeMarvin
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Harpoon's take on India Pale Ale because it's an extremely drinkable variation on the style. It's got a crisp, hoppy, flavorful taste that's just heavy enough to entertain your palate yet light enough so it doesn't fill you up after a few.

I like all different styles of beer, and often treat myself to more exotic potions depending on the season, but this IPA is great anytime of the year, regardless of temperature or occassion.

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

Pours a hazy orange color. Has a good sized white head that sticks nicely to the glass. Smells hoppy, some fruit and earthy aroma. Taste hoppy up front. Very fuity, balanced with a biscuit powdery malt. Medium mouthfeel with a semi-dry hoppy finish. I have always enjoyed this beer, never dissapoints.

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

12 oz., bottled on 12/23/04, served chilled in a pint glass. Pours an amber/orange color with an off-white 1 finger head that reduces to a thin blanket and leaves a few rings. Smell is of sweet malts with grapefruit/floral/spicy hops. Fairly smooth with more sweet malts on the palate than I usually find in IPAs, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The grapefruit/floral hops complement this and leave a decent bitterness. Well balanced, but I think it could still use an extra shot of hops.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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