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: 1,250 | Ratings: 4,083
Photo of Illinick
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Great offering from Harpoon.
Pours a golden/copper color with a sticky white head that remains nicely throughout.
S: Nice aromatic smell of citus hops and a little biscuit in the background.
T: Really well balance IPA. Typical citrus notes with biscuit backdrop and a malty middle that ends hoppy and dry with a nice bitterness.
MF: Medium body, but has a great mouthfeel.
Overall: A great IPA. The citrus hops really continue throughout the taste. Always feel confident with this IPA, an old stand-by (if I can find it).

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

Purchased as part of sampler pack. Poured a clear golden color with a nice white head. Smell is loaded with hops. Taste leaves a nice dry hop bitterness that is pleasantly enjoyable. Finishes dry and bitter with the feeling of wanting more. Another good beer from Harpoon.

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

This one is copper colored with a large white head.

The aroma is of hops and a bit of citrus.

Its flavor is hopy with a citrus aftertaste. It’s also a bit grassy.

The mouth feel is surprisingly light for an IPA and is nice and refreshing. It’s nothing amazing, but much better than I was expecting. It’s worth a try.

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Photo of cracgor
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden Amber color. Thin creamy white head. Leaves good lace.

Smell: Ruby Grapefruit like hop. A little piney. Maltiness is almost nonexistent.

Taste: Well hopped. A dry fruity hop. NOt over the top. A little to sweet as far as maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Refreshing.

Drinkability: A very good IPA. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Xadoor
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try it during a recent trip to Boston and it was as good as expected. Colour was a dark yellow with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing on the glass. Very drinkable and refreshing. It would definitely be one of my regular IPA's if I could buy it down here.

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

This beer has recently become locally available, so I had to try it.

It pours clear gold yellow with Ivory head of medium bubbles, and I immediately get a scent of both sweet malt and Hops. Served at 70 deg. F (cellar temp) both the malt and hop flavor are more pronounced than I would expect if chilled.

Taste is hoppy, but not complex. Perhaps I am drinking to much big hop beer recently, but this seemed thin; also thin in the mouthfeel. I will try the rest of the sixpack chilled, maybe something will change.

There are lots of IPA's on the market, and most of them are good, but not remarkable.
This is a good IPA.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, so I'm a little bit biased with this review. I've been drinking Harpoon IPA for years and can't believe I never reviewed it until now. It's my favorite IPA, session beer and go to beer at most bars.

The beer pours a clear straw yellow with some orange hues mixed in. A frothy white head forms on top slowly dissolving to a thick ring around the surface leaving behind a nice netting pattern of lace. A citrus aroma of grapefruit and pine with a hint of toasted malt greets you before each sip.

The flavor of this medium bodied smooth beer is filled with hoppy goodness. It begins with some pine and citrus. It sweetens towards the middle with some malt and bubblegum flavors before finishing with a mild bitterness leaving behind a hoppy residue. The hops are not too bitter and are well balanced with the malt. This would be a good beer to introduce someone to the wonderful world of hop bitterness.

Harpoon IPA is the light in the darkness when at a new bar with a (mostly) poor beer selection. It can always be found in my fridge or cooler on a camping trip. It's so easy to drink and full of flavor I can't see why anyone would want another session beer.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is uninspiring but fortunately that's the weakest part of this brew. The beer pours a clear bright yellow with a reasonable sized white head. No real stickiness to the foam and it falls flat in no time.

The smell is very inviting - a somewhat sweet hoppy note with plenty of pine resin and floral hops. Not pungent by any means but refined and inviting.

The taste is certainly the high point here - this beer has a very nice balance between the floral hops and a rather robust malt note. There's an underlying sweetness that rounds out the drink very nicely. The hops aren't the least bit acrid or bitter so you end up with a solid but not overpowering taste.

Mouthfeel is good as well. This is a light bodied brew with lots of fine carbonation. No bitter aftertaste, no burning of the palate. This is a good IPA for beer lovers who aren't incurable hop-heads seeking extreme brews..

All in all a pretty good brew, if you're an IPA drinker I could easily imagine this one in the regular rotation.

[Another brew from the "Midwest Beer Barge" trade with TikkiGodxxx - a great opportunity to sample some fine beer that doesn't normally make it to the Left Coast]

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

11$ a 12- pack at Lowes, fuck it.

Pours light amber yellow with a pretty nice looking head of bone white. retention is OK with some spots of light lace.

Aroma is bready caramel malts, notes of lemon and citrus, a light floral note, and green hops.

The flavor is similar in structure, although overall a bit understated for an IPA. It drinks more like a pale ale.

Body is light to medium with a grainy dry mouthfeel. It's not bad for budget sessioning, but I think it used to taste better 10 years ago. Perhaps my tastes have just changed too.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great IPA to start with is Harpoon’s The Harpoon brewery makes great brews, but their IPA may be the most accessible of any variety. The beer pours up a dark gold/copper color with a thick, white head of foam, leaving lace on the glass as the contents are drunk. The aroma offered is wheat or sweet hay with some hints of fruit (spicy orange). The taste is moderately bitter, not as hoppy as many IPAs out there, but the beer has a great deal of carbonation, balancing out the bitterness, making the beer extremely smooth and very drinkable. Unlike some aggressively-hopped beers, you can drink many Harpoon’s IPA without getting overwhelmed or turned off by the taste of repeated bottles. A very refreshing beer for the summer days. Enjoy the brews. Cheers…

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Bukowski's Tavern and presented in a Harpoon pint glass. Had a clear light amber color, generous finely wrought carbonation and a thick, foamy white head. Minor spotty lace left behind.
Pretty typical IPA aromas going on here; light malt notes, faintly earthy, playing a backup role to the citrusy tang of juicy grapefruit flesh and tangerine peels. The taste started off pretty much par for the course also with a fruity sweetness up front. This gave way to a crackery malt base that came through mid-palate. Juicy citrus bitterness started to kick in and then things started going off the rails. A rather raw bitterness akin to biting an orange seed took hold, followed by a stinging metallic note. The feel was crisp and light but a bit thin.
Drinkability was so-so. Overall, a decent, but not great IPA.

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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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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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