Harpoon IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon IPAHarpoon IPA

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States | website

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: 1,235 | Ratings: 4,015
Photo of MisterSH
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness date noted.

Rich coppery gold color, very clear. Nice 2 finger head with some staying power.

Floral hops dominate the aroma. Some pine, citrus. Very pungent and pleasing. A hint of malt adds a reassuring appeal.

Taste is most all hops. Some warming alcohol is apparent. Finish is remarkably (strangely?) clean, I am not detecting much malt flavor in this beer. There seems to be a long period while this beer sits on my tongue where I am not tasting much of anything.

Light in body, moderate carbonation. Somewhat watery.

Surely this beer could use a stronger malt backbone. It's refreshing, and easy to drink, and no doubt the hops are pleasant, but something is lacking, making this a near miss for me.

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Photo of Gattopardo
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Prominent, frothy head, strong golden color with an orange tint, and lots of carbonation. Plenty of lacing.

Smell: Citrusy and slightly fruity aroma.

Taste: Pronounced hoppy flavor not overly bitter at all, lingering nicely on palate with pleasant citrus highlights. Underlying sweet flavors that really come out with the right food pairing (in my case, a spicy curry).

Mouthfeel: A bit light.

Drinkability: Very light and drinkable, though not my favorite American IPA.

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Photo of WSB
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light amber color. Good head, light but sturdy- not too thin, not too thick, good white color. Absolutely love the smell-hoppy, flowery with subtle citrus undertones. Mouthfeel is wonderful-light and warm- Perfectly balanced between the light spice of the hops and the citrus, very smooth. You know you're drinking an IPA, but its not overpowering, very enjoyable. Taste is great, nice hoppy flavor, complimented with citrus undertone and a mild bitterness in the finish. Drinkablity is good, but the hops seems to get more pronounced and bitter the more you drink. Still, a good session beer, no doubt. A great backyard BBQ drink that will complement a spicy BBQ sauce. A classic brew.

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Photo of apants007
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Note: this is a review of the can.

Poured from the can into a pint glass. Nice amber color with a thick dense head that lasts and lasts. But then it goes down from there... Smell is faintly of coastal hotel must... And the initial taste is like a good beer poured through dirty lines... Or like if you poured a shot of tap water into a lagunitas ipa... Not bad... But not great. If I had to pick between this harpoon and a dale's I'd pick this ... Good for a cookout or tubing or walking down the street with a paper bag or somewhere else you absolutely need a can... But not a beer to seek out.

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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 mac56
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: honey color, a good sized head that took a long time to fall, tight bubbles and very little lace.

Smell: slightly floral, slightly spicy. My wife said "marigolds".

Taste: very nice balance of hop and malt. Aftertaste can only be described as crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: the hop bitterness hit me in the back of the mouth, then faded away ever so slowly to be replaced with a malty smoothness.

Drinkability: quite so. Finished one and immediately wanted another.

Overall: a very good beer of the style. I think this is what I expected the Sweetwater IPA to be like when I reviewed it last week. I will definitely drink this again.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours gold with a tall, white head. Smells very citrus with notes of hops. the sip starts bitter which lead to a slight malty taste which is immediately replaced by hops. It closes with a slight alcohol taste. I think it's a bit too carbonated. over all its a tasty beer, easy enough you can drink a few in a row. Worth a try no doubt.

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Photo of fishtownhxc
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

overall, a pretty good beer. it's not going to blow you out of the water as far as IPAs are concerned, but it's a solid session beer (even if it's over 5%) and one i could drink pretty continuously throughout the year. has a nice golden color and a crisp aroma when poured. not overbearing in the hop department, but enough to keep it refreshing and very drinkable. like i said, a good beer, but if your'e looking for a hop bomb or something out of the ordinary as far as IPAs are concerned, you're looking in the wrong place.

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Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium gold color. Moderate white head that sticks around and leaves behind thick sheets of lacing. Aroma is subdued but grassy, with pale malts providing for a mellow background. Flavor is fairly hoppy, with grass and herbs as the main component. Also found a bit of drying wheat and some cheap tasting pale malts. Medium body. Easy to drink, but a bit unsettling at the same time. Average IPA at best.

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Photo of TeamSeabass
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

was glad to receive some good beer for christmas, and this was one of them.

golden in color, white foam head, leaving some lacing.

smells of grapefruit. the hops smell is floral and not overpowering.

it tastes good and the hops are pretty mild and balanced with a mild bitterness. this IPA does not have a powerful hop component, though it certainly has a nice hoppy aroma and IPA flavor.

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Photo of moz9
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on two different occasions recently. I decided to wait until the second time to review it, because I thought something was wrong on my first serving.

It's quite honestly an average beer. Looks like an IPA, but the smell and taste are lacking. It's not a bad beer by any means, it's just not as hoppy as I would like. I would much rather drink a SNPA any day of the week.

People talk about this as a session beer, and I think that it could certainly be that. I would almost go as far as to compare it to a hoppy pils or even a lager. It's just average. I guess I'm a bit disappointed and I will certainly hold out hope for a draft serving to see if somehow I got two separate bad batches, but I can't imagine that was the case. An underwhelming beer.

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Photo of LordBeardman
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bertucci's Italian Restaurant in Marlborough, MA.

A: Kind of a dark orange color with a finger of white head.

S: Hoppy with a citrus smell as well. Kind of sweet.

T: Not very bitter. Very mild hop flavor. A lot of citrus in there.

M: Has a good crisp feel. Not the usual bite I get from an IPA.

O: Definitely not my favorite IPA but not bad. Seems like this is the only IPA on tap around this area of MA. I would say that this beer is very average.

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Photo of chefnash51
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden light copper. Minimal head with little retention. Carbonation looks a bit non existent

S - Nothing over whelming or pungent. Some floral notes make their way up to my noise.

T - This happens every time I have this beer. the first couple sips are pretty much let downs. Then about half way through the beer I really start to pick up on the floral citrus hop that I love in this beer. Nowhere near a hop bomb. But, tasty all the same.

M - Carbonization could be kicked up a little bit more. Otherwise the body was pretty spot on for this refreshing IPA.

D - I put this one pretty high on drink ability. Good IPA to showcase to folks who are getting into craft beer. It shouldn't scare anyone away.

One of my fail safe beers when I go out and all they have is BMC.

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Photo of Smixam
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle, a nice medium copper; medium (two-finger), foamy head. Splotchy but persistent lacing and an overall nice appearance. The scent of this beer is great if you're an IPA fan; very floral and full of hoppy aroma, it's one of the best for a medium to large scale IPA like this.

First taste is all about the hops, nice for this style, so many offerings are too weak in this regard. After the initial onslaught of hops, the taste is very smooth and crisp; this will be an excellent summer-night brew. Aftertaste is minimal and pleasant, floral feel left on the pallet that just begs you to have more. Instantly became one of my favorites.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Depressing head formation with a clear light amber hue of a body. Lightly piney, citrus nose carried by more of a grain scent. The taste is balanced but weak, the light hop bitterness coats the tongue as the malt washes over hardly leaving a trace or influence. Maybe I’ve been spoiled but I expect a bit more out of my IPAs, at least the leviathan is incredible.

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Photo of Diggitydustin
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to mug. It was a pretty golden color, head stuck around basically til the last drop. Smell was decent. The taste was a typical IPA, which isn't a bad thing, there was just nothing really to differentiate it from others. The price is pretty good compared to other IPAs I've had that tasted relative. Not the best beer I've ever drank but I did enjoy it. No complaints here.

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Photo of Jp7010
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this sitting in the fridge for quite some time, bought some time last month. Finally decided to crack it open and review it tonight.

Poured light gold into a nonic glass, with about two inches of creamy white head. The aroma was everything I hope for in an IPA. A pungent pine signifies there are cascades in this beer. The taste did not disappoint, a bitter and hoppy brew we have here. Pine notes with citrus undertones confirms, yep, those are cascades! A slight malty tone followed in the aftertaste. The feel was fizzy, with a medium body. This brew is definitely a hop head's dream. I found it hard to keep it in the fridge, while waiting for the right time to want to sit down and review it. Glad it finally happened so I could enjoy this brew.

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Photo of watkins
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours copper-orange into pint glass with tight one-finger head. Nice lacing.

S: Hoppy with grapefruit-citrus, slightly yeasty.

T: Hop from start with a some sweetness detected in the middle, finishing sort of metallic, with lightly bitter, lightly fruity hops.

M: Sort of wartery, lightly carbonated and not too thick for an IPA, slightly underwhelming.

D: Definitely a summer cookout or boat beer to throw back with grilled food. Better than Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale by far.

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Photo of Reiksguard
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rated from a 12 oz bottle with an expiration date on the side, poured into a pint glass. As a note, I am a big Harpoon fan, but I have never really fallen for the whole IPA craze, so my slight aversion to the style might be coming through.

A: Pours fairly light with a nice golden color. Limited white head that dissipated quickly.

S: Hoppy aroma with a citrus nose. Pleasant.

T/M: There is a sweetness and citrus bite on the front end and the characteristic IPA bitterness on the backside. Reminds a little of grapefruit. Finishes dry and clean with a residual bitterness. Beer feels a little thin.

O: Overall, I might order another pint at the bar, but only if it was one of the few craftbrews on tap. However, as an IPA, I was plesantly happy - I didn't walk away with a crippled pallet from the bitterness that I have with other IPAs and IIPAs.

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

This was a solid IPA.
A: the appearance was as expected from an ipa
S: Nice nose. Nothing spectacular but good.
T: Again a solid ipa taste, with no real problems or nothing I would say makes this an expectional ipa
M: Good. Good carbonation and mouthfeel.
O: this is a good ipa. not great. good. i would expect it to have a bit more alcohol to keep up with the current crop of ipas on the market.

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Photo of barnabasdog
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- rich light golden color with white creamy head about 1 and half fingers, minimal head retention, decent visibility.

S- lots of florals with a hint of citrus.

T- floral hops but not too bitter on the front end, piney, sweet malts, with a slight bread aftertaste.

M- medium body, light carbonation, smooth creamy feel and thickness.

O- solid IPA on the lighter side.

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Photo of Pip_Count_167
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My first favorite beer, some of my liking may be nostalgia; but even though I often drink highly rated and delicious IPAs, I still love Harpoon. The first t-shirt & short sleeves day in spring means my first six-pack of Harpoon, and it's a session beer of choice for the warmer months.

Ratings note: This is my baseline 'great' beer. I'm new to rating, and thought I'd start here, Harpoon IPA=4.

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

On tap @ harpoon brewery.

Pours a very dark yellow / oragney color. Some faint citrusy, grassy hops in the nose, but not dominant like you would expect from an american IPA. Flavor is a nice mix of bready and citrusy flavors, (well balanced between the malt and hops), with a faint touch of caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is average (maybe a bit overcarbonated), and finishes quite smooth, overall a pleasnt drinking experience.

Definetely not a hop-bomb like many modern IPA's, but if consider it more as an APA, you will not be dissapointed.

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Photo of nastley3
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great ipa. This beer has a copper color, does not have a very strong smell, average head, but delivers on taste. Has a very nice balance to it, the perfect amount of hops. It is extremely drinkable, it would be very easy to drink this beer frequently. Has a refreshing finish.

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Photo of Ilovesuds
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a fluffy, sticky head of foam. Pleasing citrus nose. Taste is grapefuit, pine combined with earthy notes. Terrific balance with this beer. Great sudsy mouthfeel. Always has been my "go to" beer of choice. It never disappoints.

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Harpoon IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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