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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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker amber in color, about one finger of white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hoppy with malts. A very faint smell of citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was mostly hops, slight citrus in the background.

Overall: This is an OK IPA. Not my first choice to have but I will not turn one away.

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Photo of jbeervt
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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

I think this was previously released under the name, "Golden hop water."

Prickly, citric hops. The malt portion of the aroma is limited to a light cracker-like breadiness. Hop dominated flavor. While the bitterness isn't overwhelming, the lack of malt really helps to bring forth the hop flavor. Very citric and crisp but there's nothing here to keep this from being too one-dimensional in a not entirely pleasant way.

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Photo of riversider76
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper gold with a thin white head. Good retention and laceing. Aroma is of piney floral hops, and citrus. Body is a bit on the thin side with lots of carbonation. Taste is a nice balance. Piney hops,with hints of malt. Nice smooth finish. Not overly bitter,but still retains the IPA flavor.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- MArket Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- Frothy mountainous head that leaves a nice sticky lacing on my glass. a tangerine/yellow color that is clear.

S- grapefruit hops and some pine. A sweet malt smell as well.

T- Dry grapefruit hops. not as hoppy as some IPA's but it has a nice kick to it. Nothing else really stands out.

M-dry and smooth. filling and crisp.

D- a nice session beer and very easy to put back. This is a good tailgating beer.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grumpygerman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hreb
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cold 12oz bottle poured into American pint glass on this very hot, hot, humid day in Massachusetts. Big, foamy, tall head of moderate longevity. Clear amber color. Just the head smells, and tastes, beautifully hoppy. The smell of the beer is of a very pleasant and floral hops. Leaves heavy, messy white lacing on the glass.

Carbonation seems low, which along with a very well balanced hop flavor makes for a very drinkable American IPA. The dominant hop flavor is cascade, but it's well balanced with other hops (?) and the medium-delicate malt. Body is considerable and depth is excellent, with kind of a soapy element. Finishes pleasantly with a really nice bitter aftertaste without having that unpleasant hop-burnout effect I get with other Cascade-heavy ales (I'm looking at you, Sierra Nevada).

One of my favorite American IPAs. Or maybe it's just the weather.

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Photo of kkipple
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon IPA fills my pint glass with a clear yellow beer crowned with a small, tenacious foam. Smells of sweet, apple-tinged malts, alcohol, and citrus hops.

Flavor is simple but good; a dry rush of sweet malts and a secondary mild tart bitterness from the hops. There’s a slight syrupy characteristic to the beer, but the bittering hops help keep it balanced. Mildly dry and crisp. The aftertaste is better than a lot of IPAs, it's richer and less harsh.

A very basic beer, Harpoon IPA doesn’t stray far from the style at all. I think it’s sweeter than many other IPAs I’ve had, and could use a bit less malt character and more hop flavor. There's a definate alcohol flavor in this one, not unwelcome but it comes on a bit strong. But all in all, not a bad beer and certainly an easy drinker.

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Photo of dcisco44
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Blanco
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HopsintheSack
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of dgeebs07
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of olafphysics
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of mitch3114
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of craftbeerasian
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of gspeer711
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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

Mmmm I have never gone wrong with an IPA and this is no exception. Beautiful fluffy head that stood well over the top of my glass, copper color. Very nice hop flavor, not that strong but you certainly can't miss it. Sticky lace all the way down. Extremely smooth, and an excellent mouthfeel, smooth and buttery. A great IPA.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

25 cent single from ABC. very mild IPA....

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Photo of Ian_B
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at a bar. Poured awfully clear for an IPA. Was a golden straw color, which I think is a negative for an IPA. No real head to speak of.

The smell isnt really amazing, but I cant find a fault other than its lack of something spectacular. Good citrusy hop aroma.

I really like the hops in this brew; they've got the right idea for my taste buds. They lean more toward the citrusy than the piney. The main problem I had with the taste was that an adjunct malt taste would sneak in every once in a while and ruin the good hoppy flavors. Tastes like a watered down IPA.

The aftertaste is consistent with the taste. Good hop, but when that adjunct malt flavor comes around, it tends to stick around.

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Photo of brentblack1
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

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