Harpoon Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon AleHarpoon Ale
BA SCORE
36.5%
Liked This Beer
3.52 w/ 406 ratings
Harpoon AleHarpoon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
harpoonbrewery.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,411
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
406
Liked:
148
Avg:
3.52/5
pDev:
13.64%
Alströms:
3.86
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
62
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 406 |  Reviews: 193
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a semi-golden bronzed sort of copper color to it. Some transparency in it’s body and has a finger’s worth of white foamy to bubbly head. Quick dissipation. Sliding lace. The aroma had some bready malts with citrus in the background. The flavor takes the prior mentioned aromas and adds a dry woodiness to it. Nicely blended aftertaste with a smooth dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt right. Overall, good for what it is.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nebula1999
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emptyglassagain
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Treyliff
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Best by 10/18/16

A- pours a clear golden-amaber color with a small foamy white head that has short retention before leaving just a thin ring around the edge

S- crisp malty nose with some light fruity hop aromas, maybe a hint of caramel

T- crisp toasted malt throughout, with light highlights of fruity hops, just a hint of caramel sweetness, crisp toasted malt finish

M- medium body with low carbonation eventually produces a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish, super drinkable

O- a perfectly fine pale ale that sticks to the status quo, and one that I could easily drink several of

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Photo of timmynyc
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3.38/5: Not a bad everyday drinker at all; nice English bend with a gentle kiss of Cascade hops

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Photo of Damian
1.94/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle
Enjoy by 10/15/16
Served in a pint glass

Brilliantly crystal clear, deep amber appearance. The body was capped by a near two-finger tall, tight and creamy, off-white crown that quickly fell to a thin cap. Minimal lacing.

The nose was very malt forward. Loads of dense, biscuity malts. Somewhat doughy. Quite sweet. There was a generic fruity quality and a bit of steeliness as well. No hop presence whatsoever.

The flavor profile mimicked the aroma but had a slight hoppy quality. Caramel and biscuity malts dominated. Very bready. Fairly sweet. Some hops kicked in on the back end. The hops were citrusy and tried to fight their way through all the malty sweetness, but they ultimately came up short. Hint of orange perhaps. The beer finished with more near cloying malty notes. Malt extract came to mind.

Light and fluffy mouthfeel. Fairly airy. The liquid contained a spritzy, large bubbled effervescence.

I happened to get one of the cool retro bottles of this with a nice message from 1986 about the origins of this "first beer in decades to be brewed and bottled right here in Boston." That aside, something about this just seemed "off." Though American pale ales have changed (improved) considerably in the last 30 years, I still expected something more akin to a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale than an English-style malt bomb. I feel bad slamming a classic offering by a brewery for which I have tremendous respect but, for the style, this beer is pretty terrible.

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Photo of swierczt
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dools9
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seakayak
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 10/15/2016

L-The beer pours a clear light amber. The head is bright white and one finger high. The head recedes leaving spotty lacing and some legs while drinking.
S-The nose starts with some malty notes transitioning into some spicy hop notes.
T-The taste mimics the nose exactly in that the malt hits the palate first followed by spicy hops.
F-Carbonation is fairly light, but crisp. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.
O- BA lists this as an APA, but Harpoons website lists it as an amber which is more in line with the color. This beer is very tame by todays standards. Still their is something in its balance and light mouthfeel that really appeals to me as a session beer that can be consumed in quantity without palate fatigue setting in. It's worth a trip down craft beer memory lane.

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Photo of mynie
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apparently this has been out of production for a few years but they're giving it a limited re-release in honor of it's 30th anniversary. That's good. Something about the loss of original flagships upsets me. I mean, it probably shouldn't, but it does. I really wish I could try 3 Floyds old X-tra Pale, or the original Rogue Ale, even though I know full well they probably wouldn't hold up too great. Like, they're off the market for a reason, right?

Anyhow, Harpoon Ale fit the mold of stuff like New Albion--old timey craft beers that were mindblowing in the early-to-mid 80s but are now the lightest-flavored offering at any craft brewer. Pours amber and clear with a nice head. Smells biscuity with just a little kiss of spicy hops. Tastes like the smells: bread, biscuits, very light hops. American ingredients but British modesty, very tame by today's standards but still excellently balanced and very well brewed.

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Photo of -chii-
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bsanderson323
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrk829
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CHager94
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Harpoon Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 36.5% out of 100 with 406 ratings
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