Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPAHarpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA

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

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer is brewed with our proprietary yeast – the same yeast we’ve used since first brewing Harpoon Ale – and some interesting hop varieties. The combination of Pale, Rye, Caramel 60, Flaked Rye, and Vienna yield a complex malt body that stands up to the spiciness of the rye and the pronounced hop flavor. The rye also adds a reddish hue to the beer. The kettle additions of Centennial, Apollo, and Chinook, and the dry hop addition of Falconer’s Flight add a multidimensional hop character.

70 IBU

Added by Jason on 05-10-2011

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light yellow golden color with moderate carbonation rising from the center. The body id clear and the head is an off-white color, thick fluffy and forms a mild ring around the glass.
Smell: mild apples, citrus rinds and grapefruits upfront, the hops smell really good here. Mild bready yeasts and spices also come through.
Taste: Hoppy but not as bitters as I thought, buttery no citrus rinds at all. There’s a good alcohol presence throughout.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Overall: Pretty good overall, a nice variation on the IPA.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good copper color beer with a good white head. Very slightly hazy. Lots of rye smell. Like the smell the taste is a lot of rye and hips in the background. The hops have some pine and citrus. Medium body and carbs. It's an alright beer.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: clear golden rod. Off white head good lacing.

Aroma/Flavor: Decent burst of fruit/spicy rye, along with fruity hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, drying dry character. In check bitterness.

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

Sharp and spicy, semi sweet malt with the rye, balanced nicely with flowery and piney hops. The flavor is sharp, but it isn't harsh at all. Despite apparently being around 70 IBU, this seems a bit more moderately hopped than that, with the rye filling the gaps nicely to give it more full bodied, snappy taste. A really tasty brew, on par with their flagship IPA, but with more of a kick to it for those looking for that.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

EBD 11/15/14. Pours a clear medium amber with a slight hint of garnet. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of pine, citrus and spicy rye over a biscuit and caramel base.

Medium body with a slick texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a strong burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is intense, moderately complex and well balanced. It begins with a bready rye note that is a bit spicy. The middle brings a mild bitterness that has a bit of rind and pine flavor. As the bitterness fades, a rich malt sweetness comes to the forefront coupled with mango notes from the hops. The finish is a slow fade of rind, caramel and a nice rye bite.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by 4/15/15, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear deep-golden color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a film that stays on top long after the pour, a bit of lacing left behind

S- earthy/dank aromas noticed up front, mixing with some peppery rye spice & some bready sweet malt. The hop aroma consists of tropical mango/passionfruit, with hints of citrus and grass

T- quite malty up front with toasted grains & bread crust, the hops take over mid-palate with some notes of citrus, fresh pine & mango, spicy rye finish with more sweet malt on the linger

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a big creamy mouthfeel that continues into a smooth finish

O- well balanced with just enough spice from the rye, a good deal for the price and one that I would try again

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Photo of MarkLinton1
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely one of my favorite Rye IPA's. Golden hue with a slight tint of red. Beautiful nose with plenty of spices and earthy notes. The most remarkable thing about this beer is the balance of all the different hops. Tastes of grapefruit, pine and a wonderful array of spiciness. Dry across the tounge. Give this a try. Doubt you will be disappointed.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear amber orange color, very active head.

S: The aroma is floral and piney, clean and pleasant.

T: The hops are bold enough, and that same piney spice is present. There is a fresh citrus note that gets bitter on the finish.

F: Light and fluffy, we'll carbonated. Refreshing.

O: A well rounded, properly balanced IPA. Well worth trying, another strong offering from Harpoon.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

The rye that got me into ryes. Heavy bodied, golden hued, grapefruity. Lingering bitter finish, maybe too lingering.

I'm probably biased in Harpoon's favor, but it's good regardless.

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Photo of porter_collie
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - A good golden body with a moderate haze, topped by a thick, foamy white head.

S - Resinous, with grapefruit rind, mild pine, and some generic spice.

T - The first thing to register on the tongue are some fairly bready flavors with a mild spiciness. Then comes a onslaught of grapefruit rind, accompanied by some pine sap. The finish is bitter with a lingering honey sweetness from the malt.

M - Fairly thick and sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation is slightly overzealous.

O - I had heard good things about this beer, but I have to say it was a bit of a disappointment. The sticky grapefruit hoppiness is really quite enjoyable, but the malt is a bit too saccharine and viscous to give it a good backbone. The spice from the rye is under-realized, too. Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye is a far superior beer for the price point.

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Photo of Beric
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%

Serving: On tap at the brew hall, in a sampler
Serving: 6 September 2014

Appearance: Crystal clear beer with good carbonation and a nice soapy white head. Nice deep color. Best looking IPA from Harpoon by far. 3.75/5

Aroma: Nice sweet malts with a strong hint of grapefruit citrusiness from the hops. 4/5

Taste: One of Harpoon's best! Nice maltiness carries assertive citrus hops all the way through the sip. The hops taste clean and fresh for once rather than dank like most hoppy Harpoon beers. Some nice spice on the back end from the rye.

Mouthfeel: Decent carbonation lends the beer some nice body. 3.75/5

Overall: One of Harpoon's best offerings, and doubtlessly their best hoppy beer I've had to date. Would recommend for Harpoon fans. 3.75/5

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Photo of gonzo000
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Wow - this is my favorite Harpoon beer that I have had in a 12 oz bottle. Looking at the picture associated on the website, it started as a 100 barrel series beer. Good choice to bring to a 12 pack.
a. - Orangish in huge with a 1 finger head when poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet glass.
s. Hops, carmel, rye, sweet smell (dry hop??)
t. Outstanding! This is where the beer shines. Rye, some sweet, good hops - great balance.
m. Smooth. A bit dry on the back, but very, very good. Easy to Drink.
o. Boarder-line outstanding beer.

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a slight yeast and pine aroma
Appearance- This brew is a great amber to orange color with a nice white head.
Taste- Has an excellent flavor of citrus, pine and hops that goes down well.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate to high carbonation has a dry finish.
Overall- I really like this beer, I don't see it being sold often down in Georgia, but the next time I see I will pick up a few bottles.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange color with white head and spotty lacing. The aroma has a good blend of malts and rye grains, some fruity notes from yeast and hops round it out. The taste has mostly rye grain notes and a satisfying spice bite with the hops leaving the palate dry. Each sip leads to a need for another, and this beer was consumed in a matter of fact fashion. Harpoon makes decent, drinkable beers and everything is well in Massachusetts.

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Photo of Mojo
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> snifter

A - clear medium amber with a two inch white head, low retention, and average lacing.

S - citrus, grass, bread, earthy notes

T - Caramel malt dominates upfront with a very grapefruit citrus flavor. The finish is fairly bitter but nice with the expected rye profile.

M - medium thick with average carbonation

O - pretty good offering from Harpoon.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 01/15/14, so about 2.5 months past its prime.

A: Pours a clear copper with an average off white head. Not very much visible carbonation in the body. Leaves spots of lacing on the glass as I drink.

S: Malt is a bit more pronounced in the aroma than your typical IPA, but that I would imagine is due in part to it being expired.

T: Flavors blend together nicely in this one, sure the hops have faded a bit but the rye spice flavor is coming out very nicely. Almost more like an amber ale at this stage.

M: Medium body with a mostly clean finish. Somewhat low carbonation and just a bit sticky.

Overall I'll have to revisit this one if I see it fresher. Always been a fan of beers that incorporate rye so I'm a bit partial.

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Photo of u2carew
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz longneck bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head - white, tight and sticky. Clear copper colored body. Sticky lacing in the drink down.
S) Hints of caramel. Not overly aromatic.
T) Caramel. Toasty grains. A nice hop bite throughout.
M) Creamy. Medium body. Smooth.
O) A good brew. I'd drink another one.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean amber, with a nice head of off-white foam. Attractive and detailed lace.

Aroma is hoppy, with a sharp rye spiciness. Nice.

Taste is well-hopped, for sure, with elements of pine and citrus up front. The rye infusion comes through at the finish, with a spicy zing. A very nice and enjoyable IPA, even a few months past it's "best by" date! Worthy.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: Very attractive color scheme and graphics in the Harpoon traditional style with front label giving a bit of brewery info, ABV info, states “This Beer is a toast to friendship, decades of brewing, and enjoying great beers together – RD &DK”. Back label gives a nice history and story of the brewery. Neck label states “Rye IPA” and gives a small description of the beer. Enjoy by 12/15/13 printed on bottle.

Appearance: A semi aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 12oz stange glass led to a 1 finger off white head of medium density resting atop a beautiful looking clear deep orange/amber cocoa wood colored beer. Head retention was an excellent 3min 15sec before barely fading to a thick coating and ring with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of heavy rye spiciness and bready malts. Also has a sweet juicy grapefruit citrus hop aroma along with a slightly floral aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is dominated by a combination of sweet and spicy with sweet bready maltiness and a spicy rye flavor. Mid point has a bit of the rye spiciness along with a bready malt character as well as a sweet citrus fruit hoppyness. Back end turns herbal with floral hop tones and a very bitter aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and slightly creamy and smooth while still remaining refreshing. Finishes slightly dry. Very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: I really enjoyed reviewing this offering and thought it was very well done with all aspects one would look for in a Rye IPA with a nice complexity to it. Classified as a Rye Beer @ 6.9% ABV. Consumed 10-22-2013.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/15/2014. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, orange zest/rind, floral, grass, pine, rye, toast, caramel, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, rye, toast, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peace, floral, grass, caramel, toast, rye, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop flavors with prominent malt backbone; with fairly crisp malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice rye IPA. All around good complexity and balance of juicy hop and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange amber with a nice head that leaves a ton of lace.. the smell is floral hops with a hint of pine..maybe a little rye on the end.. the taste leaves a little more spice pepper rye but barley.. you also get the hops pine and flowers but not a ton of bitterness.. just a hit of sweetness in the beginning that comes on more while it warms.. the mouthfeel is pretty full.. a slight chewy.. wish there was more bubbles. Its a good beer but not a lot of rye more just a ipa.. pale ale.. still good

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Photo of 57md
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper in color with a finger and a half of head that took a while to dissipate completely. The primary note in the nose is hops with the rye secondary. The flavor is the reverse of the nose - the rye is upfront and the hops follow. There is a touch of sweetness on the finish followed with a dry spiciness from the rye and a mild hop profile.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poppin the top I get a nice fresh cut grass hop smell with a sweet anticipated malt backbone. Pours into the SAPP with a deep orange bronze color and a nice 2.5 finger head. Taste is a very constant bold happiness with a nice sweet maltiness that supports but doesn't over take any happiness. Overall this is a well balanced brew not so IPA but very imbibable. Revisited 11/01/13, still a great IPA with a nice malt and hop bite
Very in tune with the style, but not a standout in the style.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A - A very nice looking beer. A medium ruby-brown, shows a pretty looking mahogany / maroon when put to the light. A thick 2" inch off-white head formed after a slightly aggressive pour. A fair amount of carbonation visible.

S - Lot's of rye malt up front, along with some sweeter malts. Sour smelling from the rye. Noticed a fair amount of bitter floral hops at the end. A very, very slight aroma of strawberry and possibly blueberry from the hops is noted as well, which is pretty unique.

T - Not the biggest fan of Rye beers, but this is a good representation of the style. The aforementioned rye malts and sweet malts are very noticeable up front. Don't notice as much hoppiness as I did in the aroma, but it's still there. Could also detect the faint hint of strawberry. A unique taste, as it wasn't sweet like strawberry, instead picture a strawberry minus the sugar. Interesting and unique. A bit more hoppiness noticed when beer warmed slightly.

F - Some dryness, which drags my rating down a tad, but it's certainly drinkable, and possible sessionable. Can be a but rough on the tongue, but easy on the throat and stomach. Didn't dislike the mouthfeel persay, but it's the aspect of the beer I preferred least.

O - A very solid rye beer. Very nice looking, and features a unique combo of malts to give it a good rye taste, and a very light and pleasant amount of sweetness. The bitterness of the hops play very well off of this. I am looking forward to drinking the 2nd of these from the Harpoon Winter variety pack. Nothing I'd actively seek, but this is a good beer for any Rye Beer or IPA fans. Recommended.

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Photo of AB810
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a 32 ounce mug.

a- coppery golden color, suitable for enticement. Thick foamy head dissipated rapidly, much like snow on the first spring rain, to a thin, foamy head

s-spicy notes and a heady rye aroma that rises, Phoenix like and welcomes the first taste, but dissipates over time

t-not overly sweet or sour, tastes somewhat watery for an IPA, but satisfying and refreshing.

m- no excitement on the front of the tongue but some action when it hits the back a long lingering, somewhat oaky/yeasty (maybe) taste? No overwhelming alcohol taste.

o- an IPA that does not taste like an IPA i expected. Enjoyable.

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