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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Reviews: 193 | Ratings: 834
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orangish/amber color, ever so slightly cloudy appearance
S: very nice overall, biscuity malt nose with spicy peppery hops
T: good, well-balanced India Pale Ale with good malt up front and spicy peppery hops in finish
M: creamy mouthfeel and highly drinkable

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA has a thick, creamy, off-white head, a clear, orange-golden appearance, and lots of lacing rings left behind on the glass. The aroma is of spicy, pungent, sweet malt, with a rye peppery aspect. Flavor is the same, with hearty bitterness and bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Harpoon Rich & Dan’s Rye IPA finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and highly drinkable. The 6.9% abv really does not present itself. Overall, this is a very delicious beer, and I think you should check it out.


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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange-ish color, with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus hops with some pine like hops. In the taste, pine hops with a nice rye and apple dryness. A small bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry green apple sweet and pine like hops in the aftertaste. Nice hops and a nice rye presence, very nice!

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a very clear consistency. It is the color of clean, shiny copper kettle. There is a lot of carboantion clinging to the sides of my glass. A very large head of off-white bubbles fills the top third of my glass—there is so much that I can't pour all 12 ounces into this pint glass. Very good lacing is left behind.

The beer has a very nice aroma. I could smell big hops aromas as soon as I began pouring. On closer inspection, there is also a healthy dose of rye in the nose. The hops are both earthy, like a pile of crisp leaves, and citrus-like, recalling orange zest.

The beer's flavor comes across as very balanaced, even though it is a hop forward beverage. The rye spices are tasted immediately. Soon, more traditional hop bitterness comes forward. The bitterness stays through the finish, although here it is more oily than it was earlier. The malt sweetness is also tasted here, but it isn't too sweet. It's like a watery malt syrup (without that viscous feeling).

This beer is slightly thicker than average for the style, but the carbonation, while a little intense, seems to be par for the course. My lips are left a little sticky. The mouthcoat is noticeable, but not too sticky.

This is a very good Rye IPA. I'm glad that Harpoon has decided to release it in 12 oz bottles. I imagine that it will find it's way into my fridge somewhat regularly.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep golden color with a slight pinkish almost purple tinge, has a ton of carbonation bubbles working their way up through the brew, pours very clear, pours with ample fluffy pure white head that is light and airy with tiny bubbles, head lingers for an incredibly long time before dissipating and leaving a ton of lacing ringed around the glass
S: really great rye notes with a solid sweetness and a really solid citrusy hop aroma that is real fresh, well balanced between the rye and hops
T: really a phenomenal taste, ive loved it since the first time i tried it from the hundred barrel series and im elated to see them put it in a six pack, really wonderfully balanced between the bitterness of the hops and the deep malty sweetness of the rye, great hop notes, very earthy almost woody
M: medium carbonation tingle, smooth throughout the middle and finishes with a great bittering dryness which lingers on the palate for a long time afterwards
O: Now that its in six packs this is likely to become my go to IPA, its a toss up between this and flower power, great job by harpoon on this one

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazed copper in the body with a billowing off white cream head rising above the edges of my Gulden Draak chalice. Chunky sporadic bands of lacing are left behind with each sip. This is a nice beer, full on citrus and spicy rye interplay going on in the nose. Enough base malt provides some bread/crackers balance to it, but big alpha hop brings the grapefruit pungency. Flavor wise it's banging with citrus hops and a bit of earthiness, which is blended nicely with a bready/spicy rye notes bringing out an herbal/grain note to it. Bitterness lingers in a good way on the palate, with nice slick hop oils flowing along, ample carbonation carries the body just fine. Overall between a nice brisk bitter IPA and interesting rye spiciness, this was one of my favorites I've had from the 100 barrel series in some time, pretty rock solid offering so solid that the founders of Harpoon threw their names on it.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love these limited "100 Barrel Series" beers. Picked up #37 and was really excited considering that Rye IPAs were my not-so-secret obsession this summer. High hopes...can the beer come through?

A: The bomber pours a light copper color with a nice fluffy eggshell colored two-fingered head. The beer releases massive carb bubbles, bigger than any carb bubbles I've ever seen. This beer is almost hyperactive. Results in inconsistent patchy foam, which happens to be a big turn-on for me...indicates a very active, unique and lively beer. Insane lacing everywhere...all over the glass.

S: Hoppy - grapefruit, soapy, lemon/citrus...sweet pine, grassy and floral...hints of the rye pop up from time to time, ducking and dodging behind the dominant hop aroma...very crisp, very clean, very fresh aroma.

T: Hop and rye tastes dominate - piney grapefruit/simcoe notes for sure. The "rye" tag does not dissapoint - spicey flaked rye is stamped all over this brew...very prominent bite that punctuates the inviting primary citrus hop notes.

M: Medium-thin to medium bodied beer with solid carbonation. Not too dry, not overly heavy. Easy drinking, very smooth body.

O: Overall, this beer delivers what I expect in a Rye IPA - freshness! Every ingredient that came through tasted fresh and crisp. That rye bite really kicks the taste buds from beginning to end and provides a solid malt backdrop to the citrusy and floral hop dominance. Harpoon delivers a very solid effort on this limited brew. If you dig rye bite and hoppy freshness, this beer is for you!

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Photo of mlazzaro
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle
Clear as can be - light apricot color. Frothy off white head with excellent retention. Head lacing the glass with every sip. One of the best looking beers I have seen in a while. Suiting carbonation as well. Smells of pine and citrusy hops. It does smell really good, but it isn't as pungent as I have come to expect with the American IPAs. The hops do smell very fresh though.

citrusy hops -> pleasant bitterness -> sweet malted rye flavors

Good rolling bitterness that doesn't scorch the palate or linger too long. Rye maltiness is noticeable but fits right into the flavor profile. Somewhat dense body for an IPA, rye tend to be viscous and I assume that's why. Really easy drinking for a close to 7% ABV. I truly impressed by this beer. I think I can easily say its the best beer I have had from Harpoon. Just my opinion. This beer is right up my alley, I love rye beer and I love good flavorful American IPAs.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 09/15/13.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides down the glass leaving a jagged ring behind.

S- Bright, vibrant hops with a nice rye spiciness in the back. The hops are juicy and citrusy with notes of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon.

T- The flavor is a bit more malt-forward with the rye lending a toasty balance to the medium bitterness of the hops. Alcohol is very well concealed and the hops actually stay at bay for the most part allowing the rye to do its thing.

M- Slightly sharp but moist with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I remember liking this but I don't remember liking it quite this much! They've either tweaked the recipe and really honed in on it or I'm just forgetting how great this beer has always been.

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Photo of Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber/golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks about right.

Tangy, grassy and citrusy hop essence greets the nose. Very fresh with just a bit of bread.

Rich, grassy and citrusy hops greet the tongue. Very strong on the bitterness combined with the spiciness of the rye.

You know a beer is well hopped when it lingers at the back in a definite manner.

I like this IPA. It has a lot of potential.

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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 vtblackdog
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz into a pint glass.

A - a light amber almost golden. A medium head forms and hangs around a while.

S - I get a sweet banana upfront and a sweet pineapple backing it up. Awesome!

T - A bit more hoppy bitterness than expected given the nose. Still a good taste.

M - A bit thin in the mouth, carbonation was average.

O - The nose is awesome and the drink is above average.

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Photo of hackmann
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: misty amber body with a big two finger off white head that leaves tons of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: nice rye spiciness, touch of citrus/floral hops, light fruit

Flavors: whole grain cracker, rye spiciness, slight bitterness, earthy grains, touch of pine on the back, hint of fruit

Mouthfeel: light fizzy carbonation, sweet caramel on the delivery, spicy feel right behind hitting the mid and finish, bitterness on the back with that nice touch of pine, slightly oily, lingering twang on the palate, slightly dry feel, good balancing act for being on the bitter side of town

Overall: a nice rye IPA

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Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ferillo for a couple bottles of this amidst a stampede of rye. Coupled with my local rye buys, I should be set. For a week or two. 12 oz. bottle. Best by date of 8/15/12, whatever that means.

Pour is very IPA, light orange, clear but not see-through. Nose is mostly pale malts; little going on here.

Rich & Dan's Rye IPA brings ginormous doses of everything; wow factor in effect. Great dollops of earthy rye sit on the tongue, with a peppery kick not far behind. Piney zestiness in the middle, along with bread crumbs, before a sizzling bitterness scalds the palate on the downslope. Tongue-numbing. Another sip begins the happy process all over again. Lovely beer that could be sipped all night, into the mornig, then poured over one's Grape Nuts. Well, if Grape Nuts weren't nasty, of course.

Lovely. This is an excellent beer that melds two of my favorite style in a complex yet drinkable beer. Great rye presence, vicious hop bite, great flavor. Big winner. Love it.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had a growler filled today at Harpoon in Windsor. I have had Rich and Dan's filled in a bottle a few times and its consistently a good not great RIPA. This brew fresh on tap is way different- Pours a amber coppery color leaving a generous head of foam. I immediately pick up on floral hops and bubblegum. Smell is not dissimilar from the taste- I pick up on bubblegum fading to more of a floraly flavor with a malty presence but not overwhelming. For being an IPA its not overly bitter but I may consider this one to be a bit "chewy". Overall this is a fantastic RIPA and I am enjoying this one way more on tap as compared to bottled. If you can try it on tap I would strongly recommend it , and if you like RIPA's I also recommend trying it fresh out of a bottle.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange to copper color, clear with a one finger, light tan head. Good lacing on the glass as it goes down.

S: Red grapefruit, passion fruit, pine and white pepper notes with the hops up front. Bready and sharp rye notes are mixing well with the hoppy bouquet.

T: Hop forward with pine resin, sour red grapefruit, tropical fruit and peppery spice. Rye kicks the spice up more and with a bisquity undertone you complete the balance for this IPA.

M: Medium body with prickly carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

O: Crisp and refreshing beer here from Harpoon! More of a west coast approach compared to some of their other beers. This demands attention and can be a great beer to introduce someone to rye in beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.
a natural white cap of foam. A magnificient shawl of lacing is left.

Aroma of grapefruit rind.

mouthfeel is soft.

Thick bed of malt with faint spiciness and a kiss of grapefruit hoppiness.

notes; drinkable, refreshing. A nice change of pace beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head falls steadily, popping bubbles one by one, with nicely lasting sticky lace. Aroma is spices and crisp fresh piney hops.

Taste starts sweet, lemon and spice in the middle, and pine hops comes on for the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good as well. Rye adds a nice twist to the IPA style.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a rich tawny brew with hues of deep rust when held to light. It holds a one and a half finger off-white head comprised of huge bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving sticky, spotty lacing all over the glass. Carbonation appears robust, and a thick haze is produced from the last half of the bottle, without sediment. The nose is bright with tart citric hops mixing with dry herbal hops. The latter are syrupy and heavy with sweet fruit. The rye bite is the primary component of the malt bill, with faint caramel sweetness. With warmth come faint banana esters, booze, and a creaminess. Our first impression is that this is a very tasty beer with a hearty bittering finish. As we sip, syrupy sugars and strawberry sweetness mix with a biting rye and drying barley. The middle shows more simple grain to the peak, with a quick flash of those bright citric hops from the nose. More sweetness comes to balance, with passion fruit and lemon flesh mixing with dry, flowery hops to the finish. Mineral wateriness comes to wash the sweetness, allowing for the rye to peak one more time. The aftertaste breathes of rye, faint tinny metals, light booze, and crisp herbal hops. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There is creamy slurp yet a soft crisp smack to each sip. There is a light coating, with a fine bubbly prick to the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks great.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the amazingly balanced nose. It smells just as you would expect for a “Rye IPA”. The flavor is not quite as robust as you would expect, but this guy still hits the style on the head in every department, making for a nice prototype for this emerging style.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Moxie's. Poured a slightly hazy copper stained amber. Visibly effervescent with a deep frothy collar with decent hang time and impressive Belgian lacing. The smell is aggressive and complex; fruity citrus and grassy hop blend. Really added a lot to my overall impression. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, has a hoppy tang and is nicely carbonated. There is an enjoyable resin aftertaste that lingers appropriately. The flavor mirrored the nose and had the grainy rye character that i've come to expect from rye beers. Overall a very fine drinker. I'd recommended it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 6/7/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a short dense white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, caramelized rye malts and grassy hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus followed by a strong but not over-powering hops bitterness. The rye malt character is hearty and there’s some spice faintly in the background creating a pretty good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of BennyL1
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle Poured into an Allagash chalice. Drink by 8/15/12.

This Rye IPA pours a nice copper color with a thick frothy white head that sticks around for a while. Really nice thick rings of lace is left along the glass. Fine looking brew right here.

Aromas of rich piney hops with a good rye background. Maybe a bit of caramel in the background.

Lots of good hop flavors up front. Spicy and floral hops with that distinguished rye background. Really enjoying this one. Mouthfeel is nice as well, so easy to put back! Medium in body with good carbonation.

Harpoon got this one right. I'm not a huge fan of rye beers but this one hit the spot. Would recommend to friends.

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Photo of MRclean
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vessel: 12oz. bottle poured into tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a light golden orange with a hint of brown. There is an instant 2.5 fingers of head that begins to fade fairly quickly. The beer has a distinct light haze and nice carbonation.

Smell: There is a clean hoppy aroma with distinct malty sweetness.

Taste: Hoppy and crisp with pine notes. The malty sweetness is notable but as much as you would think after smelling it. This beer has a medium/light body and ends dry with a nice hoppy bitterness left over

Mouthfeel: Light and enjoyable with a hint of smoothness and a crisp finish.

Overall: This is a really nice rye IPA that I recommend you give a shot. I will certainly be picking it up again.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass, best by 8/15/12. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, with a one inch sticky white head that leaves a nice collar of lace on the glass. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, and grass. Taste is similar, some carmel and Rye in the finish. Body is medium, plenty of carbonation, a touch dry, and easy drinking. I first had this last year at Harpoon's 25 fest. This is very nice and will be in my fridge often now.

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Photo of greenengineer
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into my Notch 0.5L glass, while waiting out the Blizzard of '13. Served at refrigerator temperature.
A- Tawny bronze color, thick white foam.
S - hops, I can smell them as I pour. A little soapy smell.
T- hop bitterness out front, citrus, astringent, a little more bitter than the regular IPA
M - crisp, fairly light
O - decent, run of the mill IPA

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