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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 | website

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 kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: single finger head. Golden and minimally hazy.

S: Mild grapefruit and hops.

T: Hop flavor is nice and balanced. Not very overwhelming. Citrus and rye notes. A decent amount of pine. Bitter and earthy malts.

M: Medium bodied, oily texture, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid flavor mix with the rye coming through nicely.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i liked this one, thought the rye was quite subtle, an accent rather than a dominant flavor, which works really well in this ipa. it pours a lighter coppery color, clear as day, with a medium white head about an inch tall. the nose is spicy rye malt, bready but light, like breakfast, with a ton of citrusy hops, bitter and pungent. i really like the taste of the hop blend here, its oily and sticky, without being sweet in the slightest. lemon rind and rye meet in the middle somewhere, and the result is quite refreshing. body is a little fuller that i want it to be, id struggle drinking a 6er of this, but the carbonation is lively and it drinks pretty well. this to me is a perfect winter ipa. id like to see the malt bill cut down a little bit to reduce body and let the glowing hops take over a little more, but the way the rye plays off the fruity notes is just splendid. a really well balanced beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellowish amber in color and has no signs of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spicy rye malts along with some notes of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: The taste is both malty and spicy; the spiciness from the rye particularly stands out in the finish while the initial taste has some hints of malty sweetness. There is a mild to light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness towards the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink for the style because the spiciness from the rye is not overpowering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours a moderate golden color that is mostly clear. Good white head and a nice bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries a good portion of rye along with some floral and spicy hops. The flavor carries the same with the rye really taking a step forward and bringing a bit of spice. Mostly floral hops with a bit of an earthy feel as well. All is very well integrated into a medium-bodied brew with a nicely-bitter finish. Some alcohol detected afterward. This was a thoroughly enjoyable brew.

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

Poured into a nonic a clear rich copper with a creamy-like one finger white head that never really settles,just some nice froth.Aromas have a nice spicy rye kick to go along with the citric hops,a bit of nutty malt is detected as well.Flavors start with citric and earthy hops wich is good but the rye doesn't quite stand out as much on the palate,there is a slightly sweet and nutty malt base wich holds up well to the hops.There is a nice creamy feel to the beer and it has alot of stuff going for it,a little beefing up on the rye malt and this beer would be outstanding,as is it's still pretty damn good.

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam, which settles slowly and leaves good lace. Good clarity and a copper colored body.

S - Musty hop aromas with some pine and caramel.

T - Some spicy rye up front with pine and citrus hops. More intense grapefruit in the middle that transitions to moderate bitterness and dry toasted malt in the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, slightly astringent finish.

D - This beer has a very nice aroma with a juicy, fresh hop flavor. The bitterness is harsh, but the flaovr is otherwise nicely balanced, though not as pungently hoppy as the aroma implies it might be. The rye character is a high point since it is strong enough to be noticed above the other flavors and doesn't get lost the way it does in so many other "rye" beers.

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Photo of jlindros
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fluffy 1 finger white head that fades semi slowly, with decent lacing, over hazy, completely sediment filled copper orange colored beer. Best by 7/15/12, so shouldn't be too old.

Nose brings malts to start, a caramel malt aroma, with a little spicy rye, some sweetness with a touch of what could be booze like aroma, almost bock like with a bit of fruit and chewy malts. The hops are there but not much, light floral earthy hops.

Taste starts slightly sweet with more malts again, caramel, toasty reddish malts, even a bit creamy, with a hint of booze. The bitterness kicks in bringing more earthy chewy hops, with a fairly bitter profile. The rye comes through more on the end, as it finishes, with a big spicy rye kick late. The finish dries a bit but still slightly sweet with more caramel taste, earthy spicy hops, a ramping big bitterness, and some spicy rye.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad but nothing to write home about, doesn't really do anything wrong but doesn't stand out in any specific way, pretty much at all. The hops are pretty light overall with some bitterness on the finish mostly but could have used a lot more aromatic and flavorful hops, the malts are nice but a bit on the sweet side, and the rye really doesn't come through until towards the end.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, coppery body with a frothy, wispy, off-white head. Settles out to a thin, oily film.

Smell: Bready-scented pale maltiness embellished with a hint of caramel glazed rye grain. Pointedly citrusy, resiny, lightly earthy hops.

Taste: Pale, bready malts with some sweetish caramel character. Spicy rye grain. Citric, juicy lemon, grapefruit given a belt of cutting resins. Moderate bitterness. Drying, bitter, citrusy and rye-hinted on the soft finish. Enduring bitterness just lounging around on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Pretty nice one, here. Adequately malty and balanced by a good showing from both the American hops and rye.

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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 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 Slatetank
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked a bottle of this up at Mt Rose quick six, enjoyed chilled in a willybecker.

The color is a golden glowing orange shade with hazed appearance and thick collar of about 2 fingers of beige which leaves a nice coating of lace on the glass. The smell is very fragrant with hop fruitiness which provides a slight piney odor with mild citrus and grapefruit elements but a gentle malt odor provides some sweetness in the nose. The feel is good, nice bitter elements combined with gentle toast and malt sweetness with a light spiciness and moderatly high carbonation level with some oiliness from the hops.

I really like how this takes a little bit of influence from Harpoon ipa and adds a new dimension, the rye adds to the spice flavor of the hops which are bitter in flavor and a little citrus tasting at times too. I like the gentle orange rind element with hints of pine and the malt adds a nice caramel tinge in the back end. Overall I was pleased with this ipa, pretty solid for the style and enjoyable with a nice rye presence.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

... (Bah, who needs a not-really-all-that-witty remark to start a review, anyway?) This stuff pours a clear amber-copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light banana, biscuit, and a hint of toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the grapefruit showcasing a sharp bit of its rind and most of the malty backbone's elements fading into obscurity in the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent RIPA, though the rye character is pretty much nonexistent, and the hops come across sharply dull. Still, it ain't all that bad, really, just not all that good.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a batch # on the bottle.

LOOK: Hazed golden peach color, more than ample head

SMELL: Orangey, grassy, catty, spicy rye, yeast, juicy fruit, over ripe lemons

TASTE: Hoppy, herbal, spicy rye, bready, buttery yeast, mangoes, hemp seeds, dried grass, bitter dry finish

Gratz on the 25 years, certainly a good stab at the Rye IPA style. Big and hoppy equals fun and the house character keeps it interesting.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head that leaves very good ring lace after each sip. The liquid is neutral amber with a very light haze.

Dry and earthy aroma. Good hop as I pull my nose away.

Okay, this is strange, the first flavor I note is...pate. It's a meaty taste with a note of oysters. The hop takes over in the swallow without much more than a bittering effect. The body is as expected and the carbonation is mildly elevated.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig Pub on IPA day.

A: Served in a pint glass, the beer was a clear copper/amber color with a one finger white head that faded rather quickly leaving only little bits of lacing.

S: Light citrus and grassy with some caramelized malt and a hint of rye malt, but not as pronounced as I was hoping.

T: The first flavor is nice and hoppy with some grapefruit and orange peel. This is followed by some rye malt and a bit of caramel and bready malt. The finish is unfortunately accentuated by a metallic/oxidized flavor.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, slightly dry, but metallic finish.

O: It was ok before the oxidized flavor hit, but even without it, I probably wouldn't go for it again. Thought that the rye was a bit weak as well.

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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 RblWthACoz
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

In the grand scheme of things, this seems a pretty mild rye beer. Decent level of spice from things, but nothing that's really blowing my taste buds away. Flavor seems to drop off fairly quickly as well. Or at least sooner than I would hope for. Decent beer, but maybe I don't have the freshest sample.

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Photo of stakem
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to Slatetank for gifting me with a couple bottles of these 'poon IPA varieties. 12oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass, the brew appears a clear copper color with a yellowish to lightly tanned cap more than 2 fingers strong that fades leaving almost a full wall of lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma has some pleasant maltiness caught between caramel and toffee with a distinct fruity aspect of rye. Not really spicy perse but different with that sort of toasted quality that only rye can produce. There is an accenting fruity aspect coming forward from the combination of alcohol and hops. A bit of almost orange marmalade scent is present initially that blends into some melon, honeydew or cantaloupe hop notes.

The flavor is more hop centric than what the aroma would lead you to believe. A rindy, pulpy bitterness hits the tongue first with a flavor of zest and almost catty quality that fades into a strong taste of grapefruit and melon like the aroma suggested. The alcohol is present with it's own fruited aspect and the maltiness pokes through from time to time with a toasted flavoring but little contrasting sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is a pretty nice IPA with the rye being very noticeable. There was just something about the strange melon notes and strangely strong focus on alcohol for being under 7% that hindered the overall drink-ability for me on this one. Regardless, no issues finishing the glass and I am very appreciative of the chance to give this one a try. Thanks again Matt.

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Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted three months ago - reviewed from notes:

Pours golden with a white foamy head that is well-retained. Rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrusy/leafy hops with a mint spiciness.

The taste is hoppy (slightly raw) with citrusy, leafy spiciness. A rather subtle mint spicing comes from the rye. The 6.9% abv is reasonably well-covered. It has a sharp tang in the finish.

This is a nice IPA with a rye touch. Drinks well - an enjoyable brew!

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow with an amber hue. There's a 1/4" of head with good retention. The smell is great floral, citrusy hop aromas. The taste is rye and barley malt with citrusy and grassy hops with some faint yeast and fruit notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

Overall, a decent beer, but a little unbalanced. The malt is a little light for the hop character. I like most of what's going on here though. From Harpoon, I wish this was more available.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden almost copper color with a stingy beige head that dissipates slowly before attaching a fair amount of lace to the sides. Smells of grapefruit and citrus fruit mixed with a spicy rye twang. Lots of toffee and caramel in there to provide a backbone. Taste is pretty much what I expected from the aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee up front mildly spicy rye followed by less grapefruit and citrus than I expected. Finishes kind of dry with a long lingering citric bitterness. Reminds me a whole lot of Harpoon IPA, but a little creamier and a little rye added. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation level. I enjoyed this one there's really nothing wrong with it, but there's not really anything spectacular about it either. Good beer, but not great, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best by June 15, 2012.

A dull orange amber body is made but giving to a simple nice big off white three finger head on the pour. Good retention and staying power, the force is strong with this one. But overall not bad looking, not much else to say.

Nose is good smelling but strangely hop subdued. Toasty sweet malts akin to strong ale, hints of a citrus and apricot hop angle hide in the background.

Palate hits with a good quenching and full character. Texture first, full yet light. Flavor profile hits with a spicy mix of malt and finishes slightly hop dry, and lingering citrus orange. Some drying faint pine mixes nicely and a warming hop orange.

Overall quite enjoyable, even if the taste profile doesn't hit all the notes, it seems the feel gives those notes just the right amount of ooomph to dig. Yeah.. I am liking this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a bright, vibrant goldenrod color with a tall, frothy, light bubbled head that quickly recedes/settles into a decent film. It also coats the glass quite well as the receding occurs. Citrus blends the aromas, and stays strong throughout the nose amidst the smokey and grainy characteristics, along with a subtle background hopping. The flavors are heavier in citrus aspects initially, but quickly blend with a roasted grain and dry hopped flux of flavor. The blend actually keeps the overall flavor profile lighter than most IPAs. The aftertaste is more of the resiny characteristics of hops, with a strong jolt of bitterness, and it translates into a drying finish that is somewhat smooth at the same time. Well blended flavors and a light, smooth body make this a refreshing brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild pale and rye malt scent. It's light with a touch of spiciness. The hop aroma good. It's not incredibly bitter, but it balances the malt aroma nicely. The taste is good. It's really smooth with a mild hop bitterness. The malt bill provides adequate complexity and balance. The rye also lends a subtle spiciness that compliments the hops. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer. It's easy drinking, yet flavorful; an accessible rye ale.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Paul for sharing. This reminded me of Harpoon IPA for better or worse. The body was relatively light for the style, but it was by no means watery and on a summer day, I didn't mind. The hops and rye blend into a spicy bread floral citrus mix that's quite pleasant, but should be a bit richer for an IPA. It just didn't have the same kick as most ~7% hoppy ales.

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