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

BA SCORE
85
very good
835 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPAHarpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
835
Reviews:
193
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.32%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
107
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 835 |  Reviews: 193
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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 djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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 kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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 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 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 Boone757
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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 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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