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 Daniellobo
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Relatively forgettable if decent bitter rye ale.

Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle. Simple front label design with a loose attempt at a limited release image with signature of the brewers. Includes a small paragraph noting the name of the ale and intent. Shows best by date (09/15/11) Notes IBUs (34), OG (15), and Alc. by Vol. (6.9%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep gold pour, didn't the label promised an unfiltered experience? good frothy head and retention with solid lacing.

S - Shy nose, light hop bitterness and touch of caramel with a minimal hint of spices.

T - Bitterness dominates the sense without much of a range, there is a touch of imaginary spicy rye feel to it, but hidden under the coarse bitter and lightly grassy sense, malty touches in the undercurrent, and while the bitterness is not awful it is quite bland.

M - Medium to medium/light body with medium carbonation and a bitter-dry finish.

O - Bitter blah, not much of a stimuli, it can be drank, but all in all it is a bit boring as it progresses.

Notes: The most forgettable 100 Barrel Series I have tried. I do understand that rye can be unforgiving and difficult to brew, and I have a slight weakness for it. But this goes neither here nor there. And while not something to send back the brew is quite forgettable for me.

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Photo of avalon07
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of rye, hops, and some citrus.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Floral hops, rye, a little citrus, but all of these elements are very mild and a bit on the thin side. Could have been better.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a wildly uneven beer. Not terrible, but not all that great either.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a number of drafts of this beer recently at the Amsterdam Ale Hose on Manhattan's upper west side. The rye definitely adds a nice spiciness to an otherwise very good IPA. Overall, a winner.

Color is typical of an ipa with a lot of haziness and good, persistent carbonation.

Aroma is both citrusy as well as spicy, a great combination of the hops and rye.

Flavor as well combines the all of the elements very well to a great, balance beer that's a lot more interesting than the standard ipa and/or many other rye beers I've tried.

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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.

O -

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Photo of pburland23
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into my Harpoon IPA glass.

Beer pours a nice light reddish orange. A touch hazy with thin white head recedes to some nice sticky lacing. Good looking pint.

Aroma features spicy rye malt with some citrusy hops bitterness. Perhaps a touch of caramel malt as well.

Taste starts off with some slight spiciness from the rye malts then a little sweetness from the caramel malts. Those flavors are then replaces by some nice hops bitterness. As others have said, there is a slight metallic flavor which is mildly off putting but does not detract greatly from the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation is slightly prickly. It combines with the bitterness well to create a fairly robust mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good as well.

Overall, a decent IPA. Not spectacular but good. I really like the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series. It's interesting to see what there brewers come up with on a regular basis.

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

Looks nice, clear gold with a fluffy, off-white cap. Lots of clumpy lacing, decent head retention. I got a whiff of grapefruit and grassy hops during the pour and wasn't disappointed once I had more time to contemplate the beer in the glass. There was a slight pine resin edge to the hops as well, plus mild nutty and bready malts. Solid bitterness, citrus pith and grassy hops in the flavour, some spicy hops in the finish, with mild malt bready/rye presence, minerals, and slight alcohol. Good texture, medium light in body with moderate carbonation, but it felt light and creamy. Overall, I enjoyed this one. The rye didn't add a lot, but I did like the hop character.

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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 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 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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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 claspada
2.28/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aromas are initially quite interesting. I get the spicy rye malts up front, then I dive back in and get citrus hops and a metallic/minerally odor. I little caramel maltiness in the background.
The taste begins with slight pale and spicy rye malts, not much though. The hop bite hops in soon after dominated by grassy, floral and cat pee hop flavors. Metal, old-school canned beer flavors as well. I really am not enjoying this.
Mouthfeel is sticky and full yet the finish is harsh and unforgiving. The rye and hops are too out of balance for my preferences. I love good rye beers and this is not one of them. If your going to mail in the malt bill you have to at least have late hops additions for nice hop flavors, but this doesn't have any. After making a lot of great beers in this 100 Barrel Series, Harpoon seems to have mailed in the last couple. If I was Rich or Dan, I wouldn't want my name attached to this beer... I haven't had a good drain pour in a while, adios #37!

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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 Kendo
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is golden honey-amber with a small white head. Nice rising bubbles give a solid appearance. Leaves good lace behind.

S: Spicy malt - the rye is evident - with a bit of hop bitterness.

T: Whoa - first impression: metallic. Impression was confirmed by two others, including my wife, who said it was "tinny." After a few sips I could get past that metallic onslaught to appreciate the rye spiciness underneath and the grassy bitterness at the back end, but all in all I wasn't enamored with this one.

M: Medium in heft, sharp carbonation.

O: OK at best. Won't buy it again, though it did improve after the palate adjusted to the metallic impression.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and crisp orange color with a frothy white head that leaves a lot of sticky lace behind. Really a pleasant looking beer.

Rye malts seems to overpower the hops at first with a strong bread and spice note. Floral and piney hops come through more as the beer warms.

Bitter hops up front until the spiciness of the rye seems to pronounce an otherwise absent malt profile. Plenty of bitterness to go around but late addition hops seem to be rather underwhelming. Pine resin and a grass/herbal note dominate the hops flavors with just a little bit of a fruity citrus note in the finish.

Crisp and bubbly medium body mouthfeel. Overall, this is a fine beer but I do feel that Harpoon could do better. Something about the hop bill just doesn't work for me. Still though, I have no problem drinking it even if it wasn't quite what I expected.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber. Nice white head. Aroma is little bit citrus with a hint of spicy rye. First sip is clean, more piney citrus with that kick of rye at the end. I would like a little more of the Rye to give this a bit more bite. As it is its just a toned down IPA with a bit of rye in the background. THis could be a really nice beer with a bit of tweaking. Not bad, certainly an easy drinking summer IPA.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crisp light golden color with about 2 inches of white head with great retention. Frothy head with a lot of lacing deposits.

S - Hops hops hops and a little bit of malt and floral notes. Slight grassy tone.

T - This is really where this beer disappointed me...I had very high expectations for a Harpoon brew and a Rye IPA (a style I love). The hops are prevalent on the front and middle of the tongue, but I'm getting almost a fishy taste on the sides of the tongue...very off-putting. I can barely detect the rye character which is also very upsetting.

M - Nothing to note here except that it is a lighter bodied brew when I expected medium-bodied beer such as the He'brew Rye IPA (amazing). Also a very bitter hop aftertaste.

O - Overall I was extremely disappointed with this beer. The most important facet of beer to me is the taste and this beer failed epically there. I suppose I had too high of expectations, but still...nearly a drain-pour...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light clear copper-amber color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some lace on the glass.

S - Aroma is a mix of some rye and other malt with some citrus hop mixed in as well. There is also some spices and bread as well.

T - Starts off with a mix of some citrus hop and rye flavor. There is also a bit some malt in the background. Through the middle some bitterness as well as some grassy hop comes through alongside some bready flavor. The finish is a mix of bready malt and rye with a bit of hop bitterness that lingers.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit bready with some nice bitterness and buttery taste lingering after the finish.

D - Pretty drinkable. The finish is a bit heavy. The rye is a nice addition to the IPA. The hop profile is nice, but maybe just a bit too subdued.

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Photo of busterthecat
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up today chilled. Best by Date of: 9/15/11. Poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

A- Pours a soft brass hay hue. Sits transparent in glass with the faintest of copper tint. A nice soft white head forms and sits thin to cap the surface. OK lacing.

S- Smells like the typical Harpoon blend of hops (think their IPA and spring seasonal). Aroma is mild overall. A blend of floral and dirty/ earthy hops. A slight sweetness is present. I'm worried...

T- Quite different then the aroma would indicate. A sharp burst of spicy and piney hops. Body has a mild malt character, but very hop forward. The notes in the aroma comes in the finish and lingers.

M- The hops are potent and are very sharp on tongue, almost like a slight ripping feel on front with the first sip. The feel is sharp and dry, much different then their standard IPA. A medium-high flavor brew with the body of medium. The bitterness lingers well and stays on palate just enough to make you need another sip. Really nice, light and clean.

O- Harpoon did good with this Rye IPA. I am pleasantly surprised at how hoppy this brew is. I like this more then their regular IPA easily. Drinks very nicely. I wish it was cheaper ($7.50), but glad I tried it. I would get on tap if nothing else amazing available or priced well.

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