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

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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 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 Jadjunk
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Summits January 8, 2013. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head over a dense orange amber body. Light creamy lacing. Mild haziness. Nice solid appearance. 4

(Smell) Fruity and citrusy aroma with a decent clean but deep malt aroma lingering in the background. Rye doesn't add much to the flavor but does brush up the body a bit. Moderate bitterness and medium hop aroma make for a balanced but clean-smelling IPA. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) Clean, citrusy flavor and mild hop bitterness. Mild bready rye malt character. Mild fruitiness. Pleasant. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mild crispness with a medium-bitter finish. Medium body for the style, light/medium body overall. 3.75

(Overall) Although not as heavy on the rye as most rye IPAs, it's a nicely balanced IPA with a lot of substance and body to it. Quite drinkable. 3.75

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

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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 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 EL48823
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Two-finger head, poured into a pint glass. Golden-redish color that is a bit hazy.
Smell: Definite rye character, a bit floral.
Taste: Middle-of-the-road for a rye IPA. Bitter aftertaste that lingers around for a while. A bit sweet.
Mouth-feel: Light carbonation, nothing spectacular.

Overall: Not bad. Dependable Rye IPA characteristics. Would drink if offered.

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer's body is just a tiny bit hazy and has an amber-red hue to it. The head forms to about one finger in size and has a frothy texture. Retention of the foam is alright and a foamy ring leaves some nice webs of lace.

S- The rye and the IPA are certainly here. The rye adds a nice cracked grain note as well as that rye bread spice, some caramel sweets as well. The hops balance it with citrus zest, pine, peach and floral hints.

T- Follows the aroma pretty nicely but I notice a pretty heavy sweetness right away. It is not cloying or beer-ruining but it is a bit much for a "Rye IPA." Rye spice, cracked grain, caramel, yeast bread and light fruit notes. Hops round the beer out with pine, citrus, orange, herbal and floral notes.

MF- Silky smooth low-moderate carbonation in a body with a medium thickness and a nice creamy texture. Spice from the rye and bitterness from the hops on the tongue in the finish.

A bit sweeter than I would imagine but this beer is solid overall. The rye and hop profile are both satisfying and keep this beer from being mediocre.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: classic orange hue with a touch of haze to the body and a moderate effervescence. Head is close to two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: sweet aroma with a light spiciness and a pretty strong floral character. There's not a classic "malty" aroma, but what you do get is the weirdness of rye. True to the ingredient, although maybe not as enticing as it could be; decent, but points for style.

Taste: sweet, almost strawberry-like fruity floral flavor, with a jarring bitterness toward the end. It's not over-bitter, but it is odd when juxtaposed with the fruitiness. I've sensed strawberry in rye beers before; I think I'm over the novelty.

Mouthfeel: great body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: this is a decent beer, but I don't think I'll be going back to this well anytime soon. Rye is a hard thing to get right; they are close here, but it's a bit over-fruity to me.

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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 barczar
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden copper with a half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Citrus, pine, doughy bread, caramel malt, rye, and dank hops form the aroma. Skunky, catty, and resiny hops emerge.

Sweet caramel malt forms the backbone of the beer, leading to a fairly dry, moderately bitter finish. There's an underlying citrus presence initially that is somewhat difficult to identify. Grapefruit and lime come to mind. Perfumey hops and a touch of rye finish the profile, along with a floral honey note. The rye character emerges more as it warms.

Body is moderate, with moderate to spritzy carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, a fair amount of rye character, and nice citrus notes. More sweet malt than expected.

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Photo of berliner07
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty offering by Harpoon. Color is perfect for a rye beer. Just dark enough to see the colors of this interesting grain. Not overwhelming though. Nice spice and floral hops in the nose. Mouthfeel is medium. Flavor is a combination of spice and hops. Really nice. Had this with some good cheese and it was a perfect pairing.

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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 spinrsx
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Syracuse NY for 2$

Appearance - Slightly hazy copper colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some grapefruit/oranges mixed with some light pineapple. It ends with a sugary sweet aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – Really good stuff.. probably the best beer I've had from this brewer. My bottle was best before Nov 15th, so I can imagine this is even better fresh. I'll keep my eyes out for a fresh bottle.

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Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Tap and Barrel, Hauppague, NY.

Poured a medium brass hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and very good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a piney hop muffled by a super soft malt combo.

The taste consisted of a full piney hop atop a rich soft malt. Rye spice noted as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the creamier side of the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied IPA.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Signature Pint.

Appearance: Dark amber color, slightly hazy. White head, dies pretty quickly. Leaves a solid lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: Not much there. Spicy, can smell the rye a little bit.

Taste: Starts off spicy with a good compliment to the steady carbonation. Slightly citrusy later, builds some sweetness, but ends bitter. Slightly creamy beer. Hops most evident in the finish. Very easy to drink, but maintains an interesting taste throughout the drink.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and carbonated. "Fun" to drink.

Overall: Big fan of this beer, but then I am a sucker for rye. I'd consider buying a case of this, and I'd enjoy drinking it regularly.

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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 lovindahops
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the chance to try this when it was first being placed into sixers at the brewery. Really awesome when tried fresh

A- a cop perish body with great foam that recides leaving web lacing cracking the edges of the glass. Bold with the colors

S- spicy and herbal with a strong component caramel malt underlying the pine scent. Bold and actually flamboyant with the spicyness of a rye scent.

T- flavorful spiked pine residue lays over the caramel hop flavor. Very flaked with a resinous hop flavor that more than likely came from the dry hopping. Just a delicious herbal/spicey taste

M- coating flavor that resonates with good carbonation

I- I really like this ipa. Elevated flavors all over that really resonate throughout the experience! I will always try this

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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 mikeg67
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Office. Pours orange with a long lasting, white head. Aroma is of orange fruit, citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is similar to aroma with citrusy hops dominating biscuit malt, orange fruit and rye spiciness. Long grapefruity finish. Fresh on tap, very nice IPA.

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

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Thick copper in color; noticeably active carbonation. 1/2 inch creamy, white head with above average retention. Condensed lacing throughout the tumbler with pretty good strength.

Citrus and pine hop aromas with a stout dose of spicy rye; notes of saffron. Toasted, biscuit-like malt presence with a mild layer of diacetyl.

The rye presence is very prominent making its presence known almost immediately; spicy with substance. The malt character is bready and toasted; great stability to stand up the floral and citrus hops as well as the aggressive rye. Quite bitter with character; notes of light raspberry, lemon zest, and light caramel in the aftertaste which make for a somewhat unpleasant ending to an otherwise flavorful and balanced beer.

Medium bodied; active yet smooth on the palate. A nice balance in textures with somewhat competing flavor components.

A flavorful beer, filled with minor flavor flaws along the way. A little rough around the edges, but a good starter recipe to craft.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 01/18/13

A: Pours a nice amber/copper color with a fingers worth of bubbly head

S: Get a lot of the spiciness from the rye along with a bite of fruity hops

T: Starts out slightly spicy and then gets rounded off nicely by the other malts, mostly vienna. The hops don't really come out until the end, where they add a nice little bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft and creamy

O: Certainly a solid beer, but not very IPA-like. All the hops really do are add some aroma and bitterness. I guess the strength and ale qualities qualify, but it's not typically what one would expect in terms of hop flavor. Worth a shot if you like rye beers, though

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Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Two finger's worthy of slightly creamy fluffy airy khaki colored head with a slightly rocky top... Excellent retention... A mix of amber and bronze... 100% Translucent... Loaded with small bubbled moderate to quick paced carbonation swirling throughout... A very impressive looking offering... A bit of lacing clings to the glass throughout...

S - A regal hop presence from the start... Mostly earthy with just a bit of pine and citrus mixed in... Cracker and bread crust make up the malty base... Excellent balance... Missing in action is the much anticipated spicy rye component which was a bit of a let down given the style classification... Otherwise a very solid aroma...

T - The hops are again at the forefront... They take on a very earthy noble character... The rye component that was missing in terms of aroma emerges on the palette and takes a very close back seat in terms of prominence with the hops... It's crisp and spicey... The malty base lingers way beneath the surface... A bit grainy as well... Very nice brew...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Clean... Uber crisp... Dry throughout and turning drier on the finish... A bit of prickly carbonation bubbles on the tongue...

D - A very nice beer from Harpoon... Stellar appearance and solid in all other facets... I would gladly drink this with regularity... My only real complaint was that the rye component only translated on the palate and not the nose...

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Photo of BostonHops
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a mostly clear, golden / medium amber tone while yielding about a 1" head; moderate retention and lacing. nose offers notes of citric and earthy hops, rye, and a subtle caramel maltiness.

no surprises in the flavor: citrus and earthy hops, maybe a touch of pine, with a significant though not overwhelming rye presence, joined by some malt characters in the background. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall a nice beer. not an eye-opener by any means but solid. enjoyed at an end-of-summer clam bake on the cape and it hit the spot.

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Photo of Dools9
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into nonic pint glass.

A Clear, orangey, light amber color. Two finger, thick frothy white head. Good retention, nice lace on the glass.

S: Could smell this as soon as I cracked the bottle open. Bready, crackey malt. Light, sweet citrus and grapefruit. Spicy rye notes mixed with some herbal qualities. Some grassiness in thier as well.

T: Sweet bready malts. Definitely get the Harpoon house yeast. Modest hop bitterness, citrus, grapefruit and some herbal notes. Spicy rye bread, nice dry finish. Leaves a nice herbal, tangy bitterness.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth, carbonation is about right, very nice drinkability.

O: Nice beer here, nice mix of a solid ipa and a malty rye. Worth a try.

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

12oz bottle from the fall mix pack

Pours a golden color with a tinge of amber, smallish head but somehow it leaves a ton of sticky lacing on the glass as it depletes.

Smell does have a subtle spicy aspect from the rye malt, hop presence though is not as strong since the malt tends to dominate the aroma.

Taste starts out with a complex malt front, some spicy rye notes tingle, body has a nice full feeling with good carbonation that lends a creaminess, hops are still sorely lacking for what they consider a "rye IPA" but then again rye can dominate any flavor profile, strength is well hidden and is surprisingly easy drinking, finishes quite clean and dry.

As a rye IPA, it misses the mark but as a straight rye beer it's pretty solid

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