Black IPA
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Black IPABlack IPA
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
3.7 | pDev: 13.24%
Oct 10, 2018
Jan 09, 2012
Black IPABlack IPA
Notes: Harpoon brewer Matt DeLuca took over the brewhouse for our 40th 100 Barrel Series offering. A newly released specialty malt from Briess called Midnight Wheat gives this beer an almost stout-like appearance without the overly roasty attributes often associated with traditional dark malts. Flaked barley is also used in the malt bill for head retention. An intense yet diverse hop addition schedule is executed during the boil that results in a well balanced offering.

On top of the Chinook, Simcoe, Cascade, and Citra hops is an ample addition of Ahtanum hops that provides a fruity aroma to complement the earthy, spicy bitterness of this dark ale.

67 IBU
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3.75 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 10, 2018
5 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts on Feb 06, 2018
3.66 by zotzot from Vermont on Jan 28, 2017
2.53 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Jan 22, 2017
2 by wpreynolds from New Jersey on Jul 20, 2016
3.59 by Fusion7777 from Virginia on Jun 30, 2016
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3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Harpoon Black IPA has a thick, spongy, beige head, a semi-clear, dark, red-brown, bubbly appearance, and heavy lacing left behind. The aroma and flavor are a bit difficult to pin down, but I smelled fairly dark-roasted malt, wheat bread, some citrus, and some very subdued hop oil. Taste is of medium-to-heavy roasted malt char, citrus, mellow hop bitterness (67 IBU?), and bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and Harpoon Black IPA finishes dry and mellow.


Apr 28, 2016
2.75 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on Mar 31, 2016
3.79 by LoudRed from Massachusetts on Jan 03, 2016
3.71 by Okpetrie from Virginia on Dec 28, 2015
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3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Regulator from Indiana

After a careful pour, the beer lies in the mug with less head than that dude in Skyrim that says, "My ancestors are smiling at me, Imperials. Can you say the same?" Like most Black IPAs, Harpoon looked like a flat cola with a hint of creamer.

The smell in and of itself was the only distinctly off-putting feature of this Black IPA. When I closed my eyes and took a whiff of this dank brew I had flashbacks of my fraternity bathroom on a Sunday morning.

Despite the odor, Harpoon Black IPA delivers on taste. It opens with a creamy espresso flare and follows with a pungent pine bite. The resulting balance brings enough hop for a harsh IPA aficionado while not intimidating a casual newcomer.

Smooth, a bit too thin for a Black IPA.

Harpoon delivers an average to above-average showing for Black IPA fans. My personal preference would be more powerful roasty notes.

Dec 22, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar; upon closer inspection when held up to a bright light the bottom of the glass is clear dark red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light than head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a thick collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of piney hops and hints of black licorice.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of roasted malts, piney hops, and licorice along with hints of earthy yeast and a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The piney hops leave your mouth tingling in the finish.
O: This an interesting Black IPA that is relatively easy to drink. I particularly liked the combination of the black licorice and piney flavors.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 10, 2015
3.5 by Giggy from Michigan on Dec 05, 2015
3.36 by BobbyOlson from Michigan on Dec 05, 2015
3.8 by smithj4 from New York on Oct 28, 2015
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3.44/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by ajilllau from Florida

Nice, light. Does not pack a powerful punch and you can taste that it is not high in abv. Would definitely drink again and it's a beer that you can have more than one.

Oct 22, 2015
3.5 by MCImes from Connecticut on May 02, 2015
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4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Kale99 from Illinois

I have had this black ipa once but really enjoyed it

Mar 08, 2015
3 by nathanmiller from New York on Mar 07, 2015
3.66 by Kruja5 from Massachusetts on Feb 15, 2015
3.75 by misternebbie from Pennsylvania on Feb 09, 2015
3.84 by hurricanes56dan from Vermont on Feb 03, 2015
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4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by mkwebb from Massachusetts

Very tasty. Tastes like a lighter beer even in the IPA Adventure pack.

Jan 04, 2015
4.15 by Cconsalvo from New Hampshire on Dec 26, 2014
3.75 by ricknelson from Vermont on Dec 09, 2014
3.9 by Phigg1102 from New York on Nov 26, 2014
3.5 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts on Nov 09, 2014
3 by gwilikers6 from New Hampshire on Nov 05, 2014
3.8 by Gkruszewski from New York on Nov 03, 2014
3.5 by Angling_and_brewing from Connecticut on Oct 27, 2014
3.25 by bluehende from Delaware on Oct 19, 2014
3.5 by JKV96 from Massachusetts on Oct 10, 2014
4 by The_Big_E from Massachusetts on Sep 24, 2014
3.5 by CB2maltygoodness from District of Columbia on Sep 13, 2014
4.08 by Patlee3324 from Massachusetts on Aug 18, 2014
3.5 by wrightst from Maryland on Aug 07, 2014
3.5 by ThE_MaD_HoPpEr from Pennsylvania on Aug 07, 2014
2.75 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island on Aug 01, 2014
Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 328 ratings