Black IPA | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Black IPABlack IPA
327 Ratings
Black IPABlack IPA

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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Ratings: 327 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice black color with a short and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts layered with a strong citrus and earthy hop aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, darker roasted malts with a hint of coffee flavors and then a big citrus and slightly earthy hop flavor. Clean finish too.
M: Crisp, fresh, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Overall a really nice beer, nice mix of flavors, and it was quite drinkable.

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Photo of phattman073
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger tan head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Grapefruit and grass nose, flavor is grapefruit, some malt. You notice the 67 IBUs at the finish. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Concord Coop Concord, NH.

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Photo of de322
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of heelsn02
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jamvt for hooking this up.

1 pint, 6 fl. oz bomber bottle poured into snifter. Limited edition small batch; session 40 in Harpoon's 100 barrel series

Pours a very very dark, blackish/red rich color. Tan, foamy 1-finger head. Nice head retention, and pretty decent lacing.

Nose is a bit underwhelming. Mild floral notes going on. Some very soft hints of citrus fruit and chocolate malts.

Taste - actually a pretty nice balance of sweet roastyness and piney hop flavoring. Probably some simcoe and cascade in there.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Mellow finish. Adequate carbonation for the style.

Overall, pretty average/slightly above average offering from Harpoon Brewery.

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Photo of dtivp
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a few sample glasses at the brewery. Poured a dark brown-near black with ruby highlights, a nice one finger tan head with moderate lacing.

Aroma hops and dark roasted barley.

Taste of dark roasted malt then the a strong citrus hops hits you with a nice bitterness.

Mouth Feel is medium body, nice carbonation, creamy smooth with a dry bitter ending.

Overall a nice black IPA, would like a little more dark malt up front, the strong bitterness at the end dominates.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of hreb
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber of Harpoon's 40th 100 barrel series (couldn't they bring themselves to do a malt liquor for this one?). Served in an oversized wine glass, just to mix things up. Beer pours very dark brown into a black abyss and is topped with a giant chestnut head which falls and leaves thick lacing. This IPA may be black but holy cow, the aroma is all green. According to the label, ample amounts of Ahtanum hops are responsible for that.

Flavor is all IPA, and only in the very end is there any hint of roasted malt. I do feel like the beer might be excessively dry, given the relatively high IBUs and ABVs. This beer really showcases just two things: loads of hops and a contrasting black body. But other than that it's just an average, if high alcohol, CDA.

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Photo of derekmorris7
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of WassailWilly
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of ChadT89
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This stuff is dark brown-black in color with a hefty tan head and big bubbled lacing. The aroma brings herbal swamp hops and skunky wheat. Not bad. The flavor brings much the same with weak herbal hops over somewhat watery malt. Medium-light bodied with a somewhat aqueous feel, medium carbonation. Good but underwhelming. Not the best of the 100 barrel series but definitely a good value.

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Photo of DonFrap
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Goldfishman
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ppoitras
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head dwindles slowly, with lasting sticky lacing. Aroma is minimal, balanced.

Taste is dark malts to start, moderate citrus in the middle, and comes on pine bitterness galore through to the close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. Seems somewhat scattered, like a Black IPA with ADD, almost no aroma, then hops everywhere in my mouth? Wish it was a bit more consistent.

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored with ruby highlights at the edges, a fluffy oatmeal colored head of many-sized bubbles lingers long and recedes slowly. Inviting aroma of citrusy hops, mild malt character.

Rich and roasty dark malt flavors intertwined with strong hoppy goodness, full of citrus and floral notes, morphing to pine in the finish. Roasty bitterness emerges, mixing well with the hops. Nice balance of very rich flavors that work well together.

Creamy and full mouthfeel, slight suggestion of tannins. Overall a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of maxk
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Kendo
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is black, with a nice, 1-finger, foamy-bubbled tan head that retains well and then leaves thick rings of lace. Looks good.

S: Mild in the nose - roasted barley and a touch of earthy hops.

T: First impression: roasted barley malt character makes this seem more like a hoppy porter than an ABA. But after a couple sips I get a touch of cocoa powder underneath the roast. Hops finish earthy and leave a lingering bitter aftertaste that at times reminds me of charcoal or burnt coffee.

M: Medium in heft but feels a wee bit watery. Good feel to the carbonation though - modestly prickly makes it feel pretty creamy. Tempted to bump up the score here. . . .

O: OK. I prefer a bit more body and some chocolate malt character in my ABAs, but if you go into this thinking you're going to be drinking a hoppy porter, you would likely be less disappointed than I was.

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Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Harpoon 100 BS bomber bottle.

Pours pretty much black, larger then average and lasting darker tan head, leavesa thick collar, ample low sheeting and bits and bars of sticking lace.

Earthy, grassy hopped up nose

Pleasant black ale, with hops some what on the tame side for an IPA. Tastes more like a slightly hoppy stout, with minor roasty character.

Finish is where the hops start to come into their own, however in a subtle and reserved fashion.

$6.99 for the bomber makes this a decent value.

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Photo of avalon07
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, off white, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A severely muted aroma of hops, coffee and malt.

T: Tasted of some hops (not enough in my opinion), a bit of malt, and some coffee. Flavor is extremely unbalanced and fairly bland, with an acrid quality to it.

M: A good amount of carbonation, but the acrid quality is especially noticeable in the finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is not one of the better examples of an ABA. It does not have nearly the power or complexity of other beers of the style.

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Black IPA from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 327 ratings