Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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3.74/5
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21,422 Ratings
Harpoon Brewery & Beer HallHarpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

306 Northern Ave
Boston, Massachusetts, 02210-2324
United States

(617) 574-9551 | map
harpoonbrewery.com

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Beers:
117
Reviews:
6,787
Ratings:
21,422
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.16/5
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
259
pDev:
11.54%
 
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Gobzilla
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of BeersAndPretzels
4.12/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Dchansen54
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Beersilio
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Fun place. Nice people. Excellent pretzels but they are really knots.

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Photo of Bmm281
1.64/5  rDev -60.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2

Uncomfortable cheap cafeteria style bench seating, floor was dirty which does not give confidence on their ability to run a high quility brewing operations, no servers/bar service only and each time you want more than one beer everybody has to go up to the bar. Music selection wasn’t great and sounded like it was coming through a PA system, the crowd (100% of it) can be described as hipster yuppy, no outdoor seating, no games. In samples 8 beers and only 2 were half decent, 2 more drinkable, and the rest I didn’t finish.

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Photo of Jgmiller829
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jay_Mobilia
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.95/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Huge open second floor taproom to the right of the entrance with expansive racetrack bar and plenty of picnic table seating. Small merchandise sales area to the left. About 20 well assorted beers on tap. Quick and courteous service. We were there Friday at happy hour and the place was packed and lively.

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Photo of HoppyHatz
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Ehhh...What can you say it's an average brewery with some decent brews, nothing special. If you go to any of the brewfests or large outdoor events make sure you step back in line for the bathrooms as soon as you get a beer, they only have about a dozen portos for hundreds of people and the line can be up to 20 minutes.

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3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Great place to spend and evening with friends while visiting Boston.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of CaidensDad092112
2.69/5  rDev -35.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Huge crowded beer hall vibe with long community table. Spotty service when it is crowded but some cool beers on you can't get normally in bottles. Worth a stop in.

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Photo of Boone757
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Kevin2Smith
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Love the vibe of this place. Great beer hall with amazing pretzels. Also, a well done beer tour.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Parking is a problem, loud, full, tough to get seats, or servers attenton. Never-the-less worth the visit. Good selection of brews, a fun boisterous Oktoberfest - like venue. & the pretzels are fantastic!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.37/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Several people told me that Harpoon was the best brewery to visit in Boston. I have to admit that after my experience I am quite underwhelmed. First off the beer...it wasn't very good save the Hoppy Adventure which was a fairly good copy of a NE IPA. The rest of their beers that I tried tended to have course carbonation and seemed like craft beer that you might find 15 years ago.

The second issue that I had during my visit is that they seem to value the ease for their employees over the desire of the customer. While I sat at the bar most of people coming up to the bar were asking if they can create their own sampler flight. No, we only do three preset flights was the response. I understand that it is tough doing custom flights during a jammed weekend night but really, no choice at all, ever? It doesn't seem very customer friendly or flexible.

This place would work for larger gatherings where beer quality/choice weren't as important though.

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Photo of HurryItsJacob
3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Photo of slander
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of NextJen
3.33/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of rliu917
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Antg8989
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

I was really surprised during my visit. Nice selection of beers on tap that aren't available in stores and the beer is definitely "fresher". (You can really taste it.) The pretzels are a great snack to munch and dip on. Service, IMO, was about what it should be from any establishment of this type. Got to talk beer with my server which is always a good thing. Will be coming back for sure.

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Photo of BeerMe8
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Good vibe on the Saturday night I went. Big bar. Good views of Boston through the large glass windows and also views of inside the actual brewery on the other side. Small gift shop and place to purchase beers to take home. Down side was no TV's anywhere, so had to watch the NCAA Tournament on my phone.

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall in Boston, MA
Brewery rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 21,422 ratings