Oakes (17676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2000
Impressively hoppy IPA - West Coast flavour from Mass. Good curranty notes. Had it with chili when I was in NYC. It was a brilliant combination, repeated frequently since. Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Very good. The best harppon ale out there michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 I used to think this was the desert island IPA. With an incredible balance of all attributes. However, I think it has lost some of its luster. It is just a lot blander than I remember... msirilla (1) - USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
The balance of hop bitterness and malt is perfect in the flavor. The aroma has the right degree of floral hoppiness. A very good beer. e30power (5) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2006 does not count
I can only explain the Harpoon IPA by stating that this is the standard which I judge all other IPA’s by. Wonderful hoppy aroma and aftertaste, yet goes down smooth. Reddish golden color with a white colored head, great lacing down the glass.
robeno (2) - USA - JAN 12, 2007 does not count
If you score beer on drinkability, this is my favorite beer. I probalby have 4 pints of this a week at various bars around Boston. If I’m not at a "beer bar" this is my standard drink. BernieLomaxXx (19) - Delaware, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2012
This is a good IPA with a lot of hop flavor without being over powering. It's crisp with a smooth finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone trollcat (20) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 4, 2013
A great IPA. Probably the best standard IPA out there. You’ll have a hard time finding anything as solid, dependable, and enjoyable without tapping into specialty brews and true microbrews. Punches well above its weight class in terms of price. smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Served at Redbone’s in Somerville, MA as "Dryhopped Harpoon IPA with Charlie’s Homegrown Fuggles"
Golden color and mildly cloudy. Great lace left by a modest head.
Smells like a high-hopped homebrew, meaning I can detect some spent yeast, lighter malt and fresh floral hop. Very nicely balanced for the style.
Served appropriately warm, approximately 50 degrees (cask conditioned). Again the blend is very pleasant -- the hop is more mild than most IPA’s but it is pronounced. This continues through the swallow and aftertaste. The body is full with an expected lighter carbonation level.
Earlier Rating: 1/27/2014 Total Score: 4
look: 4 smell: 3.5 taste: 4 feel: 4 overall: 4.5
To start, I must admit having a soft spot for this beer. When it was first introduced, it was the best IPA I had up to that point. Throughout New England, this is my favorite regularly available beer. That said, it is not my favorite IPA any longer, but it is worthy of this review.
A-color is honey to light amber. Has a two-finger head that leaves clumpy lace on the glass.
S-Floral hop bouquet, although this muted from some of the "big" IPA’s now available. This bottle had a slight refridgerator smell.
T/M-Nice bitter flavors with a moderate body and an above average carbonation. Fairly smooth in terms of mouthfeel. The aftertaste is largely bittering hop.
D-I find this to be the quintessential drinking IPA. It’s not too pronounced in any of the areas that some IPA’s are prone to. A consistent performer.