Harpoon Brewery Introduces New Year-Round Beer, Take 5 Session IPA


Boston, MA  – There are a lot things that we all have to do every day; Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA is brewed to celebrate the times we get to do the things we want to do. The Harpoon Brewery is pleased to introduce the newest member of their year-round lineup, Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA. With a 4.3% ABV and 43 IBUs, Harpoon Take 5 is meant for those spontaneous moments, meeting up with friends and taking a break for fun.

Harpoon Take 5 was first brewed on the Brewery’s 10-barrel system in early 2014. With each pilot batch the recipe was tweaked until the desired balance between hop aroma and malt character was achieved. This final version begins with a vibrant citrus and pine hop aroma from Simcoe and Amarillo hops and follows through with a sturdy malt profile from the combination of Pale, Vienna, Carapils, and English Amber malts.

“We had a lot of points that we wanted to hit with this beer – hop forward but not too bitter, low ABV but with a significant malt body – a truly sessionable beer. That’s an enormously challenging task, but our brewers nailed it,” says Dan Kenary, Harpoon Brewery CEO & Co-Founder. “Take 5 is a great representation of who we are as a brewery – approachable and welcoming, but a lot of fun and loaded with character.”

Beer lovers can get their first taste of Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA on draft at the Brewery’s annual summer festival, HarpoonFest, on May 15th and 16th. It will be available on draft only beginning on May 18th in select accounts throughout Harpoon’s markets. Harpoon Take 5 bottles and cans will be available in mid-June 2015.

Harpoon Take 5 Beer Specs:

  • Style: Session IPA
  • ABV: 4.3%
  • AE: 4.2
  • IBU: 43
  • EBC: 19

Harpoon Take 5 Brewer’s Notes

  • Appearance: Golden/Light Amber with a slight haze
  • Aroma: Tropical fruits, orange, and pine
  • Mouth feel: More body than is typical with this style, by design
  • Taste: Again intense tropical fruit and pine with less overall bitterness than is expected from the aroma
  • Finish: Nice malty finish, bready

For additional information about Harpoon Take 5 Session IPA and the Harpoon Brewery, please contact Liz Melby at lmelby@harpoonbrewery.com. You may also visit Harpoon at www.harpoonbrewery.com or follow Harpoon on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheHarpoonBrewery, on Twitter at @harpoon_brewery, and on Instagram at @harpoonbrewery.

About the Harpoon Brewery:

The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beer lovers Dan Kenary, Rich Doyle, and George Ligeti. In 1986 Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award winning IPA and UFO White beers, along with special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 15th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced the limited batch 100 Barrel Series and the as well as the all-natural Harpoon Craft Cider made from freshly pressed apples. In August 2014 Harpoon became an employee-owned company. For more information about Harpoon beers and visiting the breweries, visit www.harpoonbrewery.com.