Review: Harpoon Rich & Dan's Rye IPA – 99 Bottles – Inside the world of craft beer – Boston.com
Harpoon Brewery, which turns 25 this month, has created a special beer to celebrate its silver anniversary. The beer, called Rich & Dan's Rye IPA (a nod to Harpoon founders Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle), is the 37th installment in Harpoon's small-batch "100 Barrel Series." And it's quite a tasty treat. Moderately carbonated and full of aromatic hops, Rich & Dan's Rye IPA (6.9 percent alcohol by volume, about $6 for a 22-ounce bottle) creates a nice little head with tight bubbles rising from the straw-to-golden base. Grassy, earthy hops are abundant on the nose and in the taste. The hop character is dry, not overly fruity, with some spiciness resulting from the use of malted rye. The finish has some zing, with bit of citrus. Overall, a well-balanced, robust beer. The other day, in fact, I drank some Rich & Dan's Rye IPA with its namesakes, and we discussed Harpoon's 25 years as well as its future. A full report will appear in Saturday's 99 Bottles column.