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Harpoon Celtic Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Celtic AleHarpoon Celtic Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

711 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep amber color. The flavor is malty and complex. Celtic Ale has a moderate hop finish that, along with the generous amounts of malt, makes for a medium bodied, smooth, rich beer. Try serving Celtic Ale with a hearty stew… the beer’s robust character will complement the bold flavors.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 01-16-2009)
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athouve1

North Dakota

5/5  rDev +42.5%

11-19-2011 17:50:07 | More by athouve1
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BostonKyle

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +42.5%

08-21-2012 15:31:12 | More by BostonKyle
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mccorjf54

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +42.5%

03-10-2012 21:35:00 | More by mccorjf54
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bpw28

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Two finger a little off white creamy head, Copper (about a 16 on SRM chart), Very nice lacing

Nose: Medium Roast, Grassy, Honey, Midnight in the woods (for those who havent been, sweet woody earthy smell), Yeasty, berries, nuts like almond, spices

Taste: Medium Roast, sweet, berries, biscuit, nice light body, clean and smooth, soft woods, honey, sage, thyme, yeasty, faint hop

Final Thoughts: Wow. What a beer. I'll admit it, I'm a little tough with the irish ales and the scottish ales, so I was gonna be tough on this one. Wow. Session beer. Only guff I have about this brew is that its a seasonal and not an all year. Could be my favorite Irish red. (After just reading some reviews, it appears that this might just be a really outstanding beer to myself. I'm drinking it at about cellar temp in a modded-goblet. I don't care that others don't share my feelings as much as myself but it's suprising. Anyhow, just saying this so it doesn't appear like I'm over hyping it. It tastes like rainbows to me, but just meh to others. Try it and see where you fall.)

Food Pairing: This brew screams Lamb, potatoes, root vegetables, hearty stews, braised beef, oddly german fare would go well (jager schnitzel, spatz, red cabbage, and this brew. Tuck me in and kiss me goodnight.)

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 23:12:51 | More by bpw28
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IrishRacer

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

03-14-2013 00:35:42 | More by IrishRacer
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EvanWilliams

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

12-23-2012 05:30:24 | More by EvanWilliams
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Heavy_D

Kentucky

4.69/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice reddish color. 1 1/2 to 2 finger head. Doesn't last long, but leaves behind a lot of lacing.

S: Malty, bready.

T: Sweet, caramel malts. Some hoppy bitterness towards the end.

M: Slightly thick. Moderate carbonation. Feels just right.

O: Very nice red ale. I've been a fan of others of this style I've tried, and this is no exception. Like the malty-bready/biscuity taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 05:41:48 | More by Heavy_D
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WJVII

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice clear amber color with a great thick and sticky white head that stuck to the side of the glass as it settled into a 1/4 cap. The brew has a great aroma full of sweet hops and a balance of mildly roasted malts. The taste is wonderfully balance and reminds me of my time in Ireland. There is a sweetness to it but also has that fullness, yet light in the mouth. The style really takes me back which is why I had to give it the rating I did. Back then (about 6 years ago) I was not into BA, but I did write about the types of beers I tried and this really brings back some great times!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 23:00:21 | More by WJVII
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Ysgard

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 24 pack sampler; This is my 2nd, and its better than the first. I've recently had the opportunity to sample several Irish red's, and I finally think I understand them.

This pours a touch lighter than I like my Reds, quickly losing head, and leaving only minimal lacing.

The aroma is nutty, caramel, and a touch of butterscotch, with fruity english hops holding it all together.

The taste confirms the slightest hint of diacetyl (butter), accentuating the caramel and nutty maltiness perfectly. A hint of chocolate, mild-moderate hop bitterness, and mild hop flavor, like East Kent Goldings, finish just dry enough to force another sip.

The mouthfeel is a balanced, carbonated silk, not so heavy as to stick, but substantial enough to satisfy.

I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 04:25:08 | More by Ysgard
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

04-05-2012 01:17:38 | More by raythealeman
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ehnesandrew

New York

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

03-01-2012 02:13:20 | More by ehnesandrew
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corzocl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

06-25-2012 14:52:52 | More by corzocl
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nathanb47

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

10-16-2012 19:47:19 | More by nathanb47
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Brad007

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: A decent reddish-amber color with one-finger head and decent carbonation.

Aroma: Very sweet and malty with some caramel essence. Smooth.

Taste: Very smooth and malty upfront. Sweet and caramel-ish. Goes down easily. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Sweet with a touch of caramel. Smooth with some dryness.

Verdict: A highly drinkable Irish Red Ale. It's what I expect from Harpoon and perfect for the spring season.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 23:57:56 | More by Brad007
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cmoses

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

04-23-2013 15:02:32 | More by cmoses
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BTFU

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

10-17-2013 23:41:39 | More by BTFU
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

03-04-2013 11:44:35 | More by jwps214
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mbs11

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

01-14-2012 00:50:59 | More by mbs11
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The_Astridhaze


4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

08-11-2012 04:03:19 | More by The_Astridhaze
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rTheory

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

09-23-2012 18:34:41 | More by rTheory
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, packaging date of Jan 31 06 on the bottle, poured into a pint glass. Pretty cool looking label as well.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown color, almost transparent, with rising bubbles visible when held up to light. The head formation was average, then faded quickly into a lace.

Aroma: All malt, very clean.

Taste: Toasted malts up front and throughout the middle. The finish starts off with caramel malt flavors, and ends with a slight bittering hoppy taste to it. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost a little watery in the middle though. The carbonation tickes the tongue nicely.

Overall: This is one of my favorites, I'd stongly recommend it to anyone, especially those who likes Irish red ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2006 01:43:22 | More by FenwaySquid
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear red amber color with a nice head from the carbination. Some lace leaft on the glass after I drank it.

Smell - Nice sweet malt smell to it. Very nice.

Taste - Sweet malty taste.

Mouthfeel - Light and carbinated here.

Drinkability - This was St. Patty's day beer along with my other choice's that I bought. I could drink a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 21:21:00 | More by auxiliary
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bamojr

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

*notes from 10/17/10*

I picked a six pack up on my way home from an out of state trip and was quite thrilled with what I bought. I have come to expect great beers from Harpoon and this is one of the reasons why. This one has very nice sweet smells that sets up well for what your taste buds have in store. It also have a very sweet malty flavor with some caramel hints. This would be a great desert beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:47:14 | More by bamojr
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jiggahertz

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: an agressive pour gives a two finger cappucino head that billows over the top of the glass with some great lacing early.

S: strong roasted malts up front spices follow

T: roasted malt hit the tongue first followed by a plethora of spices
And a final kick up some floral hops.

M: full bodied and low carbonation. had this beer after an hour in the fridge
Which made it warmer than usual for me and it really did this beer
Some good.

D: it's a rather full bodied beer with a lot of spice but I could go for
A few of these on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 19:11:22 | More by jiggahertz
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on cask at Redbone's
A totally different experience: wonderful floral aroma, crisp, clean malt. Still puts me in mind of oktoberfest.

on cask at Doyle's

Light glows through reddish copper under a low head of coarse bubbles, which die down fairly quickly. Sour hops smell.

Though served on hairy edge of too warm, the light, crisp body has exactly the tender quality I'm looking for. It tastes quite mild, both in the malt and the hops, reminding me of Sam Adams Octoberfest.

A fine session brew.

Serving type: cask

02-15-2004 00:11:58 | More by gentlebubbles
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Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.