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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

729 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 729
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of WhitmansNiece
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice amber color and a nice malty smell. However, it is boring. If memory serves, the style is a tad boring, but I'm not going to hold it against the beer. Not too much going on with the taste. A malt profile with a nice taste, but not too complex. But it was a nice beer to remember Saint Patrick with.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty-orange hue with brass highlights and pristine clarity. Dense, pale biege three-finger head sinks to a marshmallow fluff cap- shows decent retention, and leaves spotty lacing. English hop and Munich malt nose, nothing offensive but nothing impressive either. Toasted pale malt sweetness is backed by dextrinous graininess in the first sip. A deeply earthen-herbal hop flavor balances, while leaving the aftertaste slightly dry but retaining a fair caramel taste. Light-medium/thinnish body gains some texture from dextrin which gives it a pleasent tannic bite- although not quite astringnet. The mouthfeel is mild but flavorful- with medium carbonation. Finishes biscuity with a comfortable level of residual sugar and mild English hop flavor. Quite a nice session beer- highly drinkable with a very agreeable expression of stye.

Photo of PhageLab
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Hazy brownish red coloration with a solid two tip head of white froth. Sat on top the whole way down and left behind some sedimentary lacing.

S - Cherries and sweet malts. Not much of anything else.

T - Yeah, the cherry comes through again, but it feels very natural, not sour cherries like in Bell's Cherry Stout, or artificial syrup like in Michelob Celebrate Cherry. Other than that it's a pretty solid yet balanced sweet malt profile.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation level, dry finish with mild fruit flavors in the aftertaste.

D - Standup job, I could drink several of these and be satisfied. Recommendation on this one for sure.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: clear amber colored body with some carbonation seen rising and a creamy lasting white head, it leaves ringy foamy lacing

S: roasty malts and caramel, light hops ever so slightly in the background

T: caramel comes back and has some roastiness to it

M: medium, sessionable, smooth, no aftertaste, quick caramel finish

O: not a bad beer, but nothing to scream about, might have again ... ?

Photo of BBM
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a golden yellow/orange with a thin white head. Decent lacing around the glass. Aroma isn't very pronounced, but has hints of caramel malts and some sourness.

Taste is also a bit on the sour side. There are hints of caramel, grain, and maybe a slight hop presence, but overall the flavor is uneven and a bit bland. Mouthfeel is nice and full. This beer is sessionable, but that sour aftertaste kind of kills your desire for more. This isn't an awful beer, just not a very good one either. Average at best.

Photo of kobeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of tapman
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper and a foamy, tawny head. Very clear.

Earthy, minty hop and a lightly sweetened toast.

All the flavors of the nose with a light-moderate bitterness. An apple-like fruitiness is subtle.

Crisp and refreshing.

A good all-around irish red. Pretty close to the style, from my experience. I could have used some more hops, though not bright ones.

Photo of Zanico
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of CB_Crowe
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of robbyc1
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Optimal shaded of clear reddish amber, with a bit of lace.

Smell is only a clean maltiness, expected more from the look.

Malt comes through on the taste, very nice creamy maltness. Decent body, very smooth, nice tasted, neither sour nor sweet, just right. A bit of bitterness from the hops, almost perfect.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, clean, smooth and malty.

A nice session beer, nothing great, but good. Certainly more than just a decent beer. Fits the style nicely, just not my favorite type of ale.

Photo of csmiley
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Color was medium brown with hints of red. Ended up with one and a half inches of head. Retention was average. Lacing was average.

S - Not much aromas on this one. Mostly bread followed by a little sweetness.

T - Primary flavors were bread, grain, and caramel. Nothing really stood out in front. There was a bit of alcohol and hops in the end.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation.

D - This one comes across as average. Glad I got to try it. This would not be my first choice of beverage but still not too bad though.

Photo of blitz134
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color, slight hints of red. Nice and clear. Small tan head on the pour that reduced to a very thin layer.

Nice malty aroma, hints of caramel malt and chocolate. A touch of esters and some light hopping that is a touch herbal.

Flavor follows suit, but with a nice predominant biscuity backbone in the finish. Possibly a bit of mineral edge after the swallow.

Medium body and smooth, easy-to-drink mouthfeel. Low carbonation that works right in with the style.

Overall, quite the drinkable beer. Drinks very similar to my current Scottish Ale that I brewed up recently. Solid malt flavors and low hop presence. A solid offering.

Photo of jrand2621
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kshankar
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a small foam. Doesn't really stay. Not much lacing, either.

Aroma is malty and bready, somewhat sweet.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel malts dominate, some breadyness to it as well. Hops are minimal

Mouthfeel is light, and drinkability is fairly high. Put together the good taste, light mouthfeel and relatively low ABV, drinkability is its highest rating.

Photo of WJVII
4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
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!

Photo of lauries444
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of raythealeman
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of MSchae1017
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours an amber color with a frothy white head that fades quickly leaving a little lace and a little film. The smell is faint with sweet malts. The taste is malty caramel up front with some bitterness coming through at the end. The mouthfeel is a little thin with good carbonation. Overall moderately drinkable but not the best Irish Red Ale out there.

Photo of Naes
1.9/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance is dark amber in color with a small light tan head.
Aroma is of candy sweet malt.
The flavor starts out watery, then becomes candy sweet and moves into a semi bitter stage followed by an odd sweetness. The aftertaste just does not agree with me.
Mouth feel is a bit light and under carbonated.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty burnt orange hue with a solid white head that sticks around for a bit. Smell hits you right out of the gate with some light fruity scents that complement barley and malt aromas. Taste starts strong but finishes slightly disappointingly that hints of some American adjunct lagers that I dislike. Fortunately this taste is bolstered by some good hop, barley and slight malt flavors. On the front of the tongue it tastes better than in the back, on the finish. Finish is smooth and crisp with a mouthfeel that's on the creamier side. Drinkability is high with this one as it would be no problem to knock back a few of these when there's nothing better. Decent beer, just not great or unique.

Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Patlee3324
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another decent Harpoon offering...

Pours light red, pretty translucent, moderate to light carbonation. Not much head. Smell is rather light, with hints of florals. Taste is not powerful, mild malts, hints of hops, caramels as well. Easy going down. Good if you want to down a few quickly. Quick and rather enjoyable.

Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 729 ratings.