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Harpoon Celtic Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
80
good

724 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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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Ratings: 724 | Reviews: 359 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of raythealeman
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

raythealeman, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of cfinch2
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

cfinch2, Apr 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Ajlvt, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of NHSTEVE
3/5  rDev -14.3%

NHSTEVE, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of monriverrat
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

monriverrat, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of seanbren
4/5  rDev +14.3%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of Gilly1980
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Gilly1980, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

harrylee773, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of tpauer
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

tpauer, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of rhabdovirus
4/5  rDev +14.3%

rhabdovirus, Mar 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

adkrogue, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, dark, copper-red coloring with a light, frothy, off-white head that quickly settles into an uneven film. Aromas of malt depth, with some nutty and scotch characteristics throughout. Light roasting throughout both the aroma and the palate. Strong malt backbone, with layers of nut, caramel, and toffee sweetness blended together into a smooth, rich body. There is a slight hops bitterness that cleans up the tail end of the flavor profile, leading into a light, richly sweet aftertaste. The body is light and smooth, with a sharpness for the finish. Slightly cloying, leaving a slight linger behind. Easy to drink, and some interesting and light flavors.

GarthDanielson, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of gigoat
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

gigoat, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of pajeff
3/5  rDev -14.3%

pajeff, Mar 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

beerman999999, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of JWU
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass.

A- a clear amber/ruby, with a finger of white head that sticks around a bit. A little bit of lacing.

S- not much going on, some funky yeast, and toasted grains.

T- Thank goodness there's more to this beer than the smell. A really nice straightforward toasted grain/carmel malt bill with some light balancing floral hops. Tasty.

M- Slightly creamy mouthfeel to this medium bodied brew.

O- I have a soft spot for a decent Irish Red, and this certainly hit the spot.

JWU, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip glass. best before 06/15/12.

pours out a clear deep red, bronze color. somewhat a fizzy one fingers worth of head, off white, that settles eventually to a thin ring and patchy foam.

metallic biscuity, bready malt is mostly what i get in the aroma. fruit esters as well and maybe a touch of caramel.

follows the aroma. biscuit, bread crust with slight hint of toffee and metal. just enough citric, slight herbal hops to balance. and a little fruity esters as well.

some what of a sharp, crisp finish and a high amount of slightly bitey carbonation. slightly fuller side of light bodied. very good drinkability.

nothing to really get excited over, somewhat of a bland style. i could see this appealing to macro drinkers trying to convert, exspecially those who enjoy yuengling lager, almost the same beer with an ale yeast and maybe the slightest bit more body, but tis the season...

dogfishandi, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of KenRapoza
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

KenRapoza, Mar 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Aexoonge, Mar 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Redstar137, Mar 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Eriktheipaman, Mar 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

kirkse, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of spelletier
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

spelletier, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of SuperSpy
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and reddish-brown. Not a big head but it stays around.

The smell is a mix of bread, toast and slightly sweet malt.

The flavor has some good toasted malt, with earthy tones and banana bread. It's got a good medium body and is quite thirst quenching.

SuperSpy, Mar 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 17, 2012
Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.