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Harpoon Celtic Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Celtic AleHarpoon Celtic Ale

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711 Ratings
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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Photo of rangerred


3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear dark ruby with a one finger off-white head that is quick to fade.

Aroma is of caramel and bubblegum along with a slight bit of roast.

The flavor has the same bubblegum that was in the aroma along with a somewhat woody flavor. Caramel is there from the malt along with a light roast. Mouthfeel is pretty slick and smooth.

Overall this beer is ok but it seems like there is a little too much going on. Glad I tried it but probably wouldn't go back and have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 01:38:59 | More by rangerred
Photo of durkle

4/5  rDev +14%

03-05-2012 21:05:54 | More by durkle
Photo of bbeerman


3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-05-2012 20:40:44 | More by bbeerman
Photo of Hanzo


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

03-03-2012 23:08:29 | More by Hanzo
Photo of SHCC


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-02-2012 18:27:05 | More by SHCC
Photo of jktedder12

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass. Foamy head, about a quarter inch, dissipated to some lingering lacing. floral hop aroma with a hint of citrus. Color is golden ruby. Nice ruddy appearance for an Irish Red. Nice smooth feel in the mouth with just a bit of extra carbonation. Floral hop taste with a hint of caramel. Finishes bitter and dry. Overall very nice, solid red ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:34:35 | More by jktedder12
Photo of Brewman7284


3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice looking amber almost a red ale, Very little amount of head one finger, not much lacing at all

S - Boring to me not much of anything

T - Easy to drink, goes down like water and has way to much carbination

M - Not much flavor seems like i am drinking seltzer water

O - Not one of my favorites

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2012 18:36:47 | More by Brewman7284
Photo of ehnesandrew

New York

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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

4/5  rDev +14%

02-28-2012 04:32:29 | More by jeffbrew
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -14.5%
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 ... ?

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 13:49:31 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +14%

02-25-2012 21:50:23 | More by Bito401
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-25-2012 19:44:50 | More by CP20
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-21-2012 15:30:35 | More by 1p5v
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-19-2012 20:43:00 | More by jongullotti
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark amber, almost red in color with a small white fizzy head and good lacing.

S- floral hops, fruity, sweet malts, and just a bit of citrus.

T- floral hops similar to the smell, a bit of citrus fruitiness and an interesting note of bubble gum. It gives a pretty sweet taste, which transitions into a sweet malty taste, almost caramel like. Finishes moderately bitter with a nice linger.

M - medium body, medium carbonation and goes down pretty smooth. M

O- an interesting take on an Irish Red. Fruity and refreshing, yet nicely balanced by the sweet malt. Better than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 17:53:56 | More by Treyliff
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

02-18-2012 22:42:26 | More by jfcaa193
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2/5  rDev -43%

02-18-2012 08:19:51 | More by chrispoint
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New York

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-18-2012 05:15:58 | More by jk3
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-17-2012 02:02:49 | More by bcal16
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-17-2012 02:01:18 | More by zhumphrey
Photo of MoreThanWine


3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pretty 2" bright beige head of average lifespan. The body is a nice clear amber but I wouldn't really call it a red ale. It smells of toasted malt and a little hops. The taste is kind of a weak version of a Scotch ale. This beer is OK, I could drink it regularly, but it's not really a standout.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:40:07 | More by MoreThanWine
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-16-2012 15:01:54 | More by UfosBigRigsnBBQ
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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

02-16-2012 00:08:29 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of rlee1390


3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear amber, some carbonation, not much, one finger head

S-Roasty malts, caramel, little else.

T-Caramel, some roastiness, semi-sweet.

M-Medium bodied but little carbonation.

O-Another Irish Red Ale that just didn't do it for me. The mesh of flavors isn't there.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 00:33:46 | More by rlee1390
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +14%

02-10-2012 03:33:05 | More by sizemore84
Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.