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Harpoon Celtic Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Celtic AleHarpoon Celtic Ale

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734 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 20
Gots: 45 | 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:
Beer added by: barleywinebrewer on 01-16-2009

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
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Photo of JWU
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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...

Photo of KenRapoza
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of SuperSpy
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rpaine
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear deep copper color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Toasted malt, faint caramel, clean finishing. Light-bodied and sessionable, plain but pleasant. A nice choice as a session ale on March 17.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +42.9%

Photo of magine
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark reddish amber color. Nice creamy off white fluffy head. Lots of good carbonation and tons of tight bubbles rise to the top. Light layer of patchy lace remains. Really good lace all around the glass remains. Great looks.

Brew smells of caramel malts, sweet yeast and biscuit. Some mellow hops and spice round out the nose. Pretty good nose.

Brew is balanced; nice creaminess up front. Sweet caramel malts, crisp peppery hops in the middle and end. Finishes mellow and slighty dry. Almost a bit of sweet fruit hops here as I drink. Good and full bodied for the style as well. Lots of character and flavors going on here for a low abv brew. Real good malty brew here that is perfect to session. Great brew here.

This brew is making me want to look into this style again. A great treat here; tasty, full bodied, looks great and is very drinkable. Great stuff here.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby amber with a thin layer of soft, creamy, white head that fades away. There are a ton of carbonation bubbles that rise to the top when first poured. The nose has a sweet, rich, caramel malt note. The flavor is caramel malt, sweet, toasted malt, and faint butterscotch. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and smooth.

This is a decent beer. I would definitely have a few of these with my St. Patty's celebration.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of rangerred
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of durkle
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.