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Harpoon Celtic Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Celtic AleHarpoon Celtic Ale

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742 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 21
Gots: 56 | 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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Ratings: 742 | Reviews: 363
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3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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 -28.8%

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3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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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.

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3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
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

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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 ... ?

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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.

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Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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