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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
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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 Jdiddy

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The initial color is that of Killians. A red/copper color. The taste is total malt with an overabundance of caramel sweetness. The first time I tried this I loved it. The second time I had a hard time finishing it. It is rather bland and it seems like something is not quite right in the balance. Head vanishes quickly and you are left with a glass of malty syrup it seemed.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2003 11:55:31 | More by Jdiddy
Photo of Brewzzle


3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After a poor introduction to the style with Killians this Irish ale is a redemption.

It has quite a stong aroma, a hint of cinnamon to start and strong alcohol overall, very inviting. Colour is a reddish brown and quite rich. To taste it is very sweet, strong malt profile and a nice hop bite to balance. There is an unfortunate watery finish and aftertaste which detracts, body is quite thin too.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 17:37:25 | More by Brewzzle
Photo of kunzbrew


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a deep red copper color with minimal head that stays minimal. A rich fruity yeast smell pours out from the yop of the glass. A high carbonation mouth feel, along with a fruity flavor that kinda kinks the jaw. A caramel flavor is also present. A mild hop aroam and flavor make this an ok beer from a ok brewery. This finish good but not the best I have had from these guys.


Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 15:14:53 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of mzwolinski


2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy amber in color with a very thin head. Scoth-ale like sweet, caramel malt aroma, with a hint of fruitiness. First sip is pleasantly sweet with a big malt presence. The remainder of the flavor is fairly unremarkable, save for what I find to be a rather off-putting astringent finish. A bit rough on the tongue, and not something I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 17:07:29 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of stegmakk

New York

2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice amber color with a quickly disappearing off white head.
Aroma was a nice mixture of hops and a hint of malt and a hint of fruitiness.
The flavor was like the aroma only more potent. Hoppy with some fuit tone, and there seemed to be a strange after taste. Never tasted a taste like this in a beer. Dare I saw a little gum like.
Overall I will not buy this again. Looked better than it tasted.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2003 10:04:13 | More by stegmakk
Photo of tigerpaws

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good but not great beer, pours a nice coppery color and a decnet reddish head. The aroma just isn't there but has a pleasant taste and is easy to drink, reminded me of Killians but a step above............CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2002 16:33:57 | More by tigerpaws
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper-red body, bubbles small in size and quanity. Big off-white head of microbubbles with good foam above the rim. Good lacing. Light floral nose. While leaning heavily toward the malt side, more hops than I expected. Not spectacular, certainly not equal to a draught of Smithwicks in Galway, but superior to Killian's or Murphy's Irish Amber/Red.
And if we're going to compare Harpoon Spring Seasonals, I'll vote for the long gone Stout, over this, the Maibock, and anything else they have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2002 20:33:05 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of John

New York

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium-dark amber color with a rich tan head when poured from the tap. A pleasant blend of malty and hoppy aromas and more of the same in the flavor. An enjoyable, above average amber/red ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2002 08:04:31 | More by John
Photo of pbrian


3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Judge the beer for what it is (a very drinkable Irish ale) rather than what it's not (spring Maibock). Let's face it, it's not the most complex style out there, but this beer is head and shoulders above the other mass-produced Killians, etc out there. Very clean and drinkable, good at a party when you don't want to have to think about the beer too much.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2002 08:32:26 | More by pbrian
Photo of Todd


4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: A nice and clean looking rich red / amber beer. Head is a tad off-white with a creamy foam stick and excellent head retention.

Smell: Malty, fruity, estery with a soft hop aroma in the background.

Taste: Body is medium. Mouthfeel is smooth. Malt flavours are quite fruity, dark fruits, with an even semi-sugary sweetness. Touch of roasted flavour sits in the back with some bubble-gum-like and woody flavours. Carbonation is tight, zesty and creams-up on the palate. Grain flavours follow, then some esters and a slight touch of alcohol. Hop flavours are floral, tea-like, with a thin, soft character. Some leafy feel can be detected on the palate. Finish has some roasted notes to it.

Notes: Harpoon replaced their Spring Maibock with this beer. I put that aside. They come out with an "Irish-style red ale", which is so typical. I put that aside. What's left? In my opinion a damn fine ale. It's balanced. It's simple. It's easy to drink. It has appeal.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2002 00:00:01 | More by Todd
Photo of xXTequila


3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have been waiting a while to try this one and now i wish i hadn't. It's not that great. I was expecting a heavier bodied ale, with a a creamy caramel maltiness to it and instead it was rather weak tasting. It went down easy with not much to think about when you drank it, which is probly what they were shooting for when they made it. I can't believe they replaced their spring mai bock with this.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2002 09:55:42 | More by xXTequila
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Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.