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Harpoon Celtic Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Celtic AleHarpoon Celtic Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

711 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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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rusty3335

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.5%

02-08-2012 00:29:59 | More by rusty3335
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Naes

New York

1.9/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance is dark amber in color with a small light tan head.
Aroma is of candy sweet malt.
The flavor starts out watery, then becomes candy sweet and moves into a semi bitter stage followed by an odd sweetness. The aftertaste just does not agree with me.
Mouth feel is a bit light and under carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 01:51:40 | More by Naes
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Larrydoherty

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

02-26-2013 23:55:17 | More by Larrydoherty
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-05-2012 17:15:08 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-16-2013 00:54:01 | More by WhitmansNiece
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aquatonex

New York

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

Another decent Harpoon offering...

Pours light red, pretty translucent, moderate to light carbonation. Not much head. Smell is rather light, with hints of florals. Taste is not powerful, mild malts, hints of hops, caramels as well. Easy going down. Good if you want to down a few quickly. Quick and rather enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 22:45:59 | More by aquatonex
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Luigi

North Carolina

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

Has a clear reddish-orange color. Head starts off about two fingers high, but settles to a white lace around the glass.

Smells clean and malty. Has a little bit of hop in the behind the malts.

Taste every balanced. A nice amount of carbonation with a sweet malty body. There is a good amount of roasted malt with some hops in the back ground.

Has a medium mouthfeel. Feels nice on the tongue. This is a very drinkable balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 05:11:19 | More by Luigi
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kenito799

New York

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall glass.

Dark reddish amber brew, tan foamy head, not much lace. Not much aroma at all, a bit of malt, blandish smell.

Crisp and light on the palate, dry, refreshing, with a nice toasted malt flavor that recalls an alt. I really like this brew, I find it very drinkable and refreshing...more flavor than your standard lager, I would like to revisit this in hot weather as I think the light dry body will go well with hot humid days, while providing a good amount of toasty flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 01:03:28 | More by kenito799
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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

Pretty burnt orange hue with a solid white head that sticks around for a bit. Smell hits you right out of the gate with some light fruity scents that complement barley and malt aromas. Taste starts strong but finishes slightly disappointingly that hints of some American adjunct lagers that I dislike. Fortunately this taste is bolstered by some good hop, barley and slight malt flavors. On the front of the tongue it tastes better than in the back, on the finish. Finish is smooth and crisp with a mouthfeel that's on the creamier side. Drinkability is high with this one as it would be no problem to knock back a few of these when there's nothing better. Decent beer, just not great or unique.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 05:29:36 | More by chodinheaven
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

05-13-2013 00:54:33 | More by kkmiller76
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok- so I was seeking out a beer for St. Patrick's day (besides Guinness) and did not have any options. Decided to purchase a single of this stuff for the holiday to go with my CB and Cabbage. Was not blown away to say the least. Average, but nice little beer from Harpoon.

A- Ruby red. Some brown color. Kind of monotone. Not glaring or neon but plain old ruby red. Thin head- no lace.

S- Fruity and malty.

T- Biscuity and malty with fruity undertones. Nice nuttiness in the aftertaste. Bready and grainy, once again, sweet all around. Not much hop bite if any.

M- Thin and bland. The mouthfeel felt like a Bud Light IMO minus all the carbonation.

D- Easy drinking Irish red, nothing over the top. I enjoyed it but I would not seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 01:45:37 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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mikehillman

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

03-18-2013 01:45:54 | More by mikehillman
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AMCimpi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

04-17-2014 17:20:30 | More by AMCimpi
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ILikeGoodCider

California

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 04.26.09. Part of a BOTM sampler. Poured into a 14oz. pint glass. Labeled Hibernian, not Celtic (before the renaming...).

A: Clear amber with a red tinge. 3/4 in tough head. Medium amount of lacing.

S: I absolutely LOVE the smell of this brew. Citrus hop notes. Toasted malts. A lingering sweetness.

T: Average to above average for the style. Citrus up front. Smooth in the back. Malty, sweet overall.

M: Smooth. Lingering malt & barely any graininess.

D: Good with appetizers, something vinegar-based (maybe fries...). Also could see this being sessioned a bit.

Extra stats from the BOTM newsletter:

Serving Temp: 45-50 d F
IBU: 26
ABV: 5.4%
Malts: Pale, Caramel
Hops: Apollo, Willamette

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 03:12:37 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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scooter231

New York

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woo Irish beer. Reviewed by an Irish girl. An Irish redhead. Woo.

Pours an amberish color with hints or orange in the background, very very clear, some white head but runs away very quickly. Smell is tea-like- light, lemony tea, or iced tea. Moderate fruityness with a sweet, malty backbone and hops spread about.

Taste also reminds me of tea- kind of an iced tea/black tea hybrid with other stuff going on. That other stuff being fruity maltyness and a light amount of bitter hops in the finish. Some roasted/toasted flavors surface to give this beer a well-rounded flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbley, bordering on creamy. Slick near the end- very nice. I'd say this is pretty darned drinkable- it's tasty and not too heavy, it won't sneak up on you (assuming it sticks to style and is around 5%) and is pleasurable to drink- a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 09:55:55 | More by scooter231
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lauries444

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

05-29-2014 01:51:47 | More by lauries444
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper with a white head that dissipates quickly. Brilliant clarity.

S: Light caramel malt aroma. Very light. Buttery.

T: Not alot going on here. For an ale very clean. Sweet, lightly, caramel malt flavor. No hop character.

MF: Moderate mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

D, notes: An easy drinking pint and not much more.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 16:18:16 | More by Nipitato
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SHCC

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

03-02-2012 18:27:05 | More by SHCC
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kels

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review poured straight from the fridge into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lovely clear red with visible carbonation running throughout and a 3 finger foamy cream-colored head. The head fades and retains at a 1/2 finger. The lacing is wet and thin, sliding back down the glass into the head.

Smell: Subtle, but true to style. It is full of chewy, toasty, nutty malts. There's a slight metallic note that becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Really enjoy the taste. Chewy/toasty malts, slight syrupy sweetness, and a little bite of alcohol. A little peaty, too, actually reminds me more of a scottish ale. The hops become most present in the aftertaste and remind me of crisp green apples and grapefruit. Feel is lacking a little - effervescent enough, but missing the creamy fullness I get from other irish reds I've enjoyed, leaving it a little thin. Leaves a slightly satisfyingly sticky feel in the palate afterward.

Drinkability: Super-high. Could have several of these thanks to the tastiness and low abv. Happy St. Paddy's, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 19:42:21 | More by kels
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Xzfgiimtsath

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

05-10-2013 13:54:32 | More by Xzfgiimtsath
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TheTrevor

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a copper color with a single-finger orangey tan head. The smell is pretty weak, with maybe some sweet malts. The taste is very akin to a sweet bread. The malts provide sweetness all the way through with perhaps just a hint of hops towards the middle before it finishes with even more sweetness. The mouthfeel is thicker than I expected with a medium amount of carbonation. This would make for a nice desert beer, but I couldn't really imagine grabbing more than one or two at a time.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 10:37:54 | More by TheTrevor
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Cvescalante

Texas

4/5  rDev +14%

03-12-2013 22:50:11 | More by Cvescalante
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is ruby colored with a brownish tint and an off-white head that lasts. The aroma is very fruity with some malt and caramel. Banana and cherry are among the fruity flavors I detect with the esters. The medium to full body has little to hop character, but there is a bitterness that helps balance out the maltiness. An easy drinker, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2004 17:51:21 | More by ark57
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cichief

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six-pack in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours a deep amber, with a thick white head.

S- Smells of caramel and spice. I expect a sweet beer.

T- Well balanced, the caramel taste is strong, but reasonably well balanced.

M- Smooth, not too bad, maybe I expected more carbonation.

D- I enjoyed this, it's not my favorite style, but I enjoyed this, I will likely buy this again!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 21:08:55 | More by cichief
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CB_Crowe

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

02-23-2014 02:28:37 | More by CB_Crowe
Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.