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Harpoon Celtic Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Celtic AleHarpoon Celtic Ale

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725 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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 Jacobob10
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Atlantic Fish Co. in Boston, MA. (My favorite restaurant in the city for any of you locals!)

When I ordered this, the waiter's first attempt to serve it to me ended up spilling all over my date. I mean we're talking completely drenched, head to toe, with a full pint of Harpoon, haha...We were in good spirits about the whole situation (we felt bad for the waiter more than anything). But, we got free desert out of the whole situation, and I got my beer eventually.

It was a ruby color with a small head that left a little lace on the side of the glass. Faint malty aroma, but not much overall. Great tasting, with the malts most notable, but a good balance of hops too. High drinkability, wouldn't have minded having a couple of these. Went great with my Halibut dinner.

Jacobob10, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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 ... ?

BeerKangaroo, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of BBM
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a golden yellow/orange with a thin white head. Decent lacing around the glass. Aroma isn't very pronounced, but has hints of caramel malts and some sourness.

Taste is also a bit on the sour side. There are hints of caramel, grain, and maybe a slight hop presence, but overall the flavor is uneven and a bit bland. Mouthfeel is nice and full. This beer is sessionable, but that sour aftertaste kind of kills your desire for more. This isn't an awful beer, just not a very good one either. Average at best.

BBM, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of kobeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

kobeer, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of tapman
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper and a foamy, tawny head. Very clear.

Earthy, minty hop and a lightly sweetened toast.

All the flavors of the nose with a light-moderate bitterness. An apple-like fruitiness is subtle.

Crisp and refreshing.

A good all-around irish red. Pretty close to the style, from my experience. I could have used some more hops, though not bright ones.

tapman, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of robbyc1
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Optimal shaded of clear reddish amber, with a bit of lace.

Smell is only a clean maltiness, expected more from the look.

Malt comes through on the taste, very nice creamy maltness. Decent body, very smooth, nice tasted, neither sour nor sweet, just right. A bit of bitterness from the hops, almost perfect.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, clean, smooth and malty.

A nice session beer, nothing great, but good. Certainly more than just a decent beer. Fits the style nicely, just not my favorite type of ale.

robbyc1, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Color was medium brown with hints of red. Ended up with one and a half inches of head. Retention was average. Lacing was average.

S - Not much aromas on this one. Mostly bread followed by a little sweetness.

T - Primary flavors were bread, grain, and caramel. Nothing really stood out in front. There was a bit of alcohol and hops in the end.

M - Medium to light bodied with good carbonation.

D - This one comes across as average. Glad I got to try it. This would not be my first choice of beverage but still not too bad though.

csmiley, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of blitz134
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color, slight hints of red. Nice and clear. Small tan head on the pour that reduced to a very thin layer.

Nice malty aroma, hints of caramel malt and chocolate. A touch of esters and some light hopping that is a touch herbal.

Flavor follows suit, but with a nice predominant biscuity backbone in the finish. Possibly a bit of mineral edge after the swallow.

Medium body and smooth, easy-to-drink mouthfeel. Low carbonation that works right in with the style.

Overall, quite the drinkable beer. Drinks very similar to my current Scottish Ale that I brewed up recently. Solid malt flavors and low hop presence. A solid offering.

blitz134, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of kkmiller76
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

kkmiller76, May 13, 2013
Photo of kshankar
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a small foam. Doesn't really stay. Not much lacing, either.

Aroma is malty and bready, somewhat sweet.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Sweet caramel malts dominate, some breadyness to it as well. Hops are minimal

Mouthfeel is light, and drinkability is fairly high. Put together the good taste, light mouthfeel and relatively low ABV, drinkability is its highest rating.

kshankar, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of WJVII
4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice clear amber color with a great thick and sticky white head that stuck to the side of the glass as it settled into a 1/4 cap. The brew has a great aroma full of sweet hops and a balance of mildly roasted malts. The taste is wonderfully balance and reminds me of my time in Ireland. There is a sweetness to it but also has that fullness, yet light in the mouth. The style really takes me back which is why I had to give it the rating I did. Back then (about 6 years ago) I was not into BA, but I did write about the types of beers I tried and this really brings back some great times!

WJVII, May 09, 2009
Photo of CB_Crowe
3.5/5  rDev 0%

CB_Crowe, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of raythealeman
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

raythealeman, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of MSchae1017
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours an amber color with a frothy white head that fades quickly leaving a little lace and a little film. The smell is faint with sweet malts. The taste is malty caramel up front with some bitterness coming through at the end. The mouthfeel is a little thin with good carbonation. Overall moderately drinkable but not the best Irish Red Ale out there.

MSchae1017, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of Naes
1.9/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

Naes, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of lauries444
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

lauries444, May 29, 2014
Photo of chodinheaven
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

chodinheaven, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Larrydoherty
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Larrydoherty, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Zanico
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Zanico, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

aquatonex, May 01, 2006
Photo of Luigi
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Luigi, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of kenito799
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

kenito799, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

DavidSeanNJ, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of mikehillman
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

mikehillman, Mar 18, 2013
Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.