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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 244
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 10-11-2010

Harpoon Grateful Harvest is a beer brewed with Thanksgiving celebrations in mind. A puree of freshly harvested cranberries, donated by local cranberry farm AD Makepeace, lends a subtle tartness to the beer. The cranberry flavor complements the malty character derived by the combination of Munich and Vienna malts. An addition of CaraMunich malt enhances the beer’s reddish hue and adds a touch of sweetness, while Northern Brewer bittering hops complement the slight cranberry tartness.

25 IBU
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Reviews: 99 | Hads: 244
Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, dark , amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty but with a slight fruity/sour aroma. I get a little caramel-like sweetness and some notes of black pepper, however, I get practically nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: Excellent! Great malty backbone, followed by some caramel-like sweetness, then by some excellent, fruity cranberry tartness, and finished by some nicely balance hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and with practically no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 5.9%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really, really, enjoyed this beer. I love the balance between the malty backbone and the tartness from the cranberries. It’s a truly excellent beer, and I’ll definitely get more of this next Autumn! (1,019 characters)

Photo of SeamusLight
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Wasted opportunity.

Typically, the holidays are the time for a brewery to go wild - to indulge in strong fruit flavors, or spices, or anything which may really hit the palette. This beer does none of that.

If asked what it tastes like, the most apt description is "a beer." That's it. There is no cranberry hint. There is no noticeable bitterness. It's an ale. Harpoon played it safe, and got a boring product. Drinkable, but forgettable. (440 characters)

Photo of Badger6
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: The body is a distinctly reddish-hued amber. Gave it a good pour, and pulled up about two fingers of head that receded to a broken up film on the surface of the beer. Almost no lacing.

S: Cranberries, like the label says. Dominant. Some maltiness comes through, but cranberries in every waft.

T: Really sweet. Starts out with malts and cranberry, gains some other fruits as it progresses. Not tart or sour like a lambic, though there is a little bit of that going on.

M: Light-medium body, well carbonated, not fizzy, but definitely buzzy.

O: For a beer touting cranberries I expected more tartness. Interesting take on a holiday beer aimed at Thanksgiving. I have to say that other than having it with a traditional holiday meal- turkey, ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, maybe some cranberry dressing...this is not an everyday beer, and that's good since it seems to only be available from mid-November to mid-December. The tie in with food banks is a nice touch. (1,049 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep ruby amber, with a fair head and only slight (but attractive lace).

Nose is tart and subtle, but discernibly cranberry in character. Fair.

Taste is malty and sweet up front, with a hint of tart cranberry. But whereas many fruit-infused ales are over-sweet and overbearing, this one settles back and avoids that particular affliction. The cranberries are tart and sour, not sugary.

The aftertaste/finish is where this one loses me -- it's sour and leaves a somewhat unpleasant lingering flavor. So, although this seems to capture the essence of natural (unsweetened) cranberries, it's not completely there yet. (626 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Auburn or darker copper. Nonexistent head.
Smell: Dull/light cranberry.
Taste: Sweet and tart watery cranberry.

This was pretty unimpressive. The beer was pretty enough with its auburn, but it really had the look of sweet tea. The smell was a rather dull cranberry. It wasn't over-the-top, which isn't bad. But it was decent enough. The taste was honesty like a carbonated, watered-down cranberry tea or juice. It was ok for the first little bit, but then that sickly sweetness gets to you. I wouldn't get this again. Also, as I'm reviewing this, the perfecto cigar I'm enjoying falls off the tray, bounces with a back flip, and lands in the cat's water. Guess how happy that made me. I blame it on this fruity beer. (729 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon Brewery "Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale"
12 oz. bottle, "ENJOY BY 03/15/14 315 09:28

An interesting beer, and a welcome addition to my usual line-up of "holiday" beers.

It's a clear, dark-copper color with ruby and orange highlights beneath a pillowy white head. The head retention is "fair" to "OK" but the lacing is definitely limited.

Cranberry and caramel malts greet you in the nose.

The flavor follows the aroma, and it's gently fruity and lightly tart backed by a slightly sugary dark-caramel/brown sugar maltiness. The bitterness is minimal, as it should be to keep everything in balance, but it still finishes dry with the tartness leading and then fading to leave cranberry and malt residue behind.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp.

Nicely done. An entertaining, unique beer that offers enough character to hold your interest without going so far as to distract you from your meal or whatever else you're doing. Worth trying. (960 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark chestnut color. The head stands one finger high, with an offwhite shade. It's quick to fade, however, and has a slightly ragged texture. It tries to leave some lacing behind on the glass, but not a lot by any means. Still, attractive due to the body's vibrant color.

S: This is weird...and worrying. I pick up (slight) cranberry and some sweet caramel primarily. The fruit notes, however, don't seem fully integrated within the rest of the brew - and even worse, come off a bit artificially. Luckily, they're hidden beneath the malt backbone enough.

T: Caramel hits the palate first, while the cranberry flavors...uh oh, dat artificial finish. There's a slight adjunct note in the middle; this is actually my favorite feature. Like I said before, the finish is both chemical and perfume-y, which kills it. Still, I'm glad it's kind of bland instead of bold, actually: that means I can put this down easily instead of want to pitch it.

M: Sweet, in a wholly undefined and generic matter. The thick feel just loafs around on the palate, while the decent carbonation fails to scrub the tongue sufficiently.

O: Not a car crash of a beer, just really damn dull. To be fair, it's not a car crash BECAUSE it's so dull. Proof positive that fantastic intentions alone does not a good beer make. (1,344 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy By 1/15/14

A: Pours an amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades down to some spotty bubbles

S: Lots of cranberry, both sweet and tart. Some more fruitiness and sweet malts going on, but cranberry is right up front

T: Cranberry and malt sweetness combine, with more fruitiness in the back. Lightly tart but not really enough to balance the sweetness. Finishes with lingering cranberry

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: This would be better if the cranberries provided more tartness instead of just adding to the malt sweetness. Aside from having this near the Thanksgiving holiday and having it support local food banks, the concept gets lost. Luckily, it's only out during that time. Nice with turkey dinner, but that's about it as far as having it be a 'good' beer (807 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a hint of red seen shining through the clear body. Upon pouring there is a small fizzy white head that fades almost instantly to leave just a hint of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma is heaviest of a sweet caramel as well as some hints of toasted grain. Rounding out the aroma is the tart cranberry smell that one might expect, along with some lighter hints of a floral and grassy nature

Taste -The taste begins with a sweeter and toasted bready flavor. The sweet upfront is a mix of sugar sweetened cranberry as well as a bit of caramel. As the taste advances it remains relatively on the sweeter side, but also takes on some tart tastes as well as a light grassy taste. As the taste moves on to the end, the cranberry gets rather potent producing a somewhat chalky and tart cranberry flavor to be produced, which knocks down the sweetness and the roast a bit. With a light earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, the combination of flavors leaves a slightly chalky, tart, but lightly sweetened cranberry and toasted malt flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. More carbonation and a thinner body may have been slightly more refreshing in light of the cranberry flavors of the brew, but all in all, the feel was still alright.

Overall – Not bad, but really not that great either. The cranberry and grain tastes are good, but It has a sort of sweet yet tart and chalky taste that really don’t meld well together. Worth a try, but nothing more. (1,681 characters)

Photo of Fergyx825
2.84/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: a dark amber bronze colored beer, with a little bit of head on the pour. The beer bubbles softly as it sits. What you'd most expect from an ale, except its a bit dark.

Smell: the smell of cranberry is very feint in this beer. This beer is rich with spices, with no alcohol or bitterness noted. I'm rather interested.

Taste: The sweetness of the cranberry hits you at first, then the bitterness of the cranberry hits you. It finishes with the spiced hoppiness of an ale. There is no balance in flavors.

Mouthfeel: This is a highly carbonated light beer. I feel as if an ale should be a bit thicker.

Overall: I'm a bit disappointed, it looked and smell good, but that was all she wrote. (700 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rusty red-orange-brown colored brew grows a thick, creamy head roughly one finger tall. It shows great density and retention, as it remains thick and its same height for some time, even making a nicely dense and thick island of foam. More lacing could have been left, but certainly no complaints overall.
There's a nice balance with an emphasis on malts in the nose. Cranberry tartness is as advertised. Hops are lighter and offer mostly floral notes. Lots of bread and toastiness come out. This seems to be a red ale-type base, and a pretty good one. It's interestingly sweet against the tart and floral aspects.
The flavor showcases the sane malt-forwardness but with a bit more bitterness from the hops than in the aroma. The cranberry is likewise strong. Unfortunately, toward the end of each sip, something about the tartness and the bitterness clashes to make a pithy sort of sour bitterness that's less pleasant on the back of the tongue and throat.
Both crispness and smoothness come in moderation. The body holds up with about medium strength, but feels (not terribly, but somewhat) thin particularly at the middle of the tongue. (1,140 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, dated "enjoy by 02/15/13", served in a Sam Adams lager glass.
A: The beer has a complementary reddish tint in the otherwise deep amber, clear ale. Decent, renewable tan head.
Cranberries evident in the fruity flavor and aroma, as well as in the not-so-subtle tartness. The flavor more clearly reflects cranberry than does the more vaguely fruity aroma.
Some hop bitterness is apparent. Crisp, slightly astringent feel with near medium body and medium carbonation.
My favorite aspect is the rather marked transition from momentarily sweet to tart and, with different timing, from tart fruit flavor to a more balanced and bready/malty aftertaste. Well crafted, and perhaps a bit better than expected, but there may be only so far one can go with a cranberry ale. (778 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a beautiful ruby brown with a nice light fluffy head that sits as a quarter of a finger width with almost-eggshell white coloring. The beer’s body is clear of any particles and quite translucent, despite its darker red-brown coloring. On the nose, this beer smells tartly fruity with some underlying stale grains. It’s not an overpowering smell, but the cranberry does tinge more towards the artificial side of the smell. On the tongue, the beer tastes light on the flavors with some light tartness from the cranberry, some bitters coming through, and a touch of bready yeast. The beer begins with slowly growing tart fruit which comes to a fuller, though still light, flavor in the middle of the taste and then mingles with light and stale bready malts for a while, the finish is nicely fruity, almost like a juice, while the aftertaste rings with a light tart tingle. On the mouth, the beer feels a little fierce with effervescence. The beer is light to medium in body, and fizzles off the tongue into a foam, which is odd… The mouth is left slightly puckering with tart, and definitely dry all over the tongue. Overall, I think I may have an old bottle of this beer, between the stale malts and the subdued flavors, something felt off. The beer is definitely light and easy to drink, and some of the cranberry juice does come through stronger after the beer has left the mouth, but it is a little too off in flavors for my taste. I’ll try to give this one another review with next year’s version. (1,524 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear red-orange color. The creamy white head retains well. Thin rings of lacing.

S: A whiff of tart cranberries, a biscuity and slightly bready malt aroma, and a light scent of oily hops. Maybe a pinch of cocoa.

T: Tart, slightly puckering and astringent cranberry nestled in amongst understated malt tastes of biscuit, bread crust, and a pinch of cocoa and nuttiness. Hops additions are restrained, as they should be, and add oily and floral tastes with a very slight herbal backing. Very dry finish of biscuit, crust, and fading tart cranberries.

M: Medium bodied, slight firmness of malt texture. Somewhat creamy. Crisp bite of aggressive carbonation off-sets the cranberry astringency somewhat. The mouthfeel is right for this beer.

O: I thought I remembered this beer being darker and more malt forward in years past, but maybe I'm wrong. At any rate, it's as good of a cranberry beer as I've ever had, though I guess that isn't saying much. It feels a little too restrained, in the malt department specifically. (1,081 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this grateful harvest from harpoon pours a really nice looking golden brown. not much head or lacing. the smell is not very prominent, it smells like a decent ale with hints of cranberry mixed in. the taste of this beer is a good bitter ale, and the cranberry bitterness you get at the end is a nice pairing. this beer has a really full flavor that i like. it fills your mouth up. the cranberry is not over whelming at all just a hint of flavor on the back of a strong ale. i always look forward to harpoon's pumpkin ale in the fall... now i can drift from that one to this one, the grateful harvest is another solid brew. (622 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tick provided by Thorpe and Thorpette, love you guys. Bad but in sort of a bizarre way, I don't get a lot of cranberry but some, it is sweet and dry but with this odd flavor throughout that is off putting, not a repeat.

Beer is amber / reddish and clear, whitish head of small bubbles. some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is sweet, no cranberry, mostly just yeast and malt at this point.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet but dry on the end, leaving this odd aftertaste that lingers. Not a fan, not a repeat. Glad I got to try it but I'm gladder I didn't buy a six pack. (576 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, developed a decent head which lasted a short time and did lace. Appearance was a dark, clear amber with a biscuit froth. Aroma was mils, of bred and spice. Taste was a bit grainy with hop and fruit notes, almost like a lager. Mouthfeel was medium and a bit carbonated with a mild, dry aftertaste. (322 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant reddish amber with a half inch ivory had that leaves sheets of lacing.

Sweet caramel malt and toffee are accented by a hint of cranberry on the aroma.

Flavor reveals more sweetness throughout, with a hit of cranberry early, which disappears mid palate and resurfaces weaker at the finish. There's a touch of bitterness and pepper at the end, but the balance is decidedly sweet.

Body is moderate, fairly worty, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Overall, not as much cranberry wallop as anticipated. It's slightly cloying, but the cranberry flavor is well represented. The finish is a bit odd and abrupt. (644 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a crystal clear reddish orange color and a short 1/2" head. No lace here at all.

Smell: a very faint fruit aroma is all you can detect here.

Taste: grassy malt profile with some very mild cranberry flavor that is tough to discern. Bitterness is mild too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: this beer didn't have the cranberry flavor I expected. The beer was very easy to drink but didn't satisfy. (494 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ive got to admit, this was a let down for me. i felt the cranberry made the beer acidic and unsettling, not richer and more nuanced. the pour was darker than anticipated, with a red glow under a bright clear caramel colored body and a short white head. the nose is just odd, sweetish from both malts and fruit juice, but also tart and dry, total contradiction and i find it overwhelming. the flavor isnt bad, malt meets ocean spray. some good elements, but i think the heavy malt does the cranberry profile no justice. ill bet a cranberry ipa brewed with sorachi ace or citra would do much better. for now, its just sort of there, out of whack. the finish is more cranberry, but it again seems out of place. good carbonation though and a pleasant medium body. some people might love this, but i didnt find it coming together as well as i hoped. ive got five more of these in the box though, so maybe i will grow into it... (922 characters)

Photo of hdofu
1.64/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

To the "wants" out there let me give you a heads up, this beer is a disgusting mess of flavors that don't work together.
It pours a copper color with a thin white head. It smells a bit of cranberry but mostly this horrible medicinal smell. Taste is like cranberry flavored cough syrup.... it truly is a disgusting taste to behold, I'd have given it a 1 but it at least tastes like cranberry so I gave it a half a star for that. It pretty crisp. Overall I'd say its like medicine more then beer and since theres no reason to take this as a medicine, I wouldn't recommend getting it. (581 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown with scarce white foam that settles quickly. Theres a dark red streak throughout. Cranberry sauce smell, like opening one of those jellied cans. Light tart open with an earthy malt close. Some hop buried in there. Leaves one thinking like a big glass of cranberry juice was just finished.

Nice concept, but kind of oddly glommed together and never really quite reaches the destination. (458 characters)

Photo of wedge
2.15/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear copper with a nice looking, fluffy head and solid lacing. Smells, initially, like dry erase markers. Yeah. Lightly sweet berries, mild caramel, and earthiness. Bitter, husky, faintly berry-like flavor. Medium bodied with some crispness. Blah - not feeling this one at all. Not much cranberry coming through, this just seems kind of harsh and...bad. (354 characters)

Photo of hipcat
2.38/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2012 release...poured from a 12oz bottle into a fluted 10oz glass.

Harpoon describes this as a Cranberry Amber Ale with a malty, semi-sweet taste. Have to say I was very disappointed. This was neither malty or sweet. It was predominantly (overly) bitter -with a hint of cranberry. Was hoping for something like New Belgium Frambozen (except with cranberry), but it was not to be. Poured nice - deep amber with crisp lingering head but flavor-wise, was a big disappointment. Not even sure I should push it on guests. (516 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
2.18/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- dark brown to slight copper red in color, very little head off leaves a thin lacing of white on top,

Smell- slight sour smell, faint cranberries,

Taste- starts off with a little bit of sweetness that quickly fades into long sourness on the finish, its not super tart but its definitely the profound flavor of the beer and the finish, theres something of this beer to me thats just off in flavor, doesnt really work the tartness and ending finish i find be quite unpleasant.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied pretty smooth and slick, low carbonation

OVerall/drinkability- To me this beer was a miss, it just had something off to me about the flavor im not sure if it was the tartness which would be expected some what in the beer but just was overall off putting, this is certainly not a beer I would ever buy again or recommend people try but maybe its just not my taste, not looking to finishing the rest this sixer, (927 characters)

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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
77 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.