Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.4/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
01-31-2014 01:55:52 | More by Badger6
3.21/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-04-2014 17:14:54 | More by secondtooth
3.48/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
12-29-2013 06:59:07 | More by TeamMathis
Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
76 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.