Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 10-11-2010)
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4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: Lots of cranberry in the smell, with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of cranberries (no surprise there), along with a little malt and hops. Certainly not a multidimensional flavor, but somehow highly enjoyable.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you like cranberries, check this beer out. It's not a super-complex piece of brewing, but is definitely very tasty.

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4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a six-pack at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear copper body with about an inch of short-lived off-white head that clings to the side of the glass. Smell is light but has hints of cranberry and chocolate. Tastes like cranberry with malty toasty notes dominating and a semi-sweet finish. Light to medium in body with ample carbonation. Reminds me more of a light brown ale with cranberry. Is a super-easy drinker and would pair great with a holiday meal I think. Kudos, Harpoon!

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4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, small head that dissipates quickly. Minimal to no lacing. Pours mostly amber with a very faint reddish hue, presumably from the cranberries.

S: Medium malt smell, with the faint fruity smell from a combination of the cranberries and other fruity esters.

T: Crisp, clean taste at the start, a bit of a pungent tartness at the middle to end, but finishes very dry, making you thirsting for more.

M: Medium body, low/light carbonation.

Overall, very impressed with this beer. Surprised at how well the cranberry plays off it without really being overpowering. Also, unlike some other cranberry beers, this doesn't seem to overpower with cranberry tartness, nor is it backsweetened.

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4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the fruit beers that have a good fruit taste without overpowering the beer. The Harpoon cranberry ale hits it spot on. Cranberries can be tangy and sour at times, and this beer captures the great flavor of cranberry but mixes nicely with the ale. Will hope to have this as a new seasonal house beer. Served at a party last weekend and it was a big hit.

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4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Jever flute at probably somewhat low temperature of around 38-40F.

A: Clear Amber, about a finger of head dissipates within 1 minute. Decent lacing.

S: Mostly toasted malts, some fruity acidity

T: Oh, my. Malt profile of a good malty Marzen with plenty of toasted biscuit flavors at front of the tongue balanced with plenty of crisp fruity cranberry acidity at the back of the tounge. Hops are barely noticeable even though it is rated at 25 IBUs except for background bitterness, but they are not needed for balance in this beer. Overall this is a beer that gives a fresh and full taste profile.

M: Medium body on this one is balanced more by the acidity than by carbonation, making this a highly drinkable beer. The flavor is a bit forward though, probably capping a session at 2-3 beers would be appropriate.

Overall, I'm very positively impressed

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3.98/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a very, very deep amber/cranberry color with a faint off-white head with some tiny bubbles on top.

S: Aroma consists of a malt sweetness and a cranberry tart, with a hint of oak at the end. If you said cherries, you are dead wrong!

T: Nice malty, cranberry flavor with a hint of Vanilla and Oak at the end.

M: Sweet yet cream, lots of carbonation in the pour, but dies down during the review.

O: Being from cranberry country, it is a treat to have a cranberry craft that not everyone else can get. Its a New England thing! The only other one it its kind I have tried was Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic. Both are Bostons finest breweries, both have great harvest beers and appreciate the craftsmanship of duplicating the harvest season, cheers!

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3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice, this is a dark reddish-tinted brown beer with a small head (despite vigorous pouring). The nose is pleasant, offering some nice hints of cranberry, but nothing overwhelming, along with sweet malt. The taste continues this theme: cranberry is present, but never dominates. I like that in a fruit beer. Good malt presence, and bitterness offers an offset to any sweetness from the fruit or the malt. A very drinkable beer.

I think this is only my second cranberry beer. The first was the hideous, cloyingly sweet Sam Adams "cranberry lambic" of the 1990s. This is a pretty decent beer that doesn't hit you over the head with fruit.

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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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