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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 244
Avg: 3.31
pDev: 14.8%
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 avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +26%
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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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
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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Photo of chrislehr
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
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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Photo of osukeller
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
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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Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Photo of atlason
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
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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Photo of allengarvin
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
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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Photo of tvv375ia
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice auburn color with less than a finger of head that left a small amount of lacing as it faded to a thin film

S-a fruity smell that hints at cranberry but not overpowering with a little malt

T-much like the smell, not overpowering cranberry but there is some there followed with the malt that balances the cranberry nicely

M-nice carbonation without a dry bitter finish

O-can't really taste much in the way of hops but the cranberry does a nice job of balancing the malt, very drinkable not too sweet fruit beer

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Photo of mattkoon
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 6pk at the VT brewery during Octoberfest.
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color is a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. Very small amount of white head with small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was slightly sweet and cranberry like with a bit of wheat in there. Taste started off very clean with a bit of cranberry juice flavor. Slightly tart with some wheat flavor. A bit of cranberry tartness lingered in the mouth. Felt clean in the mouth, nicely carbonated. May have been a touch thin, but not bad. Very drinkable, would go well with a thanksgiving meal.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz glass
Best by 01/15/11 (this is a freshy!)

Pours an amber brown with some light orange highlights on the bottom of the glass. A fluffy head forms rather quickly, nice trails of sticky lace.

Malty nose, kinda sweet and fruity.

A brown sugar and caramel malt backbone with an interesting cranberry finish. The cranberry flavors are certainly there, lending a bitter sweet completion. Nice hop presence as well.

Quite drinkable and better than I was expecting. The 5.9% ABV is well hidden too.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on bottle neck. Served in a SA Perfect pint glass.
Pours an orange-hued amber color with a fast-fading off-white, pink-tinted head.
The smell at first pour is of dried hops. a smell of cranberry sauce floats in, carried on a bready malt foundation.
The flavors are a bit conflicting at first. A citrusy and resinous hop bitterness runs parallel to the tartness of the cranberry puree. Alas, the flavors begin the blend a bit as it warms. The mild malt backbone is revealed, yet never asserts itself. A bit of honey-like sweetness rolls forward and lies beneath. It's pretty good!
I expected to be disappointed, but am instead fairly pleased.
I enjoyed a gingersnap cookie with this beer!

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Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an exceptionally clear, dark amber-colored beer with a slight reddish-tint, Not much of a head or lacing but the clarity makes for a nice-looking brew.

Aroma is appealingly malty, with the faintest hint of tart cranberry. Toasty, a little sweet, fairly simple nose.

Taste is also pretty simple, with toasty, bready malt in the front and subdued cranberry notes that add a touch of both sweetness and tartness. The fruit is subtle and blends well with the other flavors. Hops and bitterness are quite low.

Crisp, refreshing beer with medium carbonation and a thin to medium body. Clean finish, easy to drink, very well made. Not at all complex but easily sessionable and very appealing. I was surprised at how much I liked this beer; a nice antidote to a recent glut of big, palate-wrecking booze and hop bombs. Perfect for a late afternoon fall get-together with some nuts, crackers, or other light snacks. Helping to fund food banks makes this ever better during the holiday season.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber brown, clear in color with a slight bit of head that turns to a bubbly lace ring. Carbonation is big though with no sticky lacing.

S - Smells like a brown ale brewed with cranberries. Tart smelling also.

T - Mostly tart cranberries with a malt profile to remind you it's a beer. Pretty spot on.

M - Light to medium pretty perfect for a fruit beer.

Overall not a bad beer at all in fact I enjoy it as much as the cranberry ale my Rivertowne brewed one but this one has a more standard ABV. Worth a try indeed.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a short lasting, thin, white head. Aroma is of dark fruit, cranberries caramel malt. Medium, crisp body. Taste is of dark fruit, cranberries, spices, caramel, brown sugar and earthy hops. Nice brew for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the first "Thanksgiving" seasonals I can remember seeing one, and a pretty good one at that. A pretty sour beer, with a nice touch of cranberry, it's a bit tart but finishes pretty clean. Definitely not overpoweringly tart like the infamous SA Cranberry Lambic, it's a pretty drinkable beer with a solid taste. Not the best beer by any means, but good all around and definitely different.

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Photo of bgjohnston
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a 6 pack of these and thought I would give it a try.

Pours a clear reddish amber with a small tan head that dies down pretty quickly, although the beer has good carbonation throughout. Does not have a strong aroma, but does hint at the fruit and sweet malt that delivers with a sip. Taste also brings with it a tangy, almost citrus-like fruitiness.

a nice, drinkable brew, even if I have been partial to stonger, hoppier beers of late.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack at the VT Oktoberfest.
Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep amber with reddish/brown hues. Off white half inch head at the most that quickly falls to a cap that stays. Lacing is actually very good.

S- Not too much in this area. Sweet malts mixed with an ever-so-slight hint of tart cranberry.

T- Pretty good actually. Malt sweetness is there, along with the slight cranberry tartness again. Little bitterness in the back end as well.

MF- Light to medium body with a good carbonation level. The tartness stays with you for a while in between sips.

D- Y'know, for what it's worth, this is actually a decent beer. I really didn't go in expecting much and it suprised me. This would be an easy beer to drink watching a game with the cooler weather coming on.

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Photo of imasloth
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an amber with a slightly reddish (cranberry) hue. Decent head to start, dissipates quickly, but leaves fair lacing.

S- Like a cranberry spritzer with the slight hint of malt. Both sweet and tart from the cranberry.

T- Starts with cranberry, then a sweet malt with cranberry tartness remaining throughout.

M- Light body, no discernible bitterness. Neither positive or negative.

O- I enjoy it much more than the rather plain Winter Warmer Harpoon does. I'd recommend it, not as a standard, but worth the yearly purchase of a sixer. User it to make Thanksgiving more bearable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am grateful to tone77 for bringing this over to me in yet another local trade. I am also grateful for beer in general. I did not harvest (or plant) anything last year, but who knows what I am going to do any time soon ...

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with cranberry puree"; ""This ale supports local food banks"; "Harpoon helps"; "A hint of New England cranberry tartness balances the malty sweetness of this medium-bodied auburn ale; the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving table."

Whoops! A couple of months past its stamped Best By date, but unless its horribly degraded like a recent hop-driven beer, I will be OK. Auburn, eh? I would have gone with deep-copper, but I like auburn, too. Copper highlights with NE-quality clarity. A finger of rocky light-tan head with good retention. I definitely got the cranberry tartness on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium with a light tartness on the tongue. I think that Ocean Spray would be tarter in comparison. It needed more cranberry! The malt was lost and the cranberry needed to be amped up, IMHO. Finish was dry, veddy dry, in fact. I must have missed the bog boat on the malty sweetness. Still, it needed MORE cranberry!

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Photo of Huffs
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-reddish color with a half-finger of off-white head. The head fades quickly to a ring leaving behind some spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of bready malts and some sweet and slightly sour cranberries. Could have used a bit more of a fresh fruit aroma, the aroma is a bit lacking for a cranberry ale.

T - Starts off with some sweet and slightly tart cranberry flavor and some background toffee malt. Through the middle, some light spices and join in. The finish is a mix of sweet fruit flavor and a touch of bitterness with a bit of malts in the background that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels a bit syrupy and a touch thick. Finish is tart and has some lingering sweetness.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors and balanced and light, and not too empty. Could have used a bit more fresh fruit flavor in there. The aroma was really lacking though.

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Photo of Kooz
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into a standard pint glass. Pours brown with a reddish tint to it. Some light tan head, never fully dissipates and leaves a sticky lacing.

Smells acidic--that must be the cranberry--it's nice though, not too sharp. Only one note though.

Tastes nice and refreshing. There is a distinct citrus flavor--it's tart but not sweet. There's a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it's still very good. I'm giving it a 4--it's nice.

Mouthfeel is average. It's not particularly bodied, but not watery either. I'd love for it to be creamier--the added body and foam would enhance flavors in a fruit-based beer like this.

This is a good beer. It's winter now, but I could see this being really nice in the summer. unfortunately, I'm thinking it's a winter seasonal. Still, I have been on a single beer a night kick lately, and I can't help having more than one of these...

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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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