Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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:
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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1.63/5  rDev -50.3%
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.

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2/5  rDev -39%

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2/5  rDev -39%

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2/5  rDev -39%

Photo of Stunner97
2.1/5  rDev -36%
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,

Photo of wedge
2.15/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Thanksgiving Day beer tasting at Bro's house.

Photo of rangerred
2.28/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a one finger tan head. Good lacing and head retention.

Smell is of very tart fruit. There is a tiny bit of malt that comes through.

The flavor is very tart. Way too heavy on the cranberries here. I cannot really detect any malt at all. The beer finished crisp and dry with no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel is light.

This is just not my kind of beer. The cranberries and accompanying tartness is way over the top.

Photo of hipcat
2.33/5  rDev -29%
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.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Out of a bottle in early January this beer was a reddish copper color with a slightly pink tinted head. The retention and lacing were sub-par. The aroma did have some cranberries, but only very faintly. The rest was all amber ale/brown ale. Nice malt profile, even if rather generic. Sadly, I instantly thought the flavors were mediocre. I tasted too much tartness and bitterness from the cranberries followed by alotta generic malt with little backbone. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation average. I get the feeling mine was old or poorly kept, but this beer just didn't have anything to be proud of aside from its motives in my opinion.

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, cranberries, some hops and some maple and spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a mildly tart cranberry flavor comes in along with some semi-sweet flavors of caramel and maple. The hops presence is mild but there's not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, I expected to find a more powerful cranberry flavor and was pleasantly surprised when I did not, however overall it's just not a good beer.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.56/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of soulfly1492
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Bitter fruit, cranberry, bitter cherries. A bit funky, can't quite put a finger on the source though. Some bitter apple also in the mix.

Appearance: Pale purple. Pours a large off-white head. Intense lacing.

Taste: Bitter apples and grape. A bit odd, like a mix of grape juice and soda. Dissapointed.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Mildly drying. Low carbonation.

Overall: I had to try this even though I couldn't imagine cranberry doing too well in a beer. I should have known better. Nice try, but this did not succeed on any level.

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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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