Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.75/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
12-16-2013 15:34:13 | More by NeroFiddled
2.56/5 rDev -22%
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.
11-23-2013 04:15:39 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.36/5 rDev +2.4%
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
11-14-2013 07:22:24 | More by BEERMILER12
3.14/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
11-07-2013 01:30:50 | More by Darkmagus82
2.8/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
10-27-2013 00:02:30 | More by Fergyx825
Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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