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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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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jburd19

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-04-2013 15:25:40 | More by jburd19
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indy14jonesy

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

12-01-2013 18:45:13 | More by indy14jonesy
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

11-28-2013 04:56:43 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

11-28-2013 04:54:13 | More by acurtis
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Freemann

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

11-27-2013 03:35:33 | More by Freemann
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:15:39 | More by ThisWangsChung
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harryragg

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

11-21-2013 14:24:54 | More by harryragg
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Drknight

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-15-2013 20:29:54 | More by Drknight
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 07:22:24 | More by BEERMILER12
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

11-11-2013 02:48:23 | More by jjd315
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 01:30:50 | More by Darkmagus82
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

11-01-2013 02:09:09 | More by Botulizard
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NHhomebrewguy

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

10-31-2013 02:29:24 | More by NHhomebrewguy
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gwiedman1

New York

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

10-27-2013 21:27:06 | More by gwiedman1
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Fergyx825

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 00:02:30 | More by Fergyx825
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BPudd

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-21-2013 18:22:57 | More by BPudd
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samibr

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

10-20-2013 17:00:43 | More by samibr
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Kcman91

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-14-2013 00:07:37 | More by Kcman91
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-03-2013 18:54:20 | More by Kmlund
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Maine

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Texas

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-14-2013 23:32:48 | More by bosox2004
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Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

09-03-2013 00:14:03 | More by Basshooker
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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

08-03-2013 19:40:57 | More by JMAC45
Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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