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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | 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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3/5  rDev -8.5%

speak72, May 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +22%

zdogix, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

InspectorBob, Mar 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of dpgoblejr
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

dpgoblejr, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

beergod82, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Badger6
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: The body is a distinctly reddish-hued amber. Gave it a good pour, and pulled up about two fingers of head that receded to a broken up film on the surface of the beer. Almost no lacing.

S: Cranberries, like the label says. Dominant. Some maltiness comes through, but cranberries in every waft.

T: Really sweet. Starts out with malts and cranberry, gains some other fruits as it progresses. Not tart or sour like a lambic, though there is a little bit of that going on.

M: Light-medium body, well carbonated, not fizzy, but definitely buzzy.

O: For a beer touting cranberries I expected more tartness. Interesting take on a holiday beer aimed at Thanksgiving. I have to say that other than having it with a traditional holiday meal- turkey, ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, maybe some cranberry dressing...this is not an everyday beer, and that's good since it seems to only be available from mid-November to mid-December. The tie in with food banks is a nice touch.

Badger6, Jan 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

NerdDason, Jan 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

benloho, Jan 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

AJ01923, Jan 21, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

leonGomez, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep ruby amber, with a fair head and only slight (but attractive lace).

Nose is tart and subtle, but discernibly cranberry in character. Fair.

Taste is malty and sweet up front, with a hint of tart cranberry. But whereas many fruit-infused ales are over-sweet and overbearing, this one settles back and avoids that particular affliction. The cranberries are tart and sour, not sugary.

The aftertaste/finish is where this one loses me -- it's sour and leaves a somewhat unpleasant lingering flavor. So, although this seems to capture the essence of natural (unsweetened) cranberries, it's not completely there yet.

secondtooth, Jan 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

rdub, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Seasmom, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

nebula1999, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of TeamMathis
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Auburn or darker copper. Nonexistent head.
Smell: Dull/light cranberry.
Taste: Sweet and tart watery cranberry.

This was pretty unimpressive. The beer was pretty enough with its auburn, but it really had the look of sweet tea. The smell was a rather dull cranberry. It wasn't over-the-top, which isn't bad. But it was decent enough. The taste was honesty like a carbonated, watered-down cranberry tea or juice. It was ok for the first little bit, but then that sickly sweetness gets to you. I wouldn't get this again. Also, as I'm reviewing this, the perfecto cigar I'm enjoying falls off the tray, bounces with a back flip, and lands in the cat's water. Guess how happy that made me. I blame it on this fruity beer.

TeamMathis, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

cjgator3, Dec 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Marty91, Dec 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

AngusOg, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

civicm87, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Bjlps, Dec 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jburd19, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

indy14jonesy, Dec 01, 2013
Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
76 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.