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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
76 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.