Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.46/5 rDev +5.5%
A rusty red-orange-brown colored brew grows a thick, creamy head roughly one finger tall. It shows great density and retention, as it remains thick and its same height for some time, even making a nicely dense and thick island of foam. More lacing could have been left, but certainly no complaints overall.
There's a nice balance with an emphasis on malts in the nose. Cranberry tartness is as advertised. Hops are lighter and offer mostly floral notes. Lots of bread and toastiness come out. This seems to be a red ale-type base, and a pretty good one. It's interestingly sweet against the tart and floral aspects.
The flavor showcases the sane malt-forwardness but with a bit more bitterness from the hops than in the aroma. The cranberry is likewise strong. Unfortunately, toward the end of each sip, something about the tartness and the bitterness clashes to make a pithy sort of sour bitterness that's less pleasant on the back of the tongue and throat.
Both crispness and smoothness come in moderation. The body holds up with about medium strength, but feels (not terribly, but somewhat) thin particularly at the middle of the tongue.
03-09-2013 23:37:08 | More by Brenden
3.28/5 rDev 0%
12 oz bottle, dated "enjoy by 02/15/13", served in a Sam Adams lager glass.
A: The beer has a complementary reddish tint in the otherwise deep amber, clear ale. Decent, renewable tan head.
Cranberries evident in the fruity flavor and aroma, as well as in the not-so-subtle tartness. The flavor more clearly reflects cranberry than does the more vaguely fruity aroma.
Some hop bitterness is apparent. Crisp, slightly astringent feel with near medium body and medium carbonation.
My favorite aspect is the rather marked transition from momentarily sweet to tart and, with different timing, from tart fruit flavor to a more balanced and bready/malty aftertaste. Well crafted, and perhaps a bit better than expected, but there may be only so far one can go with a cranberry ale.
01-10-2013 22:22:07 | More by chinchill
3.08/5 rDev -6.1%
The beer pours a beautiful ruby brown with a nice light fluffy head that sits as a quarter of a finger width with almost-eggshell white coloring. The beer’s body is clear of any particles and quite translucent, despite its darker red-brown coloring. On the nose, this beer smells tartly fruity with some underlying stale grains. It’s not an overpowering smell, but the cranberry does tinge more towards the artificial side of the smell. On the tongue, the beer tastes light on the flavors with some light tartness from the cranberry, some bitters coming through, and a touch of bready yeast. The beer begins with slowly growing tart fruit which comes to a fuller, though still light, flavor in the middle of the taste and then mingles with light and stale bready malts for a while, the finish is nicely fruity, almost like a juice, while the aftertaste rings with a light tart tingle. On the mouth, the beer feels a little fierce with effervescence. The beer is light to medium in body, and fizzles off the tongue into a foam, which is odd… The mouth is left slightly puckering with tart, and definitely dry all over the tongue. Overall, I think I may have an old bottle of this beer, between the stale malts and the subdued flavors, something felt off. The beer is definitely light and easy to drink, and some of the cranberry juice does come through stronger after the beer has left the mouth, but it is a little too off in flavors for my taste. I’ll try to give this one another review with next year’s version.
01-06-2013 01:01:32 | More by Maxwell
Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
76 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.