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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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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Photo of Huffs

New York

3.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, developed a decent head which lasted a short time and did lace. Appearance was a dark, clear amber with a biscuit froth. Aroma was mils, of bred and spice. Taste was a bit grainy with hop and fruit notes, almost like a lager. Mouthfeel was medium and a bit carbonated with a mild, dry aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 01:39:19 | More by Huffs
Photo of barczar


3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant reddish amber with a half inch ivory had that leaves sheets of lacing.

Sweet caramel malt and toffee are accented by a hint of cranberry on the aroma.

Flavor reveals more sweetness throughout, with a hit of cranberry early, which disappears mid palate and resurfaces weaker at the finish. There's a touch of bitterness and pepper at the end, but the balance is decidedly sweet.

Body is moderate, fairly worty, with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Overall, not as much cranberry wallop as anticipated. It's slightly cloying, but the cranberry flavor is well represented. The finish is a bit odd and abrupt.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 07:12:29 | More by barczar
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a crystal clear reddish orange color and a short 1/2" head. No lace here at all.

Smell: a very faint fruit aroma is all you can detect here.

Taste: grassy malt profile with some very mild cranberry flavor that is tough to discern. Bitterness is mild too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: this beer didn't have the cranberry flavor I expected. The beer was very easy to drink but didn't satisfy.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 00:48:41 | More by Gavage
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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

12-09-2012 01:44:00 | More by bshiban
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

12-07-2012 22:52:12 | More by bradcochran1234
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-07-2012 22:12:05 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of SmokeyJoesCafe

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

12-03-2012 04:50:51 | More by SmokeyJoesCafe
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

12-02-2012 22:51:59 | More by BigRob329
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-01-2012 22:11:58 | More by Drunkelstiltskin
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.5%

11-30-2012 00:48:46 | More by st9647v3
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3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ive got to admit, this was a let down for me. i felt the cranberry made the beer acidic and unsettling, not richer and more nuanced. the pour was darker than anticipated, with a red glow under a bright clear caramel colored body and a short white head. the nose is just odd, sweetish from both malts and fruit juice, but also tart and dry, total contradiction and i find it overwhelming. the flavor isnt bad, malt meets ocean spray. some good elements, but i think the heavy malt does the cranberry profile no justice. ill bet a cranberry ipa brewed with sorachi ace or citra would do much better. for now, its just sort of there, out of whack. the finish is more cranberry, but it again seems out of place. good carbonation though and a pleasant medium body. some people might love this, but i didnt find it coming together as well as i hoped. ive got five more of these in the box though, so maybe i will grow into it...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 04:11:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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1.63/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

To the "wants" out there let me give you a heads up, this beer is a disgusting mess of flavors that don't work together.
It pours a copper color with a thin white head. It smells a bit of cranberry but mostly this horrible medicinal smell. Taste is like cranberry flavored cough syrup.... it truly is a disgusting taste to behold, I'd have given it a 1 but it at least tastes like cranberry so I gave it a half a star for that. It pretty crisp. Overall I'd say its like medicine more then beer and since theres no reason to take this as a medicine, I wouldn't recommend getting it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 21:52:32 | More by hdofu
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown with scarce white foam that settles quickly. Theres a dark red streak throughout. Cranberry sauce smell, like opening one of those jellied cans. Light tart open with an earthy malt close. Some hop buried in there. Leaves one thinking like a big glass of cranberry juice was just finished.

Nice concept, but kind of oddly glommed together and never really quite reaches the destination.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 15:25:33 | More by KTCamm
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.5%

11-24-2012 23:05:42 | More by smonice
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

11-23-2012 22:54:43 | More by Gww1864
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North Carolina

2.15/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear copper with a nice looking, fluffy head and solid lacing. Smells, initially, like dry erase markers. Yeah. Lightly sweet berries, mild caramel, and earthiness. Bitter, husky, faintly berry-like flavor. Medium bodied with some crispness. Blah - not feeling this one at all. Not much cranberry coming through, this just seems kind of harsh and...bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 18:49:09 | More by wedge
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

11-22-2012 02:40:34 | More by harrynuggs
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3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

11-21-2012 16:00:06 | More by Navalartichoke
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4/5  rDev +22%

11-21-2012 15:10:42 | More by Wally1912
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-19-2012 15:29:32 | More by ValTass
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North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2012 release...poured from a 12oz bottle into a fluted 10oz glass.

Harpoon describes this as a Cranberry Amber Ale with a malty, semi-sweet taste. Have to say I was very disappointed. This was neither malty or sweet. It was predominantly (overly) bitter -with a hint of cranberry. Was hoping for something like New Belgium Frambozen (except with cranberry), but it was not to be. Poured nice - deep amber with crisp lingering head but flavor-wise, was a big disappointment. Not even sure I should push it on guests.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 22:40:55 | More by hipcat
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New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- dark brown to slight copper red in color, very little head off leaves a thin lacing of white on top,

Smell- slight sour smell, faint cranberries,

Taste- starts off with a little bit of sweetness that quickly fades into long sourness on the finish, its not super tart but its definitely the profound flavor of the beer and the finish, theres something of this beer to me thats just off in flavor, doesnt really work the tartness and ending finish i find be quite unpleasant.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied pretty smooth and slick, low carbonation

OVerall/drinkability- To me this beer was a miss, it just had something off to me about the flavor im not sure if it was the tartness which would be expected some what in the beer but just was overall off putting, this is certainly not a beer I would ever buy again or recommend people try but maybe its just not my taste, not looking to finishing the rest this sixer,

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 20:42:51 | More by Stunner97
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

11-16-2012 01:58:58 | More by Stein1274
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3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber with a red tint and slightly off-white thin head.

S: Cranberries really jump out of the glass. There is also a citrus edge and sweet malt.

T: Cranberries are prominent all the way through from beginning to end. The sweetness of the fruit quickly changes to tart and a bit of bitterness joins in the finish.

M: Medium

O: It tells you it is a cranberry ale, and it certainly is. The cranberry dominates the aroma and the taste profile. There is some balance as the sweet does quickly give over to the tart. It has a bit of zing, but the finish cloys the tongue. I think it would be good with Thanksgiving (turkey and stuffing in particular), which was the point of the ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 22:39:04 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of thecheapies


3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Auburn brew with a lovely foam crown. Great clarity. Looks crisp.

Alright... the nose is brightly metallic with a crisp tart cranberry note. Offers some toasted bread in its maltiness with just that hint of fruit.

Steely in flavor with those toasty cereals priming the palate. The cranberry is a kiss of fruitiness and a light slap of crispness, all well in-tune with a mild autumn ale. A little heavy metal in the mouth that couples with some tangy hop bitterness. One-note, but self-serving.

Decent feel. Crisp, but trying to take down. Light-bodied to allow the carbonation to accentuate.

Not my kind of autumn ale, but it satisfies. Thin with malts and hops to allow the cranberry note to tickle the flavor. Okay.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 15:15:39 | More by thecheapies
Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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