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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of Rusty_Pabst
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Rusty_Pabst, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of CyBEERooster
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

CyBEERooster, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

archero, Jan 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

cliff1066, Jan 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

chinchill, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Maxwell
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Maxwell, Jan 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

mth44sc, Jan 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

genovm, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear red-orange color. The creamy white head retains well. Thin rings of lacing.

S: A whiff of tart cranberries, a biscuity and slightly bready malt aroma, and a light scent of oily hops. Maybe a pinch of cocoa.

T: Tart, slightly puckering and astringent cranberry nestled in amongst understated malt tastes of biscuit, bread crust, and a pinch of cocoa and nuttiness. Hops additions are restrained, as they should be, and add oily and floral tastes with a very slight herbal backing. Very dry finish of biscuit, crust, and fading tart cranberries.

M: Medium bodied, slight firmness of malt texture. Somewhat creamy. Crisp bite of aggressive carbonation off-sets the cranberry astringency somewhat. The mouthfeel is right for this beer.

O: I thought I remembered this beer being darker and more malt forward in years past, but maybe I'm wrong. At any rate, it's as good of a cranberry beer as I've ever had, though I guess that isn't saying much. It feels a little too restrained, in the malt department specifically.

ryan1788a5, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of mattkoon
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this grateful harvest from harpoon pours a really nice looking golden brown. not much head or lacing. the smell is not very prominent, it smells like a decent ale with hints of cranberry mixed in. the taste of this beer is a good bitter ale, and the cranberry bitterness you get at the end is a nice pairing. this beer has a really full flavor that i like. it fills your mouth up. the cranberry is not over whelming at all just a hint of flavor on the back of a strong ale. i always look forward to harpoon's pumpkin ale in the fall... now i can drift from that one to this one, the grateful harvest is another solid brew.

mattkoon, Dec 27, 2012
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3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tick provided by Thorpe and Thorpette, love you guys. Bad but in sort of a bizarre way, I don't get a lot of cranberry but some, it is sweet and dry but with this odd flavor throughout that is off putting, not a repeat.

Beer is amber / reddish and clear, whitish head of small bubbles. some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is sweet, no cranberry, mostly just yeast and malt at this point.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet but dry on the end, leaving this odd aftertaste that lingers. Not a fan, not a repeat. Glad I got to try it but I'm gladder I didn't buy a six pack.

drabmuh, Dec 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

retreminy, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Huffs
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.

Huffs, Dec 16, 2012
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.

barczar, Dec 14, 2012
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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.

Gavage, Dec 12, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

bshiban, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

bradcochran1234, Dec 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

UltimateLivewire, Dec 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

SmokeyJoesCafe, Dec 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

BigRob329, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Drunkelstiltskin, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -8.5%

st9647v3, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
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...

StonedTrippin, Nov 27, 2012
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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.

hdofu, Nov 26, 2012
Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
76 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.