Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.38/5 rDev +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.
12-28-2012 23:05:25 | More by ryan1788a5
3.88/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
12-27-2012 19:42:19 | More by mattkoon
3.15/5 rDev -4%
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.
12-25-2012 03:07:55 | More by drabmuh
3.64/5 rDev +11%
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.
12-16-2012 01:39:19 | More by Huffs
3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
12-14-2012 07:12:29 | More by barczar
3.13/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
12-12-2012 00:48:41 | More by Gavage
3.4/5 rDev +3.7%
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...
11-27-2012 04:11:28 | More by StonedTrippin
1.63/5 rDev -50.3%
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.
11-26-2012 21:52:32 | More by hdofu
3.3/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
11-25-2012 15:25:33 | More by KTCamm
2.15/5 rDev -34.5%
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.
11-22-2012 18:49:09 | More by wedge
Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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