Harpoon Celtic Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Celtic AleHarpoon Celtic Ale
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Harpoon Celtic AleHarpoon Celtic Ale

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep amber color. The flavor is malty and complex. Celtic Ale has a moderate hop finish that, along with the generous amounts of malt, makes for a medium bodied, smooth, rich beer. Try serving Celtic Ale with a hearty stew… the beer’s robust character will complement the bold flavors.

25 IBU

Added by barleywinebrewer on 01-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 769 |  Reviews: 365
Photo of Clydesdale
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a bit of visible carbonation. A fairly large, frothy off-white head with good retention, leaving a solid amount of lacing.

S: Grainy, bready malt sweetness at first. Floral and herbal hop nose. Some vague fruity aromas, as well as a vaguely musty, yeasty smell.

T: Sweet, bready malts up front. A kiss of floral and herbal hops that stretches on into the finish. Some bland fruitiness and notes of brewed tea. Some riding graininess near the finish.

M: Medium-thin in body. Clean and somewhat crisp, with moderate carbonation. A bit of dry, astringent graininess into the aftertaste.

D: This is easy to drink, although it's somewhat thin and one-dimensional. Like many other Harpoon offerings, it's a bit above average across the board, but nothing stellar.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods in Birmingham. Looks good in a glass with amber overtones. Smells earthy with nut, vanilla, and caramel in the mix. Tastes exactly the same. While this beer is smooth and sessionable, there is just not a lot going on in the flavor department. Reminds me of a brown ale. Still better than most big macros out there.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber-orange color with a finger of tan-brown head. The head fades down to a solid ring leaving behind some lacing in the process.

S - Aroma is full of sweet roasted caramel and bread malts. There is a bit of spices and some banana in the background. Touch of brown sugar.

T - Starts off with a blend of some sweet caramel malts and some spices. There is a touch of bread in the background. Through the middle some brown sugar sweetness and a touch of yeast that come through. The finish is a bit of caramel and spices that linger.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch watery but the finish feels really pleasant on the tongue, with the right amount of spice.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors could have used a touch more of a hit, though the spices were a nice addition, they weren't quite perfect and enough on their own.

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Photo of Beric
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 2 January 2014

Appearance: Looks good. Nice coloring and a solid head when pouring that didn't stick around very long.

Smell: Very malty- caramel and brown sugar seem to be pretty dominant in the nose.

Taste: Very similar in taste to the nose- caramel and brown sugar, maybe some dark pumpernickel bready characteristics too. Finishes very dry.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. I would have preferred this one to be a bit smoother to be honest.

Overall: An okay beer, but not my favorite. Tastes similar to a doppelbock in terms of overall malt profile. Maltier than an Oktoberfest, but sweeter than a doppelbock.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium amber body with transparency and a thin white layer of bubbles on top.

S- Rich caramel malt aroma, not much else going on.

T- Caramel malt dominates the taste with a slight hop presence to balance out the flavor.

M- Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

O- Decent beer, but nothing great.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear deep copper to amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some golden orange + red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering about 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts with a touch of light fruit sweetness and some floral hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted caramel malts with a hint of light fruit sweetness. Light amounts of earthy and floral hops towards the finish which impart a light amount of bitterness that fades rather quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Pretty easy to drink and a little better than other offerings in the Irish red style. Not a favorite for me but I could easily have a couple of these in a single session.

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Photo of braican
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sellen
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby amber with a thin layer of soft, creamy, white head that fades away. There are a ton of carbonation bubbles that rise to the top when first poured. The nose has a sweet, rich, caramel malt note. The flavor is caramel malt, sweet, toasted malt, and faint butterscotch. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and smooth.

This is a decent beer. I would definitely have a few of these with my St. Patty's celebration.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with a decent head and a little lacing.

Smell is primarily malty with some caramel undertones, slight citrus aroma.

Taste is malty upfront, slight hop bitterness, nothing too complex for this red ale, easy going down with a good carbonation level.

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Photo of erosier
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with red highlights and a nice off-white head with a decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. It smells of nice roasted malts and hops. Good aroma for an Irish Red. The taste is pretty good. A nice sweet and malty base finishing off with some eathier hops. Not bad for an Irish Red, but not what I was expecting. Still a good beer though. It has a nice mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation for a beer like this. It is also pretty drinkable as I could have a few of these and I would probably get this again.

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Photo of LarryV
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light malty aroma with the faintest bit of fruity hoppiness in the background. Pours an attractive red amber color with minor head.
Taste is all about malt with a caramel overtone, very subdued hop flavor. Not a bad drinking brew, but not exciting enough to want me running back for more. Probably a good macro cross over beer.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the tap.

The color is a amber/red color, with a foamy white head.

The smell is malty, with a little bready yeast smell.

The taste is malty, with some fruity flavors mixed with some hop bitterness.

This a real good irish red. A seasonal beer that is well bodied and has a nice even feel to it.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/04/05- Received from BA member Spinlock upon his return from Boston.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dating listed. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Dark amber pour with a 1/2 inch white head and decent lacing.

Smell- Mostly a heavy malt scent.

Taste- Mildly sweet malt, maybe a bit roasted and toasted. Definite caramel as well. Slight pine hop taste as well.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation with a slick and smooth feel.

Drinkability- Perfectly adequate red ale. But nothing special really popped into my head while drinking it.

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Photo of slyke
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon Celtic Ale pours a nice red color with an inch of pillowy light tan head.

The smell is a little grassy. The taste is a touch sweet, but nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is a light-bodied, easy drinking.

Overall this is nice beer. Nothing to complain about.

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Photo of ark57
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is ruby colored with a brownish tint and an off-white head that lasts. The aroma is very fruity with some malt and caramel. Banana and cherry are among the fruity flavors I detect with the esters. The medium to full body has little to hop character, but there is a bitterness that helps balance out the maltiness. An easy drinker, but not my favorite.

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Photo of ism
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an effervescent 1-finger tan head that quickly fizzles away. Body is a pleasing clear, copper with very subtle red highlights. There was no lacing. Nose is sweet with caramel malt and just a hint of spicey hoppage. Good carbonation up front, body is medium-full on the tongue, surprisingly not as sweet as the nose indicates, nicely balanced caramel and spicey Nugget hop. Goes down smooth, with a dry finish and lingering spicyness. Quality, but a pretty boring recipe, not interesting enough to want to pack a second into a session.

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Photo of MikeTaz
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Poured deep red and clear with little head that evaporated quickly.

Crisp, clean taste. Slightly hoppy, very understated. Hits the front of the tongue. Very refreshing on the palate, thin mouth feel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of scootny
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lovely clear red amber ale wit a good head and nice lacing. Nose carries aromas of caramel malt light sweetness and some toasted whole grain bread. A light fruitiness blooms as it warms up and indeed this is a beer best served at cool rather than cold temperatures to allow the flavors to develop. Speaking of flavors the taste is nicely malty with lots of caramel malt and chewy breadiness. There is a mild sweetness and firm yeasty fruitiness that is a hallmark of good UK style brewing. This one gets better as it warms. Finish is clean with a touch of metal and lingering toast and grains. Feel is medium light with a smooth and lightly effervescent carbonation. This is a beer that touts itself for St. Patty's day and it is more that up to the task.

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Photo of DJoe
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beerinator
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish Caramel Red. Offwhite rocky head with decent retention.

Aroma: Caramel, malty, very sweet. Malty candy.

Taste: Finishes a lot dryer than expected from the aroma. Not a whole lot of body. Bit of caramel with tingly dryness near the end. Clean.

Notes: Pretty good beer to drink four or five of. Very drinkable. A bit decieving on the body side, considering how sweet the aroma is.

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Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a tulip glass. best before 06/15/12.

pours out a clear deep red, bronze color. somewhat a fizzy one fingers worth of head, off white, that settles eventually to a thin ring and patchy foam.

metallic biscuity, bready malt is mostly what i get in the aroma. fruit esters as well and maybe a touch of caramel.

follows the aroma. biscuit, bread crust with slight hint of toffee and metal. just enough citric, slight herbal hops to balance. and a little fruity esters as well.

some what of a sharp, crisp finish and a high amount of slightly bitey carbonation. slightly fuller side of light bodied. very good drinkability.

nothing to really get excited over, somewhat of a bland style. i could see this appealing to macro drinkers trying to convert, exspecially those who enjoy yuengling lager, almost the same beer with an ale yeast and maybe the slightest bit more body, but tis the season...

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Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Garrettshu
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 34.3% out of 100 with 769 ratings
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