Harpoon Celtic Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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 scooter231
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Woo Irish beer. Reviewed by an Irish girl. An Irish redhead. Woo.

Pours an amberish color with hints or orange in the background, very very clear, some white head but runs away very quickly. Smell is tea-like- light, lemony tea, or iced tea. Moderate fruityness with a sweet, malty backbone and hops spread about.

Taste also reminds me of tea- kind of an iced tea/black tea hybrid with other stuff going on. That other stuff being fruity maltyness and a light amount of bitter hops in the finish. Some roasted/toasted flavors surface to give this beer a well-rounded flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbley, bordering on creamy. Slick near the end- very nice. I'd say this is pretty darned drinkable- it's tasty and not too heavy, it won't sneak up on you (assuming it sticks to style and is around 5%) and is pleasurable to drink- a good beer.

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Photo of shamrock7
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recently was introduced to Harpoons Hibernator by mistake and I have to say I really enjoyed it. It was presented to me as an IPA, but it was really a red ale. I was expecting an IPA and I found my first sip not only to be a surprise, but a pleasant surprise. It was really smooth and tasty. It was a nice pour with a rich foamy head. The aroma was a nice mix of fruit and caramel, but not overpowering. It went down very easily - light, tasty and very drinkable. Even though I was looking for an IPA I ended up sticking with this one for the whole time I was there. There was no aftertaste and it was easy on the pallet. I’ll be looking for this one next time.

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Photo of Dster
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass...freshness date of 05-15-11 (oops!) Regardless it still tastes and smells quite fresh.

Pours a nice burnt orange with a frothy large bubbled head that quickly dissappears.

Fruity malts ...tastes more like a bitter to me.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Kale99
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice irish red good color and smell

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did not know what to expect with a name like Harpoon Hibernian. Well I guess I expected an Irish Red Ale. The pour was not overly impressive in my glass, no head with just slight amount of foam floating at the top.

The aroma at first sniff was an amazing array of fruitiness, sweet yet malty. I could not wait to get a taste. It was crisp, full of carbonation. The body was strong but not overpowering. The fruitiness and slight hop flavor is intense. The flavor lingers in your mouth long after you took your last sip.

While ales are not usually my type of beer, I found this too be a very drinkable beer. Great appearance, good aroma, good taste, and a lasting impression. If you get a chance try this beer.

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Photo of Cgraham
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hurricanes56dan
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown color with a nice head and good lace action.
The aroma of grains,malts and fruits.

The taste begins with malts and low hops.I tasted the caramel with lingering fruit notes. The fruit was mild,the malts were upfront and held up well.

The feel was light bodied with medium carbonation and some grains in the finish.

Notes: I was really surprised by this beer, Normally, this brewery fails to get my attention yet this was great for sessions with a good ABV.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one really well rounded beer. Pours a nice head with some lacing. Heavy scented peat flavors on the nose. Very pumpkinesk spicey flavor on the palate. Quite complex. Creamy feel also on the palate. Nice beer to throw a few back with. Flavorful hops round it out.

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Photo of CoconutLove
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jktedder12
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a chilled pint glass. Foamy head, about a quarter inch, dissipated to some lingering lacing. floral hop aroma with a hint of citrus. Color is golden ruby. Nice ruddy appearance for an Irish Red. Nice smooth feel in the mouth with just a bit of extra carbonation. Floral hop taste with a hint of caramel. Finishes bitter and dry. Overall very nice, solid red ale.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red hue, clear and frothy head that leaves an even ring.
Smells malty and slightly fruity.
Has a forward taste of a bit of a biscuit flavor with a middle taste of a little fruit and malt, followed by esters to finish it all up.
A pretty nice beer that I would love to drink at a bar with some of my pals.

Great beer!

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Photo of yuenglings
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice clear amber color with a red hue to it , big head at first disapears quickly with minimal laceing

S: Sweet caramel malt like smell

T: About the same as it smells vrey good

M: Light and bery smooth nice carbonation

D: This is a very drinkable beer feels like i could easly drink a case of this in a sitting and if i could find it around where i live i would definately buy a case or two

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Best-by date clearly inked on bottle neck.

Pours an ultra-clear, dark amber-orange. A tan head recedes and patches to the glass. but a few slow carb trails. Smell is high-pitched toasted malts, some fresh greens as well. I tend to rate finish with mouthfeel, and this beer has some of the best of both. I like it when a beer makes me forget about the seperation. For taste - a light, buddy hops twists intently into an absolute blast of sweet and almost cocoa-ish roasted malts. Then the finish is dry. And bitter. Feel is carbonated and medium-bodied and hearty. Drinkability high. I'm starting to think I like these red ales..

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Photo of Snowmanfs
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer that anyone should be happy having. Solid ballance. Nothing to crave but something to enjoy anytime. A mainstay of Harpoon. Glad it's available, keep pouring.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the brewery in Boston MA.

Pours a brilliant almost crystal clear reddish tawny brown color with a perfect white head that laces well down the glass. The aroma was a bit muted, smooth caramel and cereal notes slightly.Tasted creamy as ever and nice and malty. Slight hops flavor balances the sweetness enough. Extremely smooth and refreshing. Does well as it warms as well but cold is perfect. This is a huge session beer for red ale drinkers. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of Todd
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: A nice and clean looking rich red / amber beer. Head is a tad off-white with a creamy foam stick and excellent head retention.

Smell: Malty, fruity, estery with a soft hop aroma in the background.

Taste: Body is medium. Mouthfeel is smooth. Malt flavours are quite fruity, dark fruits, with an even semi-sugary sweetness. Touch of roasted flavour sits in the back with some bubble-gum-like and woody flavours. Carbonation is tight, zesty and creams-up on the palate. Grain flavours follow, then some esters and a slight touch of alcohol. Hop flavours are floral, tea-like, with a thin, soft character. Some leafy feel can be detected on the palate. Finish has some roasted notes to it.

Notes: Harpoon replaced their Spring Maibock with this beer. I put that aside. They come out with an "Irish-style red ale", which is so typical. I put that aside. What's left? In my opinion a damn fine ale. It's balanced. It's simple. It's easy to drink. It has appeal.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

23oz pour from tap in a large fluted pilsner glass. Nice head on top of a deep reddish-brown liquid. Pleasant mouthful of malt, with an appropriate amount of hops to balance. Smell somewhat guessed, as in a bar/smoking atmosphere, and my nose isn't the best under optimal conditions. Definitely worth the trouble to try this beer, great sessionability.

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Photo of tapman
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper and a foamy, tawny head. Very clear.

Earthy, minty hop and a lightly sweetened toast.

All the flavors of the nose with a light-moderate bitterness. An apple-like fruitiness is subtle.

Crisp and refreshing.

A good all-around irish red. Pretty close to the style, from my experience. I could have used some more hops, though not bright ones.

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Photo of fx20736
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic, served at fridge temp.

appearance: a burnt orange shade of medium amber with vigorous tiny bubbles and a creme brulee 1 finger head. decent lacing.

nose: Amazing bouquet, very fruity, candied fruit, like ginger, mango, papaya, with maybe a touch of floral hops.

mouthfeel: pretty average, a tad thin, really.

taste: crystal malt, a slight fruitiness with a kiss of spicy hops

notes: the taste cannot live up to the amazing nose but it is pretty good, easy to drink and easily the best Irish Red I've had. Actually, it reminds me of Bass Ale. I only bought a single bottle of this but this being St Patrick's Day I will go forth and buy a 6 pack of this. I could drink this all day long.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12-ounce brown glass longneck into Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: sexy red colour with half-inch off-white head that sticks for most of the pint. Very attractive visually.

Smell: Tea, toast, and floral hop notes dominate, as is appropriate.

Taste: My first impression of this beer was "Hey, this tastes like tea and toast! Try it!" And that hasn't really changed. I'm a big fan of tea and toast and, therefore, a big fan of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Very light. Tingly carbonation and it doesn't even begin to coat my vocal cords.

Drinkability: I could drink an entire 6-pack of this without realizing it; it's that tasty.

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Photo of Therealfootball
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ngrdms
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of jmccraney
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 769 ratings