Harpoon Celtic Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

BA SCORE
80
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769 Ratings
Harpoon Celtic AleHarpoon Celtic Ale
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
769
Reviews:
365
Avg:
3.51
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
78
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of matjack85
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz bottle. No freshness date, but since this beer is only brewed from January to March, and this is already December, it's certainly not fresh off the assembly line, but it''s still under a year old, so it should still be OK.

The beer poured a perfectly clear red/amber color with a 1-finger off-white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The beer had a slightly sweet malty and bready smell along with a touch of alcohol.

Bready and roasted malt flavor with some caramel sweetness, as well as a touch of cherry fruitiness underneath. The finish has some mild hop bitterness to it (26 IBU's) as well as some alcohol, which I didn't expect from a 5.4% beer.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

It's OK but not spectacular. Their website lists it as a good session beer, and it should be with a 5.4% alcohol content, but I couldn't down many of these due to the noticeable alcoholic flavor.

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3.55/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +14%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Heavy_D
4.67/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice reddish color. 1 1/2 to 2 finger head. Doesn't last long, but leaves behind a lot of lacing.

S: Malty, bready.

T: Sweet, caramel malts. Some hoppy bitterness towards the end.

M: Slightly thick. Moderate carbonation. Feels just right.

O: Very nice red ale. I've been a fan of others of this style I've tried, and this is no exception. Like the malty-bready/biscuity taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Harpoon Celtic Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.51 out of 5 based on 769 ratings.
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