Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Grateful Harvest Cranberry AleGrateful Harvest Cranberry Ale
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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #879
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3.29 | pDev: 14.89%
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
Grateful Harvest Cranberry AleGrateful Harvest Cranberry Ale
Notes: 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
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of bgjohnston
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a 6 pack of these and thought I would give it a try.

Pours a clear reddish amber with a small tan head that dies down pretty quickly, although the beer has good carbonation throughout. Does not have a strong aroma, but does hint at the fruit and sweet malt that delivers with a sip. Taste also brings with it a tangy, almost citrus-like fruitiness.

a nice, drinkable brew, even if I have been partial to stonger, hoppier beers of late.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Stunner97
2.18/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- dark brown to slight copper red in color, very little head off leaves a thin lacing of white on top,

Smell- slight sour smell, faint cranberries,

Taste- starts off with a little bit of sweetness that quickly fades into long sourness on the finish, its not super tart but its definitely the profound flavor of the beer and the finish, theres something of this beer to me thats just off in flavor, doesnt really work the tartness and ending finish i find be quite unpleasant.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied pretty smooth and slick, low carbonation

OVerall/drinkability- To me this beer was a miss, it just had something off to me about the flavor im not sure if it was the tartness which would be expected some what in the beer but just was overall off putting, this is certainly not a beer I would ever buy again or recommend people try but maybe its just not my taste, not looking to finishing the rest this sixer,

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. Poured into a pint glass this brew appears a very clear color of copper. 2 fingers worth of tan head sit atop the brew composed of rather large bubbles. The cap audibly recedes leaving a fluffy uneven surface atop the liquid. Patches and fingers-like patterns of lace stick all about the glass.

The smell of this brew has a slight hint of fruity sweetness suggesting the combination of cranberry and herbal to earthy hops. The cranberry is so subtle that had it not been listed in the name, I never would have been able to identify it. More sniffs reveal a grainy sweetness minorly like toffee which really mingles well with the rest of the aroma.

The taste has a very faint fruity tartness I am going to say is from the cranberry. Again, had it not been for the name of this brew I never would have blindly guessed cranberry inclusion. The mild tartness of the fruit melds with faint herbal hops and some bready to biscuit grain sweetness. The aftertaste is somewhat like caramel to toffee but with a buttery kick that lasts long into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to low level of carbonation that is quite pleasant for the offering. It is fizzy enough to be bubbly on the tongue but not overdone. The combination of cranberry earthy quality to tartness mixed with the herbal elements of hoppy bitterness was a bit clashing in this brew but overall it wasn't bad. Not something I would pick a six-pack up of but having it once was worth it just to say I did. Thanks again Heath.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber brown, clear in color with a slight bit of head that turns to a bubbly lace ring. Carbonation is big though with no sticky lacing.

S - Smells like a brown ale brewed with cranberries. Tart smelling also.

T - Mostly tart cranberries with a malt profile to remind you it's a beer. Pretty spot on.

M - Light to medium pretty perfect for a fruit beer.

Overall not a bad beer at all in fact I enjoy it as much as the cranberry ale my Rivertowne brewed one but this one has a more standard ABV. Worth a try indeed.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a coppper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of cranberries, some hints of malts. Taste is mild, some cranberry, a bit of malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of ngeunit1
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber-reddish color with a half-finger of off-white head. The head fades quickly to a ring leaving behind some spots of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of bready malts and some sweet and slightly sour cranberries. Could have used a bit more of a fresh fruit aroma, the aroma is a bit lacking for a cranberry ale.

T - Starts off with some sweet and slightly tart cranberry flavor and some background toffee malt. Through the middle, some light spices and join in. The finish is a mix of sweet fruit flavor and a touch of bitterness with a bit of malts in the background that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels a bit syrupy and a touch thick. Finish is tart and has some lingering sweetness.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors and balanced and light, and not too empty. Could have used a bit more fresh fruit flavor in there. The aroma was really lacking though.

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Photo of jamescain
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a flute glass.

Appearance: Light reddish-brown with a thin off white head about a centimeter thick. The head fades to a thin ring around the center.

Aroma: Subtle spices, nutmeg, allspice, and evergreen with a hint of tartness from the cranberries.

Taste: Malty and toasty with a slight cranberry tartness and spicy finish. None of the flavors are very pronounced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

Overall: I wasn't really expecting much so I wasn't disappointed but I probably wont buy it again.

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Photo of Kooz
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled poured into a standard pint glass. Pours brown with a reddish tint to it. Some light tan head, never fully dissipates and leaves a sticky lacing.

Smells acidic--that must be the cranberry--it's nice though, not too sharp. Only one note though.

Tastes nice and refreshing. There is a distinct citrus flavor--it's tart but not sweet. There's a slightly bitter aftertaste, but it's still very good. I'm giving it a 4--it's nice.

Mouthfeel is average. It's not particularly bodied, but not watery either. I'd love for it to be creamier--the added body and foam would enhance flavors in a fruit-based beer like this.

This is a good beer. It's winter now, but I could see this being really nice in the summer. unfortunately, I'm thinking it's a winter seasonal. Still, I have been on a single beer a night kick lately, and I can't help having more than one of these...

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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber with a red tint and slightly off-white thin head.

S: Cranberries really jump out of the glass. There is also a citrus edge and sweet malt.

T: Cranberries are prominent all the way through from beginning to end. The sweetness of the fruit quickly changes to tart and a bit of bitterness joins in the finish.

M: Medium

O: It tells you it is a cranberry ale, and it certainly is. The cranberry dominates the aroma and the taste profile. There is some balance as the sweet does quickly give over to the tart. It has a bit of zing, but the finish cloys the tongue. I think it would be good with Thanksgiving (turkey and stuffing in particular), which was the point of the ale.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours auburn in color with a loosely structured foamy cap. Looking into this clear beer it has light carbonation. Aroma is pretty lite with faint toasted malts and a cranberry tang.
Taste seems nicely balanced between some toasted malts and tart cranberries. It's nice that the carnberries don't overpower the beer.
Thin on the palette. A uncomplicated, simple beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -24%

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3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 253 ratings