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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry AleHarpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by LtCracker20 on 10-11-2010

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Ratings: 251 |  Reviews: 101
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the first "Thanksgiving" seasonals I can remember seeing one, and a pretty good one at that. A pretty sour beer, with a nice touch of cranberry, it's a bit tart but finishes pretty clean. Definitely not overpoweringly tart like the infamous SA Cranberry Lambic, it's a pretty drinkable beer with a solid taste. Not the best beer by any means, but good all around and definitely different.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering most of the surface.
S: There are aromas of bready and grainy malts in the nose along with notes of cranberries.
T: The are some hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste, but these quickly transition to tart flavors of cranberries.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink because the cranberry flavors are subtle, although I’m not sure if I would want to try this one again.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon Brewery "Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale"
12 oz. bottle, "ENJOY BY 03/15/14 315 09:28

An interesting beer, and a welcome addition to my usual line-up of "holiday" beers.

It's a clear, dark-copper color with ruby and orange highlights beneath a pillowy white head. The head retention is "fair" to "OK" but the lacing is definitely limited.

Cranberry and caramel malts greet you in the nose.

The flavor follows the aroma, and it's gently fruity and lightly tart backed by a slightly sugary dark-caramel/brown sugar maltiness. The bitterness is minimal, as it should be to keep everything in balance, but it still finishes dry with the tartness leading and then fading to leave cranberry and malt residue behind.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp.

Nicely done. An entertaining, unique beer that offers enough character to hold your interest without going so far as to distract you from your meal or whatever else you're doing. Worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle, dated "enjoy by 02/15/13", served in a Sam Adams lager glass.
A: The beer has a complementary reddish tint in the otherwise deep amber, clear ale. Decent, renewable tan head.
Cranberries evident in the fruity flavor and aroma, as well as in the not-so-subtle tartness. The flavor more clearly reflects cranberry than does the more vaguely fruity aroma.
Some hop bitterness is apparent. Crisp, slightly astringent feel with near medium body and medium carbonation.
My favorite aspect is the rather marked transition from momentarily sweet to tart and, with different timing, from tart fruit flavor to a more balanced and bready/malty aftertaste. Well crafted, and perhaps a bit better than expected, but there may be only so far one can go with a cranberry ale.

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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice frothy 1.5 finger head that fades semi slowly, over somewhat clear cranberry juice reddish maroon color.

The nose has some bready malts, a slight yeasty rustic funk like aroma, some cranberry and berry juice aromas, a slight dry barnyard funky lambic like aroma.

Taste comes with lots of bready malts to start, toasty and biscuity. Then some of the funky barnyard rustic malt flavors, which is not the best, but not bad. SOme dry funky lambic like flavors here. Some light juice in the background, light cranberry and berry in general juice flavors, a slight tartness, and the slight onset of what should be spicy quality that doesn't seem to come. It finishes even drier with some lingering cranberry juice, that weird spicy like flavor, and bready malts, as well as a little bit of the funk.

Mouth is lighter bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is meh, it has that weird bready dry rustic funk flavor that never goes away, and it's not the best of funk flavors. It also has a tart and flemmy finish, and finishes way too dry.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, cranberries, some hops and some maple and spice.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a mildly tart cranberry flavor comes in along with some semi-sweet flavors of caramel and maple. The hops presence is mild but there's not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, I expected to find a more powerful cranberry flavor and was pleasantly surprised when I did not, however overall it's just not a good beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Review from a couple months ago.

Pours a deep clear copper, with a couple fingers of frothy and slightly off-white head. This retains with a rich ½ finger, which soaps the sides of the glass with thick swathes of lacing. The aroma, well, smells like cranberry, which mixes in with the fresh earthy citrus flavors of those Noble hops and a combination of sweet caramel and bready notes from the malt to impart a pleasant fruity tanginess in the nose.

The taste has a nice lager base to it of caramel sweetness and a light graininess. A splash of cranberry is present (but much more subdued than in the nose), as is an earthy citric bitterness that gives this some zip. The finish is moderately dry with a little lingering pith but is overall pretty clean. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very smooth feeling crisp creaminess to it that makes this extremely drinkable.

For a cranberry flavored Lager, I thought that this was very well done, keeping the fruit in the nose but then more complimentary in the taste, where it marries well with those Noble hops. Flavorful and drinkable, this might be a new Thanksgiving Day go to from now on.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head that leaves some slippery lace. Dark amber/light brown color. Clear.

Dark amber malt aroma with a touch of sour berry. A light honey sweet overlay to the smell.

Dry malt flavor with a surprising level of hop in the finish. The cranberries are nearly imperceptible; shows up best in the swallow. Dry, short-lived finish. Creamy body with a lower carbonation. Overall, it's a decent offering but resembles a dry amber ale more than anything else.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am grateful to tone77 for bringing this over to me in yet another local trade. I am also grateful for beer in general. I did not harvest (or plant) anything last year, but who knows what I am going to do any time soon ...

From the bottle: "Ale brewed with cranberry puree"; ""This ale supports local food banks"; "Harpoon helps"; "A hint of New England cranberry tartness balances the malty sweetness of this medium-bodied auburn ale; the perfect accompaniment to your Thanksgiving table."

Whoops! A couple of months past its stamped Best By date, but unless its horribly degraded like a recent hop-driven beer, I will be OK. Auburn, eh? I would have gone with deep-copper, but I like auburn, too. Copper highlights with NE-quality clarity. A finger of rocky light-tan head with good retention. I definitely got the cranberry tartness on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium with a light tartness on the tongue. I think that Ocean Spray would be tarter in comparison. It needed more cranberry! The malt was lost and the cranberry needed to be amped up, IMHO. Finish was dry, veddy dry, in fact. I must have missed the bog boat on the malty sweetness. Still, it needed MORE cranberry!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best By: 02/15/12.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-mahogany body with a small, whipped, bone white head.

Smell: A simple nose of oven-toasted bread crusts atop a faintly tart fruit accent that isn't immediately identifiable as cranberry.

Taste: Bready, toasty Munich malt with a light incorporated caramelesque sweetness to it. A sip of subtly tart cranberry juice, that's all. Very little in the way of hops or bitterness. Drying, minutely fruity, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Harpoon played it safe with the cranberry here, but, maybe they just didn't want a Cranberry Lambic on their hands.

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Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Super filtered amber body. A thin layer of off-white head.

S - A light nose, not incredibly aromatic. Some subtle tartness, a bit of fruit sweetness. You do actually smell some cranberry. Light sweetness of the malt.

T - OK so this basically tastes like an average pale ale with cranberry juice. I guess that's what you'd expect, but really not a deep complexity or any angles taken here. Mildly hopped, drinkable pale ale, with the bitterness and tartness of cranberries. Although its subtle, there is real cranberry flavor so I give credit there. I like when a beer tastes like its special ingredient.

M - Light bodied, easy to drink. Clean and crisp.

O - Well an easy drinker, some cranberry notes. Nothing special.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this on the shelves the last few years and never thought once about buying it. This year someone left a bottle at my house, so I guess this is the year.
Pours a medium copper color with a good sized white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells malty with caramel and brown sugar and that distinctive aroma of cranberries. Smell is sweet and fruity and not bad actually. Taste is exactly what I expected from the aroma. Brown bread, syrupy, caramel, cranberry sauce. It was fun at first, but about half way down the glass I got real tired of the fruity sweetness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation, sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. One sweet and fruity beer that I'm glad I got to try, but that I can pass up again next year.

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Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.91/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance had an auburn colored body with a small white half finger head that lasts throughout most of the beer, faded, spotty lacing. The smell had cranberry, and there was some allspice in the background. The taste was sweet, yet tart through the cherries, allspice is more subdued, light hops. The palate sat about a light to medium, sessionable, sweet dry aftertaste and finish. Overall, this is good for its style and I would have this again if I could get it again.

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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