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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry AleHarpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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 metter98
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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 oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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 jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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 NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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 -0.6%
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 Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.55/5  rDev -23%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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 smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +10.3%
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 stakem
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
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 johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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 drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tick provided by Thorpe and Thorpette, love you guys. Bad but in sort of a bizarre way, I don't get a lot of cranberry but some, it is sweet and dry but with this odd flavor throughout that is off putting, not a repeat.

Beer is amber / reddish and clear, whitish head of small bubbles. some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is sweet, no cranberry, mostly just yeast and malt at this point.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet but dry on the end, leaving this odd aftertaste that lingers. Not a fan, not a repeat. Glad I got to try it but I'm gladder I didn't buy a six pack.

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Photo of Gavage
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a crystal clear reddish orange color and a short 1/2" head. No lace here at all.

Smell: a very faint fruit aroma is all you can detect here.

Taste: grassy malt profile with some very mild cranberry flavor that is tough to discern. Bitterness is mild too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: this beer didn't have the cranberry flavor I expected. The beer was very easy to drink but didn't satisfy.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of WesWes
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a sweet, caramel and dry roasted malt scent along with a tame, earthy cranberry aroma. I'm getting more malt than fruit in the nose. The taste is average as well. It has a muttled caramel malt and cranberry character. It's sweet up front and finishes dry and earthy with only a mild cranberry appeal. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an average fruit beer. I'm not crazy about cranberry beers and this one only strengthens my views.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an exceptionally clear, dark amber-colored beer with a slight reddish-tint, Not much of a head or lacing but the clarity makes for a nice-looking brew.

Aroma is appealingly malty, with the faintest hint of tart cranberry. Toasty, a little sweet, fairly simple nose.

Taste is also pretty simple, with toasty, bready malt in the front and subdued cranberry notes that add a touch of both sweetness and tartness. The fruit is subtle and blends well with the other flavors. Hops and bitterness are quite low.

Crisp, refreshing beer with medium carbonation and a thin to medium body. Clean finish, easy to drink, very well made. Not at all complex but easily sessionable and very appealing. I was surprised at how much I liked this beer; a nice antidote to a recent glut of big, palate-wrecking booze and hop bombs. Perfect for a late afternoon fall get-together with some nuts, crackers, or other light snacks. Helping to fund food banks makes this ever better during the holiday season.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked Best By: 02/15/12-278. Sampled on October 22, 2011. The pour is amber with reddish hues and fine clarity. There is a burst of frothy head but it does not last long.The aroma is strong with cranberries and fresh malts. It looks and smells nice but the taste seems to be weaker than the first impression. The fruit seems muted although there is a tart hopped bitterness on the tail end. Glad to see Harpoon helping out the local farmers who stomp their way through those New England cranberry bogs.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.14/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a four fingered faint pink head that slowly fades to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light hops and fruit. Color is nice crystal clear amber. Flavor is tart cranberry and hops, dry finish. $2.75 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH. Best by 1/15/2011.

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Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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 tigg924
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: red brown in color..no head, minimal carbonation, clear

Smell: cereal and small dose of cranberries

Taste: tart cranberry juice, grain, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, tart

Drinkability: The cranberry juice really shines through and melds well with the beer. You must like cranberries to appreciate it, but this is a decent beer. That said, this is a two max in a session though.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: Lots of cranberry in the smell, with some malt as well.

T: Tasted of cranberries (no surprise there), along with a little malt and hops. Certainly not a multidimensional flavor, but somehow highly enjoyable.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: If you like cranberries, check this beer out. It's not a super-complex piece of brewing, but is definitely very tasty.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
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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