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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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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 248
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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Photo of imasloth
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an amber with a slightly reddish (cranberry) hue. Decent head to start, dissipates quickly, but leaves fair lacing.

S- Like a cranberry spritzer with the slight hint of malt. Both sweet and tart from the cranberry.

T- Starts with cranberry, then a sweet malt with cranberry tartness remaining throughout.

M- Light body, no discernible bitterness. Neither positive or negative.

O- I enjoy it much more than the rather plain Winter Warmer Harpoon does. I'd recommend it, not as a standard, but worth the yearly purchase of a sixer. User it to make Thanksgiving more bearable.

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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 rlee1390
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber read, one finger head, carbonation is present, some lacing.

S-Some cranberries and malt, not much of each.

T-Cranberries and not much else. Honestly it is kinda boring.

M-Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O-Had this side by side with Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic. More of a beer than the "Lambic" However a very bland beer at that.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint: A kind of rosy amber, transparent, with tons of fast tiny nucleation under a finger of loosely whipped-looking white head. Leaves some lacing.

Smells of strawberry yogurt with a lightly metallic twang. A little bit of cereal.

Dull berry flavor that starts like stale craisins, joins with a dull breadiness, & ends dry & a little sulfuric, with a tap water kind of taste. Not too good.

Has a nice, bracing tingle & tartness, then flattens out & has a dead sort of feel.

Just kind of tastes like something went wrong: flavor is a combination of slightly odd & lifeless, without much to redeem it. Not terrible, but doesn't shine where it counts & I can't say I'd try it again.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.82/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on bottle neck. Served in a SA Perfect pint glass.
Pours an orange-hued amber color with a fast-fading off-white, pink-tinted head.
The smell at first pour is of dried hops. a smell of cranberry sauce floats in, carried on a bready malt foundation.
The flavors are a bit conflicting at first. A citrusy and resinous hop bitterness runs parallel to the tartness of the cranberry puree. Alas, the flavors begin the blend a bit as it warms. The mild malt backbone is revealed, yet never asserts itself. A bit of honey-like sweetness rolls forward and lies beneath. It's pretty good!
I expected to be disappointed, but am instead fairly pleased.
I enjoyed a gingersnap cookie with this beer!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - nut brown in color with some reddish highlights, a frothy offwhite head sits atop with scant carbonation

S - typical brown ale profile, basic malts and hops, muted by a mild but pleasant slightly tangy fruit aroma that I'm not sure I'd be able to identify as cranberry if I didn't know better, almost cidery

T - the taste is very similar to the aroma, basic, unexciting, however tasty. the flavor is of mild caramel malts with a fruity overtone, pleasant

M&D - smooth and flavorful, a nice holiday flavor and a tasty beer, but not terribly noteworthy

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry fruitiness of cranberries. In the taste, dry and small tart cranberries inside of a standard ale. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness of mellow fruit in the aftertaste. I get it, but nothing really exciting.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of osukeller
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the fruit beers that have a good fruit taste without overpowering the beer. The Harpoon cranberry ale hits it spot on. Cranberries can be tangy and sour at times, and this beer captures the great flavor of cranberry but mixes nicely with the ale. Will hope to have this as a new seasonal house beer. Served at a party last weekend and it was a big hit.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Samuel Adams perfect pint with just under two fingers of head.

Wasn't sure what to expect in terms of appearance... thought it could be red/purple because of the cranberry puree, but that is not the case, at least in this light. It seems to be a very dark amber. I could even say color is bordering on brown if it were not so transparent. Highlights are red, head is a frothy off-white (slightly hued toward brown). Does look tasty.

My first impression of the nose is chocolate, which I was not expecting at all. Behind it is a faint, sweet and tart fruitiness. This aroma comes out more as it warms, and that initial chocolate I thought I detected subsides. A little bit of hoppy cleanness seems to come through, as well.

First sip is a surprise. Seems to be a bit of that cranberry flavor up front (don't know if I'd have been able to pick out if I didn't know it was in there, so maybe I only think that's what I taste), with some chocolatey-ness with it. The two flavors don't necessarily mesh well together, at first. I'd be interested to know what the grain bill for this beer is, or if this chocolate sensation is all in my head. The following flavor is a lingering, heavy sweetness that seems to be typical of an amber sort of ale, combined with some fruit sweetness. Finish is relatively clean given how sweet it is. The odd flavor combinations are growing on me the more I drink, but still not my favorite. This brew certainly isn't "bad".

Medium body in the mouthfeel, maybe slightly on the thicker side. Very pleasant in that regard.

Overall, not a bad beer, or something I wouldn't want to finish. Its name brings to mind Thanksgiving, and I'd be curious to see how this would pair with turkey and stuffing, maybe even curious enough to pick up another bottle or two for the meal. It's also nice that the proceeds go to local foodbanks. Worth trying, for sure!

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Photo of chrislehr
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, small head that dissipates quickly. Minimal to no lacing. Pours mostly amber with a very faint reddish hue, presumably from the cranberries.

S: Medium malt smell, with the faint fruity smell from a combination of the cranberries and other fruity esters.

T: Crisp, clean taste at the start, a bit of a pungent tartness at the middle to end, but finishes very dry, making you thirsting for more.

M: Medium body, low/light carbonation.

Overall, very impressed with this beer. Surprised at how well the cranberry plays off it without really being overpowering. Also, unlike some other cranberry beers, this doesn't seem to overpower with cranberry tartness, nor is it backsweetened.

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Photo of atlason
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Jever flute at probably somewhat low temperature of around 38-40F.

A: Clear Amber, about a finger of head dissipates within 1 minute. Decent lacing.

S: Mostly toasted malts, some fruity acidity

T: Oh, my. Malt profile of a good malty Marzen with plenty of toasted biscuit flavors at front of the tongue balanced with plenty of crisp fruity cranberry acidity at the back of the tounge. Hops are barely noticeable even though it is rated at 25 IBUs except for background bitterness, but they are not needed for balance in this beer. Overall this is a beer that gives a fresh and full taste profile.

M: Medium body on this one is balanced more by the acidity than by carbonation, making this a highly drinkable beer. The flavor is a bit forward though, probably capping a session at 2-3 beers would be appropriate.

Overall, I'm very positively impressed

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Photo of bornridiculous
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a quickly dispersing head. Color is an amber reddish. The smell is reminiscent of a mix of cranberry and hops. Dry and almost astringent, but not all together unpleasant. The taste is a dry flavor, slightly fruity, with a slightly fruity hop flavor. The cranberry in this reminds me of a funky sourish lambic element that shows in the beer without being the main flavor. The carbonation seems average and mouthfeel is not too light, and not to heavy. Overall this is a decent beer, and definitely something different, but the flavor profile makes this one a sipping beer and not really a session beer.

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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 ngeunit1
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 mikereaser
2.71/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 3/31/11
Pours a nice ruby red with an inch or two of foam that left some really nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is slightly metallic, definitely extract, i'm not sensing any real fruit at all. Taste is very metallic, it really reminds me of skunked Yeungling Lager. Just not good at all. I can sense the cranberry in the back but thats about it. Really disappointed, but not surprised by the lack of this beer. Light to med. bodied, good carbonation, its just missing flavor and replaced it with a poor attempt. I don't even know if i'll finish the 12 oz. bottle.

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Photo of negroobserver
2.92/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale
Best by Jan 15, 2011

C: 2.5 - Pours hazy brown color with about 1/2 inch of while head.

S: 3.0 - Malty. Sour.

T: 3.0 - Malty. Sweet undertones. Medium bitter finish. Sour cranberry aftertaste.

M: 3.5 - A little watery. Low-medium carbonation.

D: 2.5 - Beginning with the color through every other category, this beer has been at best unexceptional. The sourness of the beer and the slightly water texture don't add to the desire to drink the beer. The sour texture is kind on unusual and interesting.


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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 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 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 thekevlarkid
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Out of a bottle in early January this beer was a reddish copper color with a slightly pink tinted head. The retention and lacing were sub-par. The aroma did have some cranberries, but only very faintly. The rest was all amber ale/brown ale. Nice malt profile, even if rather generic. Sadly, I instantly thought the flavors were mediocre. I tasted too much tartness and bitterness from the cranberries followed by alotta generic malt with little backbone. The mouthfeel was average, the body medium and the carbonation average. I get the feeling mine was old or poorly kept, but this beer just didn't have anything to be proud of aside from its motives in my opinion.

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Photo of tapman
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2 finger, tan head on a completely brown body. It may be be light brown in the slim areas of the glass and dark at the fat top, but one is light brown and the other a darker brown. It's brown, I tell you. And amply carbonated.

Bready malt and yeast, with a tart cranberry flavor. Hops don't really appear. Also a little sourness like in a , well...sour.

Sugarless cranberry juice up front and in the middle with a strong bitterness in the back. A little charred pie crust in there and that's it.

Very dry and chalky in the finish.

I would like to try this one with a mouthful of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. The bitterness and light cranberry taste would compliment these other flavors very well.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a stemmed pilsener glass.

A: Medium to dark amber color with good clarity beneath a two-finger cap of bubbly, off-white foam which settled to a thin film of carbonation with little lacing.

S: Smells of buttery, toffee malts with a bit of cracker grains and some light, floral cranberry aromas.

T: Semisweet and very dry malt sweetness up front with a minimal floral and drying earthy bitterness around mid-palate which washes down relatively smooth, yet still grainy, with a fruity, light cranberry tart finish.

M: Medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation which leads to a a pretty smooth albeit unimpressive and sort of suds and filmy finish.

D: Thank goodness the sales of this brew went to charity, because otherwise, I'd feel sort of taken advantage by in getting this brew. the 5.9% ABV is a bit high for a fruit/veggie beer but the cranberry is not the star of the show. Not all that bad for people on the look out to cut the acidity of their holiday meal.

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