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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry AleHarpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale

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

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 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 generallee
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a freshness date ("Best By" 01/15/11) and a description of the beer. It also mentions that Harpoon supports there local foodbanks from the sale of this beer.

Appearance: The body has a reddish copper color with good clarity and a quick fading light off white head. Lacing is minimal and slick.

Smell: The aroma has light scent with a mix of sweet/tart malts and cranberry.

Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects the scent with a light to medium bodied malt sweetness with notes of caramel, sweet bread and pie crust. This is offset by light cranberry tartness and faint hop bitterness. Carbonation is light and the palate is a little sticky.

Notes: For me this is just a good average beer. It's not a stand out but it is more balanced then Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer pours a nice clear amber color, and despite my expectation, without a lot of red in the hightlights. the aroma brings a bit of sweet malt in the front, and not a lot else. the taste is malty and slightly sweet up fornt turning dry and tart in the finish. the medium body and heavy co2 make this a drinkable beer. Harpoon does a lovely job, but what's a cranberry outside of sauce anyway?

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A chilly bottle is poured into a pint glass. A slightly cranberry colored copper beer has a very small tan head of tiny bubbles. The head settled to a skim. An average amount of carbonation is seen within. The aroma is of cranberries, unsurprisingly. There is also a estery, white grape scent. The flavor has a fruit juice quality and a slightly cidery finish. It s a medium bodied beer that has a sticky coat. The beer is fairly drinkable. I probably wouldn't want more than one in a sitting, but I will be able to make it through the six pack before the beer goes bad. I don't think I'll purchase it again; I'll stick with Harpoon Leviathan series.

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Photo of BeerTwigs
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer to enjoy for Thanksgiving. Maybe a better beer because it helps with the food pantries.

Pours from a bottle with a small white head. It has a medium body with very little lacing. The color is amber with decent clarity. It has a tarty malty taste with little hop characteristics. Its not to ovely sweet and finishes clean.

Overall this beer is true to form, nothing over the top with a faint cranberry tast and smell. I would have another... next Thanksgiving.

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

Innocuous enough,pleasant,but not great beer.
In a Sam Adams pint glass it was a cherry amber color with a tan head.
Sweet aroma, a hint of cranberry.
It had a slight taste reminiscent of cranberry bread; not much there.
A bit on the tart side.
Middle of the road. I had two of the 6pack, my wife had the other four.

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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 albern
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty harmless, decent, nothing too memorable beer for me. It pours a deep copper amber color with a decent slightly creamy head, some lacing, some retention. The nose is fruity but I'm not necessarily picking out cranberries here. The nose is okay, slightly fruity and malty.

The taste is of a decent pale ale with some cranberry juice added post fermentation. There is a tartness that you would expect and a fairly smooth maltiness from the ale that is underneath. The beer is medium bodied, pretty smooth and creamy, tart from the berries, a touch crisp as well. The underlying maltiness is slightly overtaken by the berries. It's okay, nothing special.

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Photo of Kendo
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single bottle at Olivers. Happy Thanksgiving.

A: Body is clear, dark amber with a small white head. Some small splotches of lace.

S: Some sweet malt and a touch of tartness.

T: First impression is the tartness. Some cereal grainy malt underneath, then finishes with that tartness. Paired with Wensleydale cheese with cranberries; works nicely - creamy cheese compared with the cranberry tartness contrasts well.

M: Slight sharpness or bite to it. Call it lighter side of medium in heft.

D: OK. Tartness slows you down, however.

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Photo of jera1350
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Will (fastpass17) for this trade extra.

Pours an amberish brown color with a sudsy and rocky tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Quite a bit of corn on the nose. Grainy/bready with a hint of fruit, but hard to tell it's cranberry.

Lightly roasty and nutty malts and plenty of it. Getting some hop bitterness as well. Not sure if it's the hops or cranberry. Really hard to pick up any fruit let alone cranberry though. It is tasty, but where is the cranberry?

Great mouthfeel. Chewy with lots of soft and creamy carbonation to fill the mouth. Medium bodied.

Doesn't really stand out as a fruit beer. Funny, if I didn't read it on the label, I wouldn't know it was a fruit beer. Drinks very nice though and really wouldn't be hard to have a couple of these. Don't be fooled by the cranberry claim however as it's hard to pick up. Nice beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from Cloverleaf Tavern in New Jersey.

A: pours an orange-amber body with a small, white head with pretty good and retention and lacing until the end of the beer.

S: A slightly roasted toffee smell with some earthy notes. Some alcohol undertones were evident as well.

T: A pretty sweet, toffee taste with a slightly earthy and dry aftertaste. A sweet, cranberry taste is not that evident but the bitterness and dryness of the cranberry are evident. Slight tartness, but, other than the hints of it, there really is no evidence of the cranberry.

M: A pretty nice mouthfeel for the style. A pretty clean, crisp, and light mouthfeel.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination makes for a decent drinking beer. While I was not overly impressed by the beer, it was still worth a go, especially since it's for such a good cause.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in a standard pint. Best by 1/15/11 indicated on the bottle. Pours a mostly translucent amber with a loose, one inch, cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a solid half inch cap with some strands of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass. Nose reveals some citrus, aromatic hops and a trace of cranberry. Dominant flavor is a metallic quality, followed by citric acid, a light tartness and a lingering cereal grains character between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium and lively, almost prickly. Nothing too spectacular here. Flavors don't really come together, and really not much happening in the cranberry department. I wouldn't seek this out again.

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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 cbutova
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark red with a creamy two-finger head. The cap is creamy and has pretty good retention. A very nice pillow lays atop the ale leaving a lot of fine lace.

S- Right off the bat I notice an adjunct/corn note reminding me of many macros. There is a dark malt, slight nutty malt hint. The fruit is there and is dark, slightly tart and somewhat medicinal/artificial feeling.

T- Has a "dark" malt feeling that gives a bit of toasted nut flavor. Some spice and yeast bread notes set the stage for a disappointing fruit flavor. Slightly tart Cranberry feel that is too faint and ends up just making this taste more artificial, even medicinal. Some adjunct malt feel and pretty sweet as well.

MF- Light creamy body with carbonation that neither impresses me or turns me away. It is actually a very strange feeling beer when it comes down to it, almost a slick silky texture.

DB- This has a very similar malt, yeast and adjunct flavor of many of the Harpoon beers I have tried. I can't say that I hate it but it is cleary just another gimmick Fruit Beer that feels medicinal. Just another Fruit Beer that shows how the style needs to be all or nothing (ex. New Glarus). I can't think of any beer with just a dash of fruit flavor really getting me excited. Medicinal and alcohol flavor builds up making this a one shot thing for me.

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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 donkeyrunner
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle dated good until 1/15/11. Stunningly clear oxblood brown - red. Thin white head leaves a few lacey splashes.

Cranberry juice, toast and light brown sugar aroma. Tastes pretty much the same with a mild tart from the cranberries and some steely mint hop bitter from Northern Brewer hops.

You can't win with cranberry. I've had cranberry beers that were so sickeningly tart they were undrinkable. This has a fairly subtle use of cranberry and I feel like it's not enough. And then there's SA Cranberry Lambic. Maybe cranberry should stick to vodka.

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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 MrHurmateeowish
4.15/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of a six-pack at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear copper body with about an inch of short-lived off-white head that clings to the side of the glass. Smell is light but has hints of cranberry and chocolate. Tastes like cranberry with malty toasty notes dominating and a semi-sweet finish. Light to medium in body with ample carbonation. Reminds me more of a light brown ale with cranberry. Is a super-easy drinker and would pair great with a holiday meal I think. Kudos, Harpoon!

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Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz glass
Best by 01/15/11 (this is a freshy!)

Pours an amber brown with some light orange highlights on the bottom of the glass. A fluffy head forms rather quickly, nice trails of sticky lace.

Malty nose, kinda sweet and fruity.

A brown sugar and caramel malt backbone with an interesting cranberry finish. The cranberry flavors are certainly there, lending a bitter sweet completion. Nice hop presence as well.

Quite drinkable and better than I was expecting. The 5.9% ABV is well hidden too.

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Photo of bgjohnston
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
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 BeerNinja007
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint of this at the Windsor brewery the other night, reviewed from notes.

Clear brown brew with red highlights gives a thin off-white head that clings to the glass. Smells like a brown ale with some fruity cranberry pucker and sweetness. Taste is similar to the smell, brown ale + cranberry, plus a mild mixed hop bite. It feels heavier than it should, quite filling. The finish is long with lingering tart cranberry and bitter hop, a resiny feel, the whole thing lingers for quite a while. Quite tart as it warms, just like a brown ale + cranberry juice.

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Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber/brown color with a one finger head into my glass. Not quite cranberry color but I'll take what I can get.

Aroma is soft with just a hint of cranberry. A hint of brown sugar peeks through. Perhaps the base is a brown ale?

Taste is mildly sweet with a hint of cranberry. Not cloying or harsh. Just a hint of light, chewy malt as well.

Mouthfeel is full of slight lingering cranberry and light, chewy malt.

Certainly not a "fruit beer" by any chance. A decent brown ale with a good hint of cranberry.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a 6pk at the VT brewery during Octoberfest.
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color is a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. Very small amount of white head with small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. Aroma was slightly sweet and cranberry like with a bit of wheat in there. Taste started off very clean with a bit of cranberry juice flavor. Slightly tart with some wheat flavor. A bit of cranberry tartness lingered in the mouth. Felt clean in the mouth, nicely carbonated. May have been a touch thin, but not bad. Very drinkable, would go well with a thanksgiving meal.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack at the VT Oktoberfest.
Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a deep amber with reddish/brown hues. Off white half inch head at the most that quickly falls to a cap that stays. Lacing is actually very good.

S- Not too much in this area. Sweet malts mixed with an ever-so-slight hint of tart cranberry.

T- Pretty good actually. Malt sweetness is there, along with the slight cranberry tartness again. Little bitterness in the back end as well.

MF- Light to medium body with a good carbonation level. The tartness stays with you for a while in between sips.

D- Y'know, for what it's worth, this is actually a decent beer. I really didn't go in expecting much and it suprised me. This would be an easy beer to drink watching a game with the cooler weather coming on.

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