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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.48   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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In 1986 Harpoon co-founders Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary began brewing Harpoon in Boston to share with others the joy of making—and drinking—great beer. In 2000, we added a second brewery in Windsor, Vermont to keep up with the demand. As a regional craft brewer, we gained interest and respect for cider, a drink with strong roots and history in New England. Harpoon’s cider is our contribution to the long heritage of cider made with fresh juice from locally grown apples.

Harpoon Cider is made from a blend of locally grown apples including the New England favorite, McIntosh. By fermenting this blend of varieties with our own yeast we are able to produce an aroma that has a clean, fruity character. This crisp, refreshing cider has just the right balance of ripe apple sweetness and tartness from the fruit’s natural acidity. The color of this smooth tasting cider is very light as a result of using only freshly pressed apples. Without the addition of preservatives, artificial colors, or sweeteners we have created a cider that is fresh, pure, and delicious. Enjoy!


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pyromt30 (27) - Lebanon, USA - NOV 29, 2009
I recently started drinking ciders. As far as ciders go this is one of the best I have had. Very crisp and clean as well as refreshing!

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle: Flat, no head. Nose is light with apple but more on the sulpher and burnt wood side. The flavor is sweet and tepid with a cloying aftertaste and a dull thin body. Not very up front with the fresh apples or showing off a more dry yeasty musky side either. Kinda boring.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
travita (4019) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bottle thanks to Cavie. The look is clear, very light yellow color, and not too much head. The smell is apples, fruits, slight butter. The taste is sweet, apples, and fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Draft… Clear, light straw-colored cider with no head. The aroma is of oven-baked, spiced apples. Light-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel and a rumor of carbonation. Nice balance between sweetness and acidity. Tart, dry finish

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (11120) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Bottle from ericandersnavy. Pours perri color with a few bubbles. Nice, crisp apple skin aroma. Near medium body with mild carbonation. Flavor is greenish apple with yellow apple skin. Something of a light weight, but clean and refreshing.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to cavie. Pours a clear yellow. Aroma is copper, apple. Flavor is copper, too cloyingly sweet.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cavie (3797) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Water clear with a splash of pee yellow. Smell is rotten apple with light chemicals. Tastes has weak flavors of old apple with a huge watery element. Not much backbone to this guy.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mar (4856) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2009
bottle thanks to cavie. water with a slight tint of yellow. sugar and light apples on the nose. flavors of sugar with a hint of apple and a very watery palate.

0.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
BMan1113VR (7863) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Bottle thanks to cavie. Pours with a real pale and watery looking body and the faintest of heads. Sickly sweet aroma that smells exactly like an green apple flavored Jolly Rancher. Taste is cloyingly sweet and disgusting. Watery and fizzy.
I refuse to believe that this cider does not have any thing artificial in it...especially sweeteners. This stuff is an assault on true ciders. Absolute crap!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2009
On tap at Harpoon Brewery, 8 October 2009. The guide made a big thing of this being the most natural cider around. Obviously he had never heard of traditional farmhouse ciders, which became clear when I explained that cider could be fermented from the natural yeasts on the apple skins and he was not aware of that. In reality, although this was better than most "industrial" ciders, it was pretty lacking in interest compared to a real farmhouse cider. Clean enough, with lots of apple flavour. Relatively sweet. Straightforward and easy drinking. Not much else to say.


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