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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10644) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (14167) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to cavie. Pours a clear yellow. Aroma is copper, apple. Flavor is copper, too cloyingly sweet.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Cavie (4311) - Arlington, 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
mar (5256) - 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - 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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
chriso (7513) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Tried a sample at Brewfest Tallahassee. Whoa, they missed the mark here somehow. This tastes like carbonated apple juice mixed with some vodka... not good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Bottle, clear light yellow with short foam, aroma of dry apple and honey, flavor of apple and band aids, finish is atringent and dry

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a very light straw yellow with a VERY fast fading white fizzy head...took like a second to dissipate. Aroma is light fresh red apples. Flavor is of light apples. Mouth feel is fizzy and very watery. Overall, it’s tasty but it is just a weak attempt at a cider.....weak on aroma, taste, appearance and mouth feel.....it will quench a thirst....by no means is it nasty, just very weak.

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