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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2011
On tap at the Bell in Hand Tavern in Boston. Clear pale gold with no head. There are scattered bubbles of effervescence rising to the surface suggesting light carbonation. Pleasant aroma of apples with some fruit sweetness. The flavor is apples along with some slightly musty apple skin. Refreshing after a walk on a warm humid day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ndean (5) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2011 does not count
granted light it color but a great cider overall, not too sweet like others that shall remain nameless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - APR 14, 2011
Pours a very pale yellow, resembling sparking cider. Was balanced between sweet and tart at first, but after awhile, the tart started to dominate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernesto987 (5607) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2011
This one is wierd, nor really a cider fan to start with, but its a fake apple taste, bummer

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
weihenweizen (3179) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Refrigerated bottle poured into a white wine glass. Pours almost clear (as pale yellow as I have ever seen) with a very small white head. Very light body and almost no aroma. Taste is light boring apple juice. This was very disapointing, if you like taste avoid this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thornecb (5535) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Pours pale yellow into a shaker. Bright white head with quickly recedes to hug rim. Sour apple aromas. Sharp, sour apple upfront turning dry with a slight medicinal finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zizzybalubba (1812) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Light pale yellow pour with almost no head yet definitely carbonated. Aroma of tart apple, pear, and sugar. Flavor is certainly what you would expect from a cider but this is a very weak flavored one. Not bad or offensive just weak. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerFanDan17 (1083) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Sampled at the brewery in Boston. An average cider with notes of apple and lots of sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Clear and painted in light straw and golden hues, a slow trickle of carbonation makes its way to the surface where it releases a wonderful nose that immediately reminds me of homemade apple pie. Pie crust, cinnamon-sugar, chunky applesauce, and a gentle sugary presence that is all about the apples; fruits have their own natural sugars, and apples are no different. I find a surprise waiting for me with my first sip; tartness with a nip of bitter acidity. The answer to this riddle is easy. While the apple meat is sweet and juicy; their skins provide a balance of bitterness and acidity that all good ciders should have. If not, they would be saccharinely sweet and far from enjoyable. Red and green apples dominate her palate while the sides of my tongue tingle under her gentle acidity. Quaff and repeat, she refreshes my palate while instigating an insatiable craving for grandma’s apple pie.

I don’t always have the time to make apple pie, but there is always time to pop the cap on a cider or two. The Harpoon Cider is a tasty addition to my fermented apple repertoire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
rocbyter (2079) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Apple juice aroma. Clear light golden color with a small white head. Taste like real apple cider. The best cider I’ve ever had.

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