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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zizzybalubba (1768) - 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 (1066) - 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 (2067) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
How do you rate cider? No idea. Light yellow, clear, no head. Aroma is vinegar and apples. Very little carbonation with the taste of sour apples. Quite tart. Finish is short-lived with a distant taste of apple. I guess if I have more cider, I’ll use this as a basis for the test of my cider ratings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6113) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2010
This poured a clear darker yellow color with basically no head. Aroma was of freshly pressed macintosh and granny smith apples. Flavor was a nice blend of sweet and sour apples, nothing amazing but decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
daliesque (60) - Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
my numbers for this cider are kind of arbitrary. smells unpleasantly sharp, acidic, with also a bit too much sweetness... but then, my nose is questionable right now. it tastes likes generic cider. it’s actually not too sweet... but it just as this weird acrid taste at the end. meeeh. more drinkable than both the amstel light and that which must be named grand cru.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
smith4498 (3468) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Pours clear golden color with white head. Aromas of apple and fruit. Sweet apple flavor with some weird plastic taste. Light body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2010
12oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Pours a in a very pale lightly golden watery clear with no head. Aroma is faint apple sugar and some light white sugar. Flavors are minimally apple. It’s got a balance of some pale light apple, clear filtered cider or juice and then fermented plain white refined clean sugar, even though it might not have it. I want more apple flavor and complexity and a little less of an over filtered, somewhat overwrought example. More rusticity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whispering (4) - Midland, Michigan, USA - JUL 16, 2010 does not count
Bottle. Poured, clear yellow no head. Smells strongly of apples, tastes of tart apples with hints of cherry, very sweet and light on the tongue. The beer is more like a dessert wine than a beer.

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