neuromatt (858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery, served in a tasting glass. Pours clear caramel with a moderate, frothy, off-white head. The head remains and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of cranberries, apple, caramel, bread and spice. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout with fruity notes and a hint of spice. The finish is long, sweet and slightly spicy. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a milky texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this fruit ale is disappointingly simple. Cranberries seem to have so much potential as a brewing ingredient, but this brew underwhelms with simplicity. 2011-11-25
artmcd8 (1086) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber red with a fruity spicey aroma. Has a sweet finish and goes down smooth. Delivers on the description.
rangerred (783) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2011
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours a clear amber with a one finger tan head. Good lacing and head retention.
Smell is of very tart fruit. There is a tiny bit of malt that comes through.
The flavor is very tart. Way too heavy on the cranberries here. I cannot really detect any malt at all. The beer finished crisp and dry with no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel is light.
This is just not my kind of beer. The cranberries and accompanying tartness is way over the top.
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve seen this on the shelves the last few years and never thought once about buying it. This year someone left a bottle at my house, so I guess this is the year.
Pours a medium copper color with a good sized white head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells malty with caramel and brown sugar and that distinctive aroma of cranberries. Smell is sweet and fruity and not bad actually. Taste is exactly what I expected from the aroma. Brown bread, syrupy, caramel, cranberry sauce. It was fun at first, but about half way down the glass I got real tired of the fruity sweetness. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation, sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. One sweet and fruity beer that I’m glad I got to try, but that I can pass up again next year.
derekbrown (104) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Better than expected, this beer from Harpoon carries a slight cherry/berry flavor with the malt. There is an aftertaste that is slightly unpleasant, with this same "aftertaste" being present in the aroma as well. The flavor doesn’t stick around long either, as the beer has little body. Decent, but a little off-putting for regular drinking.
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown with a red tint. Malty, sweet cranberry burst in the aftertaste. Very nice. Typically fine Harpoon offering.
mike67 (689) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a short lasting, thin, white head. Aroma is of dark fruit, cranberries caramel malt. Medium, crisp body. Taste is of dark fruit, cranberries, spices, caramel, brown sugar and earthy hops. Nice brew for Thanksgiving dinner.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber and clear - very good head. Taste is almost sour with nuts and then there’s the bits of cranberry. Described here as a fruit beer, but reminds me of a Vienna lager with the cranberry throwing it off a bit.
dfinney23 (1254) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear auburn with a thin off-white head. Cranberry comes through in the aroma but is mostly lost in the taste except for a bit of fruity tartness in the finish.
r464 (1655) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A malty base with some sweetness to it, caramel and a very light hint of fruit. Odd finish like modeling clay.