jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2012
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Odd greenish-red color (oak) with a thin head. Aroma is cranberry and spice. The cranberry taste is very light, a little more evident in the finish.
Rather disappointing. It’s not horrible but my least favorite Harpoon to date.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear dark chestnut color. The head stands one finger high, with an offwhite shade. It’s quick to fade, however, and has a slightly ragged texture. It tries to leave some lacing behind on the glass, but not a lot by any means. Still, attractive due to the body’s vibrant color.
S: This is weird...and worrying. I pick up (slight) cranberry and some sweet caramel primarily. The fruit notes, however, don’t seem fully integrated within the rest of the brew - and even worse, come off a bit artificially. Luckily, they’re hidden beneath the malt backbone enough.
T: Caramel hits the palate first, while the cranberry flavors...uh oh, dat artificial finish. There’s a slight adjunct note in the middle; this is actually my favorite feature. Like I said before, the finish is both chemical and perfume-y, which kills it. Still, I’m glad it’s kind of bland instead of bold, actually: that means I can put this down easily instead of want to pitch it.
M: Sweet, in a wholly undefined and generic matter. The thick feel just loafs around on the palate, while the decent carbonation fails to scrub the tongue sufficiently.
O: Not a car crash of a beer, just really damn dull. To be fair, it’s not a car crash BECAUSE it’s so dull. Proof positive that fantastic intentions alone does not a good beer make.
hershiser2 (1173) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
$1.75 Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO.
Pours brownish red with a tiny dusting of a head. Smells of cheap lager, cranberry, grape... almost a champagne smell. Tastes of heavy cranberry, almost candied, but not sweet. Finishes with a strong cheap lager taste.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderate head that leaves some slippery lace. Dark amber/light brown color. Clear.
Dark amber malt aroma with a touch of sour berry. A light honey sweet overlay to the smell.
Dry malt flavor with a surprising level of hop in the finish. The cranberries are nearly imperceptible; shows up best in the swallow. Dry, short-lived finish. Creamy body with a lower carbonation. Overall, it’s a decent offering but resembles a dry amber ale more than anything else.
williamstome (686) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber pour, faint aroma of cranberry,
slightly tart mild cranberry flavor. Not bad but nothing special.
wilkinsonak (4) - Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Too tart but I suppose that’s what you get with cranberry. Nice dark color, no head...probably won’t be drinking this again.
tnkw01 (935) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Light reddish-brown. Medium size head. Seems to have more cranberry aroma than flavor. Most of the cranberry taste is in the after taste. Not a bad beer but won’t drink again.
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at brewery. Poured reddish/pink and bright. Thin white head. Aroma and flavor were light cranberry, lightly tart and lemony. Seemed a bit thin but quite quaffable and appropriate for the season.
samsmith33 (299) - - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is cranberry, mold, Reddish brown color, small white head. Taster is Tart cranberry flavor, not unpleasant. Also apple, cereal. Crisp.
A nice festive beer. Good for what it is.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12/03/13 RAK gift from Jodi. By no means was this a bad beer; it just didn't have much of a flavor. No cranberry presence.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
snoworsummer (1516) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bottle. Pours reddish copper brown with a thin white head and lots of lacing. Tastes like malt and cranberry. Just barely tart. Dry chalky feel. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like malt, grains, and very mild berries.