bigguns22 (710) - Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is soft and fruity. Tart but not sour with a nice malt finsh.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - JAN 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.
Clear light brown and tea-like color with a small off white head.
Fruity nose (grapes, plums, some berries) with caramel and floral hops.
Sweet malt flavors, juicy caramel, some tart fruit, grape juice, mellow nuttiness and low bitterness.
Medium bodied, kinda easy to drink and quite satisfying. Cool.
morrdt (696) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine and More in Huntersville, NC. The beer itself starts out impressive: it pours a nice dark amber/copper color with a little bit of a tan head. Aroma is surprising. I was expecting to get a lot of cranberry nose in this beer, but it was all rather muted, just a little bit of malt and the cranberry seems non existent. Taste is fruity with some malt notes and then a little bit of cranberry sneaks in on the end of it. Aftertaste is from the malt lingering on your taste buds. Overall, this is a nice beer, but I am a little disappointed it. I thought this beer would be refreshing, instead it was just another fruit beer with nothing that makes it stand out from the rest.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a freshness date ("Best By" 01/15/11) and a description of the beer. It also mentions that Harpoon supports there local foodbanks from the sale of this beer.
Appearance: The body has a reddish copper color with good clarity and a quick fading light off white head. Lacing is minimal and slick.
Smell: The aroma has light scent with a mix of sweet/tart malts and cranberry.
Taste/Palate: The flavor reflects the scent with a light to medium bodied malt sweetness with notes of caramel, sweet bread and pie crust. This is offset by light cranberry tartness and faint hop bitterness. Carbonation is light and the palate is a little sticky.
Notes: For me this is just a good average beer. It’s not a stand out but it is more balanced then Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a clear amber with a white head. Aromas of malts bitter cranberry and a weird bitter fruit aroma. Flavor is off settling kind of bitter kind of sweet. Body is light and finishes like the skin of a cranberry
SamP01 (591) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (thanks mike67). Pours a reddish amber with a medium short lived white head. Aroma of caramel malt and sweet fruity spices and esters. Taste is same as aroma with some tart cranberry flavor. Palate is good medium body, carbonation is good. Finish is sweet caramel malt followed by some lingering fruity tartness, cranberries and touch of nutty aftertaste. Overall a descent showing for a fruit beer. Nice holiday brew
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
smcolw (530) - 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.
beerme31 (514) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours darker golden color medium tan head. Aroma of bread, caramel, and berries. Medium sweet taste. Medium-thin body, oily texture, tart and mild bitter finish. Not a big fan of this one.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ar: Hint of breadiness and tart cranberry.
Ap: Crystal-clear copper - medium off-white head with moderate retention - a ring of foam and small pad of lacing.
T: Toasty malt, pineapple fruitiness, up front - light sweetness - bready malt with a cranberry tannin dominates mid palate - bitter fruitiness on the finish that becomes a bit metallic.
P: Medium body with high carbonation - finish is dry.
O: Malty autumn ale, with some pleasant cranberry notes - some of the fruit tannins could stand to be cut back.