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.
bellco33 (408) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle: Pours redish with a thin white head. Aroma of bready malts and cranberry. Taste is a basic ale with cranberry mixed in. Mildly tart and sweet, but a little thin. Light body, decent beer.
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.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is cranberry, caramel, grass, and citrus. Taste is almost like a Marzen with a touch of cranberry.
BadAprilia1000 (312) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber red color, small to no head. average lager flavor with a hint of cranberry. simple....
damzz (298) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 Appearance is brownish and slightly red. The aroma is weak with a slight hint of fruit. Lacing is Sheets that disappear quickly as does the off-white head. Carbonation remains throughtout the drink and is mildly fizzy. While slight, cranberry is obvious in the taste. Frankly, I miss Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, which was taken out of the Winter Classics. Oh, well, they did not ask me.
iugrad93 (266) - Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear copper color with small white head and little lacing. Aromas of hay, with light notes of cranberries. Taste is sweet, not as much tartness as expected and though the cranberries are there, I expected more. Overall, pretty decent brew from the malts but was left wanting more cranberry flavor and more of an effervescent palate.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Disappointing. Captures the the tannins of the cranberries more than anything. Very one-dimensional. Better when coupled with hearty or heavily-seasoned food.
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.
derekbrown (105) - 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.