snoworsummer (1602) - 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.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Pours a fairly clear amber-reddish color with a half-finger of off-white head. The head fades quickly to a ring leaving behind some spots of lacing on the glass.
S - Aroma is full of bready malts and some sweet and slightly sour cranberries. Could have used a bit more of a fresh fruit aroma, the aroma is a bit lacking for a cranberry ale.
T - Starts off with some sweet and slightly tart cranberry flavor and some background toffee malt. Through the middle, some light spices and join in. The finish is a mix of sweet fruit flavor and a touch of bitterness with a bit of malts in the background that lingers nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels a bit syrupy and a touch thick. Finish is tart and has some lingering sweetness.
D - Very drinkable. The flavors and balanced and light, and not too empty. Could have used a bit more fresh fruit flavor in there. The aroma was really lacking though.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a surprisingly deep golden brown with a small creamy off white head. Aroma is mostly soft malt graininess with some notes of cranberry, quite sweet. Flavor starts subdued sweet, again mostly just a soft creamy malt note, a bit of a candyish cranberry note, not the slightest tart or sharp. Finishes a bit grainy but not terrible, just a bit bland. Medium body and a sharper carbonation. Not wholly unpleasant but nothing too grand, just not much going on.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 2, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
THOUGHTS: I’m about five months behind on entering ratings. The temptation is to drink this one cold, because warm cranberry juice is pretty harsh. But if this beer is too cold you can’t taste the cranberry at all. Nothing special. Pleasant base beer balanced by the lightly sweet and rather bitter cranberries. Might try this with Thanksgiving dinner this year if they put it out again. Just enough fruit to make it interesting. Overall it’s nice for what it is. The base beer would probably be a decent session ale.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a flat, light brown with a large to huge, off-white head that diminished very slowly and left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate toasted, nutty and caramel malts; light grassy hops; light yeast; and cranberries. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter with a slightly longer than average duration. There was caramel malt, cranberry, maybe some grassy hops, but that might have just been the cranberry, some toasted malt and slight nutty malts. The nearly medium body was a little dry and then rather dry like cranberry juice with fairly fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly astringent finish.
dfinney23 (1418) - 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.
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.
chinchill (1364) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cranberries evident in the fruity flavor and aroma, as well as in the not-so-subtle tartness. The flavor more clearly reflects cranberry than does the more vaguely fruity aroma. The beer has a complementary reddish tint in the otherwise deep amber, clear ale. Some hop bitterness is apparent. Crisp, slightly astringent feel with near medium body and medium carbonation. My favorite aspect is the rather marked transition from sweet to tart and, with different timing, from tart fruit flavor to a more balanced and malty aftertaste: well crafted, but there may be only so far one can go with a cranberry ale.
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Enjoy by: 01/15/14. A clear ruby pour with a thin beige head. Cranberries, wheat, cereal grains, and light caramel in the aroma. Goes down thin and crisp. Wheat and sweet cereal grains start things off taste-wise. Just a tad white bready in the middle. An estery cranberry sweetness/tartness follows. Some sour lemons are present at the end. Overly sweet throughout. Not too impressive on its own, but might actually accompany a turkey dinner quite nicely...
artmcd8 (1298) - 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.
MaBeer1972 (1246) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very tasty and easy drinking clear light amber brew from Harpoon. Proceeds go to charity. How fitting. Aroma is light biscuit, almost lager-like. Flavor of the cranberry is subtle but evident. Nicely balanced by some light malts and bitter-spice hop finish. Well worth a try.