Darkmagus82 (1911) - - OCT 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-7-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a hint of red seen shining through the clear body. Upon pouring there is a small fizzy white head that fades almost instantly to leave just a hint of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell –The aroma is heaviest of a sweet caramel as well as some hints of toasted grain. Rounding out the aroma is the tart cranberry smell that one might expect, along with some lighter hints of a floral and grassy nature
Taste -The taste begins with a sweeter and toasted bready flavor. The sweet upfront is a mix of sugar sweetened cranberry as well as a bit of caramel. As the taste advances it remains relatively on the sweeter side, but also takes on some tart tastes as well as a light grassy taste. As the taste moves on to the end, the cranberry gets rather potent producing a somewhat chalky and tart cranberry flavor to be produced, which knocks down the sweetness and the roast a bit. With a light earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, the combination of flavors leaves a slightly chalky, tart, but lightly sweetened cranberry and toasted malt flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. More carbonation and a thinner body may have been slightly more refreshing in light of the cranberry flavors of the brew, but all in all, the feel was still alright.
Overall – Not bad, but really not that great either. The cranberry and grain tastes are good, but It has a sort of sweet yet tart and chalky taste that really don’t meld well together. Worth a try, but nothing more.
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 (1518) - 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 (1500) - 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.
lamas (1419) - 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...
coolpop (1394) - 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.
MaBeer1972 (1390) - 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.
hershiser2 (1289) - 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.
tnkw01 (1262) - 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.
neuromatt (1225) - 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