mike67 (910) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a short lasting, thin, white head. Aroma is of dark fruit, cranberries caramel malt. Medium, crisp body. Taste is of dark fruit, cranberries, spices, caramel, brown sugar and earthy hops. Nice brew for Thanksgiving dinner.
Bulk_Carrier (2679) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had an auburn colored body with a small white half finger head that lasts throughout most of the beer, faded, spotty lacing.
The smell had cranberry, and there was some allspice in the background.
The taste was sweet, yet tart through the cherries, allspice is more subdued, light hops.
The palate sat about a light to medium, sessionable, sweet dry aftertaste and finish.
Overall, this is good for its style and I would have this again if I could get it again.
dlovell2 (1186) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with thick white head. Slight yeast and cranberry aroma. Dry malty flavor with some cranberry. Tart finish from cranberries. Would go great with Thanksgiving dinner,
BeerFanDan17 (1032) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the brewery in Boston. Cranberry Harpoon Helps... rich maltiness... very "scotch-like."
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber and clear - very good head. Taste is almost sour with nuts and then there’s the bits of cranberry. Described here as a fruit beer, but reminds me of a Vienna lager with the cranberry throwing it off a bit.
MaBeer1972 (1432) - 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.
annunz123 (922) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malt, grass, and cranberry in the aroma. Standard malty flavor, with some sweet, acidic cranberry in the finish. I don’t think this should be categorized as a fruit beer--it’s more a fall seasonal--but I still like this beer a lot. It’s a lot better than the vile cranberry lambic from Sam Adams, for example.
ksosh (6) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very light aroma, can tell it’s cranberry, pours a deep clear amber with a frothy head. Taste is an initial sweetness, finishes somewhat bitter. Has a light body, thin texture, fizzy carbonation on the tongue, finishes with a bitter aftertaste. Overall an ok beer. Not amazing, but a nice change of pace for the Thanksgiving season. Would probably split a six pack with a friend in the future.
smcolw (567) - 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.
damzz (336) - 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.