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RATINGS: 469   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Formerly known as Hibernian Ale and Celtic Ale.

Having brewed in South Boston since 1987, it was probably only a matter of time before we decided to commemorate St. Patricks Day (Evacuation Day - coincidentally a holiday - in Boston). Its a beer that we thought would pair well with the late winter as well: malty enough to stand up to the cold but balanced enough to hint at Spring.

Harpoon Celtic Ale features a deep ruby color, medium body, and a balanced malt bill created by Irish Ale malt and a touch of roasted barley. Rich in tradition and sessionable in character, Harpoon Celtic is the ideal Spring seasonal. Available on tap: January-March.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2871) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle courtesy of father in law on St. Patty's day. Pours red coppery hue with a foamy white head with little retention. Not much nose. Caramel and toasty malt. Not much hop presence outside of balancing bitterness. Mouth is medium to full and kinda syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (6576) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2016
Pours a clear amber red body with a minimal wispy white head. The nose is grainy and sweet with minimal to no hop presence. The flavor is much the same, some toasty and husky malt with caramel sweetness that lingers a bit on the finish. Lighter bodied with soft fizzy carbonation. Meh, another boring Irish red.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrodooo5 (1611) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUN 23, 2016
Kind of plain & boring without any true flaws. Has an attractive copper pour w/ a white head & pretty lacing. The aroma is just bready & malty. The taste is really clean & balanced but nothing distinguishable jumps out. Its light & drinkable but by no means memorable!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
euniceradio (522) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2015
12oz bottle to tulip. Pours red, no head. Aroma of caramel, biscuit and dark fruit. Taste of same with banana and some toast. Pretty boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jrwhitney6 (485) - - NOV 17, 2015
Beer of month club. Pours a clear amber color with zero head. Nose of malt. Taste is malt with caramel sweetness. It's not very complex, but I like it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3708) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Clear dark amber color with no head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and biscuit. Caramel and toffee sweetness with fruit, tea, and some biscuit. Decent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (6982) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
16 oz pour on draft at Legal Test Kitchen in Boston. Served in a Harpoon glass. Clear dark amber with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, malt. Tastes of caramel, toffee, malt, light cocoa and biscuit, toasty notes. Medium body with a dry finish. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 1, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-14-13- Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance Served a mahogany colored brew with ruby like highlights and a small off white head. The head fades rather fast to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew. Smell The aroma is heaviest of a sweet caramel smell mixed with notes of lightly roasted malt and a biscuit smell. Mixed with these are some aromas of a buttery toffee and a light grassy hop. Taste The taste begins with a lightly roasted bready flavor as well as some caramel sweetness. As the taste advances further some toffee, biscuit, and some fruit flavors a apple and a light cherry come to the tongue. The flavors remain relatively constant throughout the rest of the taste until the end where a light citrus and herbal hop flavor come to the tongue. Mouthfeel The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to just below average side. The medium body and carbonation suit the drinkable and lightly roasted and sweeter flavors of the brew quite well. Very appropriately done. Overall A decent red ale. It has an easy drinking and non-complex flavor profile that has nice smoother flavors which makes a good beer to have while enjoying the company of other.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 3, 2014
Pours an amber color. Aroma and taste are light caramel and malts with some spices.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
A) nice amber color, clear. Hardly any foam capping, fades quickly. S) Smells of roasty malts. I dont notice any hop presence. T) I do notice some hoppy tones on my first good drink but is almost muted by the roasted malts.The malts also have a nice sweetness to them. Taste is well balanced. MF)The beer feels thin and watery, slighty bitter or dry on finish. overall) true to style, good Drink well my friend

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Its body is deep amber in color and it shows very good clarity. A quick poor makes for a tall foamy head. It is off white to a very light tan in color and it slowly fades down to very thin filmy covering as I drink. Its lacing is minimal, spotty and slick. The aroma fairly light with some hints at malt and light leafy hops as well as touch of something with mineral like edge. There is mix of pale biscuity, dry white bready and sweet malt as the base flavor note. Hops add there balance of leafy and herbal flavor as well as some bitterness and dryness. The body has a medium feel with good carbonation and an easy drinking light but note too light texture.

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