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RATINGS: 466   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. Patrick’s Day (Evacuation Day - coincidentally a holiday - in Boston). It’s 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 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2012
This has a very off taste. Much like the way milk turns sour that is what this taste like. There is a metallic finish. An amber color beer with a small off-white head. This one was a drain pour.

ads135 (5207) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 18, 2017
Not the best Irish ale. Expected smoothness but its more watery than creamy. Sweetness is muted and the aftertaste is stale. Tried for the first time at the brewery in 2007.

kramer (6991) - 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.

jrodooo5 (1748) - 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. It’s light & drinkable but by no means memorable!

euniceradio (563) - 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.

Jrwhitney6 (515) - - 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

alobar (3966) - 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.

GenDV138 (7828) - 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.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - 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.

Mark_Eck (1998) - - AUG 3, 2014
Pours an amber color. Aroma and taste are light caramel and malts with some spices.

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 don’t 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

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