Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale

 
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30
47
style
Formerly brewed at Harpoon Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Boston, Massachusetts USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed using locally-grown cranberries, this beer captures the spirit of a true New England Thanksgiving: the harvest celebration and the sharing of food amongst friends. Fermented with a traditional ale yeast that lets the cranberries provide the signature aroma, this beer is balanced by the ‘bready’ notes of the Vienna and Munich malts.

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2.2
Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Really wanted to like this, but it was almost a pour. Its redemption was, as it warmed it became tolerable. Nice nose. Cranberry soda at first. Warming brought out a bit of pleasant malt. Still, a dud.

3
neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
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

2.4
GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Rated based on notes taken 15 Sept 2012 -- Interesting. (those notes usually mean it wasn’t great) Not a great bit of cranberry, just a hint. So why call it a cranberry brew?

2.9
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear ruby red with a small off-white head. Aromas of caramel malt, red berries and sour cherry, and wet gym socks. Flavor is a little sour malt, raisin, and slightly tart cherry/grape; a little cranberry in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation, thin, and dry. Not great.

3.6
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
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.

3.6
BeerFanDan17 (1121) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Sampled at the brewery in Boston. Cranberry Harpoon Helps... rich maltiness... very "scotch-like."

3
Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2012
This one is kinda funky and unusual. Taste is cranberries, cotton balls and malt. All over the map.

3
BillWyce (1104) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2013
From notes: Poured clear reddish-amber with a 1-finger bone-colored head. Biscuity aroma mixed with caramel and a touch of cranberry. Medium body with a touch of dryness in the finish. The flavor matches the aroma: biscuity and caramelly, with some cranberry underneath.

3.1
MrBeerFanatic (1069) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2012
Pretty dark amber with more of the red hues and can produce a frothy head. Fruity aromas of sour apple, juicy fruit gum, cranberry, slight grapefruit, slight perfumlike hints. Flavors of cranberry actually come through though more light, can be noticed well through the whole flavor experience. Other more subtle flavors of slight caramel, with a hint of nuttyness and very light bread. The bitter dry end doesnt seem to balence well with all the overall flavors. Slightly sweet, tart, dry. A sip here and there is rather lightly tasty but to fast and it becomes old fast.

3.2
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Ruby Red with thin white lacing. Malty, caramel, yet slightly grassy aroma.. Malts upfront on the palate but overall crisp and clean with a bit of spice and earthy bite on the back.


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