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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1.9
ben4321 (6735) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 3/19/12

Aroma: It has something cranberry-like that isn’t exactly cranberry and something that is very medicinal (Robitussin?), the cranberry Robitussin overpowers anything else that may be present in the nose here...
Appearance: It pours a transparent reddish-amber color with a small off-white head and no lace
Flavor: The taste, much like the nose, is a rather unusual combination of sweet and medicinal
Palate: Light bodied, with average-to-soft carbonation, a cloying stickiness, and an unpleasant finish
Overall Impression: I’m sure this stuff would have made for great medicine in Chris Rock’s house, but as beer it didn’t work at all. No ’Mo Tussin Beer, and since I don’t have anything else to say about this one:
"l broke my leg, Daddy poured Robitussin on it. Yeah, boy, let that ’tussin get in there. Yeah, boy, let that ’tussin get on down to the bone. The ’tussin ought to straighten out the bone. lt’s good. If you run out of ’tussin, put some water in the jar, shake it up, MO ’TUSSIN!"

2.6
blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2011
bottle, red amber color with good pinkish white foam, aroma is overly sweet artificial berry , flavor of melted cherry popsicles, thistle and wood on the finish

3.2
Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Harpoon is kind of a hit or miss brewery for me, but I tend like cranberry beers in general. This one smelled like cranberry, sure enough, but also had weird, vaguely artificial note - think cranberry flavored baby aspirin. Flavor was pretty much the same. It was actually better when served really cold, which I can’t think is a good sign.

2.7
jgb9348 (6474) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Nice deep dark copper coloured body with a deep amber and almost brown glow and a thin, one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of malt, sugars, lemons, raspberries, citric acid, caramel and a bit of cranberries - not too potent on the fruit here. Medium-bodied; Assertive malt and caramel flavour at first with a hint of fruit and grapes near the end with only the smallest hint of cranberries at all here. Aftertaste is more thin than the initial taste and very one-dimensional - some malt and a touch of sugars, not much else. Overall, not such a great beer and missing a great opportunity to have a nice beer to pair with anything related to Thanksgiving. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany, New York on 18-November-2011 for US$2.35 sampled at home in Washington on 19-January-2012.

3
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Pours copper with a pinkish/tan head. Smells of carnberries, earthy, peppery, some caramel. Tastes of pepper, tea, biscuity, some cranberry hints. Dry, earthy finish. Weird.

2.4
sonnycheeba (6342) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper with creamy off-white head. Aroma is fig, cranberries, cereal malts, caramel, and floral notes. Flavor is dry malt base, tart fruit esters, light floral hop bitterness, and light sweetness; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

2.2
cheap (6074) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
clean adn fresh smell but it is a little sterile in nature. good initial sizzle ont he palate. quite strong initial impact. medicinal, gets more nastly as we continue. wants to step on your tongue but does nit. some bittter astringent back of tongue thing in there. not sure if there is any realcranberry taste in thar. darker looking ale but not brown. cloying at times.

3.8
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 27, 2014
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.

2.6
snoworsummer (6059) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2013
From a bottle. Pours reddish copper brown with a thin white head and lots of lacing. Tastes like malt and cranberry. Just barely tart. Dry chalky feel. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like malt, grains, and very mild berries.

3.1
thornecb (6055) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Pours deep clear amber into a shaker. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Bread and nut aromas. Sweet cranberry upfront turning to bitter twigs in the lasting finish.


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