cheap (5797) - 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. snoworsummer (5624) - 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. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for the share. Cheers, John! Pours a clear brown with a white head. Nose is biscuity malt, berry, and a light bitterness. Flavor is similar with biscuity malt and very light bitterness. Lingering berry into the finish. Not my bag. mar (5409) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
deep copper pour with a light white head. nose is rich caramel malts, dough, and faint cranberry. decent thickness, rather surprising sweet malts, light toffee, faint tart finish. nearbeer (5370) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2014
12 oz. bb 02/15/15. Pour is a nice looking copper-chestnut with a lasting disc of foam. Aroma is dark toffee, toasted nut and apple baked in brown sugar. Trying really hard, I find there’s an occasional note of metallic fruit that I would chalk up to cranberry, but otherwise never would have thought of the fruit that’s identified on the label. The taste shows some apple with brown sugar, shellac and bitterish nut. A bit later mildly tart fruit notes appear, but again would not have identified the source without the prodding. Medium body has a nice balance and a light astringency from the tart fruit. For me most every Harpoon brew is dominated by a stale apple/fruity English-style yeast flavor. This one is kind of like a roasty Oktoberfest with an English Ale-cranberry twist and is an OK drinker for a fruit beer.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Thanks to TNT for picking this one up. Tasted on Thanksgiving and served in a sampler glass. Pours an auburn color. Nose has a nice cranberry tartness and backing malt. Flavor falls through with too much breadiness. Over the top malt with cranberry falling to the background. Nose was by far the best part of this one. AdamChandler (4977) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle at home. tulip at fridge temp. pours a 1 finger creamy head that doesn’t fade. Looks like burnt plums in the body. candied cranberry fake syrupy taste. tart on the nose. semi-sweet. Taste is very sweet up front, tart and dry at the finish. Middle is like cough syrup. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of cranberry, malt, and caramel, Earth, and a hint of vomit. Poured deep amber/copper in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling to very sparkling. Flavor is slightly sweet. Tastes of malt, and a hint of cranberry. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt finish. Pretty gross. chinchill (4938) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Cranberries evident in the fruity flavor and aroma, as well as in the not-so-subtle tartness. The flavor more clearly reflects cranberry than does the more vaguely fruity aroma. The beer has a complementary reddish tint in the otherwise deep amber, clear ale. Some hop bitterness is apparent. Crisp, slightly astringent feel with near medium body and medium carbonation. My favorite aspect is the rather marked transition from sweet to tart and, with different timing, from tart fruit flavor to a more balanced and malty aftertaste: well crafted, but there may be only so far one can go with a cranberry ale. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best By: 02/15/12.
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-mahogany body with a small, whipped, bone white head.
Smell: A simple nose of oven-toasted bread crusts atop a faintly tart fruit accent that isn’t immediately identifiable as cranberry.
Taste: Bready, toasty Munich malt with a light incorporated caramelesque sweetness to it. A sip of subtly tart cranberry juice, that’s all. Very little in the way of hops or bitterness. Drying, minutely fruity, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Harpoon played it safe with the cranberry here, but, maybe they just didn’t want a Cranberry Lambic on their hands.