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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3.3
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2011 I think I had this too cold, don’t taste any cranberries. As it is warming there is some cranberry tartness in the flavor and very light in the aroma. It’s actually not bad. Pretty good.

2.7
ganache (6050) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle best by 02/15/13. Nose is fruity, some cran-rasp mix with grain and leafy green hops. Dark amber red with a short tan head. Taste is lightly bitter with spikes of intense sweetness and a settling shroud of acrid tartness. Mild medium body with a little fizz but an uninteresting texture. Cranberry is muted.

3.3
nearbeer (5600) - 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.

2.7
markwise (5450) - 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.

3.3
mar (5439) - 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.

3.1
chinchill (5311) - 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.

1.7
AdamChandler (5177) - 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.

3
Thorpe429 (5122) - , 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.

1.8
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.

3.4
ChainGangGuy (4925) - 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.


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