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Beer #72 – March 16, 2010: Harpoon Celtic Ale

March 19, 2010

Beer: Harpoon Celtic Ale

Brewery: Harpoon Brewery, Boston, MA

Style: Irish Red Ale

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $7.99 / six-pack

Availability: Spring Seasonal

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 5.4% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Clean, straightforward, malty, enjoyable any time of year.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Clear coppery-orange with a foamy off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet and grainy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tiny bubbles of carbonation, a little creamy.

Taste: Initial malty sweetness, evolving into a lightly roasted, slightly nutty (cashew?), mild black tea middle.  A slight refreshing tartness comes forward, while a sweetness continues to linger, leading into a slightly dry finish.

Pairing: A shepherd’s pie or nice Irish stew.

Trivia: Harpoon hails from Boston, possibly the most Irish city in the U.S.A., not only home of the Celtics basketball team, but home to the oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, dating back to 1737.


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