Beer Wednesday – Grateful Harvest
Happy Beer Wednesday!
Have you ever looked at a combination of flavors and thought “Hmmm, I bet that combination is awesome”? Despite the fact that it was probably a little odd and you never would have thought to make the match yourself?
Well, that was very much the thought process I went through when I saw the bottle of Harpoon Grateful Harvest Cranberry Ale calling to me at the liquor store.
First of all, the Harpoon Helps line of beers by Harpoon is a great idea. Supporting food banks through its Harpoon Helps charity, Harpoon brewed this ale with the right idea in mind: we all need a little help sometimes, and we all can give a little extra sometimes.
The Grateful Harvest is meant to be a Thanksgiving auburn ale, and the color of it really suggests the family dinner, complete with cranberry sauce and Tofurkey. (You thought I was going to say turkey, didn’t you?)
I can’t tell you how much I wanted this ale to capture the tart, brightness of cranberries, while blending them with the crisp, bitter citrus of hops. I really did.
I was disappointed.
Not to say that the beer itself wasn’t good, it was, well, fine. Nothing amazing. No great alteration of the universe. Just. . . fine.
The cranberry flavor didn’t really mix with the hops, so what you ended up with was a flavor sort of cranberry forward, with not too much hoppy brightness in the finish. It was a little flat in flavor, unfortunately, and even didn’t have very much pop in nose. It poured a beautiful reddish-amber color, but didn’t leave much in the way of head or lacing, an overall, it was, well. . . mediocre, unfortunately.
As for a ranking, I’ll give it a 3/5, but only because I love the idea of proceeds going to local food banks.