Gift Series Part I: The Botanicals Edition

This is Part I of our 4 Part Gift Installment

This year I’ve broken down our gift picks into categories because you really can’t lump every beer fan under the same umbrella. First up is the “Botanicals Edition” which is for the person who likes floral flavors, herbal cocktails, and gin cocktails.

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50. Harpoon Celtic Ale

I’m still here. WE’RE still here. Summer is upon us and I’m partial to falling asleep on the beach with a book rather than holed up in my room writing beer reviews. SORRY.

Also, if anybody out there, anyone..anyone at all.. knows of a possible job opening in the beer sector of our workforce, please, send me an e-mail. I will move to Vietnam to be a forklift operator, promote *insert small town name here*’s latest seasonal offering, give tours, clean kegs, balance checkbooks, ANYTHING to be around beer. Thank you for your time.

Celtic Ale is Harpoon’s spring seasonal beer, usually available between January and March; a Boston salute to Saint Patrick. Typical.

This Irish-style red ale pours an amber/copper with a creamy head and lacing that settles throughout the entire beer. Great retention. The aroms is light toffee and caramel, with a slight fruitiness.

A mild hop bitterness lets the malty sweetness come through. Floral yeasts and a light touch of alcohol (5.4% ABV) leave it very clean and simple tasting, but nice.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with a dry and toasty grain that lingers on in the finish. Well-balanced and easy to drink, Harpoon’s Celtic Ale gets a B.