Harpoon Winter Warmer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,438 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 640
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 10
Gots: 174 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

When you bring a glass of this dark copper ale to your lips to take your first sip you will notice the aroma of cinnamon. There is no aromatic hop added that might overpower the distinct spice scent. The medium body of this beer is formed from caramel and pale malts. These create enough body to support the spices without making the beer excessively rich. Bittering hops are added to counter the sweetness of the malt and spice. The finish of the beer is a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination of these two spices results in a balanced, pumpkin-pie flavor.

22 IBU
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Ratings: 1,438 | Reviews: 640
Photo of Epf617
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Winter...yes. Drinking it in May? Eh, OK

Photo of Oleyomoleyo
2.2/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Someone mentioned in a earlier review this beer is like drinking a glass of french toast. 100% on the mark. Love french toast but not french toast flavored beer. Harpoon has many better choices than this.

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.42/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer for the winter time

Photo of Rideguy64
2.09/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is like drinking a glass of french toast, and not in a good way. Too Sweet

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pretty bad spiced beer with too much going on.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.02/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty golden amber/copper color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger, mixing well with strong toasted malt aromas. Gingerbread is what comes to mind.

Taste: Very, very good. Gingerbread in a glass! Notes of toasted malt and freshly baked bread, but the predominate flavor is gingerbread! Strong notes of spice, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Hardly no hops at all, which pleases me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With and ABV of 5.9%, there is not presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, as it has great flavors of gingerbread, spices and malt. Extremely tasty. Recommended.

Photo of WillBA
2.22/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks good but thats about it, reeks of spices that overpowers, med. to lght feel offer not much to be enjoyed

Photo of Wardnemisis
4.56/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Very good beer tasty

Photo of Tommytunes
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer with dessert. Cinnamon and nutmeg warms my belly!

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma of mild nutmeg, cinnamon, & toasted malt, cereal. Taste sweet malt, slight nutmeg, brown sugar. Not bad!

Photo of jbredbeard
3.61/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mild coffee notes in the nose followed by a nice smooth full bodied brew with a good coffee and cinnamon flavor. Definitely a cold weather ale but very good.

Photo of SuperMartino
2.47/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Not good. Review is redundant. Words for nothing.

Photo of russwilliam
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Spice bomb, very thin, very unimpressive.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper with a white head. The smell is full of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste has those spices in the beginning but then mellows into the toasted malt which I thought gave a nice finish to the beer. SImple but effective.

Photo of kw_pip
4.22/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Easy on palate. Clove. Nutmeg. Sweet but light.

Photo of jfhrtn92
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing winter beer worth a try for sure on draft

Photo of everythingiszen
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruddy brown. Cinnamon and cloves heavy on the nose. Lighter bodied than I expected. Flavor is strong, straight forward winter spicing, a little cinnamon-sugary. Not terrible, but not my favorite. Became more and more cloying as I went.

Photo of sprat1960
1.91/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look: Dark cooper with a red hint. Pours with a one finger white head that disappears quickly leaving scant remnants of foam on the surface of the beer. Transparent. Looks okay; commercial.

Smell: Overly sweet, with scents of cinnamon and nutmeg. Aroma of pumpkin pie. I found it too strong and not appealing.

Taste: Similar to the smell, though less sweet and much more spicy. Ended with a bitter taste the reminded me of black pepper combined with some cinnamon. I found the taste to be terrible. I could have gotten it down, but ended up throwing out most of the 12 oz bottle.

Feel: Thin to medium in body. Kind of like a thin syrup. Lots of medium carbonation.

Overall: Personally this beer was not at all to my tastes; way too sweet and too many spices. Tasted more like a heavily spiced cider than a beer to me. I thought it was one of the worst beers that I ever tasted. But my brother - who bought it - loves it. So it has it fans; I am definitely not one. I guess I have learned this Fall that I don't really care for most apple, pumpkin or cinnamon/nutneg spiced beers in general.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Dark raisin brown with a nice fizzy and active tan head.

Spicy aromas of nutmeg and allspice. Raisins, nuts.

Too much of the spiced flavors, not enough of the nutty and dark fruit.

Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation.

A nice winter warmer, but definitely not my style.

Photo of HamdenHector
2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: crystal clear; reddish amber; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: nutmeg is most prevalent, with cinnamon also clearly present;

T: all cinnamon; a touch of nutmeg if you wait a minute or two; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: one note; note balanced; no complexity;

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at room temperature.

A: Pours into the glass a clear red-amber, not unlike the hue of a good Vienna lager, and forms a two finger head of pale tan froth which dies slowly down to a relatively thick cap. Lacing is briefly impressive, then falls right back down to the cap.

S: Caramel and toffee malt, with heady notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice over the top.

T: Exactly what the nose promises. The initial flavor is a somewhat bland caramel-toffee malt, which has a rush of cinnamon and nutmeg stampeding over it to become the whole of the flavor profile in the middle, before the spice recedes at the finish. There's some carbonation sharpness in the middle as well, which seems to cut the malt, and a very faint, very flat wooden-leafy note.

M: Watery and overcarbonated to the point of sharpness.

O: While I'm generally a malt fan, I am a fan of well-executed malt. This beer seems either simple but poorly integrated, or an attempt at being complex that did not quite gel. It's not terrible, but it is right around average.

Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

12/04/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Since it's early December this hits the spot. Spices without the sweet.

Had 2 in a row & with 40 taps in front of me, that quite a feat on the brewers part.

If you pick friends that are interesting but not flashy here's your chance to make a new one. Skol!

Photo of TWStandley
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%

Purchase this every Christmas more for nostalgia case.

Appears a muted brown color with a small, light brown head.

Smells of cinnamon sugar, and other malts.

Tastes the same. A bit overpowering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick.

Overall its ok.

Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby-amber, with a large head of khaki bubbles. There's only a thin fringe of lace, albeit nicely detailed.

Aroma is heavy on the spice accents. I get predominantly cinnamon, followed by a touch of vanilla and nutmeg. Pleasant enough.

Taste is, again, heavy on the spices. This one's not too sweet, but definitely a mellow sipper. With all the warm spices, Harpoon's Winter Warmer effectively and accurately captures the spirit of wintertime and holiday vibes. Solid and well-done.

Photo of cyclonece09
2.67/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours light brown/red with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of winter spices, a tad of cinnamon. Tastes of cinnamon in my mouth with carbonation. Beer is not overly drinkable for its light body but overpowering spices. Overall a below average beer.

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Harpoon Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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