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Harpoon Winter Warmer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,240 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,240
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000)
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Reviews by RickS95:
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3.95/5  rDev +25%

Slow forming, inch thick head. Good looking beer. Caramel in color.

You can smell the cinnamon several feet away; a pleasant, festive smelling brew. Creamy mouthfeel, it just begs to be drank, but the cinnamon and other spices are a bit overwhelming.

Has a relatively simple, subdued finish. You notice a hint of bitter, but it's quickly taken over by the spices.

This beer smells better than it is. Is' not a bad beer and I'd certainly drink it again, just not more than one in a night...too spicy.

02-14-2009 02:32:55 | More by RickS95
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +18%

Had this on tap while living in Vermont,liked it alot.Then bought in bottle form,not quite as good.On tap tasted fresh and like eating a nice spice cake.

03-01-2002 08:55:22 | More by oberon
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.1%

10-03-2013 02:12:13 | More by cam477
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4/5  rDev +26.6%

10-19-2012 02:02:40 | More by Tiernan
Photo of MikeC144

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

04-09-2014 15:08:23 | More by MikeC144
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2.1/5  rDev -33.5%

The only beer I've had that possibly has more cinnamon flavor than this is Shipyard's Pumpkin ale. Needless to say, heavy cinnamon flavoring does not lend itself well to beer. It ends up being overly sweet and difficult to finish. That's pretty much the base of this beer - cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon. I didnt particularly enjoy this and I'm glad I only bought a single, as I dont want to have it again.

11-26-2006 00:43:33 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.08/5  rDev -2.5%

My daughter loves this beer. I think that's because she lives in Florida and rarely gets to drink it. It's a clear orange color with a small head. A sweet, spicy aroma. All I could taste was cinnamon, not exactly what I was looking for. I think this is an OK winter warmer, but too aggressive with the spice.

12-31-2006 00:00:10 | More by lordofthewiens
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New York

3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2012 02:31:28 | More by csmartin6
Photo of Todd


1.9/5  rDev -39.9%

Had this for the first time this year @ the Harpoon X-mas Party. It was dreadful. They actually changed the recipe this year because they were getting complaints about spice dregs at the bottom of kegs that made the beer cloudy. So, this year they went with "liquid spice". I've talked to other brewers, all of who refuse to use this stuff as it's too potent.

Just imagine drinking a cinnamon hotball, but without the hot. It's so over-spiced that you can't enjoy the other characters of the beer.

12-02-2001 11:19:24 | More by Todd
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Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -13%

08-01-2014 14:19:05 | More by Doomcifer
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2.58/5  rDev -18.4%

A- A very clear cherry tinged amber color with a one finger off white head that fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S- Very high in the spices, it smells like cinnamon and a bit of off smelling yeast character. I'm a little confused and not pleased.

T- Well the nose had it right. The flavor is a moderately high amount of cinnamon and nothing else. Not awful, just not very well thought out or presented. They should've just called this "Cinnamon Beer" instead of winter warmer.

M- Pretty watery really. Fairly low in both body and carbonation.

D- This is a lot like the overspiced pumpkin beers that are made by most breweries, but with even less complexity and really just one note of cinnamon. There's nothing to hate but unless you're a big cinnamon person stay away. Made me crave Stegmeier Winter Warmer for all the things that this one was not.

12-13-2011 01:16:06 | More by Guden
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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

02-27-2014 17:25:01 | More by Bill2809
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2.1/5  rDev -33.5%

Notes from 2001: Way too much spice this year, takes away from the malt and subtle hops. I wish they would bring this beer back to what it used to be.


Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with an ink jet printed bottled on date above the label.

Appearance: Slighty chill hazed copper coloured brew with thin yet creamy lace which leaves a few rings around the glass.

Smell: More cinnamon than nutmeg, fresh pie apples and a faint aroma of esters in the sweet nose also.

Taste: Medium bodied with a sweet chewy malt and spice mix up front, cinnamon and nutmeg are about even. Some fruitiness in the middle with a sharp tingling hop bitterness that is just enough to balance all of the sweetness. Mild alcoholic esters are more evident towards the end ... drying grain in the finish.

Notes: Very drinkable, sweetness is not cloying and spices are not over done. A well crafted and balanced beer. A good pick if you can't handle the "big" winter brews.

12-15-2001 18:21:40 | More by Jason
Photo of merlin48


3.35/5  rDev +6%

Clear amber body with a small offwhite head that retains decently and leaves some sparse patchy lace. Aroma is unusual, reminding me of a wintergreen scented Coca Cola. A dash of cinnamon in the background. Mouthfeel is lightbodied with medium carbonation. Taste is some light caramel maltiness that gets lost in the spices. I taste mostly wintergreen, but cinnamon and nutmeg are also prominent. Some hop bitterness comes on toward the middle and the finish is spicy bitter with a nutmeg aftertaste. Very light in body for a winter warmer. This one fares poorly compared to most of the other winter warmers I've sampled this season.

02-26-2005 23:41:43 | More by merlin48
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -0.3%

12 ouncer, comes w/o freshness info. Pours clear, light mahogany amber, minimal to no head, no lace and seems to be on the low side carbonation wise. Holiday spice on the nose.Thin toasted malts, more thanksgiving pie spice notes and but continued thinness and lack of any sizzle. Metallic and off putting finish. Pretty dull stuff.

01-07-2009 00:44:04 | More by Billolick
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3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

11-26-2012 01:56:45 | More by Guinnsslvr
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2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

12-01-2012 03:25:56 | More by reitzbrewing
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3.2/5  rDev +1.3%

On tap at the Libertine.

The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel and toffee malt along with some assorted spices. I get some cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is spicy along with some toffee and caramel. The spices taste a bit muddled and are tough to pick out individual ones. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent winter warmer, but there are better spiced Christmas beers out there.

12-30-2010 23:27:47 | More by Mora2000
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

01-06-2012 04:02:04 | More by livewire05
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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

12-04-2013 23:52:06 | More by dankjohn
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West Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -17.7%

12oz brown bottle poured into a nonic glass.

Clear,coppery/ruby color with lots of very tiny particles suspended. Very generous off-white head,thick turning chunky with good retention leaves a pillowy layer and thick webby lacing down the glass.

Intense spicy aromas with strong cinnamon and lots of nutmeg. Slightly reminesent of old style root beer. No beery aromas present.

Very spicy also in the taste with a strong tart cinnamon as well as nutmeg,what you would expect after a good wiff of the aroma. Sort of tastes like an apple pie minus the apples,although a fruit taste is present in the beer. Finishes with very spicy bitterness and sharp tartness with a drying effect.

Light mouthfeel with slight cloyingness. Was just too spicy for me to have any drinkability. A spice lovers beer,wish it had more beery taste and less spicyness,very unbalanced overall.

01-30-2008 02:49:43 | More by jcdiflorio
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New York

3/5  rDev -5.1%

11-15-2011 16:46:55 | More by mjtiernan
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3.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Has a spicy aroma, reminiscent of cloves and oranges with a touch of cinnamon.

Spices are also the first flavors to come across on the tongue, with an immediate, sharp burst of cinnamon and nutmeg, paired nicely with gentle fruit flavors such as orange and lemon. The fruit flavors fade off mid-mouthful, but the spices remain, and mingle with sugary malts and toasted grains. And unlike most beers, where "spice" just means "flavor," the cinnamon in here adds a small kick. Hops seem to be kept to a minimum, as there's little bitterness or grapefruit flavors. But the spices are definitely present all the way through, and even linger on the tongue long after the beer has left.

Unfortunately, such an aftertaste doesn't prove as wanted as might be expected, instead leaving a slightly stale, earthy flavor on the tongue--as if I'd eaten a quarter teaspoon of mixed and dried nutmeg and cloves, but didn't have a glass of water to wash it down. Which is a pity, since the ale had been rather nice up to that point.

08-13-2011 19:36:16 | More by jondeelee
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New York

3/5  rDev -5.1%

11-16-2011 03:49:42 | More by virinow
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-19-2012 19:15:52 | More by Bike2work
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Harpoon Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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