Harpoon Winter Warmer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.88/5 rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Single bottle (best by 02/15/11) poured into a shaker pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a light tan 1/8" head which dies down a thin skin across the top. Tiny bits of lacing here and there. A clear coppery orange color. Good color, just disappointing foam and lacing.
Smell: Sweet cinnamon and malt mostly. If I swirl it I can get some nutmeg, but it's fleeting. Still a nice appealing smell for me though.
Taste: Immediate cinnamon flavor that moves into some lighter malt sweetness, and then something of a spicy finish. It is definitely a one-focus flavor here - and that's the cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue, otherwise just a bit thicker than water. Nothing special.
Drinkability: I honestly don't know why there is no much hatred for this beer, it's not that bad at all. I went into this review concerned, but I really don't mind it at all and would definitely pick it up again. I do however, note that it's best when cold right out of the fridge, and it loses some of its charm as it warms up. I think though, I like this beer because I really like cinnamon, which is the dominant flavor in this beer. It's a little bit like having a beery red-hot (those little red candies). So if you don't like this spice, then you're going to hate this beer. Despite this love of cinnamon, it is a beer that I can only have one of. While I wouldn't mind having it again another night, I can't have more than one in an evening. While I really love cinnamon, it's a spice to flavor other things, not to have solely by itself.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2010 00:18:54 | More by damndirtyape
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