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Harpoon Winter Warmer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
73
okay

1,226 Ratings
THE BROS
50
awful

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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 46 | 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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Farky87

Ohio

3/5  rDev -5.1%

12-21-2011 05:05:22 | More by Farky87
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adam42381

Florida

4/5  rDev +26.6%

12-20-2011 22:12:50 | More by adam42381
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Office. Pours dark amber hue with a thick off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is of cinnamon, cloves, some caramel and peppery hops. Medium, smooth body. Taste is of cinnamon, cloves, some caramel, cherry fruit and peppery hops. Nice holyday brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 16:47:11 | More by mikeg67
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thebighungry

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -36.7%

12-19-2011 20:37:28 | More by thebighungry
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear & amber, small off-white head.
Aroma is malty with nutmeg, banana, and cinammon.
Taste is balanced, not terribly different from the smell. Tastes almost like a cookie.
Not much carbonation on this one, feels a little watery. Has an aftertaste that lingers.
Overall its not bad. I'd probably pick it up again when i want something winter-style that isn't super heavy or overbearing with its flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:39:14 | More by vrbulldog22
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Gregwa

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -36.7%

12-18-2011 22:34:56 | More by Gregwa
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

12-18-2011 07:16:14 | More by 1p5v
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark almost coke-like color with a slight head.

S: Aroma is full of spices ,cinnamon ,nutmeg , allspice. Good malty backbone.

T: The taste on this one is really balanced and full of flavor. Great balance of flavors loaded with cinnamon and above mentioned flavors.

M: Mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation level.

O: Overall a nice offering from Harpoon smooth and silky, great taste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 03:49:07 | More by nukem5
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -5.1%

12-16-2011 23:02:44 | More by fizzyted
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wagner617

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +26.6%

12-16-2011 01:02:40 | More by wagner617
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syntheticwings

Virginia

3/5  rDev -5.1%

12-16-2011 00:44:32 | More by syntheticwings
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sailorastro

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +26.6%

12-15-2011 13:26:48 | More by sailorastro
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear deep amber color with a bright white head.

Nose is delightful; gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Truly has winter written all over it. The ginger bread smell is simply delightful and big.

The write spices show through on the front end of the tongue:all spice, nutmeg, cinnamon. Tastes nice like dessert. Unfortunately the lack of carbonation leaves some of these flavors feeling watery at which point that kind of just wash away to a bland finish. The beer has a truly unique taste in that it is very cookie like but it could be held together better. The flavors kind of fall apart in your mouth and leaves you wishing with something bigger that can hold it all together.

Good grade none the less for capturing the christmas spirit in spice form unlike other winter warmers who try the same.

could definitely be better though

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 04:34:21 | More by jtierney89
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mpmckenn

New York

4/5  rDev +26.6%

12-14-2011 23:38:00 | More by mpmckenn
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Kromes

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: A clear copper color with a thin off-white head. Would have expected a darker color for a winter warmer.

S: Cinnamon and nutmeg, slight toasted malt and earthy hop.

T: The cinammon and nutmeg are there up front and in force, along with a sort of sour and tangy malt flavor. The finish is rather bitter and dries out the mouth.

M: A little thin and watery with a sweet sticky feel on the lips. The finish is very dry, the kind where your lips get stuck on your teeth. No bueno.

O: Not my favorite winter warmer. I prefer the more robust warmers than the spiced ones.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 23:32:11 | More by Kromes
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RyanCMcGovern

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +26.6%

12-14-2011 16:00:39 | More by RyanCMcGovern
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -36.7%

12-14-2011 06:45:07 | More by HumphreyLee
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alamode

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -68.4%

12-14-2011 05:26:30 | More by alamode
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Tinker60657

Illinois

2/5  rDev -36.7%

12-14-2011 04:14:40 | More by Tinker60657
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rlee1390

Indiana

2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear, clear amber not much carbonation at all, one finger head that tries to leave some laving.

S-Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg. Spice heavy.

T-Disappointing. The spices in the nose are over the top, have no balance. They just do not mesh well together. Lots of poor tasting cinnamon.

M-Medium bodied, little carbonation.

O-I thought, "Harpoon really doesn't make anything bad, I'll give it a go on a single for cheap" poor choice. Almost like they left an overly spiced pumpkin ale sit and go bad. Not that good of a beer. Would not go near again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 00:28:43 | More by rlee1390
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spedprof

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -5.1%

12-13-2011 05:38:22 | More by spedprof
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated best by 2/15/12 and served in a pint glass.

Appearance - A crystal-clear, reddish mahogany with a thin, off-white head that quickly reduces to a ring. Very little lacing.

Smell - Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and banana.

Taste - Strong nutmeg flavor from start to finish, although there's plenty of cinnamon here too. Secondary notes also dominated by spices, leaving a barely detectable malt base. A bit medicinal. Mild bitterness becomes medium strength in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin body and carbonation. A bit sharp.

Overall - too much spicing, especially the nutmeg.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:44:12 | More by chinchill
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Guden

Maryland

2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:16:06 | More by Guden
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that quickly reduced to a thin layer. A crimson red/orange color with slight signs of carbonation.

Smell: all the trditional spices: cinnamon, ginger, sugar/brown sugar, nutmeg, all spice. Almost like what belongs in an apple pie or apple crumb. Some bready notes too. Forgot to mention all the sweet malts

Taste: Same as above. Everything blends well together.

Mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, full bodied, smooth, and a little chewy. Carbonation could probably be scaled back a little bit.

Overall: I have been drinking this beer for years. Not to bad, but can only have a few due to getting full over the course of a night. Still a nice beer that warms you up like the name applies.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 18:50:40 | More by Flounder57
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j89de

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -5.1%

12-11-2011 20:21:03 | More by j89de
Harpoon Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
73 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.