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Harpoon Winter Warmer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
73
okay

1,244 Ratings
THE BROS
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awful

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Ratings: 1,244
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 20.95%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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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tdm168

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a medium amber with a half an inch of off white head that has decent retention. There are noticeable carbonation bubbles rising to the top. The nose is heavy cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is lightly malty with some cinnamon and nutmeg coming through, but there's an unbalanced bitterness in the finish. I get a little bit of red apple as well. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, dry, and a little heavily carbonated.

This was my first winter warmer years ago when I was living in Boston. I remember it being fantastic. Maybe I've become more snobbish, but I find it to be rather simple and a little unrefined now. It's still a decent, drinkable beer, but it's somehow now one dimensional and a little forgettable for me.

12-29-2011 15:42:08 | More by tdm168
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer poured out as a dark amber color with a white head on top. the lacing was minimal along with the retention. the smell of the beer had some spicy notes on the nose along with some sweet malts. The taste of the beer reminded me too much a pumpkin ale, I felt that their spice choice might have been a little off here. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad but still pretty average. Overall this isn't something I'd go oout of my way to have again. There are some better choices out there in my opinion.

12-29-2011 04:36:23 | More by Knapp85
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, pale, clear, copper coloring with a thin, off-white head that is very low profile. Slight cling to the glass as the beer moves around. A muddled aroma of spices, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and all-spice on the nose, and a slight caramel malt in the background. The flavors are a burnt malt sweetness, with only a little bit of the spicing coming through, and an awkward hopping. The flavors end up a bit jumbled, and overly sweet to the point of tangy. The beer is a little light bodied for the style, and it leaves a slick, oily finish. There is a tangy caramel aftertaste that hangs on the palate, almost to the point of becoming sour. Not my favorite for the style, nor from Harpoon.

12-28-2011 23:19:23 | More by GarthDanielson
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Jerermy

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +15.9%

This beer pours a deep amber color. Mine had a lot of head but i chalked that up to a bad poor. The foam settled quickly to almost nothing.

The aroma is powerful, nutmeg and clove are easily identifiable.

Taste is not as impressive as the aroma but still enjoyable. Caramel sweetness sneaks in with some cinnamon and ginger.

Smooth medium body feel with enough carbonation to sting the back of your tongue.

Not the boldest of winter warmers but still satisfying. This beer is a staple in my fridge each winter.

12-28-2011 21:51:16 | More by Jerermy
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Shilt

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

12-27-2011 21:57:07 | More by Shilt
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kwa357

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

12-27-2011 18:30:13 | More by kwa357
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-27-2011 14:38:30 | More by kmwilson76
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verdict603

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-27-2011 03:14:42 | More by verdict603
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-26-2011 03:53:20 | More by jpd7374
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WreckingBrew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +27%

12-26-2011 00:46:59 | More by WreckingBrew
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Gmann

New York

3.45/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a clear dark amber color. The head is quite small and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is strong on the nutmeg, with lighter scents of cinnamon and ginger. Its a spicy aroma but not too strong. The malt is light and isn't very noticable beyond the spice.

The taste is of nutmeg and ginger with hints of cinnamon. The spice is not as strong in the taste. The malt is light and tea like; lemony and astringent. Some light caramel sweetness. Basically an amber ale with some spices.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. THe beer is lightly sweet on the palate and finishes astrigent.

Kind of a shallow winter warmer. It has some nice spice notes but not much of a malt body. I don't really dig the amber base.

12-25-2011 06:43:58 | More by Gmann
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corsendonkfan

New York

3.53/5  rDev +12.1%

A: Yellowish amber color with a little head that leaves a lasting lacing around the side. Can see a lot of carbonation that lasts for a while after pouring.

S: Love the smell of this beer. Simply put it smells like Christmas. Hints of pine, lots of cinnamon spice.

T: Light tasting considering how much smell the beer has. Taste of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The spice taste also reminds me of christmas smells and foods. Slightly noticeable taste of cherry as well

M: Does not feel heavy. Can feel a good amount of carbonation in this beer.

O: When I think of a beer that is perfect for Christmas all around, I think of Harpoon Winter Warmer. It is impressive that you can make a beer that tastes and smells so much like the holidays, and since it is not very heavy it is fine for family members who are not accustomed to drinking heavy/tasteful beers.

12-25-2011 03:10:36 | More by corsendonkfan
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jeanphony

New York

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-25-2011 00:05:20 | More by jeanphony
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stewarbd

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

12-24-2011 23:24:07 | More by stewarbd
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xDeadGuYx

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-24-2011 00:52:52 | More by xDeadGuYx
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oline73

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of off white head. The bubbles are large and they go away completely.

Smell: Sweet malt with some cherry/almond and Christmas spices.

Taste: Some bready malt up front with mild fruity notes and some Christmas spices. There is a bitterness to the finish and it a bit watery.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of clunky carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This beer isn't great for the style. I would like it to warm me a bit when I drink some. I used to love to have this every time the holidays roll around, but we've grown apart a little bit.

12-24-2011 00:48:10 | More by oline73
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kjkinsey

Texas

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-22-2011 04:53:19 | More by kjkinsey
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AwesomeSara

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-21-2011 20:25:01 | More by AwesomeSara
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Farky87

Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +27%

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

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -36.5%

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

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

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

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -36.5%

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

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

12-18-2011 07:16:14 | More by 1p5v
Harpoon Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
73 out of 100 based on 1,244 ratings.