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Harpoon Winter Warmer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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1,255 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,255
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 20.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 53 | 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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1/5  rDev -68.4%

AndrewMichael, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Aewachiw, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of tsmiller7
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

tsmiller7, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of bigred89
2.75/5  rDev -13%

bigred89, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

bostonbluenose, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Kgrubb1224
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Kgrubb1224, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of montauk7
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

montauk7, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high fluffy and dense off white head that slowly died down, leaving thick lacing down the sides of the glass and thin lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of nutmeg in the nose along with hints of cinnamon.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some elements of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. No warmth from the alcohol is perceptible.
O: The beer is easy to drink compared to others in the style but could use more complexity and fuller-bodied nature to make it more of a beer that can be enjoyed while sipped.

metter98, Dec 30, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

mweso2000, Dec 30, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

DreamInOrange, Dec 30, 2011
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2/5  rDev -36.7%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tdm168, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Knapp85, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

GarthDanielson, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Jerermy
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jerermy, Dec 28, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Shilt, Dec 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

kwa357, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

kmwilson76, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

verdict603, Dec 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +26.6%

WreckingBrew, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Gmann, Dec 25, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

corsendonkfan, Dec 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -5.1%

jeanphony, Dec 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

stewarbd, Dec 24, 2011
Harpoon Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
73 out of 100 based on 1,255 ratings.