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Harpoon Winter Warmer - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Winter WarmerHarpoon Winter Warmer

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1,431 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,431
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 10
Gots: 159 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

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
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Ratings: 1,431 | Reviews: 638
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3/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

surprised to see this rated so low. the pour is clear dark copper in color, with a really disappointing white head. the nose is more fall spice than winter, with cinnamon and clove, similar to a pumpkin beer, but the flavor reveals a nice sweet caramely malt profile, which holds up the spice well. its wintery with the spices loaded on the back end, and the sweetness of the malt all the way through. finish is really clean for the style. mouthfeel is okay, a little thin in body, i would like this even more with a bigger dose of malts. the carbonation is fine though, and this one is pretty easy drinking. my problem with it is the abv, i like to see a bit stiffer of a winter warmer, something to really warm me, and this takes too many to do that job. thats my most severe critique of an otherwise quite palatable brew.

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3/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Harpoon Winter Warmer. First beer during our Thanksgiving Beer Celebration! Poured into a clean Great Lakes-labeled pint glass.

Dark burnt amber color. Cappuccino-like head full of wet density. Quite clear. Noticeable carbonation rising in the liquid. No lacing, however.

Fig, date, cinnamon and other mulling spices, toasted grain, light booze, and hard caramel candy. Roasted notes give it a toffee aroma. Quite aromatic.

Semi-sweet dark fruits, some candied and some just dried. Pronounced spicing with flavors of nutmeg, allspice, mace, and cinnamon. Dates and fig generalize the noted fruit essences. Herbal notes seem purposeful and from hopping. Generously toasted with a malt-heavy forcefulness. Accompanied by edgy and sugar-cutting bitterness. Still winds up a little sweet.

Very quaffable noting the lacking strength. Oily body fills out at a medium level of body with a lighter carbonation that feels a little sandy. Doesn't exactly work as a warmer, Harpoon's Winter Warmer needs gulped a bit to establish the better feel. I'm in-between about how this is working.

A most appropriate beer to kick off this holiday season. Would enjoy this more if the temperature outside was about fifteen degrees colder. One of my girlfriend's favorite winter seasonals, and one of my favorite Harpoon ales.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Is a "winter warmer" under 6% ABV actually gonna warm you in any appreciable sense? In any case, this stuff pours a clear sunset copper topped by a finger of sandy cream foam. The nose comprises ginger, clove, brown sugar, light toffee, banana, and candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the focus heavily now on the spices, particularly the clove and brown sugar, which end up o'erwhelming all else. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slick feel, and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, not a bad winter warmer, but a decidedly one-dimensional one.

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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2.89/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head is thin and almost orange cream colored. Body color is a saving quality, as it is a nice looking rosy copper. The head is gone in seconds, with no lacing even thought of.

Nutmeg, mild cinnamon, cloves, sweet malt and overripe banana make up the nose.

Flavor starts off fine. Mild sweet malt, nutmeg, cinnamon and a hint of banana... then it goes south. Overpowering nutmeg and a light but unpleasant bitterness just take over and ruin it for you.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Goes down just fine.

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4.5/5  rDev +41.1%

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2.74/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a ruby-tinged medium brown with a miniscule head that dissipated almost instantaneously. Needless to say no lacing. Strong smell of cinnamon. Taste was like a watered down diet cherry soda. Mouthfeel was also thin and soda-like. Give this one a pass.

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4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

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3.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into my Bogota Beer Company pint glass

A: Pours with about about a half inch off-white head. Clear reddish copper color. Decent lacing.

S: Aroma of nutmeg, clove and vanilla. Very pleasant.

T: Prominent taste of clove and malt. Medium bodied finished.

M: Moderate carbonation. Definitely some malty chewiness but not overwhelming

O: This is a solid winter beer, however it would not be my first choice when choosing a beer of this style

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Harpoon Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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