Winter Warmer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
harpoonbrewery.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2000

BEER STATS
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#45,467
Reviews:
658
Ratings:
1,574
pDev:
20%
Bros Score:
2.02
 
 
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Photo of tedho21
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ajdemma
3.71/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VILJ
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dextr24
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JdubsNY
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cinnamon and nutmeg flavors typical of winter seasonal beer. Lite to medium bodied, enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Svartrhand
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An american ale version of a European winter ale. It is to them as budwieser is to german pils.

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Photo of Profundobaso
3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Look - amber to light-brown in color, transparent. very little head/lacing.
Smell - spices, mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. nice sweetness that isn't overpowering.
Taste - some spices in the initial mouthfeel, though not much in the finish. a hint of fruitness near the end. not much hop or malt presence.
Feel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, and appropriate ABV.
Overall - The flavors on this beer are all as advertised, but aren't pronounced. the result is a beer that tastes good, but doesn't stand out relative to the same style from other breweries. still a good brew.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

EBD 1/15/18. Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a dark ruby cast. Normal head volume and retention, very poor lacing.

Nice but weak nose that you really have to "sniff" for. Aromatics are not this beer's strong suit - but that's due to intensity. Cinnamon, light nutmeg and a touch of plum reside over a slightly sweet base.

Heavy light body that has a bit of heft to it and results in a smooth texture. The carbonation / body balance is outstanding and balances nicely with the body. The middle is just effervescent enough to tickle while the finish provides a rollicking prickly punch.

The flavor profile is good. It is well balanced but lacks complexity and intensity. Cinnamon is the strongest influence and arrives first and provides most of the bittering sensation. Cinnamon also never goes away - it just slowly fades and lingers after the finish. The middle is subtly sweet but never shines to provide contrast. Consequently, any dark fruit from the nose are very hard to detect. Nutmeg makes a hint of an appearance near the finish, but it is also subdued.

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Photo of Act25
3.19/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

when winter warmers venture in direction of pumpkin pie, I veer elsewhere.
a) Pours crystal clear amber body (similar to Flying Fish Grand Cru - much better) and a fizzy head with minor retention and lace.
S: Two much aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose that blot out other features.
T: The taste follows smell with emerging notes of balancing hops to the malty sweetness in the base. Typical.
M: Looking for more weight and warmth in a winter special.
O: The beer is too low key and finished in the back of the pack.

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Photo of Kurzman
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Redrover
3.56/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6 pack of this as part of a large beer run I made at Woodmans. $6.99 per sixer.


From a longneck into a glass, the beer is amber with a light beige head.

It has an aroma of grains cinnamon and nutmeg.

The spices are evident in the taste but are not assertive or overpowering. There is a cracker like taste from the malts, a bit of red apple and then the cinnamon and if you look really hard nutmeg. There is a quick hit of dried fruit and the beer is slightly sweet.

The mouth is medium and active carbonation that could be dialed back a notch.

Not a bad change of pace winter beer. I could see myself buying a six pack every holiday season.

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Photo of jgiordano88
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smithj4
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scottvanbelois
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Choppin-Banana
3.29/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice winter beer to drink sitting by the fire

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Photo of Diura
3.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of skywizzard
3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason_cs
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hughesm12
3.98/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elamb106
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pnotuner
4.97/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing find. Nice creamy Porter with a sweet spicy coolness. Pulled from the bottle just out of the fridge. It might be my favorite ever.

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Photo of TheGent
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 1,574 ratings