Harpoon Winter Warmer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Harpoon Winter WarmerHarpoon Winter Warmer
BA SCORE
3.2/5
1,543 Ratings
Harpoon Winter WarmerHarpoon Winter Warmer
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
Ranking:
#43,388
Reviews:
652
Ratings:
1,543
pDev:
20%
Bros Score:
2.02
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
261
Trade:
1
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a clear mug, the appearance was a copper to dark amber/brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that glistened before gently sliding off. Sticky speckled lace.
The aroma had some cinnamon, allspice, ginger, dark bread, some milk chocolate, nutmeg, butterscotch, and a little bit of earthy spice even lighter in the background.
The flavor was moderately spicy with a gentle sweetness coming about. Light aftertaste of a blend between chocolate, butterscotch and nutmeg.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it due to the spices becoming non-distracting. Carbonation felt on par. Finishes slightly spicy with a little bit of malt.
Overall, works for me as a winter warmer, I'd have again.

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Photo of mamaraza
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Try-em-all
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

NOTE: Don't make the mistake I made by drinking a winter beer in April. IDIOT!

Dark Cinnamon, dark numeg, dark sugars and dark fruit are all a part of this. Of yeaeh, it looks dark, too with a copper color; two finger head that sticks around a few minutes. Malty taste, touch of tart, but you certainly have cinnamona nd nutmeg as a take away. Not too much hoops are bitterness with medium body. I should have drink this when it was cold out, shame on me.

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Photo of zotzot
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: cinnamon and nutmeg joined by dark sugars and dark dried fruit.

L: brilliant copper brown filled with slowly rising bubbles under a 1/2" off-white foam cap with moderate retention.

T: malty, slightly sweet with a hint of tartness and a dash of dark dried fruit. Cinnamon and Nutmeg dominate the palate, especially on the finish where they give the beer a spicy astringency. Hop flavors and bitterness are low. There is some butterscotch to caramel in he background.

F: medium full bodied and the carbonation is medium low.

O: I don't like this beer. It is a little weak for a winter warmer. The intensity of cinnamon and nutmeg is off putting and the beer cries out for something to balance the added spices. It might do better with either less spice or more alcohol and malt with some added hop bitterness to balance the extra malt sweetness. I find it barely drinkable

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Photo of jeffreyhill021
2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mothmanscott
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium/dark amber producing 2+ fingers of beige, somewhat lasting, frothy head that leaves a wash of stringy lace. Aroma is caramel & dark bready malt, roast, nuts, cinnamon, ginger & nutmeg. Taste is spicy & heavy to cinnamon & ginger with sweet caramel & toasted malt, dark bread, hints of roasted nuts, orange & herbal hops in the finish. A spicy & lightly roasted, bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation, prickly with peppery spice.

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Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nolster
2.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Josholson666
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JLK7299
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of antman27
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ColSanders123
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Philcassella
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (5.9%) and there is a enjoy by date (02/07/17). The beer is a nice maple syrup brown. It has very minimal head - maybe a 1/4 of a finger. The head is off white.

S: [3.25] Mulling spices, cinnamon, hot cinnamon (those red things) and toffee.

T: [3.25] Similar to the nose. Cinnamon predominantly. Then toffee and caramel. Maybe a hint of orange hard candy.

M: [2.75] Thin with tingly carbonation.

O: [3.25] It is okay - a departure from the norm. The cinnamon notes are nice but the body is a little thin and prickly. Overall this is just okay and there are lots of preferable beers out there.

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Photo of margnat
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Harpoon Winter Warmer varies much from year to year - which is a good thing, actually even better if it varies batch to batch! I like the varieties with a strong fragrance and spicy taste. I do not enjoy batches that are less tasty and the overall finish is too sweet without the spice to balance. A decent holiday beer for folks who like cinnamon and nutmeg.

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

Photo of PMarcy78
3.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of cwreay90
3.32/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Taybeh
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Cluker
2.62/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 1,543 ratings
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