Winter Warmer
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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From:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
 
Massachusetts, United States
Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #129
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
74
Ranked #29,121
Avg:
3.22 | pDev: 19.88%
Ratings:
1,639
Status:
Active
Rated:
Monday at 03:41 PM
Added:
Dec 06, 2000
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  295
SCORE
74
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Notes: 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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Photo of Peach63
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Peach63 from New York

Light amber with a 1" cream colored head, which slowly fades. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of spices, caramel.

Tastes of spices, mainly cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves.

Thin body, moderate carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

Wasn't exactly winter when I drank this. Good for any season.

Monday at 03:41 PM
Photo of BitteNochEinWeissbier
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle
Glass: Teku
Serving Temp: unsure. Maybe 60-65 degrees F


Look: Deep and dark but clear ruby that drifts towards a shad of mahogany with 2" off-white head. The head reduces to about 1/4" with very good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Candied fruits. Fruitcake. With a good undercurrent of malt, including darker malts (ie, dark bread). Cinnamon is also present.

Taste: Very similar to how the beer smells. The cinnamon is up front and strong, but quickly gives way to the malts and candy. As the cinnamon declines, the nutmeg comes forward and continues through. Things finish with the spices (primarily nutmeg with cinnamon added in). All in all, decently balanced.

Feel: Smooth with body to the lighter side of medium.

Overall: Winter warmers and spiced ales/beers aren't really my thing, but this one isn't too bad. The spices are noticeable, but not overpowering, and they do blend with malts nicely. This is obviously a beer that has had some spices added instead of the other way 'round. It drinks far easier than other Winter Warmers/Holiday beers that I have had. I would drink this beer again.

I will note that the ABV (6%) is a tad low for what I prefer for for a Winter Warmer, but that's OK.

Mar 20, 2022
Photo of tekstr1der
4.21/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

Going way crazy on rDev with this one - I love it. All the warm cozy spices and malt make for a delicious dessert beer. Not going to drink a bunch of them in one sitting, but very enjoyable.

Mar 06, 2022
Photo of moodenba
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by moodenba from New York

The Winter Warmer from Harpoon bottle opened in late February. Beer was about 45F, poured into a simple glass. Look and smell were pleasant. Amber body with a moderate tan head; aroma mild malt and spice. Taste is mellow, with a good balanced flavor. I'm not a big fan of spiced holiday beers, but this was pretty good. The 6% alcohol is not apparent.

Feb 26, 2022
 
3.75 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Jan 31, 2022
 
3.33 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Jan 23, 2022
Photo of BazingaFredette
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BazingaFredette

Not that good but it tastes wintery I suppose

Jan 14, 2022
Photo of officerbill
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by officerbill from New York

A very nice dark amber with a tint of orange and a decent, but short lived, off white head

Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet malt, and dark bread

Flavor follows smell with nutmeg, cinnamon, mild toffee, and malts. But something is off and it almost tastes like artificial flavors.

Light bodied and thin with a slickness that, again, feels artificial.

A decent winter warmer, but it just tastes and feels off somehow

Dec 19, 2021
 
3.35 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Nov 29, 2021
 
3.35 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 19, 2021
 
3.68 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Nov 17, 2021
Photo of Stephenkerr
3.86/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Stephenkerr from Massachusetts

Tasty, especially in the wake of a rather disappointing Shipyard offering. Nutmeg was noticeable and appreciated. I really enjoyed the fact that the spices didn't interfere with the sense/taste that this is actually beer, rather than one of countless flavored sugar drinks.

Feb 17, 2021
 
3.5 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 02, 2021
 
3.75 by xx_adolfhitler42069_xx from Virginia on Jan 24, 2021
 
3.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on Jan 23, 2021
 
3.83 by dtd350 from Connecticut on Dec 15, 2020
Photo of CaptainJames
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by CaptainJames from Pennsylvania

My first beer from Harpoon Brewery. 12 oz bottle. Pretty standard-looking, caramel-colored holiday ale. Very minor head and lacing that doesn't last. Looks lighter and like more of an early Fall/pumpkin beer more so than a deep Winter beverage. The advertised spices (cinnamon & nutmeg) come through on the nose. Something loose, almost watery about the taste. By the end of the glass both the taste and smell seemed to have toned down or disappeared. Carbonation dwindled away pretty quick as well. It's not a bad beer, but it is lacking. I'll drink anything you give me, but I probably won't "buy" this with my own money.

Nov 29, 2020
 
3.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Jul 19, 2020
 
3.58 by generallee from Virginia on Feb 28, 2020
Photo of DavetotheB
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with about a finger of off white head. So-so retention, decent lacing. Smell is of cinnamon and faint bready malts. Taste: If there is such a thing as cinnamon juice, I'm pretty sure I'm drinking it. I like cinnamon as much as the next guy, but the taste is so overpowering that it's quite off putting. It's strong and literally all I can taste. Mouthfeel is smooth with a not so surprising cinnamon aftertaste. Winter warmers are not my most favorite beer style in the world, but this one is way out a whack even for me.

Dec 31, 2019
Photo of justme
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by justme from Massachusetts

A very nice little holiday season beer. Good spice aroma and flavor

Dec 28, 2019
 
3.15 by chiefz1 from New York on Dec 26, 2019
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz can. Canning date stamped on can bottom is '09/30/19'.
Clear, deep amber colored body. Slight off white head, stays around as a couple of drifts and a ring. Leaves behind a few scattered small spots of lacing.
Aroma of lightly roasted malts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Reminds me of 7-Up soda.
Taste is a spiced malt ale. Spices rise up more at the end, and have the flavors of nutmeg and a little cinnamon.
Thinner mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
Pleasant enough, but not memorable enough for a return. Entire taste experience lacks depth and complexity, for what should be a spiced and comforting winter warmer.

Dec 20, 2019
 
3.77 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Dec 18, 2019
Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.08/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by AccipiterofBeer from New York

A great drink for the holiday season.

L: 3.75 dark, but welcoming.
S: 4.5 The spices are readily apparent. One whiff and I want a swig.
T: 4 sweet malts and spices. Cinnamon. Not overly complex, but appreciable taste nonetheless.
F: Great. The spices aren't overbearing on the way down. You can have more than one a sitting.
O: 4. Recommended.

Dec 16, 2019
 
3.25 by Velivolus from Vermont on Dec 02, 2019
Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz bottle. Poured out a dark burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of nutmeg, cinnamon and dark bread. Sweet toffee taste with some roastiness and a spiced finish.

Dec 02, 2019
 
2.96 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2019
Photo of maddogruss
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had a bottle at home.
A: poured caramel amber body with small, tan head with minimal retention and lacing.
S: sweet caramel and nutmeg notes; hints of vanilla as well.
S: sweet, nutmeg and toffee notes with vanilla and cinnamon in the finish.
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
O: decent winter warmer, overall. Nice easy going beer beer.

Nov 28, 2019
Photo of Charliethebrit
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

It is a nice amber color. The head goes to nothing quick.
Its smell is all spices.
The taste is a bit bland, overwhelmed with the spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Not balanced.
Feel is so so.
It is drinkable, better with the right food to offset those winter spices. OK if it is on sale.

Nov 22, 2019
Photo of davedog_7
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by davedog_7 from Georgia

This is a nice WW. Lower on the ABV for the style, with a rich caramel color and flavor, mixed w/ noticeable cinnamon and less nutmeg.

While not remarkable, it's a WW I know I can count on as being a good, solid beer to drink once it starts getting colder out.

Nov 18, 2019
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(12 oz bottle, PKG 09/30/19; purchased single off shelf... poured into fat tulip)

L: polished-clear, deep tawny liquid... huge foam build on pour; aged white color; fantastic retention and rocky structure.... keeps a thick, messy collar; laces a little

S: arguably equal intensity of cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose; mildly toasty muffin-crust-like malt supporting, perhaps a hint of dried red berry/cherry in the back... almost smells like Belgian noel red ale with spices; excellent expression/intensity

T: cinnamon and brown sugar cereal, toasty brown (tanned) malt up front; swell of nutmeg in the finish, then it fades, then pushes forward again into the aftertaste; subtle phenolic spice settles at the back of the palate... overall relatively dry... the spicing lingers at a static volume a long while after each sip; bulky, dry, bread-crusty malt providing a firm background

F: smooth, cut, lean (but not light) malt body; sedate spicy and boozy warmth glowing at the back of the palate... about on point for what I'd desire in this 'style', but perhaps lacking a touch of roundness and legs

O: honestly, it's not too far removed from some pumpkin beers I've had - the more cinnamon and nutmeg-forward ones, naturally... relatively flavorful... for a winter warmer, a little spice addition/enhancement could be ok, but the beer needs to focus on idiosyncratic malt richness and fermentation character - this is just a tweaked pumpkin beer, but not all that bad (1605)

Nov 15, 2019
Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted malts/sugars.

T.F: Sweet up front. Toasted grains and brown sugar. Strong spice presence... cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of ginger. Some light hopping for bitterness/balance. Still somewhat malt forward. Medium to light bodied... more Christmas spice at the finish.

O: Decent enough for what it is. Drinkable... strong cinnamon and spice.

Sep 13, 2019
 
3.48 by Maqikul from Massachusetts on Apr 21, 2019
 
3.46 by tobelerone from New Jersey on Feb 21, 2019
Photo of Donaltman3
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Donaltman3 from Georgia

The cinnamon is pronounced as are the hops. Interesting beer, I wouldn’t want many but one every now and then is good. Someone that like fireball or the latest cinnamon whiskeys might really like this beer.

Feb 13, 2019
 
3.25 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Feb 12, 2019
 
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Feb 12, 2019
Photo of chitoryu12
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Light, hazy chocolate brown with an orange glow under light. 1.5 fingers of thick white head with excellent retention.

Smell: Sharp hops over a lightly toasted malt.

Taste: Quite hoppy and soapy. Hard to taste more than mild malt under the hops.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness with decent carbonation.

Overall: It feels like the hops are excessive for the style. While still drinkable, it’s more bitter than warming.

Feb 07, 2019
Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 1639 ratings