Harpoon Winter Warmer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Winter WarmerHarpoon Winter Warmer

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

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

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
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 pat61
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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 mothmanscott
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
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 fscottkey
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +22%
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 Tone
4.09/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, cinnamon, slight nutmeg, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, cinnamon, slight nutmeg, hint of alcohol, and a hint of hop. Overall, great blend, reminiscent of a spiced bock, spice was subtle but distinct.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.64/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not terrible but not great. You do taste the spices but I wish those flavors were more prominent. Though it is nice sipping on this beer on the first day of Winter. Seems appropriate.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
2.28/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark amber with a two finger, off white head that disappears rapidly.

Smell: Malts and some spice.

Taste; Follows the nose but the spices have a rough taste like they were dumped into the finished product. Watery almost ice tea like taste on the swallow.

Feel: On the the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not a good beer.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.07/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, best by date of 2/15/17. Pours transparent orange with a medium sized off-white head. Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, lightly roasted malt, and generic hops; low intensity. The taste follows exactly with lightly roasted malt, spice, and hops; straightforward and low intensity. Some light bitterness and sweetness. The body is thin and carbonation is above average. Overall, this is like a 'light beer' version of a Winter Warmer; it's low on intensity and almost watery. No off-flavors, but also not very desirable. Not recommended.

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Photo of Ryan4120
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L - medium brown/amber with a very minimal white head
S - cinnamon, nutmeg, and dried fruit - light but all are present.
T - cinnamon and nutmeg upfront - maybe more nutmeg up front but a nice cinnamon finish with hints of dried fruits throughout. Overall a pretty solid holiday ale taste.
F - somewhat thin with mild/moderate carbonation
O - Again, this beer has a very solid holiday ale taste but the overall look, feel, and mild smell don't make this beer a stand out for me.

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Photo of Cyalatermd
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up on a recomendation from a friend. I couldn't have been more Dissapointed. Barely finished one of them. Dont waste your time or money.

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Photo of mothman
2.34/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Beige head. Copper caramel color.

For a winter warmer, this is way too spiced. It is like they took a pumpkin ale and then added more spice to it.

It is not very drinkable and not something I ever plan to drink again.

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Photo of Soneast
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just started getting Harpoon in WI. Picked this up tonight, not a huge fan of spiced beers, but thought this was pretty good. Wife enjoyed it quite a bit. I cant drink a lot in one sitting, will have to move on to other, more drinkable beer.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wow. Had to look twice at that Bros score. Shit. Can't see how anyone would see this beer as awful. To each their own.

Orange amber-ish pour with a light head. Aroma is lightly hopped ale plus orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste gets more flavorful as it warms - drink it too cold and you're not getting anything interesting. Taste is lemon zest, orange peel, nutmeg, malt, cinnamon and cracker. Finishes with a light sweetness and a watery mouthfeel. Solid beer if you're in the mood.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon Winter Warmer has a moderate, bone-colored head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and minimal lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of pie or holiday cake spices, with a brown ale under-aroma. Taste is of the spices, a bit of white pepper, very low bitterness, brown bread crust, and a touch of chocolate cake. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Harpoon Winter Warmer finishes crisp and highly drinkable!


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Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice burnt orange color.

Aroma is of spices...cinnamon strongest and also nutmeg.

Big cinnamon bread flavor....a bit of nutmeg as well.

Body is medium. Borders on too much with the spices and cinnamon but enjoyable for one pint.

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Photo of puck1225
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. A beautiful mahogany color with a brief head and decent lacing. Warm spice smell, sweet. The taste is strong of cinnamon and a bit overlying sweet. However, I think it deserves a decent rating for a winter warmer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. Enjoy by 1/15/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark ruby red with great color and great transparency; fluffy light khaki head that falls leaving nice bubbly retention and okay lacing. The aromas are full of cinnamon and ginger. Subtle hints of apple. Nutmeg is there along with some malts. The flavors basically follow the nose. More cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Subtle hints of sugar. Solid malt backbone, but the spices shine without being overwhelming. It's slightly earthy. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very nice holiday brew. If you like beers brewed with cinnamon, then you should enjoy this one. It's bold and balanced. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.34/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Reddish brown with a light tan head with a mild 1/5" ring. The aroma is all holiday spice rack.

Even worse is the amount of holiday spice rack in the taste. All in. Totally envelopes a thin brown malt base. Kind of a wreck in that regard.

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Photo of mynie
4.02/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Harpoon: What Fancy Beer Was Like 20 Years Ago.

I kid, I kid. And I try to appreciate every beer for what its makers intended it to be, regardless of the vagaries of hyper contemporary tastes.

This pours pleasantly filtered, dark amber with a nice and retentive white head. Smells very strongly of cinnamon in a manner that is surprisingly not gimmicky or weird. I've come across many other beers that have tried this--a shocking number of mediocre brewpubs produce something that has the word "gingerbread" in its name--but none have ever pulled it off so well. It's hardly game changing, but it's nice.

Tastes like a 90s warmer, and I think you kids should thank god you're living in 2016, and you don't have to wait until the Holidays to try something semi-interesting. This is straightforward, malty and spicy and full throughout with zero off nodes. I probably wouldn't be able to blindly distinguish it from Sam Adams Winter, or even Anchor's Very Special Ale, but the fact that it can be listed against those venerable classics means it is at least due some respect.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy red color with a small foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Has a cinnamon and nutmeg aroma with a hint of bourbon. Cinnamon and nutmeg predominate the taste as well. Mildly creamy taste but more spicy than anything else. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the room temperature bottle, it pours a moderately dark amber with a small head (surprising as the bottle is warm!) Spice in the nose. Malty and spicy in the mouth.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Cinnamon, cranberry, apricot, cloves in the nose.
Reddish Brown pour; dark, but clear.
All the aroma flavors in the drinking as well, but a musty aftertaste.

Good Carbonation, very drinkable.

A winter favorite

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by date of 01/15/16. This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a dark amber body with a small off white head that dissipates quickly with barely any lacing. The smell had cinnamon and nutmeg, some clove in the background. Light breadiness slides in for the taking. The taste was sweet yet becoming balanced to some light bitterness as it warms. Again, the breadiness comes in nice and warm. The palate sat about a medium; slightly sessionable; slightly bitter aftertaste; clean, dry finish. Overall, a decent winter warmer, still, I could have it again.

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Photo of Oleyomoleyo
2.2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Someone mentioned in a earlier review this beer is like drinking a glass of french toast. 100% on the mark. Love french toast but not french toast flavored beer. Harpoon has many better choices than this.

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