Winter Warmer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap while living in Vermont,liked it alot.Then bought in bottle form,not quite as good.On tap tasted fresh and like eating a nice spice cake.

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Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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 Tiernan
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of ccapurso
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.11/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The only beer I've had that possibly has more cinnamon flavor than this is Shipyard's Pumpkin ale. Needless to say, heavy cinnamon flavoring does not lend itself well to beer. It ends up being overly sweet and difficult to finish. That's pretty much the base of this beer - cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon. I didnt particularly enjoy this and I'm glad I only bought a single, as I dont want to have it again.

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Photo of joel_bou
2/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of BigMarty1980
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My daughter loves this beer. I think that's because she lives in Florida and rarely gets to drink it. It's a clear orange color with a small head. A sweet, spicy aroma. All I could taste was cinnamon, not exactly what I was looking for. I think this is an OK winter warmer, but too aggressive with the spice.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Todd
1.92/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had this for the first time this year @ the Harpoon X-mas Party. It was dreadful. They actually changed the recipe this year because they were getting complaints about spice dregs at the bottom of kegs that made the beer cloudy. So, this year they went with "liquid spice". I've talked to other brewers, all of who refuse to use this stuff as it's too potent.

Just imagine drinking a cinnamon hotball, but without the hot. It's so over-spiced that you can't enjoy the other characters of the beer.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
3.07/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of Guden
2.54/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- A very clear cherry tinged amber color with a one finger off white head that fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S- Very high in the spices, it smells like cinnamon and a bit of off smelling yeast character. I'm a little confused and not pleased.

T- Well the nose had it right. The flavor is a moderately high amount of cinnamon and nothing else. Not awful, just not very well thought out or presented. They should've just called this "Cinnamon Beer" instead of winter warmer.

M- Pretty watery really. Fairly low in both body and carbonation.

D- This is a lot like the overspiced pumpkin beers that are made by most breweries, but with even less complexity and really just one note of cinnamon. There's nothing to hate but unless you're a big cinnamon person stay away. Made me crave Stegmeier Winter Warmer for all the things that this one was not.

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Photo of Bill2809
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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

Photo of Jason
2.12/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Notes from 2001: Way too much spice this year, takes away from the malt and subtle hops. I wish they would bring this beer back to what it used to be.


Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with an ink jet printed bottled on date above the label.

Appearance: Slighty chill hazed copper coloured brew with thin yet creamy lace which leaves a few rings around the glass.

Smell: More cinnamon than nutmeg, fresh pie apples and a faint aroma of esters in the sweet nose also.

Taste: Medium bodied with a sweet chewy malt and spice mix up front, cinnamon and nutmeg are about even. Some fruitiness in the middle with a sharp tingling hop bitterness that is just enough to balance all of the sweetness. Mild alcoholic esters are more evident towards the end ... drying grain in the finish.

Notes: Very drinkable, sweetness is not cloying and spices are not over done. A well crafted and balanced beer. A good pick if you can't handle the "big" winter brews.

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Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber body with a small offwhite head that retains decently and leaves some sparse patchy lace. Aroma is unusual, reminding me of a wintergreen scented Coca Cola. A dash of cinnamon in the background. Mouthfeel is lightbodied with medium carbonation. Taste is some light caramel maltiness that gets lost in the spices. I taste mostly wintergreen, but cinnamon and nutmeg are also prominent. Some hop bitterness comes on toward the middle and the finish is spicy bitter with a nutmeg aftertaste. Very light in body for a winter warmer. This one fares poorly compared to most of the other winter warmers I've sampled this season.

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Photo of Billolick
3.17/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer, comes w/o freshness info. Pours clear, light mahogany amber, minimal to no head, no lace and seems to be on the low side carbonation wise. Holiday spice on the nose.Thin toasted malts, more thanksgiving pie spice notes and but continued thinness and lack of any sizzle. Metallic and off putting finish. Pretty dull stuff.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Libertine.

The beer pours a slightly hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of caramel and toffee malt along with some assorted spices. I get some cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is spicy along with some toffee and caramel. The spices taste a bit muddled and are tough to pick out individual ones. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A decent winter warmer, but there are better spiced Christmas beers out there.

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Photo of livewire05
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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