Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Harpoon Winter Warmer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Harpoon Winter WarmerHarpoon Winter Warmer
BA SCORE
3.2/5
Okay
1,548 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:
#43,821
Reviews:
654
Ratings:
1,548
pDev:
20%
Bros Score:
2.02
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
264
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,548 |  Reviews: 654
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

Photo of freewill35
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of npendres
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

 476 characters

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.64/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

 186 characters

Photo of GreatHammerhead
2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

 399 characters

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.

 549 characters

Photo of Ryan4120
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

 481 characters

Photo of Fitzy01
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cyalatermd
2.87/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

 151 characters

Photo of kdivers
3.79/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothman
2.34/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

 219 characters

Photo of Soneast
3.82/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

 241 characters

Photo of Beerucee
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin spice beer is much better.

34 characters

Photo of ManapuaMan
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

 490 characters

Photo of sharp315
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

RJT

 417 characters

Photo of nogophers
2.23/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of sparx1100
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ZAP
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

 233 characters

Harpoon Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 1,548 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.