Winter Warmer
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Winter Warmer
Ranked #279
Ranked #46,715
3.24 | pDev: 19.75%
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
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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
Reviews: 666 | Ratings: 1,605
Photo of mothman
2.34/5  rDev -27.8%
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 +17.9%
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 +7.7%
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 +12%
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 +12.7%
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 +9%
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 +18.8%
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 -27.8%
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 +24.1%
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 +17.3%
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 +14.5%
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 +21.3%
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 +15.7%
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 -32.1%
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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Photo of PatrickCT
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A touch of cherry cough drop with a solid dose of cooked spices. These flavors are a bit aggressive and keep this beer from being an otherwise decent brown ale.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty golden amber/copper color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger, mixing well with strong toasted malt aromas. Gingerbread is what comes to mind.

Taste: Very, very good. Gingerbread in a glass! Notes of toasted malt and freshly baked bread, but the predominate flavor is gingerbread! Strong notes of spice, such as ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Hardly no hops at all, which pleases me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With and ABV of 5.9%, there is not presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer, as it has great flavors of gingerbread, spices and malt. Extremely tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of jbredbeard
3.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mild coffee notes in the nose followed by a nice smooth full bodied brew with a good coffee and cinnamon flavor. Definitely a cold weather ale but very good.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper with a white head. The smell is full of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste has those spices in the beginning but then mellows into the toasted malt which I thought gave a nice finish to the beer. SImple but effective.

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Photo of everythingiszen
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruddy brown. Cinnamon and cloves heavy on the nose. Lighter bodied than I expected. Flavor is strong, straight forward winter spicing, a little cinnamon-sugary. Not terrible, but not my favorite. Became more and more cloying as I went.

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Photo of sprat1960
1.91/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look: Dark cooper with a red hint. Pours with a one finger white head that disappears quickly leaving scant remnants of foam on the surface of the beer. Transparent. Looks okay; commercial.

Smell: Overly sweet, with scents of cinnamon and nutmeg. Aroma of pumpkin pie. I found it too strong and not appealing.

Taste: Similar to the smell, though less sweet and much more spicy. Ended with a bitter taste the reminded me of black pepper combined with some cinnamon. I found the taste to be terrible. I could have gotten it down, but ended up throwing out most of the 12 oz bottle.

Feel: Thin to medium in body. Kind of like a thin syrup. Lots of medium carbonation.

Overall: Personally this beer was not at all to my tastes; way too sweet and too many spices. Tasted more like a heavily spiced cider than a beer to me. I thought it was one of the worst beers that I ever tasted. But my brother - who bought it - loves it. So it has it fans; I am definitely not one. I guess I have learned this Fall that I don't really care for most apple, pumpkin or cinnamon/nutneg spiced beers in general.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Dark raisin brown with a nice fizzy and active tan head.

Spicy aromas of nutmeg and allspice. Raisins, nuts.

Too much of the spiced flavors, not enough of the nutty and dark fruit.

Medium mouthfeel with high carbonation.

A nice winter warmer, but definitely not my style.

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Photo of CTHomer
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: crystal clear; reddish amber; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: nutmeg is most prevalent, with cinnamon also clearly present;

T: all cinnamon; a touch of nutmeg if you wait a minute or two; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: one note; note balanced; no complexity;

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at room temperature.

A: Pours into the glass a clear red-amber, not unlike the hue of a good Vienna lager, and forms a two finger head of pale tan froth which dies slowly down to a relatively thick cap. Lacing is briefly impressive, then falls right back down to the cap.

S: Caramel and toffee malt, with heady notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice over the top.

T: Exactly what the nose promises. The initial flavor is a somewhat bland caramel-toffee malt, which has a rush of cinnamon and nutmeg stampeding over it to become the whole of the flavor profile in the middle, before the spice recedes at the finish. There's some carbonation sharpness in the middle as well, which seems to cut the malt, and a very faint, very flat wooden-leafy note.

M: Watery and overcarbonated to the point of sharpness.

O: While I'm generally a malt fan, I am a fan of well-executed malt. This beer seems either simple but poorly integrated, or an attempt at being complex that did not quite gel. It's not terrible, but it is right around average.

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev +8%

12/04/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Since it's early December this hits the spot. Spices without the sweet.

Had 2 in a row & with 40 taps in front of me, that quite a feat on the brewers part.

If you pick friends that are interesting but not flashy here's your chance to make a new one. Skol!

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Photo of TWStandley
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%

Purchase this every Christmas more for nostalgia case.

Appears a muted brown color with a small, light brown head.

Smells of cinnamon sugar, and other malts.

Tastes the same. A bit overpowering sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick.

Overall its ok.

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Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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