Harpoon Winter Warmer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

BA SCORE
73
okay
1,541 Ratings
THE BROS
50
awful
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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
Ratings:
1,541
Reviews:
650
Avg:
3.18
pDev:
20.13%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
258
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,541 |  Reviews: 650
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 Fitzy01
3.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 kdivers
3.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Beerucee
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin spice beer is much better.

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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 sharp315
3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

RJT

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Photo of nogophers
2.23/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of sparx1100
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 bigpoppa67
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 HermitDan
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 madelf66
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Paoloboston
2.24/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Harpoon Winter Warmer from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.18 out of 5 based on 1,541 ratings.
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