Harpoon Winter Warmer | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal-clear tawny copper color that is honestly quite beautiful. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with great texturing and lacing. It doesn't retain itself the best, though.

S: The most shamelessly cinnamon forward beer I've ever encountered. It's almost as if Harpoon took a page from Southern Tier's book on "how to make something smell exactly like what you're advertising". Okay, so Harpoon didn't advertise this as "Cinnamon Bomb", but you get the picture. I don't care for super-spiced brews - still, I wish most scented candles smelled like this.

T: Flavor-wise, there was no chance in hell of living up to the aroma. Still, spicing comes through quite strongly on the midtaste and finish. Ultimately, the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and coriander overpower the timid malt base quite thoroughly. As a result, the balance is sorely lacking. But you know what? It's not bad - as a showcase for the heavy spicing, I'd even call it good.

M: Very creamy and almost lush. It slides down a bit sluggishly due to the thick texture, but becomes quite clean (not to be mistaken for dry) past the aftertaste. Carbonation is unintrusive.

O: Fairly underrated in my book. It's not great per se (nose notwithstanding), but I wouldn't be averse to having this again. In a way, I'm glad Harpoon went for the 'unsubtle, hop-devoid spice bomb route' with this instead of the 'wassail meets Arrogant Bastard' route. This is NOT for everyone, though.

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