What they say (Harpoon Brewery Site, 21+ please):
“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.”
My take on it:
Harpoon’s Winter Warmer become a seasonal favorite from the minute it passed my lips. This medium-bodied ale is a real treat from start to finish and I can honestly say, I’ll miss it when it’s gone for the season.
Right off the bat, I was impressed by how nicely it pours. Not only is the color good, but the clarity is too. I didn’t notice any sediment or floaters, not that I’m generally concerned about that!
The first sip is almost creamy it only gets better from there. It’s sweet, but not overpoweringly so. The cinnamon and nutmeg combine for a pleasant scent when you crack open the bottle and definitely add to a flavor that is very well-balanced. While I usually a warm cocktail on a winter day, a brew like this definitely gives you a nice warm feeling.?
Outside of Mad Elf, Harpoon Winter Warmer is easily my favorite winter brew this year. And yet again, the price is right at under $8.00 for a 6!
Harpoon Winter Warmer gets an 8 out of 10 from me!