Malt Monday Beer Review of the Week: Harpoon Winter Warmer
Style: Spiced Ale
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 5.9%
We are still in full-on winter mode here on the East Coast, with this week being an especially cold one. As I write this post it is a very frigid 30 degrees outside. To help me stay warm I decided to go with a nice, winter brew for this week’s Malt Monday Beer Review of the Week: Harpoon Winter Warmer.
Harpoon Winter Warmer is a long-standing beer in the Harpoon family of brews. Winter Warmer was first brewed in 1988 and was the first seasonal beer they offered. I gather this is more of beer to be enjoyed around the holidays, however, since the weather is colder today than it was at Christmas I thought it was still seasonally appropriate.
I poured the Winter Warmer from a bottle into a glass and began my observation. The beer was dark copper in color and produced a nice, fluffy foam which stayed with the beer throughout the tasting. A true Spice Ale I also noticed lots of spice in the flavor. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg were apparent in both the aroma and the finish. I also tasted a bit of cloves and underlying sweetness in the beer. A medium style beer, Winter Warmer definitely warms you with an alcohol by volume of 5.9 percent and that warm, burning effect in your belly which leaves you feeling like you just gulped some straight alcohol (or gasoline).
The beer is available from November to January, so if you are looking to judge Winter Warmer for yourself I suggest you head out to the store today before it’s gone for the season. While I think the beer had some positive characteristics it’s definitely not my first choice.
Unfortunately, this week’s Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps’ Malt Monday Beer Review of the Week is a GGG pass.
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Disclaimer: The purpose of this beer review is to offer GGG readers an objective opinion so they can make an informed decision before buying this beer. This beer review was based on quality, flavor and overall taste. GGG will always deliver an honest and unbiased opinion.