Thursday, January 24, 2013

Harpoon Winter Warmer

Hey everyone, thanks for coming by these parts.  This whole week the temperature in NJ hasn't been higher than 25F, and at night we are usually in single digits.  Now, this may not be a big deal if you are in Maine or Canada or Alaska, but we haven't seen this kind of weather in awhile.  Not that I'm complaining, I kind of like it, so I'm just making an observation.  I'm going to take advantage of this cold weather tonight and enjoy a winter warmer.
Harpoon has been brewing their Winter Warmer since 1988.  It took me awhile for that year to really settle in.  1988.  I was only 7 years old when Harpoon first started brewing this beer.  2 years after the Mets beat the Red Sox in the World Series.  I love thinking of the early days of "craft" brewing, and how it must have been to convince the American public to buy something they didn't know they wanted just yet.  Harpoon has decided to up their ante, and will be opening a brand new 300-seat beer hall that will have great visuals of the brewery.  A trip up to Boston is definitely in order!

Winter Warmer
Harpoon Brewery
Spiced Ale
5.9% ABV
21 SRM
Harpoon Winter Warmer pours a striking copper color with a small off white head, which bubbled away very quickly.  Dominating aromas are cloves, vanilla and cinnamon.  Blended together, it is honestly a bit medicinal.  Lots of mixed flavors going on, mainly cinnamon and clove.  Harpoon Winter Warmer is quite sweet, medium bodied and a little less than average carbonation.

Overall:  Not terrible, but not great.  The flavors are decent, but not something I could drink all the time.  Glad I tried it though!
What do you think of Harpoon Winter Warmer?  Let me know in the comments!

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