Sunday, December 20, 2009

Harpoon Winter Warmer

Brewery: Harpoon Brewery
Style: Spiced Ale
Location: Boston, MA
Brewer Homepage
Rating: B

There's nothing like sipping a spiced beer while watching the snow fall. To me, Harpoon Winter Warmer just tastes like Christmas.

Winter Warmer is a deep, rosy amber color with a golden head. The nose picks up aromatic cinnamon and nutmeg with some sweetness, like a pumpkin pie baking in the oven.

Winter Warmer's lead note is a smooth malt flavor. There are cinnamon and nutmeg spice notes on the palate, but they are not overpowering as the aroma may lead you to believe. The spices play a complimentary role to the malt. There are some bitter hops up front that fade rather quickly. There is a moderate-length finish that is highlighted by the spices with a touch of sweetness.

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