Beer #8 – Harpoon Winter Warmer Ale
Harpoon Brewery is another fairly local brewery that I try and support as much as possible. They make some really strong craft bombs as well as a nice line of unfiltered ales which includes the great UFO Hefeweizen. The brewery was founded back in 1986 and has locations in Boston and also Windsor, Vermont. I picked up a mixed pack of beer from a variety of breweries the other day and when I saw their winter seasonal, I knew I had to try it. So here’s a great winter beer, the Winter Warmer.
Aroma: Definite notes of cinnamon, sweet malt and faint hops. A nice spice nose.
Appearance: Amber/red, very small head that dissipated quite quickly.
Flavor: Nice balance of spicy malts and hops up front, hoppy and then a nice lingering cinnamon on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp, medium body, nice carbonation. The bottle advertises it as a full-bodied ale, but it’s not as heavy as that suggests.
Overall: I like the idea of winter ales using spices and other added ingredients, even if it goes against Bavarian purity laws. But then again, if I wanted a beer brewed to Bavarian specifications, I would just drink one. This has nice spice notes and warmth to it. Not really a session beer, but enjoyable for a winter beer.