Beer: Winter Warmer
Brewery: Harpoon Brewery
Style: Winter Warmer
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear, dark mahogany body with a wispy head that quickly dissipates.
Smell: It smells like drinking a pumpkin ale while eating gingerbread cookies.
Flavor: It tastes like a watery pumpkin-gingerbread ale hybrid. To my knowledge that doesn’t yet exist, but it should.
Feel: Thin body with some carbonation. Weak mouthfeel.
Concluding Remark: I debated whether or not to drink, review, and post this after my week-long affair with ambrosial Belgian holiday ales (which, I know now, are some of my favorite beers). But, I bought Harpoon’s “Winter Warmer” (quotation marks added) to review earlier this month, and I’d never leave a beer behind.
So anyways. The brief description in the “flavor” section accurately sums up my experience with this beer. It tastes like a weak, watered down Pumpkin Ale that has been gussied up with some special winter holiday spices (ginger, allspice, cloves). It’s not the worst beer I’ve had this year, but it’s a completely subpar holiday ale that really should only be consumed if the other options on tap are Bud, Stella, and Coors Light.