Coaster Critique: Harpoon Brewing, Winter Warmer

On the First day of Beermas….


Name: Winter Warmer

Brewed By: Harpoon Brewing Company

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 5.9%

Pours a reddish copper color, when held to the light it picks up some golden highlights, pour produced a thick off white head that held on the entire glass.

Rich malty aroma, has a touch of spice, nutmeg maybe ginger.

First sip is sweet, malty then transitions to a dry, slightly spicy finish. The spice isn’t as aggressive in the flavor as it was in the aroma but it’s still there and lends a nice balance to the maltiness of this beer. There is just a hint of earthy, citrusy hops in the background, real subtle though; this beer is about the malt and spice.

Overall a nice balanced winter warmer, the alcohol content isn’t excessive so you can have a couple without getting too crazy, I’m not generally a fan of spiced beer this one is very mellow, more about the pleasant aroma than drinking a spice rack.




12 days of Beermas – 2013

Day 1: Harpoon Brewing Co. Winter Warmer

Day 2: Gritty McDuff’s Brewing Company, Christmas Ale

Day 3: Schneider Weisse, Aventinus Eisbock

Day 4: Rogue Ales, Santa’s Private Reserve Ale

Day 5: Shipyard Brewing Company, Mint Chocolate Stout

Day 6: Gouden Carolus, Noel

Day 7: De Struise Brouwers, Tjseeses

Day 8: Friars Brewhouse, Whoopie Pie Porter

Day 9: Slumbrew, Yankee Swap

Day 10: Ridgeway Brewing, Criminally Bad Elf

Day 11: Sierra Nevada, Celebration 2013

Day 12: Anchor Brewing, Our Special Ale

Chad Lothian

About Chad Lothian

Chad Lothian lives in Old Town, Maine. He is a craft beer enthusiast and homebrewer. Chad has travelled to brewpubs, breweries and brewfests all over New England.