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Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 08-16-2013)
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Reviews by donkeyrunner:
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

I don't like pumpkin ales. I don't like imperial pumpkin ales about twice as much as I dislike regular pumpkin ales. But about every September I have a hankerin' for a syrupy, artificial pie spice pumpkin bomb. It's a rite of the fall season.

A stout! Had I read the label I would have known that but for me Harpoon and pumpkin was enough to buy it. Pours dark brown, looks black in my festive, Thanksgiving mason jar. Foam didn't stay for very long. Not long at all.

Smells like ginger, nutmeg and hearty molasses. Tastes about the same. This beer really focuses on the spices and add ones and for a pumpkin stout there's neither much pumpkin nor stout. If I search I can find some vegetal gourd-iness though. Stout lacks any roast character but does a fine job as a base layer.

I loved it. A very successful pumpkin stout despite neither really succeeding in either of those departments. The unique spice and molasses mix brought a colonial feel which I found alluring in a Thanksgiving beer. I guess they wouldn't sell as much if they called it "Colonial feel molasses gourd spice beer." Very surprised and impressed with this one.

12-01-2013 14:11:38 | More by donkeyrunner
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%

I have really liked the big pumpkin stouts I have had so far this season.Pours nearly jet black except for a tinge of brown when held to the light,a half finger beige head atop.Nutmeg and clove stand out most in the nose along light alcohol and molasses-like sweetness,downhill from here.Somewhat fizzy and much lighter than expected in the mouth with harsh over spiced flavors and some stinging alcohol in the finish.Wow I have to say I was expecting something much better here...might be a drain pour.

10-09-2013 20:49:09 | More by oberon
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Tiernan

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.6%

08-28-2013 15:27:35 | More by Tiernan
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%

In a pint glass the beer was black in color with a small tan head.

Aroma of pumpkin, spice, molasses, and a hint of chocolate.

Nice taste. Pumpkin first, then cinnamon and allspice, followed by molasses. I didn't get the chocolate that I thought I detected in the aroma.

Sweeter than I expected and very smooth. The alcohol was extremely well-hidden.

09-26-2013 21:51:35 | More by lordofthewiens
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.6%

08-16-2014 21:33:39 | More by JakerLou
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -6%

Dark black in color. Just a slight bit of light gets through this one. Not much foam on the top of this one. I do see carbonation bubbles, though. Cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg are prevalent. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. The aroma seems to say pumpkin ale and the taste is pumpkin stout. I get licorice, the bitterness of the roasted malt, and some lingering sweetness of the molasses in the aftertaste. Interesting, but a bit off.

09-21-2013 03:11:54 | More by Franziskaner
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far333

Connecticut

3.19/5  rDev -12.6%

Dark chestnut colored with a thick beige head that rises up frothy and bubbly, then slowly settles out. Low aroma of vegetal notes and spice. Rich flavor upfront, malty with caramel notes, some toffee, then a sharp intrusion of nutmeg and clove. No cinnamon, no pumpkin. Good mouthfeel, rich and full, but it can't salvage this one for me. Way too spicy and a bit one-dimensional.

09-09-2013 01:35:51 | More by far333
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valkyre65

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-14-2013 13:55:57 | More by valkyre65
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BBQWhisperer

Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +5.2%

08-31-2014 23:26:44 | More by BBQWhisperer
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-18-2014 03:27:54 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Daddy_bone1

New York

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

10-25-2013 12:41:13 | More by Daddy_bone1
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socon67

New York

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-04-2013 02:34:23 | More by socon67
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mdanberg

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-22-2013 06:49:55 | More by mdanberg
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured into a snifter

A- Pours pitch black with nearly no light coming through, small and short-lasting dark tan head that disappears quickly leaving nothing at all behind

S- classic pumpkin aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon with a nice vanilla bean component, sweet creme brûlée, some roasted malt with milk chocolate and brown sugar, very inviting

T- upon first taste, its a bit sweeter than expected, the base stout is slightly roasty with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. The spices bring out some raw pumpkin gourd, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The finish is sweet with a linger of pumpkin pie spices continuing

M- Medium body and carbonation, slick mouthfeel and finish, ABV is hidden very well

O- This one had some great pumpkin spice flavor, more complex than in most pumpkin flavored beers. The base stout was pretty simple and straight forward, but allowed the pumpkin and spices to be showcased. The vanilla component, along with a nice spice blend, made this a nice sipper. Reccomended for the pumpkin fans

12-09-2013 00:45:21 | More by Treyliff
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goochpunch

Texas

3.16/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours out black. Brown on the edges when placed in the light. Smells like the full (sweet) spice rack. Roasted malts and fruity, estery yeast. Spices aren't as up front as I would have hoped. A good deal of burnt grain bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel could be fuller and thicker for my tastes. This isn't bad, but I've had better pumpkin stout. Underwhelming.

10-20-2013 03:59:09 | More by goochpunch
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.09/5  rDev +12.1%

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 15, 2013.

The pour is a gorgeous dark brown to nearly black with a short lasting tan fizzy head. Some ruby red hues around the edges. I do wish the head was a little silkier.

The aroma has a low pumpkin note but a much more forward dark fruit feel, ginger, molasses, and nutmeg scent.

The body is medium but the texture dissolves into carbonation bubbles rather quickly. Slight disappointment there.

Unlike the aroma, the taste brings forward a pumpkin and squash taste along with fig, ginger, and roasted malts with a low bitterness. But it tended to be boozy although that may well have been the hops playing up. I am confident at giving this a very good grade.

09-15-2013 17:00:21 | More by puboflyons
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Pookie

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-14-2013 16:33:36 | More by Pookie
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The aroma is more pumpkin than stout, it smells mostly like pumpkin spices (nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cinnamon), along with some molasses, dark fruit and some chocolate. It tastes like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, peppery spice, dark fruit, molasses, pumpkin, bittersweet chocolate, cloves, and roasted malt. The spicy flavor lingers around long after taking a sip. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and has a good amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, I'll have to pick up some more at $5.99 a bottle.

08-31-2013 21:57:21 | More by bluejacket74
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spokeydonkey

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-01-2013 01:04:39 | More by spokeydonkey
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-06-2013 05:19:51 | More by KevinGordon
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Sazz9

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

10-12-2013 22:07:28 | More by Sazz9
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-10-2014 00:55:02 | More by Goldndomer
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nebula1999

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

12-01-2013 00:32:11 | More by nebula1999
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-13-2013 19:19:10 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Big_Dave

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-11-2014 05:17:23 | More by Big_Dave
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Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.