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Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | 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:
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

donkeyrunner, Dec 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

oberon, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Tiernan, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of auchickie
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%

auchickie, Saturday at 10:10 AM
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +8.7%

JakerLou, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Nice combination of cinnamon, clove, and pie crust with roasted malt. Very well balanced and never cloying. The alcohol is very well hidden. Might need to make this an annual pick up.

tigg924, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of sgn4779
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%

sgn4779, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Franziskaner
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Franziskaner, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of far333
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

far333, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

briandaube, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Shared 22 oz bottle.
Pours opaque black with ruby edges. Small head soon reduces to a thin ring.
Aroma: highly spiced and high ABV.
Flavor: over spiced and boozy. Starts sweet but finishes with an unpleasant bitterness.
Feel: good smooth full body by some alcohol harshness.

O: Disappointing.

chinchill, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

valkyre65, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of BBQWhisperer
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

BBQWhisperer, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3/5  rDev -18.5%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Daddy_bone1
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Daddy_bone1, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +8.7%

socon67, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Bierleichen
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Bierleichen, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

zonker17, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of shoretaxi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

shoretaxi, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of mdanberg
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

mdanberg, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Treyliff, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

goochpunch, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

puboflyons, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Pookie
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Pookie, Oct 14, 2013
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Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
84 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.