Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by neophilus:
3.08/5 rDev -15.6%
Pours black with a brown head. Some roasted grain, spices dominated by ginger, some cinammon and nutmeg in there as well. Flavor is a bit heavy on the ginger as well.
Ok I have to be honest, I just don't like pumpkin stouts. I've tried several of them and find the roasted grain clashes with the pie spicing. I think a maltier brown base goes better with that type of flavor and the acrid taste of roasted grain doesn't compliment it as well. This also is too heavy on the ginger which I don't appreciate either. Each to their own though.
In the end I think the ginger sinks this one. It's too tangy of a flavor against the bitter roasted grain. It's a good attempt, I detect no off flavors and I can't say anything is out of balance. It's a well made beer. Pumpkin stout is a style I really want to like, pairing a dark roasty beer with the autumn flavors of pie spicing seems like a fusion begging to happen, but so far I have not found the one that works for me.
11-01-2013 01:02:25 | More by neophilus
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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