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Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 269
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 31.55%
Wants: 12
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 08-16-2013

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I poured the beer from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. There was light carbonation with a small head and only a slight retention, plus very little lacing. The color was a very black dark/brown with a vague amber/red hue when it was held up to direct light. I could smell hints of chocolate, clove, some ginger/allspice, and pumpkin too. This half stout was very smooth and creamy with smokey, toasted malts and it was quite sweet; which I think helped to hide the 10.5 ABV. The taste was quite interesting, which, after reading the label I'm pretty sure was the blackstrap molasses and brown sugar mix. The mouthfeel was pleasant, though heavy, with no bitterness or aftertaste. I am a big fan of the fall/pumpkin style and stouts are my go to beer, so this was a no brainer. I think Harpoon was able to capture a very quality beer with this effort and I could not be happier to recommend this beer to anyone... who of course enjoys sweet pumpkin stouts!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with an eighth of a finger of chocolate-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of earthy, rich, bready, roasted malt, imparting notes of freshly toasted dark bread, as well as aromas of brown sugar, dark molasses, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove. Smells delicious!

Taste: As delicious as it smells, though less sweet. Lots of earthy, rich, bready, roasted malt up front, followed by some strong flavors of brown sugar and dark molasses-like sweetness, and pumpkin pie spices such as nutmeg, ginger, all-spices, cinnamon and clove. Finally, the beer finishes with a touch of sour pumpkin notes, to help keep the sweetness in check. Fantastic!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and for a stout, nicely carbonated to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 10.5%, there is there’s very little alcohol on the palate, which surprises me! The alcohol is extremely well masked.

Overall: This is a fantastic pumpkin stout! Highly recommended!

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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Aroma is strong pumpkin in addition to the toasty malt aromas with spices and chocolate.
Color is deep brown, with a minimal tan head. No question it's a stout.

Flavor is much less in the pumpkin, though it's there. Great toast, and spice along with the pumpkin, which I found milder than the aroma suggested. Alcohol was present, but somewhat subdued. Some imperials really hit you over the head, others hide it entirely. This was in the middle of those extremes.

Mouthfeel was expected: full bodied and complex.

Overall, a 4.5. Perhaps a bit overdone in the spices - the label lists a a lot of them. Great sweetness, mild pumpkin, and body. I really liked it!

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is how a Pumpkin beer needs to taste. Pours a dark brown, almost black thanks to the half stout. Dark roasted malt and Pumpkin spice all present on the nose. Upon tasting, the pumpkin spices get you first then the booze hits you! YEAH!! Love it!

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Photo of cmq103
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flight Sampler at the Blend Bar & Bistro poured into a 4-ounce sample glass. Dark black in appearance with a nice off-white head. Dark roasted malt and pumpkin spices in the aroma. The pumpkin spices are noticeable but not overwhelming. Booziness is present in smell and taste, especially as the beer warms. A well done blend of an imperial stout and pumpkin beer. I'd see this one out again during the fall season.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

I've had this for the last three weekends because I really like it and it's relatively cheap. I'm very much enjoying the blend of spices and molasses that make it kind of like Pumking but something richer and maltier. And the alc isn't overpowering but still obviously present, although it doesn't truck me like some high alc brews have (thinking specifically of Stone's Old Guardian aka Cortex Wrecker).

I've been pretty leery of stouts because of a bad experience with Guinness, which was a long time ago and maybe unfair in retrospect particularly because my tastes have changed greatly over time. This beer has made me much more curious about exploring other Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: nearly opaque. Some cola highlights. Sparse tan head. Looks like an imp stout.
smell: Pumpkin pie spices up front, then lightly roasted Imp Stout, then a bit of pumpkin. It works imo.
taste: Pumpkin pie spice from the beginning to a lingering finish. Nevertheless it retains the character of a stout. The big stout more or less holds its own with the spices.
overall: Different and in your face. I'm guessing this will be a love it hate it offering. Count me in the love category.

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Photo of palma
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oooh a nice imperial pumpkin black and tan.

This beer is very good all around with the highlight in the nose. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, cocoa. Excellent roasted stout flavor with pumpkin pie notes.

A beer that hits the spot perfectly when you are looking for something like this.

Harpoon with an excellent vision with this beer. Not many beers like this. A successful one-off. Hope they decide to continue to brew this annually.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

48° into a snifter. Date code "2014."

A: Dark brown, not quite opaque. Aggressively poured to achieve 1" foam head that dissipated to a thin lacing rim.

S: Sweet, spicy cinnamon and nutmeg, with a hint of licorice (or cloves?) and vanilla. Complex, but sweet...

T: Follows the nose. First blast is of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves in the front, and an earthy pumpkin flavor in the middle and finish... lingering with a vanilla essence.

M: Thinker than expected, likely the result of the cloying effect of the sweetness. I don't recall having a Harpoon beer that was this "full." Quite nice.

O: Very well balanced. My first pumpkin beer of the Fall 2014 season, and a nice start. Hides the 10.5% very well.

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Photo of Danno48
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin ales.... They are everywhere now. How do we tell which ones are good?... Well it's easy to spot the good ones. And this is a good one. First of all I have waited forever for a pumpkin stout and now that it is here I am more than pleased. Great flavor. Very sweet and choc full of punkin and a touch of chocolate from the chocolate malt. Hops to take a backseat to the insane amount of sweetness and malt. But great beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of StArnoldFan
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a DC Brau tulip.

A - Pours a solid black oil color with a thin line of mocha head that dissipates quick. Little to no lacing as the glass goes down.

S - This is the best part of the beer to me, heavy pumpkin pie scent. Some spice creeps thru but mostly just sweet pumpkin pie, well done.

T - Not as much pumpkin on the taste as the nose would lead you to think. Mild spice, with some toasted malts. It gets better as it warms. Alcohol is well hidden on this one.

M - it's a little thin for my liking. A little thicker and a little more carb could have helped this one.

O - Overall I like this beer, it reminds me of Sain Arnold Pumpkinator only it's cheaper and easier to get. I can see myself having a few of these over the holidays when it starts to cool off outside.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/18/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, toast, molasses, brown bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted/dark malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, molasses, toast, ginger, brown bread, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, pumpkin, cinnamon, toast, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pumpkin stout. All around great balance and complexity of stout and pumpkin ale flavors; and very smooth to sip on for 10.5%. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black our with little or no head or retention. Not much of a looker, but still dark and mysterious. Before getting my nose anywhere near the glass, this thing is an olfactory monster. Strong pumpkin pie spices emanate with some malt candy and toffee behind. Tastes almost as good, maybe a bit much on the spices though. Surprisingly smooth at this ABV, and I think the stout side of this brew is solid. Overall a little on the sweet side, and I enjoy some of the sweetest brews. Finish is pretty clean. One of the better of this category.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The blessing & curse of The CANquest (tm) is that I am given access to bottled beers that I do not get to right away. This was one such, but given its relatively high ABV, I am hopeful, plus I am planning to share with others.

From the bottle: "An amalgamation of dark brown sugar, blackstrap molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, clove, and of course, fresh pumpkin, this is one big, flavorful spiced stout."; "Half imperial stout, half pumpkin ale, with aromas of of dried fruit, chocolate, and freshly baked pumpkin pie. Enjoy this black, full-bodied stout now or save it for a chilly fall evening."; "Last fall our brewers were improvising a new beer in our 10 barrel kettle; they threw in some fresh pumpkin puree, tossed in a bit of molasses, cinnamon and nutmeg, a touch of ginger, a dash of cloves, and some dark, toasty, roasty malts. It was excellent."; "This Imperial Pumpkin Stout is big, rich, and spicy. Enjoy!"

I was happy to Pop! the cap on a Bro. Woody's Pop-Up Puzzle Cafe at The Fridge this afternoon, especially with three people with whom to share it. I doled out equal shares and we stood by as the finger of thick, deep-tan/light-brown head settled back down. Nose was incredibly spicy! The cinnamon and nutmeg had really come forward in the interim, but the molasses had given it a medicinal quality. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with modest light penetration at the edges. The taste was likewise spicy, with the cinnamon and nutmeg dominating the show. The finish was really dry, thanks to the spices, but the molasses gave it a medicinal aftertaste. The consensus was that its aging and subsequent lack of inherent sweetness and heat made it a much better beer than it might have been in its nascence.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of Brad007
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just in time for the fall season!

Pours a pitch black with a one-finger brown head into my glass. I suppose it could be a dark brownish tint as well.

Creamy with a good touch of nutmeg in the nose. Pumpkin pie stout is more like it. I'm not complaining.

Creamy and dry with hints of cocoa, nutmeg and perhaps vanilla(?) Warms the throat as it goes down.

Lingering cocoa and nutmeg. It's kind of harsh though with carbonation a little too high for my liking.

A decent stab at the holiday grab. Flavors could use some work (less carbonation, a more balanced touch of cocoa and nutmeg) but it fits the theme regardless.

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Photo of TheDoctor92
4/5  rDev +7%

woah. alright just tired t literally a few seconds ago. very strong pumpkin taste. pretty smooth for a stout. (minutes later) okay ya i really cant get over this pumpkin taste. moreover, really impressed with how refreshing this. and for a 10.5%abv, it doesn't feel all that strong yet. (a few more minutes later) alright so final thoughts, good beer at a great price. really stands behind the "pumpkin" stout. overall, very impressed. get it. hell if you can, get a few to last you.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +7%

Appearance: Super dark brown. Dark tan head, very small, left quickly. Barely leaves lace.
Smell: Cinnamon, nutmeg, malt, pumpkin.
Taste: Lots of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt, pumpkin, and alcohol.

I really, really like this. Maybe this is in the top three for this year's pumpkins. It's syrupy and the alcohol seems just right (though it's certainly noticeable). The spices are great. It's all there! A little pricey for my taste for Harpoon, but very much worth it. I'll probably get it again next year.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack a 2014 bomber, pouring into our Monk Beer Abbey snifters. It shows a black molasses coloring, with shimmering crimson highlights throughout. Its head stands a finger and a half tall, showing nice retention. Wet, cardboard colored bubbles cling in disarrayed aggregates about our glasses. No haze is noted, but a swirl of sediment is visible within the beer’s depths. Carbonation appears to be slow. The aroma, as advertised, is highly spicy. We are delivered notes of mineral-spiced pumpkin flesh, baked sunflower seeds, icy gingerbread cookies, spice of huge cinnamon, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg, and black pepper, sticky molasses twang, baked graham cracker crust, fresh ginger and mint, chemical phenol and ethanolic burn of brandy, roasty chocolate and black malt grit, smooth leather, and the cloying sugariness of apple pie. The first thing we get on the flavor is the thickest, most syrupy blend of black strap molasses, liquid caramel and fudge, rummy ethanol, and milk chocolate ice cream syrup. After this initial bolus, what buzzes past the buds is a blend of harsh coppery metallics, burnt chocolate malts, authentic fruity and earthy pumpkin flesh, raw ginger root, sweaty brown rice, soy sauce saltiness, miso paste, charred tannic caramel and English brown grain that comes across much like a wooden pencil, brown sugar cloy, dried herbal qualities of thyme and parsley, pumpkin pie spice, crispy wafer cone, buttery diacetyls, and baked apple juiciness. The body is delightfully full, and the carbonation is medium, but in large bubble format. Each sip gives deep slurp and smack, with more oiliness than cream or froth. The mouth is left wet, cooled, and heavily coated, with the mildest dryness of linger spice. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back rather quickly for what it is.

Overall, we found this to be a nice and stouty pumpkin beer. They probably did the right, smart thing here by putting so much spice and sweetness into a base of a sweeter imperial stout, as this way, you aren’t so much shocked by the level of either of these components. If the grain bill were lighter or more pale and amber, it would be confusingly cloying, as again, the darkness wouldn’t be there to absorb any of that excess. We felt the nose to be this beer’s biggest selling point. There is so much cinnamon and pumpkin, that it seems almost like your traditional autumnal cider pot cook-off. Well, at least our cider cook-off anyway. The big metallics that accompany such spice, and particularly pumpkin flesh, were hard to avoid here, and they did cheapen up the flavor ever so slightly. We recommend you take a bomber of this and share it with some close friends around a fire; it will do the lot of you well.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is pitch black. No real head. Almost oily.

Nose is rummy and sweet. Little hint of spice. Something a little funky though.

Taste is fascinating. Lots of sweet molasses. Nice hints of ginger. Little bit of booziness

Feel is pretty thick and full

Neat beer. A little on the sweet side and perhaps a bit unbalanced with the booze and sweet. But great on a cold fall night.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short tan head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of pumpkins and pumpkin spices such as nutmeg along with slight hints of sweetness from the molasses. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If I was blindfolded, I never would have guessed that this beer was opaque black because it tasted like it was a pumpkin ale and not a hybrid between a pumpkin ale and a stout. I also would have never imagined that this beer was 10.5% abv because it manages to hide any traces of alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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