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Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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83
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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 12
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of kevdemers
3/5  rDev -18.3%

kevdemers, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of neophilus
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

neophilus, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

morebeergood, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of tpauer
3/5  rDev -18.3%

tpauer, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of dheacck11
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

dheacck11, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of GETTNCRUNKED
4/5  rDev +9%

GETTNCRUNKED, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of MattyIce21
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

MattyIce21, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Daddy_bone1
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Daddy_bone1, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

ejimhof, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3/5  rDev -18.3%

davewlfpckfan29, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
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 truska
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

truska, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of HollywoodNate
4/5  rDev +9%

HollywoodNate, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of darcange
4/5  rDev +9%

darcange, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Cleaver35
4/5  rDev +9%

Cleaver35, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Even though its a high octane stout I expected more than a 1/4 inch of head that fizzes out quickly to nothing. Beer is spot on pitch black very deep hue.
S - An impressive array of spices with cinnamon and strong Nutmeg, some vegital notes but little to no roast.
T - Somewhat harsh biting alcohol on this one. Somewhat vegital biting with mostly nutmeg. Not very much sweet balancing malts or stout qualities of chocolate or roast. Disappointing.
M - Quite thin with a medium body wish the stout quality was greater to hide this massive ABV,

Overall I guess I burned almost 7 bucks on this one. A pretty terrible stout and an even worse pumpkin ale. Pass on it if you can even for 5 bucks not worth it.

DrDemento456, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of scm2787
3/5  rDev -18.3%

scm2787, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of jdash3d
4/5  rDev +9%

jdash3d, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Celtics76, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Pookie
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Pookie, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

GreesyFizeek, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Sazz9
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Sazz9, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Kevin_Siqveland
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Kevin_Siqveland, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Gavage
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark black color with a 1/4" head that falls to some big surface bubbles.

Smell: roasted malts, dark fruit sweetness, and a bit of spice comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolates, raisins, some cinammon, and a hint of pumpkin is with a bit of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this beer is a slow sipper and is really just a big flavored stout with some pumpkin pie spice wrapped around it. Worth a try.

Gavage, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Drknight, Oct 11, 2013
Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
83 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.