Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

Not Rated.
Harpoon Imperial PumpkinHarpoon Imperial Pumpkin

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

55 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 55
Hads: 279
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 31.12%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | 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:
Beer added by: BEERMILER12 on 08-16-2013

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Reviews: 55 | Hads: 279
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Did not get much of a head to form, but it was a light brown color.

3.5 S: Pumpkin spiciness - nutmeg, ginger, clove, cinnamon - are most prominent. Next is roastiness, molasses, caramel, and chocolate underneath. It's not bad, but the aromas don't have the right proportions. It's hard to explain.

3.5 T: Pumpkin spices mentioned above with cinnamon being the most prominent. Perhaps a bit too much roastiness and not quite enough sweetness. Molasses, caramel, and chocolate. Again the flavors seem out of proportion. I wish I could make this more clear, but it seems I can't. Boozy warming on finish.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Definitely needs more creaminess, but not too detrimental.

3.5 D: It's okay, but has problems that I can't really explain. I love pumpkin beers, but I've only had a handful that are done really well.

 908 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

 669 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a medium-tall, albeit deflating light tan-colored head. Though the head may be gone, a lasting ring of suds take its place.

Smell: Firm roastiness cut with a thin glaze of chocolate ganache and liberally dosed with gingerbread-type spices. Subdued pumpkin character, with some additional dark fruitiness.

Taste: Roasty with a growing, deep chocolate flavor as dark caramel, molasses, and cooked sugars come into play. Subtle pumpkin flavor underneath the richer maltiness, leaving it the mildest taste in the pack. The sweetness is tampered by the snap of spices featuring the usual spicespects. Roasty, spicy on the back end with the sweetness now at bay but there's a definite, accumulating alcohol warmth, with a future nap on the horizon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'd lean back on the spices and push up the pumpkin, next time. I've said it before. There's nothing wrong with trying to mix-it-up when it comes to the prototypical pumpkin ale format. Nothing wrong with that at all.

 1,148 characters

Photo of StArnoldFan
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

 803 characters

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a near pitch black with ruby edges. About a fingers worth of tan head fizzles out within 30 seconds

S: Quite a bit of nutmeg and cinnamon to go along with some roasted malts, dark chocolate, and molasses. Some dark fruits and maybe a hint of pumpkin in the back

T: Starts off with the roasted malts and pumpkin spices up front followed by some dark chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit notes. Tastes quite a bit like a lightly burnt gingerbread cookie. Alcohol very well hidden. Finishes with some light charred roastiness and a hint of the spices

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy

O: A nice 50/50 stout/pumpkin ale with plenty of pumpkin pie spices and roastiness. This would be great to have as a dessert beer on Halloween or a chilly Fall night. Would go great with some vanilla ice cream as well. Can't beat the price at under $6 for a bomber, either. Solid new seasonal brew from Harpoon

 934 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next → last
Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.