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Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 15 | 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 bleeps
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

bleeps, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass/surface of the beer and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces to a couple of small to medium patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices - specifically cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger. That is followed by lighter aromas of roasted pumpkin and roasted malts. Very light notes of dark fruits (plum + fig) as well as hints of chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts and roasted pumpkin with a light amount of dark fruit (plum + fig). There are moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, clover, cinnamon, and ginger. There are light notes of bittersweet chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness lingers through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to significant amounts of carbonation. Slightly fizzier than expected for the style with some light hints of alcohol warming in the finish as well.

O: I really enjoyed the fact that this has a lot of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice flavors without being overly sweet - there is a nice flavor profile and a pleasant roastiness to it overall. I like the fact that they chose a porter/stout base for the beer. Pretty easy to drink and overall the alcohol is well hidden considering the strength. I'd get this one again.

dbrauneis, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of jim_carignan
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jim_carignan, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

BlesstheHarvest, Nov 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

PapiMagnum, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

socon67, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Kruja5, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

shehateme, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

bigeyedfish89, Nov 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

kevdemers, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of neophilus
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

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
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

morebeergood, Oct 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

tpauer, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of dheacck11
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%

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 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

GETTNCRUNKED, Oct 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

MattyIce21, Oct 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Daddy_bone1, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ejimhof, Oct 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

davewlfpckfan29, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%

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
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

truska, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

HollywoodNate, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

darcange, Oct 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Cleaver35, Oct 17, 2013
Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.