Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States
harpoonbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BEERMILER12 on 08-16-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
289
Reviews:
57
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.06%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Lacing was barely there. The smell starts off with some ginger, light allspice, subtle pumpkin, light breadiness and a tad of raisin. The taste was mainly sweet with an ample sweet to spicy (ginger to all-spice-esque feel). The aftertaste is somewhat pumpkin-esque leading into a sweet to subtle sticky sort of nice pumpkin-esque finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body, as there’s a good sipping quality about this one. Carbonation feels good for a pumpkin ale (imperial, eh, okay, I get it), sure, no difference for anyone that knows anything about pumpkin ales. Overall, I went into this with low expectations and came out with a hearty hell yeah at the end.

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Photo of LWagoner
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Nichols33
2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jkn09
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zbooks
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeg67
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar and spices (nutmeg). Body is full, creamy and smooth. Taste is of dark fruit, molasses, toasted malt, pumpkin, vanilla, chocolate spices and herbal hops. Finish is long and spicy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of SweetChicken
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbnarley
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black. Nice spicy smell. Boozy.

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Photo of Spreetaper
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roberto11232
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black in appearance with a fingers worth of light tan head that disappears rather quickly to leave a thin layer of lace

S-chocolate, pumpkin, pumpkin spices, and a bit of molasses

T-taste of pumpkin and spices, chocolate sweetness and molasses and a slightly roasted finish. High ABV is not noticeable.

M-medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall maybe a bit too much spice and sweetness but overall is pretty good for a pumpkin imperial stout. After tasting this I would never have guessed it was 10.5%! Alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of ScottP
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HBBJ
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 2014

Appearance: Very dark brown, and appears to be clear. Lively carbonation produced a small brown head, quickly dissipating to a thin layer of fine foam. Very little lacing.

Smell: Immediate blast of dark sugar sweetness and spice - mainly nutmeg with some ginger. Some chocolate, fruity esters, and perhaps citrus peel. Alcohol very evident. Just a bit of diacetyl.

Taste: Initial flavors of caramel, chocolate malt, and dark sugar, followed by spices and a touch of hop flavor. Use of black patent malt and roasted barley is restrained, avoiding burnt tastes and dryness. Just a bit sweet, but balanced by bitterness. Alcohol is more noticeable on the roof of the mouth, rather than heat on the tongue. Very long aftertaste, sweet and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy, but smooth. Some warmth from the alcohol.

Overall: I was not sure what to expect, but Harpoon did an excellent job of combining your typical pumpkin beer with an Imperial Stout. Although I tend to prefer the traditional pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon, ginger and clove, the nutmeg produced a delightful aroma and flavor. Not really any detectable pumpkin character, but I wasn't expected much in a stout. On the sweeter side, but tempered by bittering and not at all cloying. Definitely a winner.

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Photo of jamesmk48
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting mixture of an imperial stout and pumpkin ale.

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Photo of MattPittsburgh
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a medium chalice: color is dark brown, head is tan, presenting quickly then disappearing.

Smell is sharp spice with subtle roasted malt, maybe some light ether booziness.

Taste is a blend of a smooth imperial stout and moderately spiced pumpkin ale, not sure how to review, but I guess thats a good thing for a hybrid style. Roasted malt seems to present first, but then is overtaken by the moderate spice level. Sharper spices such as cinnamon and ginger seem prominent but not overpowering. Booziness is present in the aroma and seems to permeate the flavor with some ether like taste.

Mouthfeel is probably the best quality of this ale, its 10.5% abv brew that tastes like a 6%; smooth sweetness overtakes the spice levels and the sharper booziness.

Overall, a solid and unique pumpkin ale/stout hybrid; it does lean more towards stout but the lighter spice reminds of the pumpkin intention.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nutmeg and cinnamon on the tongue. The finsh leaves your mouth a little dry.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Wizzle32
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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