Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Imperial PumpkinHarpoon Imperial Pumpkin

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of mikeg67
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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 ksimons
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 HBBJ
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
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 mvanaskie13
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 JamesBondGA
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
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 +14.6%
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 tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
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 jes167
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the stronger pumpkin ales at 10.5 abv. Rich, dark color with a nice thin head. Very drinkable with notes of chocolate and caramel and pumpkin spice goodness. definitely a keeper. I plan to cellar this one.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bomber purchased while in the US. This is the 2014 batch, so we will see how this has aged over a goodly while. Appears to have been kept cold while at the store.

Appearance - Extremely dark brown, virtually black and a muddy appearance first out of the bottle. Small half finger of deep tan head was poured but its life was rescinded rather quickly, leaving behind a small soapy collar.

Smell - Booze and a pumpkin pie aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves all come down and whack you in the face. Some pumpkin aroma in there, but it's hidden by the extremely generous helping of spices. Maybe too much spice and not enough pumpkin.

Taste - Dense flavors, the spices come through at first before the molasses sweeps and and completely takes over. Again not alot of pumpkin behind the molasses monster and finishes a little spicy, probably a cinnamon and nutmeg combo coming to fruition.

Mouthfeel - Dense and sticky with low carbonation, the molasses flavor sticks to your mouth the way molasses does to everything in life; tightly and not relinquishing its hold anytime soon. Downright chewy.

Overall - As a imperial stout this is pretty decent, big flavors, a touch boozy and definitely a sipper. Better enjoyed on a cold night by the fire or in the dead of winter. it's nonetheless a fine seasonal. Wish there was more pumpkin flavoring as I think with more pumpkin, this could have been a great beer in the vein of a Warlock by Southern Tier in that it;'s a big tasty stout with a huge punch of pumpkin blurring the lines between classifications. Harpoon imperial Pumpkin instead is merely an Imperial stout with some pumpkin touches.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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 woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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 Jeffreysan
4.64/5  rDev +23.4%
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 smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewery.

Near black color where no light shines through. Small, toward the rim, head. No lace.

Spicy aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg, yet it isn't quite "pumpkin". No stout smells.

The flavor draws out the pumpkin elements. Again, this is far less stout and far more pumpkin beer. There's a notable dark toast presence. The alcohol is quite strong and warming. Relatively neutral body with a low carbonation level.

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Photo of founddrama
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A certain spiciness to it. But like pumpkin pie. A nice mouthfeel but almost no head or carbonation. Lovely dark color though--super brown. Boozy but only mildly (overwhelmed by the… cardamom?) Mostly meh. Pumpkin beers.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2/18...pours heavy black, thick off white foam. Pumpkin nose from afar. Up close shifts to a pie like aroma, with molasses and nutmeg. Taste is a lighter pumpkin, smooth, but sneaky hearty. True pumpkin taste in the background. Modest carbonation. It's good, bold, but not great,.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 scottbrew4u
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

This beer looked promising then I became disappointed with the smell. It smelled just like their UFO pumpkin which I do not like. The taste of this was thicker and more of a syrupy version of the UFO pumpkin.

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Photo of TheDoctor92
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 jdhilt
2.8/5  rDev -25.5%

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Nearly black opaque color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strong pumpkin pie nose and flavor is disappointing with a weird medicinal pumpkin and spicy. High ABV is hidden. Better pumpkins out there like Long Trail's. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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 chinchill
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Shared 22 oz bottle.
Pours opaque black with ruby edges. Small head soon reduces to a thin ring.
Aroma: highly spiced and high ABV.
Flavor: over spiced and boozy. Starts sweet but finishes with an unpleasant bitterness.
Feel: good smooth full body by some alcohol harshness.

O: Disappointing.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Nice combination of cinnamon, clove, and pie crust with roasted malt. Very well balanced and never cloying. The alcohol is very well hidden. Might need to make this an annual pick up.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 CaptainHate
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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 wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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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