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:
15
Gots:
52
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Photo of hozersr
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cmq103
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Jroden5446
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Huffs
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jes167
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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 MishRodz
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Better taste with rice rum.

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Photo of Risenhower
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMESSER88
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of D_K
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeefartz
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2ellas
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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 benjerminw
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheOldMachines
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +7.7%
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 +23.1%
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 Uzarnayme
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The only pumpkin beer I've ever liked. The high alcohol content helps the flavor pass. A good value also.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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 -12.5%
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 -0.5%
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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Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.77 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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