Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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289 Ratings
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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
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 289 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewo
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Getalegup
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay. Can definitely taste the pumpkin, molasses and spices. Better as it warms. The flavors need to be more balanced.

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Photo of brewqueno
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rileythub
2.41/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Too strong. Bitter taste. Not for me

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.62/5  rDev -30.5%
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 reagbr8
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Elanab93
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Eric_Leon
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Jeff_Benson
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Mfbda1daonly
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Very faint pumpkin taste. The spices overwhelm the pallet. Nothing special, probably won't try again.

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Photo of auchickie
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of gpblackgt
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Rhody1
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mitch3114
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of my_knew_craft
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gww1864
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Dirty_Island
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mt2mtl
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.77 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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