Harpoon Dunkin' Pumpkin Ale

Review Date 10/12/2020   By John Staradumsky

I was on a beer hunt, and it had been a successful beer hunt. There were really two beers that I was seeking out most of all: Bell’s Double Two Hearted and Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin Ale. The first beer I scored at Total Wine, along with another beer I knew I wanted but somehow forgot about for my beer hunt, Sierra Nevada Dankful IPA. Sadly, they had no Dunkin’ Pumpkin Ale there, but as I left the parking lot I remembered that Sherlock’s just down the street had some 2018 Bigfoot Barleywine, so why not stop by for some of that and try my luck? I did just that, but here, too, no Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin was to be found.

As I wrapped up my browsing, I bent over to get a six-pack of Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier. As I did, one of the employees I see there often came over and asked me if he could help me find anything.

“You don’t have….Harpoon…Dunkin’….Pumpkin…do…you?” I asked with much trepidation, fully expecting my query to receive a response in the negative.

“We just got it in. Let me get you a six-pack from the back,” he replied.

Somedays, Ninkasi is good to us. I will confess that, as a native of New England, I love Harpoon beer and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in equal measure. For that reason (and because it is so darned tasty) I love Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter (that’s the last of the link pimping, I promise). So you can understand why I so wanted the Dunkin’ Pumpkin beer.

Harpoon says about this beer:

Inspired by our favorite fall latte, this ale is brewed with pumpkin, fall spices, and a splash of coffee. This fall treat is another tribute to all the days that Dunkin’ has helped us fire up the brew kettle.

Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin Ale has an alcohol content of 5.2% by volume and I iad $9.99 for my six-pack at Sherlock’s.

Ingredients from the website:

Grain Bill: Pale Malt, Wheat, Honey

Hops: Apollo

Specialty Ingredients: Pumpkin Puree, Dunkin' Coffee, Cinnamon and Lactose

Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin Ale pours to a hazy orange pumpkin color with a thick head of creamy foam and a pungent pumpkin and spice nose. A bit of dark coffee looking sediment came out of the bottle as I poured the last drops into my glass. Taking a sip, the beer is medium in body with chewy caramel notes, coffee grinds, and pumpkin pie like pumpkin and cinnamon. The lactose adds the latte impressions that are rather interesting, and the spice dries the beer in the finish.

Very tasty indeed, and I am glad I found this. My quest is over! Or is it? I just learned Harpoon has a Dunkin’ Dozen 12-pack with this beer and a few donut based brews. Looks like I am off on a mission again!

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned