UFO Pale Ale - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Pale AleUFO Pale Ale

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200 Ratings

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2009

UFO Pale Ale is our twist on a traditional British Pale Ale. It pours a vibrant amber color with a medium malt body and an assertive hop character throughout. This beer is well balanced, with grassy, flowery hop flavors and aromatics. Like the rest of our UFO beers we leave it Unfiltered for more natural taste, a soft, full mouthfeel, and a distinctive cloudy appearance. UFO Pale Ale is perfect for an autumn's evening, a night out or just a change of pace. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoy brewing it! Cheers!

34 IBU
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Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 71
Reviews by rosmhuire:
Photo of rosmhuire
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Not sure, as I drank this straight from the bottle (forgive me beer advocate, for I have sinned)

S: Didn't really get much on the nose

T: Light, balanced, fairly innocuous. This is fairly simple, but not bad. Better than expected

M: A little thin, but not bad

D: Highly sessionable. A little simple/plain/bland, but not unpleasant

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good session beer. Hazy orange color, surprisingly small white head, pretty good amount of lacing. Sweet malt and citrus hop aroma, a little faint. Sweet malt and grapefruit taste, also a little faint. A little thin in the mouth. This was a beer to kick back and have 3 or 4 of, and not do any heavy thinking.

Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no noticeable freshness date on the label.

Appearance: On top sits a good two finger head made from an aggressive pour. Under the head is a warm cloudy amber colored brew. As I drink it makes some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a nice bready and yeast like character with a light fruity estery note. Hops are light for the style but they also add a little fruity citrus and floral character.

Taste/Palate: There is a simple but nice medium bodied mix of sweet bready malt and yeast with slight hints of hops and fruity esters. The hops pop out a little more deep into the slow finish. Its texture is smooth with mellow yet active carbonation.

Notes: This is a nice easy drinking and average pale ale.

Photo of Jason
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a "best by" date.

I opted to no pour in the yeast at first to view the clarity, only a slight chill haze on the golden brew. Health lather of lacing on the glass. Fruity, citric rind, cotton candy, nutty yeast, rose water all make up the nose. A little bitter, crisp biting carbonation helps that along. Dry maltiness for the most part with a quick departure of cake like sweetness, yeasty with a very faint breath of alcoholic ester. Orangey citric peel and some dry grassy grain in the finish.

A decent beer to be had here, very easy to drink ... could be of the "Extra Pale Ale" kind aka golden ale but now I am splitting hairs.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head with nice Lcaing. Nose is wheat and off putting.

Taste is sharp and wheat. Its like a hoppy wheat beer but it's not well done. It's pretty easy drinking but it's got an odd and unpleasant off taste.

Photo of stapleton87
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, medium amber color. Slightly off white two finger head.

S: Prickly, citrus from the hops. Definitely a strong presence of orange peel and grass. Other spicy hints, clove perhaps?

T: Not nearly as hoppy as the smell might suggest. I was expecting moderate hops, but this is one of the more malt/wheat focused pale ales I've had. Very drinkable, a little sweetness upfront and a smooth finish with a hint of hop bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Nice feel. Moderate texture with fairly high carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, but at 34 ibu's what did you expect. This is a fairly sessionable beer.

Nicely balanced, a refreshing take on the pale ale. If it weren't for the unfiltered aspect, this would be a run of the mill pale ale, but the extra complexity gained from its UFO status really lets it stand out from the crowd. This is a beer that just about everyone can enjoy.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a clouded orange golden hue with a bright white brilliant head with evenly strung lacing. Aroma has pale biscuit malt sweetness with a nice earthy citrus hop kiss. A bit of welcoming yeast cake bready notes. Mango and tropical fruit slight pineapple juiciness in the finish as well. Flavor has a nice soothing herbal tea like hop notes with citrus and floral qualities amongst the biscuit malts and bready unfiltered yeast aspects, this is a nice session brew. Light bodied moderate carbonation very mellow smooth slightly dry finish with powdered yeast tones and hop oils coating the palate. Drinkability is solid I need a sixer of this stuff, it's in the variety but I could easily enjoy more than two of these while watching the Steelers this weekend.

Photo of BetterDarker
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a cloudy amber color with a two-finger fluffy white head.

S- Aroma has a nice biscuit malt and citrus and pine hops.

T- Very hop forward, slight bitterness, subtle malt in the finish.

M- Medium to light with good carbonation.

D- On it's own, a good beer, easy to drink and enjoy. To be a stickler, seems hops dominate a bit too much for a pale ale (I'm a hophead, so I'm not complaining) without the malt balance.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Harpoon- UFO Pale Ale

A- Hazy golden orange with a thick frothy white head. Good messy lacing.
S- Light sugary citrus, caramel malt and butter.
T- Sweet citrus; orange and lemon with a buttery caramel malt. Light but evenly balanced.
M- Sweet citrus hops and sweet creamy malt are well represented and well balanced.

Overall- Slightly watery but good solid sessionable beer.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A lively golden color with a crystal white head, slow dissipation .

wheatie malt scent, crisp dry malt aroma slight banana fruitiness and citric hop in a very subtle way.

The flavor is a crispy malt, wheat, not sweet but all in good balance with a nice assertive citric and green hop flavor, this one screams session brew. The feel is very lively especially at first, mellows a bit if it sits too long but otherwise it's a light to medium crisp malt feel, really gone finish.

Grand easy drinking indeed.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent pale ale. Orange citrus hoppy aromas. A light orange coloured body, a third of an inch of head, some lace. Orange citrus bitterness, not very complex but hits the style.Decent drinkability.Non offensive.Average mouthfeel and suitable carbonation.

Photo of mempath
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice faded foggy orange/amber with nice head and some micro-thin lacing. nice heavy duty diehard oily hoppy grapefruity nose which carries over well into the taste. that hopbomp camphor oil slick just spreads out and finishes rather undry but wet and sweet. for a second. very nice. interesting that this captures the essence of a very hoppy brew that might scare many off, but give it to your malty friends. it has all the blast but none of the bitterness many don't find appealing in hopped up brews. the mouthfeel is balanced well with the taste, a bit sparkly and brisk, but still smooth to the touch. highly drinkable. a year-round session brew that would be nice to slalom with the UFO hefe...

Photo of RickS95
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's not really pale. It's a bit dark for a pale ale, and being part of Harpoon's UFO series, it's cloudy (which is fine with me). The head is about a finger thick with little retention.

Smells of classic Pacific Northwest pale ale with grapefruit and pine. I'll never grow tired of the smell.

Tastes like it smells, only a bit harsher. The citrus and pine is obvious, but there's an earthy woody flavor as well.

It's not a smooth beer. The flavors are assertive and the transitions between them are abrupt. It's a 'strong' beer in that it's not exactly easy to drink. There's just nothing smooth about it.

It's got some pros and some cons. It's smells great and the flavors are there. But it's a bit harsh and rough around the edges.

Photo of morimech
3.06/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing about this beer is its appearance. Cloudy orange with a large white head and good retention. The rest of the beer is about as average as beers comes. Nothing in the aroma or taste really stands out. Just faint hints of citrus. Bitterness is low. This beer needs more of just about everything. The body is also non-impressive. Feels quite thin. This reminds me of a BMC beer with its ease of drinkability. But that is not necessarly a good thing. My first beer from Harppoon. It did not really instill a desire to try more of their offerings.

Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with light white foam. Some residual around the rim. Fruity smell, some bubblegum. Light malt taste. Buried fruitiness. Strong carbonation. Minty bitter close. Pretty good pale.

Overall good beer, not overly powerful, but not too weak either.

Photo of edchicma
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy, unfiltered copper. Head is chunky with very nice lacing. Smell is a light combination of malts and light hops. Taste is a very nice balance of hops and malt...with a nice lightly bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is slighlty chewy with the malt backbone present..very nice. Easy on the drinkability scale. Definitely an above average brew.

Photo of JohnL9013
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was decent but nothing to die for. Certainly the weakest of the "UFO" series that I've had.

A: Very respectable pale ale appearance. Make sure you swirl the bottle halfway through pouring to get all the yeast and sediment off the bottom.

S: Lackluster smell with a very un-pale-ale-like lack of hops in the nose. There's a vague citrus smell.

T: The taste is all right. I would say this basically just tastes like an unfiltered Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Boring...sitting there...nothing offensive, but nothing truly exceptional. The citrus used is definitely lemon.

M: I really love the way unfiltered beers sit in the mouth and this beer certainly does have a very pleasing mouthfeel and that is its most redeeming quality.

D: Reasonably drinkable, I would bet that this beer would not only feel a lot better but taste a lot better on tap. Blue Moon, an unfiltered beer, is an example of beer that is excellent on tap and somewhat mediocre from the bottle, so if I saw this on tap I would not hesitate to order it because it's already very drinkable.

Overall, a nice attempt but not worth buying in 6-pack form.

Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked Best By 01/15/10. Sampled on December 31, 2009. The pour is a hazy orange-amber and is topped off with an off-white head. Hops are noted in the aroma along with a bit of wheat or more likely grassy. The mouthfeel is a little thin and does not hold its texture much. The taste has a bit of hops and a bit of black licorice in the background. It is also rather tart. There is nothing extraordinary with this one.

Photo of Sensaray
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange amber with loud fizzly off white orange tinted half finger head

Pale malts and some hops are in the smell. Bit of light almost sweet citrus.

Nice spiciness leads to some sweetness leading to a decent light bitter. Lemon and orange linger on the tongue with the light bitterness. Bit of grains.

Drinkable mouthfeel. Light feel.

Overall it's a good drinkable pale ale.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice golden yellow pour with a huge amount of carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass and reached the top to form a huge head of white that towered over the rest of the glass.

aroma is light herbal hops, lots of wheat and grain, hints of grassy notes and herbals that blend with a light spiced rye note and a really well done light floral finish. perfectly drinkable this was simply an amazing pale to drink on the first 85 degree day. long finish of light hops and grains that rolls through slightly dry but clean and crisp.

Photo of scottyshades
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy gold color that is actually pretty opaque. The head is small, fizzly, and retains decently

S: Nothing really on the nose other than citrus peel and a little wheat aroma. No hops to speak of really, and only faint pale malts. Nothing great.

T: Similar to the nose, a little bland in general. Pale malts provide a little base to all the citrus peel (lemon) and semi-spicy yeast. Again, no hops to speak of and a little grapefruit at the end. Bready as it warms

MF/D: Medium in body, lingering yeasty citrus finish

Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy Gold, with two finger foam head that lingers and leaves behind great lacing, some carbonation

S-Smells wonderful, very earthy with pine notes. Hops are coming through nicely.

T-Disappointing given the great smell. Some bitterness in the finish, but overall very bland and boring. Not bad just there is nothing special about the taste.

M-Medium bodied with a little carbonation

D-A lighter APA but the carbonation does get to me after a while.

Photo of biggred1
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange tinted blonde with a finger of white suds that leaves a few sraps of lace on the glass. Minty hops and lemon cake in the aroma. Mildly bitter and minty with, untoasted grain and a sweet lemony flavor. Light bodied with a lot of carbonation, bordering on fizzy. An okay beer but not as good as I had hoped. I guess I though the unfiltered pale would have more flavor than it does.

Photo of nickynick
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

UFO Pale Ale from Harpoon poured a very nice cloudy amber, but the first thing I noticed was the large three figure head. Pillowy soft white head and good lacing. Smell was of piney hops. Taste was very clean. Hints of hops, but not much else going on. Mouhtfeel was ok. Drinkability was nice, smooth and cleansing. Overall this was just an ok beer. While it was smooth and crisp, it was not very complex. While this beer was not offensive it didn't offer much. The beer paired fairly well with some cave aged cheddar. If this beer tasted as good as it looked it would be a classic, as is it is, its just ok.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised this beer only has a small bit of reviews. I have it available in at least a few shops around my area.

A - Looks like a brown Christmas here... Dark amber in color with tons of white floaters throughout the glass. Pretty nice inch of head with mild lacing.

S - Smells of wheat, slight citrus, mild hops, and mild pilsner

T - Not bad. Starts off sort of bitter then rounds with sweetness of wheat and mild citrus and finishes a bit bitter with hops. Glad it didn't taste skunked!

M - Light to medium. A nice sipper.

D - Not sure about the sediment level. Might have been a batch from spring or summer but it still drank rather well. Really good beer.

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UFO Pale Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
80 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.