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UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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82
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921 Ratings
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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 46
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imagine a pumpkin vine wound its way in a field of barley, and a brewer harvested it all to make a beer. Add Northwestern hops and a blend of spices, and you've got UFO Pumpkin. The malt combination provides a smooth body and slightly sweet flavor, which balances perfectly with the earthy notes derived from the pure pumpkin. And like all of our UFO beers, UFO Pumpkin is unfiltered so all the wonderful flavors are right there in your glass. Cheers!

20 IBU

(Beer added by: mostpoetsdo on 07-23-2011)
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Photo of TMoney2591
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I remember one of my first craft beers was a UFO Hefeweizen...I guess it was part nostalgia, part ticking impulse that made me pull the trigger on this one. It pours a lightly hazy amber-straw topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild pumpkin pie, complete with crust, along with some bland wheat-like notes in the background. For once, it's unnecessary to list off the constituent spices and whatnot, 'cause here they just blend together too nicely, smelling almost too much like actual pumpkin pie for their own good. If only it were more powerful, this would smell amazing. The taste, though, makes me wish the exact opposite: The pie is still there, I suppose, but everything has gone rancid, putrefied. It's an all-out blitz on my tongue, finishing with a long-malingering sting of straight clove and black pepper. Imagine just chewing on those two spices in their raw forms. Yeah. This was awful, to say the least. Not only does it hurt as I drink it, but more pain follows while I'm trying to wrap my head around the maw that opened up between my perception of the smell and the taste. Damn. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a lightly watery, lightly grainy feel. Overall, this has got to be one of the worst pumpkin beers I have ever had. It's still got a couple months on its 12/13/12 best-by date, but it seems like it's already starting to decay in the bottle. Shit, at this point I'd rather gnaw on a human bone dusted with cinnamon than take another sip o' this monstrosity.

TMoney2591, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a darkish golden-amber body, fairly clouded, and with a small, white he--oh, it's gone already.

Smell: Pumpkin-scented nose with the spices coming through, notably the cinnamon ahead of the basic, bready German base malts.

Taste: Lightly sugary, bready Malts, scantly toasted. Cinnamon, nutmeg, but also something with a warm accent to it akin to clove or possibly ginger. Light bitterness aided by the spice and carbonation. Spicy, solidly carbonated finish with the spiciness lingering out into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: For me, nothing says mid-August in the sweltering heat of Georgia like an Autumntime pumpkin beer??

ChainGangGuy, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a best before date on the neck.

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, great head retention.

SMELL: Spice, cookie dough, faint pumpkin meat, canned pumpkin pie.

TASTE: Very smooth, crisp, moderate body, toasted grain, even spice, pumpkin meat, yeast, more spice, semi-dry.

I think Harpoon made the right choice on putting a pumpkin offering in their UFO lineup, it just makes sense. A bit more flavor left from it being unfiltered make for a very well rounded brew. Too many times I have run into ultra filtered pumpkin beers that taste like soda ... not here. Worth a go.

Jason, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent fluffy almost 2 finger head that fades semi quickly at first the slower, no real lacing, over hazy golden amber orange colored beer.

Nose has pumpkin and spices, light pumpkin filling, light toasted malt, some pumpkin and holiday like spices that aren't too heavy but there.

Taste brings light tart almost sour pumpkin, pumpkin filling from a can, light bready malts giving just a hint of pumpkin pie, then some light spices typical pumpkin or holiday spices and light wit like spices, very light syrupy malts, a light bitterness comes through with some light spicy hops. Finishes a bit more bitter with spicy hops, some lingering pumpkin and spices, and hints of malts, slightly dry with some light sticky feel.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Overall not bad, I was expecting worse but the malts weren't bad, light hops are nice, the pumpkin or spices weren't overpowering but let you know it was there.

jlindros, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Rod_J
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Rod_J, Yesterday at 03:21 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

dansushi, Tuesday at 03:37 AM
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

PatrickG, Monday at 02:37 PM
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4.04/5  rDev +12.2%

Brownr152, Saturday at 11:09 PM
Photo of newbeeraday
4/5  rDev +11.1%

newbeeraday, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of Damian
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl oz bottle
Enjoy by 02/15/15
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to Jess and David for giving us this beer as part of a mixed six-pack.

The beer poured a hazy, medium amber color and was topped by and inch tall, sudsy, off white crown that quickly fell to a thin ring. No lacing whatsoever.

The aroma was spicy and quite bright for the style. Ginger was most noticeable. Pumpkin pie spices came through as well. Cinnamon was detectable. Touch of clove and allspice.

The flavor profile mimicked the nose. Lots of bright ginger root and pumpkin pie spice notes on the front end. The beer was anchored by a dry, crackery malt base. Some wheaty and lemony notes came through in the center. Slightly tart. The beer turned dry and earthy on the finish. A touch bitter.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Crisp and snappy. The liquid contained a fine, soft, frothy effervescence.

I thought this beer was going to be a straightforward pumpkin ale but, as the UFO name might indicate, it seemed more like a pumpkin ale/wheat beer hybrid. While many people complain about pumpkin ales coming out earlier and earlier in the season, this beer might serve as a nice transition into autumn.

Damian, Nov 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

OtisCampbell007, Nov 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

PBRmeasap1980, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of Act25
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Loved this. Unfiltered seems the way to go with Veggie beers.

A: Hazed orange amber, great head retention, and lacing.

S: Spice, pumpkin meat, pumpkin pie, fall leaves and grass. Good intensity.

T: Follows smell, with smooth, crisp, toasted grain, spice, pumpkin meat, yeast, spice,

F: Medium, comforting, semi-dry.

O: A best pumpkin beer, must try.

Act25, Nov 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Trashcat, Nov 07, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

JillMarch1027, Nov 07, 2014
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2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Shafaegalo, Nov 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

ChrisMac27, Nov 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

gwilikers6, Nov 05, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +14.4%

Olinnelson, Nov 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Cameronc12, Nov 04, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Gkruszewski, Nov 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Colby8938, Nov 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BabaBeer, Nov 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Morecuamanyc, Nov 02, 2014
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UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.