UFO Pumpkin | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

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

Added by mostpoetsdo on 07-23-2011

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a yellowy-orange amber with a small head. The head quickly dissipates, leaving a film and ring around the glass. Pumpkin pie in the nose, and a bit of malt on the tongue.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first pumpkin brew. Nice looking beer. Aroma like pumpkin pie with all the requisite spices, and taste follows the nose. Mouthful is nice and soft, in keeping with an unfiltered beer. The mild, but just noticeable enough hop presence saves this beer from being cloying in its sweetness and balances things out. Nevertheless, I could only drink this once in a while, not because it's bad, just due to personal tastes/mood..The surprisingly high (though not really tasteable) alcohol content does add to the enjoyment, although I know this quality should not impact a review. Bottom line, if you're in the mood for this type of beer, it's good. I had my doubts, but liked this beer more than I was expecting to. Cheers.

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Photo of schwansmantr
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look- Golden orange unfiltered and indeed murky. Formed a 3 fingers of slightly tan and very quickly dissipating head. Next to noo lacing.

Smell- Pumpkin spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and A slight touch of wheat

Feel- Smooth, light body; medium/high carbonation, drink ability if fairly high

This beer has a very slight hint of what I would call pumpkin with that said it will most likely be the last Pumpkin beer of the year I try. I think most would find this beer enjoyable but it does leave a bit of dryness on the pallet. when it comes to my facebook letter grade it gets a C-

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden amber color with a finger width carbonated head. Head retention is virtually non-existent. Lacing is decent. A lot of spices in the aroma. Nutmeg, cinnamon and light pumpkin. Taste is pretty much the same but really isn't bad. A lot of cinnamon and nutmeg spice with some pumpkin in the background. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Not a bad beer. Better than expected.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As with many of this style, the pumpkin is lost in the abundance of spices. Pours pretty - a cloudy orange with think white skim on top. Aromas are predicable and pleasant - cinnamon, nutmeg and slight pumpkin. Flavors translate directly, with a nice sweetness mid-sip. Slightly over-carbonated.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy, unfiltered orange-dirty gold color. Small head which leaves a couple of streaks for lace.

Cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice start off the smell. Very light pumpkin in the background.

Nutty and spicy (like the aroma). Very much a pumpkin pie beer. Short aftertaste. Like most Harpoon beers, the carbonation is high. Mild sourness in the aftertaste, otherwise, I'd call this a one-trick pony.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UFO Pumpkin brewed by Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, with an ABV of 5.9% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber , also orange color. Pumpkin UFO also has a nice white head on top. I really like the color of this brew. The smell of pumpkin UFO is spices , pumpkin, grains, malts, and a hit of hops. Now for the taste, it is just like pumpkin pie. Not saying that is a bad thing. This brew you really pick up on the pumpkin and the spice. There is a lot going on in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about pumpkin UFO. You really can't pick up on the 5.9% ABV in this brew. Pumpkin UFO is a real smooth drinking brew. The mouth feel of Pumpkin UFO is rich, bold , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Pumpkin UFO a 4.5 out of 5. Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, did a nice job with this brew. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Myotus
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 15Dec15).
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that shrivels down to a line after 35 seconds. Orange in color with a moderate cloudiness. Rising bubbles are subtle. Lacing is hardly there.
SMELL: Had mild aromas of pumpkin, sweet bready malts, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a hint of cloves and wheat.
TASTE: Strong flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg along with mild flavors of pumpkin are up front. Hints of clove and wheat immediately follow as pumpkin flavors grow slightly stronger (which is great because that initial nutmeg and cinnamon taste is overpowering) but cinnamon and nutmeg flavors persist. Whatever malt flavors that were detected by the nose are cancelled out by the spices.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and strongly carbonated (we meet again). Goes down harsh due to the carbonation. Ends with a thirst-quenching finish. Spices from the brew tickle the tongue.
NOTE: This puts other pumpkin ales to shame. So good.

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Photo of JWU
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a tumbler glass

A- a hazy orange/amber, with a bit of off white head. ok lacing.

S- Coriander, cinnamon and clove. A bit of pumpkin in there.

T- A smooth combination of pumpkin, cinnamon and clove. Decent brown sugar sweetness.

M- medium, lighter side of medium carbonation.

O- a worthy pumpkin beer. Worth your time.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 12/15/15.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pie crust, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with pumpkin pie spice and pie crust flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is straightforward but solid for the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Orange in color, with a fizzy, and quickly fading head.

Smell: Sweet pumpkin spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and spices. A slight touch of wheat.

Taste: Again, sweet pumpkin spices with cinnamon. Pretty much the way it should be!

Feel: A bit fizzy and high in carbonation. Kind of light bodied.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle. Appearance is cloudy orange/amber. Aroma is full of pumpkin pie spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove; and a bubblegum note that may be the toasted barley. Flavors match the aromas with some pumpkin flavor on top of the spices. Medium body.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, golden/orange color, with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly and completely dissolved away into nothing.

Aroma: Wow, lots of spice! Cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, clove, ginger and of course pumpkin! Not much in the way of malt or hops, however.

Taste: Great! Lots of pumpkin up front, along with a good malty backbone. There’s a little bit of brown sugar-like sweetness, followed by tones of spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, clove and ginger. Finally, there is no hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but with no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 5.9%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another very tasty offering from Harpoon. It’s a very nicely balanced beer, and one that I’ll get again next Autumn.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden orange, not near as bright orange as most pumpkin ales but it is advertised as unfiltered and indeed murky. Formed a 3/4 finger of slightly tan and quickly dissipating head. No lacing.
S - Smells more like a Belgian golden ale such as Duvel than a pumpkin ale. Not getting much spice here.
T - Upfront there is a bite of carbonation and just a beery beer taste, however, a few seconds into the development and wonderful warm pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger bread, nutmeg, allspice and clove develop sweetly. This beers all about the late development and aftertaste.
O - A very good pumpkin ale. A little iffy on the initial upfront development, but a prime example of the pumpkin ale style at the tail end.
V - Good value, 8 bucks a six pack.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into wheat beer glass

A - 4-5 fingers off-white foam over a cloudy body of golden amber;high in visible carbonation

S - spice, pumpkin, caramel sweetness; very pleasant

T - spice, pumpkin, grain, grassy notes, finishes dry; flavors are well-balanced

M - smooth, sticky medium body; medium/high carbonation

O - a very decent pumpkin ale

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - A dirty orange color, almost looking like apple cider, slightly cloudy; a 1/2 inch off-white head settles to the rim, no lacing, a moderate level of carbonation can be seen feeding the last of the head, which ultimately disappears completely
S - Not too much going on here, very mild apple and spice, but all very slight
T - An odd bitterness to this beer that I didn't particularly care for, the slightest hint of pumpkin is there, but only if you're trying to find it; a very odd (not good) aftertaste
F - Fizzy and a bit thin, slightly dry
O - I tried, but either Pumpkin beers are just a seasonal novelty to make cool bottle labels or pumpkins were just not meant for making beer. I will continue to try these, but I have found very, very few that are worth a damn.

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Photo of TeamMathis
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange. Left little to no head.
Smell: Spice, pumpkin, cinnamon, and a tart citrus scent.
Taste: Pumpkin pie. Just like the smell.

This is so good. It's a liquid pumpkin pie, and that's a good thing. Much better than what I was expecting. I will get this again next year.

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Photo of Damian
3.64/5  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.

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Photo of Act25
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of Mit
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a cloudy orange colour with a very quickly dissapating head.

Has a nice Pumpkin spice smell with a hoppy bitterness. Not overly sweet...very inviting bouquet.

Taste is much sweeter than the smell would indicate. Tastes almost like a piece of pumpkin pie....very slight hop bitterness in the end...

The mouthfeel is good....not too watery and not overly thick.

Overall this beer is great...perfect for the season. Will get it again.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I loved the look of this beer. A beautiful hazy orange with a white head.

Smells of pumpkin pie spices. I pick up cinnamon.
The aroma is very nice and not overpowering with the spices.

The flavor is of sweet malts, pumpkin and a nice spicy finish.
Very little bitterness.

I would say medium bodied but light and easy drinking for a pumpkin ale.

A great beer for the fall season.
I would enjoy this with Thanksgiving diner or a turkey sandwich.

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Photo of Robjm1987
4.71/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

probably my favorite pumpkin beer..strong notes of pumpkin
but not too much of the cinnamon flavor. Looks on the darker side of ales, smell has a pumpkin aroma..altogether a great pumpkin ale, and a new found seasonal favorite

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.25/5  rDev -10%

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg,PA

A- cloudy orange color with a half finger head that leaves a nice headband lacing.

S- nutmeg and clove dominate the nose but then there are hints of allspice and cinnamon.

F- sour malts come through on top of the grain. Pumpkin flavor is hidden too much

M- sour malts and grain

O- not a bad pumpkin....ive had worse and much better

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Photo of darthvohn
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Glass Used: nonic

Appearance: Orange-light copper body, whipped egg white foamy head. Leaves layered lacing behind as the head deflates.

Smell: Spicy cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg a wee bit of clove followed up with some vegetal gourd notes & sweet malts.

Taste: A good dose of sweet malts followed by the familiar, but subdued pumpkin and spice flavors. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Very soft & aqueous on the tongue. Easy drinking.

Overall: I was rather surprised by this pumpkin ale. It's a medium flavored, easy drinking pumpkin beer. Not overly sweet or spiced. While I prefer a more aggressive approach, I would definitely recommend this one for those looking to try their first pumpkin beer.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev -10%

a beautiful head followed by picture perfect lacing. This brew has a spicey nose that follows through on the pallet with a profile of predominantly cinnamon, with more reserved pumpkin essence.earthy, and not overly sweet, but with a serious spice punch.

not the best pumpkin beer by far, but a good example that runs spice forward and shows what the style is about. Wish there was more pumpkin and less spice, but it works.

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