UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
An aggressive pour of Harpoon's UFO Pumpkin produces a murky tawny body and a thick just-slightly-off-white head. The head falls a bit faster than it should, but it does leave behind a crown of appealingly sticky lace on top of the brew. A bit of lace clings to the sides of the glass along the rim. A few streams of bubbles rise lazily towards the surface. By the time the bubbles get to the top, there's at least 3/4 an inch between them. I like the hazy brew, the sticky head, and the mild fizz.
The nose is spice-forward, but toasted notes do come through. The blurb tells me that this beer's flavors derive from Noble hops, Munich and Vienna malts, and pumpkin pie spices. But if I didn't know better, I'd say this beer is a Hefeweizen. I wonder if Hefeweizen yeast has been used. In any case, clove dominates and is followed by a bit of banana and toasted biscuits.
The beer's flavors take longer to develop on the palate than I expected. Up front are cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Then come muted tastes of toasted biscuits and ripe fruits (bananas and apricots come to mind). I don't pick up the fullness or richness that pumpkin is supposed to contribute. Then the bittering hops assert themselves, and are immediately followed by some alcoholic warmth. This is a crisp Pumpkin Ale: Hops and alcohol cut the already-mild malty sweetness and transform the fruity flavors from over-ripe to fermented. As the bottle empties, the alcohol moves into an increasingly dominant position. In the final sip, the balance and flavors of the first sips are nowhere to be found.
The beer is sharper on the palate than I expected, but that's not a bad thing. In fact, the sharpness highlights the bite of the spices and the crisp hoppy bitterness, which are the stars of this beer. A more viscous mouthfeel might have felt out of place when considered in relation to the beer's light malt and thin body.
UFO Pumpkin is crisper than most of the Pumpkin Ales I've had. I'd say there's too much alcohol in the brew, and that our friends in Boston would do well to increase the beer's malty backbone. I'd also say that if pumpkin has been used, its characteristic richness and fullness aren't palpable. That said, it was refreshing (in more ways than one!) to drink a crisp pumpkin ale, which are usually richer and fuller than this one.
I won't drink this again, but I'm glad I tried it. Onward...
Serving type: bottle
10-09-2013 18:57:53 | More by GMB
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3.74/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says enjoy by 02/15/14. Guess I can't complain, a buddy gave me a bottle of this a couple weeks ago so it was free. And I'm in the mood for a pumpkin beer so might was well try it! Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange/amber color with some sediment floaties noticeable. There's also an inch and a half off-white head with good retention, along with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like pumpkin spices and pumpkin. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like pumpkin spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves), pumpkin, and some bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy, smooth and easy to drink. I liked this brew, hopefully this upcoming fall I'll try a fresher batch of this!
Serving type: bottle
05-17-2014 02:44:45 | More by bluejacket74
UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
81 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.