UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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Reviews by GMB:
3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
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...
10-09-2013 18:57:53 | More by GMB
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3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
After trying two or three different pumpkin beers (Sam Adams Harvest and Two Roads Roadsmarys Baby among them) I settled on this as my favorite. Mainly because I'm not big on having a huge clove, nutmeg, allspice, nose & taste.
I feel the aforementioned spices go a very long way with a very meger amount. I often feel like I'm drinking allspice with ale, with no trace of pumpkin, well, the UFO strikes a nice balance in my opinion of having the same spices, but it is much more subtle, also the the taste is very 'pumpkiny'.
The mouthfeel is creamy, pumpkin pie. I'm surprised the reviews saying no pumpkin taste, I disagree, and also now wonder if the UFO can, is somehow that much better than the bottle.
08-28-2013 13:21:33 | More by braugon
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
I'm generally not a big fan of pumpkin beers, but this one was pretty good.
In a mug, the beer was an amber color with a medium-sized white head that dissipated quickly.
Pumpkin pie aroma. Nutmeg.
Pumpkin pie taste. Nutmeg. A bit of caramel malt
Medium-bodied, a little on the spicy side.
I would drink this one again.
08-16-2011 23:34:48 | More by lordofthewiens
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
10-08-2011 03:29:04 | More by Jason
3.49/5 rDev -3.1%
12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling indication provided.
Pours lightly hazed light brown amber. Minor off white head, quickly departs. Leaves a delicate film, collar and just minor spots of lacing.
Sweet malt nose with some mild cinnamon and typical fall spicing.
On the lighter and thinner side of the pumpkin beer spectrum. Subtle spicing and more sweet malts. Ehhhh, middle of the road at best
09-29-2013 19:52:40 | More by Billolick
3.6/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orangein color, hazy, high carbonation
Smell: nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice
Taste: cinnamon, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and slight toasted malt
Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, moderate-high carbonation, medium bodied
Overall: A nice and sessionable pumpkin beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but certainly above average and certainly tasting like a Harpoon beer. This is one I will get again.
09-10-2012 12:48:15 | More by tigg924
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Cloudy orange with a slighty off white head.
Smell: Wheat and some pumpkins spices, mild scents.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of mild pumpkin spices like nutmeg and sugars, wheat mostly.
Overall: Decent Pumpkin Ale, I would have this one again.
10-09-2012 18:55:01 | More by Cavanaghty
4.75/5 rDev +31.9%
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with an "Enjoy By" date of 12/15/13 stamped on the bottle neck glass. Unfiltered, pours a cloudy amber orange with a medium head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is the best pumpkin ale this year, possibly best that I've experienced. Truly just like freshly baked pumpkin pie. Essence of pumpkin, vanilla, wheat pie crust and cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Taste is mainly sweet pumpkin with nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon notes. A complex array of flavors with small hop presence to balance. The spiced finish lingers for a longtime.
Update on 9/5/13: I've had several of these this year after picking up a case and have decided this is the my favorite pumpkin ale of 2013. My guests from California agree.
09-01-2013 16:43:47 | More by wattoclone
3.65/5 rDev +1.4%
A - bronze and hazy, but not cloudy, like a pumpkin pie. Solid head but minimal retention. Basically what I'm expecting a pumpkin beer to look like.
S - Mix of pumpkin pie and sweet spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, like cider. Got a little alcohol at the end, which was surprising and enjoyable.
T - pumpkin pie and spices, no surprise. Alcohol and bread fill it out. Easy drinking and a pleasant addition to the Harpoon repertoire. It doesn't exactly finish or warm well, losing its spiciness and sweetness and settling into a pumpkin rind blandness.
M - No complaints here. Just the level I'm looking for as the fall season kicks off.
Overall, not a bad beer, and a good first attempt at a pumpkin from Harpoon. Good pumpkin session.
09-09-2011 19:56:41 | More by BeerBean
3.61/5 rDev +0.3%
12 oz can, bottom dated BB 15 Jan., 2014, served in a snifter.
A vigorous pour roused a moderate size bone-colored head that had limited retention. Nice, cloudy, orange-amber body.
Well balanced flavor with the wheat, pumpkin pulp and spicing all coming out clearly, and a hint of hops too.
edium-light body is a touch watery and not as soft as hoped.
O: nice, easy drinking wheat-based pumpkin beer.
11-01-2013 00:37:41 | More by chinchill
UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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