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UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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82
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928 Ratings
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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.83%
Wants: 45
Gots: 156 | 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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Ratings: 928 | Reviews: 178 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kenito799:
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4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light brown brew with off-white head that recedes and leaves little lace.

Aroma is extremely fragrant cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and brown sugar. Some cutrusy hope notes hiding in there. For the style, a great smell.

A spicy and rich brew that still has a very nice balance, not sweet and with some undelying hoppy bitterness. Quite drinkable, one of the better pumpkin brew for sure.

kenito799, Feb 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
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 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 braugon
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

braugon, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of ccapurso
3/5  rDev -16.7%

ccapurso, Nov 01, 2014
Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

MikeC144, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Hurricane_Harry
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%

Hurricane_Harry, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

lordofthewiens, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of ImperialPaleTom
4.5/5  rDev +25%

ImperialPaleTom, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +11.1%

csmartin6, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

SunDevilBeer, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Billolick, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tigg924, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of KolbMarley
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

KolbMarley, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of chudson1992
4.5/5  rDev +25%

chudson1992, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Cavanaghty, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

dankjohn, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of wattoclone
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

wattoclone, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of ChadwickHines
3/5  rDev -16.7%

If your a pumpkin fan this is a tasty treat

ChadwickHines, Saturday at 12:37 PM
Photo of Morecuamanyc
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Morecuamanyc, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Milkysunshine, Aug 26, 2012
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UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.