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UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
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954 Ratings
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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 45
Gots: 185 | 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:
Beer added by: mostpoetsdo on 07-23-2011

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
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Ratings: 954 | Reviews: 185
Reviews by wattoclone:
Photo of wattoclone
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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??

Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  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.

Photo of Billolick
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3/5  rDev -16.4%

If your a pumpkin fan this is a tasty treat

Photo of Oberson58
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Good pumpkin flavor, weird after taste. Not my favorite, but could drink a bunch with out complaining.

Photo of BeerBean
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Jon for this one.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Very little retention with a very small amount of lacing.

S: A nice pumpkin spice going on here, some cloves, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Pretty nice.

T: Much weaker than the aroma, and rather boring in comparison. There is some faint pumpkin pie flavor/spice but a significant amount of boring/bready malt.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: Another ho-hum pumpkin beer. The aroma was pretty nice, but the flavor profile left me disappointed, as usual with beers of this style.

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish amber with a short, bubbly, off white head that has little retention

S - pumpkin, cinnamon, faint nutmeg, allspice, ginger

T - pumpkin, straw, bitter, nutmeg, alefruit, apple, faint cinnamon

M - medium bodied, crisp, a bit overcarbonated

This isn't a bad beer, but the pumpkin and spices are down played by the other flavors. This is easy to drink and somewhat enjoyable, but there are far better pumpkin beers out there.

Photo of Ds650rida
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into large wine/snifter glass.

L: bright amber, very hazy, 1-1/2 finger thick head. Head sticks around for about 2 minutes or so. Fine lacing around glass, falls quickly.

A: faint pumpkin and not much else. A light hint of spices

T: i taste just a bit of pumpkin. Tastes a lot like a light macro beer with pumpkin and spices ontop. This beer might just be a bit too overcrowded for my pallet.

F: some pumpkin left behind and then the mild hops take over with some spices ontop. Slightly oily feel

O: the bottle says that this is an ale brewed with pumpkin and spices. perhaps they just took their regular belgian white recipe and added the pumpkin to it. Overall a very light bodied pumpkin.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out the like a Colorado sunset, Denver Broncos orange, a bit hazy, with a snow cap of two fingers. Notes of nutmeg and cinnamon rise to the nose, with a hearty aroma of pumpkin flesh. It tastes sweet in the front, a bit of hop bitterness in the back. The "pumpkin pie" is more pronounced in the nose but the lightness in the flavors is good so as not to overpower the hops. Light and sudsy in the mouth, not too filling, a keg of this would work a well for some halloween beer pong.

Overall a good beer, friendly to the palate and decent on the wallet.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bright orange with lots of carbonation. Not much lacing or foam to speak of.

Smell: Heavy nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. A bit peppery as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong, bitter cloves and hops. Definitely pumpkin, and definitely beery. This tastes like an actual pumpkin pie instead of just the spices. Clean mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: A good pumpkin ale.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon UFO Pumpkin
12 oz bottle

Surprisingly good. For the most part Harpoon has left me "so-so" but this pumpkin beer is excellent.

Its cloudy orange beneath a short white head that drops but holds a solid surface covering (thin, but complete). It also offers fairly good lacing with splashes and streaks like fake halloween cobwebs (y'now, in the spirit of things).

The aroma is all about pumpkin spice - heavy on All-spice. Fruity. Apple pie? Some ginger. Slightly different than usual. Nutmeg... Over-spiced? It's loaded, yet it doesn't overwhelm.

The flavor follows the aroma. It's heavily spiced but somehow not overbearing. Perhaps because the bitterness is restrained, perhaps because the way that they've spiced it hasn't left it with any harsh notes. Malt comes through but is basically a base for the spice. Definitely a "pumpkin spice" beer.

In the mouth it's smooth with a medium body and a moderate carbonation.

Overall it's a pretty nice "pumpkin spice" beer. I'd imagine that you could drink a few of these despite its inherent character. Well done.

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer out of curiosity. I'd prefer the alcohol were lower, but otherwise it's an easy-to-drink American wheat/pumpkin hybrid. It pairs clean, pale wheat and barley with a mild (and more importantly, balanced) mix of pumpkin pie spices. It's sort of a subtle beer and some might find it watery, but I'd have another.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- You can smell the pumpkin and the hops. Has a nice smell.
Appearance- This beer is a murky orange colou with a small white head.
Taste- Great pumpkin flavor, it resembles pumpkin pie.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall- A real good pumpkin beer, if you haven't had it, give it a try.

Photo of kenito799
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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