UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 956
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 47
Gots: 193 | 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!

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with no real retention on a cloudy orange and golden body. minimal lacing.

S: aroma may be one of the best of any in this genre/style. The pumpkin, spices are great but you have added aromas of the season including sweet potatoes/yams.

T: The flavor almost has too much pumpkin moving more towards the ripe/fresh pumpkin flavor over the sweeter pumpkin pie flavoring. Not sweet enough for me, almost more tart pumpkin/fruit flavor.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: better than your average pumpkin beer, not an amazing beer but worth trying if you are going for some of these. (625 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber/orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of pumpkin in the nose along with some notes of spices.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness. The cinnamon seems to stand out among the pumpkin spice flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but seems like it could use stronger flavors of pumpkin and spices. (698 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ppurs a cloudy pumpkin color with a thick head; nice retention and a few dancing shards of lace leaving a pattern appropriate for the season

Smell: Pie crust and pumpkin elements, though lighter on the spicing than many other examples of the style

Taste: Pie crust and pumpkin flavors, at the outset, with more pie crust than pumpkin; by mid-palate, the spicing kicks in, with nutmeg and clove predominating; nicely balanced, after the swallow, though the flavors fade rather quickly, except for the spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: At last, a pumpkin pie beer where the crust plays a prominent role; nicely balanced, without the spice excess that some brewers employ (714 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice hazy burnt orange color with a foamy cream colored head on top. The lacin in minimal but the retention is holding up fairly well so far. The smell is a little spicy, it almost smells a little sweet too. It doesn't have the biggest aroma to it but yet it does have enough to interest me. The taste for me was really quite good in my opinion. I liked the spicy kick that each sip had. The flavor were nicely balanced here. The mouthfeel was pretty good, had a medium body, good carbonation to it and remained smooth. Overall this beer to me was a really nice seasonal brew. Well worth the price and I would gladly drink it again. (658 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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?? (766 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
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. (1,585 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,072 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/2/11 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, spices, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of spices and pumpkin. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and a bit on the light side for the style. The hops presence is mild but creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter pumpkin beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style. (829 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as 'in your face' as most pumpkin beers, but still sort of bland overall. Beautiful orange cloudy appearance in the glass, not much in the terms of head. Medium bodied with some slight nutmeg, cinnamon, and fall type spices. Decent finish. Drinkable and alright, but nothing compared to some of the other fall seasonals out there. (334 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/15/2013. Pours hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head with horrible retention, that reduces to a ring of lace quickly. Minimal lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, wheat, bread, banana, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with prominent spice/yeast ester notes and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, wheat, brown sugar, light banana, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, brown sugar, wheat, light banana, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast ester flavors; with a good sweetness/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is good pumpkin ale. Good balance and robustness of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering. (1,218 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to copper in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that redues to a couple of small thin patches, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of pumpkin with just a touch of spices. There is also a light note of light fruit (apple) sweetness.

T: There is a light amount of caramel malt sweetness upfront with some light amounts of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon stands out but is still pretty subtle).

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth and kind of coats the inside of your mouth from the carbonation.

O: Easy to drink but not the strongest or most well-defined flavors/aromas of the pumpkin and spices. A good pumpkin beer but not a great one. (924 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild pumpkin scent along with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is decent as well. It has a nice pale and crystal malt base along with an excellent pumpkin flavor. The spicing is moderate at best with a modest addition of both cinnamon and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking pumpkin beer. It's flavorful without being too much so. (538 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

My local, in-person reader, tone77, dropped this off for me as part of a big box o' beer and I will never say no to beer. I am curious to review it anyway as I had some when it was first released, but not for a review.

From the bottle: "Hey there, Pumpkin! You've got a real unfiltered fall treat in your hands! It's like you've tapped a specially spiced pumpkin. Without the seeds, of course."

When you openly cop to being unfiltered, that speaks only one word to me - agitation! Following a vigorous wind-up of the beer, my pour got a finger of rocky, bone-white head that fell in a most unusual web-like pattern. The nose was beautiful! It smelled like I had lit a scented candle in my kitchen. Spicy, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice ... it just smelled like Fall. That is my favorite, albeit fleeting time of the year and this took me right back. Color was a hazy yellowish-orange. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but the spices had held up nicely. They melded together well and were present without being overwhelming. Oh man, I could go for some pumpkin pie right about now. That is what it really reminded me of - a liquid slice of pumpkin pie. Not overwhelming with spice or alcohol, but just right. Hold on, some little girl with locks of gold is knocking on my door. Sorry, sweetie, this is for adults. Finish was semi-dry with the spices really helping to mellow things out. (1,405 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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 (403 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed orange color. White head and a bit of lacing.
Aroma of pumpkin spices, cinnamon, allspice and pumpkin. The smell is fairly strong and is right for the season. In the taste, pumpkin, with sweet and vegetable notes, pumpkin pie flavor. Small bitterness and coarse leafy hop character. Medium bodied feel with lingering pumpkin pie flavor. Overall, this is a nice little pumpkin ale. (394 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-copper coloring that is opaque, with a thin, filmy partial coating of bubbles on the surface. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pastry crust. Smells are well blended and rich, but refrain from being overpowering. Very inviting. The flavors are light, with a touch of booze character escorting a subtle pumpkin and spice blending. Not nearly as flavorful as the nose alludes to. Overall, it comes off a bit watered down. The spices are barely discernable at all, and the pumpkin transitions into a sharp, quickly fading character of the aftertaste. Crisp, sharp, slightly overcarbonated finish cleans the palate, but does not really inspire a rush to drink more. I have to admit, this had me excited to try, but a bit confused at the end. (821 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

UFO Pumpkin has an absolutely splendid label - to be sure, there are a ton of great pumpkin ale labels - but it's also a good-looking beer in its own right. The bright orange colour is what's expected of the style and Harpoon clearly makes good on their claim of leaving the beer unfiltered; it's about as clear as the plot of a David Lynch movie. In the theme of Halloween, head retention has been murdered!

When the brewery asks us to "imagine (that) a pumpkin vine wound its way in a field of barley, and a brewer harvested it all to make a beer" they couldn't be more right, about the ratio that is. One single pumpkin vine to an entire field of barley. The first thing to hit the nose is a soft, dough-y maltiness and notes of cereal grain; vegetal pumpkin not so much (which isn't really the worst thing in the world).

The 'Northwestern hops' that Harpoon boasts about on the label are likely what account for two of the beer's most prominent features: its strong earthiness and its curious, distinct mintiness. The spicing in most pumpkin ales typically takes the predictable form of cinnamon or clove, but this example smacks of lemony mint. The flavour is more like pumpkin candy than actual pumpkin.

I'm not sure if Harpoon formulates their pumpkin recipe from scratch, or whether they add the pumpkin and spices to an existing beer. I kind of suspect the latter. Pumpkin pie recipes tend to translate pretty well into liquid form - pumpkin and cinnamon and clove tend not to change their stripes, whether baked or boiled and fermented - and this is unusually light on the palate. It's almost too casually quenching.

In fact, a trace of squash and a dash of cinnamon aside, the similarity to UFO White (or other commercial white beers) is suspicious. Spices notwithstanding, the beer has a notably zippy, orange-y, sweet, cracker-y wheat profile that is undeniably reminiscent of witbier. The departure from the heavily perfumed, spicy pumpkin ale to this breezier incarnation works for me but, to be clear, it's far from the epitome of the style. (2,065 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Hazy amber/orange color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy pumpkin nose, flavor is spice and tart pumpkin, dry finish. $1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Jake's Market Springfield, Vt. (254 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jason, part of our mini-pumpkin tasting. Into a tulip.

Poured an orange-amber, a thin collar is produced without any real head. Some bubbles and a thin film are left behind. Nose has some pumpkin pie without the crust (innards of a pumpkin pie?), pumpkin pie spicing - some cinnamon and allspice. Some light creamy and milky character that really adds a nice touch. Taste is lightly spicy, pumpkin character with some spicing similar to the nose. Light body that's somewhat watery, but still has some pretty good pumpkin pie 'innard' flavour. Good flavour, but lacks the whole package in terms of body and weight. (631 characters)

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UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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