UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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955 Ratings
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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 46
Gots: 190 | 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: 955 | Reviews: 185
Photo of SteveS1
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Pours cloudy amber orange, but not completely translucent. Foamy white head with a little retention and some lacing.

Smell: Sour lemon, lemongrass, orange zest, biting spices (cinnamon)

Taste: A tangy citrus shock to the tongue gives way to mellow gingerbread, followed by bitter hops straight down. Finish is bitter hops (slightly metallic), and a hint of ginger.

Feel: Light-to-medium bodied, noticeable carbonation, but not overwhelming

Drink: Interesting, but average overall. Relative lightness makes it an easy drink, but the bitterness cuts into the spices and other interesting flavors a bit too much. Points for giving me nostalgia of gingerbread houses.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a burnt orange color with just a fizzy layer of head that resides quickly. Lots of visable carbonation and a bit of a hazy body.

The aroma gives of your run of the mill autumn aromas. A but of nutmeg and allspice is detectable with a decent pumpkin aroma in the background. Not bad, but a little bit sweet for my liking. This gives of a sweet pumpkin pie flavor to it. Nutmeg and cinnamon on the pallet with a bit of a creamy pumpkin taste.

The body is light and the carbonation is a bit full. Overall a tasty fall seasonal, but I would prefer a little bit of a drier pumpkin beer myself. This one is just a touch sweet.

Photo of HopsYeast
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- pours nice slightly cloudy amber color with a rich looking pale head. head is a nice size for a bottle pour.
s- sweet cinnamon is the dominate aroma. nice sugar cane scent with cloves, nutmeg, and even some ginger. although aroma is initially full of just cinnamon, the more you smell the more layers come out.
t- warm nutmeg with a very nice touch of malt. enjoyable amount of cloves, cinnamon, honey/sugar cane, and finishes with subtle pumpkin and hops.
m- only feature i feel they could improve. sits on the palate almost too lightly for all the other characteristics in this beer. expected something rich and smooth, but this was thin feeling and a little too bubbly.
o- hate to mark it a 3.5 since its a good beer but the feel on the palate makes it a little less drinkable than others. but i enjoy it.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of GregSVT
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy brownish orange with a nice off-white head that fades to a layer and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is copius amounts of pumpkin with some hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Very nice smells coming from this one and not terribly overdone.

T: The taste is all pumpkin and malt. I'm getting very subtle amounts of the spices from the nose. The pumpkin flavor is good though.

M: The feel is on the lighter side with some decent carbonation...slightly creamy.

O: Not the best pumpkin ale out there but what's there is decent. I'd like more spices in the taste but other than that it's a pretty average beer for the style.

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 thain709
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with an unfiltered, hazy, burnt orange body...two fingers worth of off white head that showed some decent retention in the form of a thin cap...some lacing was left

S - I wanted a little more coming out of the nose...the pumpkin pie aromas were there but they were light...pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some clove

T - The flavors become more pronounced...there is not much fleshy pumpkin, but rather more pumpkin pie flavor...the spices are more prevalent and pair well with the pumpkin puree...cinnamon stands out the most with some clove lingering in the background...a malt/yeast/wheat flavor really dries out the beer at the end

M - Medium bodied...some light carbonation...drying

O - This one turned out to surprise me...I honestly wasn't expecting much but it turned out to be one of the better Pumpkin Ales I've tried so far this year...the pumpkin pie flavors are there with a dry wheat malt

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting head. Very average lacing.

S: A very spicy aroma, with hints of malt and pumpkin as well.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, light malt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The spices threaten to take over the flavor, but overall it's pretty balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an overly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very enjoyable, spicy pumpkin ale.

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 micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon pumpkin ufo is a burnished orange color ale thats slightly hazy.
It pours with a thin tan head and is well carbonated.

Wonderfully aromatic with rich biscuit malts and pimpkin spice, cinnamon being more pronounced.

A rich malt brew slightly sweet with a good dose of spices. Like a pumpkin roll.

Has a thinner mouthfeel but also pretty smooth in feel and going down,

I could take or leave pumpkin beers more so with beer with pumpkin in them but this one is just right. It has a good malt backbone and spices which are balanced perfectly.

Photo of mattkoon
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my local store keeps running out of this ufo pumpkin afer 2 trys I finally scored a 6er. I love pumpkin ales so I was really excite to try this one. When I first poured this ale I noticed how cloudy it is. It says "unfiltered" on the label and it looks unfiltered. The colo is a nice golden brown, it reminds me of baked goods. The smell is full of holiday/pumpkin spices. The taste is a unique blend of malt, cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin spice, and maybe some ginger. All in all this is why I love the pumpkin ales- all the spices mix so well with beer. This is a pretty nice little pumpkin ale and it has my pallet ready for more.

Photo of DavidST
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before date of 12/15/11.

This pours a slightly hazy light orange with a decent foamy white head with good retention. The smell is good, full of pumpkin and spice. The feel is medium to light with good carbonation. The taste is a little disappointing though pretty bitter and dry, I get a little pumpkin and spice but its nothing like it smells, overall okay but not up to the smells standard.

Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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

Picked this up as part of a mix-6 of fall beers. I was very excited to try as I've become a fan of Harpoon's UFO series over the years.

Poured with a finger of head that slowly reduced to a thin ring. Orange-reddish color with a hazy complexion. Smelled strongly of canned pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Tasted liked pumpkin (surprised?) but not at all like most other pumpkin beers. There was a distinct wheat presence that gave a drier and more bitter profile than the usual pumpkin ale. Hints of spice and earthiness as well. Medium mouthfeel- some carbonation that gives a bit of a zip and a slightly creamy texture.

Overall, a pretty pleasant brew and a nice change of pace from the heavier pumpkin beers you find this time of year.

Photo of AdamBear
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy pumpkin colored with thin white head that disappears quickly.

S-wow smells like pumpkin puree. really good smelling! good strength as well.

T-comes in with a mediocre taste of pumpkin puree malts. its seems to be a taste of mostly carbonation. the after-taste is matching with some spice to it. this seems to be made up of some really low quality ingredients. not well balanced either.

M-over carbonated with a dry finish

O-looks and smells got me excited, but this was a let down. the taste made me think of what might happen if a macro decided to brew a pumpkin ale. overall, its still a drinkable beer that isn't completely terrible. however, the pumpkin beer markest is large and this example won't make a dent.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/26/11

Appearance: Slightly hazy but mostly clear (interesting considering "unfiltered" is part of the name), orange with some copper in color, decent white head that leaves a better than average ring, not much lacing

Smell: This is the aroma of a can of pumpkin pie filling - all of the usual suspects for spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, etc.) plus some sugar - the quantity of spice is both good and bad - it smells nice, but it may not translate well to taste - some pumpkin flesh in here, too - some pale malts underneath and some grassy hops

Taste: Not bad, but not really remarkable in any way - spices are ok, borderline too spicy - cinnamon seems prominent - there seems to be some sugar as well as brown sugar in here - malts are nicely pale, some odd husky flavors - kind of grassy, some tannins, tart?

Mouthfeel: Mostly smooth, could be a little heavier - with all of the spices and sweetness, it should have a bit more body - decent carbonation though

Overall: Good, not a bad offering

This is mostly unoffensive, although there are some strange malt flavors. The spices are decent, and the use of actual pumpkin is a plus. I probably won't buy this again, but I'd drink it again.

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a decent head. The smell is actually quite appealing with a real pumpkin scent and not just pie spice like some other beers. The flavor is a
Little disappointing it is more of the usual straight up pumpkin pie flavor with a noticeable wheat beer finish. The mout

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, copper/orange. Head is white, slightly fluffy, with negligible lacing.

Smell: Real pumpkin? This is unexpected. The usual spice suspects are present as well. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and that distinct aroma of pumpkin pie filling. Sweet, but a touch of wheat tang sneaks in the back. Faint malt in the back.

Taste: Sweet like pie filling. In fact, it's a spot on replica of canned pie filling. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate, but it's a clean level of sweet as well. A little malt flavor sneaks through in the back. Grassy hop notes on the back as well. A solid presentation, but the sweetness is a little distracting. Warms too grassy.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with some rough edges. Carbonation is spot on. A little dry from the wheat. Easily drinkable.

Overall: Don't let this warm up. Cold, it's an easy drinking take on the pumpkin ale, with only a few off flavors, but once it warms, it falls apart and turns in to a discordant mess. Decent,

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 silentjay
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy tarnished copper color with a fluffy eggshell colored head that sticks around a while and laces well.

aroma is of squash at first, yeah they used real pumpkin in this one! spices are evident as well, as it was "brewed with spices and with spices added" so it was double spiced, if you will. but still, the spices don't seem to be overdone.

flavor is very sweet. molasses, brown sugar, caramel, with some pumpkin, lots of nutmeg, more than a touch of cinnamon. sweet and with lots of spice, the real pumpkin flavor falls to the background, unfortunately.

thin medium body with subtle carbonation and a lingering sweetness and spices that don't let go for a while.

started promising, but ended disappointing. Those that like the overly spiced pumpkin beers (shipyard, anyone?) may like this as it adds a touch of real pumpkin to it, but I don't overly enjoy it. I may recommend it to some gateway beer lovers, though.

Photo of smitty50385
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the fall because that means pumpkin beer. I really enjoy shipyard pumpkin and have a soft spot for harvest moon. When I tasted Harpoon's UFO Pumpkin it blew my mind. It was the first time it really tasted like liquid pumpkin pie. Although it's still well before fall it gives me that feeling every time I enjoy one. Looking forward to having it with cold weather foods!

Photo of puboflyons
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped BB12/15/11-08:01-175N. Sample on August 18, 2011. It pours amber-orange with a bit of a haze and a thin head. The aroma has a nice combination of pumpkin, nutmeg, and other spices with a whiff of hops at the end. The body was thinner than I might have hoped. The taste had enough pumpkin flavor so that it lives up to its name but it was nothing that was out of the ordinary. It finished clean and crisp but all told, it was really fairly routine.

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 OverToad
4.97/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pumpkin beets are hands down my favorite.

The UFO is unfiltered and looks fantastic. Smell is like pumpkin pie.

Taste is like a liquid pumpkin pie. It's for once not to taste raw pumpkin like other pumpkin ales. This one taste like a dessert.

Well done.

Photo of Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An unfiltered pumpki ale? Ok. Here goes then.

Pours a nice amber color with a bit of froth in the head. Could easily pass for an octoberfest beer.

Mmm, nutmeg and pumpkin pie come to mind. The aroma is similar to that of Shipyard Pumpkin Ale.

More nutmeg and pumpkin pie in the taste. It's very good for what it is. A bit chewy too.

Lingering pumpkin pie crust dominates the mouthfeel. Mmm. I can't ask for me.

Well, it's a pumpkin ale and it seems well done. This style is usually dominated by wanna-bes but I think Pumpkin UFO captures the essence of it well in a drinkable form.

UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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