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UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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180 Reviews
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 968
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 49
Gots: 201 | 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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Reviews: 180 | Hads: 968
Photo of BeerBean
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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 (915 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (468 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 micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (550 characters)

Photo of mattkoon
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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. (444 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 shangwang
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (728 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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 (313 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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, (973 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 silentjay
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of smitty50385
4.65/5  rDev +28.5%
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! (376 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of OverToad
4.97/5  rDev +37.3%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pumpkin beer in summer, eh...

A- Dark orange body into my pint glass. A foamy off-whitehead forms atop the beer and retains decently. Head eventually dies completely leaving not a ring or lace.

S- General nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and spice along with other fruit like apple, almost apple pumpkin pie hybrid. Fades out with time.

T- Once again I get a tart apple note long with the usual suspects of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, clove and bread. Also ginger, molasses and some hops, herbal.

MF- Silky light body with a smooth moderate carbonation level. Some residual bitterness in the finish.

Interesting and certainly has the autumn pumpkin feel, along with another tart fruit hint. It is kind of like pumpkin fruit soda. The balance of flavor is lost with time and knocks this one down a level as it didn't start off too badly. (833 characters)

Photo of bmwfan1987
2.26/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was excited to get in the fall spirit, and try a newly released pumpkin beer. I should of had my iPhone on me but I Made snap judgement. This beer has an ok aroma. The apearance is the best part about the beer. The Taste is bland pumpkin on the finish. It was hard to detect any spices, if I did they were barely used in this beer. Over all a very, very bland pumpkin beer. My bartender summed it up by saying "it tastes like budweiser mixed with pumpkin." I wouldn't go that far, but it wasn't good. Give it a shot, all I know is this one is not for me. Harpoon is not a bad brewery, they just need to tweak the next batch perhaps. (634 characters)

Photo of BigCheese
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love it when seasonals are new to hit shelves because you know they have to be fresh.

A: Pours an Orange/Amber, not as cloudy as most unfiltered beers. Nice White head, leaves significant/surprising amount of lacing maybe because its fresh.

S: More pumpkin pie than straight pumpkin, seriously doubt this is made with real pumpkins. Stereotypical cinnamon and nutmeg as well.

Taste: Nothing crazy complex but a malty sweet pumkin flavor domintates up front. Not a ton of lingering flavor, a touch of bitterness/hops finishes the taste quickly. I've had Brooklyn Post Road this year and I would say this is sweeter/lighter/less flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Thicker/creamer than many cheap pumpkins due to the unfiltered aspect. Well carbonated, very light to drink though, I went through this quite quickly.

A pretty decent option from Harpoon, better than their Oktoberfest. Nothing ground breaking but if your looking for a local pumpkin ale check it out. I wouldn't go out of my way or trade for it though.

EDIT:
Had fresh on tap at the Burren, it was really f-ing good. Awesome aroma. Get it on draft. (1,105 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orange/red, pretty much burnt pumpkin. Small amount of head with a thick ring around the glass afterwards. Only an extremely small amount of haze. F.O Pumpkin. Nose is spicy nutmeg, pumpkin and sourdough. Light body with a crisp tingle on the tongue. Light bready malt body with nutmeg and pumpkin spices. Finish is almost nothing, watery, a bland dryness, and only a carbonation tingle. (387 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mostly clear, mildy hazy, orange tan body with a white head.

Nose has a very potpouri and pumpkin smell.

Taste is light to medium bodied with a chewy grain flavor. Very defined pumpkin pie spice flavor, but not in your face. Very bitter actually with quite a strong hop profile for the style. Ends with a lingering pumpkin flavor.

It sounds boring, but this is a fabulous beer. A perfect session pumpkin. Not over the top, not that mild, just right to drink a case or two. (493 characters)

UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.