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UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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180 Reviews
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Reviews: 180
Hads: 970
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 49
Gots: 202 | 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: 970
Photo of Jacurdy60
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice golden brown color with a creamy 1 finger width head. Does not retain well and turns very carbonated.

S-Nose is pretty bland. I'm getting faint notes of some sweet spiced pumpkin, cinnamon, and some nutmeg. Nothing is very pronounced and the pumpkin is barely noticeable.

T-Not too bad here. Spices are not overwhelming and the pumpkin makes a fairly nice presence at the finish. A bit like club soda at the front of the palate, but that flashes quickly and fades into the pleasant balance between spice and pumpkin.

MF-Overcarbonated, watery with a dry finish.

O-Not a bad pumpkin ale. I was afraid it would taste too much like soda because Harpoon doesn't usually make great beers, but this one is pretty good. The flavors aren't too pronounced, but the taste achieves a nice balance between spice and pumpkin. Pretty well done. (849 characters)

Photo of Roland45s
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Followed the instructions on the bottle to pour half and swirl up that yeast in the bottom. The smell was nutmeg and spicy. Poured dark and with a 1" head. The mouthfeel was good although I didn't get too much of the pumpkin which I have been realizing the majority of the pumpkin brews are just beers that have a heavy spice and not too much pumpkin in them. Not one of my favorites but better than the bluemoon and harvest pumpkin. (433 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 nukem5
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice cloudy amber color with slight head of foam which goes away rapidly.

S: Aroma is of cinnamon and nutmeg with a light pumpkin pie smell not an obvious pumpkin beer. Just by look and smell one might get a winter warmer feel to this beer. Smell actually reminds me of the way Samuel Adams White Christmas tastes.

T: Taste is overall a spiced beer with loads of cinnamon,clove,nutmeg... all the things I love in these fall beers.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium bodied beer with a pleasant Carbonation level.

O: Overall a great seasonal selection with a great sampler pack of 3 others if you can find it like this in your area. Great price ,I believe I had paid about 32 dollars. (689 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is orange with golden highlights. There is some suspended yeast in it. It is capped by a couple inches of off-white/beige head.

S - I get the typical nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, etc.

T - I get the spices in the flavor as well.

M - Thin to Moderate

O - I kind of forgot about this one in the refrigerator. The smell held up really well. The taste may have faded. It's a decent. I used to love this style, but Pumking ruined most of them for me. (508 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy honey golden with a fairly thick pale golden fine-bubbled head. Aroma has malty and fruity notes plus hints of cinnamon and pumpkin. Malty flavor has hoppy and cinnamon notes, as well as a good amount of pumpkin taste. Unlike many other pumpkin ales I have tried, the pumpkin flavor does not dominate the others, which is a plus. Smooth texture has good body and a decent amount of fizz. Save it for fall - or enjoy it now. (451 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy, rustic orange with a scant, off-white head and no real lacing in a tulip glass.

Nice, sweet pumpkin aroma with less spice than most that warms more akin to sweet potato pie.

Sweet and sharp up front with pumpkin flavors discernible. However, bitterness is at odds with acidity and a long astringent finish. This significantly detracts from the enjoyment.

Medium body with no discernible alcohol. Carbonation is fizzy and there is a sharp astringency.

This is a middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale, worthy of those who enjoy this style. (546 characters)

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

I poured this into a perfect pint glass, it has a nice murkey orange color body with a very little head that dissapears quickly leaving no lace behing. The smell is aromactic of spices, mainly cinnamon that i can smell. The taste starts off a little spicy with the cinnamon and spices, as it warms up a little bit the pumpkin comes into play and on the finish a nice little hop bite comes into play also. The mouth feel is really nice and overall this is a really good pumpkin beer. (482 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy, light-copper colored beer with a thin, fizzy head that melts to nothing almost instantly. Flakes of yeast fall to the bottom of the glass.

A unusual, pungent, funky aroma hits the nose first. Followed by malty sweetness and some spice.

The funkiness is carried on to the flavor. It's a little off-putting. Not my favorite thing to taste in a pumpkin ale. Then comes a malty sweetness, followed by spice in the finish.

A medium bodied beer, with a creamy mouthfeel. An everlasting, dry finish.

Pretty much what I expected from this beer. A below average pumpkin ale. (577 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 12/15/2012
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Pours a 1.5cm head of slightly off-white bubbles, small and dense in stature. Retention is quite poor, lasting a brief moment, and leaving no residual lacing. Body is a bright golden orange color, opaque with suspended yeast. Light brings out pale orange-yellow hues, with slightly visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is pleasant, noticeable, but still mellow. Features some cinnamon, graham cracker crust, cooked cereal grains, and apple cider.

Taste is a little . Opens with sweet malts, a bit of cinnamon red-hot and modest pumpkin pie-like flavors. Mid-palate features more cinnamon, slight clove, reduced malt and graham cracker sweetness, and is combined with slightly bitter, faintly green and herbal hops. Back of palate picks up increased bitterness with sweet malts reminiscent of apple cider. Lingering aftertaste of cinnamon and pumpkin pie mix with modest sweetness and nearly no hop presence.

Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation. Resulting mouthfeel is smooth, if not a bit stagnant in movement. Does not close out dry, but has moderate stickiness around the lips. (1,226 characters)

Photo of barczar
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden apricot color with a one inch cream head that dissipates moderately, leaving sheets of lacing.

Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pumpkin form the aroma, along with sweet malt and hints of floral hops.

Flavor is very cola-like, with ginger and clove dominating, and a bit of fruitiness emerging. It then becomes more pumpkiny, with a cinnamon finish. Bready, earthy malt surfaces late.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, the cola and fruity flavor is offputting. Definitely more dominated by spices than pumpkin. There are many better examples (610 characters)

Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is amazing on-tap and really good out of the bottle. Best pumpkin beer out there in my opinion. Prefer it over Shipyard's Pumpkinhead, Long Trail's Pumpkin Ale, Imperial Pumking, and Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale. Enjoy in a warm place on a cold night for best results. Enjoy! (278 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 ckollias
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy-hazy copper-orange 1-finger white head that ends in a solid lace with no trail.

S: Pumpkin, all-spice, ginger, cinnamon aromas.

T: Similar to the smell; pumpkin, all-spice, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting unfiltered pumpkin beer – worthy of a try. (380 characters)

Photo of scootny
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty nice looking beer. Good head and decent retention. A hazy amber orange. Not much lace though. Nose is the best part for me. Smells like pie. Nice blend of spices and graham tinged crust. Pumpkin aromas are sweet and well balanced with the pale malt. Cinnamon is the front player as I inhale and the nutmeg leads back to the base aromas. Very nice. Taste is a big letdown. As good as the nose is the palate is not. Spices are a bit too forward of the malt and pumpkin. The hops are well done and there are some nice buttery notes as well but overall the beer is a bit disjointed with no connecting flow to the taste. To add the final blow there is a mineral edge in the finish that gives a platform for the spices to explode in a cascade of excessive bitterness. Cinnamon, clove, and pepper. It is better as it warms. but this is just not making it for me. Feel is light and crisp with a good carbonation. Very close to a solid brew but the details are taking this one down in my book. Maybe too much was put into the aroma at the sacrifice of taste. (1,056 characters)

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I review this beer a year ago, so I am doing it again with this years batch and see if my opinion changes.

A: Pours a dark, hazy orange color, with a very thin bright white head that fades fast leaving a thin film on top

S: Aroma consists of actual pumpkin, along with some spice, wheat and hops. Not real strong, but its enough to notice.

T: Flavor starts off much like the smell, you get actual pumpkin which is followed by wheat, hops, and some spice. Very tasty beer!

M: Lots of pumpkin flavor, slight carbonation and pleasantly sweet. Very drinkable!

O: Now that I have reviewed this for the second time, my review is much higher than previously stated. There are a lot of artificial pumpkin beers out there, this is NOT one of those beers. One of the best out there! (777 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of youbrewidrink, thanks man! Hazy orange appearance, cloudy really which is no surprise given that it is unfiltered. Smells of spice and spice and more spice. Flavor is the same, more spice than pumpkin and really nothing that wowed me. Overall, I am not a fan of pumpkin beers to start and this is one of the lesser ones I have tasted. (358 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazy amber-orange with a small fizzy white head and good head retention, very fall-like.

S- spicy, smells like fresh sassafras root, a bit of cinnamon, vanilla, and some raw pumpkin.

T- sweet and malty, notes of nutmeg and raw pumpkin. Finishes slightly bitter with a bit if an apple cider taste, the unfiltered gives it a bit of an earthy feel.

M- medium body, low carbonation, super creamy finish

O- Pretty good! The unfiltered makes it a bit different than most pumpkin ales. Worth a try. (508 characters)

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

Found on tap at the Tuscan Kitchen in Salemn, NH this seasonal brew looks clear and golden copper colored with a healthy white head and great lacing. The aroma offers a classic, tasteful blend of wheat and pumpkin with a touch of sweet grass hop. The flavor is a very solid combination of slightly sweet pumpkin grass and tangy wheat with spice/cinnamon nuances. This is a nicely drinkable pumpkin brew with medium-light body and a clean, moderately carbonated, tingly feel. Not bad at all, would gladly revisit. (512 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A slight, less than a finger's worth of, crisp off white colored head that displays minimal retention that yields nothing more than a small splotch of lacing and a thin collar... The color is a light to medium orange that displays a certain vibrancy... Some light straw undertones are noticeable when back lit... A limited bit of slightly sluggish carbonation...

S - A very nice balance of sweet pumpkin and autumnal spices... A freshly opened can of pumpkin filling... A light bit of spicing featuring nutmeg with just a touch of cinnamon and clove... Some bready crust like malts lie beneath the surface... Perhaps even some roasted pumpkin seeds...

T - The pumpkin sweetness is surprisingly absent on the palate... Lots of bread and wheat notes... The autumnal spices are present but very muted... Roasted pumpkin seeds...

M -Light to medium bodied... Light prickly carbonation... The finish is a bit gritty and a bit chalky...

D - An average at best Pumpkin Ale... Unfortunately this is neither one I can recommend nor seek out again given the wealth and variety of season offerings available... A very promising aroma is the highlight and is accompanied by sheer mediocrity in all other facets... Not really what I'm looking for in a Pumpkin Ale... (1,262 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 jpro
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Total Wine. Drink by date: 12/19/12

A: Cloudy copper / orange; fizzy white head dies down leaving no retention or lace. I'm giving this one an extra .5 for the "drink by" date.

S: Notes of allspice; clove; pumpkin (not pie - actual pumpkin); a bit toasty with a touch of cinnamon, too.

T: Definitely big on the cloves; some pumpkin and sweet spice are there; fills a bit incomplete, though... not much malt - which I guess makes sense - this is a wheat beer after all.

M: Light mouthfeel; high, zingy carbonation; a bit watery - this lends to the incomplete feeling of this beer.

O: Not bad - but definitely nothing stellar; a pretty easy drinking pumpkin beer - that's really about it. Lack of complexity and mouthfeel leave something to be desired, but it still has some decent pumpkin character. (821 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 Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer emerges cloudy and deep amber in color with a small and almost nonexistent white head. There is minimal retention and minimal lacing as well.

The aroma is filled with seasonal aromas such as pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg. Very rich and deep aromatics may become heavy for some but I enjoyed the aroma. It didn't seem too over the top but got the point across that this was a pumpkin beer.

Flavor profile was very nice as well. Really good pumpkin flavor here. Cinnamon and all spice seem to be the main players at the party. A bit of yeastiness pokes his head through giving a bready and tangy dimension to this one.

I wasn't expecting much from this one but I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty this one was. I would highly recommend this one, especially for the price. (838 characters)

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