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UFO Pumpkin - Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BA SCORE
82
good

939 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 939
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 45
Gots: 162 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: mostpoetsdo on 07-23-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of crawdadwilly74
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of ckollias
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of ChrisKuhns
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of scootny
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ArrogantB
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
82 out of 100 based on 939 ratings.