UFO Big Squeeze Shandy | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Big Squeeze ShandyUFO Big Squeeze Shandy

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by jamvt on 03-25-2014

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Ratings: 484 |  Reviews: 61
Reviews by Treyliff:
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3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a pale and cloudy yellowish-orange color with a small foamy white head that retains shortly, eventually disappearing

S- smells of grapefruit juice mixed with a light lager, a hint of lemon and wheat rounds it out

T- the taste follows the aroma, tart grapefruit juice mixes with wheat and lemon peel, flavor quickly fades, leaving a bit of toasted malt on the finish

M- light body with moderate carbonation, foamy and spritzy mouthfeel, crisp, dry and tart finish

O- a nice refresher, but it may actually be a little too tart for me to have more than a couple. It's would however serve well on a hot summer day, as it's intended

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Photo of beerboy21
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is like a grapefruit soda. Amazing that this comes in at 4.5% ABV.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy, opaque orange, bordering on pink, with a small, somewhat coarse white head, which quickly fades to a dusting of foam on the surface. Coarse, scattered, broken lacing lines the glass walls.

Aroma: The aroma is like that of a typical wheat beer, infused with grapefruit juice.

Taste: Opens with pleasant, bread-like wheat malt, soon followed by a surge of grapefruit juice. UFO Big Squeeze Shandy presents none of the bitterness or sour flavors typically associated with grapefruit juice, and sometimes associated with wheat ales.As the taste progresses, the grapefruit juice flavor abates a bit, finishing a touch dry with a little residual malt sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, refreshing warm-weather beer, or perhaps a Radler with a relatively high ABV. To be sure, this is very easy to drink, but those used to the low ABV European Radlers should note that this packs somewhat more of a punch.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Sstevens580
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I was pretty disappointed with this shandy. Tasted more like grapefruit juice with a beer flavor as opposed to the contrary. Good for someone who doesn't like beer

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Photo of KSather
1.76/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

gross combination of grapefruit and beer

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2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Too sweet for my taste. Can't say i hated it though.

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Photo of MishRodz
1.42/5  rDev -58.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Horrible horrible taste. I like a juicy taste beer but not much like this one. Awful taste for me. Too girly. It's like a carbonated grapefruit juice.

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Photo of mynie
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's warm out and a 12er of these was cheap.

I like grapefruit. It is difficult to eat and therefore the among manliest of produce. Sissyboys drink orange juice or lemonade while Real Men, like yours truly, eat a whole grapefruit--skin and all--every morning. Then we make love to each other.

I also don't know what to make of Harpoon. They are kind of legendary as they were one of the first widely distributed craft brands. They are also held in ill esteem by contemporary beersmen because of the perceived meekness of their brews. Personally, I still love SA Boston Lager, but I find Harpoon's IPA unpalatably bland. Most of their other beers are the same--certainly not badly brewed, but really not my style (their Leviathan imperial pils was probably the most underrated beer I ever had, though).

Big Squeeze UFO is simultaneously the most and least bland Harpoon beer I've ever had, simply because its juiciness is to aggressive. It tastes hand-blended, and I'd be shocked if this didn't have the highest juice-to-beer ratio of any pre-packaged shandy on the market.

The result is straightforward: tart grapefruit juice mixed with a solid, thick witbier. It goes down smooth as milk and tastes, frankly great.

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Photo of CMundt4994
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

great grapefruit flavor. solid beer

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.09/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jcorn
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got talked into buying a sixer of this by a harpoon rep at my local beer store. Hey, got a really cool stainless steel bottle opener out of it, along with a pretty tasty beer. A bit sweet & a little sour. Tastes better than it smells. Very nice.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of chudson1992
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a thin white head.

Smell: Grapefruit and other citrus.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweeter citrus and Grapefruit.

Overall: Excellent beer, refreshing.

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Photo of ccurrid
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Nfiorini513
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Janeinma
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Dinkel
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy peach/apricot look to it with a bright white head, fine speckled lacing left behind unevenly...wow. Not a bad looking beer, the brew smells great, tart grapefruit pith it's like slicing a huge grapefruit for breakfast and sprinkle some sugar on it. Very bright citrus pith and flesh, I'm liking the nose...one dimensional but totally worth smelling a grapefruit explosion. Flavor hits just like biting into a piece of fresh grapefruit with a hint of extra sugar, the it's like Ocean Spray Ruby Red grapefruit juice with carbonation and a touch of alcohol...at first I was thinking it was going to taste like a Fresca cut with beer nothing like most horribly sweet shandy offerings. Dry bitterness down to the bone from the grapefruit acidity and citrus qualities, I'm really enjoying this, never though I'd say that! The best Harpoon UFO offering ever, really nice beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, lingering bitter Grapefruit pith pretty damn tart for grapefruit flavor blended with beer...carbonation sturdy but carries the flavors so well. Overall, I'm shocked at how ridiculously good this is.

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UFO Big Squeeze Shandy from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
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