UFO Pale Ale | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO Pale AleUFO Pale Ale

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
UFO Pale Ale is our twist on a traditional British Pale Ale. It pours a vibrant amber color with a medium malt body and an assertive hop character throughout. This beer is well balanced, with grassy, flowery hop flavors and aromatics. Like the rest of our UFO beers we leave it Unfiltered for more natural taste, a soft, full mouthfeel, and a distinctive cloudy appearance. UFO Pale Ale is perfect for an autumn's evening, a night out or just a change of pace. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoy brewing it! Cheers!

34 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-01-2009

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Photo of smcolw
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unfiltered cloudiness. Light amber color. Small head but it leaves a good blanket of lace.

Pleasant hop-malt aroma. Nicely balanced. White bread toast aroma with a fresh floral hop cone aroma.

I taste lighted toasted malts. A base of pale malt but with a notable crystal touch. The hop is present as a spice. The body is richer than most Harpoon beers but there's still plenty of carbonation.

Overall, this is an easy to drink pale ale.

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Photo of Beric
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Serving: On tap at the beer hall in a sampler
Serving: 6 September 2014

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with a weird brownish tinge which makes it seem somewhat sickly. If the color was a little more golden or orange it would be a lot prettier. Love the cloudiness though, looking forward to seeing how it changes the flavor profile. 3.5/5

Aroma: Smells kind of like dank hops, like most of Harpoon's hoppier options. 3.5/5

Taste: Pretty decent. Soft kiss of hops overlayed with a nice sweet malt and a fuller flavor due to the suspended yeast. Decent. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: The suspended yeast make this one feel softer and fuller on the tongue. Combined with light carbonation, it makes for a pretty silky APA. Not bad! 3.75/5

Overall: One of the better offerings from Harpoon, since I feel like it isn't full of the dank musty hops that plagues a lot of their stuff. The softer hops combined with a lightly filtered beer make for a pretty refreshing, if pedestrian, drinking experience.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap at brewery restaurant in Logan airport

Decent fizzy head hits 1 finger but fades at a med pace, hazy orange slight reddish hue colored, bits of lacing.

Nose brings some decent hops, floral slight grassy, bit of earthy chewy kinda, as well as light citrus like fruit, and a touch of grapefruit, not too powerful but nice. A light wheat base underneath, and pale malts.

Taste brings more of the lighter style hops, juicy like with some to mild bitterness, more citrus with a light resin, little grassy and hint of pine. Hops turn a little chewy spicy like the more I go. A light pale malt and wheat like base, hint of sweetness and grainy malt, and a touch of caramel malt comes through. Finish is dry, a bit more lingering grassy fruity hops but lost the citrus and spicy characters, little sticky, hint of wheat too.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad at all, decent malt wheat profile, nice hops although they die off slightly on the later part of the flavor, maybe a bit drier and less sticky finish would kick it up.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall in Boston, MA

A: Pours a hazy golden amber in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation and some copper + orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium thick cap in the center of the beer along with some thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale and caramel malts, honey, and floral hops. Light hints of grassy hops as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale and caramel malts which lend just a hint of sweetness along with the honey. Then there are moderate to strong (and slightly aggressive) flavors of floral and grassy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness in the finish.

O: I found this one to be enjoyable but just slightly lacking in some way...the hop flavors almost tasted like they were slightly stale. I found the beer to be refreshing and it would likely go down very easily on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from UFO mixed 12-pack from Harpoon. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a very hazy dark amber with some white sedimentation specs floating around. A quarter finger of head that quickly recedes to leave pretty much no head. About average carbonation. Not much in terms of lacing.

S- Definite floral smell of pale malts and some hops and a little bit of honey. Fairly average aroma strength.

T- Pale malts, light hops, some light honey finishes a little bit bitter. Some light honey and pale malts in the finish that lingers for a little bit.

M- Fairly light, fairly refreshing, easy to drink.

O- This was only an average APA. Nothing that stands out too much here, decent to drink but not something that I'd consider a go to. Not bad for the price, maybe average to slightly above average for it's style. Not bad for a beer in a mixed 12-pack.

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Photo of pwf316
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The UFO Pale is a solid Pale Ale that provides a nice smooth flavor. It has the slight bite that you would expect from a Pale Ale, but is not overpowering. Is has a slightly darker color than the UFO White, but is a great tasting beer. This is something that I generally look to drink in the Spring and Summer with a nice fish.

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Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy honey orange color with a 2 finger foamy off white head that faded slowly and left good lacing that slides down slowly.

Smells like a fresh cut lawn on a cool summer evening, with grass, hay, orange peel, coriander, grapefruit, sweet malt, caramel, citrus hops, light grains, pine cones/piney hops, and some caramel or brown sugar sweetness; a really nice aroma, and not funky considering that this looks like a Belgian out of the bottle.

Tastes of citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, hay, grass, light yeast, sweet malt, caramel, grains, biscuit or wheat bread, pine cones/piney hops, caramel, maybe even some toasted malts or burnt pizza crust towards the end. This tastes more like an English Pale Ale than an APA, and the unfiltered technique comes through in the taste. I like this brew and it’s overall flavor, so I’m not going to over analyze it as I only have one.

Mouthfeel is smooth and on the tart side with a medium body, a light chewy feel and high fizzy carbonation; the mouth sensation is odd, as it even leaves a slight yeast funk and pucker after the swallow. A decent beer that went down easy and is worth a shot.

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Photo of JMad
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a glass mug...

It pours a murky orange color wtih a frothy white head that left plenty of lacing. Lots of floral/ citrusy hoppy aroma, with a background of caramel candy and butter. The taste is very bready with some lemon and orange hop flavors followed by more bread. The body is light with stinging carbonation and a dry finish. I thought this beer was missing something, on the box it says it's a british pale ale and that makes sense because it doesn't have as much hop flavor as an APA would have.

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Photo of RickS95
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's not really pale. It's a bit dark for a pale ale, and being part of Harpoon's UFO series, it's cloudy (which is fine with me). The head is about a finger thick with little retention.

Smells of classic Pacific Northwest pale ale with grapefruit and pine. I'll never grow tired of the smell.

Tastes like it smells, only a bit harsher. The citrus and pine is obvious, but there's an earthy woody flavor as well.

It's not a smooth beer. The flavors are assertive and the transitions between them are abrupt. It's a 'strong' beer in that it's not exactly easy to drink. There's just nothing smooth about it.

It's got some pros and some cons. It's smells great and the flavors are there. But it's a bit harsh and rough around the edges.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber with light white foam. Some residual around the rim. Fruity smell, some bubblegum. Light malt taste. Buried fruitiness. Strong carbonation. Minty bitter close. Pretty good pale.

Overall good beer, not overly powerful, but not too weak either.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange amber with loud fizzly off white orange tinted half finger head

Pale malts and some hops are in the smell. Bit of light almost sweet citrus.

Nice spiciness leads to some sweetness leading to a decent light bitter. Lemon and orange linger on the tongue with the light bitterness. Bit of grains.

Drinkable mouthfeel. Light feel.

Overall it's a good drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice golden yellow pour with a huge amount of carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass and reached the top to form a huge head of white that towered over the rest of the glass.

aroma is light herbal hops, lots of wheat and grain, hints of grassy notes and herbals that blend with a light spiced rye note and a really well done light floral finish. perfectly drinkable this was simply an amazing pale to drink on the first 85 degree day. long finish of light hops and grains that rolls through slightly dry but clean and crisp.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent pale ale. Orange citrus hoppy aromas. A light orange coloured body, a third of an inch of head, some lace. Orange citrus bitterness, not very complex but hits the style.Decent drinkability.Non offensive.Average mouthfeel and suitable carbonation.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright cloudy golden-orange color with a finer of frothy white head. The head fades slowly down to a ring around the glass leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus hops (lots of orange and grapefruit) and some light sweet malt in the background. Touch of spices also noticeable.

T - Starts off with nice citrus flavor (lots of orange and grapefruit again) and a bit of hop bitterness. There is a nice amount of malt in the background to balance. Through the middle some deeper bread malt comes out with just a touch of light spices. The finish is a mix of some hop bitterness and some light malt flavor that lingers nicely.

M - Medium to medium-light bodied with moderate lively carbonation. Smooth and crisp and only a touch watery. Finish has a bit of dryness to it which is nice.

D - Very drinkable. Crisp and refreshing with a nice hop and malt balance. Could have used maybe a bit more complex flavors but the flavors there are really nice.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one kind of strays from the UFO path a little bit. All the other UFO's are wheat beers and then they popped this one in the mix which is an American Pale Ale. Doesn't matter to me I'll try anything once when it comes to beer. This one poured out as a golden yellow color, pretty standard for an APA. The head was a little less dense than the wheat styles. The smell wasn't very strong had a decent blend of malts and some hops. The flavor was decent also, it had all the elements of an APA. It could have been just a bit hoppier maybe but still this beer would be good for bigger parties and get togethers with friends.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass, had thick frothy head that fell to a thin strip. Unfiltered OFfering definitely leaves suspended material and not much rising carbonation

Smells awesome, sniffed for a good minute or two before i sipped. Spicy, over-ripe grapefruit/orange rind aroma.

Great balance of malt and hop with the bitterness winning in the end on the tongue.

Thin and smooth, not much bite from carbonation. Very easy going down.

Pretty good beer, not a huge bitter-beer lover but being on the low end it's pretty enjoyable and wouldnt mind grabbing some in the future.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy Gold, with two finger foam head that lingers and leaves behind great lacing, some carbonation

S-Smells wonderful, very earthy with pine notes. Hops are coming through nicely.

T-Disappointing given the great smell. Some bitterness in the finish, but overall very bland and boring. Not bad just there is nothing special about the taste.

M-Medium bodied with a little carbonation

D-A lighter APA but the carbonation does get to me after a while.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice fruity aroma that isn't overpowering. It leaves a nice zing to your tongue between carbonation and overall taste. has a soft milky amber peach color. I am nicely surprised by this one. I picture this as a nice spring or summer offering. I would definitely buy this one again

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A lively golden color with a crystal white head, slow dissipation .

wheatie malt scent, crisp dry malt aroma slight banana fruitiness and citric hop in a very subtle way.

The flavor is a crispy malt, wheat, not sweet but all in good balance with a nice assertive citric and green hop flavor, this one screams session brew. The feel is very lively especially at first, mellows a bit if it sits too long but otherwise it's a light to medium crisp malt feel, really gone finish.

Grand easy drinking indeed.

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Photo of Skeeter206
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A~ looks great, light brown color, big foamy head.

S~ Smell is very subtle, but good nonetheless. Smells of citrisy malts.

T~ Tastes good but nothing special. Starts like a regular pale ale, then adds some citrisy flavor, and finishes with some hop bitterness.

M~ slight carbonation, not too heavy goes down easy.

D~ OK, the six pack will take me a few hours to drink.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip glass. Pours a very cloudy light amber color with a slight white head and not too much lacing. The nose is a bit of wheat plus some very mild citrus and floral hops. A bit of light orange scent. The taste is very mildly citric with some light grainy wheat. Pretty light with moderate carbonation; interesting experiment, but it didn't work all that well.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head with nice Lcaing. Nose is wheat and off putting.

Taste is sharp and wheat. Its like a hoppy wheat beer but it's not well done. It's pretty easy drinking but it's got an odd and unpleasant off taste.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Surprised this beer only has a small bit of reviews. I have it available in at least a few shops around my area.

A - Looks like a brown Christmas here... Dark amber in color with tons of white floaters throughout the glass. Pretty nice inch of head with mild lacing.

S - Smells of wheat, slight citrus, mild hops, and mild pilsner

T - Not bad. Starts off sort of bitter then rounds with sweetness of wheat and mild citrus and finishes a bit bitter with hops. Glad it didn't taste skunked!

M - Light to medium. A nice sipper.

D - Not sure about the sediment level. Might have been a batch from spring or summer but it still drank rather well. Really good beer.

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Photo of atlanta
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the octoberfest in Vermont. I would have only drunk this if the serving wench hadn't been so stingey with her pours. What was outstanding in this beer was what they did with their hops. There was so much flavor I couldn't really single out which fruit I was tasting/smelling. There was grapefruit, apple pineapple, citrus, yum! Everyone in our group agreed it was great.

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Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no noticeable freshness date on the label.

Appearance: On top sits a good two finger head made from an aggressive pour. Under the head is a warm cloudy amber colored brew. As I drink it makes some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a nice bready and yeast like character with a light fruity estery note. Hops are light for the style but they also add a little fruity citrus and floral character.

Taste/Palate: There is a simple but nice medium bodied mix of sweet bready malt and yeast with slight hints of hops and fruity esters. The hops pop out a little more deep into the slow finish. Its texture is smooth with mellow yet active carbonation.

Notes: This is a nice easy drinking and average pale ale.

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