UFO Pumpkin
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #336
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
82
Ranked #43,791
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 15.19%
Reviews:
214
Ratings:
1,131
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Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
 
Massachusetts, United States
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Notes: 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
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huddyball from New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Apr 20, 2013
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a darkish golden-amber body, fairly clouded, and with a small, white he--oh, it's gone already.

Smell: Pumpkin-scented nose with the spices coming through, notably the cinnamon ahead of the basic, bready German base malts.

Taste: Lightly sugary, bready Malts, scantly toasted. Cinnamon, nutmeg, but also something with a warm accent to it akin to clove or possibly ginger. Light bitterness aided by the spice and carbonation. Spicy, solidly carbonated finish with the spiciness lingering out into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: For me, nothing says mid-August in the sweltering heat of Georgia like an Autumntime pumpkin beer??

Aug 22, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 24, 2011
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

UFO Pumpkin brewed by Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, with an ABV of 5.9% This brew pours out a nice cloudy amber , also orange color. Pumpkin UFO also has a nice white head on top. I really like the color of this brew. The smell of pumpkin UFO is spices , pumpkin, grains, malts, and a hit of hops. Now for the taste, it is just like pumpkin pie. Not saying that is a bad thing. This brew you really pick up on the pumpkin and the spice. There is a lot going on in this brew, it has a nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about pumpkin UFO. You really can't pick up on the 5.9% ABV in this brew. Pumpkin UFO is a real smooth drinking brew. The mouth feel of Pumpkin UFO is rich, bold , and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Pumpkin UFO a 4.5 out of 5. Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall, did a nice job with this brew. I would buy this brew again.

Sep 22, 2015
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

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.

Oct 16, 2012
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a best before date on the neck.

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, great head retention.

SMELL: Spice, cookie dough, faint pumpkin meat, canned pumpkin pie.

TASTE: Very smooth, crisp, moderate body, toasted grain, even spice, pumpkin meat, yeast, more spice, semi-dry.

I think Harpoon made the right choice on putting a pumpkin offering in their UFO lineup, it just makes sense. A bit more flavor left from it being unfiltered make for a very well rounded brew. Too many times I have run into ultra filtered pumpkin beers that taste like soda ... not here. Worth a go.

Oct 08, 2011
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon UFO Pumpkin
12 oz bottle

Surprisingly good. For the most part Harpoon has left me "so-so" but this pumpkin beer is excellent.

Its cloudy orange beneath a short white head that drops but holds a solid surface covering (thin, but complete). It also offers fairly good lacing with splashes and streaks like fake halloween cobwebs (y'now, in the spirit of things).

The aroma is all about pumpkin spice - heavy on All-spice. Fruity. Apple pie? Some ginger. Slightly different than usual. Nutmeg... Over-spiced? It's loaded, yet it doesn't overwhelm.

The flavor follows the aroma. It's heavily spiced but somehow not overbearing. Perhaps because the bitterness is restrained, perhaps because the way that they've spiced it hasn't left it with any harsh notes. Malt comes through but is basically a base for the spice. Definitely a "pumpkin spice" beer.

In the mouth it's smooth with a medium body and a moderate carbonation.

Overall it's a pretty nice "pumpkin spice" beer. I'd imagine that you could drink a few of these despite its inherent character. Well done.

Oct 01, 2013
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WesWes from New York

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

The beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mild pumpkin scent along with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is decent as well. It has a nice pale and crystal malt base along with an excellent pumpkin flavor. The spicing is moderate at best with a modest addition of both cinnamon and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking pumpkin beer. It's flavorful without being too much so.

Sep 30, 2011
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kjkinsey from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Oct 03, 2014
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BobsledTM from California

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Sep 13, 2012
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Jentex from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 16, 2016
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JillMarch1027 from New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Nov 07, 2014
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alexgash from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Quite hazy, unfiltered autumnal copper-orange with golden edges. Thick finger of, cream, dense, light beige head. Great lacing and retention. Very big pumpkin pie nose; plenty of pie filling maltiness along with the requisite cabinet of spices (especially nutmeg and cinnamon). Nice.

Lightly toasted malts; slightly nutty. Pumpkin pie filling (squash and caramel and brown sugar) malts fill in. Nicely captured. Spices (nutmeg and cinnamon again) and a little orange citrus zest into the finish. Lingering malty pie filling and sugary crust. Medium bodied, with a creamy feel. One of the better non-imperial pumpkin ales I have sampled.

Oct 01, 2012
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johnkyoungoh from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Feb 26, 2012
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slim2043 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Sep 30, 2012
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cgrunin from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sep 16, 2016
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Malbiter from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice fall beer.
Smells great and drinks real easy. Pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla.....

If you are looking for complexity, this is not it. It's just good easy drinking fall ale.

Oct 20, 2016
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indiapaleale from Maine

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one on a whim on the way to a get together. I figured the masses would enjoy it.

Pours a hazy amber color with a nice looking foamy head.

Aroma is slightly sweet, some pumpkin notes but nothing too strong.

Taste is interesting. At first I thought this might be a pumpkin infused version of their UFO wheat but I've been told otherwise. This is in fact a regular pumpkin beer that they're brewing. Its got some nice spicy notes with a good deal of pumpkin flavor but put it altogether and its a bit "light". If you're looking for something a little more subdued in the pumpkin category this will work well.

Not a bad brew from Harpoon. I wish they would have marketed this outside their UFO series and gone with something altogether unique with a bit more of a kick and a little more pumpkin flavor...but maybe that is just me.

If you see it in the cooler and you're curious go for it. It's a decent brew but don't expect anything too amazing.

Oct 04, 2011
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Orange hazy color. Very good pumpkin taste. Very fresh. Not much head.The taste is very smooth and irresitable and finishes smooth. Makes me thirsty for moere

Sep 21, 2018
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FEUO from Canada (ON)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Oct 08, 2012
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tipofthetongue from New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Sep 10, 2013
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ChrisMac27

4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nov 06, 2014
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Billolick from New York

3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling indication provided.

Pours lightly hazed light brown amber. Minor off white head, quickly departs. Leaves a delicate film, collar and just minor spots of lacing.

Sweet malt nose with some mild cinnamon and typical fall spicing.

On the lighter and thinner side of the pumpkin beer spectrum. Subtle spicing and more sweet malts. Ehhhh, middle of the road at best

Sep 29, 2013
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, pumpkin, all spice, lots of clove

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and pumpkin. There is also some clove/allspice and some bread/grains.

Overall - It has a great scent, but the taste falls a little flat. It has a bit too much clove flavour that kind of dulls the palate. Still an above average brew that is worth picking up.

Sep 07, 2012
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kindbill from Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -17.1%

Sep 15, 2012
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