UFO Pumpkin | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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UFO PumpkinUFO Pumpkin

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

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

Added by mostpoetsdo on 07-23-2011

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
2.03/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Harpoon's UFO Pumpkin is the first of the pumpkin beers to arrive this fall. I was really excited for it, because I'm a huge fan of the pumpkin beers like Pumking and Punkin'.

Pours a nice medium-amber color, with a slightly off-white foam. The foam is fairly thick at first, but fades pretty quickly, and leaves behind only a very small amount of lacing. For being part of their "UFO" series, it's pretty clear and not hazy at all really.

It smells exactly like pumpkin pie, if someone were sitting at the other end of the table eating pumpkin pie that is. You can definitely pickup hints of pumpkin and spice, but it's not overwhelming, definitely on the milder side.

It tastes, well, like someone on the other end of the table was eating pumpkin pie. There's definitely a touch of pumpkin, just a hint of cinnamon and spice, but that's about it. It reminds me very much of the Pumpkinhead from Shipyard, but just slightly better.

I don't find anything wrong with this beer, except that it's not impressive really. Great pumpkin beer, if you're not really a big fan of pumpkin beers. Or, if you are a big fan of pumpkin beers, and your favorite pumpkin beer is the Shipyard Pumpkinhead. Because let's face it, the Pumpkinhead smells like pumpkin, but doesn't really taste like much of a pumpkin beer.

If you're really interested in trying some real pumpkin beers, I'd recommend Southern Tier's Pumking, Dogfish Punkin' Ale, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin. Let me know how it goes...

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Photo of bmwfan1987
2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was excited to get in the fall spirit, and try a newly released pumpkin beer. I should of had my iPhone on me but I Made snap judgement. This beer has an ok aroma. The apearance is the best part about the beer. The Taste is bland pumpkin on the finish. It was hard to detect any spices, if I did they were barely used in this beer. Over all a very, very bland pumpkin beer. My bartender summed it up by saying "it tastes like budweiser mixed with pumpkin." I wouldn't go that far, but it wasn't good. Give it a shot, all I know is this one is not for me. Harpoon is not a bad brewery, they just need to tweak the next batch perhaps.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.28/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

A - A dirty orange color, almost looking like apple cider, slightly cloudy; a 1/2 inch off-white head settles to the rim, no lacing, a moderate level of carbonation can be seen feeding the last of the head, which ultimately disappears completely
S - Not too much going on here, very mild apple and spice, but all very slight
T - An odd bitterness to this beer that I didn't particularly care for, the slightest hint of pumpkin is there, but only if you're trying to find it; a very odd (not good) aftertaste
F - Fizzy and a bit thin, slightly dry
O - I tried, but either Pumpkin beers are just a seasonal novelty to make cool bottle labels or pumpkins were just not meant for making beer. I will continue to try these, but I have found very, very few that are worth a damn.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.47/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

New pumpkin beer, eh? I'll give it a shot.

A- Orangey amber in the pour, 2-finger off-white eggshell/sandy tan in the glass, moderate lacing, more than expected for sure. Lacing is rather thick.

S- Light, faint grain, a smidge of pumpkin spice. Mild, not that great.

T- Lots of spicy molasses, like a ginger snap. Herbal and bitter. Just a bit of sweet pumpkin in the finish, with more brown sugar.

M- Weird. Pumpkin is dominated by the earthy bitter burned sugar. Feels thin in the mouth.

O- I'll burn through this 6er, but it's not gonna be a re-buy. Better pumpkin beers for the price ($9/6er). This one's heavy on the spices and it's hard to find the real pumpkin flavors.

Make a 100-barrel pumpkin beer, guys. This one's not up to snuff. Kind of a harsh grade, but there's no way this is above average in the spectrum of pumpkin beers.

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Photo of UnderPressure
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. in a tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, rusty orange with a big white head of froth.

Aroma: Pumpkin, spice. Smells somewhat like a pumpkin candle.

Taste: Ehhhh meh. It's a mishmash of spices along with a somewhat cloying, jammy pumpkin. Some weird wheat type flavor, too. Honey. Malty sweetness. I'm not a big fan.

Mouthfeel: Has some body, but basically light.

Overall: Can't say I dug this. I'm not the biggest pumpkin beer fan, and this one is particularly "busy" tasting, and not in a good way. Kind of tastes like a beer version of a hastily made pumpkin pie that wasn't in the oven long enough.

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Photo of Fergyx825
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: nice orange - amber color to it. Thins at the outside and gets lighter. Head at the edges of the glass and some lasting bubbles on the surface. This so far is a good looking pumpkin ale.

Smell: a great mixture of spices and pumpkins all blended together. Smells great and exactly what i'd expect from a pumpkin ale.

Taste: First thing i thought: spicy asian dish. Right off the bat the spices hit you, and then the dissipate rather quickly w/ an alcoholic aftertaste. Almost no pumpkin taste to it. A bit disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, but i can still feel it. This beer isn't thick, nor is it heavy. A happy medium. This has sluggability.

Overall: A hometown beer for me, and it lets me down. I have had UFO pumpkin before, and i didn't remember it being this low quality. Great appearance and smell, but the taste just brings it down. The mouthfeel would be great, except the taste brings it down.

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Photo of Dodt
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

final beer from my last mix six i bought . poured from the bottle into a pint glass . the appearance is a hazy orange with a nice head. the spice seem to be the main presents in the armoma . taste is a bit of orange and some honey yet there seem s to be a bit of bitterness and some nutmeg. not a bad beer but it wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Photo of undeadozzy
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Poured EXTREMELY aggressively by an inexperienced bartender, massive head that disappated very quickly, glass covered in beer, blah blah blah. Regardless, the beer was a good deep orange color with some carbonation and lacing.

S - The smell is pumpkin and fall spices through and through. Magnificent cornucopia of scents. Rich earthy hoppiness, some spices (allspice, nutmeg, cloves) and of course, some warm inviting pumpkin.

T - Don't know what happened. It tastes nothing like it smells. It tastes like a plain beer, maybe a lighter wheat beer, without a single trace of pumpkin. I can smell it still, but I can't taste it all.

M - Sticky, but not too much. Some weight to it.

O - Overall, if it tasted how it smelled, I'd be much happier, but it didn't, so of course, I'm not very happy. However, Harpoon does have a history of making good beer, so I can't be all that upset I guess. One bad beer doesn't make a brewing company bad, it might just have been a bad batch. But, I think I'll stick to the darker, stronger pumpkin beers from the likes of Southern Tier, Weyerbacher, and Dogfish Head.

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Photo of rangerred
2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with a 1.5 finger white head. Head fades rather quickly and leaves little in the way of lacing.

Aroma of pumpkin pie spice with a touch of caramel malt and a little bit of citrus.

Flavor is very spicy up front with nutmeg and cinnamon being predominant. The is also a little bit of floral along with some grain and caramel. Towards the finish, it all gets a little bit soapy and it really detracts from the flavor. Everything gets tired and starts to run together the farther you get into the beer.

Overall, and average to below average pumpkin beer. It is quite good at first but the flavors don't hold up throughout the entire bottle. Worth trying but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.99/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy pumpkin colored with thin white head that disappears quickly.

S-wow smells like pumpkin puree. really good smelling! good strength as well.

T-comes in with a mediocre taste of pumpkin puree malts. its seems to be a taste of mostly carbonation. the after-taste is matching with some spice to it. this seems to be made up of some really low quality ingredients. not well balanced either.

M-over carbonated with a dry finish

O-looks and smells got me excited, but this was a let down. the taste made me think of what might happen if a macro decided to brew a pumpkin ale. overall, its still a drinkable beer that isn't completely terrible. however, the pumpkin beer markest is large and this example won't make a dent.

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Photo of barczar
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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

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Photo of scootny
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
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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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden orange, not near as bright orange as most pumpkin ales but it is advertised as unfiltered and indeed murky. Formed a 3/4 finger of slightly tan and quickly dissipating head. No lacing.
S - Smells more like a Belgian golden ale such as Duvel than a pumpkin ale. Not getting much spice here.
T - Upfront there is a bite of carbonation and just a beery beer taste, however, a few seconds into the development and wonderful warm pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger bread, nutmeg, allspice and clove develop sweetly. This beers all about the late development and aftertaste.
O - A very good pumpkin ale. A little iffy on the initial upfront development, but a prime example of the pumpkin ale style at the tail end.
V - Good value, 8 bucks a six pack.

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Photo of Ds650rida
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into large wine/snifter glass.

L: bright amber, very hazy, 1-1/2 finger thick head. Head sticks around for about 2 minutes or so. Fine lacing around glass, falls quickly.

A: faint pumpkin and not much else. A light hint of spices

T: i taste just a bit of pumpkin. Tastes a lot like a light macro beer with pumpkin and spices ontop. This beer might just be a bit too overcrowded for my pallet.

F: some pumpkin left behind and then the mild hops take over with some spices ontop. Slightly oily feel

O: the bottle says that this is an ale brewed with pumpkin and spices. perhaps they just took their regular belgian white recipe and added the pumpkin to it. Overall a very light bodied pumpkin.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy, copper/orange. Head is white, slightly fluffy, with negligible lacing.

Smell: Real pumpkin? This is unexpected. The usual spice suspects are present as well. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and that distinct aroma of pumpkin pie filling. Sweet, but a touch of wheat tang sneaks in the back. Faint malt in the back.

Taste: Sweet like pie filling. In fact, it's a spot on replica of canned pie filling. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate, but it's a clean level of sweet as well. A little malt flavor sneaks through in the back. Grassy hop notes on the back as well. A solid presentation, but the sweetness is a little distracting. Warms too grassy.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with some rough edges. Carbonation is spot on. A little dry from the wheat. Easily drinkable.

Overall: Don't let this warm up. Cold, it's an easy drinking take on the pumpkin ale, with only a few off flavors, but once it warms, it falls apart and turns in to a discordant mess. Decent,

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Orange/red, pretty much burnt pumpkin. Small amount of head with a thick ring around the glass afterwards. Only an extremely small amount of haze. F.O Pumpkin. Nose is spicy nutmeg, pumpkin and sourdough. Light body with a crisp tingle on the tongue. Light bready malt body with nutmeg and pumpkin spices. Finish is almost nothing, watery, a bland dryness, and only a carbonation tingle.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours very hazy orange golden color with a ring of head that last to the end. The smell is vegtable pumpkin and spice. The taste starts with a good bite from the spice and just a hit of pumpkin. Not to sweet moslty a clove and nutmeg story with yeast wheat finish. Mouthfeel is medium. A decent beer and a top 5 when it comes to pumpkin beers.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-copper coloring that is opaque, with a thin, filmy partial coating of bubbles on the surface. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pastry crust. Smells are well blended and rich, but refrain from being overpowering. Very inviting. The flavors are light, with a touch of booze character escorting a subtle pumpkin and spice blending. Not nearly as flavorful as the nose alludes to. Overall, it comes off a bit watered down. The spices are barely discernable at all, and the pumpkin transitions into a sharp, quickly fading character of the aftertaste. Crisp, sharp, slightly overcarbonated finish cleans the palate, but does not really inspire a rush to drink more. I have to admit, this had me excited to try, but a bit confused at the end.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I originally poured this beer a bit too cold. As I let it sit I could taste and smell the flavors and spices much better.

A- Amber and clouded with a small white head. The unfiltered process makes it look thicker than you would think.

S- Nice spice and clove aroma. Not overpowering. Don't expect a cider.

T- Carbonation with spice on the foretaste on the front of the tongue and cloves on the aftertaste sitting on the sides of your tongue.

M- Carbonated and light. Very easy to drink.

O- I'm not much of a pumpkin ale drinker. Every other pumpkin ale I've drank has always been thick and spicy but this was a different experience and actually quite enjoyable. I would describe it like a light pumpkin sponge cake kind of beer.

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Photo of riversider76
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber orange with a thin head. Not much retention, but did have some laceing. Aroma is of pumpkin and spices. This beer is medium bodied and carbonated quite a bit. Taste is mostly pumpkin. Some spice there, but not a great balance. Very geniric.Not one of my favorites.

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Photo of curasowa
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy orange color with 1 finger of head that fades to a ring with chunky lacing.

Aroma: Mostly nutmeg with just of hint of lemon in the background.

Taste: Sweet and malty initially, then a heaping dose of nutmeg washes everything else out. A touch of bitterness and some metallic-ness creeps in on the back end, but the finish is otherwise fairly fast.

The Rest: A decent pumpkin beer; it's a bit heavy on the nutmeg, but it is otherwise fairly crisp and not as heavy as some others I've had.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New product purchased from the Harpoon Brewery in Vermont. It's July and there is already pumpkin beer.

A: Cloudy brownish gold, puffy white head, dissipates quickly. Minimal streaks of lacing.

S: Clove, nutmeg, usual pumpkin pie notes, but a nice Belgian spice aroma. Smells a bit yeasty.

T: Reminds me of UFO (assuming they use the same yeast), but with some definite pumpkin pie characteristics. It's not overly sweet, has some bitter hop notes at time. Tastes a touch sour.

M: Pretty smooth, but rather lacking in body. Carbonation on the lower end.

O/D: It's a solid harpoon addition, good for summer right now, I can see it being very enjoyable in the fall. It's an easy drinker, but with all the other pumpkin beers out there, I don't see myself picking much of this up.

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