UFO Pumpkin | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
199
Ratings:
1,089
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
15.24%
 
 
Wants:
57
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295
For Trade:
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Photo of indiapaleale
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jason, part of our mini-pumpkin tasting. Into a tulip.

Poured an orange-amber, a thin collar is produced without any real head. Some bubbles and a thin film are left behind. Nose has some pumpkin pie without the crust (innards of a pumpkin pie?), pumpkin pie spicing - some cinnamon and allspice. Some light creamy and milky character that really adds a nice touch. Taste is lightly spicy, pumpkin character with some spicing similar to the nose. Light body that's somewhat watery, but still has some pretty good pumpkin pie 'innard' flavour. Good flavour, but lacks the whole package in terms of body and weight.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently to kick off the seasonal beers that are out now. Although this offering was a UFO, there wasn't much of a wheat aspect to this in appearance or taste. Besides that, this was pretty enjoyable without being too spicy of over-the-top, and would be a great choice for the cooler nights that we're starting to have now!

The pour to this wasn't anything memorable, as the hue was a light shade of pumpkin with just a bit of head. As for the aroma, it was strong in the pumpkin and cinnamon department and that was repeated in the taste. None of the more prominent spices like nutmeg could be found here and only a bit of wheat could be felt. That thickness of the mouthfeel was repeated in the lacing, which coated the glass nicely before slowly sliding down. Just a bit of walnut nuttiness remained in the aftertaste, which also happened to be long-lasting.

Although the alcohol could have been toned down a bit, it didn't detract from this beer at all. This is a middle of the road brew that will offend nor excite few since it's not extreme. Most will be pleasantly surprised by the easygoing nature and likeability of this and for those who can't grab a slice of pumpkin pie, this will serve as a solid substitute.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-A cloudy orange with some carbonation.

S-One of the best smelling beers of the tasting, lots of cinnamon with pumpkin and some nutmeg.

T-Overwhelmingly cinnamon, not much else though. However as it warmed it became more balance and the pumpkin flavors came through.

M-Light in body with a little but of carbonation.

O-Another surprise of the tasting, after having a good bit of Harpoon beer I was worried about this one but it ended up tasting decent after warming up a little.

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Photo of Gmann
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden brown color with a slight orange hue. The head is rather short and settles down into a sparse cap. Just kind of muddy looking.

The aroma is quite nice. Nice blend of the pumpkin pie spices; nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Captures that pumpkin mix right out of the can aroma. Very nice.

The taste is similar to the nose but not as pronounced. Good pumpkin mix taste, spot on. Perhaps a hint of pepper too. There is a bit of a lemony edge and dullness from the wheat which distracts from the pumpkin flavor. Some tin notes as well which gives the beer some contrasting flavors.

The feel is light but satisfying with spritzy carbonation. Sweet overall on the palate but does finish with a slight metallic bitterness and lemony astringent character. Very drinkable beer, quite enjoyable.

Pleasantly surprised by this beer. Glad I was able to find it when I was in New England

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Photo of allengarvin
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chimay glass, this is an orange-amber beer with a small, airy, fading head. Pumpkin spices, are expected are dominant, though it's a tad light on the cinnamon and the ginger. On the other hand, there's a nice yeasty fruitiness which adds a lot. The spices come through a lot better on the taste, with a lot of cinnamon there, together with detectable nutmeg and allspice. A good amount of caramel maltiness is also present, and makes a delicious contribution. Very fruity as well.

I'm going to rate this as an excellent pumpkin beer, better, I think, than DFH's Punkin, on par with Brooklyn's excellent offering.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Hop Devil Pint Glass

Appearance-Pours a very hazy burnt orange. Very nice haze. Head is about a 2 finger off white creamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell-Pumkin spices, but I guess thats what makes a pumpkin beer be a pumpkin beer. Not as hoppy as others which I like.

Taste-Bready and Biscuity upfront. Followed by all the wonderful spices, very pronounced. Finish is very sweet with some lingering spices and some light bitterness. Really nice.

Mouthfeel-Highly drinkable. Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Very very smooth. Nice finish.

Overall-Pleasant suprise by harpoon. I really enjoyed this one. Considering we don't get many pumpkin beers I will be re-visiting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed copper color with a fine-bubbled, off-white head. Average retention and lacing is decent. I like the idea of an (I'm guessing) wheat pumpkin brew.

Nose is of pie spice, unsurprisingly...with a focus on the sugar cookie dough and gourdy nutmeg. Not bad, rich and sweet.

Taste is a bit drier than expected with powdery nutmeg and cinnamon carrying the day. Kindy of 'dusty' tasting and the sweet pie aspect is all but lost. There is a fair amount of 'pumpkin' feel to the beer and the spices are not overdone...but I think the beer falls short of any sort of 'wow' factor. Im glad I bought a sixer, but dont see myself going back for more this season.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice hazy burnt orange color with a foamy cream colored head on top. The lacin in minimal but the retention is holding up fairly well so far. The smell is a little spicy, it almost smells a little sweet too. It doesn't have the biggest aroma to it but yet it does have enough to interest me. The taste for me was really quite good in my opinion. I liked the spicy kick that each sip had. The flavor were nicely balanced here. The mouthfeel was pretty good, had a medium body, good carbonation to it and remained smooth. Overall this beer to me was a really nice seasonal brew. Well worth the price and I would gladly drink it again.

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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 Hibernator
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Harpoon UFO Pumpkin
12 oz brown bottle
Best by 01/15/12
Served in a Yuengling glass

Pours a burnt and hazy orange. A nice head forms on top, leaving great trails of sticky lacings.

Pumpkin pie aroma with those seasonal whiffs of spice.

There is a slick malt chewiness with a clean yeast flare. A super drinkable Fall beer with flavors of allspice, black pepper, cinnamon and pumpkin. The finish is a tad watery with a club soda feel.

A much better beer than I was expecting going into this review. Very drinkable at a surprising 5.9% ABV.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Not bad it had a hefty creamy head with a darkish orange brown colored beer.

S - Smells a little less spicy than I wanted, mostly malts and raw pumpkin/squash like sent.

T - I didn't really like it since it lacked a good cinnamon/nutmeg spice, at least enough to ignore the pumpkin like flavors which were somewhat like biting into a pumpkin.

M - Medium bodied but it was hard for me to finish.

Overall I guess I am on the other side of the fence expecting a nice bit of spice to balance overall pumpkin flavors. Without the spice it's like drinking squash in a blender. Will not buy again.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with an odd big bubble head. Some lace, some retention.

Aroma is akin to a pumpkin pie candle from The Yankee Candle Co.

Flavors feature the prerequisite pie spice but also some actual, earthy pumpkin. Lack of filtration gives a big wet and cream feel like pumpkin pie filling in a blender.

Pumpkin beers seem to be split into two camps: the spice bombs and the highly vegetal. Harpoon does a nice job of reaching across party lines and bringing together the pie spice and vegetal pumpkin. Good stuff.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look: Pours cloudy amber orange, but not completely translucent. Foamy white head with a little retention and some lacing.

Smell: Sour lemon, lemongrass, orange zest, biting spices (cinnamon)

Taste: A tangy citrus shock to the tongue gives way to mellow gingerbread, followed by bitter hops straight down. Finish is bitter hops (slightly metallic), and a hint of ginger.

Feel: Light-to-medium bodied, noticeable carbonation, but not overwhelming

Drink: Interesting, but average overall. Relative lightness makes it an easy drink, but the bitterness cuts into the spices and other interesting flavors a bit too much. Points for giving me nostalgia of gingerbread houses.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a burnt orange color with just a fizzy layer of head that resides quickly. Lots of visable carbonation and a bit of a hazy body.

The aroma gives of your run of the mill autumn aromas. A but of nutmeg and allspice is detectable with a decent pumpkin aroma in the background. Not bad, but a little bit sweet for my liking. This gives of a sweet pumpkin pie flavor to it. Nutmeg and cinnamon on the pallet with a bit of a creamy pumpkin taste.

The body is light and the carbonation is a bit full. Overall a tasty fall seasonal, but I would prefer a little bit of a drier pumpkin beer myself. This one is just a touch sweet.

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Photo of HopsYeast
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a- pours nice slightly cloudy amber color with a rich looking pale head. head is a nice size for a bottle pour.
s- sweet cinnamon is the dominate aroma. nice sugar cane scent with cloves, nutmeg, and even some ginger. although aroma is initially full of just cinnamon, the more you smell the more layers come out.
t- warm nutmeg with a very nice touch of malt. enjoyable amount of cloves, cinnamon, honey/sugar cane, and finishes with subtle pumpkin and hops.
m- only feature i feel they could improve. sits on the palate almost too lightly for all the other characteristics in this beer. expected something rich and smooth, but this was thin feeling and a little too bubbly.
o- hate to mark it a 3.5 since its a good beer but the feel on the palate makes it a little less drinkable than others. but i enjoy it.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber/orange in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of pumpkin in the nose along with some notes of spices.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has a bit of sweetness. The cinnamon seems to stand out among the pumpkin spice flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink but seems like it could use stronger flavors of pumpkin and spices.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a hazy brownish orange with a nice off-white head that fades to a layer and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is copius amounts of pumpkin with some hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Very nice smells coming from this one and not terribly overdone.

T: The taste is all pumpkin and malt. I'm getting very subtle amounts of the spices from the nose. The pumpkin flavor is good though.

M: The feel is on the lighter side with some decent carbonation...slightly creamy.

O: Not the best pumpkin ale out there but what's there is decent. I'd like more spices in the taste but other than that it's a pretty average beer for the style.

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Photo of BeerBean
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bronze and hazy, but not cloudy, like a pumpkin pie. Solid head but minimal retention. Basically what I'm expecting a pumpkin beer to look like.

S - Mix of pumpkin pie and sweet spices: nutmeg, cinnamon, like cider. Got a little alcohol at the end, which was surprising and enjoyable.

T - pumpkin pie and spices, no surprise. Alcohol and bread fill it out. Easy drinking and a pleasant addition to the Harpoon repertoire. It doesn't exactly finish or warm well, losing its spiciness and sweetness and settling into a pumpkin rind blandness.

M - No complaints here. Just the level I'm looking for as the fall season kicks off.

Overall, not a bad beer, and a good first attempt at a pumpkin from Harpoon. Good pumpkin session.

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Photo of thain709
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with an unfiltered, hazy, burnt orange body...two fingers worth of off white head that showed some decent retention in the form of a thin cap...some lacing was left

S - I wanted a little more coming out of the nose...the pumpkin pie aromas were there but they were light...pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some clove

T - The flavors become more pronounced...there is not much fleshy pumpkin, but rather more pumpkin pie flavor...the spices are more prevalent and pair well with the pumpkin puree...cinnamon stands out the most with some clove lingering in the background...a malt/yeast/wheat flavor really dries out the beer at the end

M - Medium bodied...some light carbonation...drying

O - This one turned out to surprise me...I honestly wasn't expecting much but it turned out to be one of the better Pumpkin Ales I've tried so far this year...the pumpkin pie flavors are there with a dry wheat malt

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting head. Very average lacing.

S: A very spicy aroma, with hints of malt and pumpkin as well.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, light malt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The spices threaten to take over the flavor, but overall it's pretty balanced.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an overly slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A very enjoyable, spicy pumpkin ale.

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Abe's Cold Beer out of curiosity. I'd prefer the alcohol were lower, but otherwise it's an easy-to-drink American wheat/pumpkin hybrid. It pairs clean, pale wheat and barley with a mild (and more importantly, balanced) mix of pumpkin pie spices. It's sort of a subtle beer and some might find it watery, but I'd have another.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Harpoon pumpkin ufo is a burnished orange color ale thats slightly hazy.
It pours with a thin tan head and is well carbonated.

Wonderfully aromatic with rich biscuit malts and pimpkin spice, cinnamon being more pronounced.

A rich malt brew slightly sweet with a good dose of spices. Like a pumpkin roll.

Has a thinner mouthfeel but also pretty smooth in feel and going down,

I could take or leave pumpkin beers more so with beer with pumpkin in them but this one is just right. It has a good malt backbone and spices which are balanced perfectly.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my local store keeps running out of this ufo pumpkin afer 2 trys I finally scored a 6er. I love pumpkin ales so I was really excite to try this one. When I first poured this ale I noticed how cloudy it is. It says "unfiltered" on the label and it looks unfiltered. The colo is a nice golden brown, it reminds me of baked goods. The smell is full of holiday/pumpkin spices. The taste is a unique blend of malt, cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin spice, and maybe some ginger. All in all this is why I love the pumpkin ales- all the spices mix so well with beer. This is a pretty nice little pumpkin ale and it has my pallet ready for more.

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UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,089 ratings.
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