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

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed orange color. White head and a bit of lacing.
Aroma of pumpkin spices, cinnamon, allspice and pumpkin. The smell is fairly strong and is right for the season. In the taste, pumpkin, with sweet and vegetable notes, pumpkin pie flavor. Small bitterness and coarse leafy hop character. Medium bodied feel with lingering pumpkin pie flavor. Overall, this is a nice little pumpkin ale.

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Photo of GMB
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An aggressive pour of Harpoon's UFO Pumpkin produces a murky tawny body and a thick just-slightly-off-white head. The head falls a bit faster than it should, but it does leave behind a crown of appealingly sticky lace on top of the brew. A bit of lace clings to the sides of the glass along the rim. A few streams of bubbles rise lazily towards the surface. By the time the bubbles get to the top, there's at least 3/4 an inch between them. I like the hazy brew, the sticky head, and the mild fizz.

The nose is spice-forward, but toasted notes do come through. The blurb tells me that this beer's flavors derive from Noble hops, Munich and Vienna malts, and pumpkin pie spices. But if I didn't know better, I'd say this beer is a Hefeweizen. I wonder if Hefeweizen yeast has been used. In any case, clove dominates and is followed by a bit of banana and toasted biscuits.

The beer's flavors take longer to develop on the palate than I expected. Up front are cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Then come muted tastes of toasted biscuits and ripe fruits (bananas and apricots come to mind). I don't pick up the fullness or richness that pumpkin is supposed to contribute. Then the bittering hops assert themselves, and are immediately followed by some alcoholic warmth. This is a crisp Pumpkin Ale: Hops and alcohol cut the already-mild malty sweetness and transform the fruity flavors from over-ripe to fermented. As the bottle empties, the alcohol moves into an increasingly dominant position. In the final sip, the balance and flavors of the first sips are nowhere to be found.

The beer is sharper on the palate than I expected, but that's not a bad thing. In fact, the sharpness highlights the bite of the spices and the crisp hoppy bitterness, which are the stars of this beer. A more viscous mouthfeel might have felt out of place when considered in relation to the beer's light malt and thin body.

UFO Pumpkin is crisper than most of the Pumpkin Ales I've had. I'd say there's too much alcohol in the brew, and that our friends in Boston would do well to increase the beer's malty backbone. I'd also say that if pumpkin has been used, its characteristic richness and fullness aren't palpable. That said, it was refreshing (in more ways than one!) to drink a crisp pumpkin ale, which are usually richer and fuller than this one.

I won't drink this again, but I'm glad I tried it. Onward...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack at Table and Vine. Appearance has a nice golden amber view. It poured a medium head but good retention. Aromas were definitely festive for me. My wife could smell the beer from a mile away and she said it smelled like biscuits. Extra aromas included spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and of course the pumpkin smell. Delicious taste with a mix of that pumpkin flavoring with malts. Mouthfeel had a decent carbonation with a slight crispness. Overall, a really good, festive drink.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is an orange color with some hazy, but bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and bready malts.

Taste: Pumpkin, spices, starchy malts, etc.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid pumpkin beer. Better than most other pumpkin beers.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - the beer pours a hazy orange/crimson color with white head

Smell - cinnamon is the star of the show, pumpkin flesh, clove

Taste - cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin flesh, allspice

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet, not cloying, decent bitterness at the back end

Overall - decent pumpkin ale as the spices aren't too overwhelming. Worth a try

price Point - $1.67/12oz bottle

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy, pale orange, in the light it looks more orange but in ambient light it has an odd pale golden brown color, no head

S: Smells really good, just like fall, spices and a light bready sweetness

T: Obviously sweet because of the style, but decent spice-malt balance, not cloying though, pleasantly "fall" like, bready malt, very drinkable

M: Very unobtrusive, light body with non aggressive carb, easy to drink

O: Let me say that I do not like pumpkin ales. They are always too harsh and/or cloying and spicy for me. However, this beer really come across well to me. Less is definitely more with this style. Any amount of pumpkin spice will stand out compared to a typical beer so don't overdo it.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy but bright orange colour with a limited off-white head that disappears quickly. Earthy aroma of spices and fruit with a respectable malt backbone. The flavour has a real depth to it, with light malts complementing the gourd elements. The spices are not overpowering and are not "typical pumpkin pie" - there is a genuineness in here that is both surprising and delightful. Glad to have purchased.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Harpoon Brewery - UFO Pumpkin, poured into a UFO hefeweizen glass.

Look - Pours a hazy copper amber with a thick foamy head that retains a little but mostly dissipates quickly. Great chunky lacing but it vanishes quickly.

Smell - Pumpkin abound here, some sour wheatiness underneath but pumpkin is 90% of the aroma with some spice alongside.

Taste - Tons of spice with pumpkin coming in after, then cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavier body, slightly sticky, not super boozy or anything. Drinkability is good but not great, it's thick and hearty but not lick your lips quality.

Overall - Interestingly this brew was completely different in a glass as opposed to right out of the bottle. In the bottle the drinkability was somewhat lower but it tasted like pumpkin pie, which was pretty cool I am not really a fan of pumpkin beers or fruit beers in general, but this brew was respectably done.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hazy copper with a nice white, long-lasting head. Smells of cloves, cinnamon and vanilla. Very good taste. It has a nice banana/clove profile from the hefeweizen that blends smoothly into the light pumpkin spice: clove, cinnamon, vanilla notes. Mouthfeel is silky and medium bodied.

Overall-- a very nice pumpkin beer. The hefeweizen wasn't a style that I thought would take to spices well, but this one does quite nicely. Very smooth and easy to drink and not overspiced.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a rather hazy orange amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is of sweet caramel and roasted pumpkin. Mixed with these aromas are a good deal of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Overall spicy and pumpkin like.

Taste - The taste begins with a rather sweeter caramel, a bit of wheat bread and more light to moderate roasted pumpkin taste. These flavors create a base for the brew with a spice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg soon come to the tongue with the cinnamon getting stronger as the taste advances. A little bit of a citrus lemon taste joins the flavor profile at the end leaving a pumpkin and citrus sweet wheat flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thinner side for a beer of 5.9 % with a medium level of carbonation for the style. Not a bad overall feel for the brew and rather appropriate for the style.

Overall- A decent pumpkin brew but nothing out of the ordinary. Easy drinking and a bit on the spicier side with a somewhat lighter pumpkin flavor overall.

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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 wattoclone
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with an "Enjoy By" date of 12/15/13 stamped on the bottle neck glass. Unfiltered, pours a cloudy amber orange with a medium head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is the best pumpkin ale this year, possibly best that I've experienced. Truly just like freshly baked pumpkin pie. Essence of pumpkin, vanilla, wheat pie crust and cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Taste is mainly sweet pumpkin with nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon notes. A complex array of flavors with small hop presence to balance. The spiced finish lingers for a longtime.

Update on 9/5/13: I've had several of these this year after picking up a case and have decided this is the my favorite pumpkin ale of 2013. My guests from California agree.

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Photo of braugon
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After trying two or three different pumpkin beers (Sam Adams Harvest and Two Roads Roadsmarys Baby among them) I settled on this as my favorite. Mainly because I'm not big on having a huge clove, nutmeg, allspice, nose & taste.

I feel the aforementioned spices go a very long way with a very meger amount. I often feel like I'm drinking allspice with ale, with no trace of pumpkin, well, the UFO strikes a nice balance in my opinion of having the same spices, but it is much more subtle, also the the taste is very 'pumpkiny'.

The mouthfeel is creamy, pumpkin pie. I'm surprised the reviews saying no pumpkin taste, I disagree, and also now wonder if the UFO can, is somehow that much better than the bottle.

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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 Kozzi77
4.41/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great taste. I enjoyed every drop and bought some to take home. Now back in Australia I can't find anything that comes close I have tried a couple of other pumpkin beers that are available here but I am struggling to find a good pumpkin and spice beer.

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Photo of Brew_42
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Got a 6 pack of this for $6 so I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume it was last year's batch.

Appearance- Cloudy brown/orange with a huge white head that leaves lacing.

Smells- Pumpkin and spices

Taste- Stronger pumpkin sweetness than I was expecting. Pretty much unfettered pumpkin pie flavor. My friends thought it was too sweet but I thought it was very nice. It was one note, but it was a good note.

Mouthfeel-MEdium body and carbonated slightly.

OVerall- Pleasant surprise. I'm pretty sure that it was an expired batch and it was still good so needless to say I will buy some of this years batch. Worth a try.

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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 Jacurdy60
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice golden brown color with a creamy 1 finger width head. Does not retain well and turns very carbonated.

S-Nose is pretty bland. I'm getting faint notes of some sweet spiced pumpkin, cinnamon, and some nutmeg. Nothing is very pronounced and the pumpkin is barely noticeable.

T-Not too bad here. Spices are not overwhelming and the pumpkin makes a fairly nice presence at the finish. A bit like club soda at the front of the palate, but that flashes quickly and fades into the pleasant balance between spice and pumpkin.

MF-Overcarbonated, watery with a dry finish.

O-Not a bad pumpkin ale. I was afraid it would taste too much like soda because Harpoon doesn't usually make great beers, but this one is pretty good. The flavors aren't too pronounced, but the taste achieves a nice balance between spice and pumpkin. Pretty well done.

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Photo of Roland45s
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Followed the instructions on the bottle to pour half and swirl up that yeast in the bottom. The smell was nutmeg and spicy. Poured dark and with a 1" head. The mouthfeel was good although I didn't get too much of the pumpkin which I have been realizing the majority of the pumpkin brews are just beers that have a heavy spice and not too much pumpkin in them. Not one of my favorites but better than the bluemoon and harvest pumpkin.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

I am currently unemployed with a lot of time on my hands & as such, I am a) not motivated to go out like I do when I have a job & b) trying to reduce the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody. The Bottle Backlog is annoying, but it takes a backseat to The CANQuest (tm). I am interested to see if I like it any better in the CAN than I did from a bottle.

From the CAN: "Brewed with pumpkin and a medley of spices."; "Harpoon's UnFiltered Offering"; "partly cloudy, 38 [deg.]"; "Pack it In, Pack It Out['] Please Recycle".

I rotated the CAN several times while holding it before I Crack!ed it open, figuring that it is unfiltered & thusly, cloudiness would be expected. The Crack! was really loud & so I performed an inverted Glug to produce two fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a cloudy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was very spicy, cinnamon & nutmeg and evocative of fall & pumpkin pie. It is my favorite time of year and this made me suddenly nostalgic. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was very spicy & kind of warming on a cold winter's day. They release the pumpkin beers so early every year & I wish that they would wait. This tastes much better today than it would have in, say, August. 8=( Finish was dry, spicy and just right. Maybe I'll put some of this in my Hallowe'en cooler this year ... Oh, you didn't know? I hand out CANned beer to the adults on Hallowe'en here at Chez Woody!

My original bottle review, dtd 10 March 2013, follows:

My local, in-person reader, tone77, dropped this off for me as part of a big box o' beer and I will never say no to beer. I am curious to review it anyway as I had some when it was first released, but not for a review.

From the bottle: "Hey there, Pumpkin! You've got a real unfiltered fall treat in your hands! It's like you've tapped a specially spiced pumpkin. Without the seeds, of course."

When you openly cop to being unfiltered, that speaks only one word to me - agitation! Following a vigorous wind-up of the beer, my pour got a finger of rocky, bone-white head that fell in a most unusual web-like pattern. The nose was beautiful! It smelled like I had lit a scented candle in my kitchen. Spicy, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice ... it just smelled like Fall. That is my favorite, albeit fleeting time of the year and this took me right back. Color was a hazy yellowish-orange. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but the spices had held up nicely. They melded together well and were present without being overwhelming. Oh man, I could go for some pumpkin pie right about now. That is what it really reminded me of - a liquid slice of pumpkin pie. Not overwhelming with spice or alcohol, but just right. Hold on, some little girl with locks of gold is knocking on my door. Sorry, sweetie, this is for adults. Finish was semi-dry with the spices really helping to mellow things out.

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Photo of nukem5
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice cloudy amber color with slight head of foam which goes away rapidly.

S: Aroma is of cinnamon and nutmeg with a light pumpkin pie smell not an obvious pumpkin beer. Just by look and smell one might get a winter warmer feel to this beer. Smell actually reminds me of the way Samuel Adams White Christmas tastes.

T: Taste is overall a spiced beer with loads of cinnamon,clove,nutmeg... all the things I love in these fall beers.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium bodied beer with a pleasant Carbonation level.

O: Overall a great seasonal selection with a great sampler pack of 3 others if you can find it like this in your area. Great price ,I believe I had paid about 32 dollars.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is orange with golden highlights. There is some suspended yeast in it. It is capped by a couple inches of off-white/beige head.

S - I get the typical nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, etc.

T - I get the spices in the flavor as well.

M - Thin to Moderate

O - I kind of forgot about this one in the refrigerator. The smell held up really well. The taste may have faded. It's a decent. I used to love this style, but Pumking ruined most of them for me.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy honey golden with a fairly thick pale golden fine-bubbled head. Aroma has malty and fruity notes plus hints of cinnamon and pumpkin. Malty flavor has hoppy and cinnamon notes, as well as a good amount of pumpkin taste. Unlike many other pumpkin ales I have tried, the pumpkin flavor does not dominate the others, which is a plus. Smooth texture has good body and a decent amount of fizz. Save it for fall - or enjoy it now.

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UFO Pumpkin from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,088 ratings.
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