Monday, November 5, 2012

Harpoon UFO Pumpkin

On their website, Harpoon describes UFO Pumpkin as being inspired by pumpkin pie and I suppose I would agree with that for the most part. I’ve had other pumpkin brews that are much more pie-like, but this beer is in the ballpark at least.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (749) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2012
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Rusty orange color that’s so hazy it’s opaque (due to the fact it’s an unfiltered beer). Forms an average size, beige, soapy head, but it quickly evaporates and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell: A light potpourri aroma that’s quite sweet. Cinnamon and nutmeg are prominent.

Taste: Cinnamon seems to be the most predominant flavor in this palate. Such much so that it actually reminds me more of homemade applesauce with a dusting of cinnamon rather than a true pumpkin pie taste. Not that that’s bad or anything, just that Harpoon UFO Pumpkin is all about the cinnamon. In fact, that’s why it’s a just plain good beer rather than anything better because there’s not much complexity going on here.

The beginning is mild, slightly watery, with a subtle bitterness through the middle. The ending, not surprisingly, features a strong cinnamon spicy sweetness with a residual nutmeg flavor in the aftertaste. It’s sweet, but not cloying or rich. It’s probably best described as the sweetest "pumpkin potpourri" pumpkin beer ever. I’ve had better, I’ve had wors, but for it is - this is decent.

Drinkability: I have a feeling Harpoon UFO Pumpkin is meant to be a drinker-friendly brew and if that’s what they’re going for they definitely succeeded. The palate is flavorful but not overwhelming and the mouthfeel is comfortable enough that it’s no challenge to get down. Slightly thin but not tepid with a smooth finish and relatively clean aftertaste make it a quaffable brew. It seems to be pretty efficient at 5.9% ABV. Drinkers of all experience levels should have no trouble with multiple servings.
 Grade: 7/10