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.
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