Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Harpoon UFO White

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (933) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 7, 2013
I poured a 12oz can into an official Harpoon willybecker glass. It had an enjoy by date of 10/15/13 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark rusty orange hue, translucent. Forms a large, white, foamy head which eventually dissipates and leaves minor lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild aroma of orange peel, but not much else.

Taste: Wheat-based beers tend to be the most inherently refreshing beer styles, in my opinion. However, there’s no reason to make a deliberately weak wheat beer just to ensure drinkability. I think that’s what Harpoon has done with their UFO White. While not a flawed beer per se, it seems to be restrained, as the palette is overtly mild, though the drinkability is high.

The can actually makes a point of saying "Brewed with orange peel and coriander" as well as "Serve with a slice of orange," plus there’s a picture of an orange slice in the logo. Do you think they’re trying to tell us something? Not surprisingly, orange is definitely the predominate flavor here, but even then it’s not all that strong. It’s a mild orange sherbet-like taste with a touch of sweetness. There doesn’t seem to be any spice presence, though. There’s a quick burst of orange flesh right as it finishes which is nice, but too short -lived. I have mixed feelings on this beer, but I think I could honestly give it a thumbs up.

Drinkability: I was surprised by how fast I downed my glass of Harpoon UFO White. The mild taste probably has something to do with that, but the actual mouthfeel is what makes it so quaffable. It’s cold, wet and tepid, so it’s quite refreshing while in the mouth. It finishes completely clean, too, which is nice. At 4.8% ABV it’s easily sessionable, especially for experienced drinkers. I think this would be an ideal craft beer for beginners since it’s certainly better than Blue Moon. 
Grade: 6/10