In this fall beer blog, we are going to get into another Harpoon Brewery beer. It is their UFO Pumpkin Ale. If you read my earlier beer bog posts on their beers, you know the history of this craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this craft brewery. Let us get into this pumpkin ale.
It has a cloudy amber color with a white constant head. The aroma has a heavy cinnamon to nutmeg notes. The taste has a nice creamy cinnamon to nutmeg notes with a cinnamon banana clove aftertaste. It is pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.harpoonbrewery.com):
It’s a simple story; we brew this beer because we like pumpkin (pumpkin pie, really) and thought an unfiltered pumpkin ale would be great, especially during the New England fall. Turns out it is.
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.
- Appearance: Amber and orange with a slight haze
- Aroma: Malty with hints of pumpkin and spice
- Mouth feel: Slightly sweet and smooth
- Taste: A solid malt backbone highlighting German Vienna and Munich malts with a nice dose of pumpkin and spice, reminiscent of pumpkin pie
- Finish: Easy drinking with a lingering pumpkin aftertaste on the back of the tongue
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
In the end, I was looking to try this beer for many seasons when they made it to the Chicago market. It is average beer. There is better pumpkin ales on the market. I will say this beer is so much better than Blue Moon Pumpkin and Brooklyn Pumpkin Ale. I did enjoy this beer but I just feel it could be a lot better. I will try it again next season. I recommend it at least once. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser