UFO Pumpkin Ale

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 88 Points

Beer Advocate – 82 Points 

Rate Beer – 53 overall 

Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1

This beer has a hazy, dark, orange color with a one finger off-white head. Powerful aromas of cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. On the palate the beer has a medium body mouth feel that is a little on the lighter side of the medium spectrum. On the front of the palate, you still get cinnamon but you also get real, pureed pumpkin–the actual pumpkin is the star of this beer. The beer is fluffy on the mid-palate, allowing some pumpkin pie crust-like yeast characteristics to peak through. The finish is dry and reminds me of chewing on a baked pumpkin seed. Overall the beer is a great intro to fall and really gets you ready for the colder months, but is perfect for those warmer, early fall days. Cheers!

Pumpkin Spice

Beer Selection –  UFO Pumpkin Ale 

Producer – HarpoonBrewery

Region – Boston Massachusetts, USA

Style – Pumpkin Ale 

IBU (International bittering units) – Unknown/Low

Suggested Glassware – Goblet 

Alcohol – 5.9%

Food Pairing – Pumpkin chili, herb roasted chicken, turkey and mashed potatoes


From The Brewery 

ufo-pumpkin-bottle-glassIt’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. http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/beer/93/ufo-pumpkin

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What is a pumpkin beer?  This is the most widely expected and anticipated seasonal beer, loved by so many but also hated by those who are notorious for not dancing at weddings. Seriously, people who hate pumpkin beers are stereotypically the same people who think anything awesome is overrated. Ignore these folks and come jump into this pile of fall leaves with the cool crowd. Pumpkin beers are to fall as Corona is to summer. They are an alarm clock that informs you when fall has arrived. Like that groundhog in PA that sees his shadow or whatever. Pumpkin beers come in every style, from crisp and dry with lighter alcohol and subtle holiday spices, to straight pumpkin pie in a pint glass, full bodied and higher in alcohol content. They can be a lager, ale, porter, or stout so whatever your style is…there is a pumpkin beer out there for ya. They typically have characteristics of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, and clove. These beers are great for seeing how creative a brewery can get, and each beer has its own unique recipe so be sure to read the back of the bottle or Google the beer to get the full story of how the beer artist went about painting their masterpieces. Pairing food with these beers takes a bit of an imagination but there are a lot of awesome recipes out there. We will have some posted on the site soon so stay tuned to our Foodie Friday blogs. Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1
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