UFO Pumpkin

Harpoon Brewery

Appearance

This pours a bright yellow-orange color and produces no more than ten seconds of white, fizzing head. The surface coat stays active and swampy thanks to moderate carbonation. It’s mostly foggy and shows zero signs of lacing.

Aroma

The spice bill is most prominent. I get notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and some sugar. There’s also hints of clove and a bright pumpkin. Underneath these I get a mostly malt-driven smell. All together it has a solid pumpkin aroma going.

Taste

The front is defined mostly by the spice bill and follows the nose closely with the staple ingredients of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. There’s also a minor sensation of brown sugar that is likely emphasized by its base. The pumpkin flavor is prevalent on the palate but seems to be comprised mostly of spices and less via a natural pumpkin ingredient. The back is more of the same but with the spices calming down and the base coming forward. While the finish seems to continue to be malt-driven and sweet, the aftertaste does provide a bit more hops. Combined with the spices, the aftertaste makes for somewhat of an odd potpourri sensation.

Mouthfeel

This is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation that provides a constant effervescence on the palate. While it’s mostly watery feeling, the spices and carbonation combine to make for a mild texture.

Overall

While it’s not at the level of Shipyard Pumpkinhead for example, it is indeed quite a spicy option. It’s fairly balanced considering how strong the spice bill is. It’s not overly complex or unique, though it’s drinkable and does provide a sweetness many might enjoy. However, I wish it had a bit more of a natural pumpkin flavor. It could work a bit more with its base or could use a more distinctly unique characteristic added in. Nevertheless, it does seem unfiltered as it claims, and if it’s the option that’s readily available to you, a few sips on an autumn night won’t kill you. It’ll especially be enjoyable to those who like the spiced type.

2.75