Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy peach pour. Fizzy offwhite head. Aroma is flowery, caramel malt, some dough, resin. Palate is light-medium. Flavor is grassy, some light grain, caramel malt. nice bitterness.
BeerFanDan17 (954) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the brewery in Boston. Hop aroma like crazy, but with a bit of fruit and maltiness.
scarletfire65 (855) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a pretty, hazy golden copper. Firm 2 finger head. Aroma of citrusy hops, grapefruit zest. The palate is watery, light bodied, mildly hopped. Not too impressed at all.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. There is no noticeable freshness date on the label.
Appearance: On top sits a good two finger head made from an aggressive pour. Under the head is a warm cloudy amber colored brew. As I drink it makes some slick lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma has a nice bready and yeast like character with a light fruity estery note. Hops are light for the style but they also add a little fruity citrus and floral character.
Taste/Palate: There is a simple but nice medium bodied mix of sweet bready malt and yeast with slight hints of hops and fruity esters. The hops pop out a little more deep into the slow finish. Its texture is smooth with mellow yet active carbonation.
Notes: This is a nice easy drinking and average pale ale.
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nothing special here. Good not great. Pine and grapefruit with a lingering bitter finish.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4452) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright orange color with a large orange-white head that produced good lacing. The aroma was tangy with notes of lemon and grapefruit. The flavor was tangy and tart with light notes of lemon and grapefruit. The finish was long, tangy and tart with a vague fruity presence. Medium body. Rather subdued but decent.
Onslow (1076) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Copper amber brew with an off white head. Great aroma dominated with citrus, pine and grassy hops; some malt and yeastiness in there as well. Flavor is great and distinctive. There is something about Harpoon’s brews that is just plain different - there is a flavor that plays out on the taste buds like a subset of chocolate, but not sweet and more umami. Any way you slice it, it is a distictive and unique quality that I only see in their brews. Here is it most excellently presented against a backdrop that has the elements of a fine traditional English Pale Ale - great malt backbone and excellent pine and grassy hops. Combine their unique flavor with that and you have one helluva great brew. I went through a big Harpoon stage a year or so ago, back when ratebeer was KO’d by the hacker attack, and never posted comments on them. It will be nice to get back into their stuff. And while I greatly appreciate the wonderfully crafted brews out there, Harpoon reminds me of the importance of distictiveness.
fitch256 (32) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ick. Tried this at the tasting they had when they re-launched the beer. It should’ve stayed in the vault, this is crap. I got a soury hop sort of wheatish mash up of junk. I couldn’t get over how bad the aftertaste was as well. I’m assuming this wasn’t a bad batch because this came straight from the brewery at a promotional event, so I’m assuming they’re smart enough to make sure the "test beer" is fresh. I would recommend steering clear of this and going to the other UFO’s.
beerfest5 (1018) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
not bad, like the label says, enjoyable on a summers night. not too much to say about this one except harpoon is one of those brewers that could brew some really good and interesting beers, and although being one of the most popular american heffeweisens in their ufo series, this one is just fine. nothing especially wrong with it, taste and aroma are fine, finish is what you’d expect, but doesnt leave you with a memorable experience that will keep you coming back.
damzz (230) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Popping the cap reveals the resinous nose of the hops that continues in the glass. The undelyling malt is thin but refreshing on a summer day. The appearance is cloudy revealing its UFO pedigree. Pleasantly surprised by its palate since the hoppy nose was similar to the heaviness of on IPA and not wanted in a Pale Ale. Served in a Samuel Smith glass followed by a Samuel Adams Summer Ale (new recipe, still have an old recipe in the fridge), the best of all three worlds :>). Amen. Remember, God gave us beer.