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Review - Harpoon Brewery's UFO Raspberry

"UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen is our own interpretation of the European practice of adding fruit flavors to wheat beers. We have added natural raspberry flavor to our UFO Hefeweizen to give it a delicate fruit flavor and slight sweetness. The raspberry juice adds a rich color to the cloudy, unfiltered beer, yielding a soft reddish hue. The scent of the berries mixes with the lightly hopped beer aroma. The raspberries are balanced by UFO Hefeweizen’s clean, wheat beer taste, making this beer enjoyable and refreshing." --Harpoon Brewery

We had the pleasure of reviewing this beer at Rockafellas in Salem, MA tonight, during its' premiere. As previously mentioned, this brew was just bottled yesterday, and still hasn't made its way to the distribution networks yet. We tender here what we believe to be the first public review of Harpoon's UFO Raspberry.

The UFO Raspberry pours a medium yellow color with a white, fizzy head that is mostly diminishing. Hazy body with medium carbonation. Aroma was, as expected, of raspberries and citrus. Lisa was reminded of Fruit Loops. Expecting moderate raspberries from this beer, we were surprised by the very strong raspberry presence, as opposed to the original UFO which does not have quite as powerful of an aroma. Initial taste is both lightly sweet and bitter, finishing lightly bitter. Our mouths were left slighty dry, and the flavor, although much more subdued than the aroma, lasted a long time on our palates. We, as the two beer guys, were very excited to participate in this ground-breaking event, and to be involved in the launch of a new brew, from one of our favorite breweries, was an honor. We look forward to sipping more of these when the warm weather arrives.

Reviewed on March 2nd, 2006 with Wood, Lisa "Left Hand" Griffin, and first-time reviewer Randy.

Type:Fruit Beer
Source:12 oz. Bottle

Official Harpoon Brewery website