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Harpoon UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen United States  Massachusetts Fruit / Vegetable Beer 22635 11999 12oz
Product ID: 22635
Region: United States, Massachusetts
Type: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
Size: 12oz
IBU: 10
ABV%: 4.8

"We came up with the idea for this beer years ago when we brewed a Framboise as part of the 100 Barrel Series. Some Harpooners mixed the Framboise with UFO Hefeweizen to balance the tart raspberry with the clean and crisp wheat malt. So brewing this beer as part of the UFO line was only natural — like the raspberries it's brewed with. Natural raspberry flavors are added to our UFO Hefeweizen to create this beer. Consistent with the Hefeweizen style, this beer is unfiltered and cloudy with a solid foamy head. UFO Raspberry has a distinctive, hazy rose color. The scent of fresh raspberries hits the nose immediately, along with a subtle bready aroma from the wheat and yeast. The body is light and the unfiltered yeast provides a soft mouthfeel. The taste of the fruit complements the beer nicely, neither overwhelms the other. There is a faint sweetness on the palate, which finishes cleanly in a semi-dry, tart finish." —brewer
"Aroma is quite sharp with raspberry and suggestions of citrus — quite appealing actually. Creamy and smooth on the palate with a light, fluffy body. The palate is immediately splashed with a tart citric character of fresh raspberries and a salty-like lime edge that melds with faint herbal flavors. Watery rind taste and consistency. Very dry and crisp on the palate, making it refreshing, thirst quenching and more-ish. Malt characters are pretty much nonexistent, as are hop characters, with some wheat flavors / tannins forming a hint of doughy breadiness towards the finish. Raspberry flavors are not overpowering, but dominate the experience — as you'd expect.

"Much better than the straight-up UFO Hefeweizen. Approachable and easy-drinking thanks to the use of raspberries, which brings some life to what would otherwise be a fairly pedestrian and boring American Wheat Ale. This release also fills a gap in Harpoon's portfolio, so not only is this a fun release for fruit beer lovers, but it's a smart one." —Todd Alström, BeerAdvocate

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