Friday, August 22, 2014

Harpoon UFO Big Squeeze Shandy

During the summer months brewers try using fruits in theirs beers, some tend to use wheat beers as a base while other take more creative route and use more creative base ingredients. These fruity beers tend to have a lower alcohol level then some beers. The Harpoon brewery in Boston Massachusetts has a line of beers called UFO (Harpoons UnFiltered Offering) and they have one, Big Squeeze Shandy, 4.5% ABV. Big Squeeze is brewed with grapefruit juice. Big Squeeze pours a deep thick hazy orange color with an off white head that dissipates instantly as soon as you pour. I found no light coming through the glass with very little carbonation due do the deep color of Big Squeeze. I also found little bits of grapefruit floating in the glass. The aroma is citrusy and acidic with big amounts of grapefruits.  Big Squeeze has a big sweet and fresh ruby red grapefruit taste up front that hits you big time on first sip, and then as it pass over the middle of your taste buds it taste more like fresh pink grapefruit with tiny hints of citric acids and the sweet citric acid flavor become a bit more intense as it comes over the back of your mouth. As this beer warms you get more bitter grapefruit flavors and as you get to the end of this shandy the flavors are little bitterer and slightly more acidic. The mouth feel is medium with a nice grapefruit finish and an acidic citrus aftertaste that is a bit less sweet. There aren’t much of any other flavors to this shandy but it is still good. I enjoyed Big Squeeze Shandy; this Harpoon UFO gets a B. I would say this is a refreshing beer and would recommend this for a hot summer day, good for the beach, a day at the pool or the lake.  So pick up Harpoon UFO Big Squeeze Shandy now for your Labor Day holiday weekend activities now! It’s a good summer beer! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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