Harpoon UFO Winter Blonde
Harpoon UFO Winter Blonde is an American Blonde Ale, 4.9% ABV, enjoy by date of 5/15/17. Can provided for review. This is described as a Vanilla Cold Brew Ale, which is kind of confusing. Are we talking about coffee cold brew AND vanilla being used? Or is this some kind of cold brew made FROM vanilla? Neither the website, nor the information sent with the beer shed a whole lot of light on the subject either. Oh well, on to the beer itself…
This pours with a cloudy dark yellow color, a nice off white head to start that does fade to just a slight ring after quite a while. I am getting mostly just vanilla bean on the nose, nothing cloying or artificial about it, pleasant aroma. The taste is a combination of white chocolate and vanilla, with just the slightest hint of milk chocolate in the finish and aftertaste. A touch of citrus hop comes in at the end of the taste as well, a much needed break from the sweetness. If coffee in any form was ever involved with this, I’m just not getting it. A bit on the sweet side overall, but it is enjoyable.
UFO Winter Blonde does make for a nice break from all of the monstrous beers released at this time of year.