Wednesday, May 28, 2014
UFO Big Squeeze Shandy
Grabbed my Funky Buddha Shandy Glass and poured some of Harpoon Brewery's UFO Big Squeeze Shandy into it this afternoon. (BTW, you know Funky Buddha's One Year Anniversary Party is this Saturday, right?) According to the recipe on the back label, "BEER + GRAPEFRUIT JUICE = UFO BIG SQUEEZE SHANDY"! The description that follows is, "Sweet with a hint of tartness, UFO Big Squeeze is perfect for all your summer adventures." Enjoy by 08/15/14, I think (was rubbing off). 4.5% alcohol.
Holy unfiltered! Looks a little dense and murky. Sharp citrus and grapefruit aroma with a hint of malt in the background. Fruity grapefruit and orange flavors start, definitely tart in the beginning, though not overdone. You will also easily get used to that tartness after a few sips, especially as they are joined by some sugary sweet balance.
Big body and chewy texture, especially for this shandy style of mixed beer. Knocks the refreshment down considerably. Malty sweet finish with some thicker feel left behind on the palate. Big Squeeze is a see-saw between tart and sweet and flavors that were oddly working together. Interesting. Liked but didn't love. Try for yourself!