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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%


Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TheBungyo on 10-24-2006)
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n2185

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: sweet, squashy pumpkin aromas dominate with pumpkin pie spices and notes of caramel apples and vanilla.

T: pumpkin pie spices, sweet breads, squashy pumpkin pie, vanilla, a slightly boozy finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nicely creamy.

O: a great pumpkin ale overall. Definitely one of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:06:40 | More by n2185
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears a radiant orange hue with a small head that rapidly fades to nil. The aroma offers cinnamon, pumpkin pie, brown sugar. Sweet and definitely true to style. Lots of brown sugar and cinnamon character. Thin body with low carbonation. Alcohol content well hidden. A tasty beer, though a little goes a long way. A good beer to share a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 20:18:35 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge pumpkin flesh, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, toast, caramel, brown sugar, clove, allspice, pie crust, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Absolutely insane aromas with incredible complexity and balance of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin flesh, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, allspice, toast, caramel, brown sugar, pie crust, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, pie crust, nutmeg, clove, allspice, caramel, brown sugar, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with big authentic pumpkin presence and fantastic malt/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane imperial pumpkin ale. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of malt/pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A world class pumpkin ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 05:16:44 | More by superspak
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Kayaker

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great pumpkin. Well balanced mild spices. Nice aroma and taste. Nice pumpkin flavor. Definitely one of the top 10 pumpkin beers. Smooth rich flavor. Not watery like many of the pumpkins out there. Too bad beers like this are available for such a short period.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 00:28:30 | More by Kayaker
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank at cellar temperature in a cellar.

This one presents a one-finger white head that fizzles away fast, over a transparent dark golden-orange body. This becomes an opaque orange once the last of the ale is poured out with the yeast sediment at the bottle's bottom.

This stuff gives off a STRONG aroma blend of pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. After cracking the bottle open and pouring a snifter-full, I can smell it a couple feet away. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg are pretty prominent. Incredibly, there's also a nutty, seedy smell, which must be from the pumpkin SEEDS this was brewed with. I also pick up just a touch of vanilla. There's not a whole lot more I could ask for in a pumpkin ale aroma.

The taste isn't nearly as intense as the smell, but I do get some sweet pumpkin, along with a bit of spiciness. Cloves come through more in the flavor than in the scent. A fairly sweet and refreshing flavor.

The carbonation is fairly bubbly and the feel is moderately bubbly. Not bad.

A quality pumpkin ale that delivers what one would expect from the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 13:30:07 | More by Kuaff
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minterro

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber bought from Little's Wine and Liquor.

A&S: Fantastic smell, pure pumpkin pie. With all the spices you would expect in a good pumpkin pie: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ect. Very strong aroma as well. Murky orange colored beer. Head is bright white with no retention.

T&M: more bready than the smell would make you think. I'm getting some mintyness like I was getting from Dry Docks pumpkin only not as strong. Pretty sweet. Thick and luscious mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied and on the lower end of carbonation.

Overall: A very good beer, but I think I might like the Night Owl from Elysian just a tad more.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 03:03:50 | More by minterro
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spoony

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From an undated 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-An aggressive pour produces almost a finger of light-khaki head. The foam drops immediately to a collar. The brew is orange-tinted golden-amber in color. It looks pretty still -- and slightly hazy -- in the glass.

S-This is probably my favorite pumpkin beer smell ever. It is very spicy (lots of cinnamon and nutmeg), semi-sweet (brown sugar), with a hint of rum-like booze, and a nice toasted flavor to accompany the traditional pumpkin flesh aroma.

T-The taste, while good, is a bit of letdown compared to the amazing scent on this thing. The beer looses some of the spiciness and gains a bit of fruity alcohol, which muddies things a bit. Still...it is pretty good with baking spices, mild brown-sugar sweetness, pumpkin flesh, and a decent bit of drying, toasted pumpkin seed.

M-The feel is lighter than some in the style, but still medium. Carbonation is slightly assertive and moderate to fine on the palate.

O-What a great smelling beer. The scent is really the highlight here, but the rest of the beer isn't bad. If you like your pumpkin beer on the dryer side, this brew is a good choice because it still provides some spice and pumpkin flesh without getting vegetal or overly earthy. I could use a bit more heft in the feel, but this is not quaffable by any means. Wow, what a great smelling beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:20:42 | More by spoony
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srhoadsy

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, deep copper color with half an inch of airy, beige head that quickly recedes with light surface layer and lacing.

Strong aromas of pumpkin and spice.

Strong flavor of pumpkin pie as to be expected. But with an underlying musty, earthy quality that sets it apart.

Medium bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Moderate carbonation with mild aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this beer. I would put in my top three pumpkin brews so far. Good Gourd, Pumpking and Great Pumpkin.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2013 00:40:33 | More by srhoadsy
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler into a tulip. 9/27/13 filling date

Pours a dark copper/orange color with an inch thick white head. Par for the style. The smell is much less overwhelming than most other beers of the style - where you usually smell a ton of nutmeg and cloves with this beer i actually get a lot of actual pumpkin smell. The taste is also different than most other pumpkin beers... its much more "beer like." much more bitter than the usual extremely sweet pumpkin ale. Definitely can see why this is preferred by a lot of people! Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall one of the better pumpkin "beers" that there are. This one actually tastes like beer.

Serving type: growler

10-05-2013 20:00:34 | More by Axnjxn
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an almost minimal amount of head which has no retention. The head is off-white with hints of beige and amber while the body is a slightly darker, medium amber which appears as a glowing, medium amber when held up to the light. Minimal amount of lacing.

Nose- This sure does smell like pumpkin pie, even echoes of sweet potato pie. This runs the gamut of autumn spices: cloves, nutmeg, mace, and cinnamon. Not harsh in anyway. The aroma is quite inviting and clean- which is not true of many spiced beers. Cinnamon is the most dominant spice.

Taste- Reflective of the nose, with almost all of the spice notes hitting me at once. Cinnamon, as it was on the nose, is by far the most dominant. At the moment, it's a little hard to process it all since it tastes as if I just drank the aroma mashed together. I can't tell if the bitterness that seems to permeate all aspects of the flavor profile is a characteristic of all the spices or if this is a separate flavor. Tastes a lot like a mild red hot (the candy) or a spicier version of Big Red chewing gum. A mild indication of raw pumpkin but this seems more like suggestion of the mind. No real heat but how could one discern that with all this spice. Some of the bitterness is definitely separate from the spice profile but it tends to be woody (some pine) with a slight inclination toward yeast and earwax. This is probably a highly desirable beer for some but a little too one-sided for me. I thought Night Owl was much more subdued and well rounded and therefore, better. It would seem that pumpkin ales are not the type of beer to turn imperial. Don't get me wrong- I applaud the effort but I don't need anymore spice than your typical pumpkin beer already has. Does mellow but this makes it seem thin and watery. It really only validates what I've thought to be true- I just don't like pumpkin beers. You might though.

Mouthfeel- Fairly thin and and just a little bit more than light bodied. Ample carbonation works well with the conspicuous spice.

Drinkability- I don't need this much fall, harvest time, or holiday in my beer. This is why I eschew wassails and “Christmas” beers. If I want that, I just drink some heavily spiked eggnog. Price point is all wrong for a beer I don't enjoy but 9 bucks seems reasonable for someone who would.

Overall- This is pretty much one of the highest rated pumpkin ales but it's not my piece of pie. I can drink it fine. There's nothing wrong with it but 22 ounces is too much for me. Definitely worth a try but I won't be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:07:05 | More by artoolemomo
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance- The beer pours a nice hazy orange amber color with a very small white head. The head fades decently fast leaving some patchy bubbles of foam on the surface of the beer and a decent level of foamy islands of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A nice roasted pumpkin smell creates the biggest aroma. This is complemented by spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Other aromas of a bready smell as well as a nice caramel and brown sugary sweet smell are there as well giving an overall great pumpkin pie aroma. While pumpkin pie like, the smell is not too sweet or too spiced but consists of a very nice blend of aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a good bready and roasted pumpkin flavor. The sweetness is lighter upfront with just a bit of caramel sweetness. The spice flavors are lighter as well at the start, with some hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. As the taste advances the nutmeg and cinnamon spice are joined by some allspice with the nutmeg growing quite a bit more potent to the end. As this occurs, so too comes some sweeter flavors of more caramel and brown sugar. Along with these flavors, the roasted pumpkin grows a bit more intense with the bready taste fading some, leaving a moderately sweet pumpkin pie like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are fantastic for the pumpkin pie like tastes of the brew making for a creamy, thick mouthcoating texture one would like with something resembling a pumpkin pie dessert.

Overall – This is a very nice and tasty imperial pumpkin ale. A little on the drier side and more roasted pumpkin in nature with a nice blend of flavors and a great feel overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 01:04:30 | More by Darkmagus82
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archyquaffer

Montana

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a clear plastic cup. Nice art on the label, which features The Great Pumpkin with a mischievous smirk. A moderate pour produces about a half inch of head. The beer is a bit hazy, and about the color of a pale ale, with light carbonation.

Even though my nose is a bit stuffy, I smell and taste plenty of pumpkin and spices. Also some nuttiness, perhaps from pumpkin seeds, and some sweetness suggestive of brown sugar or maple syrup. The spices are not overdone, and mesh well with the other flavors (i.e., no soapiness). Pretty clean on the aftertaste, with just a bit of lingering pumpkin, which keeps the flavors from becoming too cloying.

I was dubious about pumpkin beer, with several misfires extending back a few years. I even thought that I might not even like pumpkin beer, even though I LOVE pumpkin pie. This beer really does taste like pumpkin pie. The price was moderately steep, but not outrageous, at 4.99 for a bomber, bought at the Albertsons in Livingston, Montana. Bravo to the brewmeisters!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 05:55:09 | More by archyquaffer
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22

Pours a hazy amber orange with white sudsy lacing for a head.

Smells of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Maybe some gingerbread as well.

Tastes like pumpkin pie with cinnamon and clove spice. A bit of a peppery bite as well. Mild vegetal bitterness.

Medium body with light tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty good pumpkin ale, nice flavor and body, easy to like if you like pumpkin ales and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:46:19 | More by Cylinsier
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sendsilk

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra from an extremely generous BA from WA, Thanks Chandler!

I have had this beer once before and enjoyed it very much. In the time since I have tried it I find that I'm just not that "into" pumpkin beers.

This beer is very clean looking, no dirt or sediment and it it looks quite appealing with a burnt orange/caramel color. Smell of this beer is fantastic! Smells just like and apple pie with cinnamon, nutmeg and some slight caramel or vanilla.

Taste- Just like the smell! Really like you are drinking a pumpkin pie. Relatively sweet, although much more drinkable and less sweet that Pumking. It's one of the top 5 pumpkin beers I've had along with Schlafly Pumpkin and Good Gourd but sweeter than either of those two beers. You really get the cinnamon, graham cracker, nutmeg and it's fairly well balanced with a slight hop profile. I would prefer for it to be just a little less sweet.

Overall this beer is quite nice and a nice representation of what I believe a pumpkin beer should be like. I'd give it. 3.75-4.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 13:48:20 | More by sendsilk
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BeerWizard

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer lives up to it's name - this really is a great pumpkin ale. Poured from a 22oz into a goblet, hazy orange, with a thin white head. Kind of remeniscent of my childhood Orange Crush vice, just a little more rustic looking. Smells delicious, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, cola, cherry, and pumpkin. No alcohol on the nose at all. Pumpkin flavor is heavier in the taste, but I think the flavor is really well balanced overall, just a nice mosaic of spices and fruit. Sweet, bitter on the back end, and nice mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfectly appropriate for an 8% abv, and the mouthfeel is slick and not as heavy as you might think. Best imperial pumpkin I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 02:43:26 | More by BeerWizard
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to the bottle this was the first imperial pumpkin ale, and it's brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, fermented with spices. Admittedly, I have had this bottle a while so this could be the reason I am seeing a lot of floaters in the appearance here. Other than that, it is an otherwise clear-ish copper color with a white head, which dissipates quickly.

I found the aroma to be very exciting, as the only other pumpkin ale coming this close to "pumpkin pie" aroma is Southern Tier's Pumking. It literally reminds me of actual pumpkin and pumpkin cake. Seemingly very fresh and natural. Maybe a hint of hops hiding within as well.

The taste is fantastic, not at all a letdown in regards to how good the aroma was. Pumpkin pie, graham cracker, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some nice hop bitterness in the finish. Although it's relatively sweet, the pumpkin aspect does not overshadow the fact that it is beer. I would say this is a little more than you get with say, the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, and a little dialed back in comparison to the Southern Tier.

It seems pretty light as far as ABV, but coats the mouth very nicely. The taste lingers on the palate a while, adding that slight pinch of aforementioned bitterness. As with Elysian's other pumpkin ales, I would highly recommend this one for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:26:43 | More by Neorebel
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt, brown sugar

T- pumpkin, malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, hint of ginger,notable alcohol

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-nice pumpkin ale with good pumkin flavor and a nice spice balance, a little hot though

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 17:54:21 | More by MDDMD
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery in Tangletown.

Pours hazy amber with a finger off white head.

Smell is strong pumpkin mash and cinnamon, nice fresh smell.

Taste is smooth pumpkin, clove, spice, graham cracker finish.

I need to try Good Gourde, but this is hands down my favorite pumpkin beer that I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 20:22:37 | More by Smurf2055
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a coppery orange coloration. A thick biege head with major retention rides the body. Sudsy lacing marks this beers passage from my glass.

S- The aroma of the beer has plenty of roasted and toasted pumpkin pie spicing, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, all spice, caradamon, honey and brown sugar.

T- The flavor of the beer has toasted pumpkinm cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, brief malty sweetness that gets swallowed up in spice.

M- The body of the beer is medium and well carbonated. Very smooth and not a hint of alcohol heat.

O- This is a pretty good pumpkin ale. The spice is a bit heavy handed but isnt a deal breaker.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:10:11 | More by nlmartin
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a moderate haze, a moderate effervescence and quite a few floaties. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam which leave a nice lace as it dissipates. Attractive.

Smell: sweet malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and ... do I detect cardamom? It's a good mélange of beer, gourd and spice. Classic.

Taste: sweet malt with a big pumpkin flavor and a good dose of the spices from the aroma. It's a bit massive in flavor and a bit overwhelming, but a good example of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, rich, smooth creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a good beer, but as I said it's a little bit overwhelming for me. I like my pumpkin beers a little bit more on the subtle side. Decent, but hardly a session drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 22:56:59 | More by flagmantho
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a bottle at my NY connect. About to hit Stowe with the pops for the weekend. Burlington got about 36 inches in the last 72 so needless to say I'm pumped.

A - Dark amber brown. Small head. Almost looks like a less thick ST pumking.

S - Smells like a less rich pumking! Brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and molasses.

T - Vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and a slight ABV burn that reminds me of the pumking. The pumking has a heavier base and the spices are more intense. The spices are more subtle and the base is more of a pale ale.

M - This gets so much better as it warms. A more subtle pumking.

Great beer. I love pumpkins. This bad boy is up there with the champions.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 21:55:25 | More by DNICE555
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle 8,0% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2012 Vintage

Thanks to JAXSON for this bottle.

Appearance: The Great Pumpkin appears a beautiful bright golden-orange in the glass and is topped by a good sized off-white head. The head displays reasonable retention and leaves a few small patches of lacing as it recedes.

Smell: Mmmmm, this smells like it is going to be a delicious pumpkin ale. The initial nose is bursting with pumpkin (roasted pumpkin flesh and the raw stringy bits inside a pumpkin) and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, ginger and a little vanilla). As the beer warms, there is a hint of pie crust aroma noted, along with some brown sugar and a sweet fruitiness, but the pumpkin and spices still dominate the nose.

Taste: Sadly the flavour is no where near as full as the nose promised. The pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices are still present, but there is also a big grainy quality and a fruity character that make the flavour seem a little bland. I think they could have done with double the amount of pumpkin and spices. As the beer approaches room temperature, it becomes quite boozey for an 8% ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a light stickiness and a high level (way too high for my tastes) of carbonation.

Overall: The Great Pumpkin is a good pumpkin ale, but it cannot stand up to the likes of Pumpking. That said, I have heard that previous vintages of The Great Pumpkin have been better than the 2012, so I might have to revisit it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 14:55:47 | More by Thehuntmaster
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billab914

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. Amber in color with a thin head around the edges of the glass.

The aroma has notes of Squash, raw pumpkin and spice. It's got a sweet, almost sugary presence to it along with some slight bready pie crust like flavors.

Pumpkin and squash flavors are very apparent in the taste. Light on the spice, which I like. Tastes a little like raw pumpkin. Pale malts show through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on lighter side of style with moderate carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer and unique in the style. I liked the low spice and that the real pumpkin and squash flavors seemed to come out more in it.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 17:28:49 | More by billab914
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scored a discounted bottle of this at the Beermuda Triangle. Best 6 bucks I ever spent!

A - Well given it's over 4 months old I expected some sediment. Head is also minimal with just a finger of sticky white head. Beer itself is a dark amber brown.

S - Man the first whiff blew me away! Brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and molasses hit me hard, in a good way. As it settles in the glass it smells like a sweet cookie with brown sugar goodness.

T - Not bad it doesn't live up the expectation of the smell but no beer really does. I am getting some sweet vanilla/sugar cookie thing wrapped around your typical nutmeg/cinnamon (tasty and powerfully spiced way I like it) And it hits the end with some brown sugar and a slight ABV burn that reminds me of rum. Tasty stuff.

M - As I type I am almost half way through my glass. A sure fire winter warmer though that drinks creamy with a medium to heavy body but hides the ABV very well.

Overall this is a great Imperial Pumpkin ale that trumps out even the legendary Pumking. Heck I think it's even better than "smashed pumpkin" which some craft lovers raved about. I may have to grab another before they are gone.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 00:08:06 | More by DrDemento456
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gueuzehead for the extra!

Pours murky orange color with a small white head that fades instantly. A ring of lacing.

Smells like most pumpkin beers. I get heavier nutmeg than other spices, but also contains cinnamon and brown sugar.

Similar flavors. Some good malty caramel malts and pumpkin flavors, but the spices are ratcheted up a bit past my preference. Pronounced nutmeg and cinnamon. Alcohol shows a bit here, but the extra body outweighs the booze coming through.

Carbonation levels are a tad low and finishes somewhat astringent. Decent body, but the carb level and finish hurt mouthfeel.

All in all a pretty solid pumpkin beer and much better than some atrocities I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 14:33:12 | More by jmarsh123
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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.