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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 271
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheBungyo on 10-24-2006)
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks go out to SuzyGreenberg for the bottle. Haven't had this one in a while and excited to have the opportunity again.

Pours an orangey clear color with a stark white head that lingers pretty well and leaves good lacing.

Nose is a ton of pumpkin spices and some thick sweet pumpkin notes as well. Roasted pumpkin seed and an almost gingerbread mannish spice note.

Taste is incredibly comprehensive. Pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and all-spice, nutmeg and slight clove, even what almost seems like bread crust. A tiny touch of creamy sweetness in there too. Not much of a hop profile, but thats expected. Finish is moderately dry, and pumpkin spice lingers on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is actually ever so slightly thinner than i expected, but its fine where it is. Carbonation is ideal, and it is pretty good as far as being slick enough to feel like a real treat.

Drinkability is solid, especially for the nearly 8% abv. Although, this is probably not the best choice for a session beer, but rather more of a dessert. Could easily take down two bombers though.

Overall, this is definitely one of the best pumpkin ales out there. If you are a fan of pumpkin beers this is an absolute must try. Don't be fooled by the relative mediocrity of night owl bottles (though its ok on tap). The Great Pumpkin is definitely where elysian's holiday spirit shines. Fantastic beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 03, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of RenzoD
2/5  rDev -51.6%

Disclaimer*

*I toot the Elysian horn loudly. They are easily one of my top 5 favorite breweries.
*I am not a HUGE pumpkin beer guy, but they grow on me a bit more every year.

That being said...

This beer is overpriced, unbearably sweet, and really boozy.
The nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices are just overbearingly overboard. I tried so hard to make it through my 9 dollar bottle of beer, but I just could not do it.

If you are experimenting pumpkin beers, or if you believe this year is the year that you will make a breakthrough with them, let me advise you not to reach for this one. Perhaps more for the experienced pumpkin beer drinker.

RenzoD, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came to the table in a goblet a deep pumpkin orange color with athinner white head atop.Aromas of cardamom and warming cinnamon,there is a decent shot sweet alcohol as well,a little toast s well.More pumpkin on the palate than the aromas with a bit of cooked pumpkin and pie spice,it's warming and the alcohol is pretty big.This a really good warming pumpkin ale,not overly sweet with some real pumpkin flavors.

oberon, Oct 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

SkiBum22, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

heddar33, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of warriorsoul
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Gotta give mad props to skyhand for getting me this one...
Pours a cloudy rust color...less than half a finger of white head with an agressive pour and most of it fades instantly.
Can't say I've had a pumpkin brew that is pushing out this much in aroma alone...I'll spare you the details (think pumpkin pie).
Taste is simply fantastic. Fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, cinammon...actually has a gentle bitterness and finishes quite dry.
Not sure of the abv and I am definitely not tasting alcohol at any point...chilled or room temperature, the flavor onslaught cannot be denied.
Mouthfeel is very thick for the style and the carbonation is excellent...it is the freshness that makes this brew very drinkable.
Definitely, my favorite pumpkin brew to date...I have never been overwhelmed by the style, but this one is the real deal.

warriorsoul, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly straight forward and features pumpkin and cinnamon, as expected. The flavor is a little more complex. I get the pumpkin, as well as the spices typically associated with pumpkin beers: cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The beer is also quite boozy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

chossboss, Oct 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

jiffymon, Sep 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

wattoclone, Oct 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Cynic-ale, Sep 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

ryser2k, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

WVbeergeek, Oct 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

mrosenfeld32, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 22oz poured into a pint glass

A: Light, cloudy orange with a half-a-fingernail of white head. The head dissipates to half its size and sits on top for well over a minute.

S: Canned pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg and allspice.

T: Earthy pumpkin and nutmeg up front and alcohol and vanilla at the end. This beer really reminds me of pumpkin pie. Even the dollop of whipped cream seems to come through in the middle.

M: Medium and sweeter

O: A fine pumpkin beer that is worthy of your money and, perhaps, your Thanksgiving table. Sweetness is balanced by alcohol and spice, and the aroma is excellent.

ianjsullivan, Oct 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

kevwcamp, Aug 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

freehafe, Dec 18, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

richkrull, Nov 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

WaydeRafnel, Aug 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

acurtis, Oct 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

TheLevi4000, Sep 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

RogerSterling, Jul 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

mdaschaf, Oct 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Griffith, Jan 16, 2014
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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.