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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 276
Gots: 70 | 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 Darkmagus82:
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Darkmagus82, Sep 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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
Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SkiBum22, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

xgoodyx, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

heddar33, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of warriorsoul
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -19.1%
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 +2.7%

chossboss, Saturday at 02:59 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

jiffymon, Sep 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

wattoclone, Oct 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Cynic-ale, Sep 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ryser2k, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

WVbeergeek, Oct 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mrosenfeld32, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +2.7%

kevwcamp, Aug 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

acurtis, Oct 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

TheLevi4000, Sep 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

mdaschaf, Oct 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Griffith, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

drinking12many, Oct 09, 2014
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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.