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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

438 Ratings
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Ratings: 438
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 267
Gots: 59 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.8%

camarocrazy67, Sep 07, 2014
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1.98/5  rDev -52.2%

2011
ABV: 7.7%

A: pours coppered orange with no head formation and only a ring of off-white foam. Textured mirror surface with near excellent clarity.

S: Smells pretty standard to me: nutmeg, cinnamon, allpice. The vegetal smells area little pungent in this one. Smells like squash with the spices. Pretty decent, but nothing spectacular.

T: Hmm, this flavor is not what I had anticipated. Bitter with herbal qualities. The spices in this one are a bit aggressive here. The sharpness and bitterness is hard for me to get over. Nope, don't like it. Really too much chemical astringency, practically tannic. Rubbing alcohol. So disappointed.

M: Medium bodied with moderate on light carb. Semi dry finish. Pretty decent mouthfeel.

O: yeah, smells good, but tastes brutal for me. I like Elysian, and have previously enjoyed this beer, but wow, not impressed. Alcohol, sharp chemicals, bitter. This is not good.

harrymel, Oct 07, 2011
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

hiphopj5, Aug 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

08.26.14 Date of birth.
Poured from a bomber into a beer can glass on 09.10.14.

A: 2 finger head. See though orange. Head recedes to 1 finger after a minute. Has nice lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg. Some brown sugar and pumpkin pie crust, but not as strong as in other pumpkin beers.

T: Nutmeg, cinnamon are dominant. Pumpkin seeds are there too.

M: Creamy. Feels too watery.

O: I wanted to like this one based on the ratings, but this did not even come close to other pumpkin ales *cough* Pumking. I did not get any pumpkin flavor, which I thought was because maybe the bottle was from the year before. (The place that I bought it from recycled last year's ST Warlock). The bottle was fresh, though, so that wasn't the cause. Spices aren't even very prominent. This was disappointingly mild all around. It also had too much bitterness on the back end, which I've experienced before with other Elysian beers. Honestly, the bitterness grew to overwhelm what little flavor that there was. Unbalanced, and not worth the price at $10.99 in the Seattle area. Drain pour.

WAbeerfiend, Saturday at 03:39 AM
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2.56/5  rDev -38.2%

treeslothguy, Aug 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

waltonc, Oct 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

dth4lf, Oct 13, 2013
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2.85/5  rDev -31.2%

Lots of hype comes along with this brew so I was stoked to get to try it....

Glugs out a murky dull orange with zip for a head or carbonation... Nada... Uh oh...

Well it certainly smells the part... Lots of actual pumpkin aroma with the usual cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice... Sweet malty background... Pretty good aromas...

Dull maltiness brings an overwhelming spice and bitterness with it. Almost like shaking ground cinnamon onto your tongue... You get the cinnamon flavor along with a sharp biting bitterness that's not at all pleasant... Lots of booziness as well... Reminds me of the bottle of Pumking that I had that was way too boozy and spicy...

Majorly disappointing... Schlafly's offering wipes the floor with this...

Tilley4, Jan 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

JMBSH, Sep 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -25.1%

On draught at the Capital Hill pub. Served in a cervoise, The Great Pumpkin is a chill hazed dark, burnt orange with a small, creamy off-white head that leaves really nice lace.

Smell is soft all-spice.

Taste is malty and spicy, more robust then the nose, but not overwhelmingly so, pretty average "pumpkin" (pie) beer, smooth though.

Mouthfeel is chewy, medium-heavy body.

Drinkability is pretty good, your average pumpkin brew. The spices bring out the heat, even though it's not really that strong, at 7.8%.

ccrida, Dec 28, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -22%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger of quickly eroding white head that leaves a tight white ring around the top. Somewhat murky straw color. Particles floating around make the clarity relatively low. Thin ribbons of white lacing. Appealing. It would look nicer with a more pronounced head.

S- Well balanced pumpkin, brown sugar, cloves, cinnamon. Really just a scoop of pumpkin pie in a glass. Very appealing. Hides any trace of alcohol.

T- Doesn't live up to the high expectations of the smell. Alcohol is much more present here, and drops with a bitter clang, outweighing any potential sweetness or warm maltiness from the pumpkin and caramel malts. The warm pumpkin pie sort of fades into a more aggressive squash and vinegar sort of flavor. Makes me wonder if I waited too long to open this.

M- Acrid carbonation, light body and a relatively messy finish. Not terrible. Not great.

O- The smell was to die for. The taste failed me in what was going to become my favorite pumpkin beer.

Murrhey, Nov 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

wattoclone, Oct 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

taylor714914, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

brbrocc, Oct 06, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -19.1%

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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3.48/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

jmarsh123, Dec 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

jiffymon, Sep 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Semi hazed Orange hue with about a finger of yellow tinged head that resides quickly. Gingerbread cinnamon and clove on the nose. Cinnamon raisin bready malts and some pumpkin.

For an imperial pumpkin pretty light bodied and really smooth. Sweet ginger bread some vanilla and cinnamon raisin bread. Big pumpkin semi spicy finish. Well blended concise and tasty. Is it really the original imperial pumpkin? Who knows but it is a pretty good one.

jtierney89, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

DerekCarruth, Feb 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

rowyn, Nov 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Jameswoody, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Rojada1988, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

coz, Nov 22, 2012
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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 438 ratings.