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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: TheBungyo on 10-24-2006)
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

Robertbinz, Sep 23, 2014
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

camarocrazy67, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of harrymel
1.98/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 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 -51.6%

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
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

hiphopj5, Aug 29, 2012
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2.56/5  rDev -38%

treeslothguy, Aug 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

waltonc, Oct 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

dth4lf, Oct 13, 2013
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2.85/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 -27.4%

Thirsty2383, Oct 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

JMBSH, Sep 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

clfrost, Oct 14, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent copper color with a thin beige head that struggles to stick around. Some lacing on the glass and minor amount of carbonation visible.

S: Strong notes of nutmeg and allspice dominate this beer and tickle the olfactory cells. Sugary notes of pumpkin pie. A hint of booze. Great nose.

T: While the spices come through initially, this beer is quite unpleasant from start to finish. It's a bit too boozy, relatively bitter for a style that I drink to satisfy my sweet tooth. The finish is artificial and chemical like.

M: Moderate body and it feels a bit thin. Moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Not very drinkable for me. And highly disappointed based on the nose as well as the other great experiences I've had with Elysian including Punkuccino, Dragonstooth, and the almighty Dayglow IPA. If you don't like over top pumpkin flavor this could be the beer for you, but I feel it really has some off putting qualities to the flavor.

antott0523, Sep 28, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 -21.3%

wattoclone, Oct 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

logicalparadox, Oct 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

dannyfayy, Oct 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

taylor714914, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

brbrocc, Oct 07, 2012
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3.28/5  rDev -20.6%

rgirl, Oct 03, 2014
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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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3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

jmarsh123, Dec 12, 2012
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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.