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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 564
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 279
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: TheBungyo on 10-24-2006

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin off white head that dissipated almost instantaneously, leaving only a thin film covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkin in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of pumpkin flavors along with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because it seems to provide the perfect blend of pumpkin and spices without being overly sweet or tasting like pumpkin pie. No alcohol is present in the taste. (743 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Azurelimits for bringing this to the big pumpkin bash.

Pours a nice orange color with a bit of a white head. The aroma is fairly faint, but tends to focus on actual pumpkin flavors as opposed to an overload of spices. The taste confirms this, as there is some nice, sweet pumpkin and a bit of malt. Mild spicing in the background. Feel is nice and creamy with lower levels of carbonation. Drinks really well. I've been wanting to try this for awhile now; a solid pumpkin beer. (487 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great great beer, unique in the pumpkin ale world. it pours a shining orange to new copper color, with a skinny white head that fades fast. the nose is spicy, but not cinnamon, more clove or even ginger or something. there also plenty of vanilla sweetness and of course pumpkin. the flavor is different, its made with pumpkin seeds, and you can definitely taste the nutty earthy almost salty vibe they bring to the table. vanilla sugar and spice is also present, and so is the alcohol. there is a medium body, a little heavy because of the light carbonation, and a lot of alcohol warmth. this is a great beer, i feel like the pumpkin lends itself better to imperial ales, rather than smaller brews. it just provides such a big base. its a huge canvas on which to paint, and this elysian beer creates a clever work. tons of graham cracker on it too, and more and more spicy every year. fun stuff in small doses. (912 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Part of the Elysian Halloween spectacular. Split all three of these with multiple members of my family over the house on Halloween. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/31/2009.
 
The Great Pumpkin what can I say. This was actually the first one I opened this night with this set of three and was pleased as could be once I did. The pour was nice and light brown, hints of amber or orange color and a touch of haze to it as well. Nice look to it with a small head of white up and over the top that settled down nicely into a firm, but thin broken crown. All pumpkin on the nose, all spice, cinnamon, hints of brown sugar as well all becoming quite evident as it warms. Really deep and complex aroma, one of the strongest pumpkin smells I have run across in a while. Smooth even flavor as well, not so much spice as I would have expected given the huge nose, but still really well done. Rich flavor of pumpkin, bready malts, hints of cinnamon, Warms up fading some of the flavor but still holds up very strong and has a nice buttery mid palate that really lets the flavor pop quite nicely. Easily drinkable this one went down without a problem in the world.
 
Overall very solid indeed. Going by the nose one of the biggest seasonal I have yet to run across, just a wonderful example of the style that was very well received by all. (1,370 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (411 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, amber-colored body with a thin, short-lived, white head.

Smell: Well-spiced, sweet-smelling, Autumnesque nose of pumpkin pie garnished with pumpkin seeds. Yeah, there's a backdrop of malts to help set the scene, but, come on, we're here for the pumpkins, right?

Taste: Malty base with a taste of delicately toasted bread dusted with light brown sugar. Pleasant, pleasing taste of gouged out pumpkin meats and pumpkin seeds follows, the latter of which I've begun eating over the last year or so. A word of advice for anyone interested in taking up eating pumpkins: stick with the shelled, roasted, and salted variety. Sure, the in-shell ones aren't too bad, but, man, that shell is difficult to chew and trying to properly pass those shell shards is like crapping out a +2 morning star the next day. Where were we? Oh, yeah, so the fairly clean hop character provides a light, complimentary bitterness. All of the listed spices are on hand and well-represented, though the cinnamon and nutmeg are the standouts for me. Touch of alcohol. Still more pumpkin flavor yet to come on the dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A splendid finish to a fine evening. The Great Pumpkin is a wonderful pumpkin ale and one I recommended, provided you're a fan of the style. (1,344 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Definitely getting some pumpkin and spice, but the spice isn't overwhelming at all. Some sweet malt with a hint of brown sugar. Quite smooth.

Taste: This is a very smooth beer. I'm getting a bunch of pie spices, but as in the smell, they're not biting or overly powerful. Some nutmeg and cinnamon along with the mildly sweet pumpkin. The finish is just a tad bitter, but it goes well with everything else.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation that is quite smooth and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a very smooth and full flavor pumpkin ale. Great fall beer, I'd definitely have more. (785 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of foamy white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess, with a sudsy cascade that quickly slides down the side and leaves back some moderate lacing. The aroma smells of ripe pumpkin meat, which literally jumps right out of the glass at you. This is rounded out by notes of light sweetness, some fairly strong pumpkin spices and a gentle floral tinge on the edges. That higher ABV shows itself with a slight underpinning of heat as well.

The taste is very similar, with pumpkin and sweetness up front and the overall freshness of that pumpkin really coming out towards the back. This also has a leafy bitterness to it and more of a moderate spiciness than the nose had. The finish is dry with a light lingering combination of spice and bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a firm and sprightly carbonation in the mouth that does blow up some but is nicely undercut by a bit of slickness as well that helps keep this relatively smooth in the mouth. Alcohol is present, basically amplifying the sweetness and spices in this but things do even out nicely after this warms up.

This is definitely one of the better Pumpkin Ales that I’ve had. I’m usually not as much of a fan of the Imperial style and I thought early on that the alcohol here was going to get this one in trouble but I was impressed how this pulled itself together once it sat for a while and the overall evenness of the flavors an d freshness of that pumpkin character really carries this through to the end. I was pleased to find that this one delivered. (1,620 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

much thanks to Stakem for this bottle, shared with tenderbranson69 and carlos, enjoyed from a sampler glass, the bottle was chilled and sample allowed to gradually warm.

The color is a lighter amber than some with thin cap of white and gentle haze with average lacing collection, head retention is good. The smell is very nice with a lot of spice esters and an almost potpourri type mix of earthy sweet and mild alcohol to add to the light herbal nose. The feel is good with mix of malt toastiness and slight herbal textures with earthy grain and nutty spice with slight warmth of cinnamon which leads to a mild warming alcohol presence and semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a mild cinnamon taste which increases with some light bready malt and hint of spicy ginger with an earthy nutty toasted taste which suits the style, the middle gets spicier with some mild vanilla and sweet gentle cotton candy-like malt sweetness with a taste of alcohol which adds to the bite the cinnamon and clove elements provide. Overall a pretty tasty pumpkin in the Imperial realm, very drinkable if a little hot - not an every drinking pumpkin, but a good candidate for sharing and enjoyable Thanks a lot Adam! (1,195 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember back when Elysian made its intro into the Brooklyn market, someone told me about all of Elysian's pumpkin beers; one in particular that was pumped through a huge pumpkin? I could have sworn they told me it was The Great Pumpkin.

Either way, pumpkin beers are nasty to me. 99% of the time at least. But when I saw this, my memory was jarred, and I had to get it. It was also the last bottle on the shelf.

Really nice balance between pumpkin and spices. I find a real interesting vanilla tone to this as well. Not a barrel aged kind of vanilla, but a cleaner one. This would probably go extremely well with food.

I like this one, so you know it must be good, since I typically can't stand pumpkin beers. (717 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

For a hyped-up pumpkin ale, I found this a bit lack-luster. Poured a somewhat cloudy copper-orange color with a small white head that receded to a ringlet. Aroma was pretty soft and mellow, with light notes of pumpkin and a bit of cinnamony spice. Taste was similarly mellow, not an in-your-face blast of pumpkin pie, but everything you'd expect is still there: pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, sweet bready malts. Medium body, and quite easily drinkable. Overall not bad; about on the same level as DFH's Punkin Ale. (576 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by dunt. Served in a Närke tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving foam settles to a thin collar, tiny spots of lace, and wisps on top. Hazy dark orange-gold colored body.

S - Massive pumpkin pie, with equal parts crust, whipped cream, and pumpkin flesh. Allspice and nutmeg are present, but thankfully kept a reasonable levels. There's a touch of caramel malt, but this is pretty much dominated by the pumpkin and associated flavors.

T - Taste is also redolent of pumpkin, whipped cream, and graham cracker crust. There's less spice character here - to the point where I was a tad disappointed by the reduced complexity and depth of the flavor.

M - Smooth, medium body, medium-low carbonation, no alcohol heat whatsoever, and some tannic pumpkin flesh textures.

D - Elysian knows how to make pumpkin beers. I enjoyed this nearly as much as I did Dark O' The Moon. I appreciate that they don't feel the need to obliterate all the other flavors with spices. Would happily have this again, even out of season. (1,026 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap today at The Pony Bar on the UES in New York at their Elysian event. 8 oz. pour.

a - Pours a somewhat hazy amber-orange color with one inch of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, bready malts, spice, pumpkin, and wheat. Ton of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin in the nose; one of the best pumpkin beer noses I've smelt. 5 for me considering the style.

t - Tastes of ginerbread, pepper, spices, nutmeg, bready malts, pumpkin, grains. Slightly less cinnamon in the taste than the nose, and more spices, but still very good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and doesn't feel like 8.1% ABV.

o - Overall I thought this was a great pumpkin ale. The nose is amazing; a ton of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. The taste is a light heavier on the spice, but a great pumpkin beer none the less and hope I can get it around Thanksgiving. (922 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (1,460 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other pumpkin beer from Elysian that showed up to the pumpkin tasting. This is probably my favorite out of the 10 or so pumpkin beer I tried that night.

Beer is orange and mostly clear with a thin white head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate to low.

Beer has a very pumpkiny aroma with minimal spices and almost a yeasty / bready aroma to it too. Kind of smells like a Duvel with pumpkin in it. Wasn't expecting that but now I'm interested.

While most pumpkin beers focus on spices and end up tasting like cinnamon or allspice dissolved in an unhopped ale, this beer tastes like pumpkin. A lot like pumpkin. There is some cinnamon in there but its not overpowering, restrained, this is actually a good beer overall. Shocking. I'd even drink this again. (802 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange trending toward copper in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a very thin (less than an eight of a finger) sudsy off-white that quickly reduces to a ring of thin film around the majority of the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamon). Lighter notes of caramel malts and toasted pumpkin seeds. This beer smells really good.

T: Great flavors of caramel and toasted malts upfront with lots of pumpkin. Lighter notes of toasted pumpkin seeds with strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamon). Light sweetness initially and light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Extremely well balanced - not too sweet, not too much pumpkin, not too many spices, alcohol is well hidden... This is just a very good beer, the best I have had in the style. Enjoyable and easy to drink, a great beer to sip on. (1,068 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Ryan for this one!

Pours a white head. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie with whip cream flavors. Gram crust. Some spices. Incredible.

Taste: Identical to the nose. No need to repeat myself, other than the fact that the spices that show, are not overpowering. The pumpkin flavors are spot on and it tastes just like pie.

Mouthfeel: A touch of spice and creaminess. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, this was the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. I normally am not a fan of the style, but this was was awesome and I could drink a lot of it. (600 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So here it is, the pumpkin ale of pumpkin ales. At the time of this review, this is the #1 rated pumpkin ale that out-rates my personal favorite pumpkin beer by Selinsgrove. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the brew appears a perfectly clear color of copper to orange. More than 2 fingers of white froth forms across the top and holds with fairly decent retention for the strength. As the cap fades, it leaves some spots and strings of lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl brings forth a finger of yellowish stained froth. If there was a way to give a 4.75 in appearance, I would give that here. It is better than a 4.5 but not quite perfection.

The aroma opens up with a strong scent of green pumpkin. It is earthy and seedy with some vegetative quality that goes to more earthen components like nutmeg and then the spice of cinnamon. Across the middle is a mild scent of ginger and clove with a minor kiss of caramel or toffee malt. The alcohol is present with a minor ester that really drives home the vegetative quality that lasts inside the nose with a touch of something more fruity as it warms up. This nose here is better than a 4 but not quite a 4.5 so where I rounded down for the look, I will go up for the aroma score.

The taste of this brew... is the most unadulterated example of raw pumpkin flavor I have ever experienced in a beer. Anyone who has ever tasted fresh, raw or cooked pumpkin before being spiced or altered will know exactly what I am talking about here. It has a solid vegetative quality that is earthy and carries with it a lot of seedy elements not too different from sunflower seeds that havent been cooked enough. It is minorly toasty with a solvent boost of alcohol inclusion before the spices really come into play. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and some clove are all present with the cinnamon being the most forward and somewhat similar to a cinnamon red hot candy but without the burn. The aftertaste is exceptionally earthy and vegetative that draws out more flavor of the nutmeg.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I gotta tip my hat to the folks at Elysian for making the most raw pumpkin flavored beer I have ever experienced. That is to be commended. Also, the spiced inclusion is enough to let you know it is there and then some. However, it does not cross over into the territory of being ridiculous and too much. For an 8% brew, it sure is imperial and the alcohol is not hiding. Is it a good pumpkin beer? Yeah, it certainly is among the best bottled varieties. Is it THE best? No, Selinsgrove destroys this in overall blended flavor, drinkability and enjoyment. If you want to taste raw pumpkin with a boost of alcohol, this is the beer to go for. I have no reservation about my purchase, I am glad I finally got to try it. I look forward to having it again closer to the holidays. (2,867 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev -18%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to some big bubbles that hug the sides of the glass.

Smell: pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice are pleasant and easy to detect.

Taste: mild malt profile here. Pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, some softer ginger flavors, and some cinnamon are the main flavors. Bitterness is mild and alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is moderate and is filled with spice flavors.

Overall: a very good but thinner bodied imperial pumpkin ale. Easy to quaff. Definitely worth trying this one. (591 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Ok.. so... you are not a pumpkin beer fan, yet.. here we are... the top rated pumpkin ale on BeerAdvocate (as of this writing). Lord hates a coward.. it's this or a wagon for our hero..

A bit of a slightly dull, but cloudy orange amber body. A very nice head at three fingers, off white in color, with very nice pinhead bubbles and slowly falling. Not bad looking, the head is very creamy and whipped too.

Nose is classic pumpkin style ale. Mashy, brown and mushy, with clove, nutmeg, there is a good earth and dank quality here though. A real emphasis on spice here than sweetness, with some airy quality.

Palate brings a real nice balance. A light bodied feel for a high abv. Mix of malt richness and pumkin spice hinted on the nose. Mild brown sugar on the finish, but the one thing missing is here that I have never found on a pumpkin beer, and this is a good hop profile. THere is a real nice astringency here, which gives me the impression of an actual beer than a sugar rush. Nice tight sharp aftertaste with the hop profile, giving to earthy dirt also which matches a pumpkin fall field nicely. There's even a little bit on anisette and licorice quality on the tongue here on the finish.

Overall a wonderfuly well crafted ale, it's all here and done real nicely. The pumking killer indeed. I don't like pumpkin beers, but I am really enjoying this one. I also like the fact that this doesn't come off that sweet in taste, but has all those nice sweet aromas. (1,519 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, I ordered a pumpkin ale, this thing is red! No kidding, this poured an more red than orange body. A twidge hazed. The red throws me, thinking i was poured a Lindemans. A shallow white head quickly turns in on itself.
Ok, the aroma is a lot pumpkin pie. Brown sugar, llightly toasted bread, spices and a bit of orange. Tastes pretty darn close to pumpkin pie, too. The spice hits first then the brown sugar comes into play along with baked pumpkin. Representing the crust of a pie is the yeasty breadiness along with roasted malt. This is quite an experience. However, as it warms, it loses it's spice in the front and the pumpkin fades within the yeast and malt. Could use a bit more kick to it all the way through. (720 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the pumpkin festival at the Elysian in Capitol Hill. As the original reviewer noted, this is their Imperial Pumpkin- and a great beer it is. Probably my all time favorite pumpkin ale, and it is bottled too! Abv is 8.1% in 2007, and the beer is brewed with real pumpkin, roasted pumpkin seeds, and the malts are: pale, crystal 45, Munich, Cara-hell, and Cara-red. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice in conditioning, and bittered with Magnum hops. Starting gravity 18.5 degrees plato. Pours a dark orange/amber with a creamy head and good lacing. Smells rich and sweet with notes of brown sugar and pumpkin pie spices. Tastes of creamy pumpkin, brown sugar, spice and fresh cream. Rich and full mouthfeel with a creamy finish. This is utterly delicious. (779 characters)

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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.