The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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Reviews: 154
Hads: 555
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 5.58%
Wants: 271
Gots: 75 | 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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Reviews: 154 | Hads: 555
Photo of theveganbrewer
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange amber with a slight off-white head. I get a very nice pumpkin and spice aroma with a little sweetness and molasses.. Pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices with perhaps just a bit too much spice in the nose.

I found this a lighter body than I expected. Bitter, less sweet than expected, with a vegetal presence through the sip. Both wife and I were saying the smell really wowed us and the taste was a slight let down and the mouthfeel was deceptive. Definitely getting some pumpkin seed on the finish, but there is just a little lacking there in the middle to transition from the intense aroma into the actual beer. (623 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a brilliant copper orange with a finger of eggshell head. Big, spicy aroma of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and honey.

Moderate carbonation and a lively, full mouthfeel. Pumpkin, bread, and molasses up front with lots of clove and allspice. Gentle, lingering sweetness on the finish mixed with cinnamon and barely a hint of booze.

One of the best pumpkin beers I've tried -- really nice. (391 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a slight off-white head, but light lacing. Pumpkin and malt aroma. Pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, light fruit and malt in a nice combination. Complex and well integrated. Slightly bitter hop/pumpkin finish, probably from the pumpkin seeds. Medium bodied with some creaminess Excellent and one of my favorite pumpkin ales. (417 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 Spider889
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Falling Rock on 9/28/11.

This is far and away THE best pumpkin beer I have ever had. The aroma is pure pumpkin pie and gingerbread.

Tastes of nutmeg, sweet ginger, and molasses. Some cinnamon and nuttiness on the finish.

Chewy bready mouthfeel.

Overall pure excellence. (285 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 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 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 Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you dunt! Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours copper/orange color, light white head, thin collar.

S - A nice mix of pumpkin, spices, and sweetness. Very similar to pumpkin pie with some graham cracker notes in there as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Pumpkin, light spices, nice sweetness. Nothing is too light or too much, it all works perfectly. Finish is pumpkin sweetness and some toasted malts.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Quite possibly the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. This is right up there with Schlafly Pumpkin, MS TREAT, and the like. We easily polished off this bomber, and I could have gone for me. Great stuff. (661 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Was lucky enough to score a bomber! Hopefully it is as good as Dark O' The Moon :)

The beer pours a deep amber color with hints of orange especially when held to light. Small light tan head with decent retention and some lacing. The nose is fantastic! Great mix of cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin, nutmeg, even hints of graham cracker, nice! Flavor continues from the nose, strong graham cracker before the pumpkin pie flavors dominate. Mild bitterness. Finishes a bit slick but well carbed.

Overall, this is the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Hands down. (692 characters)

Photo of beerme343
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft out of a standard glass pint. The Great Pumpkin pours a hazy orange and gold color. Serious pumpkin pie smell - like you're just finished Thanksgiving dinner and you're diving into a fresh slice of homemade pie. Taste is similar - like mom's pumpkin pie with plenty of whipped cream. A smooth and delicious brew that drinks like dessert despite the high alcohol content. Mouthfeel is sleek with a bit of liquor on the finish if you swish it, smoother with a quick swig. One of the best pumpkin beers I've ever sampled and one I could go back to. (562 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, i think this is the 3rd out of 4 that i purchased when this was released

appearance: served in my hopleaf tulip - cloudy amber body, unfiltered to the max, light beige ring

smell: pumpkin roasted with cinnamon and brown sugar, rich sweet malt, cream

taste: the ratings dont lie - of all the pumpkin beers i had this year, this is probably #1 - blows ST and DFH out of the water. rich pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, a touch of brown sugar and ginger. Divine

mouthfeel: creamy, rich medium body

overall: very high quality (564 characters)

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

I just happened to luck into this one. Boy, am I glad that I did.
22oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark orange-amber with a small light tan head that fades rather quickly.

S - Cinnamin, graham cracker up front, then some vanilla, pumpkin, and nutmeg finish it off.

T - Tastes like a pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, cinnamin, and graham cracker dominate, plus some vanilla.

D - Lively body, high carbonation, a touch oily.

O - Best pumpkin beer, hands down. (475 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Jason! A toast to you.

A: Pours a hazy, orange amber with a small, short-lived beige head.

S: Graham cracker, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla. This is PIE. I took a quick sniff and decided to top off my glass before surrendering the bottle.

T: A quick taste told me all I needed to know: pumpkin pie. This has well-developed flavors of graham cracker, vanilla, cinnamon (suggesting the crust), as well as caramel, nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar (suggesting the filling). While sweet up front, it finishes clean, leaving only a hint of vanilla and cinnamon in the aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation. Clean finish; no stickiness or imbalanced flavors.

O: Christ, this was awesome. This was the first bottle that was completely drained at a lineup of 20-odd pumpkin beers, and for good reason. If you like pumpkin pie, seek this out. I'm sorry to say that this bumped my previous favorite, Kern River Brewing Company's Pumpkin Ale, out of the top spot at the tasting. While KRBC's approach is very sessionable, this one bumps up the flavor to the point where a bomber split two ways is perfect. (1,184 characters)

Photo of julian
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep amber/crimson in color with a lovely 1 finger off white head.

S: What is there to say? This is simply intoxicating. It smells like the most amazing pumpkin pie...in liquid form...in your glass. Every component of the aroma tickles your senses and leaves your drooling all over yourself in anticipation of the first sip. Amazing.

T&M: This is a deliciously decadent blend of spices and pumpkin, hops and malt. It tastes like pumpkin pie in every sense of the word. It has a medium-heavy mouthfeel making you feel like you're almost "chewing" the beer, yet it's a liquid and goes down easy while quenching your thirst. Nothing is over the top or offensive, everything is well balanced, and in perfect harmony. I love this beer.

O: This is probably my favorite example of a pumpkin ale, and by far the best implementation of pumpkin in the brewing process I've tried to date. This is a world class beer and deserves gold for it's category at GABF and the World Beer Cup. (978 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at Saraveza Portland during Elysian Pumpkin Festival into spooky little Elysian Halloween snifter.

Okay, this is right now the champion king of all pumpkin ales (that I have tasted). Pours a pure copper hue with good carbonation, a pretty nice amount of head that fades leaving a decent lace.

Smells of pumpkin. Actual pumpkin meat. There is a hint of spice floating around, some malt and hop aromatics working in as well.

Amazing flavors assail the palate with pumpkin goodness. Lots of help from the spices and the malts. A true ale flavor at the heart. Really terrific.

Very nicely balanced, despite the high alcohol. Pretty viscous and rich without being heavy, highly concentrated. Medium body. Long finish. Really a great beer. (753 characters)

Photo of bonbini26
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger's Pumpkin Event

The Great Pumpkin pours a deep copper color, with a ghostly white head. Intense pumpkin, sugar and spice on the nose, with a nice bready and malty backdrop to tame the spices. Overall one of the better pumpkin beers I have had, but it still does not stand up to Pumking, which until further notice is king of all pumpkin beers (369 characters)

Photo of JAXSON
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Eric! Pours a copper peach with a fairly large head. Nose is rich pumpkin pie meat, nutmeg and cinnamon, pie crust. Awesome, rich, meaty. Mouth is slick and kind of dark, spices at the forefront, pumpkin pie meat really creeps out. Nothing bright or vibrant about this, but it's earthy, rich, and super enjoyable. I'm going to have to drop my score on Weyerbacher's which was the best I've had of the style before this. (426 characters)

Photo of aficionado
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass. Thanks BuckeyeOne!

Hazy deep orange amber goodness with a good deal of carbonation bubbles, a small head, and a little bit of lacing left behind.

How come all the pumpkin beers with tremendous flavor and not a ton of residual sweetness have a weak aroma? Subtle caramel, vanilla, and spice on the nose, but put some of the beer in your mouth and the aroma kicks in hard. Tons of flavor. Reminds me of Schlafly but more roasty and with more caramel. A little smoother and a tad sweeter too, but not annoying sweet like Pumking. The pumpkin is tasted here for sure. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice, vanilla, caramel. Full mouthfeel. A little alcohol tinge on the finish. (696 characters)

Photo of Elimination
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a huge fan of pumpkin beers, I was excited to find a bottle of this.

It is a very hazy brown orange, with huuuge chunks floating around, they dont seem like yeast clumps but possibly pumpkin from secondary perhaps...In all honesty I like seeing that, makes it feel very homebrew like in a weird way.

Smell of strong pumpkin spice, a bit of vanilla, gourds, squash, not exactly sweet pumpkin pie. But more of the vegetable matter that makes pumpkin

Taste is a subtle amount of pie spice, some definite squash character, a bit of vanilla with a backing of whiskey like alcohol heat.

Thick sticky chunky mouthfeel grabbing ahold of the tongue and clinging on

Great great beer, wish it was one I could get more easily...If I put this against 2011 pumking, this would win...yet 2010 pumking was definitely better. I have made pumpkin beers before, and know it is definitely not easy to create and know what the outcome will be. (930 characters)

Photo of jag21
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011

A: Cloudy dark orange/brown.

S: Sweet pumpkin pie with subtle notes of spice such as cinnamon, allspice, bit o nutmeg

T: Pumpkin at first, smooth tasty pumpkin pie. Same spices from nose throughout complement the pumpkin perfectly.

M: Medium carb giving a nice slick mouthfeel.

O/D: I could put a bomber down, this is a mighty great pumpkin ale from Elysian, arguably the king. (387 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.09/5  rDev -49.3%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a orangish copper color thats kind of cloudy with a very light head.

S It smells like a pumpkin pie with lots of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and of course lots of pumpkin.

T The taste follows the smell with lots of spices and pumpkin. Its almost like drinking a pumpkin pie.

M Light mouthfeel, nothing special.

Overall this is a great fall beer that tastes like a pumpkin pie in a bottle without tasting artificial. I would drink this again in a heartbeat. (510 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)
- Nice dark semi-cloudy squashy looking brew. Rich caramel color, and very minimal off-white head. Not more than a finger from a heavy pour, and a small ring and an island of light foam that looks like Australia.

Smell: (4.5)
- A hearty rich, and festive smelling brew for sure. Lovely sweet malts, bready caramel, and big roasty squash, and seeds. Lovely clove and cinnamon flare to it as well. Smells very good and balanced. Spicy.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice sweet pumpkin brew here. Crisp clean water, nice pumpkin pie flare, and great nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon spices. Perhaps a little herbal and earthy quality from the allspice. Great balance, perfect strength, and not a noticeable amount of alcohol at all. This is what I think the Night Owl should be, and then maybe imperialize this further.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Nice medium body, well carbonated, and slightly creamy smooth. Little puckering and chewy from the spices and malt. Certainly very good.

Overall: (4.0)
- Solid pumpkin brew, and is more complex than some of the other big favorite pumpkin beers out there. Price is a bit steep, but that doesn't affect my judging of the fluid inside. Very solid, but a bit light for what I think an imperial should be. Nice complex, and balanced beer. (1,274 characters)

Photo of doughanson78
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: A very dark orange, but can still see through it. Half finger white, with a very, very slight orange hue. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a beautiful lacing.

S: Just pumpkin upfront. Sweet pumpkin pie filling. Awesome. Spices are secondary in this one. Cinnamon first, with hints of nutmeg and allspice. Maybe a touch of cloves but not sure.

T: Lots of pumpkin. Some caramel up front. Get the spices coming through nicely in the middle, well blended spices. Towards the finish the pumpkin and spices blend to a beautiful finish. A very slight touch of alcohol comes through, which is something I'm finding is typical of the style.

M: A touch light but still medium bodied. Silky and slick. Medium carbonation.

O: Awesome. This definitely fights for Pumking for my favorite Pumpkin Ale so far. A must try... except that Seattle only got 30 cases supposedly. (905 characters)

The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.