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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

424 Ratings
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 250
Gots: 53 | 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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beergil

Montana

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

09-28-2013 19:12:44 | More by beergil
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Jameswoody

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

09-28-2013 19:06:13 | More by Jameswoody
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cjpalist

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-28-2013 05:13:41 | More by cjpalist
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KetchumSuds

Idaho

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-26-2013 19:41:45 | More by KetchumSuds
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BeerShoup

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-26-2013 13:24:02 | More by BeerShoup
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mrchrisray

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-26-2013 01:33:54 | More by mrchrisray
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Beerme5

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-25-2013 17:51:08 | More by Beerme5
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DrewLikesBeer

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-25-2013 17:43:11 | More by DrewLikesBeer
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Chevelle66

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-25-2013 02:09:34 | More by Chevelle66
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 01:04:30 | More by Darkmagus82
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

09-24-2013 23:11:21 | More by foxyaardvark27
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archyquaffer

Montana

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a clear plastic cup. Nice art on the label, which features The Great Pumpkin with a mischievous smirk. A moderate pour produces about a half inch of head. The beer is a bit hazy, and about the color of a pale ale, with light carbonation.

Even though my nose is a bit stuffy, I smell and taste plenty of pumpkin and spices. Also some nuttiness, perhaps from pumpkin seeds, and some sweetness suggestive of brown sugar or maple syrup. The spices are not overdone, and mesh well with the other flavors (i.e., no soapiness). Pretty clean on the aftertaste, with just a bit of lingering pumpkin, which keeps the flavors from becoming too cloying.

I was dubious about pumpkin beer, with several misfires extending back a few years. I even thought that I might not even like pumpkin beer, even though I LOVE pumpkin pie. This beer really does taste like pumpkin pie. The price was moderately steep, but not outrageous, at 4.99 for a bomber, bought at the Albertsons in Livingston, Montana. Bravo to the brewmeisters!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 05:55:09 | More by archyquaffer
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-24-2013 02:04:48 | More by hoppymcgee
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

09-23-2013 17:19:11 | More by AngusOg
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-23-2013 16:29:24 | More by gr8zehaman
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours a hazy amber orange with white sudsy lacing for a head.

Smells of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Maybe some gingerbread as well.

Tastes like pumpkin pie with cinnamon and clove spice. A bit of a peppery bite as well. Mild vegetal bitterness.

Medium body with light tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty good pumpkin ale, nice flavor and body, easy to like if you like pumpkin ales and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 22:46:19 | More by Cylinsier
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Eazy28

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-21-2013 01:56:56 | More by Eazy28
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rab53

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-19-2013 03:50:12 | More by rab53
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sendsilk

Florida

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra from an extremely generous BA from WA, Thanks Chandler!

I have had this beer once before and enjoyed it very much. In the time since I have tried it I find that I'm just not that "into" pumpkin beers.

This beer is very clean looking, no dirt or sediment and it it looks quite appealing with a burnt orange/caramel color. Smell of this beer is fantastic! Smells just like and apple pie with cinnamon, nutmeg and some slight caramel or vanilla.

Taste- Just like the smell! Really like you are drinking a pumpkin pie. Relatively sweet, although much more drinkable and less sweet that Pumking. It's one of the top 5 pumpkin beers I've had along with Schlafly Pumpkin and Good Gourd but sweeter than either of those two beers. You really get the cinnamon, graham cracker, nutmeg and it's fairly well balanced with a slight hop profile. I would prefer for it to be just a little less sweet.

Overall this beer is quite nice and a nice representation of what I believe a pumpkin beer should be like. I'd give it. 3.75-4.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 13:48:20 | More by sendsilk
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bernat1971

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-15-2013 07:05:14 | More by bernat1971
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TheLevi4000

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

09-15-2013 00:54:38 | More by TheLevi4000
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-14-2013 23:53:34 | More by Agentveba
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fsck

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-12-2013 04:00:34 | More by fsck
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BeerWizard

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer lives up to it's name - this really is a great pumpkin ale. Poured from a 22oz into a goblet, hazy orange, with a thin white head. Kind of remeniscent of my childhood Orange Crush vice, just a little more rustic looking. Smells delicious, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, cola, cherry, and pumpkin. No alcohol on the nose at all. Pumpkin flavor is heavier in the taste, but I think the flavor is really well balanced overall, just a nice mosaic of spices and fruit. Sweet, bitter on the back end, and nice mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfectly appropriate for an 8% abv, and the mouthfeel is slick and not as heavy as you might think. Best imperial pumpkin I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 02:43:26 | More by BeerWizard
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

09-09-2013 21:38:23 | More by ADTaber
The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.