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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
92
outstanding

446 Ratings
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Ratings: 446
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 272
Gots: 63 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerShoup, Sep 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mrchrisray, Sep 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Beerme5, Sep 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

DrewLikesBeer, Sep 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Chevelle66, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Darkmagus82, Sep 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

foxyaardvark27, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

archyquaffer, Sep 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

hoppymcgee, Sep 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

AngusOg, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

gr8zehaman, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22

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.

Cylinsier, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Eazy28, Sep 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

rab53, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of sendsilk
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

sendsilk, Sep 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

TheLevi4000, Sep 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Agentveba, Sep 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

fsck, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of BeerWizard
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

BeerWizard, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

ADTaber, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Neorebel
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to the bottle this was the first imperial pumpkin ale, and it's brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, fermented with spices. Admittedly, I have had this bottle a while so this could be the reason I am seeing a lot of floaters in the appearance here. Other than that, it is an otherwise clear-ish copper color with a white head, which dissipates quickly.

I found the aroma to be very exciting, as the only other pumpkin ale coming this close to "pumpkin pie" aroma is Southern Tier's Pumking. It literally reminds me of actual pumpkin and pumpkin cake. Seemingly very fresh and natural. Maybe a hint of hops hiding within as well.

The taste is fantastic, not at all a letdown in regards to how good the aroma was. Pumpkin pie, graham cracker, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some nice hop bitterness in the finish. Although it's relatively sweet, the pumpkin aspect does not overshadow the fact that it is beer. I would say this is a little more than you get with say, the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, and a little dialed back in comparison to the Southern Tier.

It seems pretty light as far as ABV, but coats the mouth very nicely. The taste lingers on the palate a while, adding that slight pinch of aforementioned bitterness. As with Elysian's other pumpkin ales, I would highly recommend this one for the fall season.

Neorebel, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of MDDMD
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, malt, brown sugar

T- pumpkin, malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, hint of ginger,notable alcohol

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-nice pumpkin ale with good pumkin flavor and a nice spice balance, a little hot though

MDDMD, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

trapper2408, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Cynic-ale, Sep 04, 2013
The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.