The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
09-11-2013 02:43:26 | More by BeerWizard
4.45/5 rDev +7%
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.
09-07-2013 02:26:43 | More by Neorebel
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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
09-06-2013 17:54:21 | More by MDDMD
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
On tap at the brewery in Tangletown.
Pours hazy amber with a finger off white head.
Smell is strong pumpkin mash and cinnamon, nice fresh smell.
Taste is smooth pumpkin, clove, spice, graham cracker finish.
I need to try Good Gourde, but this is hands down my favorite pumpkin beer that I have tried.
08-08-2013 20:22:37 | More by Smurf2055
The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.