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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
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419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 238
Gots: 51 | 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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft orange-amber color with a nice rich head. Quite a nice look for a pumpkin ale. 4.0

Unique toasted pumpkin seed aroma with mild spices. Nutmeg, allspice, and a caramel malt. Pretty nice. 4.0

Allspice, pumpkin seeds, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin meat, kola nut, light vanilla, and a hint of wheat malts. Definitely a zippy alcohol note. Surprisingly tasty. 4.0

Moderate carbonation to accentuate the spices. Medium in the body. 4.0

Great pumpkin ale. Would love to try more from the Elysian lineup. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 12:43:04 | More by thecheapies
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-10-2012 03:59:36 | More by TonyTalon
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper tinted burnt orange, moderate cap of off-white froth, some decent lacing. Scent strong on spice, caramel and alcohol, lots going on and took a bit before individual components could be isolated. Same with scent, strong spice and caramel up front. Spices slightly overpower as it becomes hard to isolate cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger etc. Heavy malting and high ABVs also mask much of the muted gourd flavor. Some floral hoppiness to it. Medium to full bodied. A touch too much going on here for me to enjoy it all.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 19:24:48 | More by rfgetz
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-08-2012 16:07:51 | More by smutty33
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srw

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-08-2012 13:25:08 | More by srw
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:55:04 | More by dbrauneis
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-07-2012 17:46:39 | More by mhaugo
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-07-2012 05:37:32 | More by StubFaceJoe
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-07-2012 04:42:57 | More by Kopfschuss
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear gourd colored orange with an elegant, creamy white head that laces. The beer's nose is modestly spiced with unexpectedly potent notes of sweet yam/pumpkin. The taste doesn't disappoint either with heavy pumpkin sweetness and subtle spices making it like liquid pumpkin pie. The alcohol is very well masked except for a slight burn on exhalation. The beer is very well balanced with the pumpkin and spice harmonizing on each sip followed by a slightly pine/mint/licorice bitterness. Very enjoyable beer and a worthy pumpkin beer indeed. Completely worth trying and I appreciate the bottles unknown person I received them from!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 03:23:12 | More by ThePorterSorter
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Great clarity, nice pumpkin amber color with little to no head.

S: Pumpkin (GO FIG) flesh, toasty pumpkin seeds. The typical spices are there but slightly restrained, this doesn't smell like that mass-produced supermarket pumpkin pie (normally what I get from this style).

T: Sweet and spicy with plenty of pumpkin flavor. Nutmeg/ginger/cinnamon are all here but again dont take center stage. Nice restraint, tasty beer.

M: A bit sweet and thick, suitable for the style but not my preference. One bottle is enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:04:47 | More by mattsander
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beergoot

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pumpkin yellow-orange body topped off with a thin but rich, creamy head. Aroma emits fresh-baked pumpkin pie scents. Smoothly carbonated; medium body; clean and dry. Taste is spicy, bitter, sweet malts and, of course, pumpkin; Noticeable alcohol flavor, too.

Flavorful if somewhat unbalanced (bitterness and boozy tastes a bit too sharp for my tastes for this style of beer), yet I certainly like this brew. Better than the sum of its parts...

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 00:15:34 | More by beergoot
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brbrocc

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

10-06-2012 23:38:06 | More by brbrocc
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oline73

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 18:53:43 | More by oline73
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gpawned

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-06-2012 01:24:10 | More by gpawned
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jk3

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-06-2012 01:15:56 | More by jk3
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adkieffer

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

10-05-2012 22:38:47 | More by adkieffer
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

10-05-2012 02:00:28 | More by mrosenfeld32
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

10-04-2012 23:10:15 | More by Archemedies
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anteater

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-04-2012 18:06:15 | More by anteater
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djre4orm

Virginia

3/5  rDev -27.9%

10-04-2012 16:08:40 | More by djre4orm
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OktoberfestMunichSurvior


4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I discovered The Pumpkin King in Elysian's Pumpkin Patch four-pack. The Pumpkin King pours a slightly cloudy copper gold, one might even call it pumpkin orange. Like a lot of pumpkin ales that I've tried, it pours with very little head, so pour vigorously if you prefer some foam. The smell is strong pumpkin, pumpkin spices, and hops... exactly what I want a pumpkin beer to smell like. The flavor is surprisingly light on the spices, hidden behind the malts and hops, though they are still there in the form of background notes which I think adds to the perception of complexity in the flavor. The Great Pumpkin is definitely more nuanced than other "beat you over a head with one spice or another" pumpkin ales that are a lot of fun to drink but not what I would describe as particularly delicious. At 8% ABV there is a distinct medicinal taste on the back end, although this is not unexpected and therefore not concerning, to me at least. Of course what defines a pumpkin ale is the actual pumpkin itself, and I'm happy to say that the pumpkin flavor is front and center. It helped to rest my pallet for a few minutes before dipping in for a few more sips so that I could experience the full pumpkin flavor over and over. Unlike a lot of pumpkin beers that I've tried, the pumpkin flavor was fresh and not too vegetablely. I think that the additional hops in the imperial style compliments the pumpkin flavor greatly, not only to mask some of the strong spice notes, but the floral and citrus flavors from the hops genuinely compliment the pumpkin. Imperial is the way to go for pumpkin ales, in my opinion. I highly recommend this beer as it is #1 on my list of pumpkin ales, for now at least.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 04:31:48 | More by OktoberfestMunichSurvior
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oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2012 13:06:47 | More by oberon
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leansean88

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

10-02-2012 03:16:52 | More by leansean88
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mfavoino

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass on 9/29/12.

Appearance: Medium copper color with a small head that recedes quickly.

Smell: Cinnamon, pumpkin, spices, and caramel malts on the forefront.

Taste: Pleasant spices on the front end with a subtle pumpkin flavor that isn't overwhelming or artificial tasting. Nice bready taste and caramel malts. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium-carbonation, no alcohol at all.

Overall: While I haven't had the opportunity to get my hands on Schlafly's Pumpkin in a couple of years, but I am willing to say Great Pumpkin is on its level.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 02:52:53 | More by mfavoino
The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.