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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 267
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 548 | Reviews: 155
Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 11/10/12

Appearance: Mostly clear, deep orange - golden orange in the light - pours with a nice, white head - keeps a decent ring, leaves some spotty lacing

Smell: Mmm... pumpkins - fleshy pumpkin, with pumpkin seeds - minimal (compared to some other pumpkin beers) pumpkin pie spices, but they are there - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove - caramel malts as a base - nice balance

Taste: It's pumpkin-iny - wet pumpkin flesh, dry pumpkin seeds - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove - caramel malts serve as a solid base, some graham crackers

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation, smooth, very drinkable

Overall: Great Pumpkin, not Awesome Pumpkin

This is a tasty pumpkin ale. It's nicely balanced, and not extreme in any way. This is both a positive and a negative. Some pumpkin ales try way too hard. While this doesn't, it also isn't particularly mind-blowing.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for sending this beer for me to try! Thanks Hollis!

poured into tulip.

Appearance: glowing orange bodied beer with a finger of white head. Drops down to no head.

Smell: vegital pumpkin. a touch of spice and medicinal notes.

Taste: vegital and earthy pumpkin. A hint of spicy cinnamin. It also reminds me of gingerbread.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Another really good pumpkin beer from Elysian.

Photo of Duff27
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cap and collar left. White lacing, hazy orange body.

Smells like a garden!

More pumpkin than pumpkin pie like a lot of these beers. Has a little medicinal quality that could be considered a negative. "earthy"

Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Overall, it's good. Pumpkin beers are hit and miss with me but somehow this one tows the line. Thanks for bringin this guy 4DAloveofSTOUT.

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single of this brew from my local establishment and it turns out, according to the manager, this is the last case they are going to receive for the rest of the season! So stoked to be drinking/enjoying this now.

Appearance: Pours a light, amber colored, with a slight hint of orange. Reminds you of the season: Pumpkins! The pour is thin and leaves a slight head.

Smell: Strong scent of pumpkin, backed with cinnamon, possibly brown sugar, and a nice undertone of malts. Very inviting.

Taste: At first sip, instant sweet taste of pumpkin. A nice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg comes into play. Very delicious. Pumpkin flavor hits instantly and is very well balanced with the spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer and was so excited to grab one of the last bottles of the season from my local spot. Upon first sip, this beer kept the pumpkin flavor true and went down pretty smooth, with the alcohol hint on the aftertaste. Only bad thing is I can't enjoy this again unless I run back right now...which I may do. Totally recommended. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JohnnyP3
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber pours a light orange/gold color with a thin white cap that leaves a modest amount of lacing on the glass. Looks nicely carbonated. Aroma is spiced pumpkin pie -- nutmeg, vanilla, and some cinnamon. Taste closely mirrors the nose. Flavors are all very complimentary of each other and in good balance. Nice fresh pumpkin taste that is at just the right intensity. Augmented by the aforementioned nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon flavors. Think pumpkin pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The 8% abv is hardly noticeable in the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky with just the right amount of carbonation to keep things from tasting too syrupy. Overall one of the much more successful pumpkin brews out there. Good festive flavor for this time of year.

Photo of LampertLand
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elysian's "The Great Pumpkin" Imperial Pumpkin Ale @ 8.0% , from a 650 ml bottle ,
A-pours a slight haze of orange/gold with a small off white head that leaves some fine lace along the stein
S-great pumpkin pie smell , hint's of booze also
T-solid imperial pumpkin ale , crisp & clean , not that fake manufactured taste , the real thing
MF-lower carbonation , medium/full bodied , strong aftertaste similar to HS-Pumpkineater
Ov-a beer worthy of it's stature as good/great pumpkin ale , worth the hunt if your into pumpkin beers , not worth the $10.99 price here in BC , glad I got one finally to try

cheers LampertLand

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of philbe311
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been eager to try this one for a while and was happy to get a bottle this year...

A - A finger's worth of slightly lush egg shell colored head with a bunch of big chunky bubbles sitting a top... Minimal retention gives way to a very thin lacing with a moderate collar... The color is a slightly pale orangish amber... Still with no discernible carbonation... Some lacing clings to the glass after each sip...

S - Pure pumpkin pie aroma... Sweet pumpkin filling... Spices with nutmeg and cinnamon at the forefront... A light brown sugar component... Graham cracker crust... A bit subdued, but very nice none the less...

T - A slight booziness at the forefront... Next comes all the expected characters in perfect harmony... Pumpkin, spices, pie crust, and brown sugar in equal portions... There's something rather unique and quite unlike any other pumpkin ale - I can't quite place my finger (or palate) on it, but I like it...

M - Medium bodied, but rather dense... Slightly syrupy... Light carbonation with a good bite about it... Straight forward and effective... Goes down easily sip after sip... The 8+% ABV sneaks up on you bit with how smoothly it goes down...

D - A very nice Pumpkin Ale... Upper echelon without a doubt, but not as epic as I was hoping for - still falls slightly short of my favorites int he category... However, I will gladly indulge each and every fall and recommend you do the same...

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Brandywine
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear light orange with a fingers worth of off white head that dissipated almost immediately.
Smell: Roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin skin, spice, cloves and nutmeg, ginger, faint wintergreen, malt,
Taste: Gingerbread cookie, pumpkin pie, clove, light and refreshing hop bitterness, cinnamon,
Mouthfeel: Medium. Not much carbonation.
Overall: Just a really refreshing pumpkin beer. The spices are not overwhelming or unbalanced, which can be the downfall of many pumpkin beers. Tastes like a desert somehow without being cloying sweet in the least.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear orange/copper color with a small white head.

S- Pumpkin, lot of spices, cinnamon, some cloves, and some alcohol.

T- Earthy spices, pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, some caramel malts, touch of alcohol, great balance between the earthy flavors and the sweeter pumpkin flavors.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very tasty pumpkin beer. Flavors come together very well. Will pick this up again.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Harrymel for sending me this sought-after fall treat!

Split with the wife tonight. Served in an Elysian snifter.

A: Very cloudy, moderate orange, with an very small white head that almost wasn't one in the first place.

S: This didn't read as a dessert, pumpkin pie beer at all. This was much more "vegetable-like" than any I've smelled. It actually smelled a bit salty. Awesome!

T: Gourd city! I definitely got the pumpkin seeds in the mix. Truly remarkable the way they did that. Pure pumpkin puree and just a mere silhouette of the spices.

M: Not bitter or sweet in any way. Actually, I got a hint of salt in there. The lacing was non-existent.

O: If you're truly looking for pumpkin pie, head toward the Schlafly corner. However, if you want to try a truly uniquie vegetable beer, seek this one out!

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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
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