The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a slight off-white head, but light lacing. Pumpkin and malt aroma. Pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, light fruit and malt in a nice combination. Complex and well integrated. Slightly bitter hop/pumpkin finish, probably from the pumpkin seeds. Medium bodied with some creaminess Excellent and one of my favorite pumpkin ales.
07-31-2012 20:37:26 | More by LiquidAmber
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Had on tap today at The Pony Bar on the UES in New York at their Elysian event. 8 oz. pour.
a - Pours a somewhat hazy amber-orange color with one inch of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, bready malts, spice, pumpkin, and wheat. Ton of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin in the nose; one of the best pumpkin beer noses I've smelt. 5 for me considering the style.
t - Tastes of ginerbread, pepper, spices, nutmeg, bready malts, pumpkin, grains. Slightly less cinnamon in the taste than the nose, and more spices, but still very good.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and doesn't feel like 8.1% ABV.
o - Overall I thought this was a great pumpkin ale. The nose is amazing; a ton of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. The taste is a light heavier on the spice, but a great pumpkin beer none the less and hope I can get it around Thanksgiving.
07-17-2012 21:46:31 | More by mdfb79
4.9/5 rDev +17.8%
Had this at Falling Rock on 9/28/11.
This is far and away THE best pumpkin beer I have ever had. The aroma is pure pumpkin pie and gingerbread.
Tastes of nutmeg, sweet ginger, and molasses. Some cinnamon and nuttiness on the finish.
Chewy bready mouthfeel.
Overall pure excellence.
06-13-2012 23:00:16 | More by Spider889
3.35/5 rDev -19.5%
Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Reviewed from notes.
The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly straight forward and features pumpkin and cinnamon, as expected. The flavor is a little more complex. I get the pumpkin, as well as the spices typically associated with pumpkin beers: cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The beer is also quite boozy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
05-21-2012 03:14:19 | More by Mora2000
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Thanks Ryan for this one!
Pours a white head. Color is a golden orange.
Aroma: Pumpkin pie with whip cream flavors. Gram crust. Some spices. Incredible.
Taste: Identical to the nose. No need to repeat myself, other than the fact that the spices that show, are not overpowering. The pumpkin flavors are spot on and it tastes just like pie.
Mouthfeel: A touch of spice and creaminess. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.
Overall, this was the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. I normally am not a fan of the style, but this was was awesome and I could drink a lot of it.
04-25-2012 01:20:21 | More by mothman
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
Bottle generously shared by dunt. Served in a Närke tulip.
A - Quick-dissolving foam settles to a thin collar, tiny spots of lace, and wisps on top. Hazy dark orange-gold colored body.
S - Massive pumpkin pie, with equal parts crust, whipped cream, and pumpkin flesh. Allspice and nutmeg are present, but thankfully kept a reasonable levels. There's a touch of caramel malt, but this is pretty much dominated by the pumpkin and associated flavors.
T - Taste is also redolent of pumpkin, whipped cream, and graham cracker crust. There's less spice character here - to the point where I was a tad disappointed by the reduced complexity and depth of the flavor.
M - Smooth, medium body, medium-low carbonation, no alcohol heat whatsoever, and some tannic pumpkin flesh textures.
D - Elysian knows how to make pumpkin beers. I enjoyed this nearly as much as I did Dark O' The Moon. I appreciate that they don't feel the need to obliterate all the other flavors with spices. Would happily have this again, even out of season.
03-28-2012 04:22:58 | More by MasterSki
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
Thank you dunt! Poured into Darkness tulip.
A - Pours copper/orange color, light white head, thin collar.
S - A nice mix of pumpkin, spices, and sweetness. Very similar to pumpkin pie with some graham cracker notes in there as well.
T - Similar to the nose. Pumpkin, light spices, nice sweetness. Nothing is too light or too much, it all works perfectly. Finish is pumpkin sweetness and some toasted malts.
M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.
O - Quite possibly the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. This is right up there with Schlafly Pumpkin, MS TREAT, and the like. We easily polished off this bomber, and I could have gone for me. Great stuff.
03-27-2012 16:54:59 | More by Sean9689
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.
Was lucky enough to score a bomber! Hopefully it is as good as Dark O' The Moon :)
The beer pours a deep amber color with hints of orange especially when held to light. Small light tan head with decent retention and some lacing. The nose is fantastic! Great mix of cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin, nutmeg, even hints of graham cracker, nice! Flavor continues from the nose, strong graham cracker before the pumpkin pie flavors dominate. Mild bitterness. Finishes a bit slick but well carbed.
Overall, this is the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. Hands down.
01-29-2012 01:26:46 | More by hopfacebrew
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Enjoyed on draft out of a standard glass pint. The Great Pumpkin pours a hazy orange and gold color. Serious pumpkin pie smell - like you're just finished Thanksgiving dinner and you're diving into a fresh slice of homemade pie. Taste is similar - like mom's pumpkin pie with plenty of whipped cream. A smooth and delicious brew that drinks like dessert despite the high alcohol content. Mouthfeel is sleek with a bit of liquor on the finish if you swish it, smoother with a quick swig. One of the best pumpkin beers I've ever sampled and one I could go back to.
01-04-2012 18:40:58 | More by beerme343
The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
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