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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 264
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Mounty4Life
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle to 16oz chalice. Appears a hazy Orange with little head. It has a really awesome nose that makes me think this what a pumpkin beer is supposed to smell like. Almost as good as a fresh pumpkin pie! Is really good but missing something that seperates great pumpkin beers. Alcohol presence lingers that 1 is enough! Mouthfeel is easy going besides alcohol detection, medium carb. If was looking for imo. Pumpkin and was only option would suffice. Other out there are better but has a good example of style.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great great beer, unique in the pumpkin ale world. it pours a shining orange to new copper color, with a skinny white head that fades fast. the nose is spicy, but not cinnamon, more clove or even ginger or something. there also plenty of vanilla sweetness and of course pumpkin. the flavor is different, its made with pumpkin seeds, and you can definitely taste the nutty earthy almost salty vibe they bring to the table. vanilla sugar and spice is also present, and so is the alcohol. there is a medium body, a little heavy because of the light carbonation, and a lot of alcohol warmth. this is a great beer, i feel like the pumpkin lends itself better to imperial ales, rather than smaller brews. it just provides such a big base. its a huge canvas on which to paint, and this elysian beer creates a clever work.

Photo of deonreds
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle of Imperial Pumpkin greatness. Clear orange with a small white head.

Nose is bursting with spice notes. Cloves and nutmeg, allspice, light cinnamon in there. Brown sugar sweetness.

Equally spice dominant. Nutmeg and cloves, sturdy malt backbone, caramel sweetness, pie crust.

Semi thick feel complements spice flavors

This is how I like my pumpkin ales. Good for one or two but way over the top with sweetness and spice. Give it a shot.

Photo of Immortale25
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to SatlyMalty! Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a solid orange-ish amber color with a 1/4 inch head that soon plummets down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a thin sheet of surface foam. Above average lacing.

S- Lots of clove, cinnamon and allspice come forth from the bouquet. Smells nearly identical to pumpkin pie right down to the creamy aspect.

T- The flavor is also spot-on pumpkin pie right down to the aftertaste. Plenty of sweetness and spice mixed in with some vegetal pumpkin flavor. Alcohol is also well-balanced and nicely hidden.

M- The body is smack dab in the middle of the spectrum. I feel lots of pumpkin beers tend to be too heavy on the malt and it can drag down the overall experience, but not this one. Lightly carbonated while still maintaining crispness.

O- Wow. One of my new favorite pumpkin beers. Has the sweet/spicy/gourd ratio down to a science while also having a nice kick, yet is still smooth.

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My third 'Great Pumpkin' of the season (well, fourth... if you count a same-named gaffe by Millstream, my third from ELYSIAN) - this is a 22 oz.bottle poured to a pint glass, served straight from the cellar (cool, not cold). Label lists an even 8% ABV,

It's the bottom of the 7th, Game 7 of the Giants-Cardinals NLCS series... an orange & black labelled 'Giant' beer seems most appropriate.

A: Pretty caramel orange pour, slightly haze but minimally carbonated - just a stray strand or two. Nice head at first, a fizzy finger-and-a-half, light buttercream. Doesn't last long, fading to a slim ring, a mottled skim patch and few flecks of lacing.

S: Big, nose-tickling pumpkin spices. Lots of clove and nutmeg - even a zingy ginger and pepper. Something akin to fennel/licorice creeps up for brief moments. Have had these colder and wasn't as impressed - therefore, I *highly* recommend pouring at 55-60F!

T: Something like spiced apples right away; as with the nose cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg. Caramel maltiness. Finish gets earthier, drier, almost ashy. Great way to balance the initial sweetly spiced fruitiness with brassy bitterness, even a hint of tang.

M: Feel is rather soft, gently carbonated - creamy(?). Starts medium and grows bigger, even a little sticky. Has a latent warmth and, as such, is a nice sipper. At times, seems akin to a doppelbock.

O: I really like pumpkin ales a lot... the style is one I look forward to and seek out every year. The Elysian beers (they make several others) are always among my favorites - this is no exception. Just a touch sweeter (AT TIMES) than I like for a pumpkin beer - then a dirty bitterness would rein it back in. Terrific, overall, and definitely one I'll keep drinking and recommending.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

For a hyped-up pumpkin ale, I found this a bit lack-luster. Poured a somewhat cloudy copper-orange color with a small white head that receded to a ringlet. Aroma was pretty soft and mellow, with light notes of pumpkin and a bit of cinnamony spice. Taste was similarly mellow, not an in-your-face blast of pumpkin pie, but everything you'd expect is still there: pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, sweet bready malts. Medium body, and quite easily drinkable. Overall not bad; about on the same level as DFH's Punkin Ale.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of danotronik
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split into two big snifters

Pours brownish orange with very little head. Smell is spiced and yeasty. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Taste is pumpkin and pie spice, and some kind of bitterness that I don't quite recognize. It makes me think of unsweetened pumpkin skin, but I'm not sure I've ever tasted it, so that could be totally imaginary.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy, and surprisingly fizzy for something that looked like it had no head. Overall, I'm somewhat underwhelmed. It's not bad, but it's not magic.

Photo of corby112
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing.

Sweet and spicy pumpkin pie aroma with sweet malts, pumpkin puree and autumnal spices. This is the only other pumpkin pie beer that equals Southern Tier Pumking's liquid dessert aroma. Pumpkin and caramel malt sweetness along with clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and graham cracker. Amazing!

Full bodied with a zesty spice presence up front that lingers over the pumpkin and sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish. Strong clove, cinnamon, brown sugar and allspice notes followed by pumpkin puree, caramel malt, vanilla and nutmeg. Very dessert like and lacking the earthy vegetal quality that makes so many pumpkin beers so unappealing. Still, the strong autumnal spices and sweet malts make it feel like a beer. The high ABV is excellently masked without a trace of alcohol, making this complex beer extremely quaffable. One of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Up there with Pumpking and older batches of Southampton Pumpkin.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of foamy white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess, with a sudsy cascade that quickly slides down the side and leaves back some moderate lacing. The aroma smells of ripe pumpkin meat, which literally jumps right out of the glass at you. This is rounded out by notes of light sweetness, some fairly strong pumpkin spices and a gentle floral tinge on the edges. That higher ABV shows itself with a slight underpinning of heat as well.

The taste is very similar, with pumpkin and sweetness up front and the overall freshness of that pumpkin really coming out towards the back. This also has a leafy bitterness to it and more of a moderate spiciness than the nose had. The finish is dry with a light lingering combination of spice and bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a firm and sprightly carbonation in the mouth that does blow up some but is nicely undercut by a bit of slickness as well that helps keep this relatively smooth in the mouth. Alcohol is present, basically amplifying the sweetness and spices in this but things do even out nicely after this warms up.

This is definitely one of the better Pumpkin Ales that I’ve had. I’m usually not as much of a fan of the Imperial style and I thought early on that the alcohol here was going to get this one in trouble but I was impressed how this pulled itself together once it sat for a while and the overall evenness of the flavors an d freshness of that pumpkin character really carries this through to the end. I was pleased to find that this one delivered.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of 2neardead
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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

ST: 22oz poured into a pint glass

A: Light, cloudy orange with a half-a-fingernail of white head. The head dissipates to half its size and sits on top for well over a minute.

S: Canned pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg and allspice.

T: Earthy pumpkin and nutmeg up front and alcohol and vanilla at the end. This beer really reminds me of pumpkin pie. Even the dollop of whipped cream seems to come through in the middle.

M: Medium and sweeter

O: A fine pumpkin beer that is worthy of your money and, perhaps, your Thanksgiving table. Sweetness is balanced by alcohol and spice, and the aroma is excellent.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.