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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

489 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 276
Gots: 70 | 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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Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

dbrauneis, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

mhaugo, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of StubFaceJoe
4/5  rDev -3.4%

StubFaceJoe, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Kopfschuss, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

ThePorterSorter, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of mattsander
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

mattsander, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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...

beergoot, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of brbrocc
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

brbrocc, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.43/5  rDev +7%
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.

oline73, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of gpawned
4/5  rDev -3.4%

gpawned, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of jk3
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

jk3, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of adkieffer
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mrosenfeld32, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Archemedies, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -3.4%

anteater, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -27.5%

djre4orm, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of OktoberfestMunichSurvior
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

OktoberfestMunichSurvior, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

oberon, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of leansean88
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

leansean88, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of mfavoino
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

mfavoino, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Justin_Neff
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark orange color, topped with a decent amount of head with nice retention that remains spotty throughout the drink.

S- The pumpkin aroma is pretty evident. There's even a side hint of honey. I don't get much spice in the scent. I get a lot of sugar.

T- Pumpkin is very strong in the taste. i get a definite flavor of nutmeg with a hint if cinnamon. I get a weird amount of sweetness that I can't put my finger on.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy feel, but could use more carbonation.

O- I fear I am a victim of "the BA Rating". Had I never heard of this beer at all, is say it was average or a little above average. I stand by that conviction. Worth trying.. Don't break your back to get it.

Justin_Neff, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of jbaker67
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jbaker67, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

steamboatbrewer, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

johnnyboy76, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of pmlondrigan
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lighter in apperance then I would have expected. Initially has a nice cap of foam but it fades and had no retention. Kind of a orange clover honey color with good clarity. Lovely subdued aroma of pie spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon as well as toasted squash. Nutty. Not artificial smelling which is nice. The flavor is very balanced, spicy with cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also a real squash note. Some bitterness and a good backbone. Medium bodied, low carbonation, lingering bitter note. Not my favorite pumpkin ale, but a very, very good one.

pmlondrigan, Sep 28, 2012
The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.