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The Great Pumpkin - Elysian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 266
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 metter98
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color. It poured with a thin off white head that dissipated almost instantaneously, leaving only a thin film covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkin in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has lots of pumpkin flavors along with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because it seems to provide the perfect blend of pumpkin and spices without being overly sweet or tasting like pumpkin pie. No alcohol is present in the taste.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of rfgetz
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of smutty33
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of srw
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.34/5  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.

Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.2/5  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!

Photo of mattsander
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  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...

Photo of brbrocc
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of oline73
4.42/5  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.

Photo of gpawned
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jk3
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of adkieffer
4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of anteater
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of OktoberfestMunichSurvior
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.