Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by Samp01:
3.7/5 rDev -5.1%
Pours a dark cloudy burnt orange caramel with a medium beige head. Aroma and taste is of sweet pumpkin pie, nut meg, some fruity notes with some toasted malt and caramel malt. Palate is a medium body, good carbonation and slightly crisp mouth feel. Finishes with a sweet pumpkin pie nutmeg flavor with some toasted grains and caramel and mild hops bitter notes for balance. This brew was quite good not overly sweet for pumpkin ale and nicely balanced, a good drinking brew.
03-30-2014 17:59:32 | More by Samp01
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4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
22oz bottle. This offering obviously wasn't available when I spent a summer afternoon at the brewpub a few years ago, but today, while generally warm, was blustery enough to engender in me the desire for a well-wrought seasonal ale. Enter stage left.
This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with one flabby finger of tightly foamy, and mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decently chunky iceberg floe lace around the glass as it genially recedes.
It smells of rich, pungent, toasted pumpkin flesh, semi-sweet pie-crust caramel and pale malts, dark turbinado sugar, cinnamon buns, spicy nutmeg, ginger, and clove, a touch of black pepper to taste, and a subdued, perfunctory earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same - a big roasted pumpkin mash sweetness, brown sugar, gingerbread, spicy cinnamon and clove, earthy nutmeg, subtle white and black pepper dust, and some understated citrusy floral hops.
The bubbles are softly ebullient, gently frothy, and little more, the body a heady, enveloping medium weight, genuinely smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin and pastry-akin malt doing well to overshadow the heretofore show-stealing spices.
A rather pleasant, and fulfilling pumpkin ale, full stop. Though I'm at a bit of a loss as to what contribution the pumpkin seeds added to the mix, I'm sure it's there, in a dutiful supporting role, under the radar and all that. Everything else simply puts out beyond expectations, providing a stellar drinkability, one irrelevant to seasonal affectation (guilty!).
10-20-2013 03:51:27 | More by biboergosum
4.03/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Copper hue with a 1/2 inch, steady head and beautiful lacing
S: Very pumpkin heavy with subtle ginger, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg, but I like that the pumpkin is at the forefront; some bready toasted cookies--like gingerbread--at the base
T: I really taste pumpkin seeds in the flavors to go along with the pumpkin cookie aromas I was getting; some spice but the pumpkin is the show
F: Medium body; good even mouth feel
O: This, in my book, sets the standard for what a normal, session pumpkin ale should be like--great beer!
06-04-2013 17:34:10 | More by dbossman
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
This stuff is the real deal. A gorgeous reddish amber with good clarity. Two fingers of frothy head with good retention and copious lacing. Beer stays covered as I imbibe. Smell gives a preview of the excellence in the glass. A big slice of pie with a healthy malt backbone that acts like a graham cracker crust to the lovely gourd caressing my nose with sweetness. Taste is full boat wow. This is without a doubt the best "pie style" pumpkin ale I've had to date. Imagine a perfect slice with a light sweetness. Now add the graham in the nose to cradle it as it fills your mouth. The swallow is bittered well by the hops combined with ginger in such a way that the hops never draw attention to themselves. Some how while being the perfect slice in the glass it is dry and quenching. Crisp light feel with a creamy fullness that is satisfying and sessionable at the same time. This is one easy drinking beer that still manages to be a full on "style" beer. No shirking the pumpkin here. At the same time you just keep filling the glass and draining it. You don't get overwhelmed or tired of it. Wish I had another growler. Superb beer.
11-28-2013 04:04:27 | More by scootny
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
Got a growler of this filled from draught from Oliver's Brew Crew in Albany, NY.
Poured midnight black with a modest tan head that quickly faded to a thin tan lacing.
Smells strongly of cinnamon with background notes of nutmeg and a slight roasted note. The cinnamon smell dominates, but isn't overpowering--it smells like a cinnamon spiced pie.
Tastes starts off sweet with a tiny bit of tartness, followed up by spice overlaying a malty sweetness. As with the smell, it's dominated by cinnamon with a nice dose of ginger in the background. The cinnamon and ginger spice blends smoothly into the roasty notes of the malt for a lingering finish. Not a subtle beer, but amazingly balanced for what it does: clobber you with spices, sweetness and finish dry and roasty. Like a roasted pumpkin pie!
Mouthfeel - medium bodied. Not too cloying despite its sweetness. Finishes crisp and dry.
Overall an excellent sweet-style pumpkin beer. I really don't like sweet beers, but this really tastes like a roasted pumpkin pie (well without the pumpkin flavor). The balance is awesome and it finished dry enough to keep it very drinkable.
09-20-2013 01:59:43 | More by spokeydonkey
4/5 rDev +2.6%
Mad props to SatlyMalty for this brew! Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. No freshness date.
First pour from 22 oz. bomber:
A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch head that fails to retain long before becoming a thin ring outlining the glass and fleeting surface foam. Below-average lacing.
S- Heavy fragrance of pumpkin and nutmeg. It's non-sweet, more of the vegetal type of pumpkin aroma which makes sense given the 150 lbs. of pumpkin used per batch.
T- Plain pumpkin flavor with a kick of nutmeg and not much else. Toasty malts keep things a bit interesting. Trace notes of cinnamon and clove.
M- Thin and watery. Barely any snap from the spices. Medium-low carbonation and a body that's on the lighter side for the style.
A- Wow. The bottom layer of this beer contains copious amounts of pumpkin sediment which is made evident by the numerous white specks suspended in the body of the beer.There's a collection of white sediment that's formed which is visible through the bottom of the glass.
S- Not much different. Just a slight bit more yeast.
T- Much more spice and a much heartier flavor of raw pumpkin gourd and seed. Very earthy and yeasty which I attribute to the bottle conditioning
M- Stickier afterfeel with a tad more bite from the spices. The body is also upped slightly.
O- A completely different beer from first pour to second. The second pour is much better.
10-22-2012 01:15:27 | More by Immortale25
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
Bought from a secret stash at Little's Wine and Liquor
Poured into a pint glass, not paired with anything.
A&S: Easily the best smelling pumpkin beer I've had the opportunity to try. Smells like I stuck my nose in pumpkin pie (crust and all). This isn't a store bought pumpkin pie either, it contains all the spices (nutmeg, corriander, and a touch of brown cinnamon) and copious amounts of pumpkin. Lively semi-transparent reddish orange colored beer. With a creamy off-white head that is retained around a half an inch (some lacing).
T&M: The taste isn't nearly as intense as the aroma. Still very enjoyable, and debatably more enjoyable then a super intense pumpkin taste (eg. southern tier pumpking). More malty then the aroma with less pumpkin flavors and a similar amounts of spice. Crisp, but not too much of a bite, smooth as it goes down.
Overall: the best pumpkin beer I have ever had, easily the best. If you can get your hands on one I would highly encourage you. Incredibly affordable less than 5 bucks for a bomber!
10-06-2013 02:59:47 | More by minterro
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
Of the many and myriad Elysian pumpkin beers this is like the flagship, the standard, the rock on which all the other ones rest. Right in the good middle of several possible continuums: sweet vs bitter, dark vs light, spice vs malt, and the better for it. Have been stockpiling it to hopefully last a few more weeks as it is now almost gone from stores for 2013.
11-15-2013 09:12:09 | More by bizweasel
4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
a: dark caramel & orange. darker at the top, lighter towards the bottom. almost a ruby red/amber hue in there as well. 1.5 finger frothy, wavy off white head
s: oh boy. so much pumpkin. pumpkin on pumpkin. loads of sweet brown sugar, cinnamon, rich caramel. something like graham cracker - maybe from the all spice. this smells phenomenal
t: right away your hit with the spice. clove, cinnamon, allspice. its almost like a graham cracker. its not so spicy as to overwhelm though. it then fades into a nice fresh clean pumpkin flavor. tastes like pumpkin cooked with brown sugar and a hint of caramel. finishes with a real nice spice kick. tastes like drinking fucking fall, the season
m: its medium, but fills the mouth nicely. not much carbonation
o: i'm amazed how much flavor is packed into this <6% beer. as mentioned, it is like drinking fall in a glass. it has all the nice spices and pumpkin, and they are harmonized really well. nothing dominates, it all mixes in a real smooth way. if you like pumpkin ales, get this please.
10-12-2013 05:37:48 | More by hopsputin
British Columbia (Canada)
4.26/5 rDev +9.2%
Elysian"Night Owl"Pumpkin Ale @ 5.9% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50
A-pour is a lovely light orange/amber with a nice size off white head , that leaves some fine lace along the pint
S-such a great smell of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon , ginger , nutmeg , allspice)
T-smell is better than the taste , still it is a good rich tasting pumpkin ale because of certain twang that Elysian brings out in almost all their Pumpkin beers
MF-light/medium carbonation , moderate body , perfect Pumpkin pie mouthfeel
Ov-one of the sweetest Pumkin Ales , decent fall season beer
11-11-2013 05:53:29 | More by LampertLand
4.05/5 rDev +3.8%
From 12 oz bottle to pint glass
A: Copper with a reddish hue, opaque, displays a fair amount of suspended yeast (or pumpkin, not sure). The brew yields a tiny, wispy head that qiuckly dissipates.
S: A rich swath of holiday spice against freshly baked pastries. Nutmeg and pumpkin notes are distinct, a touch of apple-cinnamon lingers.
T: Pretty much liquid pumpkin bread. Holiday spices jump right to the front with pumpkin and candied malts. Cinnamon and clove swirl. A touch of drying hops keeps things in check - the brew is quite refreshing in spite of its layers of sweet and spicy. Ends with a short finish and little lingering residue.
M: Medium-bodied but fairly chewy. It doesn't become weighty but there's a rich enough complexion to deliver the flavors.
Another gem in the pumpkin category. I'm glad more and more craft brewers have listened to demand and are churning out these seasonal brews in spite of protests from purists. Hey, if it tastes good I really don't need lectures on what really makes a beer.
10-15-2012 05:03:58 | More by rand
4.53/5 rDev +16.2%
22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big authentic pumpkin, clove, allspice, caramel, gingerbread, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light herbal. Fantastic aromas with great strength and balance; this smells like I opened a can of pumpkin puree, very authentic. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, caramel, toast, allspice, clove, and herbal. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, gingerbread, caramel, toast, allspice, nutmeg, clove, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of flavors with a ton of authentic pumpkin; awesome malt/spice balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Pumpkin ale. Great authentic pumpkin flavor with well balanced spices; extremely smooth to drink. Easily the best I have had in the pumpkin ale style.
11-15-2012 03:57:33 | More by superspak
4.15/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance: Mildly hazy burnt orange. Head is white and drops to a wispy cap rather quickly. Some carbonation sneaks through the slightly thicker collar. Loose and barely there.
Smell: Nutmeg buried in the back. Nice compliment of roasted and toasted malts. Some bready sweetness in the back. Nice pumpkin. Squashy, vegetal, earthy, and fresh. The usual spices make an appearance, but it's not the first thing to jump out. Cinnamon and clove in particular. Ginger jumps as the beer warms. Nicely layered.
Taste: Sweet cinnamon spice laced with nutmeg. Big squashy pumpkin flavor is incredibly delicate given how big it is. A big scoop of fresh pumpkin sprinkled with spices. Bready malts balance it out a touch. Some malty sweetness. Nice roasted character in the back, and I swear I can taste the earthy flavor of pumpkin seeds. Vaguely floral at times. Clove and ginger make up a big part of the spice profile as it warms. Falls apart a little when warm, giving the spice more headway. More like a crispy pumpkin cookie.
Mouthfeel: Minimal carbonation. Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Incredibly clean and smooth. So very smooth. Vague notions of creaminess.
Overall: I'll take another x6.
Solid pumpkin mixed in to an easy drinking ale is always a good time. Spices get a little overbearing at times, but it's quickly made up for with another sip of squashy goodness. Each sip makes it better and that's hard to do with the style.
10-21-2012 19:27:27 | More by Goblinmunkey7
4.48/5 rDev +14.9%
Deep copper orange in color with a thick, unfiltered, viscous look. Poured with a short off-white foam that reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet earthy pumpkin aroma with cinnamon, nutmeg and the perfect touch of spice at the back end for balance. Soft, delicate lager-like feel with slightly creamy carbonation. A wonderful balance of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet pumpkin from top to bottom. A light tangy bitter hoppiness in the middle finishes off the spice leaving a clean sweetness at the finish. This is a fabulous pumpkin ale. Very impressive.
10-11-2012 00:31:59 | More by IronLover
4.38/5 rDev +12.3%
Without a doubt one of my favorite pumpkin beers I have tried this year! It has a very ripe pumpkin aroma with softer notes of nutmeg, clove and brown sugar as well. I was so happy to taste it and get those fresh pumpkin flavors up front. It is still flavored with spices but they are there supporting the pumpkin flavor as opposed to overpowering it and covering it up. Truly well done!
08-30-2014 02:47:32 | More by AyeMito
4.59/5 rDev +17.7%
Bottle to pint glass. Hooray
A: Burnt orange hazy small head minimal lacing
S: Spices - nutmeg cinnamon clove galore with pumpkin
T: Yes there is pumpkin in here. My pet peeve with pumpkin beers is that many of them seem to be loaded with spices and they forget the pumpkin - this is not one of them. Great pumpkin flavor mixed in with the spices perfectly. The nutmeg and cinnamon are perfectly balanced. The hop bitterness comes in at the end and is very mild but a wonderful balancing component.
M: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, sweet but not overly sweet. Just nice.
O: My favorite pumpkin beer of the many I tried. I could session this and not get tired of it... Overall, its perfectly crafted and it is a must try.
09-14-2013 02:44:26 | More by Givemebeer
British Columbia (Canada)
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
Appearance: Dark rudy, tiny head that retains on the edge.
Smell: This is incredibly pumpkiny. Not over-the-top spicy (to be fair, spices are there), but it has such wonderful pumpkin meat aroma that this is truly a pumkiny pumpkin ale (too much pumpkin?)
Taste: Great pumpkin flavour and some nice spices mixed in. The malty backbone isn't as strong as other Pumpkins, but it is still there with it's prominent sweetness. The hops are quite subtle, almost lending their space to the spices.
Mouthfeel: Solid ale feel. Moderate carbonation. the whole beer has a subtly about it with the spices. The pumpkin gives a sweetness that reminds of eating a solid peace of pumpkin pie.
Overall: Great stuff by Elysian. They made a point of showcasing the pumpkin of this ale rather than just the spices associated with pumpkin pie. Price was reasonable (~$5.50/bomber) and it delivered on the flavour front.
10-09-2012 01:53:12 | More by Hornet2003
4.7/5 rDev +20.5%
A: pumpkin orange, nice head; great autumnal hues.
S: Awesome...fall spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice) and pumpkin.
T: Top notch pumpkin ale. Follows the nose with very pleasant doses of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, minimal clove (good thing...don't like a lot of clove in my pumpkin ales), pie crust, and pumpkin flesh finish.
M: Easy drinker for sure...has enough body to be satisfying but is definitely not overdone. At 5.9%, no booze present at all. Highly sessionable pumpkin ale in my opinion.
Really enjoyed this one. I put it up there with Schlafly, CCB, and Uinta Oak Jacked as my favorites for the style. Would definitely have again.
11-07-2012 00:03:21 | More by bcostner1
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
L: Bright, hazy orange with an off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Leaves almost no lacing.
A: Rich cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and some caramel/bisciut malt. Light on the hops notes and very neutral in terms of yeast character. Smells like pumpkin pie with graham cracker crust.
T/M: Modest bitterness upfront, swells into pumpkin pie, graham cracker and slightly herbal and vegetal notes. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, with a subtle carbonation bite. Superb balance.
Overall, this is hands down the best non-imperial pumpkin ale I have come across. The balance is just about perfect, exceeds everything I thought possible of the style. I always thought of pumpkin beers as a kind of novelty, but this one goes to prove they can be just as delicious as they are festive.
10-07-2013 03:23:30 | More by Siriusfisherman
4.55/5 rDev +16.7%
Brilliant beer, probably one of the best pumpkin ales I have ever had. Has a very pumpkiny taste to it that is not overpowered by the alcohol like so many other pumpkin ales. It's really standout beer. The looks is beautiful and dark and the smell is just absolutely amazing (although I would say most pumpkin ales smell brilliant)
10-17-2012 23:19:29 | More by danotronik
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
Bottle into stemless wineglass, after dinner. Compared vs Wolavers Organic from Vermont.
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, deep, orangish, amber body with 1 finger, but large bubbled, cream head. Strong lacing all the way. A meditation beer. More pumpkin colored than others.
Smell: WOW! As soon as uncapped, you smell the pumpkins and spice in a very nice, fresh way. Nicely aromatic pumpkin and malt scent, with notes of the ginger, cinnamon, and many spices.
Taste: Follows the taste, with lots of body, almost syrupy, sweet malt flavor with toasted pumpkins and barnyard hay in a good way. Just the right spicy kick. Some hop bitterness. Finishes with a toasty spiciness and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and, a bit of ginger. Drying. Complex unfolding, a really intersting beer to swirl, sniff, compare. Great fun. A must every autumn.
Mouthfeel: Thick to medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Good food beer, good with dessert or cheese. Made me reach for smoked cheddar and robusto as great combos.
Drinkability: Pretty decent, the beer improves w warming. Savor it. (I did because I compared it to the much weaker Wolavers)
PS I am not a pumkin ale guy, going for ipas, stouts, porters, belgians. So, this beer really surprised me as a great fall after dinner or cheese course beer. Well done and possibly the best in class.
08-15-2013 00:36:19 | More by Act25
4/5 rDev +2.6%
A-translucent orange amber color with an off-white head and good lacing
S-pumpkin, spice, faint sweetness
T-nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, slight sourness that compliments the flavor profile nicely
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, tart and crisp
O-I was surprised with how much I enjoyed this beer, not a huge pumpkin fan but the blend of flavors was very tasty. Will definitely drink this again.
11-15-2012 01:57:42 | More by MDDMD
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
Picked up a single of this at my local beer spot. I have heard good things about this brew. Let's hope this lives up to the hype.
Appearance: Pours a nice, dark orange glow. The head is about an inch in thickness, but dissipates pretty quickly. Presents a nice, autumn, evening.
Smell: Presented first is a nice hint of pumpkin-pie like type of aroma. Has notes of some spices like nutmeg, some cinnamon, and maybe a slight hint of ginger. Really enjoyed how this beer's aroma presents itself. Makes me wanna dive in almost immediately.
Taste: Has a nice, sweet texture at first sip. Reminds me of toasted pumpkin-pie with a dash of maple syrup and some brown sugar. The spices compliment the palate overall. There is a subtle hint of hops that give it that sweet texture, but theres a balance of bitterness that really brings this beer together. Something that to me is very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that lives a nice, dry finish. I actually enjoyed this part and would give it above average. One thing may be a little too dry to the finish.
Overall: Was not disappointed with this brew at all. At first tasting, it was an instant hit with my beer expectations. I was very impressed and the more that I sipped, the more I noticed something different with this brew. It's something that leaves you craving more and if your a fan of pumpkin beers, I strongly recommend this one. Enjoyable to the fullest! Cheers!
10-10-2012 00:59:22 | More by DMXLOX22
4.14/5 rDev +6.2%
I got an opportunity to try this at "The Great Pumpkin Debate" in Wilmington, DE this past weekend. First. let me say that I am one that does not like a lot of pumpkin beer. I decided to walk the tables and see if there was one that actual appealed to me.
I came across Elysian Night Owl on the second table and was blown away. This had beautiful clarity and nice carbonation with a gorgeous nose that reminded me of Thanksgiving. I am mostly turned off by these beers because of the over use of spices. The flavors were in perfect harmony! Just the right amout of spice, pumpkin, and cinnamon to keep you wanting more. The carbonation danced on your palate, keeping things lively.
I would definitely recommend this beer if you are leary about pumpkin beers like me. This will be my choice this Halloween!
09-30-2013 21:05:37 | More by Cubatobaco
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
Thanks to Mike aka "garagekegger" for sharing his bomber tonight,very nice pumpkin colored deep somewhat hazy pour with a fluffy white head that left a nice sheet of lace behind as it settled.Very spicey aromas cinnamon and clove really stick out in the aromas more in the lines of apple pie but still appetizing.Seemed a bit thin in the mouthfeel department and a little fizzy but the flavors were nice not overly sweet the cinnamon and clove are there there is a decent pumpkin bite in there but the spice outweighs it.Not a bad pumpkin beer to be had flavorful if not a bit thin.
12-10-2005 03:31:36 | More by oberon
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.