Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheEarl:
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I’m reviewing this from notes I’ve taken throughout numerous pours of this beer. I’ve had Night Owl from 22oz. bottles, on draft at the Elysian pub, and from a horrendously botched growler fill that left the beer completely flat (the bartender filled the growler by pouring from filled pints…).
Appearance: This beer pours an opaque brownish/orange color with a white head and lots of lacing that really sticks around.
Smell: The aroma is dominated by roasted pumpkin and spices but, as some other reviewers have noted, not exactly the pumpkin and spices smell of a pumpkin pie. Rather, Night Owl has a slightly more earthy smell than most pumpkin ales.
Taste: The taste is sweeter and more pie-centric than the aroma suggests. There are initial pangs of brown sugar and cinnamon, fading into pumpkin and a general fruit sweetness, and finishing with ginger spiciness and some crispness.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is probably lighter than the average for the style. You definitely don’t get the sense that you’re swallowing a mouthful of pumpkin puree.
Overall: Night Owl is a great seasonal beer that I look forward to every year and, while I appreciate that this isn’t exactly orthodox, Night Owl served from a frosted pint glass is one of the best things about October in Seattle. That said, I have noticed, as have other aficionados I’ve conferred with, that Night Owl exhibits no small degree of quality variance from year-to-year and maybe even batch-to-batch.
Serving type: on-tap
05-18-2012 21:23:07 | More by TheEarl
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
An old pumpkin beer. 12oz. bottle into a Pizza Boy pint.
Pours a foamy 1 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark mahogany. Lacing is thick and stringy with excellent stick. A real nice looking brew.
Nose is cinnamon, sugar cookie, brown sugar, and sweet pumpkin spice. Mellow. Actually pretty nice.
Opens cinnamon, pumpkin spice and a slight yeast. More of the same with sugar cookie, oatmeal and spice in the middle. Ends sweet with the same aftertaste. Decent.
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down easy and crisp. Finishes clean with a barely lingering aftertaste. Quite drinkable.
Seems pumpkin beers don't age at all. I don't think the flavor in this one has changed in the past 7-8 months. Still solid as ever!
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2014 00:05:23 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25
Pours hazy pale copper with a fading head.
Nose shows currants, fruit cake, candied fruit, golden syrup and soft pumpkin.
Pretty similar flavours, although the pumpkin is more prominent and there's less sweetness. Still a lot of the christmas pudding-like spices. Finishes a little short, could use a longer lasting malty finish.
Nice moderately high carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2014 13:12:08 | More by CrazyDavros
3.49/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Doesn't look like much body from the pour. Mostly a dark copper color, but a bit clear for my liking. The head is a dingy white and a finger thick. Small bubbles in the middle and larger bubbles around the edge. Little to moderate, closer to little, retention. The tiniest of spotty lacing.
Smells pretty bitchin'. Caramel malts, smothered in a variety of pumpkin spices...heavy on the cinnamon and ginger. Nothing else is remotely noticeable.
Extremely spice forward taste. All pumpkin spices and little else.
So much potential, but it just misses. There's little body, it needs more as it feels like a spicy light beer. Very spicy, just not enough body to chew on. More than anything, it feels like a spiced tea or something wassail-like. Spicy bitter finish, but it leaves you wanting more.
It's not bad, it's just got too many things missing. It needs more body and more alcohol. If you're into the lighter end of the spectrum, you need to try this.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 03:27:18 | More by RickS95
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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