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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale

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very good

1,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 105
Gots: 150 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002

Brewed with 150 lbs. of pumpkin in each batch. Made with Pale, Munich and Crystal malts green and roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Horizon hops. Spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.
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Photo of KYFriedChildren
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle of liquid deliciousness at my favorite bottleshop, Pinnochio's Beer Garden in luxurious Media, Pennsylvania.

Appearance- Pours into my pint glass a vibrant dark orange color with a summer soft and creamy off-white head. It is absolutely delicious looking.

Smell- You get pretty much all of the spices that you would expect in a spiced pumpkin ale. The nutmeg is there. The cinnamon is there and the cloves are also there. While those are expected to have those tingle the nostrils there is a cream-like smell that adds to the pumpkin pie-ness of the scent. Divine.

Taste- Everything a pumpkin ale should be. Creamy, spicy perfection. The spices aren't overpowering and ... I don't even know how to say it, it's perfect.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is just as creamy and smooth as the taste and smell would lead you to believe. It's thicker than something like Post Road Pumpkin but not too thick. Like I said, creamy.

Drinkability- I personally could drink many. Because of the spice factor it could turn some off but I found it to be the perfect balance. Very smooth and drinkable.

I know that there is some hate on the pumpkin beer, but anyone who is into pumpkin beer (like I myself am) will find this as the quintessential pumpkin beer (take that Pumking!). Those who don't think they're fans should reconsider with this wonderful iteration on the style.

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4.8/5  rDev +21.8%

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was surprised to come across this so early. Surprised and very happy. Body is gorgeous orange and head is thick and creamy. Nose is awash in cinnamon, nutmeg and oh yes, lots of pumpkin. Taste is more of the same with additions of buttery notes, and vanilla. Man, this is THE beer when it comes to pumpkin ales ... I've never had one that did it better. I need to buy lots of this!

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - hazy, orange/amber, a finger of yellowish white foam with good stick and good resilience.

Aroma - rich, spicy, pumpkiny aroma, just like I like it.

Taste - huge mouthful of pumpkin and spice. Roasty and delicious, wow! A bit of crustiness in there, clove and allspice on the swallow and into the aftetaste. I'm in heaven. Nutmeg and background ginger make this one hard to leave alone, it's disappearing fast.

Mouthfeel - sturdy body, good weight to it. Low carbonation and easy going down.

Drinkability - the best new pumpkin beer of the season so far, better than Pumking which had an off year IMO. At any rate, one of the best I've *ever* had. Huge thanks to Matt for recommending this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

This is the right amount of pumpkin flavor and smell in a beer. Reminiscent of pumpkin pie in the flavor.This kicks ass.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a hazy orange amber with a thick head that stays put leaving a nice lace. Smell of sweet malt and pumpkin spice. Taste is well rounded with pumpkin and spice leaving a nice light spicy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little light for me in this beer with low carbonation, smooth and creamy making for an easy drink. This has to be one of the best pumpkin ales I've tried and one I'll keep ordering.

Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a nice Brown with orange tones, head dissipates a bit to quickly but does leave nice lacing.

S- Smells of pumpkin spice, bread, brown sugar, perfect.

T- Not as heavy as the nose on the beer, which at first was a bit of a disappointment but as I drank more it actually made it very very nice. Bread (pie crust!), Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Burnt Carmel, Roses.
Man this is a great beer.

M- nice carbonation, not astringent overall goodness.

D- Hands down the best Pumpkin Beer I have had. I could drink this year round. A session Pumpkin Beer. Props to Elysian.

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,025 ratings.