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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,030 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 106
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty amber color, almost pumpkin like, with an average egg-shell colored head that settled into a sparse cap with some random lacing on the glass. The aroma is of pumpkin and nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Perfectly balanced in the aroma, nice pumpkin pie flavor. The taste is of a caramel malt, some grains, light pumpkin, heavy nutmeg, and cinnamon. You can almost feel the dry nutmeg powder. The feel is fairly light, with active carbonation, crisp, finishes sweet and very dry. Starts off nice but fizzles towards the end. Could use less nutmeg, more allspice, malt body and more pumpkins in the mash.

*2010 Edit
The actual pumpkin flavor seems stronger and doesn't seem to have a heavy nutmeg presence. The ale is still quite dry and the malt is perfect for a pumpkin ale, though very carbonated. Boosting up the score a bit.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle shared and poured into an American Tumbler. BBD 29Jan10.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing this bottle!

A - Pours a hazy amber orange with a light tan head. About two fingers tall and decently retainted. A bit of lacing on the glass too.

S - Light grassy hops float around in the background with a mild pumpkin nose and lots of pumpkin pie spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. A good pumpkin ale nose.

T - The malt body is a good background to the heavy pumpkin spice flavors but the flavor is a tad thin. A bit of pumpkin blends well with a slightly hoppy finish.

M - Smooth and lighter-bodied with a slightly thin feel. A bit dry in the finish with a big spicy feel and carbonation crispness.

D - The spice could be a bit cloying but it's a very good pumpkin I wouldn't pass up if given the opportunity to have again.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the label.

A: 3.75 Ruby red-orange body with a slight haziness. 1/2 finger of off-white head, below average retention. Light lacing.

S: 4.0 Cinnamon and nutmeg, strongly. Followed by pumpkin flesh & ginger. Raisin. Indistinct herbal notes.

T: 3.5 Spices fire first, followed by some malts and pumpkin. Tea-like tannins and herbal notes appear midway. Hops build to a fairly dry finish. Lingering hop bitterness and slightly astringent herbal spice in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: 3.75 Moderate carbonation, slightly prickly. Moderate body. Good, if not a touch thinner than expected.

O: Not a bad pumpkin, although by the end I was getting more tea flavors than pumpkin or pie spice. Interesting.


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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.