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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

941 Ratings

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 110
Gots: 129 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4.56/5  rDev +16%

Sillyprototype, 44 minutes ago
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - 5.9% ABV - Consumed October 14/2014
A: Dark and cloudy orange hue with a sliver of white foam. Several strands of lacing stick to the nonic glass. Clearly unfiltered, as this is much more opaque than I would expect for a mid-strength pumpkin ale. A good looking beer.
S: Massive pumpkin pie smell with pumpkin filling (a little fleshy), buttery-flaky pie crust, all spice, nutmeg, hint of clove, and cinnamon. Ginger is undetectable to my nose. Straightforward aromas but appealing and style-appropriate nonetheless. Very good.
T: Big pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg, buttery crust, cinnamon, vanilla, table cream, and allspice with more cinnamon, vanilla, and pumpkin flavours on the cough. Ginger and clove ingredients are not apparent in the taste. More flavourful and robust than your typical pumpkin ale, and a great example of the style.
M: Full side of medium-bodied, creamy carbonation, smooth middle, semi-spicy and mildly drying finish with cinnamon, vanilla, and pumpkin on the cough. Solid palate.
O: A remarkably good take with the intensity of an imperial pumpkin ale. Well-crafted and worth buying.

cratez, Yesterday at 06:44 PM
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Good pumpkin beer. A little more of the "pumpkin pie" thing, than I prefer and less well done than some others that do that particular interpretation particularly well, but this is a good choice, and once I've not seen available as much.

7 Pounds of pumpkin per barrel? Brewed with pumpkin seeds? That makes me think. Pumpkins are heavy. How much is 7 pounds, really? And with seeds makes me wonder if they are brewing with all the pulp. Not saying that's a bad thing, but obviously has a higher return than using just the meat of the gourd and not all the guts.

I was less impressed with this than I should be by the ratings, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. I'd put it toward the top of my pumpkin beer selection, but I will need to try it a few more times to judge it better.

logicalparadox, Yesterday at 04:42 AM
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3.64/5  rDev -7.4%

Tok, Yesterday at 03:13 AM
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

AaronDio, Friday at 06:09 PM
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

FederalOC, Friday at 08:44 AM
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

derks73, Friday at 02:41 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

deonreds, Thursday at 07:47 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +15%

MAUEX_MFA, Wednesday at 05:58 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

tvghost, Wednesday at 01:17 AM
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3.08/5  rDev -21.6%

Cyndi, Tuesday at 11:28 PM
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sapphyy, Tuesday at 06:46 PM
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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangish amber with a white head and some lacing. The aroma is inviting and has big notes of pumpkin, fruit, spice and hops. The flavor is well balanced with fruity notes and pumpkin, vanilla, caramel, cream and subtle cinnamon like spice. Full bodied ale with ample carbonation. Overall, an above average pumpkin ale.

Stinkypuss, Monday at 10:34 PM
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Ozzy2004Ironman, Oct 19, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -18.6%

jannunziata, Oct 19, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

bisq, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

tlgunning, Oct 18, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -2%

Sam-VW, Oct 18, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

ohmsickle16, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of VashonGuy
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Elysian does so many pumpkin beers - Dark o’ the Moon, Great Pumpkin, Punkuccino - and a jillion one-offs, that it’s easy to skip over Night Owl. I hadn’t had a Night Owl bottle for a few years until I picked up an $8 six pack at the grocery yesterday.

Well, what a great beer! Full of pumpkin flavor. Sweet but not too sweet . Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Spices in balance with everything else.

This is not a beer for those who don’t like pumpkin ales. This is not a beer for those who really want a stout, or a coffee ale, or something else. This is a beer for those who enjoy pumpkin flavor in a well made ale. And it’s a terrific bargain.

VashonGuy, Oct 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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

arvidkoval, Oct 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

maclean25, Oct 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Alright, even though I'm not a sweeter her guy; this is a good darker ale. Pallet conquering. Sweet yet not over powering in that aspect. The ice cold transcendence towards the warmer end of a 22oz is my favorite part of the beer. Much like a heavy German beer the flavor changes by the minute. From almost a fruity/citrusy hef to a thick pumpkin ale. Beautiful transition.

RyanHubbell, Oct 17, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pokal glass

L - It is burnt orange in color with amber highlights. It is topped with two inches of tan head that leaves a little lacing.

S - A big pumpkin aroma wafts from this beer. I get nutmeg and cinnamon. The smell very closely resembles that of pumpkin pie.

T - The taste is loaded with pumpkin and spices. Cinnamon stands out the most.

F - Medium and lower carbonation.

O - This is a fine example of a pumpkin beer. I put it right up there behind Pumking along with Schafly Pumpkin Ale. Great Flavor. Great aroma.

buschbeer, Oct 17, 2014
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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.