Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2013 00:36:19 | More by Act25
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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!
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2013 17:34:10 | More by dbossman
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.