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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

933 Ratings

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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 110
Gots: 126 | 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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Photo of Cyndi
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
Photo of Stinkypuss
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
Photo of jannunziata
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%

jannunziata, Sunday at 02:33 AM
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

bisq, Sunday at 01:47 AM
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3.85/5  rDev -2%

Sam-VW, Saturday at 09:15 PM
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4.16/5  rDev +5.9%

ohmsickle16, Saturday at 09:10 PM
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, Saturday at 06:04 PM
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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, Saturday at 08:14 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

maclean25, Saturday at 05:59 AM
Photo of RyanHubbell
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
Photo of buschbeer
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

NeoClassicist, Oct 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

RyFikes, Oct 16, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

MrJuengling, Oct 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Jeff412pgh, Oct 16, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

meno19, Oct 15, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

dwatty, Oct 15, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

utopiajane, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

wiscokid920, Oct 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

wembly13, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of archyquaffer
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%

Poured from a longneck into a shaker, producing a two inch frothy, creamy and quite sticky head. The beer is a pale amber, fairly hazy, with visible small particles and swirling effervescence.

Lovely pumpkin pie in the aroma-flavor. Bready, caramelly malts and nutty pumpkin seeds, and earthy pumpkin pith combine with a touch of hop bitterness and a complex balance of spices.

Highly evocative of pumpkin pie, with real pumpkin notes and a well-crafted and balanced blend of spices. This is probably the best pumpkin beer I've tried so far.* I purchased a six pack for about 10 bucks.

*Upon further review I find that I graded "Great Pumpkin" (same brewer) at a whopping three hundredths higher in my review from about a year ago. So, I bumped this one up .03.

archyquaffer, Oct 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jpd7374, Oct 13, 2014
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.