Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,037 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 106
Gots: 153 | 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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Ratings: 1,037 | Reviews: 332
Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -23.9%

From growler at home. I used to be a big fan of So. Tier's Pumpking but it seems to have shifted towards a drier, hop forward brew which has left me behind. I picked up this from Elysian because many reviews claimed it was a bit sweet. Not for my tastes.

It pours nicely & the slight cooper tone of the head bode well of the very nice warm spice blend. The taste was just OK by me. Not as dry or hoppy as this year's (2014) So Tier effort but still 2 bases short of a home run.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%

Pumpkin pie, pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, medium body, dark amber color.

Photo of iamproph
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Unbelievable Pumpkin beer. Had it out of the 22oz bomber, on tap, and now the 16oz bottle. Just the right amount of pumpkin flavor without overpowering it, this is my go-to fall beer.

Photo of souvenirs
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

I snapped this up at the liquor store yesterday. First pumpkin beer of the season! I'm looking forward to a few weeks from now, when there will be about a dozen different kinds for me to try.

Pours a cloudy brown. Aroma of wet pumpkin plus pumpkin pie spices. Taste is pumpkin pie in a bottle. No pumpkin beer I've tried before tasted this much like pumpkin pie. Very nice!

Photo of ladyweapon
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

One of the better pumpkin beers available. On the first taste, my only thought was "This actually tastes like pumpkin!" I may just be used to terrible pumpkin beers, but this is absolutely fantastic - which is par for the course for Elysian.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

P- Wegman's

A- Copper orange color. with a one finger head that is quite cloudy.

S- clove and pumpkin spice. I detect notes of brown sugar as well. Very sweet smell.

F- pumpkin spice pie which flavor is awesome. the clove comes through great and complementary.

M- chewy and pumpkin. smooth and goes down easy.

O- great pumpkin beer. a top 3 pumpkin for me.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt copper color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. While the head has a nice creaminess, retention isn't very good. A slender ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Yeah, this one comes off overspiced. I'm picking up a ton of ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, somewhat overpowering the notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and pie-like sweetness. I have to say, the spice levels here are somewhat offputting. (2.5)

Taste: This works a little better. The harsher spices are toned down, while the notes of gourd, cinnamon, and cream come through. Still, there's too much ginger and nutmeg on the finish - a problem many in the style suffer from. Ah well. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: It's somewhat crisp and dry, giving it solid drinkability. The latter is its crowning feature - even if the flavor profile isn't fully agreeing with me, I can still get it down very easily. Carbonation is restrained nicely. (3.5)

Overall: Not really enjoying this. There is a decent pumpkin pie character, but it's overshadowed by the spicing. More for others, plain and simple. (2.75)

2.8/5: It's not your fault I (generally) dislike this style, Elysian

Photo of AyeMito
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

Without a doubt one of my favorite pumpkin beers I have tried this year! It has a very ripe pumpkin aroma with softer notes of nutmeg, clove and brown sugar as well. I was so happy to taste it and get those fresh pumpkin flavors up front. It is still flavored with spices but they are there supporting the pumpkin flavor as opposed to overpowering it and covering it up. Truly well done!

Photo of fourstringer
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.

Prost!

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%

Fantastic pumpkin ale! Pours a dark amber color with great pumpkin and spice nose. First sip tastes like your drinking a liquid pumpkin pie. Very well priced and well worth seeking out if you enjoy this style.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Does this beer make me think of pumpkin pie or pumpkin? Amber and syrupy, no head, red rooibos tea comes to mind. Slimy on mouth like a pumpkin. Spicy cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and ginger are balanced by woody hops. Sage, floral lemon zest, coffee and caffeine. Light vanilla and peach combine with spices to give impression of herbaceous squash, earthy and metallic. Metal on palate with lemon verbena bitterness. Overall, I think the malt presence is too weak in this beer at the moment. Bitter, nutty, astringent, not yet ripe squash that is compensated by heavy spicing, served without butter, lacking decadence and fullness. In the end, this is decidedly just a pumpkin beer masked by hops, spices, and lacking the an integral maltiness. I didn't imagine myself in James's pumpkin version of the giant peach.

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Alright, so I've had this most of the time out of a pint glass but decided to switch it up for this review. This is out of a snifter, and honestly, there isn't even a difference.
Anyways, here's my take on this wonderful beer.
In the snifter, hazy dark orange to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light foamy lacing here and there around the glass.
The smell was 30 x better than pumking as this had a slight element of the pumpkin pie - ness but still offering more of a pumpkin spice sampling. Along with that, light ginger, allspice, nutmeg involve themselves in the aroma.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined them wonderfully - spicy yet sweet.
The mouthfeel had a slightly light spicy harshness to eventually allow a sweet gentle softness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, this should be everyone's standard for pumpkin ales, not pumking.

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy burnt orange caramel with a medium beige head. Aroma and taste is of sweet pumpkin pie, nut meg, some fruity notes with some toasted malt and caramel malt. Palate is a medium body, good carbonation and slightly crisp mouth feel. Finishes with a sweet pumpkin pie nutmeg flavor with some toasted grains and caramel and mild hops bitter notes for balance. This brew was quite good not overly sweet for pumpkin ale and nicely balanced, a good drinking brew.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An old pumpkin beer. 12oz. bottle into a Pizza Boy pint.

Pours a foamy 1 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark mahogany. Lacing is thick and stringy with excellent stick. A real nice looking brew.

Nose is cinnamon, sugar cookie, brown sugar, and sweet pumpkin spice. Mellow. Actually pretty nice.

Opens cinnamon, pumpkin spice and a slight yeast. More of the same with sugar cookie, oatmeal and spice in the middle. Ends sweet with the same aftertaste. Decent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down easy and crisp. Finishes clean with a barely lingering aftertaste. Quite drinkable.

Seems pumpkin beers don't age at all. I don't think the flavor in this one has changed in the past 7-8 months. Still solid as ever!

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy pale copper with a fading head.
Nose shows currants, fruit cake, candied fruit, golden syrup and soft pumpkin.
Pretty similar flavours, although the pumpkin is more prominent and there's less sweetness. Still a lot of the christmas pudding-like spices. Finishes a little short, could use a longer lasting malty finish.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

Photo of RickS95
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Doesn't look like much body from the pour. Mostly a dark copper color, but a bit clear for my liking. The head is a dingy white and a finger thick. Small bubbles in the middle and larger bubbles around the edge. Little to moderate, closer to little, retention. The tiniest of spotty lacing.

Smells pretty bitchin'. Caramel malts, smothered in a variety of pumpkin spices...heavy on the cinnamon and ginger. Nothing else is remotely noticeable.

Extremely spice forward taste. All pumpkin spices and little else.

So much potential, but it just misses. There's little body, it needs more as it feels like a spicy light beer. Very spicy, just not enough body to chew on. More than anything, it feels like a spiced tea or something wassail-like. Spicy bitter finish, but it leaves you wanting more.

It's not bad, it's just got too many things missing. It needs more body and more alcohol. If you're into the lighter end of the spectrum, you need to try this.

Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear orange with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Light pumpkin spice aromas along with some squash-like notes and sweet breads. There are also some notes of ginger.

T: Pumpkin spices are a bit more present here with hearty bread flavors following. The finish is slightly bitter and bready.

M: Body is on the lower side of moderate with lowish carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: A solid pumpkin ale overall, though lacks depth. The spices aren't too heavy-handed, but there's little else going on.

Photo of scootny
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is the real deal. A gorgeous reddish amber with good clarity. Two fingers of frothy head with good retention and copious lacing. Beer stays covered as I imbibe. Smell gives a preview of the excellence in the glass. A big slice of pie with a healthy malt backbone that acts like a graham cracker crust to the lovely gourd caressing my nose with sweetness. Taste is full boat wow. This is without a doubt the best "pie style" pumpkin ale I've had to date. Imagine a perfect slice with a light sweetness. Now add the graham in the nose to cradle it as it fills your mouth. The swallow is bittered well by the hops combined with ginger in such a way that the hops never draw attention to themselves. Some how while being the perfect slice in the glass it is dry and quenching. Crisp light feel with a creamy fullness that is satisfying and sessionable at the same time. This is one easy drinking beer that still manages to be a full on "style" beer. No shirking the pumpkin here. At the same time you just keep filling the glass and draining it. You don't get overwhelmed or tired of it. Wish I had another growler. Superb beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap

Elysian imperial pumpkin
Pours a Light copper bronze. With little foam, fairly clear atop. Sweet pumpkin pie nose, some seasonal spices leak out. Tastes Like liquid pie, very smooth. Nutmeg. Good flavor brings you back for more.. Tasty. 375 375 4 375 375

Photo of Omnium
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a hazy orange color, 1 finger off off white head, mild lacing.
S - Aroma is really good, lots of warm inviting spices, not a sensory overload. Vanilla and cinnamon, with some nice pie crust scents, sweet pumpkin puree.
T - This is where things fall short for me, you get a little bit of spice up front, but there's so little pumpkin, it gets watery.
M - Thin metallic and watery.
O - The aroma on this pumpkin beer is outstanding, but the flavors are really a big let down.

Photo of bizweasel
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the many and myriad Elysian pumpkin beers this is like the flagship, the standard, the rock on which all the other ones rest. Right in the good middle of several possible continuums: sweet vs bitter, dark vs light, spice vs malt, and the better for it. Have been stockpiling it to hopefully last a few more weeks as it is now almost gone from stores for 2013.

Photo of LampertLand
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Elysian"Night Owl"Pumpkin Ale @ 5.9% , served on *cask* @ GCBF'07&'09 , on tap GCBF'11 &'14 and from the 650 ml bottle purchased for $6.50

A-pour is gold from the *cask/tap/bottle to a lovely light orange/amber in the glass with a small tight off-white head leaving fine spotty lace along the pint/sampler glass

S-such a great smell of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon , ginger , nutmeg , allspice)

T-smell is better than the taste , so smooth & creamy , just damn tasty !!

MF-light/mild carbonation , nice medium body , perfect Pumpkin pie mouthfeel

Ov-one of the sweetest Pumpkin Ales , also one of the best

prost LampertLand

Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates leaving a great trail and wispy lace.

S: Cinnamon and pumpkin aroma.

T: Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, all-spice, pumpkin, and cloves with a good malt background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Pretty good pumpkin brew – pumpkin pie in a glass.

Photo of Flounder57
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, bready malts, pumpkin, spices, and brown sugar. Smells good.

Taste: Definitely pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, allspice, pale and bready malts, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little chewy, pumpkin spiciness, low to medium carbonation, and medium bodied.

Overall: This is a pretty solid pumpkin beer and I can't believe there is actually 7 lbs of pumpkin per barrel. Awesome.

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from"Lifesource" in Salem. $3.99 Pours a slight murky amber colour, largish creamy/bubbly off white head. Wow very fresh pumpkin pie aroma!! pumpkin clove and cinnamon..i can even ( probably in my mind) small some whipped cream on top!.Great stuff. Taste is very similar like drinking a pumpkin pie smoothie with a dash of alcohol..lovely. Nice mouth feel.. smooth and low carbonation. Overall one of the best if not THE best Pumpkin Ale i have had..though even with that recommendation one would be enough!

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.