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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

342 Reviews

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Reviews: 342
Hads: 1,136
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 21.99%
Wants: 133
Gots: 213 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.70% 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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Reviews: 342 | Hads: 1,136
Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium-dark sunset orange with a 2 finger foamy pie crust colored head that quickly gave way leaving splotchy broken arches for a lacing. Visible carbonation was strong with a stead-fast showering display of micro bubbles that remained so throughout the course of the drink.

S: The nose emitted a strong sense of fresh cinnamon and pumpkin pie along with a sweet toasted malting. There is as well a good sense of cloves, ginger and hints of French toast (as odd as that my sound). Overall the scent was a dry pumpkin spiciness that was never overbearing, but subtle with a good backing of toasted malt and pie crust.

T: The flavor was strong with cloves, ginger and sweet toasted grains and cinnamon being very pronounced, yet much like the nose was dry and came off as fresh baked pumpkin pie and not as a spice rack. A big toasty sweet malting and warm-baked pumpkin fresh from the oven smoothers the taste buds upon the swallow. The spicing compliments and never over shadows the toasted malting and baked pumpkin toast dryness which is the backbone and highlight of this drink.

M: light, smooth in character and slides off the tongue leaving a dry toasted malt and pumpkin coating.

D: Per style this was a very easy drinking pumpkin that didn't go overkill on the spices, but instead opted for a dry homegrown nature. Good drinkability as well good enjoyability with a great dry toasted nature that would fair perfect around a campfire on a chilly October evening. You could easily drink several of these, a bomber is spot on, without being overwhelmed spice wise. A solid recommend per style.

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Photo of dborginis
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber to pint glass.

Appearance is a somewhat opaque amber, like looking through a rod of plastic. Interesting.

Smell is very lightly of pumpkin. Can't get too much else.

Taste is a little bit of spices, a little darker smoky malt with a little bit of a carbonation bite. The aftertaste though, is very watery, almost like a lowfat milk. The more I drink it, the more I feel it is watered down, with the above mentioned flavors hiding out and creating a quick sensation, then dying out quickly.

It is drinkable, but I think I'd rather spend my time drinking something with a little more flavor going on.

Nothing against Elysian, but their two offerings I have tried, this and the Jasmine IPA, have been a little too subtle for me, almost watered down. Probably just me, as I have had friends who really enjoy Elysian. Maybe its the coast to coast trip?

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber - Brewed by New Belgium for Elysian

A - Pours a hazy brownish orange color with a two-finger, off-white head that slowly drops down leaving some decent, spotty lacing.

S - A spicy, inviting aroma with a pronounced pumpkin presence. The nice, fairly complex spice aromas have hints of nutmeg, cloves, and a bit of cinnamon. There is also a bit of biscuity malt in the aroma as well.

T - The taste is a little bit disappointing compared to the aroma. Starts off with flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon and biscuity malts. This leads into more spice flavors, with some nutmeg, clove, and allspice coming through. Finish is slightly dry and leaves a lingering roasted pumpkin seed flavor into the aftertaste. I like how the pumpkin flavors are very noticeable in this brew. I do wish the flavor was just a little more powerful on the palate, as it somewhat muted for my liking.

M - Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Nice body for the style.

D - Overall, I enjoyed this quite a bit, although the aroma got my hopes way up, and it just fell a little bit short in the actual flavor. The pumpkin flavor is definitely well done, it's just missing a little something that could make this one great. I feel like a bit more spice in the flavor to round it out might have made it that much better for me.

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Photo of Domingo
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pretty deep dark burnt orange. It actually has a pretty decent amount of head for the style, and the foam laces really well.
Smells like a boatload of spices. Cinnamon's the main one, with allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and a surprising strong liquorice/anise smell even though I don't believe it contains any. Not much in the way of beer or pumpkins, though.
The flavor mirrors the smell. Lots of cinnamon and anise, but as a beer, I'm just getting a ton of spice. If that's what you want - this one is pretty much the king of heavily spiced pumpkin beers. If you aren't into that - beware.
The body of the beer's great, and pretty ideal for the style.
For me, the first 1/3 of the glass was great. After that, it was like drinking liquid spice mix. Definitely a splitter.

Hmmmm. Lots of talk about this being among the best pumpkin ales. I really enjoyed their Great Pumpkin at the GABF...but this is all spice and very little else. I have to think that Night Owl might be a bit overhyped. Lots of people whine about overspiced pumpkin beers, but this beer (the most spiced one of them all) seems to be getting a free pass.

Worth a shot, and good up-front, but it'll let you down pretty quickly.

(It might be worth noting that this was contract brewed at New Belgium...not sure if there's any difference between this batch and the ones brewed in Seattle)

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Photo of mulder1010
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml poured into a pint glass.

A-- Poured an orangeish brown color, gee pumpkin. Settled well with a 2 finger head with nice sticky lacing.

S-- Pumpkin, allspice,nutmeg, clove and cinnimon. Very nice smell and smells like a warm pumpkin pie.

T-- Spices are much more apparent in the taste. Not the pumpkin. A little bit more of the allspice and ginger.

M-- Good carbonation, good mouthfeel. I just get a lot of the spices in my mouth and am not a big fan of ginger and I do get a fair share of it. Get a bit of pumpkin in the finish.

D-- Interesting beer. A very nice Pumpkin Ale and something off the radar. Pumpkin Ales are very hit or miss and this is a hit. Lighter style being just under 6% and lets the spices do most of the talking here. Could do 2 330's easily. One 750 is solid.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A most intimidating label with a wise owl staring back. The body is colored a deep orange with soft caramel accents swirled about, pretty deep color overall with a hint of crimson as well. The cap grew quickly and laid an ecru colored fluff bomb on top with lasting power. A few strong blobs of foam remain nicely attached to the glass

S: I am really questioning if a pumpkin pie is crammed into the bottle? The smell is near perfect! It has all the whiffs required for a fresh made pie. The usual spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe a few crushed cloves) softly intermingle with a sugar cookie pale malt kind of smell

T: ahh, tasty. I find that the nose gives high expectations for the palate and things are a little weaker than I had hoped for. It's not that I don't like it, far from it. The brown sugar crusted malts make things great and when paired with delicate caramel flavors is banging. The spiciness is in control and in a good way! Pretty balanced overall. If I have any quarrels it is that I find no hops to be tickling the tongue, not a big deal for me though considering the style

M: good marks in the body as well. It has a slight zip to it, somewhat coarse with bubbles. I find the mouthfeel to be medium. Things are moving well

D: what is most commendable about this beer is that things are in harmony. The flavors are locked in well and make drinking easy. I have found over the years that sometimes these seasonal brews can be spice bombs that lend a bad and feeble experience.
Not the best Pumpkin Ale I have had...but darn good! and by far one of the best smelling!

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Photo of philbe311
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of worth of tan head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Head slight recedes to one finger of rich creamy frothy foam... Dark copperish bronze color... Some small carbonation bubbles rise in the middle of the glass... A minor haze permeates throughout... Leaves a jagged pattern of foam clinging to the sides of the glass...

S - A wonderful aroma the encompasses all things autumn... Loads of spices in the form nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and all spice... Pumpkin... Crisp autumnal air... Absolutely fantastic...

T - The taste mirrors the nose close... The spices and pumpkin alternate on the palette... A hint of caramel... Perhaps a slight hint of burnt crust...

M - Just the slight tingle of carbonation on the tongue... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lush and creamy... Turns dry as the spiciness kicks in... Subtle, but very well crafted... A slight warmth of alcohol as part of the aftertaste...

D - A stellar pumpkin ale, that in my opinion should be the one that all others are measured by... Terrific in all facets... It truly leaves you wanting more sip after sip...

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Photo of ProudGreen89
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

wow, what a hard drink to track down! finally got my hands on a bottle, heard it was one of the better pumpkin ales so i tried it.

Served poured from the bottle into a pint mug.

A-dark for a pumpkin ale, almost a mocha brown, somewhat hazy, thin head but leaves whispy lacing.

S-a lot going on here but its all good, pumpkin and spices are very present and hit the nose with a very spirited aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, some hops and maybe malts? its hard to detect the malts for sure with all the spices and pumpkin in there but it is a very welcoming smell.

T-its what you would expect from the nose and it doesnt dissapoint, a nice bouqet of lightly spiced hops, a hint of pine, the spices roll around and only just hint that theyre there until you finish it and the aftertaste is surprisingly pleasent, cinnamon is there and so is allspice and the pumpkin is present the whole time which is nice.

M-its a little light for my taste, especially for a fall ale that should warm you up but its not bad either, goes down smooth and is rather refreshing and filling at the same time.

D-a very drinkable dark ale, its not an overpowering beer but has plenty of spice and flavor. overall a very nicely brewed pumpkin ale.

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Photo of boogyman
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a Tulip. Brown in color with a bit of head that had some decent lacing.

S- Wow, pumpkin and spices are quite powerful in this brew and I love it! Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, slight hops and malts. Pumpkin and spices take over all other smells.

T- Reminds me of pumpkin pie. The spices are most definitely there and it is nice.

M- The spices and carbonation has a nice bite and it goes down pretty smooth.

D- Paired with some thanksgiving food this could be beer I could have a few of. Will be picking up more of this through Thanksgiving if its available till then.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

Darker orange with hints of copper. Decent white head and ok lacing. Smell is of pumpkin pie - spices like nutmeg, clove and cinamon - with a little pumpkin puree thing going on. Tast is very good, as close to pumpkin pie as i have had outside of a ST Pumking. Good body, carbonation does not get in the way, creamy without being sticky or heavy. Very good pumpkin beer, one of the best.

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Photo of Rayek
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Becker.

A: Slightly hazy amber with mild carbonation. A fizzy eggshell cap comes and goes fairly quickly as it retreats to a ring at the edge of the beer. Leaves bits of lace.

S: The aroma of this beer is quite strong. Pumpkin pie spices dominate. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and anise all vie for predominance. The clove wins out in the end. The pumpkin can be sensed, but only slightly.

T: The pumpkin pie theme continues. A raw pumpkin flavor starts things. It's backed up by a mild toasted malt flavor. The aforementioned spices come on strong in the middle and linger through the finish. The clove continues to stand out as it combines with ginger to clear the sinuses.

M: The medium body is dry and could stand having the carbonation turned down a notch.

D: Pumpkin beers are a style I'm slowly getting into. Overall, this seems a nice example.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours out a cloudy brown with a reddish hue. Looks just like apple cider, I like. Off white head that kinda lingers a bit, and some OK lacing to boot.

S: Laid back and chill for the most part, but that might be the cold that I'm trying to kick. The cider comes back into play because i do sense some fermented apple, clove action, cinnamon stick, light malts too. Slight pumpkin in the background.

T: Mild in every aspect, but that mostly what I like about this brew. Its not "In your Face", like some of these pumpkin beers tend to be. Taste more like cider than beer for the most part.

M: Not quite medium in body, some looseness involved, somewhat light in carbonation, ABV blended well throughout the sipping display.

D: One fantastic beer for the foliage season. It resembles everything that goes with the season. Kudos to the brewmaster!

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Photo of Cavalier92
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not your typical pumpkin ale. A good bit of dryness and hops. Strong nose of ginger and nutmeg. Deep amber brown body with thick off white head. Pumpkin flavor comes through on the finish, but still feels a bit thin in the mouth. 6un because it,s different from the standard pumpkin brew, but nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Capone's - Thanks to witbier for his generosity! Shared w/ my bro tenderbranson69. Poured chilled into my DFH signature glass from the 22oz bomber.

A - Slightly hazy light bronze w/ 2 1/2 fingers of custard like smooth head. Sporadic lace collects like creamy camouflage, the bead is fine

S - Very aromatic w/ lots of clove and other pumpkin pie spices. Mild vegetal notes w/ cinnamon and vanilla-like accents w/ subtle nutmeg, allspice ginger in there as noted on the label

M - A creamy texture w/ moderate carbonation and spicy, but not really phenolic textures, more sugary and slightly warm from spice w/ a semi-sweet finish and medium body

T - A malty fruity ale taste w/ yeast + malt cohesion upfront followed by a nutmeg, allspice and clove flavor w/ subtle ginger and cinnamon. The pumpkin gives a nice texture/flavor w/ creamy maltiness and light cinnamon in the residual taste. A light pumpkin butter-like tang in the last few sips as a gentle zest from the ginger seems more pronounced -w/ a nice spiced sweet finish

D - This does not taste like any average pumpkin ale, very spiced and has good drinkability, but not something I would want more than a bomber of - splitting this seemed just right.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a shaker glass. The ale appears a clear copper color with about a finger of quickly fading rust colored foam. Nose and flavor consist of roasted pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, toasted biscuits. Thin bodied with decent carbonation and a lingering spiciness. Worth a try if you dig pumpkin ales.

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Photo of corby112
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with some hazy golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off-white frothy head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Nice spicy pumpkin pie aroma with hints of clove, brown sugar, cinnamon, pureed pumpkin, nutmeg and a nice caramel malt. Kind of smells like liquid pumpkin pie with very subtle hops.

Very spicy up front with a lot of cloves, cinnamon and brown sugar with a medium creamy malt backbone and some nice pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, subtle hops and ginger in the dry finish. Alcohol is well-hidden and pretty much undetectable. This beer is slightly watered down with a lot of the pumpkin pie notes coming through in the aftertaste.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Lightly hazy golden orange. One finger of bubbly off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly but does live rings of lace down the glass.

S - Liquid pumpkin pie here. Lots of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, and a little cinnamon. Another outstanding aroma on a pumpkin beer...wonder if it will actually carry through to the taste.

T - Very sweet with alot of baking spices. Nutmeg, ginger and allspice are the most domiant with a little bit of cinnamon and even a touch of pepper mixed in. Pumpkin taste provides the backbone. A little cleaner than some other pumpkin ales I have had, but still just too many flavors not coming together very well.

M/D - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The tastes just dont line up for me which brings the drinkability down a notch.

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

A few years ago I tried a handful of pumpkin ales. It didn't end up being my favorite style, but this beer stood out as the best. I picked up a few bombers at the end of the year when they went on clearance after not moving quickly enough. Finally getting around to drinking and reviewing this one.

Nice looks from this beer, a healthy amber-orange color, a medium head with just a bit of orange that has decent lasting power but leaves no lace. Holding it up to light, I'm seeing quite a bit of sediment.

Good aromas that have a mix of beer, pumpkin and spices. Most prominent to me is roasted pumpkin, followed by nutmeg, maybe cinnamon and clove, with muted bready malts. It's hard to tell whether any hops are present in the aromas.

No surprises with the flavor after the smells. I like the intensity and balance of flavors. Elyisian manages to pack the most pumpkin flavor in their offering that I've had; spices seem to be the more dominant flavor. In fact, right now I'm more reminded of pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel is well balanced for the beer. Not too fizzy, but smooth and semi-full. Well done, Elysian! I wish I could always find excellent beer at clearance prices. I'll be coming back to this beer by the next fall.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a clear copper with a creamy off-white one-finger head.

Nose is pumpkin pie - pumpkin, heavy on the nutmeg and cinnamon, sweet caramel malt.

Taste a nice sweet malt body up front, followed by a dry, spicy, pumpkin-filled finish, packed with nutmeg and cinnamon. Slight floral hop not on the finish to balance. Never gets weird or vegetal as some pumpkin beers tend to do.

Light body and moderate to light carbonation.

Really nice go for the style, probably my favorite pumpkin beer.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unlike many pumpkin ales that are really spice beers seasoned with pumpkin, Night Owl is actually a pumpkin beer seasoned with spice. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice definitely enhance the flavor, especially the ginger that kicks in towards the end in a manner equivalent to hops bittering.

But Night Owl's taste and aroma are firmly defined by real pumpkin character. The fragrance of fresh pumpkin is refreshing and prominent, and the taste follows suit - no doubt as a result of a triple pumpkin regimen in the mash, boil, and fermenter. The dark auburn body is mostly clear with medium carbonation and modest lather. It's slightly thin though not to the point of distraction.

Real pumpkin flavor makes this a more successful example of the style than is ordinarily seen in our region. A terrific fall seasonal, and Elysian was still selling bombers for just three bucks at their brewpub as of mid-February.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Liquid Solutions or Bottletrek or somewhere in OR and then shared by azagthoth. Possibly the highlight of the night, especially coming off that Sheaf Stout.

Pours a clear-ish orange color, small fluffy white head, not much lacing.

Aroma is spicy and pumpkiny. I catch cinnamon, ginger, and possibly clove. Real pumpkin meat smell, which is a nice change from the usual pumpkin beer.

Flavor is cinnamon, ginger, and clove in the aftertaste. Roasted pumpkin flavor as well. Complex and balanced for sure.

Medium body, medium/low CO2, balanced, very enjoyable.

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

22 oz bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber, a little rough looking, some orange hues, thick off white head forms, drops some decent lacing, good retention, and settles to a thin collar. Smell is neat, lots of spicing, cloves and cinnamon, nutmeg, rich pumpkin aroma, caramel and honey, some toasty pumpkin seeds, biscuit, corn syrup, smells pretty nice. Taste is very malty, pumpkin, caramel, honey sweetness, very biscuity, light toast, slight lemony sourness, and the spices come through in the finish, light spicy bitterness and big biscuit flavour, nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. Spices are there but not too much, maybe because its an older bottle. A pretty nice pumpkin ale, I like.

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Photo of AltBock
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a pumpkin orange label that has an up close head shot picture of an owl. This owl is serious! He has that look in his eyes that he wants to scratch the eyes out out of everybody that looks at him. Behind the serious owl is big red full moon. To the left of the owl is is the mandatory US information and on the owl's right side are two paragraphs. One talks about all the ingredients that went into this beer and the second one talks about the Brewhouse. Below the paragraphs is the brewmaster's signature and if you have a magnifying glass handy, a best before date. It said best before December 26th, 2008. OOPS!

When poured into a Sly Fox Imperial pint glass, this Pumpkin Ale almost poured a solid pumpkin orange. If it wasn't for that small tint of amber, this beer would have shared the same shade of orange that a Pumpkin has. On top of this beer was a creamy 3/4 of an inch head of pure white foam. This head of foam never receded. It was one of those heads of foam where the only time it receded was when I took some sweet liquid out of the glass. When the head of foam receded, it left behind plenty of milky white streaks of lace around the glass.

This beer smelled like baked pumpkin. Not a baked pumpkin pie, it was more like an aroma you'd get if you threw a whole pumpkin into a oven. Right behind the baked pumpkin was a hint of nutmeg, a dash of sweet ginger, a pinch of cinnamon, and a subtle speck of cloves. This aroma had a surprise, but it only came out when it was swirled around. When it was swirled around, out comes the scent of over ripe cantaloupe. What that was doing in a Pumpkin Ale is beyond me. The cantaloupe completely took over the aroma. When it settled down, it comes the baked pumpkin aroma again. Take my advice, don't swirl this beer around.

Most of the Pumpkin Ales I've had in the past tasted like pumpkin pie. This one tasted a little bit like pumpkin cheesecake. But this beer only tasted like cheesecake at the very end of the taste. This beer started off with the baked pumpkin and then that was quickly followed by cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. That would have been great, it they didn't water down the pumpkin pie spices. I honestly don't know if they were watered down, but I do know that something was holding them back. I don't like my Pumpkin Ales overly spicy, but this one was holding back the spices. It was the pumpkin cheesecake at the end that saved this beer. if it didn't come in, this beer would have been nothing but baked pumpkin and watered down spices.

This was a light bodied Pumpkin Ale with a dry baked pumpkin aftertaste of baked pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. The baked pumpkin was the only taste that stuck around after the liquid was long gone.

I don't know what to say about this Pumpkin Ale. It had the taste of pumpkin in it, but it was holding back the spices for some reason. I guess the baked pumpkin was scared that the spices would over run the taste so that it beat the spices down. Overall, it's not a bad Pumpkin Ale. It's just not my favorite one and it's definitely not my favorite beer from Elysian.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep amber color that has copper highlights to it, when held up to the light the beer shows a rich copper hue. Ah, the aroma brings a smile to my face, fleshy, caramelized squash aromatics are accentuated by notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. I like that the actual pumpkin is noticeable here in the aroma, certainly the spice notes are a bit more piquant, but the spices are not used too overzealously and the vegetable squash notes add a nice spiciness of its own.

Fairly dry tasting, especially given how sweet the spices make this beer smell. The beer finishes with a bite of nutmeg, a flash of pumpkin meat, a lingering ginger piquancy and a touch of pepper like spice. I could use a touch more body here, but there is a touch of heft to this beer; the holiday season just sees me wanting a bit more richness in this beer (though it has a lot more body than some of the poorer examples of the style, Buffalo Bill I am looking at you). The malt contributes a hint of caramelized sweetness as well as a touch of toasty grain towards the finish, for the most part though this beer is about the spices and the pumpkin. There is enough malt to provide just enough texture and sweetness to support the more dominant flavors. The sweetness is accentuated by the cinnamon notes in the middle.

This is a good example of a "standard" pumpkin ale. The usual base beer style, but it has enough body and the touch of real pumpkin to keep me happy.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of nhudson
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a hazy orange/copper color with about a 2 finger head poured into a pint glass. Smell is of sweet malt with a hint of real pumpkin, not pumpkin spice. As this beer warms up the pumpkin comes to the front with just a hint of nutmeg and malt. I find most pumpkin ales to be overly spiced. This one is right on the money with the pumpkin flavor. Mouthfeel I thought was a bit thin, but for a beer ~6% I wouldn't expect anything else. Overall I could drink this over and over again, very easy to put down a couple of pints.

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.