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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

736 Ratings

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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 79
Gots: 53 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002)
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Photo of Ricelikesbeer


4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Pours slightly hazy with a little bit of head. Plenty of lacing. Burnt orange with golden highlights.


Wow what a festive/holiday nose! Pumpkin pie and cloves jump out of the glass. There is a malty, toasted bread smell there too. I think of graham crackers as well.


Slightly tart up front which gives way to breast maltiness and spice. The spice is fresh and light, but there's plenty of it. There's a light caramel sweetness which is subtle as well. Remarkably well balanced and not cloying for so much going on.


Light to medium body with low carbonation. Has a nice lingering aftertaste.


Probably my favorite pumpkin beer to date, and really blows away most of them out there. Elysian really knows there pumpkins!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 03:00:24 | More by Ricelikesbeer
Photo of broller

3/5  rDev -22.9%

10-02-2012 18:24:08 | More by broller
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-02-2012 04:12:35 | More by TonyTalon
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange color with a two finger white head. The head is rather billowy, but fades relatively fast to a persistent cap on the top of the brew. Once faded, the head leaves only a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a nice pumpkin pie aroma. There is a good presence of caramel sweetened pumpkin with pumpkin spices. The heaviest of the spices are of cinnamon and nutmeg, but aromas of allspice and clove are there as well.

Taste – The taste hits heavily upfront of roasted pumpkin and some flavors of cinnamon and allspice. As the taste advances, a light brown sugar sweetness mixed with clove and ginger come to the tongue. The sweetness then fades as more roasted pumpkin comes to the tongue, and in the end, a dry roasted spiced pumpkin flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side. While traditionally I like smoothness with a pumpkin brew, the more chewy nature of this body is actually quite nicely compliments the more average to above average carbonation level.

Overall – A more roasty and dry pumpkin brew with a very interesting feel. Give it a go if you have a chance!!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:08:09 | More by Darkmagus82
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-29-2012 19:28:53 | More by GFish
Photo of EFR94


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

09-29-2012 18:15:26 | More by EFR94
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-29-2012 03:01:18 | More by JJStorm
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark copper to garnet red in color with moderate amounts of yeast in suspension near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer has a moderate to strong aroma of pumpkin along with pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, cardamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.

T: The beer has a light amount of sweetness with a faint hint of caramel malts and wheat. After that, there are moderately strong flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, cardamon, clove, nutmeg, and hints of ginger.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink, a very good pumpkin beer with great pumpkin flavors and lighter pumpkin pie spices - nice complexity and not overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 23:54:26 | More by dbrauneis
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-27-2012 05:34:52 | More by MarkyMOD
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

09-26-2012 15:11:44 | More by stakem
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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a yellowish amber color with an off-white lacing.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar and a vegetable tartness.

Tastes strongly of fresh pumpkin and more subtly of pie spices like cloves and cinnamon.

Medium but robust body with light tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is the first pumpkin beer that I've had that tastes like actual fresh pumpkin. It's different, in a good way. I still prefer sweeter pumpkin ales as I think of it as a dessert-like beer, but this works pretty well and is definitely worth having.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 22:41:20 | More by Cylinsier
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-25-2012 14:12:21 | More by taigor
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

09-25-2012 00:43:05 | More by waiting4lunch
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

09-24-2012 15:36:24 | More by CoryR
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New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-a hazy orange with a thin layer of white head that quickly disappears to leave some lacing around the top

S-lots of spices-cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, vanilla, and light alcohol

T-pumpkin with a very strong squash/vegetable taste that I am finding a little off putting, not as much spice as the smell would suggest, and a light bread like malt backbone. Sometimes pumpkin beers can be too sweet, unfortunately this one is not sweet enough and there is too much of a veggie taste in it.

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation

Overall the smell started off strong but I am not a fan of the squash like taste of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 21:49:32 | More by ksimons
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-22-2012 02:38:04 | More by troegaarden
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a becker glass

A- Poured a really beautiful dark, clear orange color with a small soapy head with some splashly lace

S- Lots of ginger, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Nice rich and spicy aroma

T- Tons of ginger and nutmeg, pumpkin, some citrus, and breadiness. Richly flavorful and full of pumpkin pie spices

M- Really creamy and smooth, prickly carbonation, finishes dry, medium to fuller bodied

O- A very drinkable pumpkin ale, the best non-imperial pumpkin ale I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 02:35:56 | More by Hoptometrist
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2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a cloudy orange color with sediment in the glass. Low carbonation. No head or lacing to speak of.

The smell is initially of strong pumpkin and cardamom but this quickly fades as the beer warms. There is also a wheat smell.

The taste has pumpkin in it however the spices do not shine through at all in the taste. There is also a musty wheat taste.The taste does not improve as the brew warms up.

The mouthfeel is thin, water and flat.

I have found this to be a weak pumpkin ale and I am puzzled by the good reviews it has received. I would put Wyerbacher, Post Road and Smuttynose pumpkin ales before this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 20:12:51 | More by microbrewlover
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4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a 22oz bomber.

A Pours a hazy orangish amber topped off with a white head.

S Smells like pumpkin pie with lots of cinnamon, allspice, and what I think might be cloves.

T The taste follows the nose with lots of cinnamon, allspice, cloves, a hint of ginger and lots of pumpkin. Not overly sweet though, and very drinkable.

M Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall this is another excellent pumpkin beer by Elysian. Almost as good as the Great Pumpkin and better then Dark O the Moon. Plus its easy to find and fairly cheap which combined with the great flavors and easy drinkablity means I will be drinking this one all fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 17:38:24 | More by beerandcycling88
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-21-2012 06:15:33 | More by darinlstewart
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4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy copper faded penny, a bit of lacing , still looking in the glass.

S: Aroma is composed of a relatively subdued brown ale with mostly fresh pumpkin, a bit of biscuit and pale malt.

T: Wow, a very complex pumpkin ale that is not over spiced. Being one of my favorite styles, I have had about 15 pumpkin ales in the past two weeks. This definitely did not disappoint. The flavors are mostly well rounded pale malt and brown ale, a bit of brown sugar, tons of fresh wet pumpkin, a bit of salt, ginger, nutmeg and clove. The spices are pretty light but present at the very end after you have had a few sips. Usually the spices hit you right on the first sip, but when they dont; and they slowly hit your tongue after the pumpkin flavors have really made their presence felt, the nutmeg and clove will eventually creep up on you.

M: Unbelievably smooth, slightly light on the carbonation, but extremely easy to drink.

O: Overall, this is probably my number one pumpkin ale right now. I can really enjoy Pumpking from Southern Tier and comparitively , this is clearly more drinkable with a lower abv and slightly more complexity. The big selling point though is that it is more of an authentic pumpkin ale vs an overspiced brown ale. Very well done and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 01:00:13 | More by alpinebryant
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-20-2012 23:17:51 | More by skaboom420
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-20-2012 13:51:15 | More by lccrunchy
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1.63/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well the beer looked great in the grocery store, promising a hearty ale perfect for the first chilly evenings of fall. Open the beer though and things go downhill...fast, a freefall into mediocrity. First off, the brew is devastatingly under-carbonated, an attribute that contributes to a flat, thin flavor and slightly grainy texture. Second of all, the beer smells like the holiday section of Walgreens, only less saccharine. And for the record, I am not against pumpkin ales, quite the contrary. I love the full, hearty, festive flavor of a well-brewed pumpkin. I am also not against Elysian. They make a fantastic Amber, one of the best. But the Night Owl flew away with all the body and flavor somewhere before bottling...

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 06:10:49 | More by gNasty
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-20-2012 02:21:28 | More by andrewborstein
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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