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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

736 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 736
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 80
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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jessicapreuss

Brazil

3/5  rDev -22.9%

09-19-2012 17:26:46 | More by jessicapreuss
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MEW

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-19-2012 03:58:05 | More by MEW
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Brenden

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a slightly hazed, opaque, ruddy sort of brown. On top grows a light tan head that sets up just over a finger high, displays good retention, and leaves good lacing mostly in patches as the beer falls.
The aroma shows depth and promise, offering all the balance of plenty of pumpkin flesh with moderate spicing at a good level, enough to satisfy without going overboard. There's just a bit of sweetness with a bready back and even a touch of peppery spiciness underneath.
The flavor is nearly as good, just shy of the level the aroma's on. The breadiness takes over a bit, though the spicing certainly isn't lost. There's even a noticeable touch of hops sitting beneath it all. The focus is clearly lots of pumpkin, both meaty and almost nutty.
The medium body supports it all well. It smooth enough with a nippy crispness that doesn't fade. Neither too sweet nor too dry, the feel works well in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:06:29 | More by Brenden
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Lee_Hancock

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-17-2012 21:43:00 | More by Lee_Hancock
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iKrystin

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-17-2012 05:07:54 | More by iKrystin
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-16-2012 23:06:03 | More by comfortablynirm
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rfreed

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-16-2012 02:25:42 | More by rfreed
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright orange color with a small white head with moderate retention, leaving a thin ring on top. Little bits of lacing.

S: Very fragrant, lots of pumpkin meat along with spice. Lots of nutmeg, ginger, and clove and less cinnamon, which usually dominates pumpkin beers.

T: A continuation of the aroma, very nice combination of spices, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Plenty of pumpkin flavor and some slightly sweet malt, a touch of sugar, and a little caramel.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, has a slightly slick feel to it.

O: Very impressed. After a string of disappointing pumpkin beers, this one hits the mark. Extremely fragrant with a ton of flavor and not fake at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:47:51 | More by mdaschaf
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circus_cat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

09-14-2012 17:32:58 | More by circus_cat
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

09-13-2012 22:01:20 | More by heddar33
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mgironta

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-13-2012 19:44:27 | More by mgironta
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy copper with a honey colored hue. Two big fingers of head, but it dissipates quickly leaving only a trace of lacing. The nose certainly has pumpkin notes to it. The taste is pretty straight-forward pumpkin-like.

The bottle claims the presence of various pie spices, but they are hardly noticeable other than the definite clove notes on the finish. The finish is also semi-dry.

As a special treat, a very subtle touch of sweetness begins to come out as this offering warms.

A solid straight-up pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 03:03:11 | More by 57md
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UnoMasBelgian

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-12-2012 22:52:36 | More by UnoMasBelgian
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have been drinking Night Owl since 2010 and have sought it out as one of my favorite pumpkin ales. This was my review from last year: dark orange cloudy amber color, strong and pleasant aroma of pumpkin with spices. Tastes like roasted pumpkin with all of the pumpkin pie spices, but not overwhelming. A very mellow hop finish and the roasted pumpkin lingers on. A complex yet balanced and rich pumpkin ale. I even kept a couple of bottles of the 2012 vintage in my fridge for comparison. Kept in the cold, they were every bit as good as last year.

This year (2013) was a big disappointment. Substantially less sediment than previous years and the taste is not as rich or sweet. The aroma is similar, but overall it is at best a bland pumpkin beer with an unfortunate bitter finish. Every year for the past three years I have had friends visit to try the Elysian Night Owl. They cleaned me out of 2 cases in past years but this year one bottle and they were ready to try something else. Good thing I tried a six pack before committing to a case. One thing I have learned since I began drinking pumpkin ales over 10 years ago, since they are a craft brew they vary substantially from year to year. Best to sample a couple bottles before choosing one to buy in quantity. It looks like Harpoon UFO is a winner this year.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 13:32:36 | More by wattoclone
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RenzoD

Washington

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

FYI: My rating of this beer is specifically relative to other pumpkin ales

Bought a six pack of this stuff. Poured from a bottle into a pounder glass. The beer is a nice looking dark orangish color which is perfect if you are feeling festive for Autumn. Quite a bit of cloudiness as you get to the bottom with sediments, not in a bad way but in a way that makes you look forward to a brew with lots of flavor. Nice small to medium head leaving a nice lace on the glass. The smell is probably what most impressed me. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, chai teaish scents with some cinnamon and nutmeg. This thing smells like the real deal. My first drink was a bit bland and dissapointing but it had been sitting in my fridge all day while i was at work so i allowed the temperature of the brew to warm a bit to bring out its flavors a bit more. Im glad i did. It progressively got better and better. Good flavors of pumpkin seed, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. There was something just slightly flat about the mouth feel which kind of throws off the aftertaste but if you get past that its a great beer and as a puget sound native I am happy to say that Elysian has made my favorite pumpkin ale yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 07:24:27 | More by RenzoD
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BeerForHokie

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-11-2012 01:33:48 | More by BeerForHokie
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ryser2k

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-10-2012 17:07:48 | More by ryser2k
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-10-2012 10:41:30 | More by harrisjohnson
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-10-2012 05:38:23 | More by HumphreyLee
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Dbot

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-09-2012 21:24:02 | More by Dbot
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Birdlegs

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-09-2012 21:13:02 | More by Birdlegs
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themagickallife

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-09-2012 16:54:50 | More by themagickallife
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12oz bottle which was good because a bomber or a sixer would be way too much. Orange color with good lacing but it also has a lot of particulate floating throughout. Strong smell of the typical pumpkin pie spices. Flavor is pumpkin, nutmeg, spicy. This is good but I really don't want too much of it, kind of overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 21:51:16 | More by ArrogantB
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mfavoino

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber poured into a pin glass.

Appearance: Amber-orange color with a fizzy 1 finger head that settled quickly.

Smell: Nutmeg, licorice, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Smells sweet.

Taste: Sweet, but not overwhelming pumpkin flavor. Gets more spicy and herbal with noticeable cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes with spicy flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with just a touch of carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Good pumpkin ale that is not quite on par with Elysian's Great Pumpkin and Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale. Looking forward to opening a bottle of Great Pumpkin soon to compare.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:55:07 | More by mfavoino
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-08-2012 01:34:48 | More by Kopfschuss
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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