Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
Picked this up in Totowa via the single bottle. Hadn't tried this before and I wanted to give a Seasonal beer like this a go before things cooled off too much. I'm not a huge fan of this style since there are so many examples of this out and I never seem to warm up to any of them that I try. This one was quite good and almost won me over but in short, this was a beer that is a good example of the style and quite easy to enjoy.
This poured decently with a fair amount of head, a somewhat radiant pumpkin hue, and no lacing to be seen. Not quite clear either as there was a bit of sediment to be seen in the beer. The aroma was good with a nice amount of pumpkin that was repeated in the mouthfeel. A good but not overwhelming amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnut were here too but this never felt too spicy or complex. The balanced was nice but if I had to do this over again, I'd tone the carbonation down a bit. This was quite sharp and not as easygoing and filling as other Pumpkin Beers that I've had before, with the bubbles clearing out too much of the heavier notes after each sip.
The alcohol was a bit strong here too but it never felt that way as took my sips down my pint glass. This would go great with a big slice of Pumpkin Pie and Cool Whip on top and for anyone looking for a good beer to celebrate the changing of the seasons with, this would easily suffice.
10-08-2012 07:58:34 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.43/5 rDev -12.1%
This beer poured out as a nice looking clear copper color with nearly no head on top. There was just some scattered bubbles on top of this and no lacing. The smell of the beer was spicy very much autumn scented. The taste of the beer was pretty good, balanced between the malts and the spices. The mouthfeel was a little on the watery side in my opinion, it finished very dry also. Overall this beer was decent and I might drink it again one day but I wouldn't see myself running out to buy a case or anything next fall.
10-06-2012 17:36:10 | More by Knapp85
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
A: The beer is hazy amber in color and has a light amount of carbonation along with some visible particles floating in suspension—these don't look like the yeast you may be accustomed to seeing in other ales but instead resemble small irregular pieces of flesh, possibly from the pumpkins. It poured with a short off white head that quickly died down, leaving thin foam covering the surface and a collar of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin spices are present in the nose, which also has some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sweetness. The flavors of pumpkins and spices are subtle.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this pumpkin beer to be enjoyable because it didn't taste artificial and there was a nice balance between flavors of pumpkins and pumpkin spices.
10-04-2012 02:41:14 | More by metter98
4.08/5 rDev +4.6%
22oz Bomber. Poured into my Dogfish Head Snifter.
A: Dark Orange, Hazy. A good one finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.
S: Pumpkin, Cinnamon, All Spice, Roasted Malts.
T: Maltiness and Spice upfront. The spice gives way to the roasted pumpkin flavor with underlines of caramel. Maybe a bit too carbonated but the flavors of the beer are balanced wonderfully.
MF: Medium body with malts and kind of a pumpkin pie crust taste. The lingering taste is very enjoyable.
O: A very enjoyable Pumpkin Ale. Probably one of the best that I have had. I really enjoyed this beer and is great for a nice fall day.
10-03-2012 22:24:51 | More by Flip2006
4.28/5 rDev +9.7%
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!
10-03-2012 03:00:24 | More by Ricelikesbeer
3.78/5 rDev -3.1%
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!!
10-02-2012 01:08:09 | More by Darkmagus82
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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