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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

739 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 81
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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RickS95

Indiana

3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 03:27:18 | More by RickS95
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-19-2014 03:42:31 | More by Lehighace06
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JMohl3

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-10-2014 19:31:59 | More by JMohl3
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Belittle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-10-2014 18:17:40 | More by Belittle
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-06-2014 17:05:04 | More by PHBoiler
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tygry

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-05-2014 20:37:57 | More by tygry
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-04-2014 20:27:38 | More by PittBeerGirl
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Tone2467

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-27-2013 00:14:09 | More by Tone2467
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SteveLimoncello

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-21-2013 02:24:28 | More by SteveLimoncello
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ladypoojorts

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

12-18-2013 19:32:52 | More by ladypoojorts
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Nocontrol1977

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-12-2013 03:59:56 | More by Nocontrol1977
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currysmegs

Washington

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-12-2013 01:16:47 | More by currysmegs
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danieelol

Australia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-08-2013 11:24:07 | More by danieelol
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Eighty

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-05-2013 18:00:15 | More by Eighty
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-04-2013 07:23:36 | More by NonicPanic
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n2185

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:05:51 | More by n2185
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buffcityx

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-03-2013 01:37:14 | More by buffcityx
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tabhill

New York

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12-03-2013 01:16:57 | More by tabhill
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oceanpeak

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-02-2013 20:47:50 | More by oceanpeak
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scootny

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-28-2013 04:04:27 | More by scootny
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Stuck2dascript

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-27-2013 21:44:41 | More by Stuck2dascript
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-27-2013 02:08:44 | More by ldhughes3
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SUP3RDAV3

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

11-26-2013 14:50:15 | More by SUP3RDAV3
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Bobk80

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-26-2013 11:00:27 | More by Bobk80
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parkwood

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.9%

11-25-2013 04:22:57 | More by parkwood
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.