Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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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
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
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
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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