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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

827 Ratings

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 104
Gots: 95 | 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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

CoryR, Sep 24, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -13%

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.

ksimons, Sep 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

troegaarden, Sep 22, 2012
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4.3/5  rDev +10%

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.

Hoptometrist, Sep 22, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -27.6%

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.

microbrewlover, Sep 21, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

beerandcycling88, Sep 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

darinlstewart, Sep 21, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

alpinebryant, Sep 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

skaboom420, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

lccrunchy, Sep 20, 2012
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1.63/5  rDev -58.3%

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...

gNasty, Sep 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

andrewborstein, Sep 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.3%

jessicapreuss, Sep 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

MEW, Sep 19, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

Brenden, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Lee_Hancock, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

iKrystin, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

comfortablynirm, Sep 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

rfreed, Sep 16, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

mdaschaf, Sep 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

circus_cat, Sep 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

heddar33, Sep 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mgironta, Sep 13, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

57md, Sep 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

UnoMasBelgian, Sep 12, 2012
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.