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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

944 Ratings

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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 110
Gots: 130 | 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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Photo of bstave
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head Tulip Pint Glass

Pours a brilliant orange leaving little head and minimal lacing. This beer smells like pumpkin pie. Big allspice and nutmeg on the nose. Taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, but pulls through quite nicely. Mouthfeel is medium. Slight bitterness in the back end. Overall, this is a nice pumpkin beer and probably one of the best examples. I like the new six pack option. Seek out for those who enjoy the style.

bstave, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of BeerDrinkingRhino
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

BeerDrinkingRhino, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

mhaugo, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of BeefSkillet
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

BeefSkillet, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Brown120, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Danimal584
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Danimal584, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap @ Elysian Brewery.
taster glass.
from notes.

Clear orange with a low, white head.

Clove and pumpkin upfront. Highlight with nutmeg, and a light note of cinnamon in the finish. Malty base.

Average body, medium, prickly, bubbly carbonation.

A well done pumpkin beer. Easy to distinguish the style and pumpkin and spices used, but they were not overwhelming as can easily happen in the style.

vkv822, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. Can't believe it's pumpkin beer season already.

The beer pours a copper amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is rather amazing though, as I get considerable pumpkin, clove, alspice and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and the amount of pumpkin flavor is astonishing. It blends well with all the spice, leading to a moderately sweet beer, which end with a dry, spice filled finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the finish is long and spice infused.

Probably one of the better pumpkin beers out there, but I confess I'm just not a big fan of the style.

John_M, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of Karoth
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Karoth, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a red-orange amber with a slight off-white head. Light lager aroma with light malt. A light malt flavor with a distinct pumpkin finish. Not too complex, but a nice spicy, light flavor and pleasant pumpkin aftertaste. A nice, light pumpkin ale.

LiquidAmber, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

savagepm, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of dominic4beer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

dominic4beer, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pumpkin and some cinnamon, as well as a light amount of tartness. The flavor is similar, only there is not tartness. I get some pumpkin as well as some nutmeg and allspice. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 21, 2012
Photo of TheEarl
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’m reviewing this from notes I’ve taken throughout numerous pours of this beer. I’ve had Night Owl from 22oz. bottles, on draft at the Elysian pub, and from a horrendously botched growler fill that left the beer completely flat (the bartender filled the growler by pouring from filled pints…).

Appearance: This beer pours an opaque brownish/orange color with a white head and lots of lacing that really sticks around.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by roasted pumpkin and spices but, as some other reviewers have noted, not exactly the pumpkin and spices smell of a pumpkin pie. Rather, Night Owl has a slightly more earthy smell than most pumpkin ales.

Taste: The taste is sweeter and more pie-centric than the aroma suggests. There are initial pangs of brown sugar and cinnamon, fading into pumpkin and a general fruit sweetness, and finishing with ginger spiciness and some crispness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is probably lighter than the average for the style. You definitely don’t get the sense that you’re swallowing a mouthful of pumpkin puree.

Overall: Night Owl is a great seasonal beer that I look forward to every year and, while I appreciate that this isn’t exactly orthodox, Night Owl served from a frosted pint glass is one of the best things about October in Seattle. That said, I have noticed, as have other aficionados I’ve conferred with, that Night Owl exhibits no small degree of quality variance from year-to-year and maybe even batch-to-batch.

TheEarl, May 18, 2012
Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +1.8%

bumchilly25, May 13, 2012
Photo of dkoehler42
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pumpkin beer features a cooked pumpkin taste as opposed to pumpkin pie taste. The color looks as though someone dropped a pumpkin into the glass/bottle. The smell and taste are consistent with the cooked pumpkin theory. This is one true American style beer picking up.

dkoehler42, May 11, 2012
Photo of StoneTSR
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer pours a completely opaque and dark burnt orange. A nice, inch-thick, off-white head sits on top and very slowly dissipates while dozens of bubbles shoot to the top. Lacing is absolutely gorgeous. Very thick.

SMELL: That is a pumpkin ale. Roasted pumpkin and allspice are the only thing the nose can pick up. This has a very assertive aroma and it smells delicious.

TASTE: With a whiff before a sip, a lot of the big, rich nose comes with, but it thins as it goes down. This is one of the most legitimately pumpkin tasting beers out there. It's not pumpkin pie spices, it is actual pumpkin flavor. That said, some of the sweetness that is often expected with this fall seasonal isn't quite there. It also is not as rich as the nose suggests. That said, strong example of a pumpkin ale.

MOUTHFEEL: This is very rich feeling, smooth and creamy beer, but the carbonation is strong enough. This will tickle on the way down.

OVERALL: I feel like this beer fills an important void in the craft beer, fall seasonal world. It is genuine pumpkin, as I mentioned above. It isn't just pumpkin flavored bubble gum or pumpkin pie spices overwhelming the actual pumpkin. It is pumpkin. And there should be a place for that.

StoneTSR, May 03, 2012
Photo of vande
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

vande, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of jeffeljefe
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jeffeljefe, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a mahogany color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is bursting with fresh baked pumpkin pie. Taste is mild by comparison, some pumpkin, malty, a bit of spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

muskiesman, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of BeerCentralWA
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rich but not overpowering. Excellent well rounded mouthfeel. Pumkin flavor is present but not overdone or artificial. Warming, rich, satisfying and heavy.
A- orange reddish amber, rich and opaque
S- malty richness, slight spice
T- tasty pumpkin and hearty spice. Pumpkin but not. Tastes life fall. rich musty malt
O- a favorite fall northwest beer.

BeerCentralWA, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a creamy khaki head that settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Sweet aromas of pumpkin, toffee, and spices (typical blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove).
T - More sweet pumpkin, toasted brown bread, toffee, and spices make up the flavor profile. Nicely balanced between the pumpkin and the spice, and quite drinkable.
M - Smooth and a touch creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and decent carbonation.
O - A solid Pumpkin Ale that does everything right, but doesn't stand out from the crowd much.

jsanford, Feb 12, 2012
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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