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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

1,032 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,032
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 106
Gots: 154 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002

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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Ratings: 1,032 | Reviews: 332
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head and no lace. The aroma is of pumpkins with spices and a hint of toast. The flavor begins with pumpkins followed through with lots of ginger and mild bread crust notes. There's a good balance between the pumpkin and ginger. It's mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale is a good brew, great on a cool fall evening, recommended!

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of DMXLOX22
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this at my local beer spot. I have heard good things about this brew. Let's hope this lives up to the hype.

Appearance: Pours a nice, dark orange glow. The head is about an inch in thickness, but dissipates pretty quickly. Presents a nice, autumn, evening.

Smell: Presented first is a nice hint of pumpkin-pie like type of aroma. Has notes of some spices like nutmeg, some cinnamon, and maybe a slight hint of ginger. Really enjoyed how this beer's aroma presents itself. Makes me wanna dive in almost immediately.

Taste: Has a nice, sweet texture at first sip. Reminds me of toasted pumpkin-pie with a dash of maple syrup and some brown sugar. The spices compliment the palate overall. There is a subtle hint of hops that give it that sweet texture, but theres a balance of bitterness that really brings this beer together. Something that to me is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that lives a nice, dry finish. I actually enjoyed this part and would give it above average. One thing may be a little too dry to the finish.

Overall: Was not disappointed with this brew at all. At first tasting, it was an instant hit with my beer expectations. I was very impressed and the more that I sipped, the more I noticed something different with this brew. It's something that leaves you craving more and if your a fan of pumpkin beers, I strongly recommend this one. Enjoyable to the fullest! Cheers!

Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Hornet2003
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark rudy, tiny head that retains on the edge.

Smell: This is incredibly pumpkiny. Not over-the-top spicy (to be fair, spices are there), but it has such wonderful pumpkin meat aroma that this is truly a pumkiny pumpkin ale (too much pumpkin?)

Taste: Great pumpkin flavour and some nice spices mixed in. The malty backbone isn't as strong as other Pumpkins, but it is still there with it's prominent sweetness. The hops are quite subtle, almost lending their space to the spices.

Mouthfeel: Solid ale feel. Moderate carbonation. the whole beer has a subtly about it with the spices. The pumpkin gives a sweetness that reminds of eating a solid peace of pumpkin pie.

Overall: Great stuff by Elysian. They made a point of showcasing the pumpkin of this ale rather than just the spices associated with pumpkin pie. Price was reasonable (~$5.50/bomber) and it delivered on the flavour front.

Photo of brendaniel
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Colten
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Chou
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Glibber
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Petorian13
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of adkieffer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dgeebs07
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Gehrig13
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of djre4orm
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Flip2006
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jslice99
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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!

Photo of broller
3/5  rDev -23.9%

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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