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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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1,019 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,019
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 106
Gots: 145 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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4.08/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange color with a two finger white head. The head is rather billowy, but fades relatively fast to a persistent cap on the top of the brew. Once faded, the head leaves only a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a nice pumpkin pie aroma. There is a good presence of caramel sweetened pumpkin with pumpkin spices. The heaviest of the spices are of cinnamon and nutmeg, but aromas of allspice and clove are there as well.

Taste – The taste hits heavily upfront of roasted pumpkin and some flavors of cinnamon and allspice. As the taste advances, a light brown sugar sweetness mixed with clove and ginger come to the tongue. The sweetness then fades as more roasted pumpkin comes to the tongue, and in the end, a dry roasted spiced pumpkin flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side. While traditionally I like smoothness with a pumpkin brew, the more chewy nature of this body is actually quite nicely compliments the more average to above average carbonation level.

Overall – A more roasty and dry pumpkin brew with a very interesting feel. Give it a go if you have a chance!!

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark copper to garnet red in color with moderate amounts of yeast in suspension near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer has a moderate to strong aroma of pumpkin along with pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, cardamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.

T: The beer has a light amount of sweetness with a faint hint of caramel malts and wheat. After that, there are moderately strong flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, cardamon, clove, nutmeg, and hints of ginger.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink, a very good pumpkin beer with great pumpkin flavors and lighter pumpkin pie spices - nice complexity and not overly sweet.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Cylinsier
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a yellowish amber color with an off-white lacing.

Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, sugar and a vegetable tartness.

Tastes strongly of fresh pumpkin and more subtly of pie spices like cloves and cinnamon.

Medium but robust body with light tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is the first pumpkin beer that I've had that tastes like actual fresh pumpkin. It's different, in a good way. I still prefer sweeter pumpkin ales as I think of it as a dessert-like beer, but this works pretty well and is definitely worth having.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.