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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

740 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 81
Gots: 54 | 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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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange color with a small off-white head that thinned to a light layer, leaving some bits of lacing.

S - pumpkin bread, nutmeg and other spices

T - nice blend of spiced and pumpkin flavors, not overpowering with any one flavor just a good balanced tasting brew.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - a tasty, easy drinking pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 21:39:39 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This years night owl pours a deep orange rubyish brew with a good fluffy white head that leaves great lacing.

Nose is nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin. Some marzen like graininess and a bit of clove.

Taste follows. Spices, pumpkin, very marzeny actually, sort of weak. Stronger in the nose than it is here. Thin.

Mouthfeel is too thin, but ok all around. Would like a little more body on this one, this is probably part of the reason this seems so marzen like to me. Really it is like a beefed up marzen.

Drinkability is quite good, a good choice for an oktoberfest brew, as it is like a marzen with a bit more body and harsher spice flavoring.

Overall a good pumpkin ale, but i would much rather drink a few of the locals here. There is something about bottled pumpkin ales that just dont do the trick for me. (Unless of course the pumpkin is mixed in with an imperial chocolate porter) haha. Still a good sessionable fall brew. This beer is much better on tap, but even then it can't touch the quality of their "Great Pumpkin" try some!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 05:58:11 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twenty-two ounce bomber bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Appearance: Impressive, deep, dark orange hue with a big, robust, foamy head that deposited a thick film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Pumpkin-pie, inviting aroma with a host of deep spices, including, but not limited to, allspice, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg...
Taste: As a personal fan of pumpkin ales, this was definitely one of the better ones I've come across this season... Robust pumpkin flavor with all the aforementioned spices noticeable in the nose...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel...
Great level of drinkability...
Very good example of the style...
Highly recommended if you are a fan of pumpkin ales...

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 19:29:55 | More by dsa7783
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everetends

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle thanks to Wetpaperbag from the LNBA BIF. Poured into a standard pint for sipping pleasure.

A: Pours a really interesting amber, orange color. Had a good finger of white head that doesn't really have any retention, falterind gown to a thin ring that trys what it can as far as lacing.

S: Smell is . . . uh . . . pumpkin. Lots of pumpkin. Then there is nutmeg, a good portion. Then there is a bit of brown sugar smell that is a bit of a turn off. It smells like the brown sugar smell you get from baked beans. Not exactly pleasant when you are drinking beer.

T: Taste is again of some serious pumpkin melded to some really nice malts. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove are all over this flavor profile. Hops are barely there. This tastes like Thanksgiving smells.

M: Light side of Medium in body. Coats a bit. Carbonation is medium and allows this beer to go down pretty easy. Really nice spices in the aftertaste. No trace of any alcohol.

D: This beer is pretty tasty but the flavors are not something I want to taking on all night long. Still a good beer and not bad to share a bomber with buddy or lady. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 05:43:17 | More by everetends
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LunaChick

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours copper with a rich cream head. Good retention and a nicely laced glass. Pumpkin in the aroma along with hints of vanilla and spice--mostly clove but some cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is rich with pumkin backed by spices with some nuttiness in the middle. Malts kick in--but not quite enough. A slight balance of hop spice in the end but not a "bite" The abv is just over 6 percent but the alcohol warmth is immediate and becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Pumpkin flavors become more pronounced with warmth as well. This beer is good but slightly watery in the mouth as it seems to be in need of more malt. Its the alcohol that really gets me on this one. Its not something I can drink more than one of because its so warm. Otherwise I did enjoy it and found it to be better than other pumpkin brews.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2008 05:06:15 | More by LunaChick
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Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, pours clear orangy amber, fine white lace all over the glass afte the head slowly cleared out. Nose is purely of a nice pumpkin pie, mostly about the pumpkin and less about the associated spices. More quality brew from the folks at Elysian. Understated in the approach, this pumpkin infused offering does not over do it spice/pumpkin flavor wise. Nice fall seasonal. Moderate sweetness, moderate hops, more pumpkin essence in the finish. Worth a try if you enjoy the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 01:59:59 | More by Billolick
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian- Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

A- Clear golden dark orange with a thick good lacing frothy head.
S- Spicy vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg malt with a hint of vanilla.
T- Sweet caramel malt with a good infusion of spicy vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and graham cracker.
M- Sweet thick malt dominates with a spicy dry finish.

Overall- Very tasty and 1 of the best I've had in 2008.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 19:55:09 | More by NJpadreFan
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erikm25

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This pours a heavy burnt orange mixed with an amber and rustic hue. A medium off white fluffy head. The head had a very light orange haze as well. Retention is decent as is the lacing.

S: The pumpkin smell is amazingly strong. Even from the outset of the pour I could pick up the strong aromas of pumpkin pie and nutmeg. Amazing that a beer could actually remind me of opening a piping hot oven on Thanksgiving day. Also, the nutmeg and brown sugar aromas are present giving it a nice sharp smell.

T: The aroma is a lot to live up too. There is a great pumpkin flavor here but I was hoping for just a tad more. I was actually hoping for a real overkill on pumpkin so maybe this expectation was unreal. Regardless, the spices, peppers, cinnamon, and nutmeg add a nice feel to the taste and bring out the pumpkin pie qualities even more. Vanilla slightly appears in the aftertaste.

M: This is medium bodied yet impressively creamy. Great mouth feel and medium carbonation.

D: Overall I found this to be very drinkable. Most likely will jump into a few more before the end of the fall season. At the very least I think having this closer to room temperature is worth a try. The aroma is one of the best I have ever smelled and the taste was quality. Just a little more body and a little more pumpkin taste and this would have been perfect.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 03:24:47 | More by erikm25
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Gmann

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty amber color, almost pumpkin like, with an average egg-shell colored head that settled into a sparse cap with some random lacing on the glass. The aroma is of pumpkin and nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Perfectly balanced in the aroma, nice pumpkin pie flavor. The taste is of a caramel malt, some grains, light pumpkin, heavy nutmeg, and cinnamon. You can almost feel the dry nutmeg powder. The feel is fairly light, with active carbonation, crisp, finishes sweet and very dry. Starts off nice but fizzles towards the end. Could use less nutmeg, more allspice, malt body and more pumpkins in the mash.

*2010 Edit
The actual pumpkin flavor seems stronger and doesn't seem to have a heavy nutmeg presence. The ale is still quite dry and the malt is perfect for a pumpkin ale, though very carbonated. Boosting up the score a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 03:44:54 | More by Gmann
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julian

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle bought today at Whole Foods in Bellevue, WA. Shared with a non-BA friend.

A: Completely clear golden pale amber color with very minimal head that quickly disappears.

S: Aroma is dominated by pumpkin and nutmeg...and not much else.

T&M: Taste is mostly dominant of pumpkin flavors. Spices include the ever present nutmeg, some clove and mild cinnamon taste, there's also a ginger presence that balances out the sweetness from the malt and pumpkin flavors.

D: Pretty good. For a seasonal, local pumpkin ale this is pretty good but these speciality flavored beers are only good in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 03:10:46 | More by julian
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A friend of mine obtained a 22oz bottle somehow. I have a feeling it was through New Belgium. The pour was a orange to amber color with great clarity and good soft white head. Good head retention and lacing. I really like the color.

The nose is more along the lines of a pumpkin pie style spiced ale. Spices come out with a nice blend. Cloves comes out strong but not over the top as you can detect the nutmeg and cinnamon. A light malt backing with some notes of caramel and some toasty notes. Would have liked more malt but good.

The taste is more in balance. The malt comes out more with sweet kettle caramel and a light bready note on the backend. Some astringency is a deterrent but not over the top. The pumpkin comes out nicely but is somewhat hidden by the spices. Although is very noticeable in the finish and leaves a last finish. The spice is blended well with noticeable cloves and nutmeg. Cinnamon backs off but its ok. A noticeable vegi finish but not crazy.

The body is moderate to light. Definitely would have liked more body on this one. Nice pumpkin finish and good carbonation. Overall a good pumpkin beer but would have liked more pumpkin and less spice. This might have been fixed by just adding more body to it though.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 21:57:07 | More by Oxymoron
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice clear dark copper color. Finger width head, with good lacing. Looks good.

S- Great spice smell, creamy pumpkin mixed with a nice dash of nutmeg. This smells very creamy, like a good pumpkin pie should be. There is also a toasty smell that comes from the pumpkin seeds that are used in the brewing process.

T- Nutmeg is very present, at first, then the pumpkin taste comes through with the spices and creaminess. Then the roasted/toasted pumpkin seed taste. Very tasty, nice and hearty. Not too sweet, but also a good amount of savory.

M- Feels good in the mouth like a beer should.

D- Drinks easy and goes well with hearty foods.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 01:25:38 | More by Wetpaperbag
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very nice tones of cinimmon, pumpkin, nutmeg, with lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice touch of the spicy's, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 19:34:10 | More by Wasatch
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tayner

Arizona

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle that has been in my DBF for about 4 months as i was afraid to try it.

Poured a crystal clear amber color with a with whispy head that dissipated to nothing and left no lacing. Some head retention would have made this much nicer to look at, perhaps due to age though.

Smell was of nutmeg and cloves, perhaps some allspice, and roasted pumpkin seeds too.

Taste was like a pumpkin pie smoothie that was strained as the texture was a bit watery. It had all the tastes of pumpkin pie without all the over the top sweetness a real pie has. I cant believe how it tastes like real pumpkin and not pumpkin 'flavored'. nice

Mouthfeel was a bit watery on this one which maybe is good since i have to drink 22 oz of it. I think for drinkability factor if it were a bit thicker and bottled in 12 oz bottles it would be nicer.. or thicker in 22 oz bottles you could pass around after thanksgiving dinner instead of pie!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 18:56:58 | More by tayner
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udubdawg

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber

Pours a deep orange/amber, excellent clarity, with a half inch of nearly white foam. Better than decent retention and spotty lacing. Very enticing.

Nose is spicy pumpkin. Actually I should have said pumpkin with some spices as the orange veggie is the predominant aroma. Usually I hate pumpkin beers that are all spice and no pumpkin, but in this case I'd like a little extra spiciness. There's little to quibble about though - this is an excellent pumpkin-y aroma.

More spiciness comes across the palate, but I find the pumpkin flavor less satisfying than the aroma. Fresh, and creamy across the palate, if a bit thin. Then again, I'm not sure I could drink a full-bodied beer this pumpkin-y. Citrus peaks it's head up in the finish.

I just wish it came in a 12-oz bottle. No other beer comes to mind that I so thoroughly enjoy, yet so quickly am ready to move on to something else. I'm sticking a cork in this bottle and finishing it tomorrow - half a bottle satisfied my pumpkin fix just fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:28:38 | More by udubdawg
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark amber body with small, scant white head.

Smell: Nicely aromatic pumpkin and crystal malt scent, with notes of ginger and spices.

Taste: Syrupy, sweet malt flavor with toasted pumpkins and that squasy/vegetal twang you always seem to find in these things. Spicy kick. Mild hop bitterness. Finishes with a toasty spiciness and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and, much to my dismay, some ginger.

Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty decent, the beer improves quite a bit upon warming.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 23:58:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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rallison

California

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dark amber with a 1/2 finger head that mostly dies and leaves no lacing.

S: Pumpkin followed by familiar spices.

T: Definitely dominated by pumpkin with a fair bit of pumpkin pie sort of spicing. The taste is decent here, but I can only sort of get into it. I will credit it with being an overall good flavor profile with a better than average malt backing.

M: Medium carbonation with a decent overall mouthfeel.

D: Good but not great.

Overall, a good pumpkin beer. Still not a style I really love (aside from Ichabod), but nonetheless pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 09:49:12 | More by rallison
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Capitol Hill location. Elysian's original pumpkin ale made with real pumpkin, pale, munich, and crystal malts; green and roasted pumpkin seeds, and with the pumpkin in the mash, boiler, and fermenter. Bittered with magnum hops. Spiced with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. 6.1%, starting gravity of 14.9 degrees plato. Poured amber with almost no head and lightly carbonated. Smells of vanilla, nutmeg, orange, and fresh pumpkin. Taste also has evidence of real pumpkin being used. Nice to find some creamy slightly slick real pumpkin flavors instead of just extracts and pie spice. Light spice on finish as well as a fruitiness throughout. A little thin and slightly undercarbonated, but still nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2007 16:32:34 | More by Georgiabeer
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mcallister

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty copper colored with a thick creamy head that demonstrates great depth. Lasts for a long time as well causing a mustache after each sip.

Balance is key here. Thick cereal malt that lends a graham cracker hand. More malty aroma intertwines itself with light all spice and nutmeg with hints of pumpkin. A swirl of cinnamon and a floral ester round it out.

Again very nicely balanced. Drinks like a full flavored english brown with pumpkin pie spices and graham crackers added. A very good approach to the style; get the base right than add the spice. Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Highly drinkable toffee laden, pumpkin beer. One of the better ones I've sampled.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 20:46:33 | More by mcallister
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beuatifully with lots of carbonation and a small white head. Nose is big pumpkin and spices right away. Taste carried a strong hint of cinnnamon, nutmeg and allspice but the pumpkin is king and lots of it. Mouthfeel is sweet and warming. Damn good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2007 05:18:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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woemad

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. No freshness date. Label features a negative-image photo of what looks like a Great Horned Owl (Bird Advocates can correct me if I'm wrong) and lists the abv as 6.5%.

Pours a dark amber color with about an inch of off-white foam. While the head mostly subsides after about three minutes, a skiff of foam endures. Modest sheets of lace that eventually subside into spots and streaks.

The nose consists of pumpkin spiciness and sweetness. Very much reminds me of the slice of pumpkin pie I had after Thanksgiving.

The taste is similar to the smell. It starts with a mildly sharp spiciness, then becomes sweeter as the tastebuds get coated. There's an aftertaste that reminds me more of pumpkin seeds than pumpkin pie. Not a terribly complex tasting brew, but it does what it sets out to do - give the drinker a pumpkin tasting beer.

Medium bodied, with a prickly, effervescent mouthfeel.

Not a bad seasonal beer, and a big improvement over the only other pumpkin beer I've had (Shipyard). This might be a decent beer to crack open after a meal, but if you're having pumpkin pie for dessert, it might be overkill. I'm not sure I'd want to drink several of these at a sitting. Still, I enjoyed it as a stand alone beer after lunch while watching football.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 21:18:31 | More by woemad
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the third beer that my wife brought back for me from Seattle. Thought it was a good idea to crack it open on Halloween. Poured it into pint glasses. Had the typical look and smell of pumpkin ales. Did not have a lot of carbonation (a bit of a let down) so not much head. Had a nice taste, but differed from most other brands, as the taste was more pumpkin than spice. The more subtle flavor made this beer very drinkable. This is a great example of the style, but not the best I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 03:16:49 | More by morebeergood
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the spirit of All Hallow's Eve I poured Elysian's Night Owl pumpkin ale. My previous meetings with this have been very good, and this one starts fabulously--it's a beautiful beer. The pour produces a torrent of bubbles swirling around to eventually form a three-finger head (kind of like a nitro-tap does, but not quite that awesome). It's rocky and creamy, on top of a beautiful burnt amber color which appropriately reminds of the dark autumn leaves. And it leaves a good bit of lace as the drink disappears. [By the way, this site currently states the ABV as unlisted/unknown. On this bottle it states 6.5%]

Aroma is musty and faintly spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg coming out strongest. And it actually smells like pumpkin. Most pumpkin ales smell like pumpkin pie spices exclusively, but there's a sense here of sticking your head right into the guts of the big orange holiday gourd (or is it a squash? or is a squash a gourd? Sorry if I've offended any master-gardeners out there).

Taste? Tasty. Really tasty. The spicy notes are just that, notes...the pumpkin flavor is bold but not too overdone, and it's helped along with a kind of milky creaminess in both the flavor and mouthfeel. The finish lingers long, and it's this aspect of the beer that is most pleasing. The sour/bitter and mildly funky aftertaste adds a few extra layers of complexity and enjoyment.

Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I'd hoped, but still delivers zest in the carbonation and ample creaminess, which really goes well with this sort of beer.

Perhaps the greatest pumpkin ale yet. Jury's out on that, of course, but so far it's my #1 choice. [Addendum: Southern Tier's Pumking now reigns!!! But Night Owl is still wonderful.]

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 22:32:13 | More by Metalmonk
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pwoods

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks again Tayner for this trade.

22oz. bomber poured into a pint. No dating.

A: Pours a deep amber with plenty of haze and some ruby hues in the light. <1 finger of chunky, dirty blonde head that fades quickly. No lacing.

S: Very spicy nose. Obviously pumpkin but big notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Slight undertone of bananas as well. Alcohol isn't listed but I can pick up some spiky phenols here and there.

T/M: Very first think I noticed was a distinct toasted seed taste. You can really taste the "real" pumpkin pie(made by hand with pie pumpkins). Malts aren't overly sweet like a fake pumpkin pie, either. The spices are spot on. Mouthfeel is a little less than I wanted... not quite creamy.

D: Easy to drink and perfect for right now. Other than this time of the year, I don't think I could see myself drinking pumpkin ales, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 01:32:12 | More by pwoods
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this ale both on-tap and from the bottle. This is a 22 oz. bottle pour, early October 2007. "Ale brewed with Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds & Fermented with Spices". Listed currently on the website at 6.1% ABV.

A: Pours a fairly murky-looking amber, a thin veil of cloudiness. Head pours full and fizzy , at one point over two fingers, but fades quickly to a thin ring of tightly-knit bubbles. A few streams of carbonation, but fairly dull otherwise.

S: Nothing artificial or overtly spiced about this one: it's all about the pumpkin. Fleshy, earthy, hinted with nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon, but respectfully subtle. Faint aroma of gingerbread.

T: Quite earthy, even a little sour/tart. This is a pumpkin ale that focuses on the dirty & musty "gourd" taste of pumpkin, rather than on the sweet and spicy taste of pie and spice. Malty in the form of lightly toasted nuts, but with an interesting citrus bite (orange?), tart fruit follow-up. Is that sourness in the finish? Yes, certainly a fruit/tart sourness...

M: A medium-bodied pumpkin ale, subtly carbonated but with a fuller, more-clingy, medium-full mouthfeel. Not quite velvety, but certainly one that sticks on all parts of the mouth...

D: Not too heavily spiced, well-balanced between malty and earthy/hoppy traits, and with some heavier bitter backing notes. All in all, an ale I'll look forward to, year after year. Certainly recommended - although, with a caveat: this is NOT for everyone - will be way too tart and earthy for the spicy-sweet pumpkin ale lover.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 22:17:47 | More by msubulldog25
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.