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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

995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 106
Gots: 142 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Franberry, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of weerezboy
4/5  rDev +1.8%

weerezboy, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

HoptimusPrimal00, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 12/27/11
*From notes

A: It looks like a ruby hued pumpkin. Clean. A good pour yields a three finger head. Solid retention and lacing.

S: Another all-spice bomb (que rolling of eyes).

T: Shocking. More all-spice with minimal pumpkin qualities to it. Not that it's a bad thing, just not the most creative venture.

M: Packs the proverbial punch, as it's big and bold.

O: Elysian's Night Owl is yet another in a long line of decent yet unspectacular pumpkin ales. Though it isn't a bad beer, it's nothing to get worked up about, and not something I'll seek out again.

Rhettroactive, Jan 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

IrishColonial, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

PacNWDad, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by ottovon and whiterascal, poured into some Russian River stemware. According to the label, this is brewed with seven pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

Mulled cider brown. Great color, with near perfect clarity. A half-finger of fizzy, pinkish head pops away to a thin ring, leaving no lace.

Smooth and aromatic. Lots of roasted pumpkin flesh and apple cider. Fruity, with a hint of tartness and spices: lots of cinnamon, some clove, nutmeg.

The flavor's a lighter version of the aroma. Fruity and sweet, with hints of roast pumpkin, lightly toasted bread and touches of caramel. Lots of ginger and cinnamon as well, both of which linger for a long while. Flash of cranberry at the swallow.

Smooth medium-light body; a bit fizzy; light, massaging bubbles. There’s no alcohol; just some lingering tartness and spice esters.

Night Owl isn’t as good as expected, but it’s not bad either. A smooth blend with no outstanding flavors.

Phelps, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

brez8791, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

KSimley, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown with a finger of sticky off-white head.

Smells like actual pumpkin. Some all-spice is present, but spices are subdued for the most part.

Starts off with some cinnamon spiciness. Some body and real pumpkin flavor are detectable and finishes with a distinct peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is medium along with carbonation.

It's nice they actually use pumpkin in this. I hate ones that are only spices. Spices are subdued and balanced in this one with a thicker rich mouthfeel than most other similar beers. Very tasty.

jmarsh123, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Anew, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

jilly425, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - typical pumpkin brown, nice head and lace that lasts

S - much spicer than pumpkin aroma, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon and some brown sugar

T - Not a lot of pumpkin flavor but lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Weird blend of spices. Would like to have tasted more pumpkin, a little watered down

M - Medium body and a little under carbonated. Spicy finish but doesn't last very long

O - Not one of the best pumpkins I've had but if one likes more spice in their beer than this is for you

VaTechHopHead, Dec 04, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite but a Great Pumpkin Ale! (My favorite is from Shock Top)

from Elysian:

Pumpkin Ale

Light to Medium

A very drinkable pumpkin ale—brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.

Pale, Munich, Crystal

Lightly bittered with Magnum

Both roasted and raw pumpkin seeds are in the mash, with pumpkin added to the mash, kettle and fermenter.

ABV: 5.9%

IBU: 18

Fall Seasonal — 1/2 Bbl kegs, 22 oz bottles

robmorris31, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

deapokid, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

beerdedpunk, Dec 03, 2011
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.