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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,002 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 326
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 107
Gots: 142 | 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.

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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
Photo of muskiesman
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
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
Photo of HoptimusPrimal00
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

HoptimusPrimal00, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
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
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of towlea25
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

IrishColonial, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of PacNWDad
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
Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -23.7%

brez8791, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of KSimley
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
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.