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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

936 Ratings

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Ratings: 936
Reviews: 320
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 110
Gots: 127 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

SeanPowell22, Apr 17, 2014
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

leftoverburrito, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy burnt orange caramel with a medium beige head. Aroma and taste is of sweet pumpkin pie, nut meg, some fruity notes with some toasted malt and caramel malt. Palate is a medium body, good carbonation and slightly crisp mouth feel. Finishes with a sweet pumpkin pie nutmeg flavor with some toasted grains and caramel and mild hops bitter notes for balance. This brew was quite good not overly sweet for pumpkin ale and nicely balanced, a good drinking brew.

Samp01, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Kramerbarthomer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Kramerbarthomer, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

ArtZan, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of ToddO
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

ToddO, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Zetcha7x, Mar 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

makeitavintage, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An old pumpkin beer. 12oz. bottle into a Pizza Boy pint.

Pours a foamy 1 finger white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark mahogany. Lacing is thick and stringy with excellent stick. A real nice looking brew.

Nose is cinnamon, sugar cookie, brown sugar, and sweet pumpkin spice. Mellow. Actually pretty nice.

Opens cinnamon, pumpkin spice and a slight yeast. More of the same with sugar cookie, oatmeal and spice in the middle. Ends sweet with the same aftertaste. Decent.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down easy and crisp. Finishes clean with a barely lingering aftertaste. Quite drinkable.

Seems pumpkin beers don't age at all. I don't think the flavor in this one has changed in the past 7-8 months. Still solid as ever!

SpeedwayJim, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +1.8%

DOCRW, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Shaimless
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

Shaimless, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of topdown
4/5  rDev +1.8%

topdown, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy pale copper with a fading head.
Nose shows currants, fruit cake, candied fruit, golden syrup and soft pumpkin.
Pretty similar flavours, although the pumpkin is more prominent and there's less sweetness. Still a lot of the christmas pudding-like spices. Finishes a little short, could use a longer lasting malty finish.
Nice moderately high carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Durge, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

AMarkle6524, Jan 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

BH712, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

gillagorilla, Jan 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

beer-me-please, Jan 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

MachoMan410, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of RickS95
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Doesn't look like much body from the pour. Mostly a dark copper color, but a bit clear for my liking. The head is a dingy white and a finger thick. Small bubbles in the middle and larger bubbles around the edge. Little to moderate, closer to little, retention. The tiniest of spotty lacing.

Smells pretty bitchin'. Caramel malts, smothered in a variety of pumpkin spices...heavy on the cinnamon and ginger. Nothing else is remotely noticeable.

Extremely spice forward taste. All pumpkin spices and little else.

So much potential, but it just misses. There's little body, it needs more as it feels like a spicy light beer. Very spicy, just not enough body to chew on. More than anything, it feels like a spiced tea or something wassail-like. Spicy bitter finish, but it leaves you wanting more.

It's not bad, it's just got too many things missing. It needs more body and more alcohol. If you're into the lighter end of the spectrum, you need to try this.

RickS95, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Lehighace06, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

JMohl3, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Belittle, Jan 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

PHBoiler, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

tygry, Jan 05, 2014
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.