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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

827 Ratings

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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 104
Gots: 95 | 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 +2.3%

DLSheidy, Sep 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

P- Wegman's

A- Copper orange color. with a one finger head that is quite cloudy.

S- clove and pumpkin spice. I detect notes of brown sugar as well. Very sweet smell.

F- pumpkin spice pie which flavor is awesome. the clove comes through great and complementary.

M- chewy and pumpkin. smooth and goes down easy.

O- great pumpkin beer. a top 3 pumpkin for me.

Dodo2step, Sep 06, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +17.6%

rkrumen, Sep 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

bret717, Sep 03, 2014
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moscow2042, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Dreamer, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt copper color. The head is a finger high, with an off-white shade. While the head has a nice creaminess, retention isn't very good. A slender ring of lacing is left on the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Yeah, this one comes off overspiced. I'm picking up a ton of ginger, nutmeg, and allspice, somewhat overpowering the notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and pie-like sweetness. I have to say, the spice levels here are somewhat offputting. (2.5)

Taste: This works a little better. The harsher spices are toned down, while the notes of gourd, cinnamon, and cream come through. Still, there's too much ginger and nutmeg on the finish - a problem many in the style suffer from. Ah well. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: It's somewhat crisp and dry, giving it solid drinkability. The latter is its crowning feature - even if the flavor profile isn't fully agreeing with me, I can still get it down very easily. Carbonation is restrained nicely. (3.5)

Overall: Not really enjoying this. There is a decent pumpkin pie character, but it's overshadowed by the spicing. More for others, plain and simple. (2.75)

2.8/5: It's not your fault I (generally) dislike this style, Elysian

ThisWangsChung, Sep 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No identifiable date on the label.

A: 3.75 Ruby red-orange body with a slight haziness. 1/2 finger of off-white head, below average retention. Light lacing.

S: 4.0 Cinnamon and nutmeg, strongly. Followed by pumpkin flesh & ginger. Raisin. Indistinct herbal notes.

T: 3.5 Spices fire first, followed by some malts and pumpkin. Tea-like tannins and herbal notes appear midway. Hops build to a fairly dry finish. Lingering hop bitterness and slightly astringent herbal spice in the aftertaste. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: 3.75 Moderate carbonation, slightly prickly. Moderate body. Good, if not a touch thinner than expected.

O: Not a bad pumpkin, although by the end I was getting more tea flavors than pumpkin or pie spice. Interesting.


fourstringer, Aug 22, 2014
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.