Night Owl Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,022 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,022
Reviews: 329
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 106
Gots: 148 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002)
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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Capone's - Thanks to witbier for his generosity! Shared w/ my bro tenderbranson69. Poured chilled into my DFH signature glass from the 22oz bomber.

A - Slightly hazy light bronze w/ 2 1/2 fingers of custard like smooth head. Sporadic lace collects like creamy camouflage, the bead is fine

S - Very aromatic w/ lots of clove and other pumpkin pie spices. Mild vegetal notes w/ cinnamon and vanilla-like accents w/ subtle nutmeg, allspice ginger in there as noted on the label

M - A creamy texture w/ moderate carbonation and spicy, but not really phenolic textures, more sugary and slightly warm from spice w/ a semi-sweet finish and medium body

T - A malty fruity ale taste w/ yeast + malt cohesion upfront followed by a nutmeg, allspice and clove flavor w/ subtle ginger and cinnamon. The pumpkin gives a nice texture/flavor w/ creamy maltiness and light cinnamon in the residual taste. A light pumpkin butter-like tang in the last few sips as a gentle zest from the ginger seems more pronounced -w/ a nice spiced sweet finish

D - This does not taste like any average pumpkin ale, very spiced and has good drinkability, but not something I would want more than a bomber of - splitting this seemed just right.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Nutmeg, cinnamon & some pumpkin

T: Nutmeg, cinnamon, & pumpkin up front. Dryness & more of the same as this warms, plus a bit booze on the edges. Finishes with cinnamon, a hint of grain & a bit of caramel

MF: Light/medium body, slightlty over carbonatnated

Drinks okay, was hoping for more flavor & malt depth from these guys. This is still a style with more misses than hits for me

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangish amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and malty along with some fruity notes. Pumpkin, bready malt, perhaps some spices.

Taste: Not as oddly fruity as the smell. Pumpkin and a malty nuttiness. The malt flavor is a bit different than other beers, I'm thinking the pumpkin seeds have something to do with that. There is a spice profile, but it is very mild. The finish is malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a good beer, quite different from other spiced pumpkin beers. They went with a milder approach. Decent beer and I would have it again.

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Recently attended a pumpkin beer tasting at Mike's place. The two pumpkin beers from Elysian were the best IMO. This one slightly under the other.

Beer is orange and nearly clear, slightly darker than the Great Pumpkin but is moderately carbonated. Not much of a head on this one and not much lacing as a result.

Aroma is moderately spicy with a definite pumpkin presence. More nutmeg and less cinnamon than the Great Pumpkin.

Beer is light in body and a little sweet. The spices come through but the pumpkin doesn't take center state here. Drinkability is OK, better if you like nutmeg and allspice, but I'm not really feeling this one all that much.

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at ?

Poured clear orange-copper with a nice head. Malts in the nose and some pumpkin. Pretty much straight-up malts and the pumpkin and spice is not too spectacular, as opposed to other brews of the style. Like, when I order a pumpkin beer, I want pumpkin and spice...no need for subtlety. Light-medium mouthfeel, a bit watered down. Fairly drinkable, but not worth going out of the way for.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/16/11 notes. On tap at Meridian Pint. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark reddish amber brown color with one inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pumpkin, bready malts, and very light nutmeg. Not too sweet and not a ton going on other than pumpkin.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, light gingerbread, bready malts, nutmeg.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth.

o - Overall a decent pumpkin ale, but not my favorite. Think some others I was with really enjoyed it but I like them a bit sweeter and with more nutmeg/gingerbread to them. Would give it another shot.

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a bisquity pumpkin scent along with an array of spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.. The taste is good as well. It has a solid grist of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts along with a large pumpkin and spice flavor. It's a smooth drinking beer with little to no pumpkin bitterness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a very well done pumpkin beer. Some of these are too malty. Some are too spicey. Some are really dry and pumpkin filled. This is a well rounded, highly drinkable beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours orange amber with a thin off-white head that disappears after a bit. Some dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of pumpkin pie spices with an amber maltiness background.

The taste is of cinnamon, ginger and all the other usual spicings that make up a pumpkin beer - spicy, but not overly done - with a firm backdrop of amber maltiness. Sweet and spicy with a hop bitterness in the back that keeps it well-balanced, though not interfering with the taste.

The body hits medium-bodied (barely), but is smooth. The lightness of the body adds to the drinkability, but could use some heft/chewiness.

A very drinkable pumpkin ale, as the spices are there, but not overwhelming, with a nice balance to it.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pumpkin and some cinnamon, as well as a light amount of tartness. The flavor is similar, only there is not tartness. I get some pumpkin as well as some nutmeg and allspice. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep amber color that has copper highlights to it, when held up to the light the beer shows a rich copper hue. Ah, the aroma brings a smile to my face, fleshy, caramelized squash aromatics are accentuated by notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. I like that the actual pumpkin is noticeable here in the aroma, certainly the spice notes are a bit more piquant, but the spices are not used too overzealously and the vegetable squash notes add a nice spiciness of its own.

Fairly dry tasting, especially given how sweet the spices make this beer smell. The beer finishes with a bite of nutmeg, a flash of pumpkin meat, a lingering ginger piquancy and a touch of pepper like spice. I could use a touch more body here, but there is a touch of heft to this beer; the holiday season just sees me wanting a bit more richness in this beer (though it has a lot more body than some of the poorer examples of the style, Buffalo Bill I am looking at you). The malt contributes a hint of caramelized sweetness as well as a touch of toasty grain towards the finish, for the most part though this beer is about the spices and the pumpkin. There is enough malt to provide just enough texture and sweetness to support the more dominant flavors. The sweetness is accentuated by the cinnamon notes in the middle.

This is a good example of a "standard" pumpkin ale. The usual base beer style, but it has enough body and the touch of real pumpkin to keep me happy.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber from Liquid Solutions,

A: Pours a beautiful pumpkin orange colour, with a solid, slightly fizzy white head. Some lace which is extremely rare in a Pumpkin Ale.

S: A lot more pumpkin flesh, squash character at first, the spice notes are light in the nose, I get nutmeg and clove distinctly, and a bit of spiced cream.

T: The spice and cream notes from the nose continue in the taste where they are met by the distinct pumpkin. Allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg are clearly evident, the beer ends on a full clove bite. Let it roll over the tongue a couple of times ere the swallow as it continues to evolve with each moment.

M: Nice body for a pumpkin beer, I find that many pumpkin brews are overly light and fizzy, but this has a nice heft to it, yet it's light enough for easy drinking.

D: Very easy to drink, I could have finished the bomber in 5 minutes, it's that drinkable, however, I milked it a bit since this is the only bottle I have of this. Excellent pumpkin ale, I hear Elysian are coming into the Southland soon, this beer made a great first impression.

Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 1" head the falls apart slowly.

Smell: pumpkin spices are easy to detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel and big pumpkin pie flavors with some cinammon and nutmeg. Nice bitterness brings the sweetness into check. This beer does not impart the fake pumpkin flavors so many other beers exhibit. Nice bold flavors.

Mouthfeel: crisp to start, less so towards the finish. Aftertaste is short-lived as the spices leave the tongue quickly. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: this is probably one of the better tasting pumpkin ales I have had. It goes down easy and several pints could be quaffed in a session.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark copper to garnet red in color with moderate amounts of yeast in suspension near the surface of the beer. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: This beer has a moderate to strong aroma of pumpkin along with pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, cardamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.

T: The beer has a light amount of sweetness with a faint hint of caramel malts and wheat. After that, there are moderately strong flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon, cardamon, clove, nutmeg, and hints of ginger.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and easy to drink, a very good pumpkin beer with great pumpkin flavors and lighter pumpkin pie spices - nice complexity and not overly sweet.

Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of woodychandler
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

I simply got very little head from my pour before it dissipated into wisps. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. It had a great cinnamon-spice nose. Mouthfeel was medium with a sweet spiciness on the tongue, very pumpkin pie-like. Between those of us drinking this one, we guessed nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. The nutmeg was prevalent throughout. The finish was very dry, no doubt from the presence of all of the spices. I would put this as # 3 for me in terms of pumpkin ales, behind Southern Tier's Pumking and Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin. Heady company, indeed!

Photo of corby112
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with some hazy golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off-white frothy head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Nice spicy pumpkin pie aroma with hints of clove, brown sugar, cinnamon, pureed pumpkin, nutmeg and a nice caramel malt. Kind of smells like liquid pumpkin pie with very subtle hops.

Very spicy up front with a lot of cloves, cinnamon and brown sugar with a medium creamy malt backbone and some nice pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, subtle hops and ginger in the dry finish. Alcohol is well-hidden and pretty much undetectable. This beer is slightly watered down with a lot of the pumpkin pie notes coming through in the aftertaste.

Photo of superspak
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but was purchased recently. Pours hazy orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with nice retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big authentic pumpkin, clove, allspice, caramel, gingerbread, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, and light herbal. Fantastic aromas with great strength and balance; this smells like I opened a can of pumpkin puree, very authentic. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, caramel, toast, allspice, clove, and herbal. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, gingerbread, caramel, toast, allspice, nutmeg, clove, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance of flavors with a ton of authentic pumpkin; awesome malt/spice balance; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Pumpkin ale. Great authentic pumpkin flavor with well balanced spices; extremely smooth to drink. Easily the best I have had in the pumpkin ale style.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,022 ratings.