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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
88
very good

830 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 830
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

ejimhof, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

superspak, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very nice tones of cinimmon, pumpkin, nutmeg, with lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice touch of the spicy's, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one, recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 04, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

wrightst, Jun 28, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

I heard great things about this beer. it was nice, but not outstanding. I think one reason was the 22oz bottle. a lot of pumpkin beer to drink. Still, the good about this beer is the non-over-the-top taste and nose.
Pours a dull orange, reddish, clear body topped with a dull foamed up head. Looks good.
Pumpkin nose, with hints of brown sugar, toasted bread and faint figs.
Spice isn't bold, but enough to know this would go well with a nice holiday meal.
A bland feel to it. Would like to see more excitement here.
Does not meet expectations. had better, and definitely had worse.

Mebuzzard, Dec 25, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Pours a bright orange color with a small white head with moderate retention, leaving a thin ring on top. Little bits of lacing.

S: Very fragrant, lots of pumpkin meat along with spice. Lots of nutmeg, ginger, and clove and less cinnamon, which usually dominates pumpkin beers.

T: A continuation of the aroma, very nice combination of spices, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Plenty of pumpkin flavor and some slightly sweet malt, a touch of sugar, and a little caramel.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation, has a slightly slick feel to it.

O: Very impressed. After a string of disappointing pumpkin beers, this one hits the mark. Extremely fragrant with a ton of flavor and not fake at all.

mdaschaf, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

brandoman63, Oct 31, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at Max's today. Can't believe it's pumpkin beer season already.

The beer pours a copper amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. The nose is rather amazing though, as I get considerable pumpkin, clove, alspice and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and the amount of pumpkin flavor is astonishing. It blends well with all the spice, leading to a moderately sweet beer, which end with a dry, spice filled finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the finish is long and spice infused.

Probably one of the better pumpkin beers out there, but I confess I'm just not a big fan of the style.

John_M, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

rab53, Sep 08, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Poured a medium-dark sunset orange with a 2 finger foamy pie crust colored head that quickly gave way leaving splotchy broken arches for a lacing. Visible carbonation was strong with a stead-fast showering display of micro bubbles that remained so throughout the course of the drink.

S: The nose emitted a strong sense of fresh cinnamon and pumpkin pie along with a sweet toasted malting. There is as well a good sense of cloves, ginger and hints of French toast (as odd as that my sound). Overall the scent was a dry pumpkin spiciness that was never overbearing, but subtle with a good backing of toasted malt and pie crust.

T: The flavor was strong with cloves, ginger and sweet toasted grains and cinnamon being very pronounced, yet much like the nose was dry and came off as fresh baked pumpkin pie and not as a spice rack. A big toasty sweet malting and warm-baked pumpkin fresh from the oven smoothers the taste buds upon the swallow. The spicing compliments and never over shadows the toasted malting and baked pumpkin toast dryness which is the backbone and highlight of this drink.

M: light, smooth in character and slides off the tongue leaving a dry toasted malt and pumpkin coating.

D: Per style this was a very easy drinking pumpkin that didn't go overkill on the spices, but instead opted for a dry homegrown nature. Good drinkability as well good enjoyability with a great dry toasted nature that would fair perfect around a campfire on a chilly October evening. You could easily drink several of these, a bomber is spot on, without being overwhelmed spice wise. A solid recommend per style.

beerthulhu, Oct 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

22 oz bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber, a little rough looking, some orange hues, thick off white head forms, drops some decent lacing, good retention, and settles to a thin collar. Smell is neat, lots of spicing, cloves and cinnamon, nutmeg, rich pumpkin aroma, caramel and honey, some toasty pumpkin seeds, biscuit, corn syrup, smells pretty nice. Taste is very malty, pumpkin, caramel, honey sweetness, very biscuity, light toast, slight lemony sourness, and the spices come through in the finish, light spicy bitterness and big biscuit flavour, nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty drinkable. Spices are there but not too much, maybe because its an older bottle. A pretty nice pumpkin ale, I like.

Viggo, Jan 29, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

sendbeer, Oct 30, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into m Southern Tier tulip. It poured a dark copper color with a bubbly white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty nice lacing on the glass as i drank it as well.

The aroma has a very nice pumpkin pie spice mixture to it. I get some nutmeg and cinnamon and some pumpkin puree as well. It doesn't feel overly spicy, which a lot in the style seem to do for me. Pretty nice aroma for the style overall.

The taste also shows a nice mixture of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin puree. It's got a pleasant sweetness that helps balance out the spices. Very smooth and flavorful pumpkin beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very good beer for the style. It actually tasted more like pumpkin to me instead of a spice bomb. The sweetness also really helped balance out those spices. Probably one of the best pumpkin beers I've had, top 5 maybe.

billab914, Apr 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

dmorgan310, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

rolltide8425, Oct 19, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -11%

Picked up a bottle tonight while grabbing some wine for the wife. Great Pumpkin and Dark O' the Night are in my near future, so I thought I would start here.

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Clear, red-brown with a thin light tan head that fades to the edges very quickly.

S - Light cinnamin and cloves.

T - Graham cracker, cinnamin, malty, spices linger for a bit.

D - Heavier to medium body, low carbonation, very spicey aftertaste.

O - Pretty mild for a pumpkin beer.

HuskyinPDX, Nov 04, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

tobelerone, Aug 19, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

22oz bomber, split

appearance: served in a lakefront shaker pint - rich orange-bronze body, nice creamy tan cap with strong retention

smell: pumpkin pie, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, pale malt

taste: solid pumpkin offering - lots of good pumpkin pie spice ala nutmeg, allspice, ginger, cinnamon. Not really an abundance of pumpkin flavor but very nicely spiced and a well rounded pale malt profile.

mouthfeel: medium, creamy. very good for the style which tends to be a little bland

overall: good - looking forward to the other elysian pumpkins

dirtylou, Aug 29, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%

Thanks go out to n8dietz for picking this brew up for me.

Cloudy, copper, burnt sienna, pumkin color. Can't really make out any bubbling. Good head after the pour, and thick film of foam lasts for all 22 ounces.

Caramel toasted malts, bread, biscuits, pumkin pie spices, and pumpkin meat.

Toasted pumkin biscuits. Flavor gets thin and watery from middle to the finish. I got some more of the spices in teh middle than the pumpkin. The finish is a little thin, but does have a pumpkin meat and bread flavor.

The mouthfeel starts chewy, then finishes a little thin and watery.

scruffwhor, Nov 20, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Bottle indicates 5.9% ABV, rather than the above-mentioned 6.1%.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a light haze and a light, languid carbonation. Head is one finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: light pumpkin pie aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg. Quite festive and autumnal; I rather like it.

Taste: very light pumpkin flavor mixed in with a slightly bready, slightly caramelly malt. The pie spices persist, but are somewhat milder than in the aroma. I usually am not a fan of pumpkin beer, but I like this in spite of myself.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special.

Drinkability: this beer holds up as a session drink! I could probably quaff quite a few of these without getting bored of it. Kudos!

flagmantho, Dec 08, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a red-orange amber with a slight off-white head. Light lager aroma with light malt. A light malt flavor with a distinct pumpkin finish. Not too complex, but a nice spicy, light flavor and pleasant pumpkin aftertaste. A nice, light pumpkin ale.

LiquidAmber, Jul 31, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -11%

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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Had a pint at Elysian Fields on draught, where it's listed as 6.1% ABV.

Appearance is burnt brown with the slightest haze, a thin khaki collar and light lace.

The smell is sweet, and when colder, is exactly like Pez candies. As it warms, it goes from cotton candy to more sticky, caramel malt and spicy aroma. Weird, but awesome!

The taste is more restrained then the nose, making for an incredibly tasty balance of malt, pumpkin and spice, coming across like a smooth american style ESB or brown. This is the best pumpkin ale I've had (of granted, only maybe 5 or 6 ), and the fact that the emphasis is more on the actual pumpkin rather then the spices is probably the main reason why.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a medium body. There is a lager like crispness, although the fruity esters suggest otherwise.

The most drinkable pumpkin beer I've ever had, two pints in this sitting was no problem at all. Very apropos for fall, a great seasonal for sure!

ccrida, Oct 03, 2007
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.