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

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

Had on tap at the Capitol Hill location. Elysian's original pumpkin ale made with real pumpkin, pale, munich, and crystal malts; green and roasted pumpkin seeds, and with the pumpkin in the mash, boiler, and fermenter. Bittered with magnum hops. Spiced with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. 6.1%, starting gravity of 14.9 degrees plato. Poured amber with almost no head and lightly carbonated. Smells of vanilla, nutmeg, orange, and fresh pumpkin. Taste also has evidence of real pumpkin being used. Nice to find some creamy slightly slick real pumpkin flavors instead of just extracts and pie spice. Light spice on finish as well as a fruitiness throughout. A little thin and slightly undercarbonated, but still nice.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beuatifully with lots of carbonation and a small white head. Nose is big pumpkin and spices right away. Taste carried a strong hint of cinnnamon, nutmeg and allspice but the pumpkin is king and lots of it. Mouthfeel is sweet and warming. Damn good brew.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wl0307
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Coming in a slim 650ml brown bottle, BB 10/08/2013, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with light haze, coming with a light beige foamy head with good retention and light carbonation.
S: amber malts, dried longan-fruit flesh, thick nectar, sweet leafy herbs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and semi-lactic sourness as of light-coloured prunes. All cramped together, messy and one-dimensional. Quite acidic also.
T: lightly effervescent, light bodied, thin and savoury-acidic fruity accompanied with notes of light herbal/spiced tea, hawthorn fruits, prunes, loose-bodied semi-caramely sweetness, faint anise seeds, and lingering thin-bodied sourness as of prunes and prune skins, with a light tannic edge to it. The finish is not possible to separate from the main flavour profile, as the sourness overall quite frankly storms its way through…
M&O: medium level of carbonation, thin-plus bodied, the acidity comes too much at the expense of the balance, and all in all I can’t understand what the flavour profile tries to deliver to me. I suppose really this ale cannot be consumed past its suggested Best Before date?

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangish amber with a white head and some lacing. The aroma is inviting and has big notes of pumpkin, fruit, spice and hops. The flavor is well balanced with fruity notes and pumpkin, vanilla, caramel, cream and subtle cinnamon like spice. Full bodied ale with ample carbonation. Overall, an above average pumpkin ale.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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.

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hops and Pie.

A: Pours a clear light copper with an initial half-inch white head which fades leaving bits of lace.

N: Faint pumpkin meat with associated spices and nutty notes along with some vegetal quality.

T: Typical pumpkin spices with emphasis on ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly thin. Spices linger on the finish.

O: Nice for the style without the overwhelming spicy profile.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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