Blight Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev +1.2%
A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin spices are present in the nose - cinnamon seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the cinnamon flavors are a litte subdued and there are also notes of pumpkins.
M: It feels nearly light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because it wasn't sweet and had really pleasant flavors of cinnamon that weren't overdone.
06-29-2013 22:19:31 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of slightly off-white looking head. This maintains a thin foaminess that leaves back some robust spotty lacing. That cinnamon jumps right out in the aroma, mingling with some other spices, while a light underpinning of pumpkin and sweetness sits underneath. The combination of that hot smelling cinnamon and brown sugar character really stands out though; giving the overall nose a sweet and smoky feel that it not unpleasant.
The taste starts out very strong with the spices, but they do start to even out more as this warms, allowing notes of caramel, candied sweetness and some green pumpkin flavor along the back to emerge. Cinnamon returns in the finish, which is mostly dry feel with some lingering heat. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a lively carbonation that seemingly blows up all of those flavors onto the palate. The feel does smooth out a bit though the longer this sits in the mouth. There is some alcohol warmth to this that does strengthen the flavors here somewhat but it too soothes out some as this hits room temp and turns into an overall steady sipper.
I guess if there was any brewery that could turn out a Pumpkin Ale like this, it would be Elysian. There is a good bit of intense flavors and complexity going on with this but they never gets out of hand and run over the pumpkin character or lets its higher ABV get in the way. Just let this one warm up and balance itself before diving in and you’ll be treated to a tasty fall sipper for sure.
10-22-2012 15:35:36 | More by Kegatron
3.5/5 rDev -12.7%
Not a fan of this beer. Served in a snifter.
Beer is brown and hazy with basically no head, moderate to low carbonation.
Aroma is sweet, mild roast, some pumpkin some spice.
Beer is medium in body and pretty sweet, mildly gourd flavor, mild everything except sweetness. Not a repeat for me.
11-06-2012 19:02:49 | More by drabmuh
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA
Easily the best of Elysian's pumpkin ales that I've had (which I think is all of them), and one of the best pumpkin-based beers I've had from anyone.
Poured a cloudy, burnt orange, with a small but dense white head; decent retention and lacing. Pumpkin pie spice was the dominant factor on the nose, which I like. This beer was listed as showcasing "Vietnamese cinnamon." Taste was a good melding of sweet malts, pumpkin flesh, and cinnamon-nutmeg-allspice-gingerbread, all in good quantity and fairly good balance, with the spice taking a slight edge; more candy-like than vegetal, which isn't necessarily good or bad, it just is. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, great drinker. Normally I don't need or want more than one pumpkin beer in a session, but this one is tempting enough to get me to reach for another.
10-22-2012 14:04:54 | More by Rifugium
4.33/5 rDev +8%
Poured from a bottle into a sample glass. I had this at Max's during Baltimore beer week.
Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a half finger of off white head. The head sticks around pretty well and leaves a layer on top of the pour.
Smell: I'm getting a ton of cinnamon here. A nice, sweet malt backbone with some pumpkin. The cinnamon with the fruit reminds me a bit of an apple crisp. I'm also getting some brown sugar.
Taste: Not as sweet as the smell led me to believe. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar notes along with some pumpkin. The grain flavor mixes well with everything else. Still reminds me a bit of an apple pie like dessert.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with some tingly carbonation and a finish that's a bit dry. This was my least favorite aspect of this beer.
Overall: The smell of this beer is absolutely wonderful. This is a very nice dessert beer without having too much alcohol in it. The pumpkin was a bit overshadowed. I'd have more of this in the future.
11-09-2012 02:39:32 | More by oline73
3.74/5 rDev -6.7%
Bomber bottle, w/o freshness/bottling info that I can find.
Pours clouded dark orangy/brownish amber, minor hear that goes quickly and leaves next to no lace on the glass.
Cinnamon all over the nose.
Healthy amount of pumpkin and even more cinnamon on the palate. Carbonation seemingly on the low side. Smooth and enjoyable cinnamon provides a nice zestyness to the the finish.
A bargain and certainly worth trying at only $2.49 at Pioneer market on the UWS of NYC.
09-29-2013 01:40:11 | More by Billolick
4.14/5 rDev +3.2%
A: Pours a hazy orange amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of cinnamon with lighter notes of other pumpkin spices (nutmeg) and just a hint of pumpkin.
T: Moderate flavors of cinnamon dominate the taste of this beer but that is over the top of lighter notes of pumpkin and just an hint of nutmeg. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fade very quickly.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: As someone that really enjoys cinnamon, this beer did a great job of showing off the flavors and aromas of the cinnamon in a pumpkin beer without being overly sweet. I really enjoyed this one and would gladly have another if I ever find it again.
06-30-2013 00:01:23 | More by dbrauneis
3.35/5 rDev -16.5%
220z bottle poured into a tasting glass. Amber orange in color with a thin white head barely covering the top.
Lots of cinnamon comes out in the aroma. Notes of pumpkin pie spice, cloves and sweeter brown sugar all come out. Cinnamon is a little overwhelming but it's pretty good overall.
The taste shows even more of the spice, especially cinnamon. The cinnamon becomes a little hot in the finish. There's some sweeter malts and brown sugar trying to come through but the spices just seem overdone and dominating unfortunately.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It was a decent beer overall but the spices were overdone and dominated the other flavors too much for me unfortunately.
12-09-2012 13:12:35 | More by billab914
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
Purchased at Bier Thirty tonight... Enjoyed from my slim tulip.. eggshell white head... nice lacing despite a very short retention.... the brew is polished orange... pretty.
Nose is strong cinnamon... Asian cinnamon... wow, there is a difference from the more common Mexican cinnamon.. sweet and warming... clean distilled cinnamon.. very little else in the aromas except something that I associate with maltiness but it is lost pretty quickly in the sweet spiciness.
Flavor is surprising... I normally don't care for spiced brews, but the difference in the spices makes this one much more approachable for me.... very spicy, overblown perhaps... but it never is too much. Warm and very flavorful with some maltiness that moves the spices forward... Well done.
Asian cinnamon is the winner for me in this bottle... I am AMAZED at how much I am enjoying it... A smooth, cool, chai beer.... Damn.. I may need to rethink my "No Spiced Beer" mantra.
10-04-2012 05:31:29 | More by JohnGalt1
3.86/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle opened on 2.22.13
Number 9 in the series.
A - Pours a very dark orange-red with a small light tan head that is gone fast.
S - Ginger, spices, very malty.
T - Gingerbread and strong at that.
D - Low carbonation with a light body.
O - Pretty gingerbread heavy, not sure what else you could call it at this point.
03-01-2013 04:46:06 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.2/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a reddish copper amber with a thin off white head that dissipates to a thick, creamy film and ring around the glass. Aroma dominated by pumpkin pie spice, mainly cinnamon with hints of nutmeg and allspice. Flavor is creamy pumpkin, sweet caramel malt and lots of cinnamon, possibly the most distinctly fresh cinnamon flavor I've ever had in a beer. Finishes slightly dry, spicy with slight hops. Nice creamy medium body, great mouth feel. Elysian makes my all time favorite pumpkin beer (the Great Pumpkin) and several other excellent ales using the big squash, but I'm still blown away that they are able to deliver this intensity of fresh cinnamon while supporting it perfectly with a gentle malt and pumpkin body. This is very well made and a perfect autumn beer. I may have to get another one of these even though I just got the Elysian Pumpkin Patch box set with four other pumpkin beers in it. This is going to a be an orange autumn. I continue to love this Apocalypse series.
10-08-2012 04:04:33 | More by LiquidAmber
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. For whatever reason, I did not get a hold of Blight back when it came out in September 2012, so this is the last of the Apocalypse series I've tried. I must admit I'm looking forward to it. Elysian tends to do up their pumpkin brews right.
Appearance: lightly hazy orange hue with a light effervescence and plenty of floaties in the body. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam with a hint of an orange cast. Not bad!
Smell: sweet aroma with lots of cinnamon and a hint of pumpkin undertones. I must admit the overall effect is one of cinnamon-laced breakfast cereal; indeed, the suggestion is almost apple-cinnamon. Very interesting; weird, but not bad.
Taste: wow, at first taste I wasn't entirely impressed but as the flavor develops, I kind of like it. The aftertaste, especially, captures a wonderful cinnamon character with just a hint of pumpkin (and perhaps not a little of the aforementioned suggestion of apple). A bit sweet, but the sweetness is appropriate here.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a reasonable creaminess. Not bad.
Overall: this is a beer about which I'm not sure how to feel. On paper, it's certainly a "meh", but this cinnamon character is absolutely intriguing. Definitely worth a try if you come across it.
04-09-2013 23:08:09 | More by flagmantho
4.13/5 rDev +3%
22 oz bottle courtesy of Dana pours a murky orange color with a small collar of bubbly head.
Smells like cinnamon honey! Like toast in the morning with butter, cinnamon and pie spices. Smells really good.
Tastes like a bowl of Golden Grahams with some raisins and honey drizzled on top. A unique (and sweet) take on the style...low on the clove/nutmeg spices and big on the cinnamon and honey. I liked it quite a bit...went down very easily.
09-09-2013 19:51:36 | More by twiggamortis420
4.4/5 rDev +9.7%
Beer 9/12 in the Apocalypse Series.
From the label: "Beer #9: BLIGHT will sustain you with an ale of pumpkin, dark brown sugar and a jolt of fiery Vietnamese cinnamon."
Amber with a solid sheet of light cream foam and excellent clarity. No lace. Lots of cinnamon, a bit of malt, but mostly cinnamon, cinnamon and som more cinnamon. Taste carries through with more cinnamon, and a good dose of malty character and some nice bits of sweet molasses. This reminds me of Cocoa Mole "Light". This is the best of all the pumpkin beers Elysian makes. They should replace the Night Owl with this recipe. Medium on full bodied with a nice soft carb and an off dry finish. Good beer. I will buy more.
09-24-2012 06:10:40 | More by harrymel
District of Columbia
3.78/5 rDev -5.7%
Harrymel sent this one to me. Thanks Harry! I'm getting ready to send you another monster box in return.
Served in the very Elysian tulip that Harry sent.
A: Much more clear that most pumpkin ales, yet it was a dark orange, chill hazed, but with a slight, white ring around the liquid.
S: Lots of marshmallow in there, and definitely a bit more than a dash of cinnamon. Totally cinnamon! Sort of a buttercream infused cinnamon.
T: Lots of the same as the taste, but still great. Cinnamon heavy, for sure. Tasty!
M: The cinnamon stained the palate and then some. I didn't get much booze in there, if at all. the lacing was slight.
O: I personally dug this one. My question: What did this cost in the Washington region?
11-25-2012 04:30:36 | More by Chaney
Blight Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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