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Blight Pumpkin Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Blight Pumpkin AleBlight Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 24
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: harrymel on 09-24-2012)
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Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel orange color without much of a head on it. Nose has sweet cinnamon and pie crust bursting out of the glass. the taste starts off with sweet spiciness that moves on to a lot of cinnamon. Pumpkin gets added into the mix and ultimately finishes with some cloves and nutmeg. The cinnamon is by far the biggest player in the beer's flavor profile. The mouth is a little thing but decent. Overall, this is a good pumpkin beer; one of the better ones I had this night of pumpkin beer tasting. If you like cinnamon spiciness in your beers, you need to try this one.

birchstick, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

thinwhiteduke, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

bsuedekum, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of YeastInception
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

YeastInception, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev -0.5%

PatGreer, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much appreciation to SatlyMalty for this guy. Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch of off-white head that retains slightly before degrading to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a sliver of bubbly surface foam. Thick, resilient lacing adheres to the glass.

S- Can you say "cinnamon"? Lots and lots of it. Like sticking your nose in a container of it. Yep, cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg and booze.

T- Tastes like apple crisp. All of the cinnamon rushes in with a nice malty sweetness to back it up. Gingerbread, heavily spiced pumpkin pie, brown sugar and some clove. Alcohol is certainly there but doesn't get in the way.

M- Decent body that's not too thick. Some vibrance from the spice and medium carbonation.

O- Recommended only if you really like cinnamon. It's the main attraction of this unique "pumpkin" beer. I kind of think it fits more into the herbed/spiced beer category but who's to say? Good, no matter what it is.

Immortale25, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of wembly13
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

wembly13, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of SFC21
4/5  rDev -0.5%

SFC21, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz draft at Belmont Station.

A: Reddened copper with a cloud-covered head. Looks fantastic.

N: Cinnamon graham crackers with extra cinnamon. Hints of nutmeg. The pumpkin is hidden underneath.

T: Cinnamon sugar, bread, and alcohol. Some cola flavorings. Not quite up to Elysian’s normal standards as the spices dominate the pumpkin.

M: Somewhat thin, relatively speaking. Wish the pumpkin lent more body.

O: Recommendable for the pumpkin completist or those who like cinnamon hearts. Everyone else will probably be disappointed.

Sarlacc83, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rifugium, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of RJLarse
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Blight Pumpkin Ale at the Swamp Tavern. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cinnamon brown color, slightingly hazy with a modest white head.

Smell is a spice scent, weak on the pumpkin, long on the spice.

Taste is a sweet vegetable fruit flavor, but overpowered by the Vietnamese cinnamon flavor.

Mouthfeel is good enough, not as thick and cloying as it could be.

Overall a nice novelty beer. I wouldn't want to have a lot of it, but I'm glad I had this one.

RJLarse, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Chou
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Chou, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jbaker67, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

jpbebeau, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of jnoelani
5/5  rDev +24.4%

jnoelani, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Gatordaddy
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Gatordaddy, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

LiquidAmber, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -25.4%

skaboom420, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

gpawned, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of scootpolute
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 1Pint, 6 FL ozs...brown bottle with a very cool label ... it's an apocalypse scene!

A:.Slightly hazy tawny color. Lacing surpasses our expectations with a good amount of clinging action...

S: Smells of fermented pumpkin, a little starchy and melon-like, with a tartness that meshes very well with the subtle yet savory spicing.

T: Incredibly smooth, sturdy medium body. Kicks off with a mild tartness of fermented pumpkin. Malt follows right behind with a mellow bread and faint caramel mix. Spicing slowly strolls hand in hand with the balancing hop bitterness. Nutmeg and clove seem to be the more dominant spices in their small world until the ginger comes along and plays king through the aftertaste. A little bready and toasty in the slightly dry finish...

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied, spicy, malty, but yet also bitter.

O: Elysian's follow-up to the VERY popular NIGHT OWL...Cool label messaging: "If the world were coming to an end, what would 'you' brew?!...REMEMBER: The end is BEER!"....Like the ladder, this one comes down to drinkability, as most of the style are good for on;y one serving. Sip after sip, 'BLIGHT' is a GREAT beer. Seek this beer. Enjoy.

scootpolute, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of tinylobsta
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sound Brewery English pint glass.

It pours a distinct pumpkin orange, living up to its name. I was surprised by the color, as most pumpkin ales I've tried don't seem to hit the mark; I'm very impressed with the color on this one, however. Ranked it down due to a fairly weak head, with only subtle lacing on the glass.

I thought the smell was marginally underwhelming. It has a big hit of cinnamon, which while fantastic, doesn't leave much room for the pumpkin elements in the beer. Although, after a few more sips, the cinnamon is really fantastically pleasant and makes me wish this was a long-lasting seasonal into Winter, as I could see myself simply smelling this beer on a cold Pacific Northwest eve.

The taste is delicious; huge notes of cinnamon, but not the acrid fiery cinnamon you'd typically expect, but something more akin to cinnamon sugar that you'd put over toast or waffles. The pumpkin is there, but not overwhelming. Very balanced. One of the best tasting Pumpkin Ale's I've ever been privy to.

Mouthfeel is average. Nothing special there. Decent carbonation.

Overall, this beer is absolutely worthy of picking up, if you're interested in trying unique Pumpkin Ales. A previous reviewer mentioned that this beer should replace Elysian's Night Owl, and I'm in complete agreement; I'd pick this up over Night Owl any day of the week.

Will grab another bomber or two this season, guaranteed.

tinylobsta, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, ruby-tinted orange with a finger of off-white head. Aroma is a touch sweet and reminiscent of cinnamon hard candy.

Moderate carbonation and a light, slightly thin mouthfeel. Cinnamon blast up front with caramel, light molasses, and pumpkin followed by more cinnamon and nutmeg on the tail end.

Quite nice -- kind of reminiscent of chai tea in the way the cinnamon and pumpkin cooperate. Make no mistake, though, cinnamon is definitely the star of the show.

grittybrews, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of strongaf
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

strongaf, Sep 25, 2012
Blight Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.