Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #16
Ranked #4,724
4.14 | pDev: 9.42%
Mar 20, 2022
Oct 24, 2013
Notes: Coffee Pumpkin Ale

A pumpkin ale with the attitude of a world-weary barista, Punkuccino packs a short shot of Stumptown coffee toddy in your pint with just a shake of cinnamon and nutmeg. Pale, Bown, Biscuit, C-77 Crystal, Chocolate and Kiln-Coffee malts provide the body, German Northern Brewer lends a touch of bitterness, and lactose sweetens just a touch. Three pumpkin additions, in the mash, kettle and fermenter.
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3 by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas on Mar 20, 2022
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4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Mitzvahman72 from California

With a extra dark mahogany color, the aroma and flavor is balanced citrus, toffee and some warm spices, malty biscuit, subtle mocha and just the right small amount of fresh citrus and warm spices. The carbonation is balanced with aftertaste of cinnamon latte with a hint of citrus. There is lactose added, but this is one of the excellent coffee beers around. I love the fact that the coffee compliments the beer, not covering up what’s missing towards it! Definitely a great choice if you love coffee with your beer.

Dec 23, 2021
3.52 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Dec 19, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by scootny from New York

Another fantastic pumpkin beer from Elysian. A dark, stout like liquid. Large head with a nice amount of lace.
Nose that smell like a pumpkin latte with a shot of espresso. Taste follows suit with a sweet, coffee infused pumpkin pie character. Malt is toasty and roasty. A touch of molasses and charred marshmallow. A nice firm earthy hops bitterness to clean up the finish. Lots of coffee lingering. Crisp carbonation with a slightly heavier than medium weight that still drinks easy. You just want to slow down a little and let it pass your tastebuds with care. This is a good sit on the porch on a crisp clear night and let the beer take the chill off. Fall Fire Pit party anyone?

Dec 01, 2021
4 by evostudios12 from Florida on Nov 26, 2021
4.09 by prototypic from Ohio on Nov 21, 2021
4.16 by imperialking from Illinois on Nov 12, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

DATE: November 6, 2021... OCCASION: family game night ends in a Monopoly victory for Will... GLASSWARE: Lindemans pokal tulip... pours a black coffee body with thick frappaccino-like light-cream head... bright, punchy coffee bean, light cream, chocolate and peat... alluring and full for a 6% ABV.... speaking of that weight, what a smooth drag this provides, with a textured, medium-bodied creaminess that thickens at the throat, coating it with a viscosity worth savoring... the frothy head is especially notable here, adding to the experience... coffee bean, vanilla, chocolate, grape, toasted oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise make this bigger than its ABV... what a great bedfellow in Elysian's pumpkin sampler... I will seek this out again next year, either in the sampler or as a stand-alone...

Nov 07, 2021
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Oct 30, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by hoppyhobby from Virginia

Pours to light tan head. Dark brown in color. Sweet coffee almost expresso aroma. Sweet on the tongue with almost no bitterness. A hint of cinnamon or pumpkin. Excellent flavor and great for the desired flavor profile. A very nice ale for the fall season.

Oct 28, 2021
4.06 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Oct 27, 2021
4.13 by smb71481 from Vermont on Oct 24, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle

dark brown in color, cream colored head. aroma is mostly coffee, a touch of pumpkin pie spice. similar flavor, mostly like a coffee porter with a little spice. not sure I get any pumpkin flavor. a bit sweet. fuller bodied.

Oct 24, 2021
3.85 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Oct 24, 2021
3.27 by chris826 from Mississippi on Oct 24, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured into shaker pint. Thin cappuccino head that lingers. Dark unfiltered ruby brown.

Nose is chocolate, cinnamon nutmeg spice.

Taste follows, with more chocolatey coffee taste. Spices are well balanced with subtle pumpkin. Creamy lactose finish.

Smooth medium feel.

This is indeed the best of the Elysian pumpkin ale family. A lot of personality here.

Oct 12, 2021
4.25 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Oct 10, 2021
4.4 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts on Oct 03, 2021
4.1 by PvtSnowball from Florida on Oct 01, 2021
4.15 by Hoptometrist from Ohio on Sep 29, 2021
4.07 by Duvalldo1 from Connecticut on Sep 26, 2021
3.79 by warnerry from Michigan on Sep 25, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

Elysian Punkuccino.. surprise! The first coffee pumpkin beer I actually like! The beer pours muddy brown. Muddy is a good thing in pumpkin beers, it usually means a good amount of actual pumpkin mash is in the beer. A two finger light brown head forms, and leaves adequate lacing a it dissipates. The Scent is wonderful! A strong coffee presence, supported by cinnamon, with nutmeg, cloves, and pumpkin mash rounding out the aura. The taste.. Well I have just discovered my favorite new coffee beer.. a true quality coffee is high profile in Elysian Punkuccino. The cinnamon and other spices whirl about your mouth, and the pumpkin taste is there, presumably from a base of Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin, a long favorite of mine. The mouthfeel is decent, the aftertaste is good, and this is a mighty tasty 6% ABV brew. I don't know why the other coffee pumpkins I have tried don't work.. but this is a fine discovery! Grab yourself an Elysian Pumpkin 12 pack, and enjoy four distinctly different pumpkins this fall, including Elysian Punkuccino!

Sep 20, 2021
3.05 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Sep 19, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz bottle, best by 1/29/22. Pours brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains fairly well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is a lot of floral pumpkin spice (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon) with some roast chocolate malt.

The flavor is lots of pumpkin spice (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon) with vanilla and sweet pumpkin and a lightly roasted finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery.

Overall, an interesting pumpkin beer but I didn't really get any coffee.

Sep 19, 2021
4.15 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania on Sep 19, 2021
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3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with a best by date of 25 Apr 2022. Sampled Sept 17, 2021.

The appearance is nice with its dark brown coffee color, lingering tan head, and even hints of ruby red in the light.

The aroma. Well. It does say coffee. And what do you think I get first thing? Take a wild guess. Then there is a more subtle cinnamon and nutmeg.

Smooth medium mouthfeel.

Sweet then coffee bitterness roars in to become the beer. The pumpkin spice tends to be lower profile although i do get it here more than in the aroma. Coffee beer fans rejoice. Er, I'm not one of you. Sorry.

Sep 18, 2021
4.28 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Sep 15, 2021
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BB1313 from Ohio

Best by 3/20/22. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown; small khaki head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas have some spices along with some ash. Hints of cocoa. Malts are there. The aromas really open up as it warms. The flavors have some sugared cinnamon that leads the way without dominating. Some ginger. Some peppermint tea. The coffee is subtle, but it's there to give it a little "latte vibe". Some dark chocolate in the mix. Moderate bitterness. It's not too sweet. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light to medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, smooth and slightly thin.

This is a pretty nice pumpkin brew. The spice profile is nice. The coffee doesn't come off as the star, but it blends well with everything else that's going on. Well done. I really like this one.

Sep 12, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark copper color with a small khaki head. Minimal retention. Leaves a ring of lacing along the glass.

Strong cinnamon on the aroma, with some light nutmeg and cola. Not getting any coffee.

The flavor saves this beer from mediocrity, bringing notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice and roasted malts with tons of coffee (especially as the beer warms) and fainter hints of cocoa.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall, this ends up being a pretty solid pumpkin ale. The aroma is not good, and honestly smells like Moxie a bit. Fortunately the flavor is good, albeit nothing amazing. Worth a try.

Sep 09, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz bottle stamped EXPERIENCE BY 20MAR22 poured into a perfect pint glass at 54° Fahrenheit 6% ABV per label. The beer pours fairly dense dark brown with light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island. Minimal lacing. The aroma is mild with cold brew coffee and pumpkin pie. The taste is pie spice, pumpkin, malt and coffee all mixed up together. Minimal bitterness as the spice provides balance for the lactose and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, good. I'll not a big pumpkin beer (or anything) fan, but the coffee is pretty well executed here and saves it for me.

Sep 06, 2021
3.97 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Aug 29, 2021
4 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 18, 2021
3.75 by buking21 from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2021
4.05 by mothmanscott from Georgia on Jan 19, 2021
3.3 by thegreatnicoli from Texas on Nov 22, 2020
4.35 by PSYCLST from Pennsylvania on Nov 18, 2020
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3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent chestnut with some floaties and thumb of billowy tan head. Alright head retention & lacing

S: Cinnamon in spades, coffee shows up a little as this warms

T: Cinnamon, allspice, a little coffee lurking in the background. Cinnamon dominates as this warms, a little nutmeg & not much else, a little metallic twang, but very faint along with a little coffee & dryness. Finishes with a little roasty coffee & plenty of cinnamon

MF: Medium body, medium carbonation

Decent for a pumpkin beer, but I don't think much of most of them

Nov 06, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Limazulu from Idaho

A-dark chestnut with minimal off-khaki head that did not hang around
S-subtle pumpkin spice notes, more nutmeg than cinnamon
T-cold brew coffee with nutmeg and vanilla, moderate amount of pumpkin base. Maybe just a bit of mocha along with the vanilla to give it that cappuccino essence as advertised on the label. Above average sweet, below average bitter.
M-Medium (-) body, below average carbonation. Reasonably smooth for the lighter than expected body. Maybe it's the cinnamon that leaves you with a dry finish sensation
O-a nice treat on Halloween weekend. Nothing super special, but quite different.

Oct 30, 2020
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

Punkuccino from Elysian is the coffee variant of their pumpkin ale series. Not much spice in this one and you get the sense of coffee grounds in the flavor. Varies quite far from pumpkin beer but still a solid coffee ale.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Oct 25, 2020
Punkuccino from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 696 ratings