The Great Pumpkin
Elysian Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #9
Ranked #2,816
4.15 | pDev: 10.6%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2020 bottling poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Dark gold with a very small off-white head and evident carbonation, as well as some sediment.

S: Still hits with plenty of seasonal spices at this age, with notes of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin, and caramel.

T: All of the seasonal/baking spices are still there, and blend (fairly beautifully actually) with a bid, bready caramel malt core to this beer. Faint impressions of brown sugar in the malt backbone/sweetness. Light dry spiciness on the finish.

MF: Medium-to-full mouthfeel with a smooth body and some prickly carbonation.

O: Been in my fridge for 5 months and its still hanging on pretty well, this is a well-executed imperial pumpkin ale with plenty of secondary spices.

Jan 18, 2021
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber with a thumb of eggshell colored head. Average head retention & better lacing

S: Pumpkin pie spices in spades

T: Nutmeg, cinnamon & brown sugar up front, squashyness & a bit of metallic bite as well. More spices & metal as this warms. Finishes a little dry with spice & metal twang

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, was hoping for more body

This drinks alright, I always want more body in these & most seem to have a bit of a metallic twang, a detractor for sure

Nov 25, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Great Pumpkin from Elysian is the imperial version of their base pumpkin beer. The color is golden, not orange like other pumpkin ales. The flavor is the most like pumpkin puree; a clean form of pumpkin.

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Oct 18, 2020
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jjamadorphd from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Charlie Brown, here's your great pumpkin...

Nice bright orange coloration and creamy head that releases a blended odor of booze, pumpkins, and spice. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and astringent to the tongue. The taste is all pumpkins along with the cinnamon and allspice adverstised on the bottle, the booze is muted but definitely there. Overall, another great pumpkin offering from Elyisan. I'm definitely enjoying their pumpkin beer variety pack this year, of all years...

Oct 10, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque dark orange leaning amber in color with a dense, off-white head that forms and holds well, already leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Pumpkin, pumpkin pie, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, freshly roasted pumpkin seeds, a little booze, and some sweetness
Taste: Follows nose well but more pronounced, especially the pumpkin/pie/spice aspects. Pumpkin seeds and pulp dominate the middle. Alcohol heat is present but not overwhelming or detracting. Finishes with a final punch of everything; pumpkin, spices, seeds, and booze
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a little chewy but some slickness and the ethanol keep it from being too palate-fatiguing. Soft finish with some heat
Overall: This is unique, big, and quite good. I’ve only had this beer two other times in my years since first trying their pumpkin flagship, Night Owl, so I had to revisit and these folks definitely know how to make beer with pumpkin and spices. Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a tough endeavor and without roasted barley or hops, hard to hide the high alcohol well but everything works together nicely. If you are a fan of pumpkin ales and aren’t intimidated or palate-wrecked by higher ABV stuff, give this a go

Sep 29, 2020
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz single bottle into North Coast tulip snifter.
"Experience by 11/25/20"

Pours a wonderful glowing orange with a creamy yet bubbly head of 1 finger, receding and leaving lots of lace behind. Impressive.

Aroma is of clove and sweet pie crust, with some sweet potato and pumpkin guts mixed in. A sweet hit of nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon creep up behind that.

Flavor is pumpkin and pie crust up front, though not "pumpkin pie" per se; then follows up with a huge hit of ginger, a little cinnamon, some herbal/grassy hop, and finishes with more pie crust but has an odd addition of vinegar and soap.

Feel is busy with carbonation, medium bodied, has a moderate alcohol heat, and numbs the tip of my tongue like no other beer has before. Slight starch on the finish with more buzzing carbonation.

Overall, for all the pumpkin ales out there this one punches above average. If it weren't for that vinegar/soap thing, and the tongue numbing feel, I'd probably revisit it. Pumpkin beers are already a "fence" subject for me, so this is an easy forget. Whole Hog and Buffalo Bill's are about the only ones worth considering, in my opinion.

Price paid : $2.99 / bottle
Would buy again : no

Sep 28, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a variety 12-pack $21.99 Safeway
37 days before best by date
Smells like pumpkin pie
Very hazy orange-brownish color with floating particles
Heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of ginger, cinnamon to give it a spicy taste. Some alcohol finish
Overall a nice beer for the fall season.

Sep 26, 2020
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mintzmeet from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like pumpkin pie. In fact, tastes a bit like a pumpkin cider. But coming in a whopping 8+%...starts surprisingly light, but punchy through the bite. Notes of allspice in the nose. Rating it high because it seems hard to pull off something this good that is unconventionally flavored.

Sep 20, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy dark orange. Slightly over 1 finger of off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Strong pumpkin pie scent, with a hint of spicy hops at the back.

Taste: Pumpkin pie, a little sweet malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, a slightly coppery/meaty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Completely average texture and carbonation. Nothing stands out.

Overall: A very nice, strong dessert beer.

Sep 20, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 11/3/20

I'm finally getting back to Elysian's mixed pumpkin pack again, as I tried each one on the weekend I got it but did not sit down to review it. I remember this one being my favorite of the 4 when I had it

Pours a hazy copper orange with a finger of white head that quickly fades to a ring and leaves plenty of lacing

The aroma is pretty interesting here, while I get a lot of roasted pumpkin and nutmeg, there's an acidic character like apple cider, possibly from a combination of the spices, mostly cinnamon

The taste trends a bit sweeter, starting off with a ton of roast in both malt and pumpkin with some tingling nutmeg. and clove. The acidity comes back after the swallow, but is nicely balanced by sweet pumpkin meat and brown sugar

With a medium body and gentle carbonation, this drinks very easy for 8.4%. It is mostly dry in the finish and leaves me wanting another sip

Well it certainly wasn't the best pumpkin beer I've ever had, but it was good anyways. I need to review the others in the pack before they go bad

Sep 17, 2020
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Seanjohnhunt from California

4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Like other reviews have stated this is not your artificial pumpkin pie flavor beer. Taking a slice of roasted pumpkin and bitting into it is what this is. The spices complement it as while. The smell is of fresh pumpkin pie spices and whole pumpkin put together. The color and the sediment (unfiltered) makes this one really raw in a great way. Definitely top 3 of pumpkin beers ever created.

Aug 23, 2020
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Currently ranked #9 in the Top Pumpkin Beer list.

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with pry-off crown cap acquired as part of an Elysian pumpkin beer variety 12 pack at a beer store in New Orleans, LA for $19.99 USD plus tax. "Experience by 12/02/20."

"Imperial pumpkin ale." "Packed with pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds, and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice." 8.4% ABV. "Unfiltered and may contain sediment."

APPEARANCE: Body is a slightly hazy burnt orange. No yeast/lees/sediment is visible, but it's definitely got some floating yeast particulate in addition to its turbidity. Vibrant and appealing.

Head is a soft off-white 2cm in height, receding fully in 5 minutes...which is pretty good given its 8.4% ABV.

AROMA: Genuine pumpkin bursts out of the glass (even though I'm stuck drinking it from a shaker pint)...this isn't your pumpkin puree/artificial pumpkin flavoring homebrew. Pumpkin flesh, rich gourd, pumpkin seed...finally a pumpkin ale that tastes like pumpkin first and spice second. Speaking of which...subtle cassia like perceived sweetness is there but I don't detect true cinnamon (only cassia) to its detriment. Nutmeg? There's a pinch, maybe, but only because I know to look for it. Clove definitely is there; allspice less so but still somewhat present.

Malt backbone seems to be all 2-row with maybe some crystal or caramalt. Afteraroma is all clove spice and a brown sugar-redolent sweetness.

No hop aromatics at all.

Suggests a balanced pumpkin ale with a nice marriage of authentic pumpkin flavour and pumpkin spice but no trace at all of its high ABV...I'm excited to try it.

TASTE: Meets the expectations generated by its aroma. Pumpkin flesh/gourd/seed are on equal footing with the clove-led melange of spices, with allspice, cassia, and nutmeg appearing in descending order of intensity. Can't say I taste true cinnamon...I'd bet they used American sourced cassia instead.

2-row, maybe even some Munich malt? That's all I really get maltwise but the pumpkin and spices rightly eclipse the malt sweetness. Though I do still feel like I get a hint of brown sugar...maybe the perceived sweetness of the cassia is throwing me off.

Balanced and enjoyable. I'd never guess this was 8.4% if I tried it in a blind tasting. Depth of flavour could be improved; I mean it doesn't scream pumpkin. But it's very pleasant and approachable, never betraying its high ABV.

TEXTURE: Coarse. Wet. Not unrefreshing. Medium to heavy bodied. Not too thick on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. This texture complements the taste generally well without elevating the beer as a whole or really accentuating specific notes. I feel like more dryness could help coax out more of the spice flavour.

OVERALL: I do think they cheaped out on the cinnamon and went with cassia instead, and it could use still more pumpkin flavour than it currently has as well as more roastiness inasmuch as the pumpkin seed flavour is concerned. In any case, it's highly drinkable and I think it's worthy of its position on the top rated pumpkin beers list. So many pumpkin beers are going for the pumpkin stout, pumpkin porter, or pumpkin spice only's nice to see a brewery with wide distribution and fair pricing do a traditional pumpkin ale the right way.

It's not quite on the level of Schlafly, Jolly Pumpkin, Rogue, or (maybe?) Weyerbacher's pumpkin ale(s), but it's easily one of the better pumpkin beers I've tried.

High B- (3.48) / WORTHY

Getting some brown sugar this time around, but I doubt any is actually present. The powdery spices work for it, and the pumpkin is at the fore (just as it should be).

Hides its ABV well and is quite drinkable without too much weight on the palate or messy spices.


Aug 21, 2020
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Captain69 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

why am I drinking a pumpkin beer in April? it's covid 19 time , can't get to the micro breweries- so I am drinking my back long stash.

drink some ipas and stouts ,then grab a pumpkin! That's a flavor shock. this is one of those better pumpkins. the pumpkin and spice flavors are just enough to give you the style, but still tell it is a beer ,

Apr 24, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First off-beer is actually 8.4% ABV as listed on 12 oz bottle vs.listed 8.1 ABV.
Tried 12 pumpkin ales this year-clearly in top 3-4. Great nose, smooth with solid finish. Not overpowering on the pumpkin and spice-well balanced with good mouth feel. Of the 4 Elysian pumpkin beers this is probably their second best.

Oct 31, 2019
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Zorro from California

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chill hazed amber with a small white head that doesn't last.

Smells sweet and smoky with a medium level of pumpkin spice. Doesn't smash your nose in with sweetness or spice like some versions do.

Starts out mildly sweet with a good spice flavor. Moderate sweetness and spice flavors, not overdone like some. Alcohol is completely hidden. Faint hint of lemon. Only hint of its alcohol content is a warming in the stomach.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very well done Pumpkin beer. VERY easy to drink. I am giving it a 5 overall for being not overdone like so many Pumpkin Beers.

Oct 27, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours as a hazy deep copper with plentiful carbonation and a thin quickly disbursing head. Aroma is subtle but spice-like. Likewise, the taste is pumpkin-pie-forward with nutmeg, cinnamon, and clover. Sweet malt is there, but not pronounced. Overall, this is a festive beverage that I'd serve to guests (at, say, Thanksgiving.)

Oct 02, 2019
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Suds from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have had so many sub-par pumpkin beers that I sometimes want to write-off the entire style. This one, though, is one of the few that renew my faith. From a twelve ounce brown bottle, it is a hazy orange-amber color with a puffy white head. The aroma has a subtle pumpkin spice. Nutmeg is notable, but not overpowering. The taste is semi-dry and the spice continues through the finish. Not bad at all.

Sep 29, 2019
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BeanBump from California

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Talk all the trash you want, I shamelessly love pumpkin beers. This particular Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a winner. Its smooth, a little spicy and deceptive with its ABV. Great fall (or anytime, really) beer for late nights or football Sundays.

Sep 13, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange, but no noticeable sediment settled. A couple fingers of frothy white head which takes some time to fade. Smells mostly of nutmeg and cinnamon. Definite pumpkin ale at the beginning, with the end of a drink bringing the nutmeg and cinnamon flavor more. A bit more spice-heavy than other pumpkin imperial ales, but that just makes it different. Excellent imperial pumpkin ale, would definitely buy if I find since its not common in Virginia.

Sep 09, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of pumpkin, spices and caramel malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Good brew.

Nov 05, 2018
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psycHOPathy from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured flat. Hazy amber body
Clove, brown sugar, apple, nutmeg, pumpkin
Pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, ale
A little flat
Like drinking pumpkin pie. Incredible. Definitely need to split the bottle though

Oct 28, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold color. Thick white head that left a tiny bit of lace.
Spice aroma predominates. Some pumpkin.
The roles are reversed in the taste. Pumpkin up front with cinnamon and nutmeg in the background.
Nice to have a pumpkin beer that isn't all about the spice.

Oct 27, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice orange,amber color. Has around a medium body with about average carbonation
Aroma is real pumpkin, cinnamon,clove and nutmeg. There's also a nice aroma of malts
Taste doesn't stray far from aroma,the pumpkin tastes like fresh baked. The spices are very noticeable but not overdone which allowed the pumpkin to show up well
It was done well and I would try this again

Oct 21, 2018
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark orange with a bit of amber - just like a pumpkin ale should. Outstanding head volume and retention. Minimal lacing but such is expected with an imperial (8.4% ABV).

Outstanding nose of light spice (clove, cinnamon and nutmeg) with a quite distinct amount of pumpkin. The alcohol is covered. The base is slightly sweet and balanced.

Light full body that is silky smooth and has creamy aspects coupled with a bit of oily slickness. The carbonation / body balance is world class. Effervescence is moderate in the middle and slightly prickly in the finish. It is matched perfectly to support the mouthfeel.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. The alcohol is partially uncovered during the finish and linger, thus denying the world class rating. Like the nose the base is moderately sweet and tastes bready. This foundation lays the groundwork for the spices and pumpkin to shine. Bitterness is very light. The spices come across as a blend with clove separating near the finish.

Oct 12, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights and a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of nutmeg, allspice, clove, cinnamon and pumpkin. Nice sweet pumpkin flavor with a great balance of spices.

Sep 22, 2018
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