The Great Pumpkin | Elysian Brewing Company

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The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TheBungyo on 10-24-2006

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Photo of frasergrove
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi hazy amber orange color, frothy white head that fades semi quickly. Aroma is sweet and rich - roasted marshmallows and yam, honey sweetness and pumpkin pie meat. Flavor is literally pumpkin pie meat with a hint of did they make it taste exactly like pumpkin pie?? Sitting on the tongue the flavors come out even more. Definitely a tasty treat.

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Photo of erk0607
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Crystalline orange, small round bubbles. Head disappears relatively quickly leaving a bit floating and thin white lacing.
Smell: Like pumpkin pie. I've been on a search for this, and this is it. Strong pumpkin spice, allspice, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. The works.
Taste: Similar to the smell but not quite as 'whole pie' ... more of the pumpkin and nutmeg, less sweet. Bitter. Minimal hop presence. Also aftertaste is bitter and a bit burnt like the top of a pie that got singed too much.
Feel: Great. Thick. Viscous. Oily. Heavy mouthfeel. Like a runny syrup. Smooth carbonation that bubbles up nicely and makes for an interesting sensation.
Overall: Would definitely get again, no doubt and would recommend again to friends who are also in search of a pumpkin pie beer.

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Photo of Slack
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Deep gold in color and a touch cloudy with a bit of head that settles to nothing. Very minor lacing on a swirl.

Nose is pumpkin, sweet cinnamon, and a mixture of nutmeg, clove, and allspice.

Taste follows the nose with pumpkin, cinnamon, and then a mixture of clove and allspice. Some sweetness. Some malt.

Mouthful is medium and somewhat syrupy but a touch aggressive. Carbonation is average. Finish is semi dry.

One of the best noses on a pumpkin beer I have encountered. Reminds me of Apple cider except with pumpkins. Taste is not as strong as the nose and is a bit vegetal. Mouthful could be smoother. All in all definitely above average. Try it if available.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a half inch of tightly woven beige head. The aroma is an amazing melange of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. They absolutely nailed the spices in terms of the aroma. I'm tasting pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and perhaps a judicious touch of clove. The mouth is still spiced appropriately and moderately carbonated. Not too watery and not too carbonated.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber at a very reasonably priced $3.99 at my local Binny's. Pours into a tulip with a light, clear orange color. About a half finger of white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is of nutmeg, clove, allspice. As it warms the clove becomes more prominent. Taste is nice and "pumpkin pie" at first. As the beer warms and as I drink it more, the dominent flavor is clove...overpoweringly so. It is almost medicinal the more I drink this. I was hoping to enjoy this more but it really has become cloying somewhat. The feel, for an almost 9% beer, is quite nice and spot on (creamy). Overall, it is a decent pumpkin beer, but the clove is all too intrusive.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10-24-16 - Bottled poured into a snifter at home. Whithead dissipates quickly. Strong pumpkin aroma. Orangish color with normal mouthfeel. Fine pumpkin ale, but was expecting more as this is labeled an Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of 57md
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange-copper color with a finger of head. The nose is straight up pumpkin butter. The flavor includes the essence of the holy gourd with gentle spices. There is no residual sweetness here but the seasonal spices come out a bit more boldly on the finish.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one eluded me 2 years ago on my great pumpkin beer taste test (36 pumpkin beers in one fall season). So I was happy to pick up a bottle in NJ.
A- Pours a nice, almost clear amber orange color with a small white head.
S - Solid pumpkin beer (not pie) aroma lets you know you are about to taste pumpkin beer.
T - Nice, balanced pumpkin flavor, little bit of ginger added to the pumpkin.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - All in all an excellent pumpkin beer. Spices are not over done. Very good.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Orange, amber, with a hint of haze, lots of both large and small bubbles, and a half finger of yellow tinged head.

Smells of huge, sweet pumpkin pie spices. Ginger, cinnamon, allspice and molasses.

Tastes of the same spices, along with a little sweetness, and a big amount of alcohol and creme brulee. I get the vegetal pumpkin qualities along with their squashy, autumn freshness.

Thick, syrupy body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Really good brew. A little boozy for me, but the flavours of spices and pumpkin are done in such a way that is not too sweet. Got in Albany, NY 2 days ago. Drinking in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Oct 2nd, 2016.

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Photo of bmeehan
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I was impressed with how nice this beer smells. It was rich with caramel and get very autumnal. The taste was sharp and felt like gingerbread alongside pumpkin and really made this more enjoyable. Great stuff.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours amber with a thin head, barely any at all.

smells sweet like pumpkin pie. very sweet aroma.

taste is pretty damn good. full of pumpkin, no crazy added spice. just pumpkin pie, my favorite pie in the world! smooth drinking, i like this alot. mellow and thin body with full sweet flavor.

i love the pure pumpkin pie flavor, am ok with the thin body but especially love that their are no added spices. the spices are what murder a pumpkin ale for me.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big rich pumpkin pie aroma. Tons of ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, squashy pumpkin. Juicy caramel malts. Basically liquid pumpkin pie including the crust. Graham cracker with a touch of fruit.

Pours burnt orange with a small off-white head that recedes quick. Not much in the way of lacing or head retention.

Big sweet pumpkin pie. Everything in the aroma carries to the flavor. Warming alcohol and spices. Not as much squashy pumpkin in the flavor but plenty of spices without becoming cloying or astringent. Sweetness is mostly upfront, washing away fairly cleanly for the style.

Medium full body with medium low carb. Somewhat chewy. Very rich and warming.

For me, pumpkin beers are often too sweet, spices are over extracted, or the beer is just unbalanced. There are a few nice subtle pumpkin beers that I don't mind. This one for me hits the liquid pumpkin pie just right. The spicing seems great (heavier on ginger than other giving a nice spicy heat) and the sweetness is mostly upfront and washes away. It's definitely in the Pumking realm though over the years I feel that beer has becomes sweeter and the spices seem over extracted and astringent. The more I sit with this and think about Autumn on its way, the more I enjoy it.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

All I can say is wow! Funny thing is my wife got me into the pumpkin ales 8 years ago when I generally avoided them. And then I found the imperial style pumpkin ales like this one. At 8.10% the alcohol is hidden very well. I get tons of spices like vanilla, cinnamon, pie crust/graham and of course heavy on the pumpkin. This is probably the best one I've had along with Schlafly and Southern Tier's pumpkin ale. I have recommended this to a lot of people when it comes out in the fall. And I actually age these so I can have them year round.

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Photo of scootny
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a real killer of a brew. Lovely coppery fluid with a light cloudiness. Good sized head with a bit of lace. Nose is filled with pumpkin and pie spice. Exceptional flavor. Sweet bready malt, lots of gourd. Spices are not overdone, No trace of alcohol. Balanced and superbly crafted. Creamy feel without any heaviness. One of the best at this abv. I can see myself pounding this when I'm in the mood for pumpkin. Elysian is without a doubt a unmatched at pumpkin ale.

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Photo of artdob
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a snow white head that subsided to a thin layer resting on the top of a lightly cloudy golden orange beer.
The nose is intensely sweet, with remnants of pumpkin pie and fall spices. Clove dominates. On the palate, this beer is a bit of a warmer for the style, further bringing the same elements as found in the aroma, with some mandarin orange notes and mild bitter hoppiness. Finish is medium light.
A nice desert in a glass.

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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a golden orange color. Moderate off-white head and decent lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie in a bottle... cloves and nutmeg, pumpkin and veggies.

T/F: Follows the smell. A solid malt backbone with a strong spice presence. Cloves and nutmeg with ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Pumpkin is there on the palate. Sticky mouthfeel. Filling and rather tasty. A little warming from the higher ABV but that actually helps balance the brew.

O: If you don't like pumpkin beers or pumpkin pie... pass on this one. I'm not a big pumpkin beer guy, but this one worked for me. The spice profile was present but not overpowering letting the taste of the beer shine through. I wouldn't want it every day, but as a winter treat it did me just fine. One of the better pumpkin beers I've sampled.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 22 oz bottle

A - A deep copper orange (beautiful), little to no bright white head and little to no lacing legs

S - Huge pumpkin spices/pie up front, rich pumpkin, clove, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted/sweet malts, very sweet, slightly floral, brown earth hop note, some green earth, baking yeast, slight booze and aged wood.

T - Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, huge pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, sugar, wood, green/brown earth hop, baking yeast, slight booze and gloriously pumpkin.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium carbonation, medium minus acidity and a huge spiced pumpkin delight from start to finish

D/O - Refreshing, less sweet than I thought with a huge spice/malt/grain bite, really nice. Instead of just overloading on pumpkin and sugar this one tastes really natural and all-around awesome. I would recommend this one year-round (if it was available) and in any weather condition. Had some with savory garlic corn snacks and whoa, awesome. Surprised and delighted by this one.

Final thoughts - Not sure of the price as it was a gift. I would gather between $7-10 per bomber. The 8.3% ABV is perfect and lastly don't know if this one would age, but well worth a try.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/10....pours light orange tinged copper with fast fizzy white foam. Sweet sugar pumpkin nose, cinnamon/nutmeg spices. Taste is a pumpkin gourd pie flavor, hints of whisky. Relatively clean mouthfeel, pumpkin notes, but only with a light bitter.

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Photo of Alpha10
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2015/12/08 - Pours a hazy, orange-rust colour with a thin, fizzy, off white head that quickly disappears and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, vegetal and herbal notes, heavy pumpkin pie spice (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) and caramel. Taste is pumpkin, caramel,cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and herbal notes. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and slightly oily, with low, smooth carbonation and a drying, vegetal/herbal finish. One of the better pumpkin beers that I have tried.

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Photo of Prager62
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A packaged date of 8/19/15 poured into a twelve ounce snifter.

Look- A hazy dark orange with a thin layer of off white foam. Floaties abound!

Smell- Pie spice forward with nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. I get some graham cracker pie crust in the finish.

Taste- Once again pie spices dominate with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. A bit of pumpkin in the end.

Feel- Slick and thin with some spice tingle.

Overall- A very tasty pumpkin beer. Great spice flavor without being overpowering. In the conversation with the top pumpkin beers.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is very nice-- it's more like roasted squash with a whiff of spices.Why does this taste like gin? There's a distinct juniper note. the first sip is disgusting. So sweet, spiced with that goopy vegetable taste. But it does get better. Some lemon comes through as you sip, but it's still sweet.

Alright, it's a better imitation of pumpkin pie than most, but I'm not sure why you'd want a cold fizzy beer to taste like that. The long spicy nose as you exhale lasts beyond the last sip. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

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Photo of gibgink
4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted during pumpkin beer share. Had multiple Elysian offerings, and they really know how to do pumpkin beers. This beer was very close to liquid pumpkin pie. The flavors blended very well together, with none overpowering the other.

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Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing copper amber color. No head though.
Aroma is excellent. Pumpkin, nutmeg come on the most, very much like pumpkin pie. Cinnamon also there too
The taste matches the smell. Absolutely excellent. I've had plenty of pumpkin beers, this one most accurately depicts the taste of pumpkin pie. A phenomenal balance of pumpkin and the spices that are desired in this style.

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Photo of stevoj
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Albertsons. Seeing the sediment and chunky bits, I thought at first I might have a bad bottle. Opened with no issues, and taste great, one of the better mass produced seasonal, using spices in the right amounts, without tasting like genetic bottles pumpkin pie spice. Cloudy orange pour, cinnamon being one of the first detectable scents and aromas. Pumpkin in there also. Gentle for an 8% beer. One of the better ones.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into pint glass. The color is a hazy orange-amber with a thick, milk-white head and lacing. This is a very aromatic ale with ripe pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, and bready malt. The taste follows the nose on this one: the pumpkin is strong and fresh, followed by the spice. There is also some sweet vanilla and a bit of a bitter finish. This ale is lightly carbonated, with a light, refreshing mouthfeel, and just the right alcohol kick at 8% ABV. It's substantial but not overpowering. Overall, this is an excellent imperial pumpkin ale. I think it's better than Weyerbacher (one of my favorite brewers) and right up there with Schlafly. I would definitely drink this again!

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