The Great Pumpkin
Elysian Brewing Company

The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin
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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #17
Ranked #4,990
4.13 | pDev: 10.65%
Apr 13, 2022
Oct 24, 2006
The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin
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2 by AlaskanYoung from Arkansas on Apr 13, 2022
4 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Mar 29, 2022
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4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dsa7783 from New Jersey

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from ShopRite in Parsippany. Pours a caramel, dark cream colored hue with moderate frothing. Assertive aroma replete with notes of macchiato and nutmeg. Great stuff. Highly recommended.

Mar 14, 2022
3.81 by chris826 from Mississippi on Jan 03, 2022
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3.06/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Mitzvahman72 from California

This beer is similar to the Night Owl, but with less spices and the addition of booze. This is almost within Belgian Tripel territory than Imperial ale. It does have a effervescent aroma, but not exactly recommended in either categories. Maybe for warm spiced tripels this is good? Who knows?

Dec 23, 2021
3.98 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Dec 13, 2021
4.05 by evostudios12 from Florida on Nov 26, 2021
4 by prototypic from Ohio on Nov 21, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

DATE: November 13, 2021... OCCASION: enjoying the Cavs' come-from-nineteen-down win versus the Celtics...GLASSWARE: Citrabellum pokal... a beautiful, nearly opaque amber orange body that teems with upward streaming bubbles that form a picturesque curtain... its head looks clean and nearly snow white, thick and retentive... nutmeg and cinnamon are aggressive and singular... brown sugar, bread malts, ginger bread, and spices capture what I expect of this season...the body reaches great middle ground: strong enough to act as a dessertif, manageable enough to bat leadoff... cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the profile, with the malts anchoring a beer worth, robust, and agreeable, this may be the crown jewel in the Elysian pumpkin mix pack...

Nov 14, 2021
3.5 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Nov 11, 2021
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4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by rand from California

22 oz bomber into a snifter

What’s there to say about this masterpiece? It’s been many a moon since there was doubt that pumpkin brews actually constituted ‘beer’. I was an early advocate, especially for breweries like Elysian that dumped a shit ton of actual pumpkin purée into their wort. And this beer received a lot of buzz for what was possible when you puréed an entire farm lot of gourdey goodness into a single batch, which is why I sat on this gem. The specs:

Rusty, cloudy brew yields a wispy head on a medium pour. Massive wafts of pumpkin essence tease the nose, rounded with ample holiday spice and honey sweet malts. The flavors are pure pumpkin indulgence - boozy pumpkin pie with notes of clove and honey and biscuits. Perfectly drinkable with a relative thin mouthfeel. Has been aged to perfection.

Nov 11, 2021
4.21 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Nov 07, 2021
3.89 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 07, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Murky orange brown in color, with a vast, dense and quite persistent off-white head. A thick and irregular, but unbroken ring adorns the glass wall. Clouds of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: The nose presents prominent pumpkin pie spice, in particular nutmeg, as well as brown sugar. Interestingly, there is a bit of orange rind. Overall, the aroma is very much like cold pumpkin pie, with even notes of the crust. One thing that is absent, is any note of alcohol, surprising at an ABV of 8.4%.

Taste: The taste opens with the pumpkin spice very forward, soon followed by a surge of sweet alcohol, and a moderate note of wood, possibly oak. The pumpkin pie spices are strong, and as with the aroma emphasize the nutmeg notes, though there is cinnamon and cloves, also, more prominent than in the aroma. And there is that subtle hint of pie crust. Late in the taste, there is a bit of bitter orange rind, an interesting counterpoint to the spices and alcohol. There is a bit of tea-like astringency in the finish, with some mildly bitter hop notes lingering on.

Mouth feel: Soft and fairly full, with little carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: A really outstanding example of an Imperial Pumpkin ale, The Great Pumpkin would be a stunning presentation for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a La Fun du Monde chalice.


Nov 07, 2021
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Nov 01, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

One of the better pumpkin beers. More pumpkin spice than pumpkin, but it's not overly spicy. Preferred this one to night owl. 92 seems like a solid score, if not a little high. I think Paranormal From Flying Monkeys is tastier and just a better beer overall. But this is still very good.

Oct 31, 2021
3.85 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Oct 30, 2021
4.25 by smb71481 from Vermont on Oct 25, 2021
3.99 by drews240 from Rhode Island on Oct 17, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

The Great Pumpkin pours a nice dark amber color, with a small, lacing head. Aroma is sweet, lots of pumpkin, and lots of sweet spices. Flavor is on the sweeter side, lots of pumpkin, and sweeter, sugary spices mixed in. Good body and feel. Overall, a big pumpkin ale, lots and lots of flavors, lots of pumpkin and lots of spice too.

Oct 16, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

Poured into shaker pint. A medium amber color, beige head.

Nose is honey nougat sweet with some pumpkin spice.

Taste is a murky sweet, almost pie creamy. The Pumpkin flavor is particularly vegetal. Sweet soft aftertaste. As it warms up, some nutmeg really opens up.

Feel is dry with a soft finish.

First had this at an Oktoberfest in Tulsa and happily found it again up here in a 12 pack of Elysian pumpkin ales. A complex pumpkin beer with a lot of personality.

Oct 11, 2021
4.1 by jkermitj from Mississippi on Oct 09, 2021
3.73 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Oct 07, 2021
4.65 by asaboss from California on Oct 04, 2021
4.46 by lost_sailor from Massachusetts on Oct 01, 2021
4 by PvtSnowball from Florida on Oct 01, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Iamaskier from Idaho

It’s a divisive topic, and I’m squarely in the pro-pumpkin camp. I don’t care if it’s not quite October.

L: Hazy copper orange, like a ripe pumpkin. Almost no head.
S: Pumpkin bread. Sweet molasses malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and utterly delicious.
T: Follows the nose. Molasses upfront, followed by cinnamon and nutmeg, a hint of piney hop bitterness, and a bit of pie crust malt.
F: Smooth, and on the dry side.
O: It’s not my favorite of Elysian’s pumpkin series, but it’s still delicious in my opinion. I love spices in beer, and this has spices. There’s a really nice warmth after a few sips too, which helps make it one of my favorite fall beers. Pumpkin forever!

Sep 29, 2021
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4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by ColeEP

L: Appealing dark golden orange color with great lacing and caramel colored head upon pour.

S: Great forward smell of pumpkin and baking spices with a following backbone of malt.

T: Taste quickly reminiscent of pumpkin muffins. Sweet and boozy aftertaste that sits well on the palate.

F: Feel is more watery to me than I would expect with a beer that smells and tastes the way it does. Would like it to sit longer.

O: Fabulous beer. Would recommend to anyone who is wanting a non-gimmicky pumpkin beer.

Sep 27, 2021
3.93 by Hoptometrist from Ohio on Sep 26, 2021
3.85 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Sep 22, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by oldmankoch from Tennessee

Fantastic. I appreciate the extra ABV oomph which really helps elevate all the flavors.

Sep 20, 2021
4.15 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania on Sep 19, 2021
4.03 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Sep 19, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

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

The appearance is about what I would expect from the style with an orange-amber color under a modest, fading off-2hite head.

The aroma leans to nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and cooked vegetables along with a slight butterscotch malt. Any hops are floral.

The mouthfeel is medium or slightly better. Smooth all around.

The taste has a quick sweet start and then the allspice and nutmeg particularly kick in and take things over. Then it has this slightly boozy character although not offensive. Warming maybe. Decent but there are others I like better.

Sep 17, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Clear pour that's a medium garnet orange color with thin soapy white lacing.

S - Pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon.

T - Cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and clove. Finishes balanced with a tiny bit of bitterness and lingering spice on the palate.

M - Big medium body with a soft finish.

O - This is a solid Pumpkin beer.

Sep 17, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz bottle, best by 1/30/22. Pours slightly hazy copper gold with a medium creamy white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is lots of nicely done pumpkin spice and bready malt.

The flavor is sweet bready malt with lots of pumpkin spice that's a bit heavy on cinnamon. The mouthfeel is a little thin and watery.

Overall, a nicely done heavily spiced pumpkin beer.

Sep 15, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BB1313 from Ohio

Best by 3/19/22. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a glowing orange/burnt golden; small off-white head that fades quickly leaving okay retention and lacing. The aromas have some sweet potatoes along with some caramel. Mild spice. Malts are there. The flavors are bolder than the nose. The spices lead the way. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg coming through. It basically has the same enjoyable pumpkin spice profile that you'd expect from an Elysian pumpkin beer, more or less. More sweet potatoes. Some caramel and breads in the mix. Subtle sweetness. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy and smooth.

This is a pretty solid pumpkin ale. I might not personally like it more that a couple of their other pumpkin beers, but it's still a pretty good example of the style. Not bad at all. I like it.

Sep 14, 2021
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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

I have enjoyed Elysian Night Owl for many years.. I have finally found the Elsyian Pumpkin 12 pack, which contains three bottles each of FOUR of their different pumpkin brews! The first one I am reviewing is 'The Great Pumpkin'.. at 8.4%, it is the strongest ABV of the bunch. Upon pouring a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a slightly cloudy amber arose, with a one finger off-white head. The scent was an immediate autumnal wake up. Spices hit the nose, particularly cinnamon, with a vanilla note also prominent. The first taste was good, with the cloudiness indicative of true pumpkin mash. The taste was clean and clear, with nutmeg supporting the cinnamon, but a tad short of the robust flavor of the best pumpkin beers. I have a feeling this will age well. The pumpkin and spices should converge, and in a year, this will be a great pumpkin beer. It tastes quite natural.. Elysian Night Owl matures beautifully, and I suspect this will too. The head kept together enough during the session that the lacing was continuous and enjoyable. The flavor did improve as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel had just enough body that it rolled beautifully on the tongue. Elysian 'The Great Pumpkin' is a solid, understated winner! I will revisit this review next September, and report back on the aging results.

Sep 12, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

12 oz bottle.

Pours a chill-hazed golden amber color with a small off-white head. Absolutely no retention whatsoever. Leaves a bit of lacing here and there.

Pretty much all the aromas you'd expect in a pumpkin beer are here: Pumpkin spice, allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. There's a bit of clove and butter with some subtle notes of caramel and pie crust.

Oh hell yes. Wasn't sure if this was an imperial version of their base pumpkin beer but the flavor definitely makes it seem that way: Loads of squash and pumpkin puree, bread, pie crust, cereal grains, and cinnamon covered pumpkin seeds, with some nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Very light hops on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little sticky, with some definitive alcohol warmth. Smooth finish.

Overall, definitely a well-done imperial pumpkin beer. The aroma was typical Pumpkin Beer fare, but the flavor does everything Night Owl does and turns it up to 11.

Sep 10, 2021
3.9 by warnerry from Michigan on Sep 09, 2021
The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 822 ratings