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The Great Pumpkin | Elysian Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TheBungyo on 10-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,752
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
710
pDev:
10.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Katedraper84
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beeragent
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Bronze, with no clarity. 1 finger of head and some minor lacing left on the glass

S - Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate.

T - Pumpkin is subtle, but lots of spices. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate just like the aroma. Hidden ABV. Easy to drink and enjoyable

F - Full body and medium carbonation

O - A great imperial pumpkin. Well done

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Photo of tdm168
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DivX_Man
4.89/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of teromous
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see any bottle date listed.

Appearance: The body of the beer is an amber-orange color that has a light haze to it which allows letters to be seen through it with a light bit of fuzziness. The head is short and white without much retention or lacing.

Aroma: The beer has a fantastic pumpkin pie spice and it smells just like a pumpkin pie. From an aroma perspective it's perfectly balanced where none of the spices stand out over the other making it hard to even identify individual spice components. It's also a strong aroma. After a while of sitting out it starts to deliver a bit of a graham cracker scent.

Taste: There is a nice mix of what tastes like cinnamon and nutmeg with a touch of alcohol. While not quite as strong, it's a bit like a pumpkin pie spiced schnapps. This beer is definitely one that builds up layers of flavors the more it is consumed. The more you drink it the more the previous spices linger on the palate and the more it tastes like pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: It's a nice medium-light bodied beer with a fairly dry finish which gives it a bit of a thin taper. It has a bit of astringency but with heavily spiced beers I wouldn't consider it a negative but rather something to note.

Overall: It's a good pumpkin ale and it is definitely one of the better ones available. With spicing consistency and gourd flavor having a large impact on pumpkin ales it is impossible to predict the flavor of this beer in the future, but as of this 2017 batch I would highly recommend purchasing it. I would drink it again.

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3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ob512316
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into glass.
The look is orange with a thin white head. The smell consists of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It tastes like it smells, but with grahm crackers. The feel is easy to drink. Overall this is a great beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am gonna put this out there for anyone that has had a generous sampling of pumpkin beers that can be found throughout the world. Hands down this is the perfect pumpkin beer to me, and I am rating it a 5 on all scales.
It is bright Orange, neat little head on it, perfect carbonation, and it smells and tastes of loads of pumpkin pie without being cloying in any way. This is just amazing, as I said before I rate this against other pumpkin beers and this is the best one I have had out of maybe 20 of them

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Roadking1979
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin pie in a bottle. The best Imperial Pumpkin Ale I've had--including Pumking--and can be found for about 40% less typically. Elysian knocked the ball out of the park with this brew.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 710 ratings
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