The Great Pumpkin | Elysian Brewing Company

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The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 190 | Ratings: 686
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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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is semi clear and a bright orange color. Thin to no head.

Aroma is rich pumpkin bread. Malty with a lot of spice- cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.

Taste is pumpkin pie. Lots of spice with a strong malt backbone to balance it out. The spice still wins out. Mouthfeel is thick and mouth costing.

Great fall pumpkin beer.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear orange with 1F ivory head. Wispy, ghost like lacing. Smell is of spices, predominantly nutmeg; a bit one note but a pleasant one. Nutmeg pairs nicely with crackery malt on palate. Roasted pumpkin seeds lend an earthy bitterness. Pumpkin is noticeable and vegetal. Very green tasting. Similar spice profile to pumking, but more rustic pumpkin. Body is very light that edges on thin; feel is smooth save for the residual bitterness.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a wide mouth flute glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Deep transparent orange with medium to heavy bibles on the body, heavy pour as always with a three quarter inch head coming off an off-white. Settles quick with slightly uneven lacing.

Smell: super strong pumpkin with heavy nutmeg and cinnamon, seriously you want to inhale this and best of all the aroma just lingers.

Taste: Heavy pumpkin and sweet cinnamon, comes off a touch spicy due to nutmeg. Has the feel of a seriously incredible pumpkin pie, which I think is what pumpkin beers should taste like.

Mouth: very sticky, medium carbonation with a distinct spiciness to it that is nothing to be compared to peppers. Think of a pumpkin cream with heavy nutmeg, incredible.

Overall: Honestly I have had many many pumpkin beer and thought another brew king of the jungle, my friends this beer is the new lion. Literally dessert in a glass.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy orange with lots of carbonation and a thin head that continues through out the whole beer. Strong smells of nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Nice balances flavor of all those pumpkin spices without them being over powering. Really enjoyed the beer, might be my favorite Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an orange Amber color with a slightly Amber colored head. Smell is immediately of caramel sugars and cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, and a sweetness reminiscent of cola. Mouthfeel is carbonated and thin like soda. But, the delicious complexity makes this a treat - not something I often say about pumpkin beers. It's no Schlafly's but it's still very good.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty heavy on the spices on this one with cinnamon and nutmeg standing out, but it is balanced by a nice sweetness. Had right out of the fridge and it got better as it warmed.

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Photo of SublimeZero
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is solid. Sweeter then his little brother, Night Owl, but much more cinnamon and pumpkin finish. Great feel. It has a meek look pouring a medium copper color with little to no head but will punch with flavor of cinnamon, cloves, and pumpkin.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of ground nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, gingerbread, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with ground nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, pie crust, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is super nutmeg and spice forward all around, with the pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds being non-existent in the smell or taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of intobenme
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was really looking forward to this beer. Found far too much nutmeg and other spices and the nose was overpowering as well. I love pumpkin beers but this one feels a bit overdone to me.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin beers seem to be appearing earlier and earlier every year. This one has lots of nutmeg and cinnamon in the nose. Nice natural pumpkin flavor with all the usual pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. Alcohol presence is minimal. Nothing really innovative here, just a well done pumpkin ale.

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

22oz bottle, bottled 8/26/14, poured into a snifter

A- pours a vibrant amber-orange color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a small layer floating on top with a bit of lace left behind

S- pumpkin spice aromas up front with an emphasis on cinnamon and ginger, this combination smells exactly like fresh gingerbread cookies. Beyond the ginger, notes of pumpkin flesh and roasted pumpkin seeds kick in, malty sweet aromas of graham cracker pie crust, vanilla and whipping cream close it out, quite impressive!

T- the spicing emphasizes cinnamon on the flavor as well, with notes of nutmeg, ginger & clove quickly following. Malty sweetness in the mid-palate brings flavors of brown sugar and heavy whipping cream, more pumpkin spicing on the close, with lingers of cinnamon

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a chewy, slightly warming finish

O- one of the best pumpkin beers on the market. The original imperial pumpkin ale certainly set the bar high

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Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Above average to good pumpkin beer that hits all the traditional notes. Full of cinnamon, clove, and bread, with a small hoppy backbone. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance hold an amber orange color supporting a thin moderate head leaving fair lace. Smell has that nice aroma of pumpkin and accompanying spice, Taste does not disappoint, having that night owl flavor, but more expressive. Mouthfeel is medium with with good carbonation. Overall a good pumpkin and spice flavor with a hint of alcohol.

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Photo of Boto
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one poured a cloudy, darker golden color. There was a small off white head which didn’t leave much lacing. The nose is good. Pumpkin plus some pumpkin pie spices. The spices are not overdone. The taste is good. It is a bit sweet, but thankfully not sickly sweet as some others of these are. Good body, pumpkin as well as pumpkin pie spices. Not bad.

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Photo of RenzoD
2/5  rDev -51.7%


*I toot the Elysian horn loudly. They are easily one of my top 5 favorite breweries.
*I am not a HUGE pumpkin beer guy, but they grow on me a bit more every year.

That being said...

This beer is overpriced, unbearably sweet, and really boozy.
The nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices are just overbearingly overboard. I tried so hard to make it through my 9 dollar bottle of beer, but I just could not do it.

If you are experimenting pumpkin beers, or if you believe this year is the year that you will make a breakthrough with them, let me advise you not to reach for this one. Perhaps more for the experienced pumpkin beer drinker.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly pale orange-y amber, looks thick. Modest head, dissipates before too long, just a lone continent of that white remains in the sea of umber.

That nose though...
Immediately jumps in with a heavy rich spice and pumpkin combination that is like pumpkin pie, but not that fake canned shit, I'm talking the real from scratch deal. Creamy and sweet with a touch of earthy vegetal underpinning, but the nutmeg and cinnamon and pumpkin seeds take top prize here.

Taste follows the aroma pretty faithfully, maybe edging a little more towards the vegetal pumpkin and relying less heavily on the sweet spices (though they're still there, fear thee not). Medium-thick body is almost chewy, and it lacks the real stale biscuity backdrop that many pumpkins seem to use as a foundation.
I'm no pumpkin beer aficionado, but this is damn tasty. Or should I say... YAM tasty!!?! No, no I should not. That's a terrible pun.

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

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

L - It is amber in color and clear. It is topped with an inch of beige head.

S - This beer has some intense pumpkin pie aroma.

T - The flavor matches the smell. It is full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. It actually tastes like pumpkin pie.

F - Medium

O - This is truly a great pumpkin beer. The flavor and aromas are strong and inviting. This is a great dessert beer.

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Photo of dar482
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%

The beer comes in a rich reddish orange.

The aroma has a big punch of sweet cinnamon in pumpkin syrup and candy. A very bright fruity pumpkin quality.

The flavor has a big punch of cinnamon and pie spice in the front. Not a big punch of pumpkin, but a rounding theme of that throughout. Nutmeg bitters out the beer on the back. A bit of caramel sweetness without being cloying and alcoholic.

In the end, more of a spicy dessert brew towards Pumking.

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

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a burnt orange color, with a white, slightly fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like an amplified version of a typical pumpkin ale- pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, etc. Smells very inviting.

The taste is very similar. There's a bit of a bitterness to this, might be hop flavor, might just be the cinnamon, with other flavors of pumpkin flesh, vanilla, clove.

This one feels a bit creamy in the mouthfeel, which is nice, with a medium amount of carbonation, and a fairly full body.

A good pumpkin ale, certainly in the upper echelon, but I wish it did a bit more to distinguish itself from others in the same style.

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Photo of GJ40
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Deep golden with a slight haze and minimal head. Aroma is spices from a cookie or pumpkin pie. Flavor follows with those spices in the lead but not overdone. They're joined by pumpkin and malts. But there seems to be a slight off flavor to me. Maybe it just the pumpkin but whatever it is doesn't quite fit. A good beer but not one I'd need another of.

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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 686 ratings.
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