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

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Added by TheBungyo on 10-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
686
Reviews:
190
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
10.87%
 
 
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305
Gots:
126
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Ratings: 686 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of DOCRW
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 kkmiller76
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Lucular
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesLeung
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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 Fungas0
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sachie23
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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 jmg480
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 stevesbeer
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sanitarium16
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 50StateBeerTour
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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