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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: 186 | Ratings: 667
Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -2.7%
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 +9.9%
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 -2.7%
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 -13.8%
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 +2.2%
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 +8.7%
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 -4.8%
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 -3.1%

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 -8.2%
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 -51.6%


*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 -0.2%
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 +5.1%
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 -0.5%

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 -4.8%
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%

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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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a snifter due to the higher ABV, sorry BA for not pouring it into a pint glass.
Anyways, here's the rest. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange to slight brown color with a one finger white foamy head that concaves in a really nice looking way.
The smell had a nice spice of allspice, clove, ginger and cinnamon to end up combining with a slight vanilla / leading to a luscious pie crust deliciousness under my nose.
The taste amplified the previously mentioned flavors to taste. To me, everything just seems uup-ed and in a nice spicy to sweet way.
The mouthfeel had a fairly decent sharp to sweet creamy rolling spiciness running over my tongue. I really enjoyed how this felt over my tongue.
Overall, I have to say that this really was a good beer to definitely have again. I am thinking about picking another one of these up for Thanksgiving.

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Photo of antott0523
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Translucent copper color with a thin beige head that struggles to stick around. Some lacing on the glass and minor amount of carbonation visible.

S: Strong notes of nutmeg and allspice dominate this beer and tickle the olfactory cells. Sugary notes of pumpkin pie. A hint of booze. Great nose.

T: While the spices come through initially, this beer is quite unpleasant from start to finish. It's a bit too boozy, relatively bitter for a style that I drink to satisfy my sweet tooth. The finish is artificial and chemical like.

M: Moderate body and it feels a bit thin. Moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Not very drinkable for me. And highly disappointed based on the nose as well as the other great experiences I've had with Elysian including Punkuccino, Dragonstooth, and the almighty Dayglow IPA. If you don't like over top pumpkin flavor this could be the beer for you, but I feel it really has some off putting qualities to the flavor.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This beer is heavy on the spice but the sweetness balances it out well. It has a great, strong aroma and is enjoyable despite the strong spices. Pumpkin finishes out the beer in a fuzzy and distractingly tacky feel. Alcohol is very gently warming.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%

Really enjoyed this one from Elysian. The beer had pretty good pumpkin flavor, with plenty of spice as well. While on the sweet side (as pumpkin beers generally are), there was enough underlying hoppy bitterness to bouy and counter that sweetness, and the beer out a bit. I thought that greatly enhanced this beer's drinkability.

Not a huge fan of the style, but regardless, this was one of the better versions I've had in some time.

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Photo of n2185
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a slightly hazy orange with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: sweet, squashy pumpkin aromas dominate with pumpkin pie spices and notes of caramel apples and vanilla.

T: pumpkin pie spices, sweet breads, squashy pumpkin pie, vanilla, a slightly boozy finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nicely creamy.

O: a great pumpkin ale overall. Definitely one of the best I've had.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears a radiant orange hue with a small head that rapidly fades to nil. The aroma offers cinnamon, pumpkin pie, brown sugar. Sweet and definitely true to style. Lots of brown sugar and cinnamon character. Thin body with low carbonation. Alcohol content well hidden. A tasty beer, though a little goes a long way. A good beer to share a few ways.

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Photo of superspak
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge pumpkin flesh, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, toast, caramel, brown sugar, clove, allspice, pie crust, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Absolutely insane aromas with incredible complexity and balance of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin flesh, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, allspice, toast, caramel, brown sugar, pie crust, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, pie crust, nutmeg, clove, allspice, caramel, brown sugar, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with big authentic pumpkin presence and fantastic malt/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane imperial pumpkin ale. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of malt/pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A world class pumpkin ale for sure.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review is of 5 month old bottle

Pours a hazy pale honey/orange color. Head is 1/5th of an inch and white. Head retention and lacing were average.

Smell is of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Slight honey and vienna/munich malts are prominent. Hops arent present and alcohol is well hidden.

Taste is very sweet and full of fall spices. Cinnamon and allspice take center stage, pumpkin and clove are apparent too. Sweet honey hides 8% alcohol well, hops are super light.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for an imperial pumpkin beer. Head retention didnt last as long as I was hoping, carbonation levels were good. Finishes slightly dry.

Overall one of the best pumpkin beers Ive had. Very sweet but the spices and alcohol provide some balance. Would like to see this beer get some bourbon treatment.

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Photo of Kayaker
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great pumpkin. Well balanced mild spices. Nice aroma and taste. Nice pumpkin flavor. Definitely one of the top 10 pumpkin beers. Smooth rich flavor. Not watery like many of the pumpkins out there. Too bad beers like this are available for such a short period.

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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
4.13 out of 5 based on 667 ratings.
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