The Great Pumpkin | Elysian Brewing Company

The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin
BA SCORE
4.13/5
701 Ratings
The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheBungyo on 10-24-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,827
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
701
pDev:
10.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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308
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127
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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From an undated 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-An aggressive pour produces almost a finger of light-khaki head. The foam drops immediately to a collar. The brew is orange-tinted golden-amber in color. It looks pretty still -- and slightly hazy -- in the glass.

S-This is probably my favorite pumpkin beer smell ever. It is very spicy (lots of cinnamon and nutmeg), semi-sweet (brown sugar), with a hint of rum-like booze, and a nice toasted flavor to accompany the traditional pumpkin flesh aroma.

T-The taste, while good, is a bit of letdown compared to the amazing scent on this thing. The beer looses some of the spiciness and gains a bit of fruity alcohol, which muddies things a bit. Still...it is pretty good with baking spices, mild brown-sugar sweetness, pumpkin flesh, and a decent bit of drying, toasted pumpkin seed.

M-The feel is lighter than some in the style, but still medium. Carbonation is slightly assertive and moderate to fine on the palate.

O-What a great smelling beer. The scent is really the highlight here, but the rest of the beer isn't bad. If you like your pumpkin beer on the dryer side, this brew is a good choice because it still provides some spice and pumpkin flesh without getting vegetal or overly earthy. I could use a bit more heft in the feel, but this is not quaffable by any means. Wow, what a great smelling beer.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, deep copper color with half an inch of airy, beige head that quickly recedes with light surface layer and lacing.

Strong aromas of pumpkin and spice.

Strong flavor of pumpkin pie as to be expected. But with an underlying musty, earthy quality that sets it apart.

Medium bodied with a sweet but crisp finish. Moderate carbonation with mild aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this beer. I would put in my top three pumpkin brews so far. Good Gourd, Pumpking and Great Pumpkin.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32oz growler into a tulip. 9/27/13 filling date

Pours a dark copper/orange color with an inch thick white head. Par for the style. The smell is much less overwhelming than most other beers of the style - where you usually smell a ton of nutmeg and cloves with this beer i actually get a lot of actual pumpkin smell. The taste is also different than most other pumpkin beers... its much more "beer like." much more bitter than the usual extremely sweet pumpkin ale. Definitely can see why this is preferred by a lot of people! Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall one of the better pumpkin "beers" that there are. This one actually tastes like beer.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up an almost minimal amount of head which has no retention. The head is off-white with hints of beige and amber while the body is a slightly darker, medium amber which appears as a glowing, medium amber when held up to the light. Minimal amount of lacing.

Nose- This sure does smell like pumpkin pie, even echoes of sweet potato pie. This runs the gamut of autumn spices: cloves, nutmeg, mace, and cinnamon. Not harsh in anyway. The aroma is quite inviting and clean- which is not true of many spiced beers. Cinnamon is the most dominant spice.

Taste- Reflective of the nose, with almost all of the spice notes hitting me at once. Cinnamon, as it was on the nose, is by far the most dominant. At the moment, it's a little hard to process it all since it tastes as if I just drank the aroma mashed together. I can't tell if the bitterness that seems to permeate all aspects of the flavor profile is a characteristic of all the spices or if this is a separate flavor. Tastes a lot like a mild red hot (the candy) or a spicier version of Big Red chewing gum. A mild indication of raw pumpkin but this seems more like suggestion of the mind. No real heat but how could one discern that with all this spice. Some of the bitterness is definitely separate from the spice profile but it tends to be woody (some pine) with a slight inclination toward yeast and earwax. This is probably a highly desirable beer for some but a little too one-sided for me. I thought Night Owl was much more subdued and well rounded and therefore, better. It would seem that pumpkin ales are not the type of beer to turn imperial. Don't get me wrong- I applaud the effort but I don't need anymore spice than your typical pumpkin beer already has. Does mellow but this makes it seem thin and watery. It really only validates what I've thought to be true- I just don't like pumpkin beers. You might though.

Mouthfeel- Fairly thin and and just a little bit more than light bodied. Ample carbonation works well with the conspicuous spice.

Drinkability- I don't need this much fall, harvest time, or holiday in my beer. This is why I eschew wassails and “Christmas” beers. If I want that, I just drink some heavily spiked eggnog. Price point is all wrong for a beer I don't enjoy but 9 bucks seems reasonable for someone who would.

Overall- This is pretty much one of the highest rated pumpkin ales but it's not my piece of pie. I can drink it fine. There's nothing wrong with it but 22 ounces is too much for me. Definitely worth a try but I won't be buying it again.

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The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 701 ratings
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