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

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#1,778
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
712
pDev:
10.63%
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance- The beer pours a nice hazy orange amber color with a very small white head. The head fades decently fast leaving some patchy bubbles of foam on the surface of the beer and a decent level of foamy islands of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – A nice roasted pumpkin smell creates the biggest aroma. This is complemented by spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Other aromas of a bready smell as well as a nice caramel and brown sugary sweet smell are there as well giving an overall great pumpkin pie aroma. While pumpkin pie like, the smell is not too sweet or too spiced but consists of a very nice blend of aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a good bready and roasted pumpkin flavor. The sweetness is lighter upfront with just a bit of caramel sweetness. The spice flavors are lighter as well at the start, with some hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. As the taste advances the nutmeg and cinnamon spice are joined by some allspice with the nutmeg growing quite a bit more potent to the end. As this occurs, so too comes some sweeter flavors of more caramel and brown sugar. Along with these flavors, the roasted pumpkin grows a bit more intense with the bready taste fading some, leaving a moderately sweet pumpkin pie like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are fantastic for the pumpkin pie like tastes of the brew making for a creamy, thick mouthcoating texture one would like with something resembling a pumpkin pie dessert.

Overall – This is a very nice and tasty imperial pumpkin ale. A little on the drier side and more roasted pumpkin in nature with a nice blend of flavors and a great feel overall.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 712 ratings
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