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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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#1,741
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
708
pDev:
10.87%
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Ratings: 708 |  Reviews: 195
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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Photo of EMV
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a golden orange color. Moderate off-white head and decent lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie in a bottle... cloves and nutmeg, pumpkin and veggies.

T/F: Follows the smell. A solid malt backbone with a strong spice presence. Cloves and nutmeg with ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. Pumpkin is there on the palate. Sticky mouthfeel. Filling and rather tasty. A little warming from the higher ABV but that actually helps balance the brew.

O: If you don't like pumpkin beers or pumpkin pie... pass on this one. I'm not a big pumpkin beer guy, but this one worked for me. The spice profile was present but not overpowering letting the taste of the beer shine through. I wouldn't want it every day, but as a winter treat it did me just fine. One of the better pumpkin beers I've sampled.

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Photo of whatthehull
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 22 oz bottle

A - A deep copper orange (beautiful), little to no bright white head and little to no lacing legs

S - Huge pumpkin spices/pie up front, rich pumpkin, clove, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted/sweet malts, very sweet, slightly floral, brown earth hop note, some green earth, baking yeast, slight booze and aged wood.

T - Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, huge pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, sugar, wood, green/brown earth hop, baking yeast, slight booze and gloriously pumpkin.

M - Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium carbonation, medium minus acidity and a huge spiced pumpkin delight from start to finish

D/O - Refreshing, less sweet than I thought with a huge spice/malt/grain bite, really nice. Instead of just overloading on pumpkin and sugar this one tastes really natural and all-around awesome. I would recommend this one year-round (if it was available) and in any weather condition. Had some with savory garlic corn snacks and whoa, awesome. Surprised and delighted by this one.

Final thoughts - Not sure of the price as it was a gift. I would gather between $7-10 per bomber. The 8.3% ABV is perfect and lastly don't know if this one would age, but well worth a try.

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Photo of YetiMaas
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Great Pumpkin from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 708 ratings
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