Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Elysian Brewing Company

Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
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From:
Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #55
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,537
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
481
Ratings:
1,083
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 25, 2022
Added:
Nov 11, 2002
Wants:
  153
Gots:
  340
SCORE
88
Very Good
Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
Notes: Brewed with 150 lbs. of pumpkin in each batch. Made with Pale, Munich and Crystal malts green and roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Horizon hops. Spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.
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Rated: 3.96 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Nov 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.94 by Walnut from Missouri

Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by BeerBeast from Florida

Nov 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.85 by Sinister from New York

Nov 11, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Nov 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
L: Pours a dark brown orange color with a small tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Strong hint of spice, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, very much your typical pumpkin beer.

T: Lots of pumpkin pie spice, including nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, lots of spice not a ton of pumpkin.

F: Medium body, smooth carbonation

O: Just like most pumpkin beers, this beer is more spice than pumpkin.
Nov 01, 2022
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Reviewed by ThirstyLion from New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Whether someone likes pumpkin beer or not, the fact that Night Owl happens to be a pumpkin beer should in no way detract from its rating. I see a lot of people dinging it simply because it's a pumpkin beer.

With that, out of the way, it's exactly what a pumpkin beer should be. It has real pumpkin in it and the flavor comes through loud and clear. And there's lots of different spices which need to be in there as well and they are.

It's a very drinkable beer. I've seen reviews that suggested it isn't. I easily drink three pints, poured and frozen mugs and it was absolutely delicious.

As far as the level of the different spices, I have seen several reviews that say the beer is too strong, but I would contest that a bad pumpkin ale is destroyed by the spices or it doesn't have enough spices or instead of using real pumpkin, you get artificial pumpkin flavor.

Night Owl is 100% legit as a pumpkin beer and the flavor is full throttle. You're going to get some wimpy spices like nutmeg and cinnamon mix with hints of allspice, clove and mace. In no way is it too strong or too spicy. I would say that it's just on the higher level of what a pumpkin beer's profile should taste like and for me, the 150 lb of pumpkin per batch is a big reason to like this beer. The pumpkin comes through and it's genuine and it's real.

As far as how this beer stacks up to other pumpkin beer's, I put it very near the top of the heap. I also think most people who are looking for a pumpkin flavored beer will probably like this beer. I served it at a Halloween party and every single person who had it raved about it and commented about it and wondered what it was and who made it, so it seemed to have gone over quite well.
Oct 31, 2022
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L - copper with an off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind no real lacing
S - pumpkin and fall spices - lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves
T - Nice amount of pumpkin flavor but predominant fall spices - lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, cloves, allspice
F - medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation
O - A pretty nice pumpkin ale that seems a little heavy on the spices, but in a good way
Oct 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by milkbone_underwear from Massachusetts

Oct 24, 2022
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Reviewed by DrOfGolf from Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Medium amber pour with a modest off-white head. It was lighter than many pumpkins I have had before. The smell was the typical nutmeg, cinnamon, and all of the spices that are typical for a pumpkin beer. Very good tasting beer.
Oct 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Tasted in a pint glass from draft at Emil's Tavern Grayslake, IL. Includes seven different malts and bittered with Magnum hops. Made with green and roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter.
Oct 13, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Really attractive clear dark amber appearance.
Body is about medium with the carbonation being the same.
Aroma is very light and actually wasn't very appealing, sort of an artificial smell.
Taste was malty bread,doughy, mildly sweet with a perfect amount of spice that lingered but didn't dominate.
Overall it was one of the better pumpkin beers I've had
Oct 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by PaleAleWalt from New York

Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

Oct 03, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Can. Little head. Burnt autumn orange color.

Fairly light in terms of a pumpkin ale. Pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, and spices.

I don’t like the feel here, but otherwise it’s a decent pumpkin ale.
Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 2 by mpenske from California

Sep 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by HardCider from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by kuhndog from New York

Aug 23, 2022
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Reviewed by BKotch from Texas

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Not a favorite style, but this is pretty good. I got a nice head with a vigorous pour, and decent lace. Good aroma and flavor if a bit sweet. Medium body. Nice overall.
Aug 17, 2022
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Slightly hazy/cloudy amber color with a modest off white head that fades quickly.
The aroma is pumpkin followed by ginger, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, the whole pumpkin pie family.
The taste is in the same line with an addition of some brown sugar sweetness to balance the spices. While it is somewhat over spiced for my taste, it is very well balanced and the slight sweetness mellows it enough to enjoy.
The body is medium/full, modest carbonation and nicely smooth like biting into a pumpkin pie, if they had just added some lactose (I like whipped cream on my pies) this could be liquid pumpkin pie.
Altogether, this is one of the better pumpkin ales I have had.
Aug 16, 2022
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Reviewed by SteveTheDog from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
As a harbinger of an autumn not quite with an eyesight, the night owl swooped down during the early afternoon with a flourish of aromas of holidays past and as it flew away, left a spiciness that made me long for more
Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look: Golden light ale pour from a pack of variety sorted pack from Vons. slight lacing as the foam dissolves.
Smell: Ge33tting notes of cinnamon nutmeg and spices along with vanilla and malts.
Taste: the nose follows the tongue except sweeter. Out of the pack this one is the best one by far because of the sweetness it delivers.
Feel: Medum bodied/ very easy to down. Be careful as this one is rich and easy to down.
Overall: I didn't think this would be as good as it was but damn. it's very easy to down, slightly rich and isn't to strong alcohol wise. Very nice!!!
Aug 08, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

May 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.66 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Feb 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.19 by megamick from Iowa

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is not my favorite beer style...in fact....I try to avoid pumpkin beers....but when they are apart of a seasonal 24pck....a man has to do what a man has to do......it poured a slightly hazy copper with off white head that is not leaving much lace. The scent had clove, ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with pumpkin, cinnamon and ginger. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 3.63 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Dec 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.9 by icemanexit from Indiana

Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can with a May 2022 BB date stamped on the bottom.
Appearance. Dark reddish-copper colored body with a fine off-white head.
Aroma. This has an appealing mix of 'Fall' spices but the strength suggests it may be over spiced.
Flavor. Well, it certainly is over spiced, with a residue of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, etc. lingering on the tongue.
Dec 04, 2021
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Rated by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Very good for pumpkin Ale lovers.
Dec 04, 2021
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Reviewed by dream from Nevada

5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Top 10 pumpkin beer like all the other Elysian offerings. Mine came out of several 12 packs pumpkin beers I grab every year from Elysian. Strangely, I don't really like any other Elysian beers. However I think their pumpkin line is one of the best. Are they owned by AB in Bev now? Eh.. Oh well.
Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Shelbs90 from Montana

2.79/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
not a big fan of this beer. i know a lot of people who love it but the pumpkin taste is just off for me and i love pumpkin. would drink it if i had to but not in the top 10
Dec 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by Skyseeker from New York

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by evostudios12 from Florida

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.12 by clm9 from North Carolina

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.64 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by Patrick2012 from California

Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by prototypic from Ohio

Nov 21, 2021
Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1564 ratings