Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Elysian Brewing Company

Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #23
Ranked #7,439
3.97 | pDev: 11.84%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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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Reviews: 431 | Ratings: 1,435
Photo of tzbel013
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth pumpkin ale that doesn't let the spices overpower the flavor profile like many others. The color is hazy as you swirl the beer to get all of the bottle conditioned yeast flavors out to finish that smooth profile. You catch the yeast, the nutmeg and other spices on the finish. One of the best pumpkin ales I've had. Very impressive.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange glass with translucent chill haze. Holds a thin white collar of foam that doesn't lace.

Aroma: Heavy pumpkin spice, overwhelms any beer smells.

Taste: Liquid pumpkin spice. No beer flavors, no hops, malt, there is only pumpkin spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low, almost still carbonation, oily finish, and somehow pumpkin spice.

Overall: I guess it depends how much you like pumpkin spice. I kind of like it in things, but this is like they just poured it into water and force carbonated it a bit. To be fair, there is some pumpkin flavor as well. So, kudos for putting the main thing forward, but I think I'd like this more as a brown ale, or even a stout.

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice rich amber hue with persistent, thin tan head. Spicy nose with a hint of cinnamon. Taste? This is maybe the best non "Imperial" pumpkin ale I've ever had. Maybe the best Pumpkin ale regardless of nomenclature or ABV. Everything I look for in the style..Pumpkin, spice and cinnamon oh my! Not quite thin mouthfeel with mild bubblies. This is a treasure and a treat..Seek it out.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, experience by 02/04/20... poured into a fat tulip)

L: clear, tawny liquid - clear until last bit of bottle (dregs) added; tall, tight, silky, peach-tinged off-white foam... uneven collar remains, bit of smeared lacing, thin misty cap (sticking to/from sediment) stays

S: nutmeg-forward, maybe a bit of cinnamon sugar and ginger creeping up from the depths; touch of toasted med-dark grain; little apparent alcohol

T: ginger and pumpkin(?) seem to leap out upon first sip, cinnamon-sugar-led pumpkin spice blend dancing in the middle of the palate in the aftertaste, with some nutmeg and allspice slowly crawling back up in the background; extended aftertaste is relatively dry, with perhaps a subtle note of pumpkin seed lingering... palate adjusted, firm malty foundation reaches balance with firm fuzzy static of spices

F: light-medium bodied, lazy-silky carbonation, restrained warmth to the alcohol (arguably excellent abv), smooth wash to its finish... its apparent dryness is a plus - could do another one right after

O: could be kooky, but I haven't tasted this much pumpkin character in its namesake seasonal since a cask pour of the Smuttynose at least a decade ago... rather old-school pumpkin ale, but its throwback character and lovely dry malty base were a welcome flashback and change of pace after scrutinizing some pale lagers (1560)

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Photo of Ncray
2.63/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I compare every pumpkin beer to southern tier pumking and the discontinued Sam Adams fat Jack which are both some of the best beers I've ever had. This is not even close to either. It's honestly a little hard to drink because of the overpowering amount of spices they've infused. It's a very fall beerbut just like a pumpking spice latte I would not want to drink during another season. I preferred Elysian great pumpkin to this.

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Photo of klarcbarr3
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a well crafted, honest brew. There is substantial pumpkin, and a nicely spiced, clean taste. It starts out good, but if you wait a year, it slowly transforms into a remarkable shimmering blend that is the purest pumpkin taste of any brew I have ever tried. Always in my top three pumpkins after aging. Enjoy!

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Photo of osheamatth
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Let me be frank. I don't like pumpkin ales. I'm not a big fan of any kind of adjunct to a beer but I'm always open to trying. So with pumpkin ales I usually try one every fall. This year I asked a buddy who owns a beer distributor for a recommendation and he empathically said that Elysian Night Owl was hands down the best he had in 2019. The kicker here is that this ale is NOT sweet and to me, that made it a palatable quaff. Really noce pour into a pilsner glass with a thick and foamy head that lingered for a while. The nose while redolent of the typical cinnamon and nutmeg really does give off a clear odor of pumpkin and was very pleasant. A supremely drinkable beer with a nice malty balance. Plenty of pumpkin on the palate and not overpowering on the spices; plenty of these got ingested in one sitting. Good mouthfeel on the aftertaste. I am NOT sold on these kinda beers and I'm not even sure I'll buy another six of this one but nice to be surprised by it.

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Photo of PorterParker
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip

L: hazy amber
S: PUMPKIN with some spice
T: same as smell
F: lightly carbonated and surprisingly light body for pumpkin. not super sweet.

O: great pumpkin beer. probably best for after dinner.

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Photo of cackalacky
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

I had sworn off pumpkin beers for a while, because I'd had some bad ones. But this is one I'd highly recommend. It's not too sweet; it has evocative spices (but they don't overwhelm); and you can taste the pumpkin. It's light (as in "refreshing," not "weak"), so I enjoyed it even though it's still 90 degrees outside at the end of freakin' September here in South Carolina.

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Photo of naomiyaki
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't reviewed it before, but I'm fairly sure I had Elysian's Night Owl in previous years and not found it to be particularly special, but 2019's batch is something to Hoot About! Right from the smell there is a pleasant spiciness with a little bit of actual Pumpkin there. The taste is bright, almost like a sparkling water, so while there is no one flavor that makes a strong impact, it's a pleasant and very refreshing, drinkable ale.

Pumpkin Rating: It's definitely there, but none of the flavors are very strong
Would Drink Again?: Yes, especially if I'm not in the mood for something too heavy.

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Photo of BeanBump
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really captures some good pumpkin flavor and not that Starbucks PSL type. This tastes like actual pumpkin, like drinking a gourd. Its fresh, light and super easy to choke down a few of these. At 6.7% its a nice, slightly heavy beer for the fall too.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy amber to ruby with a 2 finger off white head.

Smell: Apple turnover, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin.

Taste: The brew tasted just like it smelled, with minimal hops.

Feel: The brew coated the tongue nicely.

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Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a nice amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has generous pumpkin and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a strong pumpkin and spice flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A good Pumpkin Ale

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Photo of EnderFett11
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber color with not too much head that fades soon after. Smells of pumpkin and nutmeg mostly. Tastes much like it smells, not too sweet at all, and quite easy to drink. Closer to a pumpkin ale than "pumpkin pie in a bottle". Easy to drink, probably my favorite not-too-sweet/standard pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Clemson_OB
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Pumpkin Ales I've had. It strikes a great balance between a sweet pumpkin and nice blend of spices. Others in the style can get pushed too far in one way or the other, but Elysian did a great job here!

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Photo of JamFuel
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with soft, fine head.

Smell is sweet and spicy, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Taste is sweet and spicy, with the same notes as the nose. The sweetness gets a bit cloying, though.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a decent beer, but too sweet,

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Photo of EMV
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. A bit of sediment floating around the brew.

S: Straight up pumpkin pie. Sweet, pumpkin, and spice.

T/F: Sweet toasted malts and brown sugar. Pumpkin... pie spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. A little bit pumpkin-sodaish... a little hopping for balance but still tends towards the sweet. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: Kind of pumpkin soda... sweet and spicy. Would make an ok dessert beer... not one I'd want a steady diet of.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE: November 22, 2018... OCCASION: Thanksgiving celebration wrapping up, time to reflect on the beer that helped make the day even more enjoyable... GLASSWARE: Hobgoblin pint... pours from a day-old growler a nearly opaque, dark brown body with slow, meandering bubbles that build a resilient, sudsy off-white head... murky and autumnal... heavy burst of cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet potato, tea, and thick bread malts... the secondary clove is there too... this sips well beyond its 6.7% ABV would suggest, with a medium-bodied, textured, flavorful attitude--a little thin, perhaps... this communicates the cinnamon in a pleasant way, with clove, nutmeg, and tea mellowing the profile... this is a strong representation of the style, one that received a solid from my brother-in-law Gil...a nice Thanksgiving accompanyment...

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber on sale $4.

I liked it. I choose to add a little sweeter, and it made it really enjoyable then (it was otherwise a bit too spicy/bitter for me).

I would happily buy it again in singles.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 6-pack bottles $9.99 Target
Smell of pumpkin and spices
Clear amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Tastes of pumpkin and pumpkin spices comes through well
Overall a well done pumpkin beer. I would drink it again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Night Owl pours a dark amber color, with a big, long lasting, lacing head. Pig sweet pumpkin flavor, lots of sugary cinnamon. Flavor is sweet, lots of pumpkin, lots of sweet cinnamon, hints of all spice. Good body and sweet. Overall, a good pumpkin pie beer; very sweet.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into chalice. No date.
Look is nice cloudy orange-brown. Nose is mulled spice , pumpkin pie. Taste follows nose very spicy. Feel is fairly light. Overall, nice but not too much pumpkin mostly spice. Would buy again.

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Photo of spectru
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nearly opaque orange, pumpkin color. Very little head, recedes quickly; Not much aroma, smells a little sweet; Light carbonation; The flavor is a little sweet, fruity, pumpkin if you use your imagination. I could drink this again, but I wouldn't seek it out. I like the label.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy copper with a fuzzy tan ring.

Smell is very dusty cinnamon with a hint of yam.

Taste is lighter than you’d imagine based on the nose, bringing notes of yam and baked apple with moist pie crust and airy plum.

A nice round body is supported by a solid froth before a chewy dry finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elysian Brewing Company "Night Owl"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "08/29/18 1638"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Copper colored body beneath a short head of tan. Average head retention and lacing. Sweetish and spicy nose, exactly like a pumpkin pie spiced beer should be. The flavor follows and it's neither too spicy or sweet, nor not sweet or spicy enough. There seems to be an additional spice, although I might be imagining it, something like green cardamom. Nicely balanced by a median bitterness. Medium bodied and crisp. It delivers straight across the board as a perfectly balanced pumpkin pie spiced beer. Very drinkable, through multiple servings.
Review# 6,310

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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