Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Elysian Brewing Company

Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #29
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,076
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.59%
Reviews:
469
Ratings:
1,534
From:
Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  337
SCORE
89
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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chinchill from South Carolina

3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Saturday at 10:18 PM
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dream from Nevada

5/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Friday at 10:33 AM
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Shelbs90 from Montana

2.79/5  rDev -29.7%
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

Friday at 05:03 AM
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber to brown color, clear. Modest head which leaves few spots on the glass.

Pumpkin up front and foremost. There's an odd sweet soapy aroma as well. Bready with cinnamon and nutmeg.

More nutmeg on the tongue but pumpkin still dominates. Rich bodied with a muted carbonation level. Rich amber malt finish leading a shorter aftertaste.

Oct 31, 2021
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KomodoDragon from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours burnt orange, slight haze, fluffy white head, nice lacing.

Terrific pumpkin pie smell. All the spices are in the nose.

The flavor follows some, with cinnamon, clove, faint pumpkin. But includes some brown sugar flavors, and the sweetness lingers. Very little cutting into the flavors. Smooth, and any abrasiveness disappeared as it warmed. Full maltiness, heaviness and some alcohol burn in the mouthfeel. Sweet in the finish.

Solid pumpkin ale. I debate the easy drinking tag, and find it a bit heavy. But solid nonetheless.

Oct 30, 2021
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Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

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

Poured into shaker pint. Murky unfiltered amber. Big beige head subsides to a nice coat of lace and a ring.

Light pumpkin nose.

Taste offers no surprises, but def meets expectations. A sweet creamy pumpkin taste, plus a vague medley of those autumn pumpkin spices.

Mouth is smooth, if a little thin.

All of Elysian's pumpkin beers are good, and even this more conventional offering is on the better end. Great color and a bit smoother and sweeter than Dogfish's comparable offering, and with more personality than Sam Adams.

Oct 09, 2021
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Kiiz

4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid dark amber ale with a white head. The smell is there but not the calling card. For reference, Schlafly pumpkin ale is more spice oriented, this is a creamy less spice focused beer. Spices slightly outbeat the pumpkin but the feel is the calling card here. You still get the fall spices as well as the pumpkin backbone. But you get the Guinness-esqu creamy heavy medium feel that isn’t watery. If you like robust porters that aren’t bitter this is your pumpkin beer.

Oct 08, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

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

Can’t stop won’t stop…
L: brownish copper body, hazy, moderate soapy head.
S: Pumpkin spice, pretty much. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.
T: Pumpkin spice, pretty much. First come the spices, cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice, then pumpkin rind, and then a hoppy character that leans a little piney. Lingering pumpkin and butternut squash. Not as sweet as expected.
F: Fairly wet.
O: It isn’t my favorite of elysian’s pumpkin series. I think a bit more sweetness would balance it out a bit. But, I think it’s the truest pumpkin beer of the series— it’s not a stout or an amber with a side of pumpkin, it’s just a pumpkin beer. For that, high marks within the style.

Oct 01, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I don't really like the thin mouthfeel I got but flavor wise this is pretty balanced and nuanced, perhaps it's the prosciutto and crisps but the flavors do stand out pretty well.

Sep 10, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a cloudy deep orange amber color with minimal off-white head. Little retention to speak of. Leaves a few bits of lacing.

Aromas of pumpkin spice, caramel, nutmeg and ginger, with a bit of brown bread and cinnamon. There's some subtle clove as well.

Wow. Ok. The flavor is not overloaded with pumpkin spices. There's some squash, pumpkin puree, clove, light diacetyl, and grainy malts. Faint pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of ginger. Surprisingly well-balanced.

The feel is medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Soft and creamy with a velvety smooth finish. Modestly dry.

Overall, this is definitely a great pumpkin beer. There are so many pumpkin ales that are just a mish-mash of spices, but this one actually tastes like a pumpkin and ultimately, a squash. The spices add to the flavor, instead of being the flavor. Well done.

Sep 10, 2021
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has great presentation if you ignore the abnormally high number of particulates swimming in the brew. Aroma is nice being pumpkin, bread, pumpkin pie spices in a caramel, cereal, slightly fruity background. Taste and mouthfeel are the high points in this example. Pleasantly mild for a pumpkin ale in terms of the spices. It really lets the pumpkin come forward and the cereal, doughy malt profile stands out as well. The aftertaste is malty pumpkin and spice. Unfortunately the aftertaste is a little too chalky. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation; it is smooth with just the right amount of spice bite. This is a really good pumpkin beer. While not great It is far above average in my experience.

Jan 17, 2021
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brodyonthecorner from Pennsylvania

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

Very good pumpkin beer. Smell is of cinnamon, allspice, cloves and other mulling spices. Hint of pumpkin. Taste is similar, but more pumpkin-y and with some bitterness. Body is fairly light.

Nov 09, 2020
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akaizer from Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle. Pour has a 1/3" off-white to tan foam head with a reddish-orange body and some particulate floating around. Scent is pumpkin first and spices second (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) with the scents playing off each other nicely. As the glass warms a bit, the spice scents come out a bit more too. Taste is a solid blend of each of mentioned scents, although the cinnamon comes across a bit more. Feel is a bit of the lighter side with a spiced aftertaste. A very enjoyable pumpkin ale that is a bit less pumpkin pie in a cup and a bit more pumpkin and spices playing together nicely.

Oct 22, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Night Owl from Elysian is their original pumpkin ale. It is a very standard rendition with soft pumpkin flavor and accompanying pumpkin pie spices. It doesn't bring the pumpkin forward like their imperial version, but it is still a solid ale.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Oct 18, 2020
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BNSlums from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a shiny crystal clear amber-orange, inch cream foam head tight and intense. Surprisingly bright amber hue.
S: Immediately strong clove and allspice followed by a deeper nutmeg, all undernoted throughout by a mellow pumpkin. Complex but not confusing.
T: Pumpkin puree, less spicy than other pumpkin ales, more balanced with lighter cinnamon. Clove and nutmeg are the main additions.
F: A moderate mouth feel, low on carbonation. Bitter on the onset but quickly subsides to the mellow and warm flavors.
Night Owl is a stellar pumpkin ale. Compared to others, such as new Belgium which is loaded with cinnamon, tasting near fireball, Elysian goes gentler on the spices, rendering a more comforting pumpkin pie taste, warming to the soul.

Oct 17, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

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

Look: Opaque dark amber with a nice, off-white head that recedes to a thin wafer on top, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, roasted pumpkin seeds, and some malt sweetness
Taste: Follows nose but pumpkin and spice dominated for sure. Those are joined by strong flavors of pumpkin flesh and roasted seeds and these all tango before closing on a pumpkin pie spice note
Mouthfeel: Soft, full, and a little creamy even. Medium carbonation and a soft finish
Overall: The O.G. for me right here and still damn tasty. This is the beer that made me aware of such a style of beer and even though it was the first one I tried almost 15 years ago, it is still the standard bearer in my opinion. Very well executed and deeper in flavor than a typical ‘pumpkin-pie-spiced amber ale’ as both the flesh and seeds come through in the nose and taste. I still and will always love to drink this every year during the fall. Delicious and recommended

Sep 29, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-medium brown bottle pour with a slight haze and and a thin foam cap.
The aroma is cinnamon forward. The flavor follows. There is significant sweetness too. This is a flavorful seasonal brew.

Sep 27, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium copper color, ample head. Faint aroma of pumpkin spices. Has a very nice flavor - roasted pumpkin and fall spices mix nicely. Carbonation lends itself to a creamy texture. Overall one of the tastier pumpkin beers that I have had, would buy again.

9/25/20
12 oz bottle, no date
4 rating

Sep 25, 2020
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aBosslyElephant from Florida

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- Pleasant Orange hue, amber and cloudy
S- Amazing pumpkin spices, a warm feeling
T- Nice, notes of cinnamon, clove, and other spices, pumpkin taste towards the end and a large pumpkin aftertaste
F- Full bodied and smooth, easy drink
O- The best in the Elysian multi-Halloween Pack, full of flavor and perfect for Halloween Time

Sep 18, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy but gorgeous amber, like a deep sunset. Slightly more than one finger of off-white head with good retention.

Smell: Definitely pumpkin and spices, like a fresh pumpkin pie.

Taste: Like the smell, pumpkin pie under a mild malt flavor. Very, very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and powerful, with mild carbonation.

Overall: Pumpkin beers can be a gimmick, but this is a legitimately good brew that I wouldn't mind seeing year-round.

Sep 18, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

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

Unknown age bottle poured into a pint glass. The head is dirty white and settles quickly into a good crown and decent, particularly soapy, lacing. The color is hazy autumn orange, as expected. The taste starts with pumpkin up front, transitioning into sweet cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and mulling spices on the finish (raisin?), lingering with a nice sweet malty pumpkin zest. Mouthfeel wise is it surprisingly full bodied, with a dry spicy finish.

This is perfect fall beer in my opinion, really one of a kind. Love this style when it is done right!

Sep 15, 2020
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from variety 12 pack poured into a pilsner glass. BB 12-23-20. Attractive looking deep copper/orange/amber color with quick disappearing head and little to no lacing. The scent is predominately pumpkin pie spices, especially ginger with a feint background of malt. Taste is spice up front - ginger, allspice with a solid back bone of malt. Medium body with decent carbonation. It's good for a pumpkin ale, definitely one of the spicier examples, but not too sweet.

Sep 05, 2020
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A new pumpkin offering just picked up from the variety 12-pack, so assuming very fresh. Clear amber bodied with a creamy and foamy head; ripe impressions of pumpkin and holiday spices; nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, etc. The graham cracker vibe arrives on the creamy palate with impressions of pumpkin pie and faint vanilla, honey, and ginger. A good offering with nice holiday notes; just didn’t expect it in late August...

Sep 04, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/2/20

So this is my first Elysian beer, and I know they’re well known for pumpkin beers. I actually picked up their pumpkin mixed pack over the weekend while I was up in Boston with some friends. I just needed some easy drinking beer and the mixed pack seemed like a good idea. I tried all the varieties and enjoyed them, but now I’m sitting down to actually review them

Pours a murky orange brown with a finger of tan head that quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves no lacing

A decent amount of cinnamon and pumpkin greet the nose, but not all that much else. Sweet brown sugar and pie spice are also present

Right off the bat I pick up on some ginger, vanilla, and very mild citrus. Post swallow, the pumpkin comes through more, but not by much. More or less just spicy nutmeg and cinnamon with light pumpkin and raisin to close it out

A medium light body with plenty of tingly carbonation leads to a very easy drinking brew. Finishes dry and spicy, probably the best part of this beer

This one was not bad, but certainly not exceptional. Was a lot better over the weekend when I was already drunk!

Aug 18, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

Pours orange/amber and moderately hazed. Limited creamy carbonation.

Fairly solid aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. Clove, allspice, cinnamon, and hints of ginger are all present.

The flavor follows the nose. Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices with a vague bready backbone, sort of like a Marzen. The spices sort of overwhelm things and lend a dry-spice bitterness.

The mouthfeel is creamy and slick. Very limited carbonation. The spices actually provide a drying note.

Trying to rate this to style. The aromas and flavors are spot on for what it promises to be. If this brew had even moderate carbonation, it would be really tasty. Because it doesn't, it's sort of flat and odd. Still, the flavors are exactly what was promised.

Aug 02, 2020
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1534 ratings