Night Owl Pumpkin Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
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3.95/5
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Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,067
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
1,369
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,369 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of _Adam_
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superwho24
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Diura
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Say what you will about Elysian, this is one damn good pumpkin brew...

I wasn't expecting much from this, in fact, I was expecting an also-ran type of pumpkin beer. However, what I got was a surprisingly great experience, which is the best kind of experience, the pleasant one you don't expect. Right out of the bottle it pours a nice cooper color liquid with practically no head and no lacing whatsoever. The smell was by far one of the sweetest I have experienced - pumpkin blended with malty sweetness that I could just breath in for minutes at a time. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with carbonation at a level I found more than I prefer. The taste followed along with the smell - sweet, full-flavored pumpkin, and malty - a big plus in my book. Overall, this is certainly one of the better pumpkin beers I have had, blended quite nicely, and something I'll be on the lookout again and in the future.

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Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattjp03
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chris826
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a pretty amber color with a tan head that persisted.
A spicy aroma, very little, if any, pumpkin.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove taste. Again, minimal pumpkin.
A medium-bodied beer.
To me it exemplifies the conundrum of pumpkin ales. The more pumpkin-forward, the more the taste suffers. The more spice, while more flavorful, the more it detracts from the pumpkin. I'm sill looking for that balance of pumpkin and spice.

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Photo of zbooks
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrc1093
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date

Pours a decently opaque copper-amber with a small, maybe quarter-finger, off-white head; short retention and minimal bits of lacing left to straggle around the glass.

Aromas of deep seasonal spice and plenty of earthy cinnamon undertones; a light clove sweetness along with nutmeg, pumpkin seeds, and a good depth of spice furthers things pretty nicely. This is a success in terms of balance, and really nails the spice and pumpkin pie tones without becoming cloying at all.

Taste tones down the spice a bit in favor of welcoming more pumpkin to the fold, which is done nicely; plenty of pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds, nutmeg, bits of cinnamon and pie spice; earthy, lightly spicy, and subtle pumpkin presence worked into the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is between medium and full-bodied, and maintains a well-balanced and unobstructive carbonation on the palate throughout; crisp and rather dry on the finish, lacking alot of the stickier, cloying qualities common in beers of the style, and making this beer very approachable.

I’ve got to say, this is a very solid take on a pumpkin ale; from the depth to the balance of flavor to the clean mouthfeel, this one does well to find a good medium between elements of cloyingly sweet and dully flavorless. If I’m ever in the mood for a fall seasonal, I’d have no problem grabbing another one of these, purely for its balance and approachable nuance within the style.

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kdouble
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ravger
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oktoberfest
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

Let's get this out of the way: this should be called a pumpkin spice beer. The spice flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, is front and center, shoving the pumpkin to the side.

Carbonation is low. That's not a bad thing. It's actually pretty light and refreshing. I just happen to like a more pumpkin-forward approach.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy and darker in color with a tan head. Sweet pumpkin and cinnamon nose to this beer. Powerful cinnamon and spicy (nutmeg/clove) flavor on this beer. Decent if not a bit sweet for me. This beer has less carbonation and a thinner feel from my tap pour.

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Photo of dokhollidai
2.19/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jheimbigner
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seakayak
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Czequershuus
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a murky amber with a fairly normal head. The aroma features rich, sweet with sweet bread, cinnamon, dates, baked banana, and sweet potato. The flavor is rather more gentle than the aroma, with notes of vanilla, banana pudding, cinnamon, and date. The motuhfeel is medium bodied with a slightly sweet finish and fine grained carbonation. Overall this is a nice, well balanced beer -nothing here is overwhelming, rather each flavor dances daintily out, not really melding but working together all the same.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. No discernible date. Some digits that don't really resemble a date stamped on bottom of bottle.

Appearance - Pours big tan head with weak lacing and moderate-low retention. Body is clear light-medium brown-amber but unfiltered, with fine floating particulates. 4

Smell - Pumpkin spice. Cinamon, cloves, vanilla. 4

Taste - Bitter with overpowering spice and a sharp metallic nastiness. It's so bad it's as if they got their leftover batches of skunked/sunstruck beer and figured they could cover up the foulness with spices. That's genuinely what it tastes like anyway. Burp tastes like plastic. 2.5

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and quite astringent, however the spices somehow seem to mitigate some of the unpleasantness of that astringency. That's the real witch's magic here. I'm just glad there's strangely overwhelming throat burn like I'v had with some recent pumpkin ales. 2.5

Overall - Unpleasant, and a total chore to drink, even for one-off rating purposes. Which is pretty typical for the style to be perfectly honest. I'd give very close to the lowest possible score if it wasn't for the fact that I try to rate in style, and this isn't the worst I've had in style. 2.5

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Photo of puboflyons
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no bottling/expiration date noted. I presume its the 2018 batch. Sampled on September 20, 2018.

It pours a slight cloudy looking orange-reddish-amber with a modest off-white head that slowly diminishes.

Sweet malts briefly at first but then the more forward ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon spice character enrich the sensations. Still not explosive.

Light to medium body and smooth.

The spiciness really kicks in when I taste it. Almost a burning sensation of cinnamon red hots, nutmeg, ginger, and sage. Yet, there is an undercurrent of sweet caramel malts. Mild to moderate spicy finish.

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Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,369 ratings