Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Elysian Brewing Company

Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #23
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,536
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 11.84%
Reviews:
443
Ratings:
1,456
From:
Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Fall
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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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can from Whole Foods

A mildly hazy Amber with a dense, off-white head with good retention and lacing this looks solid. The nose is sure spicy with mace and cinnamon with notes of allspice, cardamom and fresh nutmeg. Along with this is a nice yam/ pumpkin note along with a mild sweet potato sweetness. The palate opens spicy and mildly sweet with a blend of mace, nutmeg and allspice cooked in with honey, brown sugar and pumpkin. While sweet, this is actually quite thin in body, with a carbonic acid bite that detracts from the sweeter, spicier notes. Spices linger on in the finish. Solid.

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

Pours amber. Sweet cinnamon aroma. Nice sweet malt body. Spicy cinnamon and clove finish. Not too sweet. Smooth and full bodied. This is one of the most well rounded pumpkin ales I've had.

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Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours faintly hazy copper orange amber with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S: Nice hit of spice, earthy pumpkin, toasty biscuity bready malt, and dark sugar sweetness.

T: Spice jumps right out, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and ginger, pumpkin is definitely in there, toasty almost graham crackery malt, slight earthy herbal notes, and brown sugar sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I know there are plenty of people who aren't fans of this style, but on a cool fall evening it hits the spot. Very nicely done pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Martin194
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy amber-orange with a small, quickly-dissipating white head.

Smell: Pumpkin (specifically raw pumpkin) for sure, but even more of the cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. I really liked the smell of this one.

Taste: The taste follows the smell, lots of spice and pumpkin. Some bready malts, a hint of hops. Opens with smooth sweetness, finishes with hearty herbs. A good amount of alcohol all the way through as well.

Feel: Pretty normal carbonation, leaves a sort of dry, sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: I'd never had a pumpkin beer before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really enjoyed this!

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

Appearance: Amber-brown in color, with just a touch of haze. A profusion of minute bubbles cling to the glass wall. The head is small, cream-colored, dense, and persistent. Thick, glass-coating lacing, with only an occasional break decorates the glass wall. Small streams of minute bubbles drift languidly towards the surface.

Aroma: The aroma of pumpkin spice is very prominent, seeming to be almost liquid pumpkin pie. There is a strong note of sweet alcohol, as well.

Taste: Opens with lots of pumpkin spice, and a very decent measure of mildly sweet, warming alcohol. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and allspice are present in the aroma, as well, along with caramel, and a bread-like, nearly pie crust note. The taste draws to a well-balanced close with a flourish of restrained herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, and very pleasant, quite full in body.

Drinkability/notes: Really a very nice example of a Pumpkin ale, with nothing to disparage and much to admire. Very well done. Perfect for this Halloween night, 10/31/2019.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a South American-style Pilsener glass.

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

From a 12oz bottle. Hazy orange color with little to no head. Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Light feel. Pumpkin, nutmeg, and brown sugar flavors with some dry floral hops on the finish. Definitely delivers on the pumpkin flavor, not something I'd get often but a fun fall seasonal.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. A dark murky orange fills the glass and eerily looks like Halloween. A finger thick creamy head with decent retention and lacing.

Pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, brown sugar, and nutmeg dominate the aroma and provide a florescent and seasonal smell. Other notes of vanilla, cloves, and apples.

Pumpkin and ginger are straight-forward and one can taste hops. The hops are have a slight unexpected kick for a florescent beer of this character, but the spices and sweet notes mentioned in the aroma provide a good balance. Nutmeg, spices, and hops are evident in its aftertaste. Medium-light feel.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale brewed by Elysian Brewing Company, with an ABV 6.70% This pumpkin beer pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The Color is a nice brownish amber color with a thin white head. There is also a thin amount of lacing to this brew. The lacing is sticks to the side of the glass. The smell is Rich with pumpkin an spices. Then you pick up on grains and malts in the smell as well. So far, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick upmon spices, cinnamon, an ginger, an nutmage mixed with pumpkin. It is just like pumpkin pie, not saying that is a bad thing. The body of Night Owl is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The spices are a little more than I like to see intbis style of brew, but it still nice. The mouth feel is Bold, Spicy, Pumpkin, Rich, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I going to give Night Owl a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity too. Elysian Brewing Company, did a super nice job with with pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Fekim
4.91/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best pumpkin ales available. Great pumpkin spice taste that doesn’t over power the taste of the beer. My top pumpkin beer of the season.

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Photo of DillShust
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully crafted beer. Truly brought me back to my childhood memories of walking into a Yankee candle with my mouth open, in the local mall. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of Citrusipa27
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing pumpkin beer that actually tastes like pumpkin. It’s a nice easy to drink beer that goes really well with any foods. It is on the sweeter side but not overpowering.

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

5 oz pour on tap. Night Owl is a sweet, heavily spiced pumpkin ale that somehow doesn't quite overdo it on either account. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall it's above average but not something I'll seek out again.

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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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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1456 ratings