Night Owl Pumpkin Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lots of ginger and nutmeg in aroma, touch sweet, bit of cinnamon.

Flavor is nutmeg, ginger dominant, slightly sweet, with a toasted malt backbone and dry finish. Pretty spicy.

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

22 oz bottle thanks to Wetpaperbag from the LNBA BIF. Poured into a standard pint for sipping pleasure.

A: Pours a really interesting amber, orange color. Had a good finger of white head that doesn't really have any retention, falterind gown to a thin ring that trys what it can as far as lacing.

S: Smell is . . . uh . . . pumpkin. Lots of pumpkin. Then there is nutmeg, a good portion. Then there is a bit of brown sugar smell that is a bit of a turn off. It smells like the brown sugar smell you get from baked beans. Not exactly pleasant when you are drinking beer.

T: Taste is again of some serious pumpkin melded to some really nice malts. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove are all over this flavor profile. Hops are barely there. This tastes like Thanksgiving smells.

M: Light side of Medium in body. Coats a bit. Carbonation is medium and allows this beer to go down pretty easy. Really nice spices in the aftertaste. No trace of any alcohol.

D: This beer is pretty tasty but the flavors are not something I want to taking on all night long. Still a good beer and not bad to share a bomber with buddy or lady. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of magine
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark amber tea like color. Has a white almost yellowish thick fluffy head. Head settles to a nice wisp layer on top that fades after it sits. Good carbonation and nice tight bubbles. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells of spice; pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and a subtle malty backbone. Pretty good nose.

Brew is a bit thin and not as malty as I had hoped. Decent flavors albeit muted a bit. Slight pumpkin, and the maltiness is faint as the spices and peppery carbonated taste and feel are in the forefront. Some caramel as well. Brew is crisp and drinks easy and finishes slightly hopped and a little dry. A pretty good brew.

This is a pretty good Pumpkin brew, I am just not tasting much pumpkin. Very drinkable, a decent very sessionable brew though.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml poured into a pint glass.

A-- Poured an orangeish brown color, gee pumpkin. Settled well with a 2 finger head with nice sticky lacing.

S-- Pumpkin, allspice,nutmeg, clove and cinnimon. Very nice smell and smells like a warm pumpkin pie.

T-- Spices are much more apparent in the taste. Not the pumpkin. A little bit more of the allspice and ginger.

M-- Good carbonation, good mouthfeel. I just get a lot of the spices in my mouth and am not a big fan of ginger and I do get a fair share of it. Get a bit of pumpkin in the finish.

D-- Interesting beer. A very nice Pumpkin Ale and something off the radar. Pumpkin Ales are very hit or miss and this is a hit. Lighter style being just under 6% and lets the spices do most of the talking here. Could do 2 330's easily. One 750 is solid.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber orange with delicate lacing.

S: Excellent. Pumpkin seed, melon, lemon zest, bready malt, faint spice.

T: Pretty interesting. Few different things going on here, but all seems very well in balance. Very subtle and nuanced. Definitely no "wow factor" but it grows on you.

M: Smooth and soft. The pumpkin leaves a powdery coating in your mouth. An easy drinker.

O: Hmm. This one works best for its subtleties. Nothing fantastic or "big" here, but an enjoyable example of a non-imperial pumpkin.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Elysian Night Owl.

A much-too-vigorous pour yielded a two-inch head and a hell of a lot of floaties. The foam is sitting pretty, for now, audibly crackling away. The particles in the beer are suspended, leading me to have to drink them along the way. Color - pumpkin orange.

Smells like pie spices, some orange-y citrus, and pumpkin flesh. The spicy aroma is strong in the ginger and allspice department. Nothing to write home about, it smells like a carefully-crafted pumpkin ale.

Light pumpkin flavor comes through behind a crisp spice and hop duo of nutmeg, ginger, pine, and citrus. Toasted pumpkin seeds play along with the flavors of the malt, which are equally toasty and lightly grassy. Some very light caramelization in effect, also. Very drinkable with a cleansing and busy carbonation level. The body is smaller than I'd anticipated, which helps bring out some of the other spices (cinnamon and clove) in a delicate manner. Exposes complexity in very small doses and does well when it almost reaches room temperature.

One of my last pumpkin beers of the year, it's about time I got around to this one. Not among my favorite Elysian pumpkins, it's still a satisfying brew for the fall season. I enjoyed this one more than a good handful of other craft interpretations of the style.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber orange body with 1 finger head

S: Cinnamon, cola, sugar

T: Spice, Cinnamon, ginger. It's not as sweet as in the nose. It tastes like watered down cola with cinnamon spice added.

M: Good amount of carbonation, dry, clean finish.

O: It's pretty good. I am not a huge fan of pumkin beers in general (usually too sweet and artificial) but I finished and enjoyed this bottle.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin head and no lace. The aroma is of pumpkins with spices and a hint of toast. The flavor begins with pumpkins followed through with lots of ginger and mild bread crust notes. There's a good balance between the pumpkin and ginger. It's mouthfeel is medium and very smooth. Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale is a good brew, great on a cool fall evening, recommended!

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Lightly hazy golden orange. One finger of bubbly off-white head. Head fades pretty quickly but does live rings of lace down the glass.

S - Liquid pumpkin pie here. Lots of pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, and a little cinnamon. Another outstanding aroma on a pumpkin beer...wonder if it will actually carry through to the taste.

T - Very sweet with alot of baking spices. Nutmeg, ginger and allspice are the most domiant with a little bit of cinnamon and even a touch of pepper mixed in. Pumpkin taste provides the backbone. A little cleaner than some other pumpkin ales I have had, but still just too many flavors not coming together very well.

M/D - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The tastes just dont line up for me which brings the drinkability down a notch.

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Photo of boogyman
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a Tulip. Brown in color with a bit of head that had some decent lacing.

S- Wow, pumpkin and spices are quite powerful in this brew and I love it! Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, slight hops and malts. Pumpkin and spices take over all other smells.

T- Reminds me of pumpkin pie. The spices are most definitely there and it is nice.

M- The spices and carbonation has a nice bite and it goes down pretty smooth.

D- Paired with some thanksgiving food this could be beer I could have a few of. Will be picking up more of this through Thanksgiving if its available till then.

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cloudy burnt orange caramel with a medium beige head. Aroma and taste is of sweet pumpkin pie, nut meg, some fruity notes with some toasted malt and caramel malt. Palate is a medium body, good carbonation and slightly crisp mouth feel. Finishes with a sweet pumpkin pie nutmeg flavor with some toasted grains and caramel and mild hops bitter notes for balance. This brew was quite good not overly sweet for pumpkin ale and nicely balanced, a good drinking brew.

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Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange with a creamy khaki head that settles to a slight ring and haze.
S - Sweet aromas of pumpkin, toffee, and spices (typical blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove).
T - More sweet pumpkin, toasted brown bread, toffee, and spices make up the flavor profile. Nicely balanced between the pumpkin and the spice, and quite drinkable.
M - Smooth and a touch creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and decent carbonation.
O - A solid Pumpkin Ale that does everything right, but doesn't stand out from the crowd much.

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Photo of Foam
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got a few single bottles at my local bottle-shop and was floored/amazed at how good it was (and i'm not even a pumpkin beer guy, really.)
I had grabbed 3 other Pumpkin beers to compare and contrast and the Elysian easily was night and day , better than the rest.
Forward to today (Labor Day) I went down to distributor who only sells cases and got a case .
Good balanced malty not too spiced, not too sweet, not too bitter pumpkin ale .
A perfect session ABV of 6% . This seals the deal, for me .

Thumbs up .

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Photo of kbeals
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jerriko sent me this tasty treat a little while ago, thanks man!

A- Pours a dark copper color with a generous amount of fizzy white head sitting on top. Bubbles slowly rise to the top resulting in good head retention and lacing.

S- Good doses of spice and pumpkin. This beer really comes alive as it warms up. The ginger really begins to stick out as well as the pumpkin. Pretty close representation of pumpkin pie.

T- Extremely similar to the smell but the flavors don't come through quite as good as the aromas. Still has nice amounts of spices, once again ginger seems to stick out more than anything. Pumpkin comes through nicely, has a touch of sweetness to it as well.

M- A little watery, but good amounts of carbonation. Appropriate for the style.

D- Pretty easy drinker. I'm still pretty new to Pumpkin Ales but this one definitely seems to be a good one. Thanks again Evan!

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Photo of mfavoino
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber poured into a pin glass.

Appearance: Amber-orange color with a fizzy 1 finger head that settled quickly.

Smell: Nutmeg, licorice, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Smells sweet.

Taste: Sweet, but not overwhelming pumpkin flavor. Gets more spicy and herbal with noticeable cinnamon and nutmeg. Finishes with spicy flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with just a touch of carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

Overall: Good pumpkin ale that is not quite on par with Elysian's Great Pumpkin and Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale. Looking forward to opening a bottle of Great Pumpkin soon to compare.

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Photo of BeerMeColorado
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seriously...aroma is that of classic pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, clove, allspice and cinnamon. Possibly too much? No malt or hop aroma to speak of. Appearance...pale burnt orange, slightly murky. Head fades quickly. Flavor...those spices come fast and furious with a hint of bitterness, giving way to a sweet malt finish. Not sure about any pumpkin coming through but those spices still convince you there’s a pie in there somewhere. Mouthfeel...low to moderate carbonation with medium body. Overall impression? If your idea of a solid pumpkin ale is that of classic pumpkin pie spices yet with a definite "this is still a beer" ale finish, then you’ll really enjoy this pumpkin ale. I know I did!

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Photo of Rayek
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Becker.

A: Slightly hazy amber with mild carbonation. A fizzy eggshell cap comes and goes fairly quickly as it retreats to a ring at the edge of the beer. Leaves bits of lace.

S: The aroma of this beer is quite strong. Pumpkin pie spices dominate. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and anise all vie for predominance. The clove wins out in the end. The pumpkin can be sensed, but only slightly.

T: The pumpkin pie theme continues. A raw pumpkin flavor starts things. It's backed up by a mild toasted malt flavor. The aforementioned spices come on strong in the middle and linger through the finish. The clove continues to stand out as it combines with ginger to clear the sinuses.

M: The medium body is dry and could stand having the carbonation turned down a notch.

D: Pumpkin beers are a style I'm slowly getting into. Overall, this seems a nice example.

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Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear orange with a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Light pumpkin spice aromas along with some squash-like notes and sweet breads. There are also some notes of ginger.

T: Pumpkin spices are a bit more present here with hearty bread flavors following. The finish is slightly bitter and bready.

M: Body is on the lower side of moderate with lowish carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: A solid pumpkin ale overall, though lacks depth. The spices aren't too heavy-handed, but there's little else going on.

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Photo of jakon
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased for $3.99 on 9-24-7 at Cedar Hills New Seasons.

Pours a brightly glowing orange/amber color with an off-white head featuring tightly compacted bubbles. The foam reduces quickly leaving minimal lacing in a beer clean glass. The aroma is very nice. A lot of pumpkin and spices such as clove, nutmeg and maybe a little cinnamon. It really just smells a lot like pumpkin pie, which is very nice. The taste closely matches the aroma. Loaded with pumpkin and spices, and there's also a black tea-like aftertaste that I'm not sure what to think of. The alcohol is nearly imperceptible. The mouthfeel is soft with very little carbonation. This is my favorite pumpkin ale to date.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass

Dark copper in color, with a light one-finger frothy tan-colored head.

Nose is a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Very inviting.

Tastes pumpkiny as it should given the amount per barrel used, but the spices do not stand up very well against it. Dull bland taste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, kind of watery for my taste.

Decent pumpkin beer. Its not outstanding, but there are worse. Solid, but not spectacular. Its a step below the DFH Punkin and the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Courtesy of ramnuts. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours a hazy amber-orange body with a fluffy beige head that retains well, leaving a little lace down the sides.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. Excellent balance, but some other beers at the tasting showed how pungent this type of aroma can be, and that's this beer's main flaw.

T: The taste is nice; it presents a good (if restrained) pumpkin pie approach of the spices noted above. It's mildly sweet (brown sugar) with a lightly vegetal aftertaste, which is probably the pumpkin. The aftertaste is lightly bitter, with an exhalation that is pure pie.

M: Medium-bodied. It helps the beer be more drinkable, but the tradeoff is that it doesn't have that dessert feel I'm looking for in these beers.

O: Pretty darn good. I'd buy it again. But if I had a request, it would be: please brew more Great Pumpkin instead of this (and send me a case of GP).

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. bottle into Shipyard Pumpkin Ale pint glass. Beer was a dark orange color, with a one-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was clove, allspice, cinnamon and licorice.

Taste was allspice, clove and pumpkin pie.

Heavily spiced, but pretty good for the style. Good drinkability.

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Photo of tayner
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle that has been in my DBF for about 4 months as i was afraid to try it.

Poured a crystal clear amber color with a with whispy head that dissipated to nothing and left no lacing. Some head retention would have made this much nicer to look at, perhaps due to age though.

Smell was of nutmeg and cloves, perhaps some allspice, and roasted pumpkin seeds too.

Taste was like a pumpkin pie smoothie that was strained as the texture was a bit watery. It had all the tastes of pumpkin pie without all the over the top sweetness a real pie has. I cant believe how it tastes like real pumpkin and not pumpkin 'flavored'. nice

Mouthfeel was a bit watery on this one which maybe is good since i have to drink 22 oz of it. I think for drinkability factor if it were a bit thicker and bottled in 12 oz bottles it would be nicer.. or thicker in 22 oz bottles you could pass around after thanksgiving dinner instead of pie!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa via the single bottle. Hadn't tried this before and I wanted to give a Seasonal beer like this a go before things cooled off too much. I'm not a huge fan of this style since there are so many examples of this out and I never seem to warm up to any of them that I try. This one was quite good and almost won me over but in short, this was a beer that is a good example of the style and quite easy to enjoy.

This poured decently with a fair amount of head, a somewhat radiant pumpkin hue, and no lacing to be seen. Not quite clear either as there was a bit of sediment to be seen in the beer. The aroma was good with a nice amount of pumpkin that was repeated in the mouthfeel. A good but not overwhelming amount of cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnut were here too but this never felt too spicy or complex. The balanced was nice but if I had to do this over again, I'd tone the carbonation down a bit. This was quite sharp and not as easygoing and filling as other Pumpkin Beers that I've had before, with the bubbles clearing out too much of the heavier notes after each sip.

The alcohol was a bit strong here too but it never felt that way as took my sips down my pint glass. This would go great with a big slice of Pumpkin Pie and Cool Whip on top and for anyone looking for a good beer to celebrate the changing of the seasons with, this would easily suffice.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy, deep orange. Cream-colored cap leaves some decent lacing.

S - Huge pumpkin scent. Sweet malts and cloves are pretty strong. Small hints of nutmeg and cinnamon.

T - Taste is pretty similar. Caramel malt, sweet pumpkin meat and spices.

M - Light to medium-bodied with good amount of carbonation.

O - First pumpkin brew of the season. This one came through pretty much as expected. I'm really quite interested in their "bigger" offerings.

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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