Night Owl Pumpkin Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002

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Ratings: 1,321 |  Reviews: 389
Photo of Lampro
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definite aromas and flavors of spices, especially cinnamon. Not particularly "pumpkiny". Descent, but not special.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brown, almost black body with minimal head and has a sweet pumpkin aroma than other notes of beer. Beer has a lighter mouth feel and there are notes of spice and hops but really a sweet pumpkin/cinnamon type feel and it is even a tad hot and dry in the finish.

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Photo of BeerMe8
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

With a beautiful amber color, you will encounter mild warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and some ginger, along with a great mouthfeel. The pumpkin must have been eaten up by the yeasts during the brewing process. At least it’s not so bitter to the point that I can barely taste what’s in the beer. Interestingly, the aroma is a lot more pronounced with the warm spices than the flavor. This is a very easy, relaxed version of the pumpkin beers you’re used to. After you rest up with this beer, I highly recommend the Pumpkin Down by Balast Point Brewery and the Pumpkin Ale from Lakefront Brewery in Wisconsin.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on a guest tap at Third Wheel Brewing in St. Peters, MO. Pours a beautiful pumpkin orange with a thin cream colored head. Smells of cinnamon and clove. This has every taste I'm looking for in a pumpkin ale - nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and allspice, with a little ginger too. Will definitely drink again.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wise label art, dig the brew's title too.
Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Nice smoke from the bottle.
A groovy pumpkin orange, hazy, super thin head, with just a hint of lacing.

Strong scent of malty Pumpkin-nutmeg, and gram crackers.
Perhaps a wee bit O' Ginger & brown sugar as well.

Taste follows the nose, creamy, spicy pumpkin, not too sweet or bubbly. A haunting hint of throat burn after a while, which is tasty as well.

It is what it is, a quite tasty, even excellent change of pace, but before long, this time of year, with Pumpkin this and Pumpkin that ...

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Photo of antman27
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of teromous
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't see any bottle date.

Appearance: The body is a medium orange-brown color with a ton of suspended solids. It doesn't look very appetizing with all the sediment. It has a nice short white head that has a creamy texture and good head retention.

Aroma: It has a moderate pumpkin pie spice aroma which smells mostly of allspice and ginger.

Taste: There is a light toast flavor to the beer with mostly allspice and cinnamon flavors. In the realm of similarly flavored pumpkin items this one is closer to pumpkin bread or lebkuchen.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice smooth texture with a light-to-medium body. There's a touch of bitterness from the spices at the end.

Overall: It's an alright beer if you can get past all the sediment floating around inside. I probably wouldn't get it again compared to the numerous better pumpkin ales on the market but if I were in a restaurant with a limited selection I would be happy to drink it again. I would recommend at least buying a single and giving it a shot. It has a decent body and some nice flavor.

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

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a burnt orange with a 2" head into a crystal mug. Smells like I am carving a pumpkin with an apple pie baking in the kitchen. Tastes like pumpkin, spices, mild hop finish. Sweet specialty malts accentuate the pumpkin with caramel. Feels crisp and smooth almost like a lager, not chewy at all. Not too sweet, highly quaffable. This is not one of those pumpkin candle attempts. Very pumpkiny. This is a superior craft pumpkin ale. If you like pumpkin libations I would highly recommend. This is a 2017 release.

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

L - big head, amber color, foamy head
S - pumpkin really come thru, nice smell
T - VERY pumpkiny, strong taste if in mood for pumpkin
F - smooth taste/feel, no bitterness

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Photo of Yogi_Sanandy
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft at local bottle shop

A: Clear light golden brown with 1-2 finger white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice.

T: Pumpkin pie but not overly sweet. All of the spices you would expect with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger with plenty of pumpkin.

M: Medium to light body with average carbonation.

O: Very nice light pumpkin beer. This style is normally hit or miss with me and this is a hit.

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Photo of Shortbox81
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smutty33
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taybeh
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jgolka
4.91/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Trentt2
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2009 backlog. Bomber. Old lame review not worth repeating.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange slightly brown colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dissipates to a film coating the top of the glass, foamy clingy lacing graces the sides of the glass, the aromas has pumpkin up front, some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, light caramel and an ever so slight dose of hops; the taste is an evenly awesome taste of the previously mentioned spices to the pumpkin sweetness, light pumpkin and spicey aftertaste, slightly dry finish; its pretty easy on the palate and comes across fairly smooth, overall, this is actually one of the best pumpkin ales on the market for what I’ve had.

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Photo of BrewsterBrian
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbutova
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Chunky medium copper body from the bomber to a few becher glasses. A small off-white head rises up to half a finger high with decent retention and a foamy texture. Lacing is rare but a few small sheets and spots form.

S- A Pumpkin Ale aroma with both big spices and big pumpkin; the balance is spot on and the individual aromas all shine. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, ginger, pumpkin, pie crust and a moderate sweetness.

T- A strong start with the spices specifically the ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg leading the way with clove and allspice just beyond that. Balances in with pie crust, pumpkins and caramel sweets.

MF- Silky and certainly smooth medium body. The carbonation is fluffy and extremely smooth at a medium-high level. It finishes with spice flavors lingering on the palate for a long time. Really suits the flavor.

Had this on draft some time ago and was really impressed. This bottle serving has only backed that up and this is really one of the best heavily spiced Pumpkin Ales out there. A style that many hate but this one showcases great spices, pumpkin flavor and an amazingly smooth body.

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Photo of IanOsea
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

the best of the pumpkin ales that i tried this year. they made the background flavors stand out, and it had a really nice pumpkin and spice smell, which made it more interesting for me.

otherwise, a typical pumpkin ale-mild, pumpkin-y, with a moderate

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Photo of Timtac
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,321 ratings