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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002

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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

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JeffBlue
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12/15/16, 22oz bomber, San Mateo, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, obvious smell of pumpkin pie, not much of a head, first taste is unlike that of a beer, not much hop character, get a tad better after half the beer but mouthfeel is thin/lacking, 2.5

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a Stone IRS snifter glass
Last noted on 10/18/15

It’s some pretty standard holiday fair. Nicely balanced I would say.

Pours a burnished golden amber body with a small fingers worth of bone white foam sudwork over top. Light and minimal in lacing.
Pumpkin flesh is there albeit a little subdued for me. Lightly toasted grains. Holiday spices are present and mostly made up of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Some understated doughy pie crust and vanilla-caramel like sweetness. Flavors present in much of the same fashion with a moderate-low amount of bitterness and some nice drying in the finish. The pumpkin I find is not as intense as I would prefer but it is flavorful and natural giving off a more squashy flavor. Not vegetal which is nice. Quality pie crust and graham cracker notes. Appropriate spicing just not all that plentiful which is probably a good thing here. Somewhat dry and lighter on the palate. Easy to put down and good for the season.

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Photo of MikeBogert53
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Copper, with 1/2 a finger of head

S - Pumpkin, spices, cinnamon. Great aroma

T - Pumpkin, and lots of it! Nutmeg, cinnamon

F - Medium body and carbonation.

O - One of the best Pumpkin beers out there. Pumpkin combined with spices is a great combination

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber hues with some serious sediment floating throughout the body. There's a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering half of the top. The aroma is chock full of cinnamon,nutmeg,and pumpkin pie spice. I'm tasting an aggressive amount of spices including nutmeg,pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. The mouth is moderately carbonated and a bit thick from all of the spices.

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

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

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,312 ratings
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