Night Owl Pumpkin Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,255 Ratings
Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,255
Reviews:
369
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
12.24%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
272
For Trade:
1
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Photo of biboergosum
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. This offering obviously wasn't available when I spent a summer afternoon at the brewpub a few years ago, but today, while generally warm, was blustery enough to engender in me the desire for a well-wrought seasonal ale. Enter stage left.

This beer pours a hazy medium bronzed amber hue, with one flabby finger of tightly foamy, and mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decently chunky iceberg floe lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of rich, pungent, toasted pumpkin flesh, semi-sweet pie-crust caramel and pale malts, dark turbinado sugar, cinnamon buns, spicy nutmeg, ginger, and clove, a touch of black pepper to taste, and a subdued, perfunctory earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same - a big roasted pumpkin mash sweetness, brown sugar, gingerbread, spicy cinnamon and clove, earthy nutmeg, subtle white and black pepper dust, and some understated citrusy floral hops.

The bubbles are softly ebullient, gently frothy, and little more, the body a heady, enveloping medium weight, genuinely smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin and pastry-akin malt doing well to overshadow the heretofore show-stealing spices.

A rather pleasant, and fulfilling pumpkin ale, full stop. Though I'm at a bit of a loss as to what contribution the pumpkin seeds added to the mix, I'm sure it's there, in a dutiful supporting role, under the radar and all that. Everything else simply puts out beyond expectations, providing a stellar drinkability, one irrelevant to seasonal affectation (guilty!).

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3.84/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of hopsputin
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: dark caramel & orange. darker at the top, lighter towards the bottom. almost a ruby red/amber hue in there as well. 1.5 finger frothy, wavy off white head

s: oh boy. so much pumpkin. pumpkin on pumpkin. loads of sweet brown sugar, cinnamon, rich caramel. something like graham cracker - maybe from the all spice. this smells phenomenal

t: right away your hit with the spice. clove, cinnamon, allspice. its almost like a graham cracker. its not so spicy as to overwhelm though. it then fades into a nice fresh clean pumpkin flavor. tastes like pumpkin cooked with brown sugar and a hint of caramel. finishes with a real nice spice kick. tastes like drinking fucking fall, the season

m: its medium, but fills the mouth nicely. not much carbonation

o: i'm amazed how much flavor is packed into this <6% beer. as mentioned, it is like drinking fall in a glass. it has all the nice spices and pumpkin, and they are harmonized really well. nothing dominates, it all mixes in a real smooth way. if you like pumpkin ales, get this please.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright, hazy orange with an off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Leaves almost no lacing.

A: Rich cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and some caramel/bisciut malt. Light on the hops notes and very neutral in terms of yeast character. Smells like pumpkin pie with graham cracker crust.

T/M: Modest bitterness upfront, swells into pumpkin pie, graham cracker and slightly herbal and vegetal notes. Mouthfeel is smooth as silk, with a subtle carbonation bite. Superb balance.

Overall, this is hands down the best non-imperial pumpkin ale I have come across. The balance is just about perfect, exceeds everything I thought possible of the style. I always thought of pumpkin beers as a kind of novelty, but this one goes to prove they can be just as delicious as they are festive.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,255 ratings.
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