Night Owl Pumpkin Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
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3.95/5
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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
Ranking:
#5,637
Reviews:
389
Ratings:
1,322
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Without a doubt one of my all time favorite pumpkin ales (Elysian The Great Pumpkin being another). The spice profile tastes exactly like pumpkin pie, and the amount of spice is just right. Not too little that it is still an integral part of the brew, but not too much where it becomes cloying or undrinkable. This is one I grab every year if I see it. Love it!

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Photo of BeerMeColorado
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in this beautiful strawberry juice color of a deep hazy rich red color.

The aroma is just mind blowing. There’s every spice listed as in the clove, then the ginger, then the nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. It’s wonderful amount of spice with a bit of brown sugar and pumpkin. It’s so sweet, so spicy, it’s the best aroma from any pumpkin ale.

The flavor isn’t as exciting with tons of spice in the front. Not for those who don’t like spice, but for me, spice is what represents fall instead of the pumpkin. There’s some brown sugar and pumpkin following with also fermented fruit flavors. Then there’s also that plain “gourd” flavor. It’s a bit bland, and just tastes like squash/gourd or whatever you may call it. The vessel as in the beer isn’t too brown ale and is quite light and enjoyable.

The finish is a bit rough with some booze and the fermented flavor.

This really is a wonderful brew. Despite its flaws, I do love how drinkable this beer is and how fantastic the aroma is.

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4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this filled from draught from Oliver's Brew Crew in Albany, NY.

Poured midnight black with a modest tan head that quickly faded to a thin tan lacing.

Smells strongly of cinnamon with background notes of nutmeg and a slight roasted note. The cinnamon smell dominates, but isn't overpowering--it smells like a cinnamon spiced pie.

Tastes starts off sweet with a tiny bit of tartness, followed up by spice overlaying a malty sweetness. As with the smell, it's dominated by cinnamon with a nice dose of ginger in the background. The cinnamon and ginger spice blends smoothly into the roasty notes of the malt for a lingering finish. Not a subtle beer, but amazingly balanced for what it does: clobber you with spices, sweetness and finish dry and roasty. Like a roasted pumpkin pie!

Mouthfeel - medium bodied. Not too cloying despite its sweetness. Finishes crisp and dry.

Overall an excellent sweet-style pumpkin beer. I really don't like sweet beers, but this really tastes like a roasted pumpkin pie (well without the pumpkin flavor). The balance is awesome and it finished dry enough to keep it very drinkable.

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,322 ratings