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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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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:
#5,135
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
1,311
pDev:
12.15%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Ratings: 1,311 |  Reviews: 388
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of dar482
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Coming in a slim 650ml brown bottle, BB 10/08/2013, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet.

A: pours a dark reddish amber hue with light haze, coming with a light beige foamy head with good retention and light carbonation.
S: amber malts, dried longan-fruit flesh, thick nectar, sweet leafy herbs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and semi-lactic sourness as of light-coloured prunes. All cramped together, messy and one-dimensional. Quite acidic also.
T: lightly effervescent, light bodied, thin and savoury-acidic fruity accompanied with notes of light herbal/spiced tea, hawthorn fruits, prunes, loose-bodied semi-caramely sweetness, faint anise seeds, and lingering thin-bodied sourness as of prunes and prune skins, with a light tannic edge to it. The finish is not possible to separate from the main flavour profile, as the sourness overall quite frankly storms its way through…
M&O: medium level of carbonation, thin-plus bodied, the acidity comes too much at the expense of the balance, and all in all I can’t understand what the flavour profile tries to deliver to me. I suppose really this ale cannot be consumed past its suggested Best Before date?

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass. Hooray

A: Burnt orange hazy small head minimal lacing

S: Spices - nutmeg cinnamon clove galore with pumpkin

T: Yes there is pumpkin in here. My pet peeve with pumpkin beers is that many of them seem to be loaded with spices and they forget the pumpkin - this is not one of them. Great pumpkin flavor mixed in with the spices perfectly. The nutmeg and cinnamon are perfectly balanced. The hop bitterness comes in at the end and is very mild but a wonderful balancing component.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, creamy, sweet but not overly sweet. Just nice.

O: My favorite pumpkin beer of the many I tried. I could session this and not get tired of it... Overall, its perfectly crafted and it is a must try.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,311 ratings
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