Night Owl Pumpkin Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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

To be honest, I had this last year, couldn't get enough of it, and I've been waiting for it to come back for a year. I actually stalked this beer, and used the beerfinder on Elysian's website to track its arrival in CO.

Poured from a bomber into a mason jar (my wife got the Chimay goblet) kinda cloudy, reddish orange with minimal head. The head never really got going in subsequent pours, either. Good looking beer, all the same. Nose was total pumpkin pie, heavy on the nutmeg, but all the other aromas in place. Flavor was in line with that. Bit of a bitter finish, but only very slight. As it warmed I got more alcohol from the flavor, but it still remained balanced by sweetness. Mouthfeel was a little lacking in carbonation, but nice otherwise.

Overall, best one I've had this year, and the best one I've had overall. Have one more bomber I'm going to keep for a few months and see if it melds together a bit more, but happy to finally enjoy this one again.

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Photo of Ds650rida
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up as a single bottle and I've heard good things about it. Poured bottle into an oversized wine glass. Date on bottle is 20513 (i assume it means february 5th, 2013.)

A: Off-white head was about 1/2 finger thick. Leaves behind little lacing and quickly fizzes away after about 15 seconds. Hazy dark amber when held up to a light.

S: Right off the bat i get strong notes of clove and ginger with a hint of allspice & pumpkin towards the end.

T: Ginger takes over off the bat. Tastes like ginger bread. Not much pumpkin, though i pick up a hint of it at the end and give a slight note of pumpkin pie. However, as the beer warms up, I get a lot more of the pumpkin taste over the spices.

M: I hardly detect hops at all. Very wet finish and the spices cover the pumpkin pie flavor.

O: Beer is very drinkable, in my opinion leaves a little to be desired as far as pumpkin flavor as the spices seem to cover it up throughout. I could sit through 4 or 6 of these and be happy with my choice. But I think if you're looking for that robust presence of pumpkin, there are other choices.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Photo of Act25
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into stemless wineglass, after dinner. Compared vs Wolavers Organic from Vermont.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, deep, orangish, amber body with 1 finger, but large bubbled, cream head. Strong lacing all the way. A meditation beer. More pumpkin colored than others.

Smell: WOW! As soon as uncapped, you smell the pumpkins and spice in a very nice, fresh way. Nicely aromatic pumpkin and malt scent, with notes of the ginger, cinnamon, and many spices.

Taste: Follows the taste, with lots of body, almost syrupy, sweet malt flavor with toasted pumpkins and barnyard hay in a good way. Just the right spicy kick. Some hop bitterness. Finishes with a toasty spiciness and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and, a bit of ginger. Drying. Complex unfolding, a really intersting beer to swirl, sniff, compare. Great fun. A must every autumn.

Mouthfeel: Thick to medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Good food beer, good with dessert or cheese. Made me reach for smoked cheddar and robusto as great combos.

Drinkability: Pretty decent, the beer improves w warming. Savor it. (I did because I compared it to the much weaker Wolavers)

PS I am not a pumkin ale guy, going for ipas, stouts, porters, belgians. So, this beer really surprised me as a great fall after dinner or cheese course beer. Well done and possibly the best in class.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77.1% out of 100 with 1,268 ratings
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