Night Owl Pumpkin Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

Night Owl Pumpkin AleNight Owl Pumpkin Ale
1,286 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BB1313
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage. Bottled on 7/15/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing burnt orange with a light tan head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas are very nice. Tons of spices. Lots of cinnamon and ginger. Some clove in the mix. Malts are there. The spice profile is really nice and shines. The flavors seem to follow the nose for the most part. The spice notes are clean and don't overwhelm. The cinnamon and ginger lead the way with some hints of nutmeg. The allspice does its thing. Some caramel in the mix. Malts are there, but don't seem dominant. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light and thin with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very nice pumpkin ale. I know it's still summer and pumpkin ales taste better when the leaves are falling, but I've never had this and I wanted to try it relatively fresh. It's very enjoyable and the spice notes are on point. Well done.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed this ale both on-tap and from the bottle. This is a 22 oz. bottle pour, early October 2007. "Ale brewed with Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds & Fermented with Spices". Listed currently on the website at 6.1% ABV.

A: Pours a fairly murky-looking amber, a thin veil of cloudiness. Head pours full and fizzy , at one point over two fingers, but fades quickly to a thin ring of tightly-knit bubbles. A few streams of carbonation, but fairly dull otherwise.

S: Nothing artificial or overtly spiced about this one: it's all about the pumpkin. Fleshy, earthy, hinted with nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon, but respectfully subtle. Faint aroma of gingerbread.

T: Quite earthy, even a little sour/tart. This is a pumpkin ale that focuses on the dirty & musty "gourd" taste of pumpkin, rather than on the sweet and spicy taste of pie and spice. Malty in the form of lightly toasted nuts, but with an interesting citrus bite (orange?), tart fruit follow-up. Is that sourness in the finish? Yes, certainly a fruit/tart sourness...

M: A medium-bodied pumpkin ale, subtly carbonated but with a fuller, more-clingy, medium-full mouthfeel. Not quite velvety, but certainly one that sticks on all parts of the mouth...

D: Not too heavily spiced, well-balanced between malty and earthy/hoppy traits, and with some heavier bitter backing notes. All in all, an ale I'll look forward to, year after year. Certainly recommended - although, with a caveat: this is NOT for everyone - will be way too tart and earthy for the spicy-sweet pumpkin ale lover.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice orange/honey body, trace white head,

S: pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg

T: same as the nose, smooth malt flavor, light earth finish

M: med body, smooth, hint of bubbly mouth

O: Another Elysian fine brew. Would get again
and recommend. Not world class, but seems like
a beer that I could drink all day, embrace the fall colors.


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Photo of philbe311
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of worth of tan head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention... Head slight recedes to one finger of rich creamy frothy foam... Dark copperish bronze color... Some small carbonation bubbles rise in the middle of the glass... A minor haze permeates throughout... Leaves a jagged pattern of foam clinging to the sides of the glass...

S - A wonderful aroma the encompasses all things autumn... Loads of spices in the form nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and all spice... Pumpkin... Crisp autumnal air... Absolutely fantastic...

T - The taste mirrors the nose close... The spices and pumpkin alternate on the palette... A hint of caramel... Perhaps a slight hint of burnt crust...

M - Just the slight tingle of carbonation on the tongue... On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lush and creamy... Turns dry as the spiciness kicks in... Subtle, but very well crafted... A slight warmth of alcohol as part of the aftertaste...

D - A stellar pumpkin ale, that in my opinion should be the one that all others are measured by... Terrific in all facets... It truly leaves you wanting more sip after sip...

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Photo of NJBeer265
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Elysian Night Owl.

A much-too-vigorous pour yielded a two-inch head and a hell of a lot of floaties. The foam is sitting pretty, for now, audibly crackling away. The particles in the beer are suspended, leading me to have to drink them along the way. Color - pumpkin orange.

Smells like pie spices, some orange-y citrus, and pumpkin flesh. The spicy aroma is strong in the ginger and allspice department. Nothing to write home about, it smells like a carefully-crafted pumpkin ale.

Light pumpkin flavor comes through behind a crisp spice and hop duo of nutmeg, ginger, pine, and citrus. Toasted pumpkin seeds play along with the flavors of the malt, which are equally toasty and lightly grassy. Some very light caramelization in effect, also. Very drinkable with a cleansing and busy carbonation level. The body is smaller than I'd anticipated, which helps bring out some of the other spices (cinnamon and clove) in a delicate manner. Exposes complexity in very small doses and does well when it almost reaches room temperature.

One of my last pumpkin beers of the year, it's about time I got around to this one. Not among my favorite Elysian pumpkins, it's still a satisfying brew for the fall season. I enjoyed this one more than a good handful of other craft interpretations of the style.

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Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This years batch is 5.8% ABV

A: Pours rusty orange with a creamy finger of tannish foam over the top of excellently clear beer. cobweb lace.

S: This beer is set apart from many of the pumpkins I've had based solely on the addition of ginger. This assures the beer has a baked tone on the nose for me. There's of course the clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and semi sweet malts.

T: The beer is dominated a little more than would be preferred, and makes it a bit spicy. There is an interesting vanilla profile on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lively carb and a semi dry finish.

O: This is a totally different take on the style, and I like it. I think they need to dial back the ginger just a bit, and help bring the body into coordination with the flavors.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the spirit of All Hallow's Eve I poured Elysian's Night Owl pumpkin ale. My previous meetings with this have been very good, and this one starts fabulously--it's a beautiful beer. The pour produces a torrent of bubbles swirling around to eventually form a three-finger head (kind of like a nitro-tap does, but not quite that awesome). It's rocky and creamy, on top of a beautiful burnt amber color which appropriately reminds of the dark autumn leaves. And it leaves a good bit of lace as the drink disappears. [By the way, this site currently states the ABV as unlisted/unknown. On this bottle it states 6.5%]

Aroma is musty and faintly spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg coming out strongest. And it actually smells like pumpkin. Most pumpkin ales smell like pumpkin pie spices exclusively, but there's a sense here of sticking your head right into the guts of the big orange holiday gourd (or is it a squash? or is a squash a gourd? Sorry if I've offended any master-gardeners out there).

Taste? Tasty. Really tasty. The spicy notes are just that, notes...the pumpkin flavor is bold but not too overdone, and it's helped along with a kind of milky creaminess in both the flavor and mouthfeel. The finish lingers long, and it's this aspect of the beer that is most pleasing. The sour/bitter and mildly funky aftertaste adds a few extra layers of complexity and enjoyment.

Mouthfeel is just a little thinner than I'd hoped, but still delivers zest in the carbonation and ample creaminess, which really goes well with this sort of beer.

Perhaps the greatest pumpkin ale yet. Jury's out on that, of course, but so far it's my #1 choice. [Addendum: Southern Tier's Pumking now reigns!!! But Night Owl is still wonderful.]

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Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of spoony
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (undated) to a nonic.

A-An aggressive pour produces about one and one-half fingers of short-lived, off-white foam. The head fades quickly to a fat collar and leaves a stray bit of lacing on the glass. The beer is orange-tinted amber and mostly clear.

S-There are a ton of pie spices here: clove, cinnamon, allspice, and a huge nutmeg scent, as well as gingerbread and a little bit of pumpkin flesh/puree. I also get some caramel and a fair bit of brown sugary sweetness. Nutmeg is really dominant, however.

T-The taste follows the pie-like smell for the most part. Lots of baking spices and gingerbread up front, but the spices, pumpkin, and sweetness taper slightly towards the dryer end on the finish. There is a bit of nutty flavor that runs throughout, which I suspect is from the pumpkin seeds.

M-The feel is lighter and less syrupy than the spiced flavors would suggest. Still, it is medium body with a moderately active, fine carbonation.

O-This is a pretty good example of the style, and an especially good example of sweeter, more pie-like traditional pumpkin beers. I am not sure that I would drink this beer year-round, but it will easily go head-to-head with my other favorite pumpkin beers, e.g., Dogfishhead and Upslope. If you want a beer that tastes like pie, and sometimes I do, this is a good choice.

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Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leroybrown10
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CoryR
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber, orange highlights... two fingers of tan head

S: solid pumpkin ale aromas - seasonal spice and sweetness atop hearty ale malts

T: pumpkin flavors nicely balanced between the sweet and vegetal - molasses and brown sugar sweetness, clove, nutmeg, allspice, and the like are all suggested

M: medium-light weight, modest carbonation, somewhere between brisk and chewy - attractive feel

O: a straight-forward but well-executed pumpkin ale

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep amber beer with ruby high lights. It has a pretty decent foamy head, quite dense and pocked with large bubble holes. Good lacing.

Aroma is mostly malts with little to no pumpkin or spice aromatics.

Taste is rich caramel maltswith just hints if any of pumpkin and/or spices.

Nice medium body feel and smooth.

According to thier website they use an abudence of pumpkin and spices throughout thier brewing process but to me this is a very weak flavored pumpkin ale. Beer wise its pretty good just lacks.

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Photo of curlybird
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Fargrow
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KevMo84
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | 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 1,286 ratings
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