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:
#5,272
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
1,319
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Part of the Elysian Halloween spectacular. Split all three of these with multiple members of my family over the house on Halloween. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 10/31/2009.
 
The last of the trifecta for the evening, it was really fun going through all of these during the course of the day. Really just fun stuff. Poured out the lightest of the three with a hazy orange tinted amber color and a nice soft off white head that reached a height of around an inch or so before it settled down with some nice lacing on the side that really just surprised me with how well it hung in there to be honest. Really quite the solid look. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all the usual characters here with a touch of a west coast hop flair to it, especially as it warms. Crisp and super clean flavor here. Starts with a touch of a light malt note and then swoops in with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg which dries out the palate very nicely. Very even consistency I have to admit as it comes together very nice. Light drying of palate leaves a touch of light spice and the lightest hint of hops on the back of the tongue. Super drinkable, in fact out of the whole night I enjoyed this one the most out of all of them.
 
Overall a very solid light beer for the evening. Fit in very well with the rest of the lineup and I would have no problem at all with going after all three of these again. Great job from the boys up north.
 

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Photo of Slatetank
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Capone's - Thanks to witbier for his generosity! Shared w/ my bro tenderbranson69. Poured chilled into my DFH signature glass from the 22oz bomber.

A - Slightly hazy light bronze w/ 2 1/2 fingers of custard like smooth head. Sporadic lace collects like creamy camouflage, the bead is fine

S - Very aromatic w/ lots of clove and other pumpkin pie spices. Mild vegetal notes w/ cinnamon and vanilla-like accents w/ subtle nutmeg, allspice ginger in there as noted on the label

M - A creamy texture w/ moderate carbonation and spicy, but not really phenolic textures, more sugary and slightly warm from spice w/ a semi-sweet finish and medium body

T - A malty fruity ale taste w/ yeast + malt cohesion upfront followed by a nutmeg, allspice and clove flavor w/ subtle ginger and cinnamon. The pumpkin gives a nice texture/flavor w/ creamy maltiness and light cinnamon in the residual taste. A light pumpkin butter-like tang in the last few sips as a gentle zest from the ginger seems more pronounced -w/ a nice spiced sweet finish

D - This does not taste like any average pumpkin ale, very spiced and has good drinkability, but not something I would want more than a bomber of - splitting this seemed just right.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy orange slightly brown colored body with a one finger white foamy head that dissipates to a film coating the top of the glass, foamy clingy lacing graces the sides of the glass, the aromas has pumpkin up front, some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, light caramel and an ever so slight dose of hops; the taste is an evenly awesome taste of the previously mentioned spices to the pumpkin sweetness, light pumpkin and spicey aftertaste, slightly dry finish; its pretty easy on the palate and comes across fairly smooth, overall, this is actually one of the best pumpkin ales on the market for what I’ve had.

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Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, pours clear orangy amber, fine white lace all over the glass afte the head slowly cleared out. Nose is purely of a nice pumpkin pie, mostly about the pumpkin and less about the associated spices. More quality brew from the folks at Elysian. Understated in the approach, this pumpkin infused offering does not over do it spice/pumpkin flavor wise. Nice fall seasonal. Moderate sweetness, moderate hops, more pumpkin essence in the finish. Worth a try if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours orange amber with a thin off-white head that disappears after a bit. Some dots of lacing stick.

The smell is of pumpkin pie spices with an amber maltiness background.

The taste is of cinnamon, ginger and all the other usual spicings that make up a pumpkin beer - spicy, but not overly done - with a firm backdrop of amber maltiness. Sweet and spicy with a hop bitterness in the back that keeps it well-balanced, though not interfering with the taste.

The body hits medium-bodied (barely), but is smooth. The lightness of the body adds to the drinkability, but could use some heft/chewiness.

A very drinkable pumpkin ale, as the spices are there, but not overwhelming, with a nice balance to it.

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

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a red-orange amber with a slight off-white head. Light lager aroma with light malt. A light malt flavor with a distinct pumpkin finish. Not too complex, but a nice spicy, light flavor and pleasant pumpkin aftertaste. A nice, light pumpkin ale.

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

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, very nice tones of cinimmon, pumpkin, nutmeg, with lots of caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, very nice touch of the spicy's, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice one, recommended.

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Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,319 ratings
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