Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Rated 3.306 by BeerPals

Brewed by Elysian Brewing Company (Capitol Hill)

Seattle, WA, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

6.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Brewed with 150 lbs. of pumpkin meat in each batch. Made with Pale, Munich and Crystal malts green and roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin meat in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Horizon hops. Spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

ID: 15903 Last updated 1 week ago Added to database 16 years ago

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Overall Rank9501
Overall Percentile79.9
Style Rank191 of 1213
Style Percentile84.3
Lowest Score1.7
Highest Score4.3
Average Score3.371
Weighted Score3.306
Standard Deviation0.691

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  • FISHINGFAST 607 reviews
    rated 1.7 1 week ago

    Aroma: 3 | Appearance: 3 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 3

    Reckon I’m just picky when it comes to pumpkin 🎃 beer. This one has very little aroma, it’s thin, slightly bitter not bad but yet still the hops are present.

  • CYBERCAT 10055 reviews
    rated 3.3 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours clear caramel with a thick and frothy but ephemeral ivory head. Aroma presents clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and toasted malt notes. Flavor features cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, subtle toasted malt and woody hop notes. And is that a bit of ginger - and a bit of allspice? Texture delivers fair body and fizz. A great beer to welcome Fall.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 4.1 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Hazy orange pour from a bottle with a thin and soapy white head. Aroma of baked pumpkin with a hint of cinnamon and ginger. Thick mouthfeel allows the carbonation to come through nicely and accenuates the varying flavors. Baked pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, and cinnamon are present on the palate. Elysian nailed this one. It is not overly sweet yet pleasantly malty and presents the most pumpkin flavor I've had in a pumpkin ale that was not of imperial strength.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Uh-oh. They're coming around already. Makes sense. In 10 days it will be October. What the? Pours a medium amber. Little malt backbone. Lots of spice. gingerbread, cardamom, pumpkin pie, It's all good but I've had better.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    i'm sorry no dogs are allowed on the moon .. . light caramel, bark and pie spice .. . good mouthfeel, not overly complex but a quality brew .. . one of the better pumpkin beers out there..

  • FLASHPRO 1171 reviews
    rated 3.7 10 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Dark amber color but not much foam at all. Aroma is very spicy. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon with some ginger giving it a sharp kick. Mouthfeel is a little weird. I don't feel anything at the tip of my tongue. It's as if the beer diverts around the side of your mouth. Very odd! I guess it needs more sweetness to feel right. But still, the pumpkin flavor and spice is very nice in this beer.

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 4.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured a thin yet creamy ivory head over a body of clear and dark amber. Aroma was a nice mix of pumpkin and spices, and wasn't the flavour the same. Smooth mouth, and a pleasing finish. Got better towards the end of the bottle.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    this one, though i have lots of respect for Elysian, was a huge surprise. started with this and by the end of the night, it was still my clear favorite, and probably the best pumpkin beer i've ever had (at the time). aroma was simply magnificent. if you like pumpkin, this is it! get it fresh. THE most natural pumpkin aroma that kept my nose returning to it all night. lighter abv but full flavored, smooth, medium bodied. spices were not overdone and there was an additional toasted character that fit the beer well. biggest surprise in a while. for my money - kicked pumking's butt!! 11/10-just as nice on tap. best beer there! 10/11-almost as nice. almost.

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 2.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber bown with a thin head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

    The aroma is bready malts, a touch of fruit and some spices (nutmeg, allspice).

    The flavor is vegetal malts with spices. It has a bit of an off metallic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a little spritzy carbonation, but is mostly watery.

    Overall, it sounded and smelled so good - just didn't taste good to me. I like pumpkin beers but this was a bit off (vegetal and metallic).

  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, deep amber color that has copper highlights to it, when held up to the light the beer shows a rich copper hue. Ah, the aroma brings a smile to my face, fleshy, caramelized squash aromatics are accentuated by notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. I like that the actual pumpkin is noticeable here in the aroma, certainly the spice notes are a bit more piquant, but the spices are not used too overzealously and the vegetable squash notes add a nice spiciness of its own.

    Fairly dry tasting, especially given how sweet the spices make this beer smell. The beer finishes with a bite of nutmeg, a flash of pumpkin meat, a lingering ginger piquancy and a touch of pepper like spice. I could use a touch more body here, but there is a touch of heft to this beer; the holiday season just sees me wanting a bit more richness in this beer (though it has a lot more body than some of the poorer examples of the style, Buffalo Bill I am looking at you). The malt contributes a hint of caramelized sweetness as well as a touch of toasty grain towards the finish, for the most part though this beer is about the spices and the pumpkin. There is enough malt to provide just enough texture and sweetness to support the more dominant flavors. The sweetness is accentuated by the cinnamon notes in the middle.

    This is a good example of a "standard" pumpkin ale. The usual base beer style, but it has enough body and the touch of real pumpkin to keep me happy.

    Purchased: Liquid Solutions

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