Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Reviewed by on October 14, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Elysian Brewing Company

  • Origin: Seattle, WA, USA

  • Rated On: October 14, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Pumpkin Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Seattle’s Elysian Brewing is quite proliferate in their production of pumpkin ales (I count 13, at least), and Night Owl is their most widely available one.  It’s made with all the good seasonal ingredients that a discerning pumpkin concoction aficionado might expect.

This 22oz bottle pours a hazy, medium bronzed amber hue, with one flabby finger of tightly foamy, and mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decently chunky iceberg floe lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of rich, pungent, toasted pumpkin flesh, semi-sweet pie-crust caramel and pale malts, dark turbinado sugar, cinnamon buns, spicy nutmeg, ginger, and clove, a touch of black pepper to taste, and a subdued, perfunctory earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same – a big roasted pumpkin mash sweetness, brown sugar, gingerbread, spicy cinnamon and clove, earthy nutmeg, subtle white and black pepper dust, and some understated citrusy floral hops.  The bubbles are softly ebullient – gently frothy, and little more – the body a heady, enveloping medium weight, genuinely smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the pumpkin and pastry-akin malt doing well to overshadow the heretofore show-stealing spices.

A rather pleasant, and fulfilling pumpkin ale, full stop. Though I’m at a bit of a loss as to what contribution the pumpkin seeds added to the mix, I’m sure it’s there, in a dutiful supporting role, under the radar and all that. Everything else simply puts out beyond expectations, providing a stellar drinkability, one irrelevant to seasonal (dis)affectation (guilty!).

Brady White

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