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Elysian Brewing – Night Owl Pumpkin Ale (2015)

11 Sep

Guest reviewer, Tim Veilleux’s review:

Pours burnt amber and a kind of dark opaque without being cloudy. You know, like fall? Maybe you’ve heard of it. It is the season that knocks. Smells of strong nutmeg and candy sweetness with a touch of earth and clove. Luckily, the sweetness doesn’t carry over much to the taste. This is an explosion of savor…y. It is also a spice party. Made with pumpkins, roasted pumpkin seeds AND pumpkin spices, this is beer does it all and manages, somehow, not to hit you over the head. Cinnamon and allspice up front, roasted pumpkin on the back. It employs some kind of voodoo to taste as if it was just mulled and handed to me, and we all know fresh beer is good beer. And it’s neither too thick nor thin, balanced carbonation. Legs akimbo over the pumpkin beer divide, this one.

This is a collage of pumpkin beer styles that manages to do it better than most. It’s so well made, it’s no wonder Elysian is considered “the pumpkin guys”. Only mild complaint is it comes very close to too much spice. Otherwise, it’s nearly flawless. OWL BE BACK for more! 93/100

Alex’s review:

Elysian Brewing has long been known as one of the leaders in pumpkin beer brewing with their nuanced recipes and fine handling of the main ingredient, pumpkin. The first time I had this ale was in our early days of season 1 in 2012, and I recall how blown away by it I was – this made me anxious to see if the years of honor in my brain had been worthily bestowed by a then newbie in the pumpkin patch. This cloudy, amber ale gives a fragrant aroma of dense pumpkin, cinnamon, and a hint of cloves. In it’s medium body, the spice is a forward and potent sachet of nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, cloves, and the lightest sprinkle of ginger. Carrying this onus of spice is a generous body of biscuity, bready pie crust from munich and pale malts, and the Pièce De Résistance, fresh pumpkin. A lesser brewer would’ve only used pumpkin to balance the spices, but Elysian masterfully includes both raw and roasted pumpkin seeds creating an ambience which only shoving your face into the pumpkin you’re carving to make sure that you scraped out the last of the innards can create.

This Night Owl sinks it’s talons into just how much drive a pumpkin ale can have. Perhaps the spicing may have too much vigor for some, but drinking this makes me already hear the leaves curling up into themselves as the night air cools. With an ale this tasty, perhaps the pumpkins should temporarily go #ratemyhooters? 94/100

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Posted by on September 11, 2015 in 2015 Reviews

 

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