Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Head to Head – Review by Matt Anderson

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Head to Head – Review by Matt Anderson

Elysian’s Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Guest blog post by Matt Anderson.  You can follow Matt on Twitter @supermatt28.

Editors Note: We are doing a fall/seasonal series on Pumpkin Ale, this one from Elysian Brewing. First post up on the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale is from Matt Anderson.

Well it’s finally turned to fall here in the Seattle area. As I mentioned in my last article, I love this part of the year! Why? Because of this kind of beer right here. Elysian introduced me to the Pumpkin Beer through their Pumpkin Beer fest a few years back. Ever since, it has been one of my favorite styles of beer!

I have actually never purchased the Elysian Pumpkin Ale but I have fallen in love with it! When I first poured this beer into the glass I noticed the Amber, slightly orange color of the beer. I was surprised by the clarity of the beer. A few of the pumpkin beers are more opaque. Despite this, the beer is a beautiful color that started my mouth watering.

The aroma is divine! My first sniff reminded me of the Caffe Ladro pumpkin pie (which is my favorite pie ever!) It is exactly what I want a pumpkin beer to smell! Underneath the overt spiced aroma of the pumpkin pie is the subtler sweet aroma of a freshly carved pumpkin with a twinge (just a small twinge) of hops. After taking in the bouquet, my mouth was watering even more.

Onto the flavor! Wow this beer is pretty much everything I want a pumpkin beer to be! It has a spice to it, as well as a nice malt influence and light bitter twinge of hops. A well-balanced and wonderfully flavored beer. This beer is almost the perfect pumpkin pie in a cup. To simply describe it this is an amber beer with a pumpkin pie spin on it. This beer is light on the tongue, it’s smooth and goes down easy.

Honestly, I would be very selfish with this beer. If I invited friends over to drink beer, I would hesitate to share this one with them, that is how good I think it is. Every step in this beer drinking experience was delightful to me. I can only think of one other Pumpkin beer that I would rather drink over this one. I think my fellow brewbeatNW writer Bill Fishburn has the same beer in mind as well. The fact that each barrel of Night Owl contains 7 lbs of pumpkin and the mash contains pumpkin seeds is also an impressive trait. Elysian also includes: nutmeg, cinnamon and clove in the brewing process. At 5.9% ABV, this beer is a nice autumn drink experience! PROST!

Over All-Rating: 9.25

Approachability (for new comers): 8

Flavor: 10

Pour/head: 9

Bouquet: 10

 

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