The Night Owl Pumpkin Ale from Elysian Brewing Company in Seattle, Washington pours out a bright orangey-copper in color with a good amount of sediment and is topped with a two finger, small bubbled, white head that reduces all the way down leaving just a thin collar. On the nose, pumpkin heaven with a dose of spice. Aromas of fresh pumpkin, roast pumpkin, fall spices, brown sugar and pie crust. In the mouth, very balanced with a good deal of fresh pumpkin flavor. Flavors of fresh pumpkin, baked pumpkin and a slight nuttiness (which I guess is coming from the pumpkin seeds as this craft beer is brewed with the pumpkin and the seeds), hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and some toffee. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Slight syrup to the mouthfeel. Little lacing on the glass. The finish is long and the pumpkin flavors are predominant and last the whole way through.
A very interesting pumpkin ale. Whereas a lot of pumpkin ales seem to try and resemble a pumpkin pie in flavor (and this does have some of that flavor, but milder), this tastes a lot fresher. More meaty, fresh pumpkin flavor shines through with a hint of nuttiness and just enough spice to let the pumpkin be the star. It is nice to see a different take on a pumpkin ale. Well done. Recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 5.9% ABV
Beer 269 of 366 for 2012