Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Fall is here! I love Fall…the weather, the sports and especially anything pumpkin flavored. I love pumpkin coffee, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream…and pumpkin beer. Throughout the couple of years that I’ve reviewed beer, I’ve had my share of pumpkin beers. I find them hit or miss. Either they’re spot on or they’re over or underspiced. So, onto the brew.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Both roasted and raw pumpkin seeds are in the mash, with pumpkin added to the mash, kettle and fermenter.”

Random: I’m trying to get through all of the episodes of season 2 of “The Walking Dead” before the season premiere on October 14th.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, burnt orange color with light carbonation. The nose was sweet. What stood out to me were notes of pumpkin, nutmeg and brown sugar. So far, so good. Unfortunately, the taste wasn’t as good as the nose. The pumpkin notes were light than expected and the spice was muted as well. I picked up the nutmeg and the brown sugar that I got in the nose with an addition of cinnamon. The body was too watery with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy with a lot of nutmeg. This was only an alright pumpkin beer, which was disappointing because I really enjoyed the nose. I wouldn’t rush back to have again. There are so many better seasonal options out there.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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