thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Pours a hazy golden-amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is heavy ginger with a bit of earthy notes thrown in for good measure. Tastes like a straight pilsner, with a grain characteristic and some Saaz hops, in the beginning, and the finish is heavy heavy on the ginger. I enjoyed it - but avoid if ginger is not your thing.
mikedR (728) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like ginger. But this beer is unbalanced, far too heavily weighted in ginger. There's some pumpkin trying to come through, but it keeps getting squashed by the ginger. C+
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Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Iron Hill West Chester. Poured amber in color with a medium sized white head. Aroma of wet grain, ginger, spices. Taste is bready with some light ginger, spices and lightly hoppy finish. Pretty thin overall. Not my thing.
bigguns22 (528) - Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You better like ginger because this is a ginger bomb more ginger then anything. Poor is very pleasing cloudy yellow with a large white,bubbly head that sticks to glass. Has the ginger heat and will marry well with sushi or any other lite fish. Couldn’t drink many but very good for what it is.
KornDogg (517) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at Iron Hill WC... very little pumpkin flavor, taste more of the ginger and malts... after taste is terrible, not a fan of Elysian when they use Czech Saaz
dlovell2 (464) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tried at Snallygaster Fest in D.C. Golden color with white head. Light pumpkin spice aroma. Some caramel flavor followed by pumpkin spice flavors and some hops.
MarkSachon (435) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle from my neighbor Bob - thanks! From the perspective of someone who ordinarily rejects all things pumpkin, I found this gem to be of a different and pleasing variety. The ginger spicing and balanced hops really make this palatable, so please try a taste, especially if you need converting to the melon mania as I did.
RamyG4 (308) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Slightly opaque pale amber with a medium white head. Aroma is mostly ginger, with some light citrus. A lot of ginger in the taste as well, which is medium-heavy bitter, and surprisingly not very sweet, very vegetal. Finish is very bitter with a little spice. Not bad, good change of pace from your typical pumpkin beer, but needs to be sweeter.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Uptown. Pours a light clear, yellow color with a small white head. Smells very strong of ginger. The ginger taste is a little too exotic for me as I prefer hoppy beers. Not very good and I like Elysian beers, especially Loser.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, squash-like gold, minimal cream colored head, faint filigree lacing. Fresh grated ginger root is the forward-most aspect here. This is real ginger, not a powdered addition, and it makes a huge difference. This boldness is strikingly balanced with warm chamomile, nutty squash, and appropriate (and thankfully restrained) ’pie’ spicing. The pumpkin, in addition to lending a slightly fuller mouthfeel, combines with the malt to create a rich backbone for all other aspects to shine forth from. Highly drinkable, never too weighty or viscous. The copious Saaz provides a very nice herbal bitterness to the lingering finish. In fact, it perfectly cuts through both the boldness of the ginger and the richness of the pumpkin. Refreshingly different from today’s standard ’pumpkin ale’. One more reason why I love great lagers.
So what do we have here? Wholesome/fresh ingredients, low abv (my bottle says 4.5), and an inspired twist on an old classic. Resulting in: A badass, folkloric lager ... showing fresh boldness in fantastic harmony with nuanced depth. Wish I could buy this bottled individually, instead of as a single inclusion only available in their "Pumpkin Patch" variety four-pack. Hey, Elysian ... tweak this basic pils recipe in another way ... use delicata squash and fresh sage ... please.