Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2008. Orange pour with small white head. Nose of pumpkin pie is very, very nice. Flavor is the same, but has a great hop profile behind it...which makes it not so overpowering.
dmac (4510) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber from Jonathan Ron. Pours a clear coper/orange body with a smaller sized foamy off white head. Aroma is very nice on this one, pretty much like a slice of pumpkin pie...pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, lactose, allspice. Thinner bodied with light carbonation and a quickly disipating. The flavor of pumpkin pie is there but not quite as strong as the aroma along with some malty base and some floral hops. Pretty darn good
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear orange with small to medium beige head. Stinky, musty aroma with pumpkin and other spices, really funky. Flavor is pumpkin, pumpkin spice, noticable ginger atleast in the finish, really sessionable and nice. Light to medium body with light carbonation. Very sessionable.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed in the USA...... Courtesy of my High School friend Woody, thanks. Pours a amber / orange color with a thin white head. Aroma of spices, pumpkins, and ginger. Taste is of pumpkins, nutmeg, spices and a hint of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is pleasant, sweet and very enjoyable. I thought the pumpkin ale from Weyerbacher was my favorite, but i think this one is slightly better.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another beer sampled at FootSex. An odd beer, thatís for sure. Pours an dark orange with a brown hue. Aroma was pumpkin, but more like a pumpkin syrup than actual pumpkin, with a bit of musk thrown in. Flavor was better, but still syrupy. Lots of spice as well. Each sip was a bit different, with the spices coming in and out and the pumpkin laying back a bit. Medium mouthfeel. More akin to Dogfish Headís pumpkin beer than Souther Tiers, and Iím much more a fan of the latter.
GarrettB (1171) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It felt somehow wrong to drink a pumpkin ale in January, but I was too eager to pick up as many bottles from Elysian as possible, especially after I enjoyed the Winter Bifrost so much. Iíve got strong opinions on pumpkin ales, too, so this was something of a trial-in-a-glass. It pours with very little head, but by going lidless it immediately effuses with a fresh and creamy smell, sweet, with tons of pumpkin pie spices, all-spice and, of course, pumpkin pie itself. Iím already entranced, but still cautious. Iíve been attracted by a flirtatious and sweet pumpkin ale aroma only to get a raw and vegetable flavor later, and thatís typically not the pumpkin ale Iím looking for. But the Elysian Night Owl follows up on its aromatic advertisement with a full guarantee of delicious flavor. There is a vegetal quality - donít misunderstand me. But it nicely fits into the contours of a greater, pumpkin pie paradigm. Brown sugar, all-spice, and a bright flavor deliver a toothsome pumpkin treat. I also catch some glazed carrot flavor, and apples too. Iíd say this is one of my favorite pumpkin ales to date, and makes me even more eager to try other Elysian brews down the product line. If they can tread the fine line between pumpkin pie sugars and unspoiled pumpkin flavor, surely the other beers hold promise.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much thanks to whomever shared this at Pre-Sex. Handsome amber pour with a modest head thatís a bit prickly. Pleasant aroma of the guts of the pumpkin, hearty and earthy in a way that complements the malt in the beer. The spices arenít overpowering or overly slick and sweet. Subtle.
emacgee (4289) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared at the Pre Sex gathering. Pours a translucent copper with a translucent off white head. The nose shows pumpkin and spice, nicely done on the pumpkin aspect, some sweet spice coming through, nutmeg and allspice. Flavor is pumpkin meat, spice, earthy malt, meaty pumpkin flavor. Nicely done.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Body-nice amber, thick ring of bubbles, medium film of bubbles, very nice looking. Taste-pumpkin pie, whip cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace. A great pumpkin beer.
jsquire (3680) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample at the í09 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Murky amber color with minimal bubbles. Nose of homemade pumpkin bread with even more pie spice. There is no mistaking this for anything other than a pumpkin spice beer. Tons of nutmeg, cinnimon, clove, and the other pie spices. It reminds me of my motherís pumpkin cookies, raisens and walnuts and all. Almost too much, actually.