Ibrew2or3 (7489) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Elysian Tangle Town location. It pours a dull hazy copper-ish orange with nice off white head and decent lacing. Up front the aroma is cinnamon and nutmeg. Those notes are backed up by pumpkin and faint pale to grainy malts. The taste has a different balance of notes than the aroma with a solid pulse of pale to Munich malts that grow in strength into the finish. Near midway cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin steal away the flavor for a while from the malts. Nice balance leaving a lingering pale to Munich malty taste behind with faint pumpkin and spice.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours light clear copper colour with light cinnimon aroma and nutmeg. enjoyable but light on the tastes.
Trev (2011) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a copper colour with a thin head.
Something off for me here with a ginger and vomit-like aroma that was off putting.
Flavour was a bit thin with spice and light ale flavour.
I think I preferred Phillipís Crooked Tooth offering.
bhensonb (12467) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of squash and pumpkin pie spice. Hazy, reddish, amber color with a white head that ringed immediately. The body is medium and the carbonation is mild. The flavor is nutmeg, clove, and ... It actually has mince pie flavors. Course thatís it. The finish is thinnish, and with less flavor than the start. But that mince aroma persists (didnít get it at the start), the flavors tickle the palate, and itís a very refreshing departure from mundane world (forgive the reduncacy). Itís really quite nice.
Tejas (928) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fun beer. I donít take these to seriously. Only criticism is a sort of weak/thin palate. More body and a tad more flavor would do wonders for this one. Still, though it was good and enjoyable. Glad I tried it.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
one of the better pumpkin ales out there. a little darker in color than many of the pumpkin beers, but that extra color likely came from the extra pumpkin that was actually used brewing it as well as the brown sugar im assuming they used, as i get a strong flavor of it. nicely spiced...subtle, letting the sugary pumpkin take the forefront...but enough to know it was there
BuckeyeBoy (3611) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Elysian Brewing Seattle, pours out a amber topped with a cream head. A pretty sweet pumpkin spice aroma. Light hops and some sweet spices. Maybe a little cinnamon and nutmeg.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark hazy orange. Big spice aroma, mainly cinnamon and allspice. Flavor is full of spice and a nice pumpkin flavor, yet there is a decent malt base. Crisp dry finish. Not my favorite style of beer, however, it was easily drinkable.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 heavy full aroma of cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. flavor is everything i look for in a pumpkin beer, itís full bodied, well rounded, and tastes true to form. the malt backbone is strong enough to stand up to the deep aggressive spices. other pumpkin beers taste somewhat artificial and forced. thereís not much pumpkin on the nose, but it comes through on the finish and leaves a great impression.
troysworktable (109) - Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. The pour is a mostly opaque orange ale, with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is a rich earthiness bolstered by the smell of pumpkin flesh and whiffs of spicesóperhaps cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
I drank this cold, fresh from the refirgerator. The flavors were from most to least intense: earthiness, pumpkin, dark green vegetation (spinach, collard greens), and light spices. Initially, the flavors didnít seem to work for me. However, I really enjoyed the mouthfeel. The ale sat heavy on my palate and tongue in a good, solid way.
As the ale warmed, more flavors became apparent and the previous flavors became more balanced. A touch of carmel was apparent, which worked well with the earthiness and pumpkin flavors. The spices, although still subtle, came to the forefront a little bit and worked very well with the flavor of the dark greens.
My previous experience with pumpkin ale has been Buffalo Billís Pumpkin Ale, which I definitely enjoy, even though it is a little over-the-top in sweetness. Elysianís Night Owl is even better, especially since it is more restrained and complex. I recommend it, but after warming for a few minutes, in order to fully appreciate its flavors.