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Brewed at our original Capitol Hill location in Seattle. silver medalist at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit and Vegetable category, the world’s first Imperial pumpkin ale. Brewed with pale, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45° L Crystal malts. Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Formerly at 9.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle from Santa. Thanks! Pours a deep, rich amber with a definite pumpkin pie nose- nutmeg, pumpkin, sugar, and a touch of cinnamon. Flavor follows suit; an explosion of pumpkin, nutmeg, sugar, and cinnamon. Leaves an inviting film that lets the flavors lolligag on the tongue. Wish I had much more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours amber with a small white head. Lots of large sediment chunks floating around. Aroma is of pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and alcohol. Taste starts off with lots of pumpkin. Sort of tastes like roasted pumpkin. Lots of different spice flavors in the taste as well. Small malt backbone that’s easily overpowered by the pumpkin. Slightly boozy. but it doesn’t hinder the taste. Mouthfeel is sticky and the brew is medium bodied. Lingering spiciness. A solid pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 Oh hell yes they bottled this. Says 7.7% on my bottle though. Simply friggin’ sweet aroma, it’s fully pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, spices, crust and even whipped cream. I don’t know how they do it. Rich bronze, small head. The rich fleshy pumpkin flavor is direct and lightly spiced, coming through in peaks over the alcohol base. Cuts away from complexity but I love this beer. I’m looking forward to the fall again. 082311 This bottle must be 2 years old. Holding up great, ample spice and vegetable with an amber honey middle, alcohol seems to be sharper in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
Pours a reddish-orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet potato, vegetal and sweet. Taste adds spice to this, with a touch of bile and alcohol adding a rather less than quaffable quality to it, however this beer was consumed rather late in the course of the evening (or the morning thereafter). Creamy body with plenty of carbonation. A bit too strong my pumpkin ale preferences, but well-executed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
raphael (876) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2008
Smells like pumpkin pie spice—nothnig else comes through. Cloud amber. Thiner than expected. Less spicy in flavor but bitterness of spice and alcohol. A bit syupy and bland, no pumpkin taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Draft @ Elysian Fields. Pours a deep, tarnished orange-amber color; off-white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of candy sugar, pumpkin, oranges and light spicing; some sweetness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy pumpkin meat, dried oranges / candied oranges, and very light spicing; like candied pumpkin, with a good amount of sweetness; no alcohol showing; generous, tasty pumpkin. Medium finish: candy sugar, orange peel; sweet and minimal spicing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BrewDad (4890) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Taster - Elysian Tangletown - GPBF 2008 - Seattle, WA
Aroma – A very strong pumpkin aroma.
Appearance – Dark Golden color, Clear with a nice head.
Flavor – This has been hyped all over town but this came across like a very vegetal beer. Lacking a pumpkin taste and was very slick tasting.
Palate – Slick Mouthfeel, off texture with a dry finish.
Overall – This beer did not hit the mark. Maybe it was a bad keg or something but this beer was way off. One bad tasting beer. Way too much of something and it was like it got thrown in with a raw pumpkin and should have been roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6108) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Draft at Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest (GPBF) 08. Crystal clear medium amber with a light gray ring. Huge pumpkin pie spice nose. Creamy medium body with dense, smoky, darkly spicy mid-palate. Long spicy finish. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Draft. Creamy whipped cream pie topping in the nose and tasted, the pumpkin character is a mixture of some semi-tart natural pumpkin "meat" and a creamy, slightly sweeter milkshake pumpkin character. Extremely smooth and silky while being hefty and thick on the tongue. Spicy, bright, a bit soapy and milky but that’s certainly not a criticism. Solid pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Very nutty, rich nutmeg and cinnamon aroma, coupled with spice all over. Whereas Elysian held back the spices for many of their other pumpkin beers, they went all out in this one, and to great effect. Reminds me of Pumpking or Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. Overwhelming spices in the flavor, and just rich all over. No pumpkin to be found really, but I’ll be god-damned if this doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie. Awesome.

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