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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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%.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Great Pumpkin Ale. 8.00% ABV-45 IBU’s. On Cask @ Elysian Tangletown. Smooth rich pumpkin spice caramel malty body. Excellent smooth Big brew. (4.75 / 5.0) Sampled 1/11/2005.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
KKBreakaway (4) - marysville, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013 does not count
pumpkin pie aroma, light copper color. spicy beginning with a sweet bread cinnamon middle taste and lingering nutmeg ending

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (4416) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma on this is incredible...pumpkin, caramel, graham cracker, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon. It pours a hazy brownish-orange with a small off-white head that is pretty much just a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with pumpkin, caramel, and graham cracker. The finish has cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and faint vanilla. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Probably the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CampesinoTino (726) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bomber. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a sudsy layer of off-white foam. Aroma is a blend of roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice and pie crust with a little orange marmalade. The flavor has a strong roasted, vegetal pumpkin seed and pie puree note upfront immediately followed by cinnamon, clove and ginger. Also in the mix is some vanilla, graham cracker, brown sugar and alcohol around the edges. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly bitter, spiced finish. Overall, a top notch Imperial style Pumpkin Ale with excellent balance between the pumpkin, spice, malt and hops flavors.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerandhockey8 (196) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - SEP 21, 2013
From 22oz bottle to shaker. Pour is a nice orange yellow, darker and hazy. The nose is gingerbread, cinnamon, pumpkin, spices. Taste is medium bodied, mostly sweet. Finishes so well with that spicy pumpkin pie feeling on your pallet. Elysian absolutely murders these fall beers, very impressed.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge pumpkin flesh, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, toast, caramel, brown sugar, clove, allspice, pie crust, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Absolutely insane aromas with incredible complexity and balance of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin flesh, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, allspice, toast, caramel, brown sugar, pie crust, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, gingerbread, pie crust, nutmeg, clove, allspice, caramel, brown sugar, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with big authentic pumpkin presence and fantastic malt/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane imperial pumpkin ale. All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of malt/pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A world class pumpkin ale for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Andre. Pours orange with a white head. Smells of pumpkin spices, and sweet malt. Tastes very pumpkiny with some chocolate hints.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2007
On tap at the Elysian Tangle Town location. It pours a clear dull-tarnished coppery-orange with somewhat creamy tan head and nice lacing. The aroma has even amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. In lesser amounts I get cloves and malty sweetness in the background. The taste starts with only a moment of non descript malt sweetness. After that a rush of pumpkin, pumpkin seed nuttiness, cinnamon and nutmeg squashes the sweeter malt notes. All the flavor components are balanced and fit together nicely. Chewy malt sweetness with traces of pale malts intercede midway. I get a mild sense of hop bitterness hanging around in the background. All of the flavors fade toward the dry finish and into the after taste with lingering spice and pumpkin.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 16, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 On tap at the Blind Tiger - NYC. Warm, kinda funky, pumpkin meat and vinegar aroma. Some gentle spice. Pours a deep, clear rich orange, with a well-lacing white. Flavor is insane. Complex, creamy, deep and amazingly balanced. So well built. Nice spice character, a nip of cream, and a bit tooth of caramelized pumpkin flesh. A bit of hop adds a neat balance in the backend. Wow. This is incredible and surprising. Fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dlovell2 (567) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Cloudy copper color with white head. Fruity aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg aromas. Sweet caramel malt and fruity notes with Pumpkin spice flavors and a slight hop finish.


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