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RATINGS: 245   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 worldís first Imperial pumpkin ale. Brewed with pale, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45į 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%.


Heathen's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 19, 2013
THOUGHTS: It wasnít as good as I thought it was going to be but, dear lord, it tasted just like my motherís homemade pumpkin pie. Surprisingly light and easy to drink for a pumpkin beer this big. Definitely like pie made from fresh pumpkin, not canned pumpkin. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Great in that it tasted like actual pumpkin pie, but a little off from great pumpkin pie-like beers. Not quite sweet enough or malty enough. Just because something tastes good, doesnít mean itís a good beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, light golden orange with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate caramel malts and roasted pumpkin; light sour pumpkin; pumpkin pie spices; slight alcohol; pie crust; fresh pumpkin pie. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and ever so slightly bitter and sour; while the finish was heavily sweet, and lightly acidic and bitter with an average duration. There was fresh pumpkin pie, meaning fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices; sour pumpkin, slight alcohol and pie crust. The light to medium body was leaning toward medium was a little dry with fairly fizzy carbonation and dry finish. It went down extra easy.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
c1raider (87) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Great pumpkin beer that offers "fall" season flavors as a back drop to the pumpkin flavor. Sharp carbonation with citrus notes. Smooth, balanced, little bitterness that comes with the distict taste of the pumpkin, festive. Would buy again.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
euniceradio (213) - Colton, California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
22 bomber to cervoise. Pours slightly hazy orange-amber with small white ring head. Aroma of cinnamon booze (fireball), pumpkin spice, clove, coriander, fresh-baked bread and lots of nutmeg. Taste of same with a bitterweet palette and a heavily spicy dry finish. Mouthfeel is disappointingly light and watery, but with strong effervescent carb.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zoucrew102 (904) - - AUG 16, 2015
Bomber. Strong spicy aroma most notably nutmeg with cinnamon, allspice and clove as well as pumpkin notes. Pours amber-orange with a thin white head with poor retention and very little lacing. Starts with pumpkin sweetness and clove flavors. Finishes smooth with strong spice flavors most notably nutmeg with a bit of cinnamon and allspice thrown in. Another solid pumpkin ale from Elysian.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12869) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle post breakfast at Endoís place, 11/11/14. Obscured orange amber with a decent off white covering. Nose is rich pumkin, spice, nutmeg, caramel, bitter orange. Taste comprises pumpkin pie, nutmeg, clove, caramel fudge, earthy fruit rinds. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with sweetínísour licks. Good balance, solid pumpkin beer - one of the best Iíve encountered.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Orange color. Lots of orange and citrus flavor. Some nutmeg. Only a little pumpkin aroma, but some pumpkin in the flavor as well as some vegetables. Not as good as the Punkucinno.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
WABeerFiend (327) - - JAN 18, 2015
Copied from my BA review. 08.26.14 Date of birth. Poured from a bomber into a beer can glass on 09.10.14. A: 2 finger head. See though orange. Head recedes to 1 finger after a minute. Has nice lacing. S: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg. Some brown sugar and pumpkin pie crust, but not as strong as in other pumpkin beers. T: Nutmeg, cinnamon are dominant. Pumpkin seeds are there too. M: Creamy. Feels too watery. O: I wanted to like this one based on the ratings, but this did not even come close to other pumpkin ales *cough* Pumking. I did not get any pumpkin flavor, which I thought was because maybe the bottle was from the year before. (The place that I bought it from recycled last yearís ST Warlock). The bottle was fresh, though, so that wasnít the cause. Spices arenít even very prominent. This was disappointingly mild all around. It also had too much bitterness on the back end, which Iíve experienced before with other Elysian beers. Honestly, the bitterness grew to overwhelm what little flavor that there was. Unbalanced, and not worth the price at $10.99 in the Seattle area. Drain pour.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RumRunner101 (885) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Cloudy amber pour, off white head. Aroma of sweet pumpkin puree and spices. Flavour is well rounded pumpkin and spices and balanced alcohol. Surprising. But the pumpkin style isnít my favourite.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fluffy (1957) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2014
better than most pumpkin beers ive had, but i still still dont like the style.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bookseeb (131) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Appearance hold an amber orange color supporting a thin moderate head leaving fair lace. Smell has that nice aroma of pumpkin and accompanying spice, Taste does not disappoint, having that night owl flavor, but more expressive. Mouthfeel is medium with with good carbonation. Overall a good pumpkin and spice flavor with a hint of alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1963) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2014
22oz bomber: This one poured a cloudy, darker golden color. There was a small off white head which didnít leave much lacing. The nose is good. Pumpkin plus some pumpkin pie spices. The spices are not overdone. The taste is good. It is a bit sweet, but thankfully not sickly sweet as some others of these are. Good body, pumpkin as well as pumpkin pie spices. Not bad.


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