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Elysian The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale



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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a very cloudy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing. Sweet and spicy pumpkin pie aroma with sweet malts, pumpkin puree and autumnal spices. This is the only other pumpkin pie beer that equals Southern Tier Pumking’s liquid dessert aroma. Pumpkin and caramel malt sweetness along with clove, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and graham cracker. Amazing! Full bodied with a zesty spice presence up front that lingers over the pumpkin and sweet malt notes into a slightly dry finish. Strong clove, cinnamon, brown sugar and allspice notes followed by pumpkin puree, caramel malt, vanilla and nutmeg. Very dessert like and lacking the earthy vegetal quality that makes so many pumpkin beers so unappealing. Still, the strong autumnal spices and sweet malts make it feel like a beer. The high ABV is excellently masked without a trace of alcohol, making this complex beer extremely quaffable. One of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had. Up there with Pumpking and older batches of Southampton Pumpkin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
samsmith33 (727) - - NOV 10, 2015
Winner of 2015 Blind Pumpkin Beer Tasting against some stiff competition of 24 others. My notes have it very smooth with good carbonation, lots of cinnamon and clove in the nose. Easy drinking, and flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (3769) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Draft at Stackhouse. Pours clear amber with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like pumpkin pie, allspice, nutmeg, roasted malt, and light booze. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, roasted malt, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (3150) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
Shared bomber poured to small snifters, showing a hazed, orangey gold color, with a fair layer of off white head foam, and light, wavy spray to the lacing. The nose was floral, herbal, and pie spices, with highlighted nutmeg, and mellowing vanilla. Medium+ bodied, with decent carbonation, the taste was somewhat similar notes, more expression & depth to the spicing, some noticeable pumpkin, some warmth, and bitterness that was earthy, and nicely lingering. One of the better seasonals that I’ve sampled this year. Would’ve liked to have tried the 9.5%.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AAEA (259) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
22FL OZ ($8.99) without a doubt the best pumpkin beer out there. tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie and then its 8.1% ABV. worth the money. I have noticed that this will clear out of a shelf in 2-3 hours after being stocked so NO I will not tell you where I get mine. lol

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (2187) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2015
The third in the Elysian Pumpkin trilogy sampling I had last night. It wasn’t the best of the three, but still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle from Albertsons. Seeing the sediment and chunky bits, I thought at first I might have a bad bottle. Opened with no issues, and taste great, one of the better mass produced seasonal, using spices in the right amounts, without tasting like genetic bottles pumpkin pie spice. Cloudy orange pour, cinnamon being one of the first detectable scents and aromas. Pumpkin in there also. Gentle for an 8% beer. One of the better ones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrjez (194) - Osaka, JAPAN - OCT 31, 2015
From bomber. L: pours a slightly hazy honey-orange with a tiny head. S: this has hands down the best spice aroma I’ve ever smelled on a beer. Such an enticing mix, it feels like Christmas. There’s also a good roast pumpkin aroma underneath. T: plenty of spice flavour but the malt and pumpkin keep it grounded. Slightly boozy, and a light honey. F: it has an excellent bitter dry end that takes the spice away and leaves a warming in the throat. There’s a spot on carbonation level from front to back. O: the best pumpkin beer I’ve had. Does exactly what the style should.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strongpieman (1618) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Draft. Rusty orange color, thin head. Really strong clove and spice aroma with a bite at the end. Very strong flavors, be warned

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3204) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bomber thanks to trade with Mr 5000, Andre! Pours a chill hazed golden with fluffy off-white head that leaves good lace. Aroma of straight up pumpkin pie, a bit more of the gourd than most others. Taste follows, a mild bitterness that fades quickly, sweet on the front. Solid for the style, one of the betters.

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