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Elysian The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale

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RATINGS: 229   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%.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (806) - Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle. A: Orange color with a thin white head that turns into a thinner ring. Good lacing. N: Pumpkin, cola, all-spice, graham cracker, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Biscuit. Hops lend earthiness and a hint of pine. Apple cider, and clove. T: Bittersweet. It’s all wrapped together. M: Prickly, medium body. Light ont he tongue because of the high carb. No alcohol presence. O: A big taste of fall mixed in with cola. I’m not sure if it’s my broken palate, but I swear both Elysian beers so far want to be soda.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
spokeydonkey (13) - somerville, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2014
A pumpkin ale that’s heavy on spice and quite dry. Fairly easy to drink and hides its alcohol well. An excellent pumpkin ale, but for pumpkin ales, I prefer a more restrained, slightly sweeter beer, rather than a crisp, dry beer with lots of spices. Notes: Amber and cloudy with thin head that fades quickly. Aroma is dominated by pumpkin spice with cinnamon by far the dominant aroma. Taste starts off mildly sweet with lots of spice: cinnamon, ginger, clove, with a hint of earthiness (squash?) Finishes very dry with a nice crisp bitterness and lingering spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Alcohol heat pops up at the end, but is very subdued. Overall: as mentioned above, my taste in pumpkin beers is a bit more subdued. As a big pumpkin beer, this is a nice one, but I prefer Elysians lower ABV offerings for drinkability.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (580) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Pours a hazy copper. A very strong cinnamon aroma. Taste is very sweet with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, and spices. A nice lingering sweet malt, spices and cinnamon aftertaste.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3688) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose is pretty spicy with the traditional pumpkin spice palate, and has little actual "pumpkin" to it. Taste is a bit sweet and quite spicy, and just seems too much of what my wife loves in these beers. Not enough beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8571) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Bottle. Weekly tasting. Pours orange white head. Nose/taste of pumpkin, big cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice and pie crust. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 28, 2014
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance had a nice hazy orange to brown color with a slight transparency running about the body. A one finger white foamy head starts off on the top that ends up concaving a bit. The lacing turns and slides into the body. The smell started off with a nice pumpkin spice allowing some clove, allspice, and ginger. As it continued to warm, a nice vanilla quality comes in to combine with a decent settling light pie crust, not overly done but definitely there. The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and adds a bit more pie crust in it. There’s a light sticky pumpkin / vanilla aftertaste but once again - good. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionable quality about it. The carbonation was smooth. There’s a decent creamy vanilla sweet texture running over my tongue. Overall, this was a really nice pumpkin ale, imperialized - no worries, so much more balanced than pumking.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5849) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
another incredible pumpkin beer from Elysian, sure seems like a style they own. lots of spice and natural (roasted) pumpkin in the aroma and flavor. it beats night owl with a creamy bigger mouthfeel, but then you can taste the 8% a little more than you’d prefer. a toss up between the two, but they are the 2nd and 3rd best pumpkin beers out there. head and shoulders above the competition, including Pumking."

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lizardking3 (109) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Pours golden with off white head. Aroma is straight up Pumpkin pie, soooo nice. Taste in the front is major pumpkin and then transitions into more traditional strong ale. Very well done

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - SEP 24, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-25-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance- The beer pours a nice hazy orange amber color with a very small white head. The head fades decently fast leaving some patchy bubbles of foam on the surface of the beer and a decent level of foamy islands of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – A nice roasted pumpkin smell creates the biggest aroma. This is complemented by spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Other aromas of a bready smell as well as a nice caramel and brown sugary sweet smell are there as well giving an overall great pumpkin pie aroma. While pumpkin pie like, the smell is not too sweet or too spiced but consists of a very nice blend of aromas. Taste – The taste begins with a good bready and roasted pumpkin flavor. The sweetness is lighter upfront with just a bit of caramel sweetness. The spice flavors are lighter as well at the start, with some hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. As the taste advances the nutmeg and cinnamon spice are joined by some allspice with the nutmeg growing quite a bit more potent to the end. As this occurs, so too comes some sweeter flavors of more caramel and brown sugar. Along with these flavors, the roasted pumpkin grows a bit more intense with the bready taste fading some, leaving a moderately sweet pumpkin pie like flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are fantastic for the pumpkin pie like tastes of the brew making for a creamy, thick mouthcoating texture one would like with something resembling a pumpkin pie dessert. Overall – This is a very nice and tasty imperial pumpkin ale. A little on the drier side and more roasted pumpkin in nature with a nice blend of flavors and a great feel overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lightbias (115) - USA - SEP 20, 2014
Heavy pumpkin pie aroma with medium-orange liquid, most certainly sent upward by the active carbonation. First taste is bitter with allspice. The other tastes approach quietly; nutmeg, clove and pumpkin, but less bitter, and add vegetables into the game. Good beer, but not really my style. Looking forward to trying the other pumpkin offerings from Elysian!


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