harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2006
This is a very solid spicy beer, with the malt background to back up all the spiciness. Not overwhleming clove and cinnamon like some others I have tried. Ample, but not overpowering, with rich pumpkin pie flavors mixed with some cinnamon, nutmeg and applie pie spice and just a lingering bit of ginger in the aftertaste. Very soothing and settling on the palate. acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Pours cloudy dark amber. Aroma of spices, especially nutmeg and cardamom. Flavor is decent, but a little watery, especially compared to the Great Pumpkin. Hints of pumpkin and the strong spices combine for a nice brew, and if it weren’t watery, it’d be awesome. Fortunately, the Great Pumpkin is all these things! Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bomber. Pours clear dark tan, solid carbonation produces a nice grey thin head with small bubbles. Fantastic aroma- pulpy pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, everything you would expect from a Thanksgiving dessert. Taste is lively and spicy up front with more cinnamon. Sweet, subtle pumpkin flavors lie underneath the hearty spices. Finish is just a little bitter. Main downfall is the mouthfeel, which was far too watery. What a great pumpkin beer though, easily the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had. I hoist my glass in honor of the Seahawks, who play in Super Bowl XL today! TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Pumpkin ale is the perfect beer to enjoy during the Fall season, and this style is usually available from September to November. I am a huge fan of this beer style, and Night Owl is one of the most complex and delicious versions of pumpkin ale I had had the pleasure of trying. This beer is brewed with 150 lbs of pumpkin meat in each batch along with pale, Munich, and crystal malts. Along with the pumpkin meat, green and roasted pumpkin seeds are added to the mash, boil, and fermenter. Horizon hops are used to bitter this beer, and then in the conditioning tanks this beer is spiced with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. This makes for a very delicious, flavorful beer perfect to sit and relax with on a cool October afternoon.
Night Owl pours to a beautiful, burnt orange color with a thick and creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful with complex aromas of sweet malt and spice. Lots of good sweet malty aromas combine with pumpkin pie aromas of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The palate on this beer is firm, with hearty malt flavors of biscuit, and sweet malt, paired with spicy/squashy flavors of pumpkin in the back ground. Night Owl finishes with more malt and pumpkin flavors up front, then ends with a spicy pumpkin pie spice flavors that linger on the tongue.
This is outstanding pumpkin ale that showcases real flavors of pumpkin meat with lots of real pumpkin pie aromas and flavors. What I really love about this beer is the spices do not overpower the malt and pumpkin flavors, and you really get the sense you are drinking a slice of pumpkin pie. If you find yourself in Seattle in the Fall, this beer is a must try on draught, or can be taken away in 22oz bottles at the brewpub, for $3 a bottle. Night Owl is a beer to savor and enjoy with crisp weather, or a nice beer to have with a desert of pumpkin pie with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. At 6.1% abv it is the kind of beer you can have a few of, and just a great beer to enjoy and relax with taking in a football game or a good book. lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Aroma: cream, all-spice, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, cinnamon, and raw pumpkin seeds
3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Appearance: murky orange-brown, small, cream colored head, little lacing
Flavor: meaty pumpkinness, lite cinnamon, all-spice, and pumpkin pie spice, little buttery
Palate: smooth and spicy, slightly soapy with meaty pumpkin aftertaste
22oz bottle. Slightly murky orange colored body. Semi-sweet nose of squash and pumpkin, more of a raw smell to the pumpkin vegetable than a spicy pumpkin-pie scent - up front that is. Over time, as it warms, there’s more of a creamy pumpkin pie flavor that develops. Moderately acidic, medium body - some effervescent sourness and a bit of a starchy veggie flavor. A little to soapy and acidic, but has some mild wood spiciness over time. Oakes (18472) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Copper-amber colour. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove aroma, with soft caramel maltiness. Sweet flavour is heavy on the cinnamon, with accents of clove and rich caramel maltiness. Sticky sweet spicy finish. Pretty good balance between the malt and spice, but not such good balance between malt and hops. Might be mullable, though, which is a neat bonus feature. shadey (2148) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 15, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2011 Dark amber color with very little head. Aroma is massive and enticing. Tons of delicious spice. My review is short because I can’t stop sipping at this beer. Very nice.pinkzambia (2069) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2005
22oz bottle. Pours a dark beet color with only wisp white swirls on top. I describe the aroma as imperial pumpkin pie. It’s a darker, spicier, more rich pumpkin pie. I can describe the flavors in much the same way. There is a big, but pleasant up-front sweetness and a trailing spiciness. This beer is all about the coming fall season and very well done. Just like the first time I had it, I can’t help but keep taking sip after sip in an effort to keep that flavor on my tongue.
Bottle: Interesting . . . the orangish color is cloudy with an off-white head and runny lacing. It has aromas that resemble what I would imagine what it would be like if a pumpkin could fart. I would have expected the taste to be a little more flat, yet it is tangy and vinegar-like. The one plus is that thevery first aftertaste is pumpkin pie, but it quckly resorts back to the sour and tangy taste that doesn’t fit a pumpkin. Not bad, but certainly not a regular. Props to Indiana_Red for the hook up on this one. IndianaRed (4933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2010 Bottle Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a small quickly dissipating off white head and thick clinging lacing. Aroma is light pumpkin spice and some vanila and cinnamon. Flavor was sour vinnegary. Feel was thin but smoth and had a fairly high carbonation. The spices come through again on the trailer. Overall the pumpkin is subtle.
I’ll never get used to these I guess.
6/30/10. Has this on tap at Brewforia and it was a great, lightly spiced pumpkin delight. If I hadn’t known it was a pumpkin ale I might have been hard presed to nail that. Adding a few more points as I reconsider.