TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2017 GABF 2006. I was initially surprised at how many pumpkin beers they had at GABF. I was, for some reason, jonesing for pumpkin beers. This was my first of the lot. Muddy orange. Nose is pumpkin pie mix, spice, ginger, and cinnamon. Taste is gingerbread cookies mixed with home made pumpkin pie. Not overdone on the spice. Rather drinkable. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Ends with more pumpkin pie flavors, light cookie, and spices. Nice stuff! oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle on 9/24/2017. Didn't realize I had rated this prior but glad I got a full bottle. Muddy orange with a short, dense, tan head. Nose is pumpkin pie spices, light caramel, and hints of pumpkin pie. Taste is close to Pumking but also taste similar to a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on it. Body is a bit thinner compared to Pumking and overall not as rich and decadent. Medium overall with a moderate, prickly carbonation. Ends with more pumpkin pie spices, sweet malt, light caramel and hints of pumpkin pie.
Pours a thick hazy orange with tons of chunks and a small beige head. Aroma is very strong of gingerbread, cinnamon, and spice. It has flavors of malts, carrot cake, hops, and nutmeg. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2006
GABF 06. Orange with a small to medium off white head. Aroma is spices and malt. Taste is assertive spices, pumpkin, and malt. Very well balanced...very fresh. Tastes like a fresh slice of pumpkin pie. Very well done. patrick767 (4352) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2006
tap at the brewpub - Pours amber with a malt and spice aroma. The flavor is malt, pumpkin, and spices, as one might expect. The pumpkin and spice flavors are nicely balanced and quite tastey, as long as you don’t mind some pretty assertive spices, and I don’t. Don’t expect much hops here. Enjoyable. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a nice tan head on top. Aroma is amazing! Smells just like pumpkin pie. I absolutely love this smell and this time of the year. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and spice. Flavor is liquid pumpkin pie. Tasting pumpkin with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg as if that were the crust of the pie. Such a nice beer to drink during the fall months, especially with football on and the weather cooling down just a bit. More bottles will be purchased and this will be experienced on tap!
DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained 22-Dec-05 in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks André!) Okay, now this is the way to do a pumpkin beer! Some might not like that this beer is sweet and very heavily spiced with nutmeg and I think cinnamon, but this tasty libation is pumpkin pie in liquid form. But what really pushes this pumpkin beer stand out is the solid malt base. We’re not talking about taking a nasty beer and throwing in some spices to cover it up. This would probably be a decent amber beer even without the spices, and I think that makes all the difference in the world. Bitterness is quite mild too, so there’s no interference, no combat for supremacy from the hops. A great flavor, and unlike almost all pumpkin beers I’ve tried, the aftertaste is still delicious. The nose is equally enjoyable, boasting a nice mix of sweet, pumpkin pie spices and caramely malts. Medium "plus" in body, and perhaps the sweetness might get a little cloying after drinking a full bomber, but two pints of a pumpkin beer is a lot anyway. Carbonation is fairly mild, but I think too much carbonation would detract from the tastiness of this beer. Rather orange in color, which is appropriate I suppose, but the beer is fairly cloudy, not to mention all the large particles that are circulating around in the beer. Unfortunately, the off-white head doesn’t build much height on the pour, settles to a wide ring and leaves no lacing on the glass, so appearance isn’t this beer’s strong suit. Regardless, I’m quite sure that this is one of the finest pumpkin beers I’ve ever tried. I usually avoid them like the plague, but if I were to see this on tap somewhere, I would definitely order a pint. Tasty stuff! 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.