Wednesday, September 28

Beer Review: Elysian Brewing The Great Pumpkin

From the website:

Imperial Pumpkin Ale


Pours deep copper with ghostly white head. Intense pumpkin, sugar and spice on the nose with a nice bready and malty backdrop to tame all those autumn spices into a remarkably smooth, balanced and delectable fall treat.

Pale, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45° L Crystal malts

Bittered with Magnum

Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.

ABV: 8.1% (Actually the bottle is 7.7% ABV.)

IBU: 20

Fall Seasonal — 22 oz bottles"

Elysian has usually had Night Owl Pumpkin Ale around, but this year they went all out and released 3 other pumpkin brews in bottles. I grabbed this beer, and the pumpkin stout to try and review. They also were involved in a collaboration beer with New Belgium Brewing, and created "Kick", a sour pumpkin brew which I haven't seen or tried yet. I hope to get some. I paid $9 for this bottle which I think is fare, and the same for the stout which I think is too much. It is however more of a rare beer.

Appearance: (3.5)
- Nice dark semi-cloudy squashy looking brew. Rich caramel color, and very minimal off-white head. Not more than a finger from a heavy pour, and a small ring and an island of light foam that looks like Australia.

Smell: (4.5)
- A hearty rich, and festive smelling brew for sure. Lovely sweet malts, bready caramel, and big roasty squash, and seeds. Lovely clove and cinnamon flare to it as well. Smells very good and balanced. Spicy.

Taste: (4.0)
- Nice sweet pumpkin brew here. Crisp clean water, nice pumpkin pie flare, and great nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon spices. Perhaps a little herbal and earthy quality from the allspice. Great balance, perfect strength, and not a noticeable amount of alcohol at all. This is what I think the Night Owl should be, and then maybe imperialize this further.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Nice medium body, well carbonated, and slightly creamy smooth. Little puckering and chewy from the spices and malt. Certainly very good.

Overall: (4.0)
- Solid pumpkin brew, and is more complex than some of the other big favorite pumpkin beers out there. Price is a bit steep, but that doesn't affect my judging of the fluid inside. Very solid, but a bit light for what I think an imperial should be. Nice complex, and balanced beer.

A- / 4.08

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