Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA, USA)


Night Owl Pumpkin Ale – Elysian Brewing (AB-InBev), 5.9% ABV, 1 pt. 6 fl.oz., (Seattle, Washington, USA)

on the front-right label:

“Ale brewed with pumpkin & pumpkin seeds & fermented with spices. Our original pumpkin ale is brewed with over 7 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice.”


  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Sweet toffee malt pumpkin spiced brown sugar but thin  & short length
  • Where I got it : 16th Street Liquor / W.Van
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt 6 fl.oz., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: (Cellared 3 years). Pours reddish brown without much head, thin hazy layer of retention, some bubbles here and there.

Nose: brown sugar barley malt with background pumpkin spices. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp, thicker mouthfeel, light tingly

Mid-palate: cinnamon, toasted pumpkin sweet-dense, toffee barley malt, allspice, (lvl-7)-a tad cloying sweetness, brown sugar

Finish: nutmeg-clove/root beer, lingering barley malt sweetness.

Summary: Pretty smooth entry with a decent amount of pronounced spices and a light-medium bodied/short length barley malt backbone. It becomes slightly cloying and taxing on the palate halfway through a glass; Still the flavours are agreeable.