It wouldn’t be fall without the arrival of pumpkin everything! While I’m not necessarily opposed to this occurrence, I have become somewhat wary of pumpkin beer over the years. There does, however, always seem to be one that catches my eye.
Beer Name: Night Owl
Brewery: Elysian Brewing Company (Seattle, WA). In the interest of full disclosure, this brewery was acquired by AB-Inbev in 2015.
Style: Pumpkin Ale
Description: The rather descriptive label on the bottle tells us that this unfiltered ale was brewed with pumpkin and roasted pumpkin seeds and conditioned with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice to give it that Fall feeling.
Appearance: It poured a cloudy copper orange body with some visible sediment in glass.
Smell: Moderate levels of sweet malt and pumpkin spice.
Taste: Sweet candy malts and earthy pumpkin notes upfront, followed by a moderate “pumpkin spice” blend from the aforementioned conditioning ingredients. The finish saw a return of the sweetness with perhaps just a bit of heat around the edges.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Hype: None on my end. Despite my skepticism about pumpkin beers these past few years, we picked this one up because it fulfilled my theme requirements.
Overall: I liked this and my wife loved it. Speaking for myself, I appreciated that it had actual pumpkin notes to it and achieved a nice balance between the malty sweetness and added spices.