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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale:

This is an extremely well-balanced beer, and an even better-balanced pumpkin beer. Nice medium body with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. The pumpkin flavor is not faint or thin by any means -- but has a freshness and clean finish that some other pumpkin brews lack. Really awesome aroma, too, but again: not overdone. The label boasts over 7 lbs of pumpkin ber parrel and spices include the usual supects: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. But somehow the formula rises to the top of an otherwise cluttered vat of seasonal offerings.

Elysian Night Owl is also a bit cloudy. I generally like this quality because it tells me that the ingredients are properly suspended in the brew and ready to be enjoyed with every sip. It's not a requirement, mind you, but I think in this case it adds to the body and the overall pumpkin experience.

Since one cannot avoid comparing a new pumpkin ale with its predecessors, I'll go on record as saying this Night Owl hangs with the big boys. Just as I place Southampton a little above Shipyard and Saranac because it had the good qualities of both. Well Elysian Night Owl takes that "just right" feeling to a new level: It's "just righter". Night Owl offers enough pumpkinny fun to amuse at a party but it's refined enough to set on the dinner table. Of all the pumpkin brews I've tried, it ranks up there with So. Tier Pumking and Dogfish Head Punk.

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale:

Representation: 1.0
Accessibility: 1.0
Style: .90
Personal Preference: .95

Total Score: 3.85 Flags

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1 comment:

Scott-TheBrewClub said...

Wow. I have to try the Southampton as well as this one. I like the Punkin' and I have the Pumking in the fridge for this weekend!

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