It may feel like summer, but to the folks at Elysian Brewing Company the warm weather that’s finally arrived in Seattle is a reminder that pumpkin season is on its way. In fact, it won’t be long before the Night Owl Pumpkin Ale hits local shelves – release is scheduled for August 15. Night Owl has become a Northwest fall classic, brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel added at all three phases of brewing (mash, kettle and fermenter). It’s also spiced in conditioning, with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. In Beer Advocate, the Alstrom brothers gave Night Owl high marks, remarking on the melon-like quality of the pumpkin, combined with spicing which “slowly strolls hand in hand with the balancing hop bitterness.” They also rank it as “one of the most complex pumpkin ales we’ve had to date.”
Down to the hooting details: Night Owl is an easy-drinking pumpkin ale made with Pale, Munich and Crystal malts, green and roasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. It is bittered with Magnum hops and spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. 5.9% ABV, 18 IBU.
Available in Draft and 22oz bottles.