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Cascade Pumpkin Smash
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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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This NW style sour old ale is no trick, itís all treat. We smashed and triple roasted 50 lbs of pumpkin down to 6 lbs, then aged the beer for 11 months on the roasted pumpkin in rum barrels. The aromas of spiced rum, mingled with the soft notes of roasted pumpkin, are notice up front. Spice, roasted pumpkin and rum is followed by a soft warming from within. Be warned, you might get pumpkin smashed!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
75o ml bottle acquired via a trade on BA. Thanks! Opened at our Oscars Sour Lineup. Pours a darker reddish copper pour, a decent haziness leaves the body a bit dulled but the light strikes quite nicely on the edges. A tannish head atop dies down to a small ring clinger overall, light lacing sticks around. Aromas are more pie based than expected, showing distinct pie spice, cinnamon and clove meet touches of dark fruit, caramel and nutmeg. Carmelized malts, brown sugar and sour pumpkin, gentle red fruit touches. Fairly complex overall. Aromas are a bit sweet and sugary, caramel and toffee elements strike, pie spices start to hit the palate with cinnamon, clove, and gentle carmelized sugars. The tartness hits, a decent hit of citrusy lactic life, touches of red fruit, tart and a bit sweet. Lactic presence hits as a firm presence, yogurt and tart, lemony and some red fruit elements, still showing some firm base elements at times. The sourness seems a bit out of place, obviously. Gentle rum elements, brown sugar, gentle warmth as we finish up and lingering tartness. Overall, itís a vast improvement over something like Timmermanís Pumpkin Lambicus, but still feels a bit odd overall. The flavors are good, the flow seems a bit off for me (But I just think thatís my personal preference). A bit warm and sweet at times, but certainly interesting, and a solid beer overall. Definitely not one of my favorite Cascades, but Iím glad I got a chance to try it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (3856) - Burgos, SPAIN - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle @ Rooie Dop brew dungeon, thanks for sharing Mark. Murky orange-reddish colour, thin tan head. Nose is sour, fruity, bit of spices, wood, slightly alcoholic. Flavour is light malty, sour, spicy, bit of caramel malts. Low carbonation, Slightly alcoholic finish. Nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4347) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle. @ Rooie Dop Brew Dungeon. Thanks Mark for the share. The aroma is very fruity, has cherry, wine, lactic tones, citrus. Hazy, red-brown coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is slightly sour with a little more sweetness. Raisin, caramel, rhum, wine, lactic tones, some aceton. Medium bodied, smooth velvety lingering mouthfeel. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (2915) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to Diego. Pours a cloudy brown with small off white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong tart and pumpkin spice. Medium mouthfeel with brown sugar, spice, and light tartness. Hides alcohol well, very good.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (2581) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle with thanks to douglass88! Pours hazy reddish amber with a small tan head and some lacing on the glass. Aroma is tart cherry, oak, dark sugary rum. Not getting much spice on the nose. Flavor is light tart, lightly spiced, fruity (but not really pumpkin), definite rum. Light astringence from time in oak, just a touch of funk for good measure, and a bit of balancing bitterness. Well hidden ABV. There is a lot going on in this beer, and it would be very easy to see it turning into a train wreck, but in Cascadeís hands, it all comes together quite nicely into something that is truly unique, very pleasant to drink, and impossible to write about effectively. Try it yourself!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Thanks go out to epic beer dude MIKE! What a night! He got this for me in a trade. Of course we shared it and it did not disappoint. It was what I was hoping for when I imagined in a pumpkin sour from Cascade. Of course a prominent sour element but surprisingly not too sour. Tiny bit of oak. Spices are muted and blend into a floral perfumey heaven. A sweetness like candied pumpkin jellybeans. Has comfort food appeal like pumpkin/apricot danish. A lot of pumpkin beers have a vegetal element but none present here. Best pumpkin beer ever!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1169) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottle: thanks, Kevin! Dark, murky copper color, completely opaque with a light khaki head. Aroma has notes of mild cinnamon, cherry skin tartness, rum, oak barrel woodiness, & a light lemon skin acidity. Taste is nice & sour with a bit of cherry & lemon, a nice cinnamon & pumpkin spice note with a slight touch of wet hay on the back-end. Itís got that Cantillon feel & taste to it, & itís pretty good, though it isnít necessarily "pumpkin" heavy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4416) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, cola, rum, and sour pumpkin. It pours a hazy dark orange with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with cola and caramel. The finish has light sour pumpkin, lemon, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Itís medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, I think this would be better if it was just a straight up pumpkin beer rather than a sour pumpkin beer,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle:   Deep amber, notes of caramel, thin to moderate frothy tannish head, spotty lacing.   Spicy rum nose, slight cinnamon and nutmeg.   Moreso rum I think.   Nice and tart up front, spicy, nutmeg and cinnamon, with a soft rum background, and a little bit of warming.   Moderate body and mouthfeel... slightly spritzy.   Finishes a touch dry, soft spices, lingering heat and rum.   Pretty tasty.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (1205) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle from my PNW hook-up Chris - thanks! This might be the perfect Thanksgiving beer. Dark amber pour with a slight white head. Pumpkin squash and that classic Cascade sour nose. Not much pumpkin in the taste, but a nice complex rum sour thing that is really yummy. Better as it warms up. This will go well with some pumpkin pie! If only it could be served from a tap sticking out of a carved pumpkin...


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