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RATINGS: 510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. To fully enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheeses, nuts, lamb, hearty stews and desserts like flan or pumpkin pie. Chefs find this an excellent beer to cook with in dishes such as braised short ribs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daleharshman (855) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less ($7.99). Pours a clear orange-amber color with one finger of white-ish head that disappears into absolute nothingness in an instant. Mild aroma of spice (nutmeg), some malts, and sickly sweet fruit (I’m getting cherry and strawberry). Not much pumpkin in the nose. Somewhat of an improvement in the flavor in which the spices are most noticeable (pumpkin pie spices of course -- nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice). There’s a nice level of sweetness to this but I might have preferred more pumpkin flavor and less spice. Feels light for a nine percenter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1840) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2009
amber pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is biscuity and caramel maltiness with some pumpkin spice and a grassy herbal hop presence as well. The spice aroma in this one is played down a little bit, which is fine with me. Flavour is more pumpkin spice, nutmeg is prominant. sweet malt backbone. Somebody down there said sweet potato/cinnamon...and I totally get that in the finish as well. Not much of the hops that were faintly present in the aroma though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Skyview Tasting 2.5. Orange color with no head. Aroma of dry grains and a bit of spices. Way more spices in the flavor, as it is pretty much all nutmeg and allspice. A moderate amount of pumpkin pokes through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2009
From 22-oz bottle and shared at MN gathering. Pours a dark copper amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin, some caramel malt, and toasted white bread. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, nutmeg, cinnamon, and caramel. Finish is semi-sweet with a lingering sweet potato, nutmeg and cinnamon aftertaste. One of the more spiced pumpkin ales I’ve tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
I don’t usually like pumpkin beers at all, but I really enjoyed this. I find pumpkin beers much too sweet, but the flavor of the Smashed Pumpkin is more complex than the others in its subtlety. The fall spices are there but do not over shadow the natural pumpkin flavors. The nose is really the highlight of the entire experience. It smells just like grandma’s pumpking pie from childhood (not to mention fall in the Midwest with its myriad of aromas and sensations all foriegn to the muggy seansonless state of FL in which I’ve been living for the last four years).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pumpkin and spices on the nose, mellow spices, a light citrus, very malty nost. Pours golden amber with a thin white head. Very nice pumpkin flavor, the spices are very mellow (which i like a lot), malty caramel, nutmeg, baked pumpkin, sweet potato, hints of citrus, the flavors blend well. Very nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Guerde (1148) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
(bottle) Pours copper with no head whatsoever. The aroma is pretty much non-existent, there might be some light pumpkin here, but otherwise the aroma is barely imperceptible. The taste is decent though, with some baked pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The finish carries on with some more baked pumpkin, but everything is really restrained here. I guess you could call this a poor man’s Pumking,and at $9 a bottle I can’t justify a repeat purchase. Gets better as it warms though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
A light orange color with no head. Light pumpkin on the aroma. Strong pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin on the body. Strange, the bottle I had on Thursday seemed to have a much stronger aroma than this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Chestnut red / amber with a bit of white head. Aroma is nutmeggy with fermented fruity berry notes. Taste contains the standard pumpkin pie spicing, and the combination of sweetness and tannin content gives a bit of a medicinal edge. Gingerbready notes burn a bit into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - SEP 10, 2009
pours rich red/orange with very little white head. aroma is of spice, alcohol, pumpkin, red fruits. drinks the same with the spice rising above the pumpkin and the high 9% alcohol dominating the finish. its good, but i bet it’ll be best when aged. very warming

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