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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10731) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Bottle from Beverages4Less. Pours orange copper with a large off-white head. Aroma is pumpkin spice. Not all that strong. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is quite spicey - definitely a pumpkin pie aspect. Has some pepper. Not bitter. Slightly sweet. Better than most pumpkin ales. Could be an annual thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
22 oz bottle from GM Liquors. Nose of spicy pumpkin (nutmeg, allspice, and maybe a little cinnamon), a bubblegum note, and some background fruitiness. Clear orange copper with a medium off white head. Flavor is spices with some pumpkin, the spices being stronger. Finish is a little pepperiness. A decent pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Pours an apple juice colored amber with a solid shet of creamy suds atop of off-white color. The nose is like spices go wrong, solventy, cardamon-like, and maybe some pumpkin squash-like notes in the very very faint background. The flavors are just a clash of wrongly settled spices...way over-cardamon’d...whether there’s cardamon in it or not, it tastes like cardamon...and its solventy...it tastes like pumpkin pie with way too many spices...the kind that ends up in elementary school cafeterias and in hospitals. I feel like i could breath spice fire right now I see how it somewhat resembles pumpkin pie...but i warn you, its not in a good way...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennisjoel (1161) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Strong cinnamon, pumpkin, corriander, other spice. Decent and better than I thought. Slightly cloying, but not as much as some other high powered pumpking beers. Get it?

Thanks for whoever brought this to Skyview’s tasting. Guerde, I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daleharshman (884) - 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 (1885) - 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 (4386) - 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 (5154) - 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 (2316) - 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!

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