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Pale Ale - Big Muddy Brewing

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 19.48%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Generous additions of American Cascade hops give a hoppy spicy flavor. We balanced this just a hint of caramel malt sweetness. A delicious American Pale Ale full of fragrant and flavorful hops.

38 IBU

(Beer added by: champ103 on 11-21-2010)
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Reviews by PirateUlf73:
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3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first review in a long while. A pale ale from Southern Illinois, my old stomping ground. Supposedly unfiltered. I am intrigued. 22 oz bomber bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: I got a little excited on the pour, which resulted in a massive white head. Excellent retention and bubbles. The color is a nice clear, medium gold, and not at all what I would have expected from an "unfiltered" ale. Overall, pretty nice eye candy, for a pale ale, anyway.

S: A crisp graininess hits my nose to start, akin to (oddly enough) a decent lager or Kölsch. Perhaps a bit of light, juniper-like hop aroma, but not too much. The substantial head really helped the aromatics emerge, ans I'm not sure that I would have detected much without assistance.

T: Apparently, the modest aromas belied this beer's solid hop offering. Not too little, not too much. A pretty decent balance between hops and barley. Having said that, I found the grain bill to be lacking somewhat. It seemed a tad harsh for my liking. I felt that while the initial balance was nice, the malt could have been a bit sweeter.

M: Fairly light, almost to a medium body. It felt quite smooth on the tongue and going down the hatchet. The flavors seemed to linger for quite a while afterward.

D: If you're a fan of the flavors, then this would make an ideal session pale, though I've not been able to determine the alcohol content.

I had my choice of three beers from this brewery, and the pale ale was definitely a mixed bag. The appearance and mouthfeel were quite lovely, but the smell was weak and the taste left a lot to be desired. However, for a smaller brewery it was a decent effort and I look forward to sampling Big Muddy's other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 06:44:40 | More by PirateUlf73
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A - A nice little cap of white foam graces this peachy-copper beer. The head fades pretty quickly though. Lacing is sparse.

S - Tropical fruit, canned pineapple, and hard white bread. Nice and fresh! Could stand to be a bit more assertive though.

T - Much more hoppy than the nose suggests. Fresh, yeasty, and bready with some pineapple and grapefruit notes leading to a bitter and peppery finish. As it warms it's big on the grapefruit and tongue tingling alpha acids.

M - Medium bodied and well constructed. Finishes bitter and spicy, but well balanced for the style.

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Smell: light caramel and fruit sweetness is all you can detect.

Taste: caramel, pears, apples, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced pale ale.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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A: pale yellow in color, medium to high carbonation with a finger's worth of head

S: reminds me more of a pilsner than a pale but close enough I suppose. A bit of corn maybe, almost like a Miller Lite.

T: Better than a Miller Lite (not by much). A bit of caramel at the back, just not a lot of zing or pep.I would have definitely guessed that this was a pilsner rather than a pale ale.

M: decent carbonation, a little bit of stickiness, just nothing too exciting.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a Stone Imperial Pint glass. Makes a finger thick white head, and the body is copper colored with a mild haze.

He aroma is lemony, and has a slight toffee sweetness.

The taste is more caramel upfront, and then lemony hops intertwines itself to balance the malt.

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Pours pale and a little limp, but the mouthfeel doesn't betray any lack of carbonation. Smells fairly light but nicely balanced: caramely malt, a medium-strength hop profile that's a blend of citrus and flowers, and then a little bit of yeasty alcohol.

Tastes like it smells; like a nicely balanced, medium-strength old-school APA. The malt is a little grassy (maybe this is a wee bit old), and the back end has a lightly unpleasant earthy quality to it, but overall it's solid.

EDIT: as it warms, the yeast profile gets chewier and more complex and does a great job of blotting out the aforementioned earthen nodes. I'm upping the score accordingly.

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Gpolden in color with a little bronze highlights here and there. Very quick head and foam, very mediocre bubbling.

A little caramel malt and mayb some citric hops. Very simple aroma.

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3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into multiple pint glasses. Thanks to emerge077 for sharing!

A: Pours a light gold-ish orange. A slightly soapy/rocky off white head formed on top before receeding down to a thin skim. Lace was minimal but what was left behind was pretty.

S: Hmmmm. Pretty straight-up old skool Pale Ale aroma. Toasty, caramel-y, and with the slightest kiss of floral hops.

T: Slightly better than the nose. Hops become more prominent in the taste and take on a slightly aspirin-like medicinal tone.

M: Quite good. Hints of slickness that lead into some suprising bitterness.

O: Sort of ho-hum. While I always appreciate the chance to be able to try out of the way stuff like this, deep down I'm always hoping that these unknowns are gonna bring it! No too much this time.

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3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Poured a golden yellow color with a small quarter inch head. There was little carbination but a fair amount of lacing. Although not as hoppy as an IPA, it tasted pretty close to a typicial IPA. This beer was suprisingly clear for an "unfiltered ale". The hops flavor appeared to increase as the glass and the beer warmed.

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4.03/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a clear golden yellow body with a swirling storm of microbubbles that support a thick head of white foam that last a good while and holds its shape pushing above the glass.

S- The green herbal hops have just a touch of field corn and some flinty mineral notes in the finish.

T- The pils malt is crisp with a touch of light crystal malt with a sweetness that cuts the carbonic acid in the finish. There is also a raw barley taste the leads to the pine herbal green snap in the finish that is pretty dry. There is a lingering bitter note that takes on a pungency as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a fizzy scrubbing finish and no alcohol heat. It has a very crisp texture.

O- The nice crisp easy drinking pale ale has full bitterness to the hops with some nice floral notes that are a little soft. There is a good support by some malt flavors making this interesting and easy to drink.

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09-08-2011 21:40:07 | More by rhoadsrage
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Pale Ale from Big Muddy Brewing
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