Pale Ale
Big Muddy Brewing

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Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States
American Pale Ale
3.08 | pDev: 17.86%
Oct 11, 2015
Nov 21, 2010
Pale AlePale Ale
Notes: 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
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Rated: 3.24 by Walnut from Missouri

Oct 11, 2015
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Reviewed by JLaw55 from Missouri

3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Tasted from a bomber poured into a .5 liter dimpled mug. This one did not have any dating on it whatsoever, inspected it multiple times. Would assume fairly fresh though as it just popped up in my local store, which I frequent quite a bit. It was not there a couple of weeks ago. Also, did not have even an ABV rating anywhere on it either. Odd.

Anyways, this one was drinkable, but not great. Like I said, no date anywhere on it, but under the circumstances I would believe it was pretty fresh. The problem is, it still tasted old and stale. Not the kind of old where it breaks down or the hops fade, the kind of old where it just tastes like old, dried up, stale hops. The malt backbone that accompanies it is not especially pleasant either. It has a funny off flavor I can't quite put my finger on. Kind of stale too I suppose, with a hint of funkiness.

It was also medium bodied at first, but as I drank it further and it warmed, it become more an more watery. It became quite thin, so much so it was like the beer had been mixed with water. Very odd.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No
May 21, 2015
Rated: 3 by HarmonMW from Missouri

Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 3 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Aug 31, 2014
Rated: 3 by Fatty_Mccracken from Illinois

Aug 21, 2014
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.29/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange/amber color with an off-white head of bubbly foam. It smelled of citrusy hops with hints of pine. There was a good bit of caramel in the nose, too. It tasted of sweet caramel with a nice bitter hop kick.
Jul 02, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by jschwei from Illinois

May 26, 2014
Rated: 3 by t8dd from Illinois

Mar 25, 2014
Rated: 3 by jheezee from Texas

Mar 01, 2014
Rated: 3 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Jan 12, 2014
Rated: 3 by Kahlstrom from Missouri

Jul 16, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by tbergsli from Illinois

May 15, 2013
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Reviewed by pmcadamis from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.

I'm glad this came in a big 650ml bottle since it's a great choice for a session brew if you are in the mood for hops.
Apr 20, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by WDJersey from Colorado

Feb 28, 2013
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

3.29/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/2" head.

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.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Mildly refreshing. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a mellow pale ale that is easy to drink. Definitely more fruity than bitter.
Feb 22, 2013
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Reviewed by slammo from New York

3.44/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I like this pale ale better than many bees I have tried. That may not say much but I rate this a lot higher than it's score denotes. The pour was somewhat average as the appearance and color were also. The head did not stick around, but the nose and taste were very pleasant. And that's why I give it a better score. In a sea of mediocre ales and beers, this one stood a little higher than that.
Jan 25, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by brn9000 from Illinois

Aug 08, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by EvanWilliams from Illinois

Feb 12, 2012
Rated: 2 by whartontallboy from New York

Feb 11, 2012
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Reviewed by antoines15 from Indiana

1.91/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
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.

O: Not good. Tastes like something I made as a first attempt at homebrewing. #NotACompliment #SaveYourMoney
Feb 02, 2012
Rated: 2 by enelson from Illinois

Feb 02, 2012
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Reviewed by TheSarge from Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +28.2%
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.

Feels well carbonated, wetting to the palate and actually was a little tastier than I thought.
Jan 21, 2012
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Where the hell is Murphysboro? And where did I even find this? Did it just magically appear in my fridge? Shit--it'd be remarkably easy to poison me. All it would take is an empty beer bottle and someone who was okay at graphic design. Just slap some random adjectives on there, along with the word "ale," and I will eventually drink whatever is in that bottle.

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.
Jan 09, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by IPAnoah from Illinois

Jan 03, 2012
Rated: 3 by Jenray from Texas

Nov 20, 2011
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Reviewed by scruffwhor from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Awesome one more IL brewery to taste and enjoy.

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.

Taste starts with lightly toasted mats that brings out a flavor of bread crust. Hop bitterness adds a layer of gras, molting flowers, and some orange peel, faintly.

Very simple palate, a little syrupy, but with nice carbonation on the tongue. Good session ale, but not worth many accolades.
Nov 05, 2011
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Reviewed by GbVDave from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
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.
Oct 09, 2011
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Reviewed by gerite from Alabama

3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Served from a 22oz bottle poured into a frosted pint glass.

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.

This brew was fairly light compared to my usual selections. The hops flavor seemed to linger in the mouth. Overall the beer was an average pale ale with no remarkabe qualities.
Sep 15, 2011
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Reviewed by rhoadsrage from Illinois

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.
Sep 08, 2011
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

The last of the Big Muddy beers. Not a long ride, by any means, but an entertaining one. This finale pours a hazy amber-kissed straw topped by over a finger of harsh white foam. Tiny floaties swim idly by within. The nose comprises wheat, very light lemon peel, and a touch of puffed rice. The taste holds notes of lemon peel, dark greens, light plastic, musty wheat, and grass. This really doesn't taste very good at all. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta grainy feel. Overall, this is a pretty sad pale ale. Straight up.
Aug 31, 2011
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Reviewed by Dhren1979 from Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: 22 oz Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden yellow that is semi-transparent. Fluffy white head that holds its own for quite a while. Impressive.

S: Very light citrus hops and even some grassy hop aroma. A slight pale malt aroma is also observed.

T: Seems a little bit watered down, which is surprising for its ABV%. I do taste some pale malts along with some grassy bitter hoppy ending.

M: Quite light on the palat. Also very lightly carbonated. Crisp finish.

O:'s alright at best. There is definitely room for improvement with this brew. I am; however, that I did finally try this relatively new brewery. At about $2.99-$3.99 a bomber it is worth trying, but brewery does have some room for improvement on this Pale Ale.
Aug 12, 2011
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Reviewed by AgentZero from Illinois

2.26/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Shared by Chris at our 4th of July get together. Apparently a $2.99 bottle, hard to turn down.

A - Golden colored beer, with a decent sized white head. No real stick left on the sides.

S - Some fairly watered down hops, mostly citrus fruit, maybe a little grass. Some pale malts.

T - This is actually pretty bad. Watery, a little sweet, some citrus hops. It's a little bit grassy, but none of this is really working and not going together.

M - Lighter bodied, soft carbonation.

O - This is a beer I wouldn't buy for $2.99. If it were my only choice I'd just drink water instead. Pass on this if you see it.
Jul 07, 2011
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Reviewed by PirateUlf73 from Illinois

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 K├Âlsch. 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.
Apr 27, 2011
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Reviewed by TheWhiskerReview from Tennessee

2.18/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours a brilliant golden yellow with a small white head which disappears quickly and smells subtle and straightforward with faint apricot, citrus and white flower notes. There's a touch of cereal grain in there too. Everything is mild on the palate. Weak malt and weak hops. It's balanced enough, but much like their Kincaid Wheat, lacks a lot of flavor.
Mar 21, 2011
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pale orange body, high clarity. Slim cap of foam, recedes to a ring connected to an island. Looks fairly typical for the style.

Nondescript grainy pale malt aroma, hops are somewhat grassy.

Dry and bitter, very simple with ample grassy hop bitterness. Light malt presence, buttered bread, pretty light with a slightly mellow feel. Some dried citrus peel hop flavor, though the grassiness dominates. Quenching and drinkable, suited best to warm weather. Seems to fit the profile of an English Pale more than American, fairly mild overall with no flaws to speak of.

An easy drinking "simple by design" session ale aimed squarely at craft novices to ease them into drinking better beer. Simplicity is underrated... obviously no one is trying to reinvent the wheel here.
Jan 28, 2011
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Reviewed by jsh420 from Illinois

2.52/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
pour clear golden yellow with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells of a good amount of citrus (orange a little grapefruit)

taste is a huge mess - watery flavors of citrus hops and pale malts

mouthfeel is decent light body with good carbonation

drinkability - why even bottle a beer if it tastes this bad - honestly they didnt think this pale ale was better then AB's???

i fear drinking the other 2 beers made by this brewery
Jan 17, 2011
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

3.62/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Tres Hombres in Carbondale IL.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color. A very minimal white head forms with no retention, and a light watery film of lace.
S: A mellow citrus, grapefruit, and grassy hop aroma. Not much else.
T: Follows the nose. Pretty much some citrus and grapefruit hops. Very mellow without a lot of bitterness. A light sweetness for balance.
M/D: A medium body that is really crisp, clean, and dry. Easy to drink. I can quaff a few with ease.

A nice pale ale. Nothing out of the ordinary, but enjoyable. Hopefully the Southern Illinois area will enjoy lots of these during Saluki games. I know I would if I still lived in Carbondale.
Nov 21, 2010
Pale Ale from Big Muddy Brewing
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 37 ratings