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Pumpkin Smasher - Big Muddy Brewing

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 125
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 40.38%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 09-28-2012

Brewed using real pumpkins and savory pumpkin pie spices giving hints of natural cinnamon and nutmeg. American hops balanced with Pale, Aromatic & Caramel malts create a full-bodied taste and exceptional flavor.
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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 125
Reviews by Goosehunter75:
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3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a honey color with a slight copper haze. One finger white head with average retention

S - I love the smell of this beer. Almost just like a pumpkin pie with a very noticable vanilla in the background

T - Very similar to the aroma. Taste just like a pumpkin pie. Great use of pumpkin and other spices in this beer. Again, it has the perfect use of vanilla in the back as well

M - Awesome mouthfeel on this beer.It really seems to fit the taste if that makes sense. Almost like you have a creamy piece of pumpkin pie in your mouth

O - A wonderful pumpkin beer. One of my favorite pumpkin beers of all time. Its what I think of when I think of a pumpkin beer

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chip26
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Swane
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of csniezek
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of burninggoat
4.64/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JuniperJesus
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - medium amount of lacing and head on this burnt orange see through beer

Smell - cloves! Pumpkin flavor and lots of spices

Taste - again, lots of spices in this one. Nice sweet finish as well.

Mouthfeel - light easy drinker that leaves your mouth wanting more pumpkin

Overall - great pumpkin beer!

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Photo of PatrickG
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dacrza1
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: September 25, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Sam Adams lager.. OCCASION: Shark Tank Season seven begins!... APPEARANCE: light, soft orange-colored body that is hazy; a creamy white head that matches the creamsicle theme; head retention is great; ... AROMA: nutmeg, apple, pumpkin, and toasted bread make for an appealing aroma; gingerbread and cinnamon are also present; some alcohol late... PALATE: initially, creamy at the froth; thin, slightly bubbly at the throat, reminiscent of ginger ale...reasonably easy-drinking... TASTE: the aroma is indicative of Big Muddy's offering--pumpkin, nutmeg, apple, cinnamon, with caramel, gingerbread and soft, floral hops...a veritable garden of flavors that leaves a soft, tangible aftertaste... OVERALL: a spice beer that flirts between an ale and a lager--I lean towards a lager in the mouthfeel and strength...the beer is Autumnal, no doubt, and packages the better flavors of the season in a palatable way...

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Decent layer of thin foam, but not much lacing to speak of. Like golden brown in color. It's not amazing, but I can't complain a whole lot.

Smell: Hef-like banana smell with nutmeg and just a hint of cinnamon. I really like the fruitiness, which gives this a unique touch as far as pumpkin ales go.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is a bit bitter. It seems as if the bittneress comes from orange peel or something along those lines. Not a whole lot of pumpkin itself, but I detect peppery notes and pumpkin spice. A bit too bitter/sour for me. Good yeasty body initially that fizzles in the end a bit.

Overall Drinkability: Definitely a unique beer.

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Photo of JessaR
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of NSXAG
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Has all the pumpkin elements, just doesn't taste very good...

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of caustin90
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-cloudy orange glow,1 finger of yellow tinted head that recedes at a moderate pace. smells of nutmeg and pumpkin.

Deceiving for 6%. Rather light bodied with whispy carbonation. good bit of pumpkin taste with some malt sweetness. just enough spice to balance things. Not overly spice or overly flavored, enough malt to give it enough body to remind you its a beer but finishes thin clean and dry like a soda. pretty good and again, deceptively light for 6%. Could have a bit more in it to remind you it's a beer though, almost like a pumpkin beer soda hybrid but not even close to the way shipyard pumpkin head tastes like pumpkin soda.

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of oso
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.92/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Axthony310
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of Samp01
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark hazy orange amber with a medium white head. Aroma is of mild pumpkin spices and nutmeg, and some caramel malt. Taste same as aroma with some mild hops bitterness. Sweet and mildly bitter on the end. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. This brew is not overly sweet but I would have liked a bit more pumpkin spices in the flavor. Overall still a descent showing for a pumpkin ale, good overall.

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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new Big Muddy seasonal in sixers? Going to give it a whirl.

Poured straight down the middle into a tumbler glass. Initial pour generates a sizable head of foam, rising in a convex dome above the surface. It fades quickly to a feeble broken skim across the surface and ring around the edges. Hazed orange. Zero lace.

Roasted pumpkin aroma, authentic and natural, right on the money. Some minor layers of spice, vanilla and nutmeg.

Flavors are similar, the pumpkin is natural and holds interest. Subtle vanilla and nutmeg, light papery malt in the middle. Dry nutmeg in the aftertaste. Light bodied and slightly watery. Easily drinkable, on my second already. Above average Pumpkin Ale, though Schlafly still holds the crown.

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Pumpkin Smasher from Big Muddy Brewing
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