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Pumpkin Smasher - Big Muddy Brewing

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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 09-28-2012)
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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ToddL:
Photo of ToddL
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had two of these beers with pizza one night, I dont like pumpkin pie at all so didn't know if i would like this. Was pleasantly surpised. When poured in a glass it had a nice coppery color and a nice sweet spicey smell. A medium bodied beer with a slightly sweet pumpkiny flavor with some other spicey flavors mixed in. Not a lot of aftertase This was like a desert wine of beers. wouldn't want to drink more than a couple of these in one sitting but looking forward to the next one I get to drink.

ToddL, Jun 03, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

chip26, Sep 19, 2014
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JuniperJesus, Oct 01, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +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!

beatenbyjacks, Oct 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

PatrickG, Sep 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Dinobambam, Sep 11, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

tjsdomer2, Oct 27, 2012
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2.56/5  rDev -31.2%

JessaR, Sep 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

larryarms847, Aug 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

caustin90, Sep 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Chrixsus, Oct 20, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

jtierney89, May 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Eaglefan344, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

oso, Aug 03, 2013
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2.92/5  rDev -21.5%

Rowold27, Sep 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Axthony310, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Samp01, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

emerge077, Oct 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

DNofBN, Nov 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

enelson, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of matjack85
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $7.99 a six pack. First time I ever tried anything from this brewery. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy pale orange color and made a 1½-finger creamy white head that lasted a little over a munute. There wasn't much lacing - just a few slippery spots that slid quickly back into the glass, Nothing that stuck.

The beer certainly smelled like what a pumpkin ale should smell like. Nice pumpkin aroma along with all the pumpkiun pie spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

The taste followed the smell only not as strong as I had hoped for. Mild pumplin flavor with light cinnamon and nutmeg. Only the clove came through at full strength.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Not a bad pumpkin ale, but nowhere near as good as Southern Tier's version.

matjack85, Jan 21, 2013
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Pumpkin Smasher from Big Muddy Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.