Pumpkin Smasher - Big Muddy Brewing

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 19 | 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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Ratings: 115 | Reviews: 21
Reviews by beatenbyjacks:
Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of NSXAG
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%
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...

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Samp01
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of ToddL
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of peabody
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one is pretty cloudy with sediment in the pour. 1 finger of white suds adorn the top of this brew.
Smell is very spicey with sugary malts and allspice being the prevalent aromas.
Taste is very pumpkin pie but not overwhelming like you would think.
The alcohol is hiden well here and the mouthfeel isn't as sticky as it smells.
Overall I like this beer from Big Muddy and think it is one of their better attempts at seasonal brews.

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has fine particulates floating in suspension. It poured with a half finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate amounts of pumpkin flesh are present in the nose.
T: The taste is a bit sweet and has flavors of pumpkins with hints of nutmeg.
M: It feels a little shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as gimmicky as some of the other pumpkin ales in the style as it isn't overloaded with spices, so it would probably appeal to people who like the pumpkins and not the spices.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of TheRock7755
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not one for pumpkin beers, but this one was surprisingly good. If you generally do not drink this seasonal ale, it is a good one to try.

Photo of TheSarge
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a standard pint glass, and the brew makes a finger and a half head of white, and the body is orangish copper, and is moderately hazy.

The aroma is caramel, pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, and slight veggie.

The taste is nutmeg dominant, some fleshy pumpkin in the middle. a quarter of the way there is an earthy bitterness, and finishes vanilla sweet with a creamy feeling.

Overall medium in body, and soft on the palate in the way of mouth feel.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Got a random sample bottle from my distributor today...I'll never argue with that! It pours a mostly clear sunrise golden-amber topped by a finger or so of off-white foam. The nose comprises mild cinnamon, brown sugar, light pumpkin seed, white bread, light vanilla, and a kiss of maple syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, though, for once, the spices really don't necessarily rule the roost as in other pumpkin beers. Instead, things are balanced with the spices on one end and the decidedly gourd-y pumpkin on the other, with a base of vague sweetness and light breadiness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly creamy feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable pumpkin beers, one that doesn't come close to overdoing things in any direction, which is definitely refreshing for the style.

Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pumpkin, sweet malt, slight pale malt, spices (all spice and cinnamon), and a hint of grass. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, pumpkin, spices (cinnamon and all spice), hint of hops, and strong sweetness. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, feel, and body.

Photo of WestHam973
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Big and Bold with The Spice taste, if you like the nutmeg, cinnamon and spice to hit you this is the one to get

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: Big big foamy head, very cloudy deep-orange body with what looks like a swirl of sediment in the middle. Good lacing.

S: Toffee with some malt background. Simple but pleasant.

T: Sweet butter toffee is strong up front, barely any pumpkin or spices. Caramel finish, distinguished from the toffee in the front. Reminds me of a tourist-trap lakeside town in Michigan. It's ok, still fall themed, but not very pumpkin-ey.

M: Buttery, creamy, leaves a bit of coating in my mouth. Just what I'd expect from a beer that could produce such a huge head.

O: Not really a pumpkin beer, but rather an experiment in drinkable toffee. I'm curious to see what it's like warm up; the flavors would be suitable, in theory. Just not so inclined to bother purchasing another.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Photo of rynegne
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Solid Pumpkin Ale, I like the fact that it's not a complete nutmeg and spice overload like some of the other pumpkin beer options on the market.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: copper honey body, trace head, little lacing

S: light pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, sweet malt

T: same as nose, easy going flavors, mild dry grassy
finish

M: med/light body, crisp/bubbly

O: Not bad, could have a few of these, more on the
lighter side for this style. Proud to support another
IL brewery and have enjoyed their offerings in the
past. Either could be heavier in body or bump
up the flavor profile.

PRETTY GOOD; NOT MUST HAVE!

Photo of thecheapies
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy orange-amber color. Maybe even a semi-dark amber. The head is fizzling out to a translucent layer of single bubbles. Not terribly pretty to look at.

Refreshing, to not get a cornucopia of spices in the nose, and all at once. Some sweet vegetable note of pumpkin or butternut squash. There's a spill of caramel, so it has sweetness, with a note of candi sugar. Has a nice malt representation, but pretty much no hops. Maybe a little stanky with must. Slightly oxidized, too, maybe? Picking up papery notes on-top of a mucky thick beery malt note.

Pumpkin flesh, sweet unbiting ginger, marzipan, fake caramel syrup, and cream soda. Light vanilla, more malt sweetness with a creamy note that hints at orange-y citrus, but barely. Not really picking up that candi sugar note, but something has sweetness-retention. Lingering notes of coriander and hazelnut. Light soapiness. Interesting take on a pumpkin.

Drinks with a lighter bill of carbonation that makes the body sticky wet and over-medium in its pace. The tongue is glazing before I can swish saliva on it. Not sticky, per se, but drinks like a very light syrup.

Needless to say, this was a stab in the dark that ended no one's life. In other words, you can do better with most 'spice bombs' out there. Interesting, sure. But, not great in how it was unique.

Photo of tkdchampxi
4/5  rDev +7.8%

A light, refreshing, pumpkin lager. The "Smasher"in the title must come from how easily one can throw these back.

Light, cool, crisp lager-y qualities, coupled with a faint pumpkin taste - enough to let you know it's there, but it's really on the back end.

I like it. Great mouthfeel. Some dryness on the finish. Not too spicy.

Pumpkin Smasher from Big Muddy Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.