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Pumpkin Smasher - Big Muddy Brewing

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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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Reviews by beatenbyjacks:
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

10-11-2013 21:52:28 | More by beatenbyjacks
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-15-2012 03:22:55 | More by csniezek
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

10-01-2012 12:25:12 | More by JuniperJesus
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

09-04-2013 12:36:19 | More by Reappropriated
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

10-27-2012 20:36:42 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of larryarms847


5/5  rDev +33.7%

08-03-2013 15:41:41 | More by larryarms847
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4/5  rDev +7%

10-20-2012 00:10:44 | More by Chrixsus
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

05-29-2013 23:07:16 | More by jtierney89
Photo of oso


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-03-2013 04:23:29 | More by oso
Photo of emerge077


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

10-06-2012 01:30:56 | More by emerge077
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4/5  rDev +7%

11-01-2012 19:45:24 | More by DNofBN
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-03-2012 19:55:26 | More by enelson
Photo of ToddL


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

06-03-2013 04:25:08 | More by ToddL
Photo of matjack85


3.76/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

01-21-2013 07:00:36 | More by matjack85
Photo of peabody


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

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.

10-18-2012 03:08:52 | More by peabody
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-12-2013 18:26:16 | More by Kubrickx
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4/5  rDev +7%

10-03-2012 14:42:31 | More by Packman4IL
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-24-2014 19:13:33 | More by basili1250
Photo of TheSarge


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

10-14-2012 23:31:03 | More by TheSarge
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

10-27-2013 15:20:18 | More by pstam87
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

09-20-2013 13:21:08 | More by Thorpe429
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

04-27-2013 01:37:40 | More by InfragilisBrew
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-08-2014 13:17:34 | More by WCW
Photo of TMoney2591


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

09-28-2012 04:59:13 | More by TMoney2591
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-17-2013 01:57:03 | More by Docrock
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Pumpkin Smasher from Big Muddy Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.