Pumpkin Smasher
Big Muddy Brewing

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Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #126
Ranked #23,035
3.73 | pDev: 14.48%
Nov 02, 2021
Sep 28, 2012
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Notes: 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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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz bottle, no date, into Southern Grist pink logo snifter.

Has a very bold amber-orange color with a head that fizzles to nothing within seconds.

Aroma brings equal amounts of grain and gourd. Very slight nutmeg, some metallic notes from the glass.

Flavor brings robust chunky pumpkin followed by light notes of cinnamon, light brown sugar, allspice, and nutmeg. Has flecks of sourness, maybe bacteria hasn't taken hold yet. Has mild hoppiness and mild nuttiness with moderate malt presence. The pumpkin stays throughout the profile.

Feel is very carbonated, too carbonated for my liking, with mild alcohol heat and some slight dryness and pucker on the back end.

Overall, all things considered with how bad pumpkin beers can be, I'll still bump up the overall to a "4". It's a well-made pumpkin beer and could be much worse given the style. A semi-sweet treat that doesn't overdo it on gimmick or cloy. Give it a try at least once.

$1.99 @ Binny's in Peoria

Nov 02, 2021
3.99 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Sep 27, 2021
3 by JLaw55 from Missouri on Sep 19, 2021
3.8 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Oct 17, 2020
3.74 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Oct 14, 2020
3.75 by toast9 from New Jersey on Sep 19, 2020
4.37 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Sep 06, 2020
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2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Update of Pumpkin Beer from 2013-2019 Blind Tastings.


Oct 14, 2019
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Big Muddy Brewing "Pumpkin Smasher"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "08:26 1938SP" not that that means anything
$1.99 @ Roger Wilco, Pennsauken, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's still a little early for pumpkin beers in my opinion but the weather is getting colder, and the days shorter, so I might as well try this right now. It's 6.0% abv which isn't that strong, but I don't exactly need anything to warm my bones right now anyway. It's poured a very hazy, no, even cloudy, body beneath a two-finger thick head of densely creamy off-white foam. The body is amber to deep amber in color. I wonder if I was supposed to pour this carefully, there's nothing on the label about it. The head looks great but the murky body is off-putting. In the nose I clearly get pumpkin pie. It's not just the spices, there's more to it, it's sweetish and cake-like. They must have used an extract from Amoretti or something - if not they did an excellent job of recreating the aroma, it actually smells like a pumpkin pie. Very nice! The head has now dropped but it's trying to hold together a solid surface covering. I haven't even had a sip yet, and there's no lacing either. That probably has to do with the spices or extract. On to the flavor... it's not as "pumpkin pie" as the aroma would have you think it would be, nor is it as sweet. It seems a little thin overall but there's some nice bready and lightly caramelish malt, and a nice note of vanilla - but there's also something odd and unpleasant, which may be coming from the actual pumpkin. Weird. It lingers like artificial sweetener as well, which is also very odd. I'm not liking this one. In the mouth it's medium-light in body and delicately crisp. If you're a fan of pumpkin beers I'd say go ahead and give it a shot, but otherwise I'd pass.
Review# 6,247

Sep 21, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Frizman from Missouri

Excellent beer. Not overwrought or artificial tasting like so many pumpkin ales.

Sep 20, 2018
3.91 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 23, 2018
3.82 by ConnorMobs from Missouri on Jun 27, 2018
4.25 by Python6586 from Pennsylvania on Aug 22, 2017
3.54 by AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin on Nov 21, 2016
3.5 by mikr from New Jersey on Oct 12, 2016
4.21 by foundersfan1 from Missouri on Jan 23, 2016
Photo of ordybill
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ordybill from Georgia

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a murky dull copper colored beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is full of pumpkin, malt, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. The taste is a perfect match of the aroma and is an excellent example of a pumpkin ale.

Dec 22, 2015
3.75 by chefhatt from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2015
3.75 by Rojada1988 from Pennsylvania on Dec 03, 2015
3.73 by Washuffizi98 from Tennessee on Dec 02, 2015
3.49 by zaraspook from Illinois on Nov 12, 2015
3.75 by kinmundy77 from Illinois on Nov 02, 2015
3.73 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2015
Photo of Suds
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Suds from Missouri

Pumpkin beers are hit or miss. This one is better than most. The spice is present, but not overdone. The smell has nutmeg and clove, but not overpowering. The taste is sweet, but balanced with bitterness and the spice. Great mid taste. Full in body. Well done.

Oct 24, 2015
3.81 by SPLITGRIN from Kentucky on Oct 24, 2015
4 by jagada from Pennsylvania on Oct 23, 2015
Photo of MaximalC
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by MaximalC from Illinois

Pours a murky, muddy, amber color with a modest head of cream-colored suds. Spicy aroma smells of cinnamon and allspice, along with trace amounts of pumpkin and dilute hops.

The taste is very cohesive, sporting an equitable blend of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, earthy hops, and traces of toffee. A mild tang, probably from the yeast, manifests as well. The gestalt effect of pumpkin pie comes through especially nicely in the finish. Medium body is quite substantive for the style, while mild carbonation is just present enough to lend some texture.

Overall, this is one of the best pumpkin ales I’ve had. I’d probably have to compare this and Whole Hog side by side to say which I prefer, and that’s saying something. Pumpkin Smasher achieves the delicate balance between delivering an authentic pumpkin presence without seeming gimmicky or artificial, and the beefy body really sets it apart from its frequently dilute brethren.

Oct 18, 2015
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3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Extremely hazy dull copper to light brown in color. There's a fingernail of light brown around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is aggressively spiced with pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. I taste a muddled palette where the base beer is a bit limp and flat and does not hold up well with the heavy spicing. There's definitely nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and pumpkin pie spice.

Oct 11, 2015
Photo of Lilbeck23
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Lilbeck23 from New Jersey


Oct 11, 2015
3 by Dewsby from Kentucky on Oct 05, 2015
4.25 by aussiebeer from Illinois on Oct 02, 2015
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz bottle. Poured out a brownish-orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and spices. Tasted sweet with fairly muted spices.

Sep 30, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

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...

Sep 26, 2015
3.76 by CreekyJarls from New Jersey on Sep 12, 2015
2.56 by Sandlin73 from Ohio on Sep 01, 2015
3.5 by jsh420 from Illinois on Aug 27, 2015
4.64 by burninggoat from Missouri on Aug 26, 2015
3.79 by ssimpson89 from Illinois on Aug 15, 2015
4 by ALC82 from Iowa on Aug 11, 2015
Photo of TheRock7755
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheRock7755 from Georgia

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.

Jun 11, 2015
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