Pumpkin Smasher | Big Muddy Brewing

Pumpkin SmasherPumpkin Smasher
BA SCORE
61.3%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 142 ratings
Pumpkin SmasherPumpkin Smasher
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States
bigmuddybrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 09-28-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,875
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
142
Liked:
87
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
14.71%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
32
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Python6586
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikr
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foundersfan1
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zaraspook
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kinmundy77
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Suds
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of MaximalC
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Lilbeck23
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

PUMPKIN PIE......IN A GLASS

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Photo of Dewsby
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aussiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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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3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sandlin73
2.56/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of burninggoat
4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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Pumpkin Smasher from Big Muddy Brewing
Beer rating: 61.3% out of 100 with 142 ratings
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