Pumpkin Smasher
Big Muddy Brewing

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #173
Ranked #33,100
3.76 | pDev: 14.36%
Big Muddy Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Pumpkin SmasherPumpkin Smasher
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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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ordybill from Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Dec 22, 2015
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Suds from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Oct 24, 2015
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Oct 18, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Oct 11, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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...

Sep 26, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Feb 15, 2015
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Sep 26, 2014
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

Sep 06, 2014
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Goosehunter75 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Nov 15, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Oct 27, 2013
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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

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.


Oct 17, 2013
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beatenbyjacks from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Oct 11, 2013
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Oct 04, 2013
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky copper hued brown with a tight head of foam.

Baker's spices, pumpkin, and earthy hops.

Earthy hop bitterness, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Overall, a decent pumpkin ale.

Aug 03, 2013
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ToddL from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Jun 03, 2013
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jtierney89 from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

May 30, 2013
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Tone from Missouri

3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

May 15, 2013
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matjack85 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jan 21, 2013
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tjsdomer2 from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Oct 27, 2012
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peabody from Kentucky

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Oct 18, 2012
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TheSarge from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Oct 15, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Oct 06, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Sep 28, 2012
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