Pumpkin Smasher 6% ABV
Big Muddy Brewing
I’m impressed with this beer. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much out of a Pumpkin Ale. After my first taste though, it appears that Big Muddy knows what they are doing in the Pumpkin Ale department. Let’s see if it continues to impress as I drink more.
The initial flavor is good, not too light. The finish and aftertaste is where this beer really shines. It has nice spice notes and reminds me of a slice of pumpkin pie. You can taste the cinnamon and nutmeg, which gives the finish a nice bite. The weather changed here in Illinois over the past two days. It went from highs in the mid 80’s to highs in the mid 50’s, the perfect autumn weather to enjoy this delicious pumpkin brew. The color of the beer is a nice burnt orange, same color as my Alma mater, UT, GO LONGHORNS!
I wouldn’t recommend this beer with a meal, but it would be a great after meal drink. It’s almost a dessert beer, if you will. It has the right amount of sweetness so as to get that dessert taste, without being overly sugary or syrupy. I could see this going well paired with a slice of pumpkin pie, as the two would accentuate one another. Again though, whether after a meal or simply enjoying a fall evening, I would drink it by itself. The spices they use (PPA*) bring out a nice scent bouquet as well. It sounds silly, but part of the fun with this beer, is smelling it before each sip, almost like a fine wine. Don’t be alarmed with the sediment that is in the brew, as those are just particles of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spices that make the beer so tasty.
I would definitely recommend this beer. It would be perfect as 2-3 of a mix and match 6 pack and it could be worth grabbing a full 6 pack to share amongst a couple of friends.
I’ve enjoyed both of the Big Muddy beers I’ve reviewed thus far. Read my review of their Saluki Dunkeldog here.
*PPA stands for Pretentious Prick Alert. This acronym will appear before the use of highfalutin words that make it look like I know what I’m talking about, when in actuality I have no clue what I’m talking about.