Big Muddy Brewing in Murphysboro, Illinois is like many of these new “microbreweries” all over the country. Reinvigorating an industry and continuing a heritage that has skipped several generations. Big Muddy currently offers seven brews, the newest being their Pumpkin Smasher, a beer brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices.
The beer pours a hazy copper color with orange hues. The one finger head is a cream colored with a light yellow tint. The head dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing at all.
From the first whiff, notes of ripe pumpkin jump from the glass. Amidst the pumpkin are notes of lightly toasted malts. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar add a notable sweetness to the pumpkin and malt notes. Soft spice aromas of mostly nutmeg with a hint cinnamon intertwine with the rest of the bouquet.
On the palate there is a dominating flavor of ripe, fleshly pumpkin. The pumpkin is met by a sweet malt backbone that is slightly toasty. Once again, the pumpkin pie spices, dominated by nutmeg make an appearance. The hops are practically undetectable except for providing balance and adding a mild floral note. The clean finish offers notes of sweet heavy cream and vanilla that make one think of whipped cream melted atop a piece of warm pumpkin pie.
Big Muddy Pumpkin Smasher is much lighter than many pumpkin beers on the market today. It’s dominating pumpkin notes in combination with its lighter spice notes and creaminess makes it unique. This is one pumpkin beer you could drink several of in one sitting. A great pair for roasted pork loin with root vegetables, mixed greens with pears and blue cheese in a balsamic vinaigrette, or pumpkin cheesecake.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Pints out of 5
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