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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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91
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1,034 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,034
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.22%
Wants: 306
Gots: 392 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  16.73% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 10-09-2010

We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.
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Photo of keng1343
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I ever tasted.

Photo of SStein
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrGrumpfish
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional, but too expensive and rare. Basically, I loved it, but wish I could have it again.

Photo of SFC21
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is of some pumpkin spices and straight alcohol. A deep inhale burns the nostrils almost as if it were a glass of whiskey. Taste is tons of molasses, and ginger and nutmeg come through as well. The finish is rough, though. Medicinal, buttery, boozy. Too much.

Disappointing as I had been wanting to try this for years. This definitely has potential. Perhaps some age will mellow it out.

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Outlier detected, review required.

Not a fan of the style which could lead to the lower rating. Too much rum came through and not enough barrel flavor. Didn't detect the nutmeg or cinnamon either.

Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of belljt33
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jxc5
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Pours a clear, firey dark red color, with a soon vanishing head.

Has an almost overwhelming, wooden barrel character, which gets enhanced by an incredibly zesty, herbal, sweet spiciness, featuring glazed pumpkin and burning booze, all put into an intriguing balance. The brews complex, honeyed maltiness interacts well with the slighty fermented, earthy and sweet pumpkin, both smells blending together hold the barrel intensity at bay.

This is so much sweeter than I expected it to be, with loads of molasses, toffee and cane sugar, kicking my teeths in, finished off wih an intense alcoholic burn, while the barrel's woodenness gets almost swallowed entirely by the sugar. The malt foundations gets overpowered by the sweetness already during the very beginning, joined by a sharp alcoholic impact, and only manages to try finding its balance during a later stage, due to the calming herbs and spices, which all in all aren't capable to stop the sugar madness too. The rum barrel is very well integrated though, providing a burning, slightly bitter counterpart to the sugar, which would result into a slightly dry, medicine-like impression, if it wasn't for the muddy, leafy herbs of mace, cardamon and vanilla, to provide some sort of balance. FInishes with caramelized malts among molasses and an confirming booziness, leaving enough space on the palate for the actual pumpkin to fit in, supported by wooden herbs.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma of ABV, pumpkin/yam, rum, vanilla, nutmeg, other spices, butterscotch. Taste sweet malty pumpkin, ABV, spices, toffee, rum, butterscotch.

Photo of petermethot
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eac007219
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thampel09
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flagmantho
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled 9/22/2014.

Appearance: dark, murky brown with, I fancy, a hint of orange. Head poured a relatively thin layer of ivory foam, but I do like the promise in that hue.

Smell: sweet, rich, candied pumpkin. Spicing is subdued, but there's enough nutmeg in there to make this a real pumpkin pie. I like both the restraint and the ridiculous desseriness here. It is clean and appeals to me hugely.

Taste: a bit of hot alcohol right off the bat, but the sweet pumpkin pie continues in the flavor. Sadly, the flavor is more muddled than the aroma, but generally it's a very desserty, sweet, crème brûlée type of taste. Good, but holy crap is it sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not outstanding, but very good.

Overall: there should be a warning label on this beer for diabetics. It is good, but holy crap the it's like drinking a pint of syrup.

Photo of yoitsarch
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewqueno
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of N_Schleret
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 9/22/2914:
Appears a sort if orange-amber, hazy to cloudy in clarity. Head is small bubbles that reduce to a foamy thick edge head, with some large bubbles in the mix. There is actually some lacing for tis high ABV beer.

Nose is obvious pumpkin, somewhat tart fruity nose. The spice is actually subdued (some nutmeg and ginger can be detected). As the beer warms, a rum sweetness can be noted. The power if the smell is nice, but the mix does have sonething weird about the mix that made me mark it diwn a notch.

Taste has a molasses sweetness to it at the beginning, but not dark or heavy. The pumpkin bitter/tart is as present as it is in the smell. The spice notes, especially ginger, come through in the beer and add a bite, which is accentuated but a rum-tinged alcohol burn. I get an impression of rum-soaked fruit bread (rum raisin maybe) in the taste. Feel is medium overall body, the sweetness up front seeming a bit heavy, but some carbonation and fruity ending lighten it a bit.

This is a sweeter beer, to be sure. It also shows its power a bit. If you are not a fan of a sweeter beer, you can save your money. If you like real pumpkin beers, and aren't dissuaded by the previous sentence, give this a try at least once. Beware, it's likely a slow sipper based on its ABV and sweetness.

Photo of YouSkeete
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/brown with some cloudiness. Short off white head.

S: Bourbon, rum, wood, roasted nuts, sour mash/cherry strong in the nose. Earthy notes.

T: Blast of sour mash and green apple up front with sweet, rich notes of rum and bourbon barrel wood that follow. ABV tastes strong but well masked at 16.7%. Touches of vanilla and cherry linger on the tongue. Balanced carbonation, milky, smooth mouthfeel overall.

Photo of ackeeper
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ech
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mj81
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful burnt orange. Initial nose is rum, pumpkin, brown sugar, molasses. First taste and holy sweet pumpkin Batman! After I got past the initial diabetic shock and let it warm, the taste follows the nose. If you were to caramelize some pumpkin in butter with brown sugar and then deglaze it with a dfh 120, that is pretty much the flavor you get from this beast. Excellent mouth feel and hardly any booze burn (though halfway through the glass my equilibrium can definitely detect the booze). Excellent brew.

Photo of CDCNAM
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.