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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 1,099
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 323
Gots: 425 | FT: 47
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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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Reviews: 226 | Hads: 1,099
Photo of nychas
5/5  rDev +25.6%

On tap at Ginger Man NYC. First sip was "too sweet", next two or three less so. By the fourth sip I was on board. Complex flavor that balanced the high alcohol perfectly. Rum? I caught hints, which is exactly what made this a perfect beer to me. Full of subtle flavors that kept me going back and discovering more with each taste. (331 characters)

Photo of crazyjoedivola
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Take pumpkin pie and banana bread, smash together and add a healthy splash of oak aged booze. By far the best pumpkin beer I've ever tasted. Sweet, boozy, spicy. I almost wish it was snowing while I drink this (209 characters)

Photo of psumjl269
5/5  rDev +25.6%

It is, simply, the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. The sweetness of the rum barrel perfectly goes with the pumpkin flavoring. The high alcohol is totally masked, making this an extraordinarily enjoyable drink. Pump[KY]n is also good, but this is on another planet. (268 characters)

Photo of Hrodebert
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Had this on tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville.
I dislike pumpkin beers with a passion, but this is like sweet, alcohol infused, liquid heaven.
Nothing like the average pumpkin beer, although I don't think I could drink much more than 1 at a setting, this would be perfect around the campfire, on a cool fall night. (315 characters)

Photo of Takezo
4.98/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An amazing pumpkin beer, every time i drink it I find something else I didn't notice before. Seriously need to buy it when you see it; it will be off the shelf very shortly. (173 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rumpkin (Batch No. 2) opens with a heavy rum scent that can be detected from a good foot or so away from the bottle. Up close the rum aromas mingle with heavy doses of fruit esters, including the obvious pumpkin, but an equally large helping of banana. The fruits are so strong here that they actually overtake the rum after the bottle has been opened for a few seconds, and the beer more resembles a fresh-baked batch of banana bread. Good edges of toast crust and buttery graham cracker add to the pastry qualities of the nose, joined by heavy whipping cream, Bailey’s Irish Cream, vanilla bean, caramel syrup, molasses, almond extract, and oak. As a whole, the nose is very intriguing, bearing little resemblance to a beer (or, in fact, any other beer I’ve ever encountered), and obviously speaking to an incredible amount of sugars. It says much of these sugars that the incredibly high 18.1% ABV is mainly apparent as a liqueur-like rim, as if just slightly too much Bailey’s had been added to a bowl of whole-bean vanilla ice cream. Very interestingly, the rum barrel aging is not as present here as could be expected, mainly seeming to add extra touches of vanilla, as well as oak. The overall effect is quite incredible.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a heavy shot of alcohol that makes immediately apparent the high ABV. The first impressions are of cognac, bourbon, rum, and orange liqueur mixed together, the alcohol, charcoal, and charred oak strong enough that they bite at the tongue, shoot heavy vapors up the nose, and give the beer all the appearance of a spiced and high-quality rum on the rocks. A good dose of the pumpkin and banana fruit esters comes through, with additional spice support from pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Some graham cracker and toast crust elements add to the pie feeling of the flavor palate. Heavy whipped creams, vanillas, molasses, and caramel sit atop the pile. The effect is that of a nicely-spiced pumpkin pie topped with heavy cream, eaten contiguously with a thick, moist, chewy slice of five-star banana bread, and all of it washed down with an aged, smooth, fruity spiced rum. The aftertaste is a long-lingering continuation of these impressions, still easily detectable after a full two minutes. Mouthfeel is an alcohol-burning medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is stunning beer, and most certainly not your average pumpkin ale. The difference between this and the standard seasonal offering is kind of like the difference between a Toyota Camry and a fire-breathing, gas-guzzling, nitroused funny car. This does, of course, mean that anyone not already familiar with some of the more extreme possibilities of barrel aging should likely be very wary of this brew, and anyone who finds the alcohol kick of straight bourbon or rum should also stay away. But if you are a fan, and you’re ready to spend several hours nursing this sucker (because there’s no way you’re going to shoot this in ten minutes), it’s definitely an amazing offering. (3,044 characters)

Photo of LubricatedWisdom76
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at Hop n Pie poured into a snifter and sipped SLOWLY!

Aroma: Dark malts mixed with a spiced rum quality like your smelling a bottle of Captain Morgan or Kraken. A small whiff of aromatic pumpkin and a but of woodsy funk from the barrel.

Taste: Pumpkin pie with a shot of rum! This is really one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. The fact that you can taste all of the layers of ingredients at 18% ABV is an accomplishment. I got candied sugar, dark molasses, vanilla, oak, spices, and, of course, pumpkin and a faint balance of grassy hops to balance the considerable sweetness.

Most beers of this strength end up being overpowered by the sugar or alcohol heat but this is drinkable and still tastes like a beer. A true seasonal celebration beer that is special and continues to change as it warms up. It is more like rum or a liquor but with a drinkability that is uncommon for extreme beers.

Mouthfeel: Thick in body but not syrupy or sludgy, doesn't coat or leave oily. Doesn't have the pancake syrup quality of many strong beers and that's a good thing!

Overall: If you see this, drink it. Period. (1,123 characters)

Photo of alexipa
4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Rumpkin is an intense experience. I've only had it at the tap room, however its taste is hard to forget. It has anything-but-subtle pumpkin and rum flavors, as well as a strong alcoholic smell. It's a very attractive dark orange with a thin head. (250 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Translucent, deep ruby with some visible carbonation. No head. Absolutely stunning color.

S: Intense, sweet notes of sugar glazed sweet potatoes baked with marshmallows on top. Pumpkin spice including cinnamon and nutmeg. Booze comes through as super smooth rum with a gentle tingle.

T: The flavor follows very closely from the nose. Long, sweet finish with notes of sweet rum, caramel, burnt sugar, and subdued pumpkin spices including cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Thick and syrupy with a minor amount of carbonation and a slight burn.

O: This beer is absolutely delicious. I drank half the bottle at a temperature of 59F. It could have a been cooler initially, but was still stunning. The booze is subdued for something so strong, yet it's clear you are drinking a huge beer. An in your face cornucopia of fall flavors with subdued spices. (850 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rumpkin pours a sort of glossy garnet-sienna hue, with brilliant clarity and zero head, no matter how hard you pour it. At a eye-watering~17%, no surprises there. Looks all the world like a glass of cognac in my hand. The smell is powerful but plush and decadent, like a slap across the face with a velvet-gloved hand of iron. Massively sweet and malty. Behind the mountain of malt lies subtle authentic pumpkin aromas, but very faint spices you'd expect in a pumpkin ale. For such a high octane brew, the rum aging doesn't add to much alcohol aroma, but offers its rich character. Rum was the logical choice for such a syrupy sweet beer, what could go better than sugar cane? I think I even detect the oakiness of the rum in this. Quite an exquisite smelling beer.

The taste, wow, the taste. Again, more sugary sweetness. Everything here just adds to the massive tastes, the powerful rum tastes and its sweetness, the deep caramel, pumpkin and spiciness all overwhelm the palette. The overall impression, as alluded to in the appearance, is more a liquer or cognac than a beer. Only the bare minimum hops are used to still legally call it a beer. I love an agressively malty, sweet, highly-boozy brew, and this ranks up there with Samichlaus, my current favorite. More drinking, and I am really loving this beer. Every phase of this beer in my mouth is sublime; the opening is a blast of pumpkin syrup and solera aged rum, moving to the subtle pumpkin dn malt interplay and finish on more rum and a just that kiss of hops that brings it all together.

Wow, Avery. Avery, Avery, Avery...how did you do this? A boozy, rum soaked pumpkin ale sounds like a gimmick on paper. But this beer is a watershed in the big beer category. Amazing, top notch, world class. Beautiful. (1,772 characters)

Photo of SirWilliam666
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hands down my fave pumpkin ale. Big, strong, powerful. Had it at the Great Pumpkin Alefest at Elysian Brewery. Spice, Pumpkin, and Rum all in great balance throughout. I dare say this is a Pumpkin ale for Barley Wine fans(wich I am). Wish I could have got my hands on some bottles for my cellar. (295 characters)

Photo of Circles413
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

This beer is a beast!

I rarely do a review this way but hey, it is what it is.

This beer is medium to full with moderate carbonation. It's like sipping on a rum covered chocolate bar. The vanilla takes over & so does the rum character.

This beer is no joke. It's high ABV is very noticeable & it burns in a good way! Look for it & trade for it! If you like a stout that's sweet with a high ABV, you'll love this! (418 characters)

Photo of doctorbarn
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Wow! What a treat. This beer lives up to all the buzz it has created, in more ways than one.
I shared this with some friends and that is perfect for this beer. (160 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh from a snifter on tap. This is the only pumpkin ale I whole heartedly endorse.
Ale was a lightly cloudy reddish amber with light lacing and light foam. Huge nose of
caramel, bananas, figs, nutmeg, and rich rum. Flavors are explosive. Rum up front with a
very nice warming sweet flavor, thick caramel and molasses notes to the back and sides
mingling with toffee, banana, and mild pumpkin pie flavor mixed with a good amount of
nutmeg. Aftertaste of rum and nutmeg linger without being unpleasant. Very complex.
Smooth sipping and mildly carbonated mouthfeel. Silky and decadent. Packs a punch.
Be warned, it is a beast of a killer brew. (656 characters)

Photo of claytong
4.69/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

now its 15.8

appearance - nice orangeish amber. head dissipates quickly off a semi rough pour.

smell - pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon and other pumpkin spices, rum, and more caramel

taste - caramel leads the way, pumpkin, a very nice rum, cinnamon, a tiny bit of nutmeg.

mouthfeel - thick, but not overly so, minor sugar coating in mouth, not cloying whatsoever. carbonation is decent considering appearance. feels great for a cold autumn night on the porch.

overall - never had a pumpkin beer that compares...the closest would have to be st arnolds imp stout with pumpkin spices. which is a pumpkin stout? but anyways...this is great fresh but down the road? (660 characters)

Photo of UTCengOwl
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Saucer's 3rd anniverary party. Wow. Sold out the keg in around 2 minutes. I felt lucky to get some of this. Served in a small snifter.

This beer's weakest component was its appearance. Red wi brown hues. Clear, but with little head. It's not like the appeareance turned me offf, but it didn't pull me in either.

The nose is spiced rum. Pure and simle. It's wonderfully smooth. If I smelled a rum like this, I would be ecstatic. However, there's not another layer beyond this, which prevents it from getting the 5.

The taste is spiced rum, too... but a bit more than that. It's spiced rum with a pumpkin spiced aftertaste that flows into a hopped beer finish. Complex and more than I'd ever expect from pumpkin.

The mouthfeel is like that of a good barleywine. Thick and coating. A sipper that doesn't make you want to stop and it coats your mouth with the smallest sip.

Wow. This beer is excellent. My friend that's drinking it with me says it's the best beer he's had in months and I don't want to disagree. I had a St Arnold DR 9 yesterday, but we all know which beer really deserves to be the imperial pumpkin. (1,141 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch No.4 - Bottled on September 22, 2014

Striking brownish copper. Rum notes dominate the nose but pumpkin and other sweet notes are discernible as well. Sticky mouthfeel. The rum sweetness is also upfront in the flavor profile. Some pie spice notes come on for the finish along with the distinct essence of molasses. The alcohol gets a tad overdone at times but considering the enormous ABV, that is not a problem.

Had this as a Thanksgiving digestif a few hours after the main course and dessert. I am hoping to get another bottle to age for next year. It was excellent fresh but I believe that it has the potential to be epic with some age on it. (656 characters)

Photo of gibgink
4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This sweet treat was right up my ally. There is no hint whatsoever that this is a 16% beer. To me, this tastes like a pumpkin barleywine. Smooth and mellow, with a rum sweetness lingering on the palate. Very enjoyable. (222 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I reviewed this beer earlier, but it was on tap and I only had a 4 oz. pour. At the time I thought that might be all I'd get this year. I was lucky enough, though, to get a few bottles of it and I was finally able to sit down and do a proper review of a full beer. That said, I will let my tap review stand as almost anyone who has had it on tap has also only had 4 ounces.

APPEARANCE: This resembles a classic Double IPA. It is deep copper without much head to speak of. It is very unassuming considering what a big beer this is.

SMELL: Brown sugar, dark rum and pumpkin make up the bulk of the aroma in this one, in that order. Some ginger and other sweeter spices come through in the background as well.

TASTE: Wow. All the aromas from the nose are jam packed into the flavor of this beer and it is incredible. This is what a pumpkin molasses cookie would taste like if it was in beer form. It truly is delicious.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, silky and very sweet. Each sip is sticky up front, but dries out for the finish preventing it from getting to sticky and mouthcoating.

OVERALL: Honestly, pumpkin beers don't get better than this. If you get the chance, drink it. (1,169 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellared this beer for over 9 months

Pours a clear, dark brown body. Head is a 1/4 inch and tan in color. Lacing was average and head retention was good for such a strong beer.

Smell is of sweet pumpkin pie puree mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon, spiced rum and light alcohol. Sweet caramel, candied figs, and Belgian rock sugar round out the aromas. Hops are not present, this beer is all about sweet malt and spiced pumpkin.

Taste is of sweet, buttery diacetyls, pumpkin pie, clove and nutmeg. Caramelized brown sugar and Belgian Rock sugar is also there, this beer shares similarities to a high quality barleywine or quad. Hops are non existent, alcohol is faint but for 16% alcohol, dangerously well hidden. Rum barrel added some sweetness and spice to overall flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, pretty typical for the alcohol content. The head could have been fuller, thats my only gripe with the texture of this beer.

Overall this beer was amazing. I've had it fresh and aging it for almost a year has transformed it into a completely different class. This beer is definitely the gold standard when it comes to Pumpkin/spiced beers, yet its uniquely different from any pumpkin beer I've had. Its a shame that there is no more of this beer available and no plans have been made to release it again. One thing is for certain though, if it does get released again, I will be hoarding a case for my collection. (1,432 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, oak, rum, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, a bit of dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some caramel malts with some brown sugar, pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Through the middle, some oak and Rum comes through with some more pumpkin pie spices and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of brown sugar, Rum, oak, caramel malts, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. The almost 16% abv is well hidden and the overall balance is fantastic. (812 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours an amber/orange color. Very little carbonation or lacing on the glass. Somewhat transparent in appearance. A very small cocoa head that actually sticks around for awhile. Great looking beer. Wow. This is amazing- the nose is cinnamon, a tiny bit of pumpkin, nutmeg, rum, oak, and molasses. Really complex and fantastic smells coming from this beer! The taste really brings the spices out- though not overwhelmingly so. Rum definitely makes it's presence known too. The taste is almost port like. Very complex flavors- and the 15.9% ABV is fairly well hidden too. Feel is smooth, silky, and rich- with a little alcohol burn on the end- Fantastic! Overall, this is the best pumpkin beer I've had by a landslide- although you don't get a lot of pumpkin. It's great though, and I'm glad I got to try this brew. Highly Recommended. (856 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is pumpkin ale for Halloween if there ever was one. Imperial, in a major way. It’s an imperial imperial, with an abv the same as driving age in most states. Bottled, I’d share this with a friend and called it a night in order to sleep it off. (Can you imagine a bomber of this? Hijole!) On draught, driving, and I’m glad it’s just a taster-sized pour since the evening was just getting started. But I certainly could have sipped on this one for an entire evening.
Pours a clear, light amber, with a very thin lacing. You get a lot of booze smelling it, but also a clearly distinct pumpkin aroma. That’s not always the case for a pumpkin ale. A real rummy sweetness around the edges. It’s a big beer, no doubt about it. But also very sweet and shippable. The effervescence helps keep it from feeling heavy on the palate. In a word: wow. (857 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: A wonderful aroma on this beer. Tons of spices, namely cinnamon, all spice, and ginger, are immediately noticeable. The rum/barrel adds plenty of oak and vanilla as well as alcohol. A pretty decent pumpkin smell, too.

T: The pumpkin flavor in this beer is unlike any other I've come across. Legitimate fleshy, meaty pumpkin flavor that is complimented by the spice character. The rum helps to enhance the spiciness as well as providing some vanilla and alcohol warmth.

M: The body is medium with a smooth creamy carbonation.

D: This is one beer that is a little bit boozy, but it does not suffer from this characteristic. Amazing flavor and the nose is almost as good. (772 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Brown ale with a slight orange tint to the body. Medium bubbles with a slightly off-white head. Head initially rose to about a finger's length and settles with very even lacing.

Smell: It smells great but lacks the extra punch you will be looking for.

Taste: Complex taste, sweet and lightly spicy. Nutmeg with a hard hit of either amaretto or the sweet rum used to concoct this animal. The pumpkin is very very evident, the cinnamon feel and cakey taste makes you want to indulge for more.

Mouth: Medium carbonation that lightens up a bit before you get to the end of the glass. Ridiculously sticky, I swear you put the glass down and all you can thick of are pieces of cake or pie still in your cheeks.

Overall: What it all comes down to is this, this brew as expensive as it is an absolute delight. Worth every penny and worth the trouble looking for it. It is literally dessert in a glass. Already one of my top three pumpkins, salud! (984 characters)

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.