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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 235
Hads: 1,124
Avg: 4
pDev: 31.75%
Wants: 337
Gots: 437 | FT: 46
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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Reviews: 235 | Hads: 1,124
Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving only some wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices are present in the nose along with some hints of rum.
T: This beer tastes like pumpkin pie along with a shot of rum. No alcohol is perceptible. The rum flavors seem to get a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an exceptional pumpkin ale that manages to combine flavors of pumpkins and spices along some complementary notes of rum. This tastes more like a 9% of 10% abv beer as it hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of bfields4
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber clear filtered body. Nice lacy orange head.

Spicy rum cinnamon and nutmeg. A little pumpkin to be had. Very boozy aroma.

Cinnamon and brown sugar open up a nice sweet chewy malt body. Sweet rum notes. The pumpkin lingers in the back as a nice finishing touch (along with a slight alcohol burn).

Very chewy and creamy low carbonation. Good sipper with a very complex flavor profile. I'm not sure I'd like another, but it is a very well crafted beer to be sipped and appreciated.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So this is something I've wanted to try for awhile now.

The bottle has an interesting label and describes the beer adequately. It's easy to observe a thin layer of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. An unexpectedly rich hazelnut brown pours from the bottle leaving almost no head. It smells like a caramel apple mixed with fall spices...intoxicating. There is something slightly vegetal smelling and almost none of the alcohol bite can be detected in the nose. The taste follows through with syrupy brown sugar and intense rum which is followed by an interesting contrast from the potent alcohol. This beer defines "Fall," but doesn't highlight the pumpkin. The mouthfeel is sweet and spicy with a medium-full body and ample carbonation. It's definitely a sipping beer. Overall this beer is too expensive and too hard to get. However, I'd be excited to have this beer once a year to celebrate the fall season and pumpkin harvest!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with no real head. The aroma has a lot of pumpkin pie spices in it, as well as some rum notes. I get some cinnamon and allspice most predominantly. The flavor is similar. I get some big pumpkin notes, as well as some cinnamon, allspice and cloves. There is also a good dose of oak and a ton of rum character. The beer is very boozy and fairly sweet. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at my local Binny’s. Surprised to see this here in Illinois. I originally thought we were not getting this distributed (granted it did just arrive, a couple months after other markets got it).

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a rather murky brownish red with about a half finger of quickly dissipate tan colored head.

Smell – The aromas are quite strong...my glass is a few feet away from me and I can still smell the beer. Heavy nutmeg and spices, pumpkin, slight rum, and an odd citrusy/sweetness.

Taste – Sweet brown sugar mixed with the aforementioned spices. Somewhat one dimensional in the fact it is quite sweet with lots of spices dumped in. Slight pumpkin, but mainly sugary spices. Honestly, not so much a pumpkin ale as it is a heavy old ale or strong ale with spices and slight pumpkin flavoring mixed in.

Mouthfeel – Medium to thicker bodied, creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – Well, I am not going to lie. This beer impressed me, if nothing else, due to the fact it is almost 16% and the alcohol is insanely well hidden. There is some warming and just a hint of alcohol in the taste...but for how young this beer is, it is nothing unacceptable. Would I buy another? Probably not...but I will give props to Avery for this interesting take on a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruddy amber with slight haze and a thin eggshell colored head.

Smell: Loads of pie spice and pumpkin backed by a ton of caramel sweetness. It's quite earthy and gourd-like; they must have used a lot of pumpkin in this, and a lot of spice for that matter. The barrel is pretty integrated but lends quite a bit of sweetness. Surprisingly, booze is pretty restrained here compared to last year's batch.

Taste & mouthfeel: Incredibly sweet, almost cloying; a ton of caramel and brown sugar along with a big pumpkin and spice character. Full, syrupy body with a good amount of carbonation. Mellow rum character, very mild oak presence. Warming going down, but thankfully not harshly boozy. Sweet, sugary finish; lingering spices.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 3/29/15

On Tap. Glad I got the 6 ounce pour. Not that it isn’t good, it is just soooo sweet. Might as well be drinking a glass of rum. Tastes basically like a rum candy.

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Photo of Kshock
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Ruby red, with a brown hue. Almost no retention, no lacing. looks kinda viscus.

S- Lots of spice. Brown sugar, port wine, ginger, cinnamon. really kickass, but a bit boozy.

T- Spices, sweet like port wine, ginger, and a hint of cinnamon on the back. Sweet start spicy finish.

M- pretty heavy, but easy going down believe it or not.

O- damn good beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is sunburst orange with a thin, off white cap. The aroma yields booze, malt, spices. Good flavor, with rum emerging more so than in the aroma. Sweet, and best in small doses. Alcohol is there, but not a barrier to enjoyment, even in spite of the nearly 16% abv. Overall, very good. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy auburn beer with no head.

S - Very sweet spiced Puerto Rican rum. A huge bouquet of candy sugar and spice. Rubbing alcohol nipping the nose.

T - Very sweet, like candy sweet. Sugary and spiced, like rum soaked fruitcake. German liebkuchen and candied fruits. Big bold mouth here, this one needs the sweetness to build such a big abv.

M - Warming and bold, yet the 18.1% is well disguised, relatively speaking. This one has kick, and it evaporates up the nose to an extent, but maintains a decent balance as well.

O - A kick to the mouth, a big bold beer. Super spiced and sweet, this should be consumed with warning and moderation.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a 9/2012 rumpkin on 9/2013. The bottle abv is stated at 18.1%

the pour was very cloudy like fresh apple cider, settles out to a nice amber.
The aroma is fruity, with a hint of caramel and raisin.
It was light on the pallet, with an alcohol mouth feel, and very little carbonation.
A sweet flavor, with the rum and spice pleasantly noticeable at the end.
The whole is a greater sum of its parts.

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Photo of rudzud
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Russel's in Amherst. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Very impressive for such a boozy beer. Poured a crystal clear darkish copper with a nice half a finger creamy head that faded to leave nice thin creamy mochaish blanket and very very light side lacing. Very impressive.

S - Some nice cooked veg aromas, definitely some soft pumpkin notes. There are some very boozy rum barrel notes. Light wood, definitely very warm still.

T - Still quite boozy with lots of rum notes. There are some light wood notes and , quite sweet, with very light pumpkin. Lots of rum sweetness and some light malts. Faint pumpkin.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, a bit too sweet, slightly sticky. Definitely a sipper.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, it should be expected that this would be super boozy. Glad I have a few extra bottles to try and age to see if things mellow out.

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, the richest pumpkin I have had? I am overwhelmed by booze and rum, did I know and expect 16% abv? Medium brown, with cinnamon and nutmeg. Smooth mouthfeel, a tad above average. No lasting head. Spicy invigorating but yes high abv aroma. Damn I must eat to stay balanced after this amount of booze, but damn worth it.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby orange, not much head, or carbonation. Sryup like.

S-Rum. Alcohol, some spices, tad bit of pumpkin. But a lot of rum. Too sweet.

T-Rather sweet, very sweet. The rum imparted too much flavor. Nice pumpkin in the finish but hardly any of the spices you expect in a pumpkin beer.

M-Medium bodied, thick, no carbonation.

O-There was no need for this high of alcohol. Rum barrel aging was a good idea but it threw off the balance.

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great over-the-top Avery beer. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a medium size light beige head on a hard pour from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Head retention and lacing are just about non-existent, as you would expect from a 15.9% abv beer.

Aroma is good. Cinnamon and allspice, rum, caramel malt, and a little oak.

Flavor is the same. The alcohol is very present but it is not overpowering. Sweet caramel malts, cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin and oak are all present in a boozy concoction.

Mouthfeel is rich and spicy. The alcohol fall just short of off-putting, adds some warmth and a little bite.

In all a very good winter slow sipper.

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Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to russwbeck for this!!

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a rusted brown color, murky in appearance that's completely opaque. It steadily builds a 1-fingered, rocky head with okay retention.

S - The nose is almost entirely fresh, hot rum mixed with festive spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice run rampant and flutter in between the rum, oak, and vanilla to create a very nice combination of flavors. I'm not getting a ton pumpkin; in fact, I'm hard-pressed to really find any of the pumpkin aromas. Despite this, the barrel and spices more than compensate.

T - The flavor immediately transitions nicely from the the nose delivers, starting first and foremost with the rum. It's actually somewhat amazing how much rum flavors Avery is able to squeeze from the barrel, and with the high amount of alcohol, it really seems as if there is a shot of rum added to this beer. Despite this rather harsh tone, the beer is still pretty smooth and you don't get an offensive alcohol flavor, but rather only the heat of it. Luckily, Avery is able to deliver on the promise of pumpkin in the taste, but it is surprisingly disjointed from the spices. Not in a necessarily bad way, but you don't get the 'pumpkin pie' combination that you do in other pumpkin beers, but rather an earthy, pulpy pumpkin flavor and the spices are all-together separate. The finish is full of the cinnamon and all-spice, along with a touch of oak and a decent amount of vanilla. Of course, at almost 16% abv, the alcohol is ever present.

M - The mouthfeel is heavy-bodied with good carbonation. This is a big, bold, sipper, no doubt about it. It's chock full of flavor and composition of the body definitely reflects this.

D/O - Drinkability is surprisingly high. My prior experience with Avery's high alcohol beers (Mephistopheles) ended in a very alcoholic affair that was a challenge to get this. Rumpkin is almost completely different from that, however, as even though it is still a beer that is gently nursed and sipped, each taste is to be savored as even the smallest sip delivers a rush of flavor. I guess my only qualm is that I wouldn't exactly call this a pumpkin beer as it isn't the focal point of this beer at all. The alcohol is not as off-putting as I was preparing for, but I can easily feel it halfway through the glass. Thankfully this is only bottled in a 12oz format!

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Photo of Treebs
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold foil wrapped 12 oz. bottle served in a Bell's Tulip. Bottled 10/5/2011.

A: Pours an almost brown body with dark orange a small, quick dissolving off white head. It recedes to a very thin collar, but doesn't leave any lace. The body is lively with carbonation though.

S: Smells like a rum soaked pumpkin pie. Crumbly pie crust, pumpkin pulp, cinnamon, allspice, a touch of nutmeg and some sweet rum round this guy out. Very interesting to say the least.

T: The taste takes a complete 180 here. Notes of caramel, burnt sugar, rum soaked dark fruits and some oak all shine together. A sweet spiced rum makes it's presence known in the middle and a malty vanilla sweetness that's almost on the verge of be cloying rounds it out. The is a great warming sensation on the finish, but it isn't hot. There is barely any pumpkin to be found.

M: Full bodied with a stick and coating mouthfeel, yet the carbonation is slightly prickly to keep the tongue interested. The taste lingers in the mouth for quite sometime. This is definitely a sipper.

O: This was a very interesting beer. It had old ale and barleywine qualities to it. The pumpkin gets lost in the taste really and I would have like more of the nose to shine through in taste. If it had a touch more pumpkin I would have given this a much higher score. Not bad, very different.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into 18oz Funky Buddha snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown with a nice purplish red translucent hue to it, nice carbonation, about a half finger of slightly off-white head forms that recedes to a wispy top.

S- Nutmeg, cinnamon, and other spices, yams, light pumpkin that takes a little bit of a backseat to the spices, booze, rum, oak, and a bit of booze. Pumpkin could come out a bit more but otherwise nicely balanced.

T- Sugary cinnamon candy, light nutmeg, pumpkin that blends nicely with the cinnamon, rum adds an extra sweetness to a beer that's already almost too sweet, a bit of booze up front but the spices hide it nicely on the finish. Overall decent flavors but a bit on the boozy/sweet side.

M- A little bit on the heavier side with a slight syrupy presence, slight fizzy carbonation at first but dies down pretty fast, can definitely feel the booze but drinks very smooth for the almost 17%, still very much a sipper though and I recommend splitting the bottle.

O- Rumpkin is definitely a unique beer in the pumpkin category. For what it is (an ultra boozy, spiced, very sweet pumpkin beer), it definitely is well done in my opinion but is not for everyone. I definitely suggest lying some down for a year or two, the spices/sweetness will dull down a bit and if anything it will become a bit smoother. Overall I enjoyed this beer although I wish I split it with someone and at a $15 price tag it isn't something I would buy much of.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours caramel in color with a half finger of cream colored head. No lacing.

S- caramel, cinnamon, maple syrup, nutmeg and faint pumpkin.

T- sweet maple syrup, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg.

M- medium body and carbonation. Syrupy with a alcohol burn still.

O- the rum aging works very well with the pumpkin beer. I think another year on this beer and the booze will fade more and will drink very well.

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Photo of Spoonfed
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got to try this at the Cambridge Brewing Company's Pumpkin Beer Festival.

High alcohol content comes through, yet very drinkable. Highly enjoyable - wish it was more widely available.

I believe the alcohol content listed here is incorrect: listing last night was 13.2%, not 13.8%.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September 17th of this year.

Poured into a goblet, Rumpkin is a hazy copper color with barely any head.

Aroma is rich and boozy with a big hit of a rum barrel.

Flavor is huge and intense with rum, primarily, but also some pumpkin and pie spice. The barrels impart some vanilla but the rum character really overpowers it.

Mouthfeel is big in body, low in carbonation, and high in alcohol.

An interesting beer and just about as big as it gets. Worth a try but probably only once.

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Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a really dark burgundy color with just the slightest creamy head. It smells really boozy and at 15.8% it’s not out of line, lots of rum and oak, hard to pick up the pumpkin but the spices are there and blend with the oak really well. The flavor is really pleasant, pumpkin hits your tongue with spices but the booze just comes flying in on the tongue. Lots of rum and oak flavors that actually compliment the spices really well making this a surprisingly well rounded beer. The alcohol adds a lot of heat to the mouth and can be felt all the way down.

Verdict: This is a strong sipping beer so I’m actually glad it comes in a 12 oz. bottle. The flavors are really balanced and the rum barrels really make this beer. Easily my new favorite pumpkin beer.

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Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage on tap at Good Life

A - Dark amber pour with no head or foam. Has a thickness to its consistency as it swirls in the glass.

S - Scents of rich molasses and brown sugar. There is a slight aroma of pumpkin and spices. Very strong scent of rum.

T - Initial flavor is sweet but there is almost no pumpkin flavors. Some spice notes and flavors of blackstrap molasses. Finish is very boozy and similar to a tawny port wine.

M - Too heavy to be anything more than a sipper, but the balance is simply near impossible to attain given the style and ABV. In short, pumpkin beers were not meant to be this big. The experience is not bad though; a small pour of this is a really good cordial.

O - Glad to have tried this extreme beer. Avery seems to push the envelope more than most. Good times.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a great trade with Jonathan. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a creamy one finger beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is big and sweet and boozey with hints of butterscotch, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and subtle ginger. Huge sweet molasses dominates the taste along with hints of vanilla, butterscotch, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and ginger. The rum barrels really come through, more so than I can remember with any other rum-aged beer. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy while the body is medium to thin. Drinkability is terrible, but sippability is huge with a subtle warming burn on the finish. Overall, this is what it is...a sipper. The sweetness is cloying, but there's enough flavor and complexity to kind of excuse it.

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Photo of timc100
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

Orange-gold, amber - decently clear, minimal white head.

Very pumpkin pie/fall aroma with a substatial punch of boozy rum sweetness. Graham cracker, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and barrel.

Tastes very young and boozy, hides some of the rich spice on the nose. In-balance boozy sweetness, nice barrel and strong rum but very very sweet

Very smooth mouthfeel that is not too syrupy.

Not a big pumpkin beer fan but this is very good. Crazy sweet, though. Really want to try the porter bourbon version.

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.