Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.22%
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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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Photo of Brewnami
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I scooped up one these by chance as my local beer store was not suppose to get any of these... Glad they did though! Poured into a snifter, stuck my nose into it, and was punched in the face with rum notes, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Pours with a slight head and quickly disipates to a clear, dark redish/orange color brew. Very smooth and sweet and the first sip left behind a nice burn in my chest almost as if I took a shot of whiskey. The most overwhelming notes on the palate to me is the rum and molasses sweetness. This is a very refreshing change from the super bready big pumpkin beers on the market like the Pumpking from Southern Tier... Though no where near the ABV of this. Aside from this being a little to much on the sweet side, I wish I was able to get more and set aside until next year because I would love to see how this would do with a year or two of aging. Overall great beer, especially if you're a fan of extreme brews! Plus since only 418 cases of this were sold this year, you would be silly not to pick on up if you find it and have not tried it yet!

Photo of mj81
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Greywulfken
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: deep amber brown, faintly translucent; a slim finger of head after a center-pour...

S: sweet vegetal and fruit aromas - something of spice, something of wood; hints of booze...

T: sweet pineapple rum and pumpkin pie; spiced and tingly; warming booze and barrel flavors; sugar cane caramel sweetness pushes any too-strong vegetal notes to the back, allowing the rum and fruit to take the fore...

M: medium weight, modest carbonation, some tingle and fizz; some higher and drier boozy airs hit the roof of the mouth...

O: a real nice pumpkin ale - rum barrels seem to consistently bring pineapple to mind for me - this beer brings savory vegetals and tropical fruits together in a smooth fashion - sure to please fans of big boozy pumpkin ales.

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

Many thanks to my friend Ken for sharing a bottle of this one late Sunday morning (a perfect time for this type of beer). Poured a clear dark orange amber with a small lingering amber head. On the nose, I got rum, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and cloves. On the palate, medium-bodied, very sweet, with lots of rum, dark brown sugar and molasses. Not a whole lot of pumpkin (or pumpkin pie) flavor going on, which is good; the rum barrels balance nicely against the pumpkin pie spicing, and although they stand out, they do so in a good way. The rum barrels work much better here than they did with Black Tot.

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

this has been way way up on my list for a long time, and i was fortunate enough to find this today. its from 2012, bottled on september 17th. it pours a seasonally perfect orange caramel color. it doesnt appear to have much carbonation to it, as there is basically no head after the big tan bubbles fade out. it smells sweet like molasses, and quite boozy, as it of course must at this strength. i smell some vanilla and sweet wood too, the rum conditioning is obvious in the nose. the flavor is beautiful, everything i hoped it would be. mellow and squashy at first, lots of pumpkin flavor and not too much spice at all. it says ginger on the bottle, and i can taste a hint of that in there, which is a nice twist in a pumpkin beer. all of a sudden though the alcohol sets in, and is overpowering, but it doesnt last that long before a swet nugmeg vanilla fall spice thing comes in and drags you through a long strong finish that has hints of apple and whiskey. so delicious. its incredible really. the rum component is perfect in a pumpkin beer, where sometimes i think its weird in other beers because of its sweetness. this works wonderfully. i also really dig the mouthfeel, despite its really low carbonation. the alcohol almost acts as a surrogate for the bubbles, keeping it quite light with lots of sting in the mouth. its vigorous in that way. the sugar content is high, but its okay. this is the perfect fall beer, definitely on to share, and definitely worth the price, whatever the hell i paid for this...

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary snifter. Liquid comes out a pretty nice amber red color that gets closer to autumn orange when you hold it up to the light. Only a small white to off white colored head. Goes away pretty quick and not much in the way of lacing. Excellent clarity on the beer but a little bit of glass retention of the liquid itself, sort of syrupy.

Smell is pretty good, but really more unique than anything else in my opinion. Some classic pumpkin pie aromas including spices. Blends well with the rum, a little woody too, but it's an afterthought.

The taste is a huge step up from the smell, it's wonderful. Pumpkin comes out much stronger here. More of a hearty natural pumpkin flavor that's sweetened up a bit. Still a spicy note with a nice spoonful of molasses mixed in topped off with a nice sweet rum flavor. All in all this is one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Certainly full bodied and a slight weak carbonation level. For such a high alcohol beer, it's actually not too hot, I'm sure rum has something to do with it instead of the normal bourbon or whiskey barrel beers. The balance is good, starts really sweet and a nice warm finish. It's drinkable but certainly a nice sipper. Good night cap beer on a cool evening. Well done Avery, another solid brew.

Photo of t8dd
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Enjoyed this on Thanksgiving Day with a slice of pecan pie and also pumpkin pie. Poured a dark amber color with minimal head. Smells incredible, spiced rum, spices, caramel, malt. Tastes-Whoa! The high ABV is not hidden at all but still has amazing flavors. Pumpkin? Pretty subtle. Spiced rum dominates. Finishes hot. I shared the bottle which was a good idea. Perfect end to a huge Thanksgiving day meal and paired very well with dessert.

Photo of cjgiant
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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 MrHirschybar
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11th taster at Port's Barrel Blast followed by having this on tap later that night at Hamilton's in downtown

A - Cherry Brown mix, light colored with little to no head that seemed white or off tan

S - Pumpkin pie, rum undertones, sweet, with the spices of pumpkin pie

T - Like pumpkin pie in a glass spiked with rum - sweet, definite pumpkin, rum, and nutmeg and cinammon with a light alcohol finish

M - Creamy, refreshing, sweet, not overly heavy, though the sweetness and ABV can definitely get to you there was little to no heat - just you and the pumpkin pie

D - This was delicious - probably the best Avery beer I've ever tried. Definitely a seasonal thing that you need to be in the mood for and if you're not a fan of pumpkin pie you will hate this - it was literally like having a rum spiked pumpkin pie that you drink that wasn't quite as heavy and bloating. At 13.2% this could knock you off your feet and you wouldn't know what had hit you. I found this delicious and was fortunate enough to have had the taster and then on tap - so two different sources in one day to confirm. My brother also confirmed this was great - just like a pumpkin pie - so maybe a little "kitschy" but a must try since I was under the impression it was tap only - no bottles at Avery and apparently anywhere else that was fortunate enough to get a keg...
Delicious

Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delight of a desert beer, designed and crafted very well for the cooler Autumn season.

Rumkin pours with a lightly carbonated mohogany redish-brown color and good clarity. Early froathy head formation eventually falters underneath the weight of alcohol and savory sweetness.

Spiced rum hits the nose with a mellow and rich scent. Elements of molassas, toasty, light chocolate, and pumkin pie spice round out the rum/barrel woodiness very well. Very appetizing and mouth watering.

Even more intense is the flavor; where the Porter-ish flaovor of toast, chocolate, nutty, and coffee flavors apply the initial flavor. Sweet rum flavor develops the Porter flavors into more congac and port wine richness and layers. Chocolate and pumpkin pie linger into the long and sweet finish and give a lasting impression in the aftertaste.

Rich, oily and weighted- Rumkin drinks much like a well aged Barleywine with a silky smooth sweet feel. No dryness or fleeting progression, this beer doesn't need it, Rumkin is a desert all to itself.

Surprisingly, the beer's own sweetness develops its into layers upon layers of complexity and substitutes balance very well. Savory and succulent throughout.

Photo of lokieman
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip:

A: Pours a clear dark orange with a slight haze. Very little white head that dissipates very quickly at 18%

S: So complex...sweet boozy pumpkin pie. Earthy spices cut through an ever present rum sweetness. So much going on here...

T: Spicy dessert, rum fruitcake are the first 2 flavors I get. A vanilla barrel sweetness hits you just behind the initial taste finishing with a delightful rum booziness. Definitely a great sipper on a cool fall night. Surprisingly smooth for 18%. As it warms all these flavors intensify, making having a Rumpkin a 1.5 to 2 hour experience. Love it...

M: Very smooth and creamy. Just enough carbonation and crispness to keep it from becoming cloying at 45 degrees. As it warms to cellar temps a stickiness begins to develop as I would expect with a beer of this nature.

O: Rumpkin is as well crafted as any "extreme", high gravity brew out there. Very difficult to make 18% as palatable as Avery has. Brewdog should take some notes from these guys. Job well done..

Photo of pmarlowe
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark amber with a little tannish head. The latter quickly vanishes leaving what looks like a still beverage.

S: Delicious pumpkin pie filling, with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice blends with the underlying caramel and vanilla. Big, rich, sweet flavor.

T: Rich pumpkin and spice mix with a boozy burn, moderate sweetness, and then a little toffee, chocolate, and dried fruit.

M: Round, full bodied, with a very nice light, sharp carbonation which cuts the

O: In the same vein as a lot of the bigger BA Avery beers, although I think this works better in terms of restraining the booziness and sugar compared to, say, Uncle Jacob’s Stout or the shelf beers.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong pour into CBS snifter produces a modest one finger malted milk colored head. The head recedes very quickly, very spotty lacing left clinging the the walls of the glass. The body is a very murky cider brown color.

The aroma is pleasant and assertive. The rum is very prominent up front but does not become overwhelming. Warm brown bready malt, brown sugar and pumpkin spice intermingle just behind. The aroma as a whole leans towards the boozier side but the secondary aromas are very well balanced.

Rumpkin delivers intensity upfront. Sweet malt, warm pumpkin and spicy rum flood the palate. The intensity diminishes as the beer travels towards the back of the tongue. Brown sugar and vanilla flavors develops, smoothing out the intense flavors up front. The pumpkin spice really stands out on the back end leaving a very pleasant flavor lingering after the swallow. There is a bit of residual heat that lingers in the back of the throat, overall the booziness is pleasantly warming.

Medium bodied beer. The carbonation is low and very appropriate. Very smooth, chewy texture on the tongue, absolutely perfect for this beer. The finish is long, that was expected.

Tremendous beer, very enjoyable. The flavors mesh very well, outstanding balance on the palate. Rumpkin is a bit of a sipper, though it is certainly a beer that you do not mind nursing for an evening. Big thanks to FosterJM for this excellent extra, very appreciative for the chance to try this beer.

Photo of jeonseh
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Batch 1

A - Dark, cherry brown with a warm liquor like glow. No head and minimal carbonation

S - Brown sugar, raisins, molasses, and good rum presence. Hints of hearty pumpkin as well

T - Molasses, raisins, honey and dates up front. The beer then has a nice hearty pumpkin presence in the middle. The finish has some slight alcohol warmth and oak near the finish. It reminds me a bit of a fortified wine like a port in that it's big, sweet, and slightly syrupy

M - Has a port like body in that it is thick and boozy and slightly syrupy. It also has minimal carbonation

O - This is definitely a sipper that I could see a good after dinner drink. It manages to have some nice rum presence without being too boozy. Nice to have on a cool fall night

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 12oz bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: looks like a cross between barleywine, and pumpkin cider. A brown orange murky hue with littleto no head.

S: deffinatly can smell the rum barrels, along with pumking and caramel, I get a hint of cinnamon spice in the aroma bit not overwhelming, smells pretty good.

T: wow, this is delicious, I don usually like pumpkin beers either, tastes like delicious pumkin pie, with a almost cider like touch, I get caramel covered pumkins, rolled in a very nicley balanced bled of spices, and some deffinate rum on the finish, very wel balanced and delicious.

M: heavy mouthfeel with a nice medium crisp carbonation that keeps it from being syrupy, very nice mouthfeel for a barrel aged offering of this Huge abv... And while you deffinatly get oak and rum notes, particularly in the finish , I feel the boozy notes are well hidden and complimentary.

O: this is a really good brew.... Rum barrel aging seems to really round out the spice of this abv monster, giving it a nice pumpkin pie like spicing without being overbearing.... I really enjoyed this.... Honestly I went in With a negative attitude, not being a fan of the style, the idea sounded gross to me, and I now have a favorite pumkin beer, glad I have this a try.

Photo of KYGunner
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It seems appropriate that a Pumpkin Ale would have a Pumpkin orange color but this has a beaming glow of pumpkin. The head is a touch thin as it collared with a bubbly fizz.

The aroma is spicy, i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, peppercorn, anise and all spice, with enough gourd to make it pleasing. The rum barrel adds nice subtle tones of oak and sweet liquor.

The flavors truly expand as this warms. The pumpkin really drives the backbone as the spices compliment the taste. I catch the cinnamon and nutmeg but it blends with the malty gourd. The rum barrel further adds to flavor and the distilled sugar cane adds a tangy sweetness.

The feel is light but has a bit of alcohol harshness. There is a touch of spicy tang but the beer has a true fullness.

I'm fully impressed with this beer and found that it truly responded to warmth. It has a lot of complexity and is very delicious.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rumpkin. Rum and pumpkin. The idea sounds absurd, which is why I'm so happy to try it. Several thanks to jl28r1 for a chance to try it. Poured into a snifter. Bottled Oct. 5th, 2011.

3.0 A: Transluscent darker amber color. Just one finger of fizzy off white head that fell in an instant. I'll cut Avery a break since this has a monster ABV.

4.0 S: Definitely unlike anything I've ever smelled before. Pumpkin (as in the real stuff) is explosively present in this. The spices have apparently died down a bit, but there's there's hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Only mildly boozy, which is impressive for the ABV. Caramel maltiness. Rum adds a nice underlayer of complexity

4.5 T: I must say I like this quite a bit. Rum and pumpkin work together. It's as simple as that. Like the nose, pithy pumpkin is abundant. Spices are a bit more apparent with nutmeg and cinnamon again leading the charge. Plenty of caramel with a light toastiness. Booze is there, but this seems more like a 10% brew than a 15.9% one. Rum gives a sweet molasses.

4.5 M: Heavy body. Rich creaminess with a sticky molasses component. Very nice.

4.5 D: I like this beer a lot. I think pumpkin beers are a great thing, but sooo many breweries bitch out and make weak, tasteless base beers and throw pumpkin spices in. Avery gets all the credit in the world for bucking that trend.

Photo of fatmcb1
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Russian River snifter

Pours a hazy copper color with a fizzy tan head that dies within seconds.

Huge nose full of pumpkin pie, meshed with rum barrel. There is plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and caramel. Very sweet rum characteristics are also present with lots of vanilla.

Taste follows on the nose, but really highlights the sweetness of the rum and malt. Alcohol warmth is strong throughout.

Very syrupy with a full body and creamy carbonation.

This beer is very original, and a treat for anyone who doesn't mind the intense flavor and noticeable alcohol.

Photo of brystmar
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Oct 2011.

Copper body, minimal head. Spicy rum, booze, barrels, & pumpkin aroma. Taste brings everything together smoothly with hearty pumpkin, plenty of rum, and strong booze too. The balance here works quite well; I do love this beer.

Rumpkin will age with the best of them; can't wait to see how this develops in a few years.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Avery rumpkin

A - pours a deep ruddy brownish amber. A rigorous pour yields a frothy tan head but quickly dissipates.

S - lots of brown sugar and other pumpkin flavors like clove and allspice. The spice of the pumpkin blends with the boozy rum to create notes of cake batter, licorice, nougat and black strap molasses.

T - a sweet, buttery and honeyed flavor up front. Toasty grains. Sweetness intensifies as well as Spices and boozy flavors mid palate. Molasses flavors play off of notes of clove, allspice, vanilla and menthol. There is a spicy finish with a lingering note of licorice.

M - smooth, buttery texture. Full bodied. Low carbonation creates a more viscous feel.

O - an great beer. Unique and flavorful. It drinks very easily. I genuinely did not know its strength. Definitely in the dessert beer category but it has been quite pleasure to taste this beer.

Photo of deford
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Wow...totally get catsup on the nose....

Poured into a FW snifter...

A-Beautiful ruby red with a sweet lil ring around the edge of the glass...no real head to speak of.

A- Like I said...catsup...this thing is so sweet on the nose its crazy! Probably more like rum, pumpkin, molasses.

T- Catsup...I mean rum and pumpkin and molasses....something roasted...actually really good.

M- Minimal carb...

O- Pretty fine beer. If you do rum, do this....

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer looks very nice, with a thin head and a very nice sherry reddish brown.

S: A lot of rum and booze on the nose at first. I also get some sherry sweetness and some spices.

T: The taste is amazing. To me it is like if you made a pumpkin pie with rum. I am getting so sweet fruitiness, like raisins.

M: The beer has a strong crispness and has a bit of a burn on the back of the throat. Not much carbonation is present.

O: This is one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. This is well put together and the flavors are very complex. Cant wait to see how it is after it ages.

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

Rum sweetness up front,followed by spices and pumpkin.
definitely a sipper

Photo of brewmastercat
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

More of a spirit, less of a beer.

Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy copper with a bit of light tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of rum raisin and brown sugar, with some alcohol and sugary caramel and pumpkin spice.
T: It tasted like sweet rum raisin and candied fig, with pumpkin spice and brown sugar and alcohol. It had a sugary sweet aftertaste that was surprisingly mild.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was really a great beer! Amazingly smooth and easy to drink. The scent and taste were really enjoyable, and the body was solid. The alcohol was noticeable but not bad, so it wasn't difficult to drink. I was surprised it wasn't more complex, but the flavors all blended really well together. This was like a holiday version of The Beast or Samael's, but better than either of those. A great sipping beer for autumn/winter that could also cellar a long time. One of my preferred pumpkin beers.

Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.