Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 1,093
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 6.28%
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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 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 metter98
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
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 (774 characters)

Photo of MLDucky
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

I'll revisit it after it's aged a bit. For me, fresh, this beer was super hot, boozy, and overly sweet. I enjoyed the spice and pumpkin aroma and flavor, but the sweetness was overpowering for me. Hopefully in time it ages into a wonderful beverage. (252 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 3, bottled Sept 6, 2013. Poured into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, muddled, opaque, amber-brown coloring, with no head whatsoever. Aromas of booze, pumpkin sweetness, brown sugar, woody notes, tangy caramel, and a subtle spice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors are very layered, with a rich pumpkin bread characteristic of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, leading the way, followed by an immediate blast of booze, both in strength and warmth. Woody and vanilla notes come through in highlights, as well as some brown sugar and heavy molasses characteristics. This thing is a beast. Slick, oily, robust bodied, with a huge warming factor as you drink. The aftertaste is surprisingly light on booze, and more of a sit down and chat with the pumpkin and spice blend. Very pleasant surprise. The finish is slick, quick, and surprisingly clean, with only the slightest candi sugar linger. Great beer! (914 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 mactrail
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Tiger! tiger! in San Diego. Murky dark brownish amber in the little globe glass. Not much head. The carbonation barely swims up through the swamp.

So sweet it's shocking. Every sip invokes a shiver. You keep hoping it will get better. Spicy like pie, and sweet like a misguided liqueur. If only there was a plain vanilla custard to pour this over.

This year's batch they call 18.5%. I believe it. Not quite revolting, but the 8 oz glass was more than the two of us could get through. (495 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz, gold foil-capped bottle, 2014 edition, procured during GABF last month. Also the reason why our contingent broke one of the basic first-day tenets there - by having late-evening pints of this stuff at World of Beer.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with one finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly tan head, which leaves some streaky Gulf War tracer fire lace around the glass as things slowly, slowly recede.

It smells of rich, roasted, and certainly vegetal pumpkin flesh, meek earthy ginger, subtle nutmeg, a baba cake meets caramel pudding maltiness, surprisingly plain brown sugar, stressed barrel staves, the metallic and tropical fruit-tinged rum that causes said stress, and a soft leafy, herbal bitterness. The taste is big and sweet, full of dense, syrupy brown sugar, thick caramel malt, hot vanilla, timid seasonal spices - the nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon just overwhelmed, it would seem - goopy pumpkin leftovers, and a rather standoffish aged dark rum booziness.

The carbonation is actually quite tangible for this early in the game, though still manifesting in a mild frothiness, the body smooth, but in the manner of having signed a veritable deal with the devil - always looking over your shoulder, and all that. It finishes on the inflated sweet side, for sure, but with enough going on in the interim, before that middle-shelf rum shot hits you, to keep things more or less just this side of sane.

As during that ill-advised 'nightcap' in metro Denver, the bristling threat of this offering (not necessary to detail here, look it up, or read a label) seems to just bleed away, once you dive in with both feet. Large, fully of bloated pumpkin pie, barleywine-esque malt, and actually polite rum barrel booze. What's not to like, especially when it's drinking this well, this soon? (1,853 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)

Photo of beergoot
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle label data: Annual Barrel Series - Batch No. 4 - Bottled Sept 22 2014

The body appears as a dark, orange-copper color with a thick yet fizzy head. Heavy, sweet aroma with a heady mixture of rum, molasses, brown sugar, and pumpkin. Syrupy sweet flavors, heavy on rum and taffy. Heavy body; thick and chewy; viscous.

An over-the-top pumpkin ale styling that punches your senses with a heavy sweetness. There is so much sugar action going on that it does a good job of hiding the high ABV. Definitely unbalanced with the huge sweetness, but it does offer a rather varied array of flavors although the pumpkin aspect is pretty low-key. For the adventurous... (663 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 CTbrew32
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap on Tapwerks in an 8 oz snifter. Dark red/amber caramel color with very little head produced. Very sweet aroma of rum, caramel, and cinnamon. The taste is interesting. Very sweet at the start with caramel candy flavors, slight cinnamon, nutmeg, banana bread ,vanilla, and cane sugar rum flavors. Definitely some alcohol warmth, but surprisingly not boozy. As this warms up its gets way too sweet and cloying to point of being unpleasant. Mouthfeel is sticky, full ,and cloying towards the finish. Overall, its good, especially at first, but way too sweet towards the end. Plenty of rum flavor and sweet candy sugar, but it becomes too much and even at 8 oz it was hard to finish. I'd have it again, but I'd prefer an even smaller portion. (82/100) (762 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%

Had this on 2014-10-26 in Lancaster, PA at The Fridge on tap

Plenty of pumpkin pie spice and moderate rum. Tasty but very sweet. The rum is a nice touch. Thick mouthfeel. Glad I tried 5 oz of it today. I enjoyed it but not as much as other pumpkin beers I've had this season at 1/3 to 1/2 as much alcohol. (310 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 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 Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle of the 2014 release. Poured into a snifter 10/21/2014.

A- Darker brown-amber body, minimal head, minimal retention time, minimal lacing. Not that impressive in terms of appearance. [3.5]

S- Holy rum booze and pumpkin spices. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg that is still dominated by the white sugary sweet base beer. Kind of hard to get the nuances of this beer. [3.75]

F- Rum booze, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider-like tartness. But this is very rum-forward. I definitely feel drunk after tasting an ounce of this beer. [3.75]

M- Full bodied, thick and sugary. Strong body, strong booziness. I can't even begin to imagine how much malt they used to brew this. Sugary sweet and hot finish on this one. [3.5]

O- Definitely a flavour intense pumpkin beer, but its not exactly what I'm looking for in a pumpkin beer, especially not at the price point it sells for. The booze quotient is extremely high in this one, as is the diabeetus quotient. This 12oz bottle is definitely best split with multiple people. [4]

Final score: 3.71 (1,035 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (750 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 emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright saturated reddish copper color, perfect clarity.

Huge toasted plantain, caramized sugar sweetness. Smells more like a Stranahans barrel, a la Samaels. Rich, sweet, and boozy.

Tastes the same, extremely rich, sweet, and boozy. Sticky sweet caramel, marzipan, oaky vanilla, toasted plantains. Low carb with astringent booze. Though extremely sweet, the flavor profile is one I'm partial to, it's pretty similar to Samaels. Overall it is what it is, tastes and smells pretty nice, though not much in the way of distinctive rum/pumpkin elements. (550 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle courtesy of tenderbranson69, chilled in a teku...review from notes.

The color is ruby with light hazed appearance and thin light tan head with streamers of lace and visibly carbonated in the glass. The smell has lots of vegetal/pumpkin quality with mild woody and toasted odor with a slight spice scent and almost no alcohol in the nose. The feel is intense with a lot of spice and malt with mild sweetness and gentle toasted texture with medium high carbonation and dry alcohol on the palate with spice in the finish.

The taste is excellent with a nice pumpkin quality and slight clove-like spice and mild caramel intertwined with a subtle spicy cinnamon woodiness with the rum barrels mild molassess and toasted character with woody undertones and spicy presence of alcohol. There is a good amount of pumpkin sweetness and malt in the taste but pretty rum barrel dominant as it warms with spiced flavor and alcohol into the finish. Overall a great blend of a strong ale with spice and the pumpkin quality still noticeable in the taste with rum enjoyable as an enhancement to the base. (1,112 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter at room temperature. Bottled on date is 09/22/14.

A- Pours a fairly clear ruby/ dark orange color with a small amount of off-white head which quickly fades. Lots of lacing along the sides too.

S- Smells of spices, cinnamon and pumpkin. The alcohol heat is there a bit on the nose as well but the spices mask most everything else.

T- Holy heat. Starts off sweet with notes of dark fruit and the above mentioned pumkins and spices. Then the heat takes over from the rum barrels and overwhelms everything else.

M- Medium to heavy bodied, low carbonation, very hot (expected.) Each sip leaves a warming alcohol feeling.

Not bad, but I kind of wish I sat on the bottle bottle I got to let the heat subside. (745 characters)

Photo of NorCalAussie
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Gorgeous amber color. Small off-white head which doesn't last long, decent lacing.

Smells of spices rather than pumpkin. The alcohol and rum was huge on the nose as well as sweetness, caramel and even a little banana for me.

Taste of booze and overpowering sweetness, some nice dark fruit and lovely rum flavors. Doesn't hide the high ABV at all.

Medium bodied, with low carbonation. The alcohol warms with each sip.

Got better the more I drank and was a very nice sipper on a cool night. Overall though too boozy for me, may mellow with some age? (589 characters)

Photo of timc100
3.9/5  rDev -2%

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. (503 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 brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 (bottled 10/5/11) and 3 (bottled 9/8/13) tasted side-by-side

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color and, of course, the younger beer has better head retention, at first, but both heads fritter away after about 30 seconds; not surprising, given the ABV

Smell: The rum is much more apparent in the younger version as is the spicing, but the older version has more depth of pumpkin aromatics

Taste: The pie spice, caramel sweetness and rum pounce on the tastebuds in the younger version but the older version is more mellow, bringing a complex melding of the spices, the rum and the pumpkin; a lot of warmth in the gullet from the younger version bursts forward and interrupts the flavor development while the complexity builds in its older sibling, with the warmth in that one settling deep in the belly

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and plenty of boozy warmth

Overall: Not sure why this beer has to have such a high ABV but it was very interesting to sample these two beers side by side; at first, I thought the younger version far superior as it forced itself upon the palate; after a few sips, I found myself returning again and again to the older version as it only revealed its complexity with the passage of time

Thanks, RuckusDu, for the 2013 version and I cannot recall the source of the older bottle but thanks go out to whomever shared it with me if indeed I got it from a trade (1,414 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage pours a murky brown with very little head and no retention.

Nose is oxidized malts, light pie spice and a well integrated alcohol. Im surprised at how much oxidation the malts are showing and the smoothness of the alcohol. I dont really get much in the way of rum or barrel character.

Taste is really smooth, unbelievably so actually. Cinnamon dusted pumpkin pie with a floater of Meyers Dark rum. Damn...I didnt realize this beer was as good as it is...fantastic! More like a liqueur than a beer, but the dark fruits know no bounds. This is one of those beers I need to get more of for sure and kicking myself for waiting so long to try it. Well done Avery. (693 characters)

Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.