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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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258 Reviews
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Reviews: 258
Hads: 1,212
Avg: 4
pDev: 31%
Wants: 340
Gots: 470 | 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 CHickman
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Sept. 09, 2015, 18% ABV listed: pours cloudy copper color with a ton of sediment chunks floating around in the brew which led up to a 1 finger beige colored head that was full of bubbles but faded very fast as it hissed and settled into zero head with zero lacing.

Smells of pumpkin, brown sugar, strong rum or bourbon, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and potpourri. It is so strong and aggressive in every way that my nose hairs constricted in fear of what was coming next.

Tastes of very strong dark rum up front, followed by brown sugar, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, light white pepper, candied sugar, heavy hot booze which felt like a shot sliding down my throat, and toasted grains, potpourri and pumpkin pie. It is way too boozy and the heat is brash, but the way it does taste like pumpkin pie is quite impressive.

Mouthfeel is very heavy, dense and viscous, with a soup-like quality which resembles tomato bisque but you can swap out the tomato with pumpkin and add in a bunch of spices like ginger, allspice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, light white pepper, candied sugar, heavy dark rum and/or booze and then potpourri and pumpkin pie. It's all malt and spices, and even as spicy as it is this brew can not cover up the insane ABV which warms you with each sip.

Too many spices for my liking overall. The novelty wore off quickly here and I liked it less and less as it warmed. Too much and over the top, I could not even call it a slow sipper as it was more like a shot of Bacardi 151: you drank it fast to get fucked up while ignoring taste. That about sums this one up for me. I should have aged it but my curiosity got the best of me.

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

Bottled 9/22/14
Smells boozy, rum, caramel sweetness
Flavor is very sweet. Perhaps a bit cloying but good for sipping. Like a dessert wine almost
I can detect pumpkin and rum but it is mostly just super sweet caramel and toffee. Very thin. Abv is not as near detectable as one would expect. A wonderful treat for my birthday :)

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Photo of whojayjones
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Ordered this beer online living in Florida and was super anxious to try it. Bottled 9/15 abv 15%. A: cloudy orange/light brown. Head dissipated fairly quickly due to alcohol content with a solid lacing left in the glass. S: huge notes of banana, very similar to a banana taffy, followed by spiced rum and minimal cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. T: for an 18% beer this is extremely smooth. Taste of the pumpkin spice upfront followed by huge notes of the oak and rum spices from the barrel. After sitting for a second I can feel the burn in my chest from the rum. Such a great feeling. O: extremely impressed with this beer. Heard such high reviews among the community and decided to give it a try myself and am not disappointed. I'm not really into pumpkin beers myself, but would be into drinking this beer again next year.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pumpkin pie colored liquid with a light tan head that leaves only a speck of lacing here or there. The smell is reminiscent of a pumpkin pie that someone soaked in rum. There is a crust like bread smell with rum, caramel sweetness, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and fresh pumpkin. The taste is all of this. At the first sip it tastes like a pumpkin pie brûlée. The breadiness plays with this to round out the whole pie experience. The rum then takes over and brings some of the pie spice along for a fiery ride. There is a burn like you would expect from a 18% beast but the sweetness keeps it in check. This is a great beer that screams for a cold fall night and a raging fire.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Rum barrel aged 18% Halloween night treat.

A: Beautiful murky ice tea coloring, slight bready beige capping. Minimal lacing speckle.

S: Strong rum-molasses notes on the nose with some brown sugar, and pumpkin spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. Surprisingly not much alcohol is detected here.

T: Nice spicy boozy rum-molasses and caramel sweetness combines with cinnamon spicing, nutmeg and deeply toasted malt. Nice abv%, with a big spicy bite and balance of spices, rum influence, and alcohol which never tastes near its 18%.

M: Sicky, syrupy mouthful. Thick, viscose and warming of pumpkin spice and glow on the inner cheeks. Nice hold.

O: One of the best pumpkin beers i can remember having. A real natural feel of pumpkin puree and balance of spicing which is not over done or obnoxious like pumpkin pie beers. Spicy rum influence but still drinks like a 7-8% rather an 18%. At $14 a bottle i would say this was worth it.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.49/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I've been looking forward to this one for some time, but alas it was not to be. Bottom line was that the nose was one note, and the taste was so sweet and cloying it was disgusting. I'm learning that beers north of 16% are not in my wheelhouse

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Bottled September 09, 2015.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that quickly fades back into a thin patch.

Smell: A sweet, boozy, and spicy aroma with a big scent of rum and pumpkin spice. Upfront barrel presence with a big scent of sweet and boozy rum, vanilla, and a little oak. Scent of pumpkin along with spice hints of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger. Sweet scent of molasses and brown sugar. Malt hints of caramel, biscuit, toast, and yeast. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet, boozy, and spicy taste with big notes of rum and pumpkin spice. Big barrel presence with notes of rum, vanilla, oak, and wood. Some pumpkin flavor along with spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and ginger. Sweet taste of molasess and brown sugar. Toasted malt notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, and yeast. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Rich, sticky, and fairly boozy as expected.

Overall: A really good barrel aged take on a Pumpkin Ale. Big rum barrel flavor along with the pumpkin spices. A slow sipper for sure, but it nicely avoids becoming a cloying mess.

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Photo of svenness
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/22/14

L: Chestnut brown, small bubbles dissipated quickly, little head retention, some floating sediment
S: Molasses, alcohol heat, acetone, rum, fall spices
T: Sweetness masks a lot of the alcohol, clove, oak, orange
F: Full-bodied, mouth-coating, low carbonation, alcohol burn
O: A sipping beer, complex, desert-like

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Photo of Treyliff
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled September 9, 2015, 18% ABV, poured into a goblet

A- pours a clear deep amber color with a small fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing behind

S- big sweet aroma up front with notes of brown sugar, black molasses, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, rum barrel and lots of booze that burns the nose

T- big brown sugary sweetness hits the tongue immediately, followed by sweet rum and some barrel notes. A spicing emphasis of nutmeg and hints of cinnamon follow, with a boozy finish and linger of sweet rum

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a big warming finish

O- a mammoth of a beer, but the rum barrel works well with he spicing. Pumpkin ales are very hard to mask ABV, especially at 18%. This one definitely has some ABV burn, but it's not overbearing. A 12oz bottle would be plenty for two people

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks and smells great, Taste for the first few sips is incredible but its just too sweet to drink in large quantities,if shared ad a sipper then great, but drinking a whole bottle is out of the question.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Rumpkin - I bought 5 of these, drank one fresh last year and cellared the rest.
Poured into my Pumking goblet.
A - Pours a deep dark orange with small head
S - Aroma is pumpkin and booze.
T - Flavor is sweet, then a bit of pumpkin, some raisin and then alcohol.
M - Carbonation is low with medium mouth feel.
O - I was surprised how sweet this is. Also thought the alcohol would calm down a bit after a year but it's still very present. I really enjoy big sippers like this and look forward to see how this beer develops over the next 3 years. Oh by the way, this is outstanding.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 Vintage

Cloudy orange/light brown body with some chunky floaters. Thin pale tan head that settles quickly and just leaves a ring of bubbles. Aroma includes tons of pumpkin spice and lots of banana aroma. A sort of pumpkin/banana pie aroma overall. Flavor is big on the pumpkin spice and big on the booze. Exceptionally sweet, with big pumpkin sugary spice in the middle and a potent boozy rum finish. Feel is thin, hot, low carbonation, with a lingering sweet aftertaste. An extreme beer for sure, that drinks every bit of the ~17% it is.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear copper colour with a small fizzy head of foam that doesn't last long. 18% abv...so not surprising.

The smell is all pumpkin spicy with heaps of nutmeg, some cinnamon, and an abundance of rum, which is one of my favorite of the hard Liquors.

Taste reflects the smell to a T. Lovely spicing that makes you, or at least me, yearn for a slice of pumpkin pie.

Beyond the apparent spices and the well integrated rum barrel aging, there's a profound presence of caramel malt and another spicy thing going on that reminds me of ginger. Pretty darned sweet but that's a way to get the abv up to where it is, eh?

Medium body and carbonation.

This is delicious, outstanding, and hides the abv as best it can. A real treat(pun intended) at $12.25 for the 12 ounce bottle.

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

12 oz. bottle, bottled Sept 09, 2015 printed on the front label. 18.00% abv listed. Batch No. 5. 'Ale brewed with pumpkin and spices. Aged in rum barrels'. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff at the local beer store for ~$13.99.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - It pours a semi-translucent coppery orange body, about a finger of thin bubbly khaki head that audibly fizzles away to a ring. Some slow rising carbonation, and some yeast particulate is visible.

S - Earth gourdy pumpkin is noticeable right off the bat. Notes of buttery pie crust & some pumpkin pie spices - mostly cinnamon - are in there. Surprisingly, no overt alcohol heat or booze fumes in the nose.

T - Wow, alcohol heat and booze fumes definitely come on strong in the flavor, however. The heat from the rum, along with subtle fruity tropical notes are definitely apparent. Beneath that, it is smooth & creamy, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak barrel. No overt pumpkin or spices really, only mild gourd flavor & some cinnamon. Lingering rum flavor.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy. Very hot, but that is to be expected. Some lingering rum flavor & booze heat. A sipper to be sure, but drinkable considering the massive abv.

Overall, an extremely unique barrel-aged offering from Avery. Highly recommended stuff.

Avery Rumpkin -----4/5.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a brownish orange body with minimal head and lace. What can I say other than booze and pumpkin spice (cinnamon, nutmeg) in the aroma? Overall, this is a thick dessert beer that takes time to drink and you better like booziness, particularly rum and a quasi-vanilla sweetness mixed with pumpkin spice like cinnamon, nutmeg and hint of spices. Thankfully I do like all that so I really enjoyed this beer and am glad that the high ABV didn't overpower the other aspects of this beer.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 bottle. Was hoping for more from this. Seemed like a jumbled mess though. Lots of booze, some rum character, and a pumpkin-like flavor. Not cohesive enough of a beer IMO.

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

Sweet jesus this is a candy corn monster. Sticky, candied yams with heavy handed spice. Creamy feel almost turns this into a liquid pumpkin flan. Excessive, over the top, a 12 ounce bottle that splits well 3 ways.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a very small head if any. The beer itself is a clear amber-brown color that looks very nice. The hue gives off a nice look and seems to give off a weight that you can expect in the feel.

The smell is okay. There's a strong sweet rum smell and an alcohol note that competes with the rum. The two notes kind of cover the other notes but you can still smell them. Other than those two notes, you get a pretty good pumpkin and spice notes. The pumpkin is sweet and strong and works well with the spices (light cinnamon and clove). The overall isn't bad but the alcohol takes quite a bit from the other notes. Also, there alcohol note is still there and detracts a bit from the taste.

The tasteis certainly interesting and not bad. The rum and molasses come out a lot more and create a very interesting bouquet with the pumpkin and spices. Essentially, you get a nice sweet flavor that mixes well with the sugary notes. The pumpkin and spices take more of a backseat to the rum and molasses flavor.

The feel is a fairly smooth and heavy body. The beer is a bit thin feeling from the rum and has a slight alcohol warmth to it. There is also biting carbonation. The feel isn't bad and is rather interesting for a pumpkin ale but it just doesn't feel good enough to me for a higher rating.

Overall, a decent beer but certainly not worth what I paid for it. If pumpkin ales are your thing, then go for it. Otherwise, given the price, I'd have to say skip.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a glass (bottled in September of 2014). Smells like pumpkin and sweet potato. Super sweet boozy syrupy taste. Almost like a pumpkin version of the Dogfish head 120. Not for everybody.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - nice orange amber clear color, no head, lots of carbonation
S - sweet alcohol, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon sugar, vegetal gourd, squash
T - Pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, overly sweet. The rum flavor is in there, the oak barrel flavor isn't as far as i'm concerned
M - medium, the alcohol actually waters it down a bit. Alc Is not covered. Aftertaste is sweet, sugary pumpkin and spice.
O - Meh. Overly sweet. Not enough oak. The rum flavor is mostly sweetness.

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Photo of TboneRN
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pumpkin spices, the only problem with this beer is it is insanely sweet...like super sweet rum (think the bruery). Not bad if shared and enjoyed in 3-4 ounce servings.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle into a snifter.

Avery says this is a porter, made with pumpkin, and aged in rum barrels.

I'd say it's more like a barleywine ... a very potent concoction, on the sweet side. The aroma is huge (and I know I don't have the most sensitive sniffer, so for me to really get knocked out by the aroma, it's got some oomph!).

Drinking this one year after bottling, the ABV was strong, but appropriately so. The 17.22% (who knew you could have 2 decimal places in an ABV?) is part and parcel of the overall barleywine effect, and fits in well with the other components of the ale.

The flavor is a well balanced blend of pumpkin (in the background), roasted notes, rum, typical spices, and some sweetness. I did not find it to be syrupy sweet.

I had one bottle, shared with 3 friends, so we each had just a small snifter. That was plenty, and it was very enjoyable. I wouldn't drink this often, but it is certainly memorable.

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Photo of Benish
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: burnt orange with no head or lacings. There is some sediment but not a lot.

Smell: Tons of rum with hints of gin. You can just smell the alcohol. On a side note there is a a ton of pumpkin pie aroma but the alcohol overshadows it a bit.

Taste: predominantly alcohol but tons of pumpkin pie spices - especially cinnamon and cloves. The intense spices complement very well with the alcohol. There's also plenty of candied sugar. It's very sweet, almost syrupy. There was nothing I found that was underwhelming.

Mouth feel - wow it burns. Not like hard liquor but plenty of heat all over. Also very syrupy mouthfeel.

Overall: this is a boozy mess. However it is what it is - a high alcoholic pumpkin beer. The spices in this beer is intense as well as the alcohol. You absolutely need to share this with a friend.

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Photo of zonker17
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 edition consumed 10/7/15. Deep amber/copper color with no head. Smells of the fall season, various spices. Unbearably sweet. Notes of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin. Medium full body and low carbonation. With so many pumpkin beer options available, I'll save the $14 for something more enjoyable.

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Photo of Land_of_beer_and_honey
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like an ale.... which indeed it is. Highly carbed on 2 out of 3 bottles sampled. Good carb on the 3rd. The smell warns of the taste to come. Beware if you can not handle straight shots of top shelf liquor leave this bottle on the shelf for people who indeed can appreciate this delicious dessert beer. The smell is rum and some delicious pumpkin pie. The best way to sum up the taste is imagine biting into some costco pumpkin pie with rum infused whip cream topping it off. Be wary it is indeed packing some heat. Rumpkin brings a welcoming warming feeling all the way down to the belly. The burn is indeed there. Wake up if you did not expect this......18%. Enjoy the entire taste with sips please. You waste your money otherwise( yes it is over priced already). Sip to enjoy the complete flavors and your taste buds will indeed love you. The feel is that of an ale.Overall the tag is hefty. The competition is weak. Should we have to pay wagyu beef prices for a prime steak. I guess if the Competition can not rise to the table and we are left with a bunch of select steaks we have to carry the burden of supply and demand. Happy drinking. Hope the pumpkinator blows this out of the water. Rrrrrr

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.