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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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627 Ratings
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 287
Gots: 236 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  18.53% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 10-09-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -2%
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.

Sammy, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1.5%

t0rin0, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, pumpkin, rum, and wood. A very nice barrel aged aroma on this one. Taste is of malt, sugar and spice (cinnamon and the like), graham crackers, rum, and wood. The pumpkin is there but very subtle in my opinion. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great pumpkin beer that turned out extremely well with the rum barrel aging.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -26.1%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria.

Pours a moderate brownish color with a bit of an orange tint to it. There's some light lacing after a single-finger head dies down. The nose is pretty boozy, but at the same time it works with the brown sugar and dark rum character in addition to plenty of pumpkin spicing. Everything is well integrated and though it's boozy, the rum notes work well with the pumpkin and spicing, so I don't have anything to complain about.

The taste goes quite a ways downhill as the intricate rum characteristics are overlaid with all too much booze. Just really, really heavy on the alcohol here. There is some spicing there as well. The feel takes it even lower, as there is nothing there but booze. Pretty heavy body. Drinkability isn't all that high given the excessive booze. It's a shame that the booze took this one over. I wish this were in bottles so I could lay one down for a year to see what happens.

Thorpe429, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

zestar, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -1.5%

nmann08, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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

brentk56, May 27, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark orangey color ale with a sizeable foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of rums and cinnamon is quite intense with loads of sweet notes. Taste is a complex mix of cinnamon, light pumpkin and rums layered with a solid but extremely sweet malt backbone. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. This is a complex one for sure though it was too sweet (a 12 ounces bottle can easily be shared) to drink repeatedly.

Phyl21ca, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes on my last trip up north

orange tinted amber with a little bit of a haze to it and ample carbonation. A nice three finger head of white lace appeared on top and gradually faded down into just a film across the top. The aroma was very big, full of spices, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg were readily noticeable. The taste followed along the same line. A very spicy little ale with just the right amount of hotness to it. The cinnamon was particularly strong and had a great effect on the flavor. Very nice light body and ample carbonation made it go down very easily.

mikesgroove, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +23.2%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

womencantsail, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Farmhouse had this brew on tap last fall and after seeing it on their website I had to go try it. The beer poured out as a nice copperish orange color. The head didn't last very long and didn't leave a lacing. The smell of the beer was spicy and boozy. The taste of the beer had a semi-sweet at first, then the spices kick in and the alcohol warmth finishes off the taste. The flavor is very strong, and I really liked the rum barrel aging. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side but it's got a good carbonation to it. Overall this is a really good beer to sip on a cooler autumn night. Enjoyable!

Knapp85, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Never thought this one would be found on my local shelves, but, hey, I'm not gonna argue. It pours a sunset tawn' topped by a half-finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises spiced rum, extra brown sugar, light oak, vanilla bean, and caramel. A heavy spike of booze keeps full enjoyment at bay. The taste follows pretty closely, with the rum getting all up-close-and-personal with my tastebuds. The spices and vanilla bean are strong as well. There's pretty much no trace of any pumpkin, save the residual spices that get lost in the pre-existing spice forest in the rum. And, once again, the booze is more than present. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thick, syrupy feel. Overall, this was too much of a rum bomb to be fully enjoyable. If you like spiced rum, you'll love this stuff. It's not bad enough to be considered bad, but nothing I would really feel comfortable calling truly good.

TMoney2591, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

largadeer, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with almost no head to speak of. No lacing.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, rum and booziness.

T - Very sweet with pumpkin flavors. Nice rum flavors come through. It almost tastes like pecan pie. Big boozy flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a strong alcohol warmth.

O - This is a really unqiue and tasty beer. Glad I was able to get my hands on a bottle.

zeff80, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SocalKicks, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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...

StonedTrippin, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing this bottle recently. I really appreciate it buddy. At the time of this review, this beer is the #16 beer on the beeradvocate.com "Top Beers - Pumpkin Ale" list.

Beer is amber, clear, lazy nearly non-existent head, low carbonation, no lacing. Looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, mild spice, a little allspice maybe, lots of rum, very sweet.

Beer is a little like syrup, very strong, very sweet, some pumpkin sneaks through but the rum wins on this one. As I suspected, if you like rum, you'd like this beer, if you don't like rum avoid this beer. I for one liked this beer but it gets a little cloying after a while. Probably couldn't drink a whole bottle alone but definitely worth the look.

drabmuh, Jan 03, 2012
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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
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