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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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593 Ratings
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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 254
Gots: 234 | 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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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 21:44:40 | More by Adamostella
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-16-2013 00:18:10 | More by MinorThreat
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:32:25 | More by SpdKilz
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-28-2013 18:01:44 | More by Davepoolesque
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elNopalero

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is pumpkin ale for Halloween if there ever was one. Imperial, in a major way. It’s an imperial imperial, with an abv the same as driving age in most states. Bottled, I’d share this with a friend and called it a night in order to sleep it off. (Can you imagine a bomber of this? Hijole!) On draught, driving, and I’m glad it’s just a taster-sized pour since the evening was just getting started. But I certainly could have sipped on this one for an entire evening.
Pours a clear, light amber, with a very thin lacing. You get a lot of booze smelling it, but also a clearly distinct pumpkin aroma. That’s not always the case for a pumpkin ale. A real rummy sweetness around the edges. It’s a big beer, no doubt about it. But also very sweet and shippable. The effervescence helps keep it from feeling heavy on the palate. In a word: wow.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 00:18:27 | More by elNopalero
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Dicers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-11-2013 04:20:56 | More by Dicers
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-26-2012 20:34:11 | More by VeganUndead
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a 2012 bottle that is being reviewed.

A - Pours an orange/ruby color that's a little hazy which disappears as it warms to crystal clear. The head is light tan color and dies down almost as quickly as it's poured, no carbonation.

S - Figs, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet caramel malt, and boozy rum aroma.

T - Sweet caramel malt briefly out front before being drowned out with pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, candied figs, light vanilla, light oak, and a huge medicinal wall of rum booziness. The sweetness is almost cloying at times. There is some nice complexity but it gets squashed and overshadowed by the aggressive rum presence. Leaves a coating of spices and rum in the mouth making it salivate like crazy.

M - Oily, viscous, slick, velvety smooth, full bodied, lightly syrupy.

O - The strong alcohol presence forced me to score this lower on the taste scale which is unfortunate because the beer is wonderfully complex. The first few sips left my throat with a "fire in the hole", too medicinal and needs to be aged to mellow out as would any young high alcohol beer like this. (IMO) 'Good thing I have (5) of these left to cellar experiment with. Looking forward to trying another in 6-12 months to see how it's progressing.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 00:18:12 | More by jzeilinger
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barczar

Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper/amber with minimal khaki head that dissipates to nothing.

Rum and pumpkin dominate the aroma, with strong accents of booze, vanilla, and alcohol esters adding complexity. There's a note of sherry contrasting the rummy sweetness.

Extremely sweet, reminiscent of pumpkin pie initially. Underpinnings of rum, clove, and vanilla are not subtle! There's a muted dark fruit character that adds complexity to the sugary pumpkin onslaught. The finish is surprisingly dry and a touch oaky, exposing a squash backbone. Alcohol esters are a bit fusel and solventy.

Body is thick and syrupy, with modest carbonation and significant alcohol burn.

Definitely sweet, the sugary pumpkin and rum mingle well together. Esters balance nicely, keeping the beer drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2014 21:49:45 | More by barczar
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 03:46:46 | More by GilGarp
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-30-2012 14:35:09 | More by jaasen64
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-06-2014 21:16:08 | More by richkrull
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Kmlund

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-28-2013 15:08:38 | More by Kmlund
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-21-2012 14:03:14 | More by justintcoons
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vermilcj

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-10-2013 04:48:34 | More by vermilcj
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-25-2011 03:01:52 | More by DoctorB2B
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djaeon

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-07-2013 19:14:59 | More by djaeon
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n2185

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a murky brown-orange with half a finger of beige head that almost completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: sweet caramel aromas up front followed by some tart apple aromas. Slight pumpkin spice aromas follow along with vanilla, oak, and rum. The tart fruit aromas permeate throughout.

T: lots of caramel up front with vanilla and oak. Some light pumpkin spice and ginger notes follow. Sweet rum with a light alcohol burn bring up the finish.

M: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is syrupy sweet.

O: a decent beer, but much too sweet. I like the rum characters, but the pumpkin aspects are lost in the sweetness and alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 00:50:17 | More by n2185
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WeisGuy

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

03-31-2012 20:35:00 | More by WeisGuy
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Rollzroyce21

California

3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch 3 / Bottled 9-Sep-13

12 oz. poured into Lost Abbey Teku on 10-Oct-13

Aromas of pumpkin, sweet cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg, burnt molassas, rum and spices. Just a little booze, interesting.

The spice and rum dominate the flavors. Whew, the heat at the end! It's great cause it's not boozy and doesn't seem like 18% is obliterating my senses. Overall, I don't get enough of the pumpkin and oak barrel as I'd like to because the rum and spices dominate palate. It reminds me of how Uncle Jacobs does the same; it's as if Avery just pours a couple ounces of the spirit straight into the beer just prior to bottling. Let the reader know that I'm not particularly fond of Rum.

The body is rather light than I prefer as well for a pumpkin ale, but I suppose the body's gotta be as is due to the high ABV. Doesn't come close to Almanac's, but still a great pumpkin ale to enjoy during the cold fall and winter months.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:23:12 | More by Rollzroyce21
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-03-2012 21:43:58 | More by BeerHunter76
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muskiesman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-31-2012 23:13:36 | More by muskiesman
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sneaks2210

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-02-2013 02:42:18 | More by sneaks2210
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brystmar

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:22:51 | More by brystmar
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Spider889

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 12:29:32 | More by Spider889
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.