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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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626 Ratings
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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 286
Gots: 235 | 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.

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Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev -1.5%

bobv, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Rollzroyce21, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of DoctorB2B
5/5  rDev +23.2%

DoctorB2B, Nov 25, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

DerekMorgan, Oct 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Oakenator, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%

wethorseblanket, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

waddellc2, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev -1.5%

BeerHunter76, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BAsbill, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

22Blue, May 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

CTJman, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

sneaks2210, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

jvillefan, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

KYGunner, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of Spider889
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Spider889, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

thebigredone, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Resuin
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This was bottled 09/06/13 so is 2 months old as of this review.

Appearance: Pours an interesting semi-translucent ruby/oak/dark orange color and leaves virtually no head, just some bubbles that fade right away. Not even a rim around the glass.

Smell: Lots of oak and rum upfront. Pleasant hints of pumpkin, apple, rosemary, brown sugar. Very sweet aroma. Very in-your-face as well.

Taste: Big oak and rum upfront followed by very pleasant mild pumpkin, rosemary, cinnamon, molasses, brown sugar. Very interesting and impressive flavor profile.

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation, with a sticky whisky-like medium body. Alcohol is present in the mouth-feel although the taste of it is pretty well hidden by the intense flavors.

Overall: Really an interesting beer. Lots of oak and rum lead the way, but the mild pumpkin and spices shine brilliantly in the background. The body is sticky and similar to a liqueur, but is much easier drinking than one. Sweet and delicious - this is a wonderful sipper for autumn.

Resuin, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

uturn, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

brystmar, Jun 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

bbadger, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange brown with a small tan head that fades into a wisp. Legs down the glass. Light retention, but pretty impressive given the high ABV.

Big sweet rum notes along with some pumpkin flesh and just a little earthy spice.

In general, I will have to say I'm amazed how close to tastes to pumpkin pie soaked in rum. Big pumpkin character up front which is refreshing since I hate "pumpkin" beers that are just overly spiced. The rum does a good job of lending some spiciness to complement, but not overpower the pumpkin. A decent amount of cinnamon with a little nutmeg on top of the rum spices. Not nearly as boozy as the nose although it is noticeable. My only complaint would be it's a touch on the sweet side.

Thick bodied with lower carbonation levels appropriate to the ABV level. Booze is noticeable, but hidden fairly well and I wouldn't have guessed it'd be this high.

Pumpkin beers aren't usually my thing, but this was an enjoyable over the top take on one. Would still prefer some other barrel aged things to this, but still very solid.

jmarsh123, Sep 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

campfirebrew, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
2.64/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 7 September 2012. Tasted 6 September 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange brown color. Clear at the top, murky at the bottom from the sediment. Just a little bit of off-white head.

Basically smells like rum, with a little bit of spice and a little bit of pumpkin. It's like sweet, candied rum. And alcohol. I tend not to drink hard liquor, so I can find its character overpowering. But this is another level.

Taste is... alcohol. It's burning, and I can barely get past it. Doesn't have enough flavor to contend with that unmasked alcohol. A touch of pumpkin and spice, but it's like pumpkin flavored rum rather than pumpkin pie. Yes, I know it's a high-ABV beer, but it's so one-dimensional.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, with a buoyancy that the evaporative alcohol provides. Carbonation is medium-low, but that's okay for a beer like this.

Just doesn't do it for me. It's super alcoholic, and more rum beer than pumpkin beer for sure. I'm buzzed just from my share of this 12 oz. bottle. Yikes, this is potent. Not a whole lot of positive flavors, and a serious alcohol burn. Not one I'd drink again, and I struggled to finish off the bottle with my friend (who said it seemed more appropriate for drinking down by the railroad tracks).

zeledonia, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

beerwolf77, Oct 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

LambicKing, Jun 24, 2012
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.