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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 260
Gots: 229 | FT: 21
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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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
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bobv

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-10-2014 19:50:59 | More by bobv
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 21:08:21 | More by jmarsh123
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.64/5  rDev -35.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 20:09:34 | More by zeledonia
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bbadger

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

11-17-2013 16:00:08 | More by bbadger
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-30-2013 02:18:18 | More by DerekMorgan
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-29-2013 01:43:23 | More by PatGreer
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uturn

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-16-2013 03:38:47 | More by uturn
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-24-2012 04:36:14 | More by LambicKing
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-17-2011 11:56:57 | More by Oakenator
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-01-2013 01:09:32 | More by beerwolf77
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BAsbill

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-19-2014 05:52:22 | More by BAsbill
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-13-2014 13:42:40 | More by thebigredone
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-30-2012 14:26:56 | More by waddellc2
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-01-2014 06:06:36 | More by JISurfer
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-19-2011 00:32:39 | More by savagepm
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 01:52:33 | More by KYGunner
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -44.7%

03-26-2012 02:17:09 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-04-2013 00:33:39 | More by Urbancaver
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours caramel in color with a half finger of cream colored head. No lacing.

S- caramel, cinnamon, maple syrup, nutmeg and faint pumpkin.

T- sweet maple syrup, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg.

M- medium body and carbonation. Syrupy with a alcohol burn still.

O- the rum aging works very well with the pumpkin beer. I think another year on this beer and the booze will fade more and will drink very well.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:46:26 | More by kawilliams81
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CTJman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-01-2013 19:35:29 | More by CTJman
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-05-2013 04:10:57 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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AltBock

Ohio

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

12 oz. bottle with a gold seal around the cap and the neck of the bottle. The label looks like the side of a barrel. The main picture is that of a moonshine jug with Batch 2 and skull and crossbones on it sitting next to a plump pumpkin. Right on the front is where you'll find the vintage date and the cases produced number. This bottle is the 2012 version. To the far sides of the label is where you'll find all the mandatory US info, a description of the beer, and the beer's ingredients. Served in a Cycle Brewing Snifter. 

This Pumpkin Ale poured a unique color. It was a cross between a reddish amber and an light orange color. As for the clarity of the beer, it was a little hazy. It's not as hazy as my memory will be after I finish this 18% beer. For the head of foam, don't expect much of anything. It was just a fizzy head of bubbles. These bubbles had no color to them. These fizzy bubbles quickly faded into oblivion. If I had a magnifying glass, I might have been able to spot some spots along the side of the beer. Even though the head of foam was on the weak side (that's what you get when dealing with a high proof beer), the beer still had a nice hue to it.

This beer was definitely aged in rum barrels. It had a strong aroma of rum and more rum. It didn't burn my nostrils with rum, but it was close. Behind the thick rum wall was some oak, a drop of pumpkin purée, burnt sugar, burnt molasses, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a subtle whiff of vanilla. It would have smelled like pumpkin pie if it wasn't for the rum. Pumpkin pie dipped in rum. That doesn't sound like a bad idea.

This beer is deceiving at first. It comes on smooth, but then it realizes its a high proof beer and in comes the alcohol. The taste kicks off with the pumpkin ale aspect of the beer first. Unlike the aroma where the rum came first. The first part was filled with pumpkin purée, toasted malt, a touch of burnt sugar, a drop of molasses, and a few spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and ginger. After all that, in comes the taste of rum and oak like a typhoon. At this point, the rum completely takes over the beer. It doesn't ruin the taste. It adds uniqueness.

I'm sure you know what the mouthfeel is going to be like from a beer like this. It was full bodied with a strong aftertaste of rum and oak. Besides the rum in the aftertaste, I also found some pumpkin, molasses, and a little cinnamon and nutmeg. The rum will stick around for a long time in the back of your mouth. You will feel this beer go to work on you.

This is definitely a sipper. Take your time with this beer. You're not going anywhere any time soon when you're drinking this beer. This is one of my more unique beers that I've had lately. Is it worth a shot? Oh yeah! Even if you're not a fan of pumpkin ales. It's still worth a shot. 

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 04:33:41 | More by AltBock
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 03:25:33 | More by JMBSH
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.