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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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932 Ratings
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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.46%
Wants: 317
Gots: 352 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  16.73% 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 emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright saturated reddish copper color, perfect clarity.

Huge toasted plantain, caramized sugar sweetness. Smells more like a Stranahans barrel, a la Samaels. Rich, sweet, and boozy.

Tastes the same, extremely rich, sweet, and boozy. Sticky sweet caramel, marzipan, oaky vanilla, toasted plantains. Low carb with astringent booze. Though extremely sweet, the flavor profile is one I'm partial to, it's pretty similar to Samaels. Overall it is what it is, tastes and smells pretty nice, though not much in the way of distinctive rum/pumpkin elements.

emerge077, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz, gold foil-capped bottle, 2014 edition, procured during GABF last month. Also the reason why our contingent broke one of the basic first-day tenets there - by having late-evening pints of this stuff at World of Beer.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with one finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly tan head, which leaves some streaky Gulf War tracer fire lace around the glass as things slowly, slowly recede.

It smells of rich, roasted, and certainly vegetal pumpkin flesh, meek earthy ginger, subtle nutmeg, a baba cake meets caramel pudding maltiness, surprisingly plain brown sugar, stressed barrel staves, the metallic and tropical fruit-tinged rum that causes said stress, and a soft leafy, herbal bitterness. The taste is big and sweet, full of dense, syrupy brown sugar, thick caramel malt, hot vanilla, timid seasonal spices - the nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon just overwhelmed, it would seem - goopy pumpkin leftovers, and a rather standoffish aged dark rum booziness.

The carbonation is actually quite tangible for this early in the game, though still manifesting in a mild frothiness, the body smooth, but in the manner of having signed a veritable deal with the devil - always looking over your shoulder, and all that. It finishes on the inflated sweet side, for sure, but with enough going on in the interim, before that middle-shelf rum shot hits you, to keep things more or less just this side of sane.

As during that ill-advised 'nightcap' in metro Denver, the bristling threat of this offering (not necessary to detail here, look it up, or read a label) seems to just bleed away, once you dive in with both feet. Large, fully of bloated pumpkin pie, barleywine-esque malt, and actually polite rum barrel booze. What's not to like, especially when it's drinking this well, this soon?

biboergosum, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle courtesy of tenderbranson69, chilled in a teku...review from notes.

The color is ruby with light hazed appearance and thin light tan head with streamers of lace and visibly carbonated in the glass. The smell has lots of vegetal/pumpkin quality with mild woody and toasted odor with a slight spice scent and almost no alcohol in the nose. The feel is intense with a lot of spice and malt with mild sweetness and gentle toasted texture with medium high carbonation and dry alcohol on the palate with spice in the finish.

The taste is excellent with a nice pumpkin quality and slight clove-like spice and mild caramel intertwined with a subtle spicy cinnamon woodiness with the rum barrels mild molassess and toasted character with woody undertones and spicy presence of alcohol. There is a good amount of pumpkin sweetness and malt in the taste but pretty rum barrel dominant as it warms with spiced flavor and alcohol into the finish. Overall a great blend of a strong ale with spice and the pumpkin quality still noticeable in the taste with rum enjoyable as an enhancement to the base.

Slatetank, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish amber with just a very little bit of off white head.

Smell: Incredibly sweet with a ton of malt and some alcohol. There is some pumpkin and rum in there. It also smells like some other fruits, perhaps ripe pineapple or bananas.

Taste: As in the taste, extremely sweet, but that is expected. Notes of caramel and dark fruit as well as pumpkin and some mild banana notes. The somewhat unpleasant pineapple like note in the smell doesn't show up here. Some Rum and very warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and mildly syrupy. Aggressively tingly carbonation and a finish that is a little bit dry and quite hot.

Overall: This beer is right up my alley. I'm a huge fan of breweries trying different and weird things. I would have another.

oline73, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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
Photo of mactrail
2.85/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Tiger! tiger! in San Diego. Murky dark brownish amber in the little globe glass. Not much head. The carbonation barely swims up through the swamp.

So sweet it's shocking. Every sip invokes a shiver. You keep hoping it will get better. Spicy like pie, and sweet like a misguided liqueur. If only there was a plain vanilla custard to pour this over.

This year's batch they call 18.5%. I believe it. Not quite revolting, but the 8 oz glass was more than the two of us could get through.

mactrail, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -2%

MarkyMOD, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/23/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip, split with my brother. Batch 11.1, bottled 10/05/11.

a - Pours a hazy dark reddish brown color with one inch of tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Little head retention and no lacing.

s - Smells of pumpkin, gingerbread, nutmeg, rum, alcohol, and light spices. Lots of pumpkin and bread, and not quite as much alcohol as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, very sweet dark fruits, bready malts, rum, alcohol, spice, wood, light toasted notes. Again, actually not quite as much alcohol as I expected, though it was more prevelant than in the nose. A little too sweet, but still good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warmth, but considering the ABV, not bad at all.

o - Overall I thought this beer was pretty good, and it was better than I was expecting. The taste was a bit sweet and boozy, but I enjoyed the nose quite a bit. Would be interested to see how this is with a year on it; may throw a bottle in the cellar until next Thanksgiving.

mdfb79, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange color with no real head. The aroma has a lot of pumpkin pie spices in it, as well as some rum notes. I get some cinnamon and allspice most predominantly. The flavor is similar. I get some big pumpkin notes, as well as some cinnamon, allspice and cloves. There is also a good dose of oak and a ton of rum character. The beer is very boozy and fairly sweet. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

drewone, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev -2%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, listed as 15.9%,

A: Pours a ruddy red brown with a light off-white head. Good retention, no lace.

S: Pumpkins, rum and brown sugar. Notes of ginger as well. Very fragrant.

T: Malt heavy, lots of residual sugar. The rum barrel is clear, the pumpkin is a bit harder to find, the high gravity really takes over.

M: Very full-bodied and viscous, quite smooth with only a slight alcohol burn in the finish, but nothing I'd consider hot. Still really a sipper, and nothing I'd drink fast.

O: An interesting beer. At almost 16% ABV the ethanol is a player and the high final gravity defines the beer. Fun beer to drink, does remind me of Olde School Barleywine a bit, but with pumpkins.

Halcyondays, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of orangesol
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

orangesol, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for hooking me up with some bottles of this. Poured into a matching Avery cervoise, the brew appears a hazed amber with a finger of tan head. The cap recedes leaving some spots of lace on the glass and rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin layering atop. This is a mighty attractive looking brew for 15+ abv. I am surprised at the head retention for such high strength. A swirl agitates bubbles from solution that collect to form nearly a finger of yellowish-stained creamy topping and the swirl paints strings of thing lace on the glass.

The smell is big and boozy which is not surprising considering this beast was bottled 7 months to the day tomorrow. It has almost a raisiny alcohol ester about it that is complimented by a spirit reinforced strength (this is the rum playing into the nose here I assume.) There is a bit of spiced quality as expected from the pumpkin aspect, it is mildly reminiscent of an earthy sort of nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a bit of earthiness about this brew suggesting almost a veggie quality that you would expect if a large amount of pumpkin was included in this. There are some complimenting spices here that I just cant put my finger on, I am assuming this is the rum contribution maybe coupled with any spices that they put in to this. Regardless, I am really digging this and it works for me.

The taste hits hard with alcohol. It is mildly fusel but very well accented by a spirited inclusion of rum. The flavor of the alcohol comes across almost like dark fruits and raisins just like the aroma indicated. There is a significant amount of earthy quality here that I assume to be the pumpkin inclusion, it is complimented by some spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. More sips bring out a familiar spice that I just cant put my finger on until I break down and read the label. Ginger it is, and it brings a fresh brightness to the brew that is very enjoyable mixed with the earthy quality and deep pumpkin flavor. There is no avoiding the alcohol though, when you take a deep sip it tingles and burns right up your nose. However, rightfully there is a quite a significant amount of residual sweetness that helps to keep everything in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Despite being a huge brew, it is lively in the feel with the bubbles keeping this one from really dragging you down and destroying your palate too easily. The big presence of alcohol also helps to seemingly thin things out a bit by almost evaporating on the tongue. Overall I found this brew to be really good. I know it is met with big variance but I really enjoyed it and will be looking to secure more of this for drinking in October for years to come.

stakem, May 05, 2012
Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little white head. Color is a bronze golden amber.

This beer is pretty much like most pumpkin beers but it has a nice oak flavor and the rum does show. Lots of pumpkin and spice.

This beer hides the abv well and drinks fairly easy despite all the spices. Reminds me of new Hollands rum ichabod.

mothman, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev -2%

mdaschaf, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is sunburst orange with a thin, off white cap. The aroma yields booze, malt, spices. Good flavor, with rum emerging more so than in the aroma. Sweet, and best in small doses. Alcohol is there, but not a barrier to enjoyment, even in spite of the nearly 16% abv. Overall, very good. I would definitely have this again.

Huhzubendah, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Gonzoillini, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

DoubleJ, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at UJ's Manatawny for their Wood fest.

Rumpkin comes in the tulip looking hazyish orange that is semi bright up to light. A small cap of off white foam graces the top of this one, no stick. Smell is str8 rum barrel mixed in with pumpkin spices. Some small amounts of chocolate and some brown sugar. Some alcohol as well. For 13 percent or so pretty well tamed. Taste is pumpkin spice, not so much pumpkin pie flavor. Rum is well stated comes on strong and resembles a spirit in some fashion. Some small cocco, molasses, booze soaked apples and the like. The alcohol is well hidden but feel comes off like a spirit of sorts. Coating, medium bodied, a light carb. A interesting beer, not one i'll be reaching the ends of the earth for, small pours of this are encouraged, would love to have this near the holidays with family.

BARFLYB, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.