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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 282
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.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 10-09-2010)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

dhbiker0889, May 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Bobhoya, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of rhinos00
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%

Had on-tap straight from the source at Avery. Poured into a tulip-type glass. This one has been aged in rum barrels for 9 months.

A- Pours a crystal clear mahogany. Produced a fingers width of white head. Reduced to a semi-thick ring around the glass. Little to no lacing.

S- Smells like autumn. Upfront you get a nice whiff of pumpkin and spices. The rum creates a perfect blend here. Adds a great alcoholic sweetness to the aroma.

T- After the aroma, I can't help think that this was a let down. The base beer was just off. The initial flavors were great, but the spices and pumpkin quickly fade and take on a soda type water taste...very bland. The blandness actually intensified as the beer warmed. The rum aspect of the beer saves it. It was very rich in flavor and offered a nice compliment to the spices.

M- Medium bodied, yet slightly on the thin side. Pretty well carbonated.

D- At nearly 14% abv, the alcohol was hidden very well. However, the flavors were the problem. I just couldn't get past the spiced blandness.

Overall, at $10 for a 10oz serving I will pass from now on. However, I can't help but think that Avery is onto something with pairing pumpkin beers and rum barrels. If the base of this beer was anywhere close to that of Pumking, it would be an absolutely phenomenal beer.

rhinos00, Nov 03, 2010
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Anthony1, Dec 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SteeleWright, Nov 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JandJMD, Nov 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

FullObs, Oct 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

mhenson42, Dec 03, 2011
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

kiki3drt292, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Jslay013, Oct 22, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

Deep copper to brown in color. I see definite evidence of alcohol from rum barrel aging in the cloudiness of this beer. The head was minimal and quickly vanished after the pour. The aroma is of dark rum and perhaps dark malt with a bit of caramel. The mouthfeel is thick,chewy,and warm with alcohol. I get dark rum on the front of the palate. I get some sweetness and body from the pumpkin. I also get some definite warming in my throat from the alcohol. While you can tell there is abundant alcohol,I would not have guessed what I see listed on the bottle!

Franziskaner, Dec 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

dataylor21, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bespin15, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

PG2G, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jagada, Feb 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Hopmarc, Nov 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

adkieffer, Feb 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

poppyjohn, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Jmbbabson, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Brewski, Oct 14, 2013
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -7.4%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on Sept. 6 2013. 18.53% ABV.

A- Small creme caramel head that quickly dissipated to nothing. Deep garnet with a small degree of clarity, can see the shadow of my finger through the glass. Sticks to the glass like a spirit. Some fine particles in the glass, could be yeast, pumpkin, or spices.

S- Lots and lots of caramelized sugars followed by some mellow spices of cinnamon, mace and allspice, some vanilla and a light pumpkin mellowness. The alcohol is present but not nearly to the degree I thought this 18% beer would be.

T- Similar to the aroma. Very, very sweet, one of the sweetest beers I've had. Caramelized sugars, marshmallow, lots of rum raisin, the ABV comes on more in the taste can definitely tell this is a strong beer. The spices a there at a nice balanced level. Slight burn as it goes down the throat. Some vanilla and wood from the barrel on the end.

M- Heavy mouthfeel, a definite sipper.

O- This beer is very sweet, a bit too sweet for me to finish one bottle by myself, should have split this with someone. It took me about 2 hours to drink the thing. After a while thought it really grew on me, maybe I was just getting drunk. An interesting beer that I'm really going back and forth on a lot of aspects of the flavor but ultimately it's just too sweet for me to really find it outstanding, and I generally love sweet beers like Wee Heavys and English Barleywines.

PaulyB83, Mar 02, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

A- pours a deep garnet deep amber color. Two fingers of almost brown offwhite head crowns the brew. Very good head retention considering the ABV.

S- starts off with big oak and rum aromas at first with a major vanilla and spice note. Aromas of pumpkin flesh and spices( nutmeg, spicy Ginger and savory cinnamon) lay under the rum blanket. Finishes with a warming boozey quality.

T- sweet molasses, oaky rum flavor and major caramel maltiness hits the palate at first. Roasted pumpkin and spice blends in giving some complexity and depth. Warming agressive alchohol gives some warmth and candied characteristics on the finish. Spicy oak and rum lasts long into the lingering aftertaste.

MF- slick full chewy mouthfeel with a full body and low fine unobtrusive carbonation.

D- very smooth and drinkable. High drinkability for the ABV.

Overall a very unique complex brew!

Viciousknishs, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

davesway10, Sep 22, 2013
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.