Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 225
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rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 6.28%
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  16.73% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 10-09-2010

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 gibgink
4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This sweet treat was right up my ally. There is no hint whatsoever that this is a 16% beer. To me, this tastes like a pumpkin barleywine. Smooth and mellow, with a rum sweetness lingering on the palate. Very enjoyable. (222 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a clear copper red color with almost no head and almost no lacing.

Smell – Pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses and RUM.

Taste – Taste follows the smell. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel – Very creamy, low carbonation, easy drinking for a 16.73% abv beer.

Drinkability – Another great beer from Avery. Not quite as good as the Pump[KY]n in my opinion, but an exceptional pumpkin beer nonetheless. (423 characters)

Photo of emyers
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy orange color with a half-finger beige head. Very good head retention given the impressive abv. There are quite a few chunks of sediment floating around (even with a very gentle pour).

Smell: Smell hits the nose as soon as the bottle is opened. Molasses, rum, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg. Tons of depth. Like a slice of pumpkin pie drizzled with molasses and dunked in rum. Extremely enticing.

Taste: Whoa. I was expecting this to pack a punch given the 16.73% abv mark and it delivers. Strong dark rum barrel notes up front with rich molasses, pumpkin pie, nutmeg, some ginger, cinnamon. Definite alcohol heat on the finish along with more sweet caramel malt/molasses flavor. The alcohol heat works very well given the strength of the beer (and who wants rum without a little burn?) Really quite a remarkable flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Extremely full-bodied and thick on the palate. Fairly low carbonation level.

Overall: Definitely a sipper and a very unique experience. When all is said and done this is easily one of the best pumpkin beer I've had to date. The rum and pumpkin play off each other beautifully. I wish more breweries would explore this combo. (1,244 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a great trade with Jonathan. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a creamy one finger beige head with decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is big and sweet and boozey with hints of butterscotch, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and subtle ginger. Huge sweet molasses dominates the taste along with hints of vanilla, butterscotch, maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, and ginger. The rum barrels really come through, more so than I can remember with any other rum-aged beer. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy while the body is medium to thin. Drinkability is terrible, but sippability is huge with a subtle warming burn on the finish. Overall, this is what it is...a sipper. The sweetness is cloying, but there's enough flavor and complexity to kind of excuse it. (802 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 3/29/15

On Tap. Glad I got the 6 ounce pour. Not that it isn’t good, it is just soooo sweet. Might as well be drinking a glass of rum. Tastes basically like a rum candy. (187 characters)

Photo of SFC21
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is of some pumpkin spices and straight alcohol. A deep inhale burns the nostrils almost as if it were a glass of whiskey. Taste is tons of molasses, and ginger and nutmeg come through as well. The finish is rough, though. Medicinal, buttery, boozy. Too much.

Disappointing as I had been wanting to try this for years. This definitely has potential. Perhaps some age will mellow it out. (394 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many thanks to Michael for the bottle.

Pours a clear, firey dark red color, with a soon vanishing head.

Has an almost overwhelming, wooden barrel character, which gets enhanced by an incredibly zesty, herbal, sweet spiciness, featuring glazed pumpkin and burning booze, all put into an intriguing balance. The brews complex, honeyed maltiness interacts well with the slighty fermented, earthy and sweet pumpkin, both smells blending together hold the barrel intensity at bay.

This is so much sweeter than I expected it to be, with loads of molasses, toffee and cane sugar, kicking my teeths in, finished off wih an intense alcoholic burn, while the barrel's woodenness gets almost swallowed entirely by the sugar. The malt foundations gets overpowered by the sweetness already during the very beginning, joined by a sharp alcoholic impact, and only manages to try finding its balance during a later stage, due to the calming herbs and spices, which all in all aren't capable to stop the sugar madness too. The rum barrel is very well integrated though, providing a burning, slightly bitter counterpart to the sugar, which would result into a slightly dry, medicine-like impression, if it wasn't for the muddy, leafy herbs of mace, cardamon and vanilla, to provide some sort of balance. FInishes with caramelized malts among molasses and an confirming booziness, leaving enough space on the palate for the actual pumpkin to fit in, supported by wooden herbs. (1,461 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Bottled 9/22/2014.

Appearance: dark, murky brown with, I fancy, a hint of orange. Head poured a relatively thin layer of ivory foam, but I do like the promise in that hue.

Smell: sweet, rich, candied pumpkin. Spicing is subdued, but there's enough nutmeg in there to make this a real pumpkin pie. I like both the restraint and the ridiculous desseriness here. It is clean and appeals to me hugely.

Taste: a bit of hot alcohol right off the bat, but the sweet pumpkin pie continues in the flavor. Sadly, the flavor is more muddled than the aroma, but generally it's a very desserty, sweet, crème brûlée type of taste. Good, but holy crap is it sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not outstanding, but very good.

Overall: there should be a warning label on this beer for diabetics. It is good, but holy crap the it's like drinking a pint of syrup. (945 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle 9/22/2914:
Appears a sort if orange-amber, hazy to cloudy in clarity. Head is small bubbles that reduce to a foamy thick edge head, with some large bubbles in the mix. There is actually some lacing for tis high ABV beer.

Nose is obvious pumpkin, somewhat tart fruity nose. The spice is actually subdued (some nutmeg and ginger can be detected). As the beer warms, a rum sweetness can be noted. The power if the smell is nice, but the mix does have sonething weird about the mix that made me mark it diwn a notch.

Taste has a molasses sweetness to it at the beginning, but not dark or heavy. The pumpkin bitter/tart is as present as it is in the smell. The spice notes, especially ginger, come through in the beer and add a bite, which is accentuated but a rum-tinged alcohol burn. I get an impression of rum-soaked fruit bread (rum raisin maybe) in the taste. Feel is medium overall body, the sweetness up front seeming a bit heavy, but some carbonation and fruity ending lighten it a bit.

This is a sweeter beer, to be sure. It also shows its power a bit. If you are not a fan of a sweeter beer, you can save your money. If you like real pumpkin beers, and aren't dissuaded by the previous sentence, give this a try at least once. Beware, it's likely a slow sipper based on its ABV and sweetness. (1,320 characters)

Photo of YouSkeete
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/brown with some cloudiness. Short off white head.

S: Bourbon, rum, wood, roasted nuts, sour mash/cherry strong in the nose. Earthy notes.

T: Blast of sour mash and green apple up front with sweet, rich notes of rum and bourbon barrel wood that follow. ABV tastes strong but well masked at 16.7%. Touches of vanilla and cherry linger on the tongue. Balanced carbonation, milky, smooth mouthfeel overall. (414 characters)

Photo of mj81
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful burnt orange. Initial nose is rum, pumpkin, brown sugar, molasses. First taste and holy sweet pumpkin Batman! After I got past the initial diabetic shock and let it warm, the taste follows the nose. If you were to caramelize some pumpkin in butter with brown sugar and then deglaze it with a dfh 120, that is pretty much the flavor you get from this beast. Excellent mouth feel and hardly any booze burn (though halfway through the glass my equilibrium can definitely detect the booze). Excellent brew. (520 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $10.99. I'd heard about this beer for years and finally capitulated to the high price. To start off it looks like shit, tons of sediment mixed throughout what would have been a pretty beer. Aroma is this strange melange of pumpkin, spice, and booze. The flavor is very sweet, spices, pumpkin and booze. My first couple sips had me ready to pour it out but it grew on me and I finished my glass. Still, this one is not for me. (437 characters)

Photo of joeyfeets
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This brew is a deep, dark amber. Smells of alcohol & a fruity sweetness. The initial taste mirrors that smell with dark molasses & roasted pumpkin flavors. That is followed up by a boozy shot of cinnamon & other spices. I think the rum adds a slight warming into the finish. Despite the high abv popping through, this is a very tasty pumpkin offering that y'all need to go pickup. Good brew to sip next to the firepit after sundown. (432 characters)

Photo of chefbigjon
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super hot. Full of sugar and sweetness. I split this 12 oz "beer" and I 'm glad I did. Full of flavor. Not any pumpkin at all but tons of sugary goodness. Should have aged this beer to let it cool down. (202 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving; Bottle
Bottled on: 09-22-2014 (Batch No. 4)


A:
Pours a dirty orange-brown with a pop-like head that evaporates to nothing. No retention; no lacing. (3.25)

S:
Melange of holiday spices. Caramelized pumpkin with ginger and cloves, spiced rum, woody spiciness, butter. (4)

T:
Spiced rum with pumpkin sweetness. Very spicy ginger with rum, cinnamon, toasted biscuit, white chocolate, roast squash, butter. (3.75)

M:
Warming booziness with medium-full body, slick feel, lingering rummy warmth, sticky starchy squashiness. (4)

O:
Very good beer for what it is.
I am no fan of pumpkin beers or of a lot of barrel aged ones. This is, however, a very fine example of what it is.
Admittedly, it was too much for me, but does seem to be a solidly brewed pumpkin beer made very complex through the use of barrels. It is also too boozy in my opinion, I don't understand what is gained by being stronger than wine, but whatever. It is very multi-layered and I feel like a lower booze presence could maybe bring out somem other things in it, but who knows...
There is a lot of very spicy ginger presence and the hot-buttered-rum feel and flavor is constantly there. The aroma is of pumpkin pie and Nag Champa (appropriate since it's from Boulder). Warming, oily, and intense.
One to be sipped and shared.
Won't have again; but, if you like boozy BA beers and/or pumpkin beers, you can't go wrong, this has got to be the cream of the crop for you : ) (3.75) (1,473 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rumpkin is a thick orange, as in extremely thick, somewhat bright but with no give to it. The orange-tinted head is small and develops a firm layer with some bubbling coming in as it drops. It leaves behind tight lace in light to moderate quantity, mostly in spotting.
I think my nostrils are eating pumpkin, honestly. Otherwise it has a lot of sugary sweetness and some alcoholic burn. There seems to be vanilla and wet molasses, like a syrup was made and woody spices added.
The flavor is extremely sweet, exceedingly so in fact. Spices make their play, and they do add something good but they can't do much to cut the sweetness. The alcohol stings hard, a little too hard, and it just ends up leaning too cloying and harsh even for a dessert beer.
The sweetness in the thick body make this beer too syrupy in the feel. The body ends up full, obviously sweet with no dryness balancing and the ethanolic sting hitting the tongue pretty hard.
I can't get into the beers that are this hard as much as I'd like, though it could be a good enough sipper for sure. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Takezo
4.98/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An amazing pumpkin beer, every time i drink it I find something else I didn't notice before. Seriously need to buy it when you see it; it will be off the shelf very shortly. (173 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rumpkin pours a sort of glossy garnet-sienna hue, with brilliant clarity and zero head, no matter how hard you pour it. At a eye-watering~17%, no surprises there. Looks all the world like a glass of cognac in my hand. The smell is powerful but plush and decadent, like a slap across the face with a velvet-gloved hand of iron. Massively sweet and malty. Behind the mountain of malt lies subtle authentic pumpkin aromas, but very faint spices you'd expect in a pumpkin ale. For such a high octane brew, the rum aging doesn't add to much alcohol aroma, but offers its rich character. Rum was the logical choice for such a syrupy sweet beer, what could go better than sugar cane? I think I even detect the oakiness of the rum in this. Quite an exquisite smelling beer.

The taste, wow, the taste. Again, more sugary sweetness. Everything here just adds to the massive tastes, the powerful rum tastes and its sweetness, the deep caramel, pumpkin and spiciness all overwhelm the palette. The overall impression, as alluded to in the appearance, is more a liquer or cognac than a beer. Only the bare minimum hops are used to still legally call it a beer. I love an agressively malty, sweet, highly-boozy brew, and this ranks up there with Samichlaus, my current favorite. More drinking, and I am really loving this beer. Every phase of this beer in my mouth is sublime; the opening is a blast of pumpkin syrup and solera aged rum, moving to the subtle pumpkin dn malt interplay and finish on more rum and a just that kiss of hops that brings it all together.

Wow, Avery. Avery, Avery, Avery...how did you do this? A boozy, rum soaked pumpkin ale sounds like a gimmick on paper. But this beer is a watershed in the big beer category. Amazing, top notch, world class. Beautiful. (1,772 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Half Time Beverage in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Pours a golden amber color, with a small filmy head, and no lacing.

Smells like a straight shot of brown sugar and booze, lots of cinnamon and maple, and some caramelized burnt pumpkin. This one smells incredibly strong and concentrated, as I would expect.

This definitely tastes good, but it's overbearingly sweet, and hard to drink large amounts of. It's got a syrupy molasses/maple syrup quality to it that's hard to get through lots of. There's a ton of rum and vanilla creamer, burnt brown sugar, caramelized pumpkin, cognac, brandy, and burning booze. This is an extreme beer in every way, and should be approached in quite small doses.

This is thick and syrupy in mouthfeel, but kinda thin body wise. There's a pretty low level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper, and ultimately not that drinkable.

This is definitely a brewing accomplishment- but not one I'm sure needed to be accomplished. It's just too much for the sake of being too much. It does taste good, for about 2 oz or so. (1,057 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very murky copper color. The head is around half a finger high, with an off-white shade. Given the fact that it's nearly 17%, its poor retention is unsurprising. There are some alcohol legs (but no real lacing) left on the glass, though. (2.75)

Smell: Some credit is due, as this does a decent job of smelling like pumpkin pie. I pick up a little gourd, and a huge amount of nutmeg/cinnamon. The huge spiciness accentuates the rum barrel, at least. Letting it warm up even further will expose some general alcohol. Actually, it's the spice that comes across more harshly than the booze. But it's still an intriguing nose. (3.5)

Taste: At first, it pulls off the pumpkin pie impression admirably. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, backed by some gourd and even some vanilla cream. The finish sees an explosion of brown sugar, molasses, rum, and leather; even some graham cracker. And yes, it's RIDICULOUSLY sweet and sugary. Having said that, it's not ridiculously sweet, sugary, and brutally harsh - it's just a big-ass sugar bomb with some nice autumnal qualities. Despite that, it has reasonable depth without being overly sloppy in its flavor profile. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: It doesn't quite burn the throat and esophagus the way Pump[KY]n or Mephistopheles did...but still, this betrays every ounce of its near 17% strength. That, and the massive body leaves behind an ass-load of residual sugar on the palate. A semblance of carbonation does at least help it go down more easily. (3)

Overall: Avery's barrel-aged beers (excluding the sours, natch) are always like manhandling a 1994 Dodge Viper in a rainstorm - big, ridiculous, but almost charmingly silly. This is no exception. It's a little less harsh than Pump[KY]n, thankfully. Sure, it's too sweet, but it also does a good job of drinking like a pumpkin pie with a shot of rum. I'll drink this again, though I probably won't buy it again because of the price point. And even if I do, I'll have to not only make sure I sit on the bottle for a couple years, but also split it with a good friend. (3.5)

3.41/5: Not elegant, but a solid fall-time dessert beer (2,163 characters)

Photo of doctorbarn
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Wow! What a treat. This beer lives up to all the buzz it has created, in more ways than one.
I shared this with some friends and that is perfect for this beer. (160 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark orange to amber color with no head. Aroma is huge alcohol, almost mediciny. Also get some fruity esters and vanilla, along with just a slight rum hint. The taste is super sweet, like dark molasses on the front end, with some nice lingering pumpkin and spice notes. Alcohol is very present. The mouthfeel was hot and a little oily feeling, but in a nice way. Super tasty beer- I haven't had a bad barrel-aged beer from Avery yet. (447 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch No.4 - Bottled on September 22, 2014

Striking brownish copper. Rum notes dominate the nose but pumpkin and other sweet notes are discernible as well. Sticky mouthfeel. The rum sweetness is also upfront in the flavor profile. Some pie spice notes come on for the finish along with the distinct essence of molasses. The alcohol gets a tad overdone at times but considering the enormous ABV, that is not a problem.

Had this as a Thanksgiving digestif a few hours after the main course and dessert. I am hoping to get another bottle to age for next year. It was excellent fresh but I believe that it has the potential to be epic with some age on it. (656 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%

2014 batch, fridge temp into a snifter and allowed to warm. This is an extremely—bordering on obscenely—sweet beer. Like, it should carry a warning for diabetics. There's very minimal alcohol heat, and the rum is quite muted (except for the degree to which it contributes to the, again, extraordinary sweetness). As it warms, a bit of complexity begins to emerge, most notably in the form of an almost bacon-y aftertaste (which is a good thing). Overall, this is very tasty, but it's a bit one-dimensional and lacking the complexity I get from the truly world-class barrel-aged offerings. (592 characters)

Photo of deford
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Wow...totally get catsup on the nose....

Poured into a FW snifter...

A-Beautiful ruby red with a sweet lil ring around the edge of the glass...no real head to speak of.

A- Like I said...catsup...this thing is so sweet on the nose its crazy! Probably more like rum, pumpkin, molasses.

T- Catsup...I mean rum and pumpkin and molasses....something roasted...actually really good.

M- Minimal carb...

O- Pretty fine beer. If you do rum, do this.... (449 characters)

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.