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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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226 Reviews
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Reviews: 226
Hads: 1,099
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 6.28%
Wants: 323
Gots: 425 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 226 | Hads: 1,099
Photo of perrymarcus
2.8/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled oct 11, 2011

pours a deep, dark amber tone while yielding a short-lived 3/4" head; a bit of patchy lacing evident.

nose is rich, sweet, and malty with notes of rum, spice, and booze.

flavor is hugely sweet and malty... and boozy; cloyingly sweet, in fact, all of which in my opinion overshadow it's other characteristics (spice, pumpkin, molasses, a little vanilla). medium-full on the palate with average carbonation.

overall, just way too sweet and boozy for my taste, although i can see where it might be appealing to others. disappointing (especially considering it's $12.95 price point). (637 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful cloudy ruby pour with a small offwhite head. Head fizzes out almost instantly and there appears to be no lacing.

S: Smells almost exactly like a spiced rum. Super boozy and caramelly sweet. Very strong with some hints of dark fruits. For some reason I love it even though it doesn't even smell like beer.

T: Tons of nice sweet rum up front. Quite boozy but not as bad as you expect, it's mainly the heat and the belly warming. Pumpkin spice is noticeable, some ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg perhaps. Didn't really pick up any pumpkin, I think it got wiped out by all the rum.

M: Heavy, as you might expect. Very low carb. This is a sipper.

O: Interesting and unique take on a pumpkin ale. I wish the pumpkin itself were stronger, I think that would really round this one out and make it amazing. (812 characters)

Photo of JDRourke
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I applaud Avery for their inventive brews. I happen to be fairly particular about my pumpkin ales and I was very curious when I came across this one in the local grocery store for a winter seasonal. First off, very little head and carbonation which really leaves the mouthfeel to the weight of the brew itself. Soft, and a little flat. A little heavy, and naturally so at 15%. It is a very interesting combination, I just felt like the ABV weighed it down. Aging in old rum barrels was a clever combo. I wonder if this might be better with a bourbon barrel. Nevertheless, the pumpkin was drowned out. I got a little bit, but I most tasted some spice and brewing sugar. Not a bad beer, imaginative pumpkin ale, probably best for when you are in an exploratory mood. (764 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boozy and intensely sweet pumpkin pie… in brew form….

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped and foiled bottle. Busy label with a barrel background where a drawing of a rum growler sits next to a pumpkin, framed by the the Avery branding. Side paragraphs offers intent, process, and general ingredients. Notes bottling Oct. 2011, and a production of 512 cases. Shows 15.90% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Lightly hazy deep amber pour with a small head and retention, faint surface memory and minimal lacing.

S - Loooong spiced nose, sweet, clove, all-spice, cinnamon… rummy booze…

T - Impressive first sip with a loooong sweet boozy touch, pumpkin pie shining on the spices with a boozy edge… too much spice… cinnamon, clove, all-spice, touch of nutmeg, caramel, molasses… very sweetly spiced.

M - Medium/full body with medium carbonation, creamy early on and then an emerging stickiness with a touch spicy finish as the boozy settles in.

O - Stimulating at points but a bit too large, sweet and cloying all in all. Booze is not the problem is that raw spiced bomb that blocks the brew somewhat.

Notes: Monster brew that I wonder if it will age graciously. For now worth the try but ultimately a bit much. Let´s see how the other bottle ages... (1,268 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Capones in a 5.5oz glass

Purposely poured w/short head over an opaque dark orange body

Aromas are full of spices and lots of rum barrel with apple juice

Wow. Where to start? Super sweet, featuring caramelized pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, apple pie, molasses, and some rum sweetness. Tasty but almost over-the-top sweetness

Mouthfeel is obviously rich, yet juicy (as if that makes sense). Goes down WAY too easily.

Dangerously drinkable beer. Good thing for 5.5 oz pours! (489 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Review adapted from notes taken 12-10-11

Appearance: Burnt orange, light brown - an interesting color for a pumpkin ale - minimal head, minimal lacing

Smell: Simply put, wow - a ton of spiced rum and a ton of spicy pumpkin - very rich - boozy, woody - lots of pumpkin flesh, and all of the usual pumpkin pie spices - molasses, sugar, brown sugar - tons of depth, complexity

Taste: It's like pumpkin pie coated with rum - did someone get drunk in the kitchen? - woody, boozy, sugary - molasses and brown sugar, but somehow not in a cloying way - caramelized pumpkin flesh - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves are most obvious - malts are highly cooked, caramelized - very boozy - ultimately ridiculous, but I approve

Mouthfeel: Medium body, adequate carbonation, mostly smooth but a little sticky

Overall: Over the top, but in a good way

Rum and pumpkin. I did not know that they could be friends. This beer is as surprising as it is good. Boozy, heavy, sugary - it should be a mess, but it's actually tasty. (1,045 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms

Look: Copper in color with a 1/2 inch head and decent retention

Smell: Lots of rum on the nose backed up by some pumpkin spice and cinnamon and some very present alcohol

Taste: Upfront is the expected pumpkin but then the rum takes over and brings a bit of warmth with it. Back end has some cinnamon and all spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to low carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: This is probably the best pumpkin beer I have ever had but it is still a pumpkin beer so that is not saying much (531 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light murky prune, small tan head that is slow to leave. Some cling.

S - Smells like a big ass barley wine that was cooked with a little pumpkin. Alcohol apparent.

T - Delicious. Massive sweet malt, hot, hint of sweet pumpkin pie therein, finished off with sufficient bittering.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb, balances to the sweet and a little cloying.

D - Pretty happy with this one - except for the price. (422 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, pumpkin, rum, and wood. A very nice barrel aged aroma on this one. Taste is of malt, sugar and spice (cinnamon and the like), graham crackers, rum, and wood. The pumpkin is there but very subtle in my opinion. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great pumpkin beer that turned out extremely well with the rum barrel aging. (649 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass.

Dark brown/amber in color. One finger of off white head. Decent retention and lacing. Nice legs.

Smells of rum, spice, caramel, and molasses.

Taste follows smell. Quite sweet, molasses, caramel, pumpkin, rum, oaky vanilla, rum. Kinda like taking a bite of apple pie, a bite of pumpkin pie, and vanilla ice cream followed by a tiny sip of rum.

Well carbonated, medium bodied. Touch oilly.

For some reason it just doesn't all come together right. A touch too sweet for sure. (503 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer looks very nice, with a thin head and a very nice sherry reddish brown.

S: A lot of rum and booze on the nose at first. I also get some sherry sweetness and some spices.

T: The taste is amazing. To me it is like if you made a pumpkin pie with rum. I am getting so sweet fruitiness, like raisins.

M: The beer has a strong crispness and has a bit of a burn on the back of the throat. Not much carbonation is present.

O: This is one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. This is well put together and the flavors are very complex. Cant wait to see how it is after it ages. (591 characters)

Photo of billab914
2.58/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured a caramel brown color with a thin white head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of the rum flavors to it. I get some woody notes mixing with the earthy pumpkin pie, nutmeg and allspice flavors. Lots of sweet, sugary and boozy flavors coming though in it.

The taste is very boozy and sweet. I get a sugary sweet maltiness mixing with the rum booziness and a little pumpkin pie spice in the finish. The sweet, sugary maltiness is just way too overdone in it for me making it almost undrinkable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being below average. Overall I didn't really care for it. It was cloyingly sweet with too much boozy rum showing through. The pumpkin beer flavors just seemed completely hidden and overshadowed to me. Not an enjoyable beer for me at all. (854 characters)

Photo of SirWilliam666
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hands down my fave pumpkin ale. Big, strong, powerful. Had it at the Great Pumpkin Alefest at Elysian Brewery. Spice, Pumpkin, and Rum all in great balance throughout. I dare say this is a Pumpkin ale for Barley Wine fans(wich I am). Wish I could have got my hands on some bottles for my cellar. (295 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/03/2011

On tap at Strong Ale 2011.

A: Ruddy reddish brown with an off-white head.

S: Big notes of allspice and nutmeg. Rum is pretty strong, but there's not really any harshness one might expect from such a high ABV. Pumpkin blends with pie crust and cinnamon.

T: Lots of rum with strong notes of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Alcohol is bold but not harsh or out of place. I get a lot of pumpkin, as well as earth, fig, and date. This is quite sweet.

M: Medium body with high carbonation on tap.

Overall: This is well done, but it's not my style and is a bit much for me. Four ounces is more than enough. (616 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber clear filtered body. Nice lacy orange head.

Spicy rum cinnamon and nutmeg. A little pumpkin to be had. Very boozy aroma.

Cinnamon and brown sugar open up a nice sweet chewy malt body. Sweet rum notes. The pumpkin lingers in the back as a nice finishing touch (along with a slight alcohol burn).

Very chewy and creamy low carbonation. Good sipper with a very complex flavor profile. I'm not sure I'd like another, but it is a very well crafted beer to be sipped and appreciated. (493 characters)

Photo of aorloski
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden thick syrup. Pours like a watered down maple syrup. Deep dark mahogany in color. poured violently into a shifty gave me a very thin head which goes away and stays that way, i would expect that at near 16%

Smell - Let me tell you, right when i opened this bottle my nose was ATTACKED with rum and booze. COOL! I hate rum by the way but this one in the glass shines. There is this incredibly sweet character to this beer like nothing i have ever smelled in a beer like this. Rum soaked pumpkin definitely. Cinnamon, nutmeg, earthy tones. Smells incredible.

Taste - WOW, so impressed by this one. I am not a pumpkin beer fan but this beer goes somewhere else. This beer is incredibly smooth, not hot whatsoever. Very sweet, but not like a sweet RIS, it is like sweet raw sugar cane. Wrapped up in the sweet rum notes are the cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin you would want in something like this. Just so amazing, i must say.

Mouthfeel - Thick, viscous, coats your mouth with pure happiness.

Overall - Not a big pumpkin beer fan and i hate rum... but as i said this one is in a league of its own. Highly creative and delicious, these brewers knew what they were doing. Oh, and 15.90 abv? WHERE?!?!? (1,218 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a brownish orange color without much of a head; pretty standard pumpkin ale color

S - the nose has sugary vanilla rum with some nice pumpkin spicing playing around it

T - boozy and hot with vanilla run up front. These fade to pumpkin spices and some cookie malts. Really nice complexity and huge booziness that works really well for this.

M - medium bodied, dry finish

D - boozy but in the right ways. The only barrel aged pumpkin ale I have tried so far, and I would say rum was a solid choice as it played nicely with spicing. Recommended if you can get your hands on one! (589 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly light in color, a light murky brown with a very thin head. Smells of pumpkin and spices. Cake and pumpkin tastes are upfront with nutmeg and cinnamon lingering on the pallet, along with a boozy warming sensation (15.9% anyone??). The beer is a sipper for sure, feels real bubbly in the mouth. (305 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Rumpkin! Been looking forward to this big bastard for awhile. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn snifter. Pours a murky dark brown color, reminiscent of dirty drain water, except darker. No head whatsoever, but I expected that given the ABV. Smell- BOOZE! Rum, dark fruits like currants, trifle cake, brown sugar. The rum is unmistakable and overwhelming. Taste- WOW. a sweet blast of rum soaked cake to the front of the tongue. Brown sugar, candied dark fruit carries forward second. some nice bitterness evens out the sweet flavors on the back of the throat. This is boozy as hell, but it all works well together. What it does not remind me of at all is pumpkin. I really get more heavy rum, dark fruit, spices, and sweet candied sugar. Very enjoyable- I will be aging a bottle of this too, but I really like this fresh. A very drinkable 15.6% beer. (858 characters)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky copper into my snifter, with reddish hues, just about one finger of bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Pumpkin is very noticeable even with the other bit aromas, sweet molasses, caramelized malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana, oak and vanilla with a slight rum booziness.

T - Sweet molasses and pumpkin come right through, followed by oak, rum and vanilla. Caramel and spices linger on the palate, nutmeg and cinnamon, really deep malt profile fights against the warmth of the booze.

M - Full bodied and sticky, pretty spicy and warm on the palate.

O - This is a fantastic treat, would love to try it with some age on it to see how the flavors continue to meld and hopefully the booze will mellow a little, looks like I gotta fork out the dough for another bottle. (811 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,052 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

959th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz

2011 Bottling- Oct 5th, 2011
Purchased: Bevmo, Chino Hills, CA

730th Beer of the year. Mission Accomplished!!

App- This is a hard color to describe for me. Imagine a whiskey with orange and the edges are a bit of darker brown with some amber mixed in. Only a 1/2" of mocha colored head formed even with a semi-aggressive pour. Head was very fast receding and very craterous and fell to only about an 1/8" of bubbles.

Smell- On the opening whiff of this one you get a healthy dose of the fresh cut pumpkin. The rum follows to sting the nostrils a tad bit. It smells boozy as well and needs a good bit of time to settle down. The spices are the last to come on the aromatics. More nutmeg and cinnamon overall.

Taste- You can tell what this is. It's big, bold and brash. A beer meant to sip on and not guzzle. It's not a young beer or hot but that whispy booze from the nose comes as more of cloying sweet and rich spirit barrel flavor. Quite enjoyable. The pumpkin is quite upfront on the taste and the barrel treatment really adds a great depth of flavor to this one.

Mouth- It's a pretty full bodied ale with a good bit of medium carbonation behind it. The residual flavors linger for quite a bit and leaves a really spicy boozy rum flavor.

Drink- Very boozy and strong but well tamed. If you've had this beer that sentence makes sense. The pumpkin/rum combo was a smart choice for Avery to go with. One of the other barrel treatments and I fear this beer wouldn't have worked as well. I feel a year for this to sit and mellow would do wonders for it. Now I guess I have to try and find another bottle since Bevmo sold out....What a problem to have. (1,699 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (873 characters)

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with some friends at Whistle Binkies. Poured into some snifters:

A - A nice deep amber with a little bit of golden hues. Hardly any head witha bit of foam around the edges with really no lacing.

S - Loads of nutmeg. Lots o' rum and cinnamon and pumpkin. Little bits of vanilla from the barrel and a bit of candy sugar. That's about it.

T - Oh yeah! Pumpkin pie, cream and rum! The spices are really nice with bits of pepper and a touch of citrus right before the rum blast. Pretty damn good!

M - Huge tingle from the booze and the spices but not too bad at all. Smooth but really no carbonation, only touch from the barrel.

O - Yeah its really good for a pumpkin ale but it is full of booze. Really great smell and flavor, but I'd be suprised if someone could finish one of these by themselves. Great for sharing though, especially around the holidays! (866 characters)

Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.