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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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594 Ratings
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Ratings: 594
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 258
Gots: 229 | 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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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-30-2012 18:00:40 | More by thebouch01
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grittybrews

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brilliant ruby-orange with just a few bubbles on the oily surface. Great big aroma with pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, and just a hint of booze.

Moderate carbonation and a prickly, heavy mouthfeel. Big brown sugar up front with hint of pumpkin and spice before a hot blast of oaky vanilla.

The taste didn't quite live up to the aroma, probably because the alcohol is overwhelming the subtler elements. Have another bottle for the cellar so we'll see how this drinks in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:18:56 | More by grittybrews
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September 17th of this year.

Poured into a goblet, Rumpkin is a hazy copper color with barely any head.

Aroma is rich and boozy with a big hit of a rum barrel.

Flavor is huge and intense with rum, primarily, but also some pumpkin and pie spice. The barrels impart some vanilla but the rum character really overpowers it.

Mouthfeel is big in body, low in carbonation, and high in alcohol.

An interesting beer and just about as big as it gets. Worth a try but probably only once.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 03:46:46 | More by GilGarp
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-24-2012 19:34:56 | More by jheezee
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blindpiggie

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-23-2012 17:29:38 | More by blindpiggie
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-21-2012 14:03:14 | More by justintcoons
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Mikeynas

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

10-20-2012 23:14:32 | More by Mikeynas
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a transparent copper hue. Two sets of forceful pouring birth a orange-tinted head. The head dies away both times and only leaves a bubbled ring along the outer edge of my glass. There is plenty of carbonation rushing from the laser-etched Duvel sign from the stem of the glass. The bubbles rise in a near perfect circle in the middle of the glass. Agitation of the beer also leaves wine-like legs.

S-Huge nose billows out from the glass. I can smell it from afar. The rum barrels strangle my senses. Sugar cane and boozy molasses. Vanilla and oak. Rich, rum-dipped pumpkin flesh. Autumn spices waft from both my glass and bottle. Pumpkin pie with a rum filled center. Pumpkin vines. Delectable and divine.

T-The rum and pumpkin work in perfect symbiosis. Pumpkin meat! Flavor of the rum and barrel. Oaky and woody but also sugar-caned and concise molasses. Fall spice catelogue (cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg). Loads of caramel. Light herbal hoppiness. The pumpkin and rum mesh in PB&J fashion.

M-Soft carbonation. Bubbles are just lively enough. Creamy, ridiculously full body. Syrupy and sappy. Booze does not hide, but it just works so well with the rum flavor. The booziness is a positive when it comes to Rumpkin. A sipper; yet it tastes so damn good I need to remember to pace myself.

O/D-Is this my favorite Pump? Without question the answer is yessir. Transcends the boundary I thought a Pumpkin brew could reach. This is not just a great Pumpkin Ale, this is a great time. So happy to have had this. Rum and pumpkin, rum and pumpkin, RUM AND PUMPKIN!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 20:01:03 | More by VelvetExtract
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-15-2012 00:09:54 | More by thegerm87
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-14-2012 06:08:16 | More by rbrefbeerman
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denver10

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt dark orange/bronze with absolutely zero head. Aroma has a ton of heat to it; dominated by the rum with some pumpkin and spices hiding underneath. Flavor too is dominated by the heat, it lets you know its 18% but the other flavors are more prevalent in the flavor, some pumpkin, spices, and a nice thick sugary vanilla.. Mouthfeel is nice, fuller with little activity. Overall, I was hoping for a little more from this than it delivered. Avery usually does an amazing job disguising the ABV in these beers but here all 18% definitely showed itself. I would have liked the pumpkin and spices to have been more assertive to help balance things out.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 02:46:49 | More by denver10
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FullObs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

10-11-2012 15:33:31 | More by FullObs
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4thelvofbeer

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Thanks to my friend Chris for shipping this one in for me from Colorado! The pumpkin beer of pumpkin beers! 18.1% alcohol is out of control, but you would not know the alky content is that high....beer is smooth and sweet. Pours a nice dark orange amber color, cloudy, not clear. Smell and taste is of sweet rum, caramel (sweet, sweet caramel!!!), and spices. Mouthfeel is super smooth, almost of an oily consistency, but nice bringing the flavors together. Overall, I think this si the best Pumpkin/fall seasonal beer that I have enjoyed this 2012 season! Very nice!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 22:59:44 | More by 4thelvofbeer
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greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-08-2012 00:47:21 | More by greg4579
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 03:31:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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duff247

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-05-2012 04:50:46 | More by duff247
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-04-2012 06:21:01 | More by MarkyMOD
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Ash007


2/5  rDev -50.9%

10-03-2012 22:59:15 | More by Ash007
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Handy50322

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-23-2012 03:49:42 | More by Handy50322
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 10/5/11
Victory tulip

A: Pours a murky dark orange color. Didn't get much head, but at that ABV it's expected. Just an off white ring around the edges. I saw some tiny bubbles up the sides, so there is some carbonation.

S: Initially smells like an old ale or something. Then I started to get the pumpkin ale character: the spices, pumpkin fruit, etc. Not getting the booze, so maybe the year helped this one. Some sweet booze.

T: Initial sip, I slight booze burn goes to the back of the throat right away. Then up front, I am getting that over riding pumpkin ale character. Nice rich pumpkin pulp and then the traditional spice blend. You get some oak and vanilla character from the barrel and it's certainly different than a bourbon barrel. More lively and spicy.

M: It's a big medium leading to full.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 18:09:18 | More by inlimbo77
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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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AndresR

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

09-10-2012 22:48:46 | More by AndresR
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angelmonster

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellared this beer for over 9 months

Pours a clear, dark brown body. Head is a 1/4 inch and tan in color. Lacing was average and head retention was good for such a strong beer.

Smell is of sweet pumpkin pie puree mixed with nutmeg, cinnamon, spiced rum and light alcohol. Sweet caramel, candied figs, and Belgian rock sugar round out the aromas. Hops are not present, this beer is all about sweet malt and spiced pumpkin.

Taste is of sweet, buttery diacetyls, pumpkin pie, clove and nutmeg. Caramelized brown sugar and Belgian Rock sugar is also there, this beer shares similarities to a high quality barleywine or quad. Hops are non existent, alcohol is faint but for 16% alcohol, dangerously well hidden. Rum barrel added some sweetness and spice to overall flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, pretty typical for the alcohol content. The head could have been fuller, thats my only gripe with the texture of this beer.

Overall this beer was amazing. I've had it fresh and aging it for almost a year has transformed it into a completely different class. This beer is definitely the gold standard when it comes to Pumpkin/spiced beers, yet its uniquely different from any pumpkin beer I've had. Its a shame that there is no more of this beer available and no plans have been made to release it again. One thing is for certain though, if it does get released again, I will be hoarding a case for my collection.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:57:29 | More by angelmonster
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Samjuan12

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-02-2012 20:45:11 | More by Samjuan12
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ezperkins2

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-22-2012 16:27:11 | More by ezperkins2
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 594 ratings.