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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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598 Ratings
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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 259
Gots: 229 | FT: 21
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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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
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A. Cloudy, murky orange with lots if sediment and particulates. Good half finger of cream colored head. Lacing is also quite good. The color, however, is not.

S. Lots of brown sugar, some cinnamon and clove, roasted pumpkin, some boozy and vanilla rum qualities, and some earthy woodiness that gives it a slightly musty finish. Not bad.

T. This was surprising. Very barleywine-esque, with a prominent brown sugar and dark fruit flavor profile. Lots of toasted bread crust, clove, cinnamon, and a big kiss of booze on the back end. The finish is tannic and boozy with a big oak kick and some vanilla notes from the rum. Surprisingly good. The pumpkin character isnt very present outside of the spice. I am not sure I would recognize this as a pumpkin ale as opposed to a strong ale or barleywine without the label. It's good though. It is really freakin good.

M. Is there any way to not make a 16% beer taste boozy? Because this does. But it is also sweet, malty, spicy, and the rum barrel is very nicely integrated. Rum in particular was a great choice for this beer. It compliments it very nicely. It's boozy yet balanced.

O. Very surprised. This is boozy and really too much for one person to comfortably enjoy. But it's like a pumpkin barleywine, a behemoth of a pumpkin beer that is very well made. Like a traditional pumpkin on steroids, Avery Rumpkin overcomes its shortcomings to, in the end, become a pretty good beer. (bonus points for using "come" three times in the last sentence)

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 22:19:01 | More by siege06nd
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-18-2012 23:45:58 | More by t0rin0
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patjohnfive

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-11-2012 08:01:50 | More by patjohnfive
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 18:55:37 | More by Mora2000
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Jwren5

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

07-30-2012 03:45:19 | More by Jwren5
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DIPADude01

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-28-2012 18:10:20 | More by DIPADude01
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SageO

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-17-2012 05:28:26 | More by SageO
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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-03-2012 21:43:58 | More by BeerHunter76
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-24-2012 04:36:14 | More by LambicKing
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:33:15 | More by mothman
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
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. for better or worse you know this one will be something else.

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 - which are discernible, just eclipsed). 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. i like bold pumpkins but this just didn't work for me. disappointing (especially considering it's $12.95 price point).

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 23:17:13 | More by BostonHops
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hiphopj5

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-19-2012 20:27:22 | More by hiphopj5
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carteravebrew

Colorado

3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-15-2012 23:32:52 | More by carteravebrew
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afksports

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-14-2012 19:03:26 | More by afksports
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-14-2012 12:46:03 | More by whartontallboy
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brystmar

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Oct 2011.

Copper body, minimal head. Spicy rum, booze, barrels, & pumpkin aroma. Taste brings everything together smoothly with hearty pumpkin, plenty of rum, and strong booze too. The balance here works quite well; I do love this beer.

Rumpkin will age with the best of them; can't wait to see how this develops in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:22:51 | More by brystmar
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-12-2012 16:41:49 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Russel's in Amherst. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Very impressive for such a boozy beer. Poured a crystal clear darkish copper with a nice half a finger creamy head that faded to leave nice thin creamy mochaish blanket and very very light side lacing. Very impressive.

S - Some nice cooked veg aromas, definitely some soft pumpkin notes. There are some very boozy rum barrel notes. Light wood, definitely very warm still.

T - Still quite boozy with lots of rum notes. There are some light wood notes and , quite sweet, with very light pumpkin. Lots of rum sweetness and some light malts. Faint pumpkin.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, a bit too sweet, slightly sticky. Definitely a sipper.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, it should be expected that this would be super boozy. Glad I have a few extra bottles to try and age to see if things mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 04:16:36 | More by rudzud
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Rickyd


3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

05-19-2012 03:52:25 | More by Rickyd
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-12-2012 07:01:29 | More by steamboatbrewer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:56:16 | More by stakem
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.