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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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626 Ratings
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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 286
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.

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Photo of spdyfire83
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

283rd Review
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass
Vintage: 2011 (bottled: 5 Oct. 2011) – 15.8%

From notes. Enjoyed a while back and just getting around to notes now.

A: Organish tannish brownish amberish; you get the point. Single (light mocha) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Loads of booze from the get-go here; mainly rum (go figure!). Diced pumpkin and butternut squash follow as well as soft touch of cinnamon, all spice, and vanilla. Booze dominates and almost distract.

T: Big. Bold. Bad. Booziness is a bit too much for this beer as rum is noticeable (and dominant) start to finish. Mix of pumpkin and light spice dances in the middle with vanilla notes towards the end. Again, mostly just booze. I feel like a broken record.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: I didn’t like this beer as much as I thought I would. I love pumpkin beers, but the booziness is distracting to me. Not sure the process to sit this on rum barrels, but I’d be curious to know if there’s any way to cut the ABV a bit to optimize the flavour profile of this a bit more. It has potential at a lower ABV to be good (the autumn pumpkin spice notes are nice and well executed when not hidden), but again just too boozy.

spdyfire83, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of MEW
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

MEW, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of crissy456
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

crissy456, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm happy to see Avery released Rumpkin for sale, (even in limited quantaties). I have had this now a few times and am always impressed and blown away. I think this is a hard one for people's palates because of the monstous nature of the beer, and people's perceptions of what a pumpkin beer should be like. To me this is something completely outside of normal pumpkin beer paramaters.

A: Slightly hazy, dull brown, with some orange highlights. Very little carbonation, and a slight head with some wine-like legs on the sides of the glass. Pours viscous and with a solid chug-chug.

S: Alcohol!!! And lots of it. It's like breathing in a nice big whiff of staight ethanol. After that burning in your nostrils you pick up a rummy-malty hit., and a slight spice. This one is more barrel character than a standard pumpkin ale, and has lots of fruitiness and some burnt sugar aromas as well. the depth is like a strong port wine.

T: More boozy, estery intensity. This occurs more as you warm it up. (As do many of the complexities. I'm reminded of dark spiced rum, raisins, brown sugar cookies, slight woody-char flavor, and some light spice. (I can't pick out any one spice more than another.) I get a slight oaky/vanilla character as well. Very sweet and syrupy, I couldn't drink a ton of this.

M: Thick, chewy, as viscous as any imperial stout. Its amazing they can balance this monster whatsoever.

O: Splitting this one 3 ways was about right. The alcohol and thickness of this one makes it difficult to drink much of in a session. Despite the booziness and alcohol burn (What do you expect at 18%?) I really like this one and would buy it each year. Its almost like drinking something outside of the beer realm. If you like strong beer, rum, or any dessert-like beverage, than seek this one out despite the steep price tag. I'd like to set a few aside next chance I get, I'd love to have a 5 year old version of this one.

Ricelikesbeer, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of injuredreserve
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

injuredreserve, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Gehrig13
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Gehrig13, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 12oz bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: looks like a cross between barleywine, and pumpkin cider. A brown orange murky hue with littleto no head.

S: deffinatly can smell the rum barrels, along with pumking and caramel, I get a hint of cinnamon spice in the aroma bit not overwhelming, smells pretty good.

T: wow, this is delicious, I don usually like pumpkin beers either, tastes like delicious pumkin pie, with a almost cider like touch, I get caramel covered pumkins, rolled in a very nicley balanced bled of spices, and some deffinate rum on the finish, very wel balanced and delicious.

M: heavy mouthfeel with a nice medium crisp carbonation that keeps it from being syrupy, very nice mouthfeel for a barrel aged offering of this Huge abv... And while you deffinatly get oak and rum notes, particularly in the finish , I feel the boozy notes are well hidden and complimentary.

O: this is a really good brew.... Rum barrel aging seems to really round out the spice of this abv monster, giving it a nice pumpkin pie like spicing without being overbearing.... I really enjoyed this.... Honestly I went in With a negative attitude, not being a fan of the style, the idea sounded gross to me, and I now have a favorite pumkin beer, glad I have this a try.

PeterIngemi, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

thebouch01, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

grittybrews, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

GilGarp, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jheezee, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of blindpiggie
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

blindpiggie, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

justintcoons, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of Mikeynas
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Mikeynas, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

VelvetExtract, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

thegerm87, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -1.5%

rbrefbeerman, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of denver10
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

denver10, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of FullObs
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

FullObs, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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!!!

4thelvofbeer, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of greg4579
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

greg4579, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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...

StonedTrippin, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

duff247, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.5%

MarkyMOD, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Ash007
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Ash007, Oct 03, 2012
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.