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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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613 Ratings
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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 281
Gots: 234 | 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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flannelman808

California

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

A: semi hazy light-medium brown with a yellow/orange almost golden tinge. A good amount of light shines through. retention is not an issue as their was only a thin fleeting film of large light tan bubbles. Not much lacing to speak of and frankly it smells sweet from 2 feet away... uh oh.

S: Upon further inspection the aroma is wonderful. It reminds me a bit of the strong barley wine "Big Worst". A variety of apples ranging from sweet red to tart green comes to mind as well as brown sugar and a slight suggestion of cinnamon strudel rum cake.

T: This is pretty darn great stuff... Flavors of roasted Macintosh and fresh Grannysmith apple sprinkled with autumn spices would suggest they have bathed in Rhum, all forming something not all that dissimilar from very hard cider. Pumpkin flavors find their way into the mix as this warms, but are more of an afterthought. Heat from the alcohol becomes present about halfway through a taste and lingers in a slightly offsetting and slightly appreciated numbing way.

M: Oily, smooth, with a late burn.

O: I'm impressed with this, it's tough to make an outstanding pumpkin beer amongst many others. The complexity of flavor and melding of flavors reminds me of a good belgian triple. While I can pick out a few which are good, they are not so easy to discern as a whole, everything working together harmoniously.

I don't know that pumpkin beers are very good for aging but I have a hunch that this one is going to get better over 2-6 years.

11-17-2011 09:02:29 | More by flannelman808
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beerhan

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -12%

12oz Bottle into a wine glass.

A-Dark brown color with minimal head. Super thick and syrupy as seen from the pour.

S-The smell of this is weird, like rum infused pumpkins with old milk. Frankly I could not smell this for long.

T-Tastes like pumpkin pie on crack. There is a lot of molasses, clove, honey, lots of honey, graham cracker and the slightest rum after taste.

M-This is super sweet and sticky. It is smooth for being 16% though.

O-I do not know why but I kept sipping on this beer. It is not that great but for some reasonable enjoyable. Worth a try once. It is like old school barleywine with a pumpkin twist. Super weird beer.

11-17-2011 04:27:33 | More by beerhan
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wattershed

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 20:35:49 | More by wattershed
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ricoch3t

Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-16-2011 19:21:21 | More by ricoch3t
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 03:25:33 | More by JMBSH
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a slightly hazed leafy brown color with some brighter auburn tones. Very little head, retention or lacing.

Whoa, lots of booze on this one. Strong tones of spiced rum, vanilla, oak, and pumpkin. Some caramel and cinnamon. Warm alcohol esters.

Sweet and rich up front on the tongue. A strong sense of straight up Captain Morgan-like spiced rum, slight astringency as well. Thick bready caramel malts, very roasty and warm on the tongue. Vanilla and candy corn with some oak. Finishes hot and sweet.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky, chewy, and coating on the tongue. I was happy to try this, but I thought the rum was a little overboard and the sweetness was pretty strong.

11-16-2011 02:37:51 | More by xnicknj
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seanmonaghan13

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2011 17:35:36 | More by seanmonaghan13
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 17:13:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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doughanson78

Washington

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 08:03:49 | More by doughanson78
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shufon

New York

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 04:20:32 | More by shufon
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 21:44:40 | More by Adamostella
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bentwookie

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 20:59:04 | More by bentwookie
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 18:18:32 | More by kkrez
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 16:57:17 | More by seanwhite
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overtsilence

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 15:02:32 | More by overtsilence
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heyta

Georgia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 12:34:57 | More by heyta
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Spider889

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 12:29:32 | More by Spider889
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Arbitrator

California

2.85/5  rDev -30%

On tap at the Bistro barrel-aged fest.

A: Pours a deep orange-honey colored body with good clarity and a nice head. Decent retention with some lace.

S: This beer is intense on the nose. The rum barrel really stands out. Lots of rum, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, nutmeg on the nose.

T: This is horribly, horribly sweet. Cloying, really. Rum, vanilla, brown sugar. The only things that fight the flavor a little bit are the oak and a touch of nutmeg and/or cinnamon. Just the same, it fills that small need in me to have sickly-sweet things around holiday time (and holiday time only) -- then I can spend the rest of the year convincing myself they were awesome. Candy corn falls in this category. Candy corn and Rumpkin. Anyway, it's not the worst pumpkin beer I've had, but 2 oz is all you need, really.

M: Full-bodied. Very sticky, sweet flavors. Could clean up better. I prefer my pumpkin beers to be pie-like but fairly clean in flavor, not syrupy.

O: I was told by some other patrons to leave this "palate-wrecker" toward the end. I was skeptical; how badly could this wreck a palate at a BARREL AGED BEER FEST? Turns out, quite badly. A very sweet beer.

11-14-2011 03:37:15 | More by Arbitrator
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notchucknorris

California

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Dark honey color with a very thin cream colored head.

S: Rum, lots of pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, vanilla, golden raisin and caramel.

T: The pumpkin works unbelievably well with the sweetness of the rum. Some nice spice notes coupled with the alcohol make you feel like you're eating a warm piece of pumpkin pie. Definitely a sipper but delicious.

11-14-2011 03:15:01 | More by notchucknorris
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Strong pour into CBS snifter produces a modest one finger malted milk colored head. The head recedes very quickly, very spotty lacing left clinging the the walls of the glass. The body is a very murky cider brown color.

The aroma is pleasant and assertive. The rum is very prominent up front but does not become overwhelming. Warm brown bready malt, brown sugar and pumpkin spice intermingle just behind. The aroma as a whole leans towards the boozier side but the secondary aromas are very well balanced.

Rumpkin delivers intensity upfront. Sweet malt, warm pumpkin and spicy rum flood the palate. The intensity diminishes as the beer travels towards the back of the tongue. Brown sugar and vanilla flavors develops, smoothing out the intense flavors up front. The pumpkin spice really stands out on the back end leaving a very pleasant flavor lingering after the swallow. There is a bit of residual heat that lingers in the back of the throat, overall the booziness is pleasantly warming.

Medium bodied beer. The carbonation is low and very appropriate. Very smooth, chewy texture on the tongue, absolutely perfect for this beer. The finish is long, that was expected.

Tremendous beer, very enjoyable. The flavors mesh very well, outstanding balance on the palate. Rumpkin is a bit of a sipper, though it is certainly a beer that you do not mind nursing for an evening. Big thanks to FosterJM for this excellent extra, very appreciative for the chance to try this beer.

11-12-2011 23:36:43 | More by kzoobrew
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hmf05

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

The bottle says this is from Batch No. 1. Pours a deep orange/copper color. Pretty clear and tons of tiny bubbles rising to generate a fizzy two finger head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is intense! Brown sugar, vanilla, and spice hit first, but there is a nice overall pumpkin presence. Smells like pumpkin pie. Alcohol is definitely noticeable on the nose, but not offensive. The taste is exactly like the smell. The first thing I noticed was insane amounts of carbonation on my tongue. Starts out syrupy sweet, but the spices come in to help balance it out. It finishes with a semi-dry fresh pumpkin taste. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick, but the carbonation is very high. Overall, the most unique and intense pumpkin ale I have had to date. If there were such thing as a Double/Imperial Pumpkin Ale, this would fit the bill. There are definitely some flaws to the beer. The carbonation is just too much. There is also a definite burn from the alcohol. I know 15.9% abv is high, but Avery could have masked the alcohol taste more. With that said, this is an epic beer and one that I would definitely try again. The rum barrels add a very nice touch. This will definitely benefit from aging.

11-10-2011 03:46:27 | More by hmf05
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n2185

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%

A: pours a murky brown-orange with half a finger of beige head that almost completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: sweet caramel aromas up front followed by some tart apple aromas. Slight pumpkin spice aromas follow along with vanilla, oak, and rum. The tart fruit aromas permeate throughout.

T: lots of caramel up front with vanilla and oak. Some light pumpkin spice and ginger notes follow. Sweet rum with a light alcohol burn bring up the finish.

M: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is syrupy sweet.

O: a decent beer, but much too sweet. I like the rum characters, but the pumpkin aspects are lost in the sweetness and alcohol.

11-10-2011 00:50:17 | More by n2185
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Opened this with friends.

A: Reddish brown look with some lacing, very little head at all. It looks like a nice dark spirit.

S: I get a lot of fruity notes up front and then some sugary rum barrel certainly to back it up. Grape, caramel, coconut, brown sugar, some cinnamon or nutmeg like spices. Some wet barley in there too.

T: I like this, but it;s quite sweet, I attribute that to the rum barrel mostly: Grape-cherry juice cocktail, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, just a little alcohol sweetness. No pumpkin to speak of, just some nice kitchen spice and general spice you would expect in pumpkin pie or beer. Has a nice cognac taste to it, sweet and complex, not hot and interesting in spice.

M: Pretty nice feel, not as thick as hoped but it rolls over the palate nicely. Kind of like a hard candy melted.

Overall, I dig this beer, one of the best rum barrel beers I;ve had. Would I buy another for $10? Probably not, but it is good.

11-08-2011 02:33:21 | More by Dreadnaught33
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Appearance: Ruddy amber with slight haze and a thin eggshell colored head.

Smell: Loads of pie spice and pumpkin backed by a ton of caramel sweetness. It's quite earthy and gourd-like; they must have used a lot of pumpkin in this, and a lot of spice for that matter. The barrel is pretty integrated but lends quite a bit of sweetness. Surprisingly, booze is pretty restrained here compared to last year's batch.

Taste & mouthfeel: Incredibly sweet, almost cloying; a ton of caramel and brown sugar along with a big pumpkin and spice character. Full, syrupy body with a good amount of carbonation. Mellow rum character, very mild oak presence. Warming going down, but thankfully not harshly boozy. Sweet, sugary finish; lingering spices.

11-06-2011 02:51:15 | More by largadeer
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Kshock

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

A- Ruby red, with a brown hue. Almost no retention, no lacing. looks kinda viscus.

S- Lots of spice. Brown sugar, port wine, ginger, cinnamon. really kickass, but a bit boozy.

T- Spices, sweet like port wine, ginger, and a hint of cinnamon on the back. Sweet start spicy finish.

M- pretty heavy, but easy going down believe it or not.

O- damn good beer.

11-05-2011 21:26:34 | More by Kshock
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.