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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14%
Wants: 279
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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Photo of drpimento


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

I can see where they're trying to go, but to me, they didn't quite arrive. Poured with a small, cream colored head that quickly subsided and no lace. Color is a cloudy, honey amber. Aroma is malt, pumpkin, spice, dark ripe fruit, raisins. Flavor's like nose with sweet malt, pumpkin and rum flavors on top, followed by the carbonic tang, then the other thangs. Body is excellen but carbonation seems a bit light. Finish is like flavor, very long, and surprisingly not up front boozy; it's there, you know it's there, and then, Oh man! is it there!

11-18-2011 02:59:34 | More by drpimento
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-17-2011 22:46:55 | More by leschkie
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

This pours a really dark burgundy color with just the slightest creamy head. It smells really boozy and at 15.8% it’s not out of line, lots of rum and oak, hard to pick up the pumpkin but the spices are there and blend with the oak really well. The flavor is really pleasant, pumpkin hits your tongue with spices but the booze just comes flying in on the tongue. Lots of rum and oak flavors that actually compliment the spices really well making this a surprisingly well rounded beer. The alcohol adds a lot of heat to the mouth and can be felt all the way down.

Verdict: This is a strong sipping beer so I’m actually glad it comes in a 12 oz. bottle. The flavors are really balanced and the rum barrels really make this beer. Easily my new favorite pumpkin beer.

11-17-2011 20:33:25 | More by kevanb
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-17-2011 19:36:29 | More by NicAutry
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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
Photo of beerhan


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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 20:35:49 | More by wattershed
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-16-2011 19:21:21 | More by ricoch3t
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 03:25:33 | More by JMBSH
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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-15-2011 17:35:36 | More by seanmonaghan13
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 17:13:24 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 04:20:32 | More by shufon
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 21:44:40 | More by Adamostella
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 20:59:04 | More by bentwookie
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 18:18:32 | More by kkrez
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 16:57:17 | More by seanwhite
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 15:02:32 | More by overtsilence
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-14-2011 12:34:57 | More by heyta
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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


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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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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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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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
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.