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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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612 Ratings
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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 281
Gots: 232 | FT: 22
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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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elNopalero

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Wow, this is pumpkin ale for Halloween if there ever was one. Imperial, in a major way. It’s an imperial imperial, with an abv the same as driving age in most states. Bottled, I’d share this with a friend and called it a night in order to sleep it off. (Can you imagine a bomber of this? Hijole!) On draught, driving, and I’m glad it’s just a taster-sized pour since the evening was just getting started. But I certainly could have sipped on this one for an entire evening.
Pours a clear, light amber, with a very thin lacing. You get a lot of booze smelling it, but also a clearly distinct pumpkin aroma. That’s not always the case for a pumpkin ale. A real rummy sweetness around the edges. It’s a big beer, no doubt about it. But also very sweet and shippable. The effervescence helps keep it from feeling heavy on the palate. In a word: wow.

11-02-2011 00:18:27 | More by elNopalero
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

My Halloween beer, because I can. Newest batch is 15.9%

A - Pours a half dinger head, cappuccino in color which quickly dissipates. Body is burnt indian red which is slightly hazy.

S - Mostly sweet candies. Some alcohol. I'm picking up some sourness, like a sour cream, but in a good way.

T - The alcohol is there throughout. This is not a "spicy" pumpkin beer, but hints of cinnamon and cloves with a stronger allspice flavor. I don't taste the rum, but the alcohol is not hidden. Some sweet plum as well.

M - Nicely balanced with good carbonation and feel.

O - a bit much on the alcohol and I am not totally convinced it is a pumpkin beer. It is tasty and well done on all other effects. Much better than the current year Beast which is way too hot.

2012 version - A lot more pumpkin in this than I remember from 2011. I think I like it better.

11-01-2011 03:10:13 | More by RuckusDu
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Domingo

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -14%

On tap at the Rackhouse Pub.
A deep amber orange with a white sheen. Carbonation is light and fades a bit over time, but never goes flat. Pretty impressive for something this strong.
The nose is VERY rum heavy. Rum overpowers even the pretty potent pumpkin pie spices.
The flavor is sweet and creamy, like some of the best pumpkin beers around...and then that rum hit kicks in. While it adds flavor, it also adds a fair amount of heat and distillate character.
Allspice, sweet cream, and cinnamon are amplified by that rum sugar. Sometimes that's awesome, sometimes it's fiery and off-putting.
A pretty hot brew at 15%, and a very slow sipper. Treat it like a cognac instead of a beer.
Some sips are really, really good while others taste like pumpkin rum.
I almost wish the beer weren't rum aged. Either that or maybe just taking on a milder character.
Pretty good, but probably not one I'll seek out like I would Meph Addict or some other Avery brews.

10-30-2011 03:21:44 | More by Domingo
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oline73

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from a bottle into a Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish amber with just a very little bit of off white head.

Smell: Incredibly sweet with a ton of malt and some alcohol. There is some pumpkin and rum in there. It also smells like some other fruits, perhaps ripe pineapple or bananas.

Taste: As in the taste, extremely sweet, but that is expected. Notes of caramel and dark fruit as well as pumpkin and some mild banana notes. The somewhat unpleasant pineapple like note in the smell doesn't show up here. Some Rum and very warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium and mildly syrupy. Aggressively tingly carbonation and a finish that is a little bit dry and quite hot.

Overall: This beer is right up my alley. I'm a huge fan of breweries trying different and weird things. I would have another.

10-29-2011 19:35:01 | More by oline73
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JizackFH

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum at the Avery tap takeover on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a dark mahogany copper color with some ruby hues. There was a tiny layer of off-white head that dissipated very quickly leaving some specs of lace behind on the glass. The nose is big and sweet. There are dark toasted malt, dark fruits, spiced rum, pumpkin, and holiday spices. There is a big booziness as well. The taste is deep dark and sweet. There are fruit flavors like raisin, fig, cherry, and plum. There is a hefty dose of pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar. It is quite boozy, which is to be expected from a beer that is almost 14% alcohol. The whole flavor seems to linger on the palate in the finish. This is full bodied and has more carbonation than I thought it would have. There is some tingling and some roastiness. There is quite a bit of sweetness, and pretty big boozy warmth in the finish. This has really good drinkability. It is most definitely a slow sipper, but the flavor is great. I enjoyed every drop of this one. I really think the rum barrels were a good choice for this beer. I recommend trying this. I thought it was great.

10-26-2011 19:00:15 | More by JizackFH
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Bottle into pint glass
A – Pour reminded me of pouring a bottle of soda into a pint glass but with less head, reduced to nothing instantly, stronger than average carbonation, cloudy brown amber slightly red color. 3.5
S – No surprises here…pumpkin, caramel, rum, spices, alcohol, earthy 3.5
T – Hoo waa, a VERY big spicy pumpkin ale. Big dark sweetness up front to a meaty pumpkin middle before the rum barrel and spice characteristics take over and fade to a moderately bitter finish. Brown sugar, vanilla, dark rum, cloves, molasses, slight fruit. Enough port similarities for me to mention it. An unrefined sugar pumpkin spiced rum bomb. 4
M – Thicker, smooth, with a nice/ample level of carbonation, still very large on the palate 4
O – What a truly unique beer. Not the easiest drinker, but there is so much more here that becomes a side note. I liked not loved this brew, but do recommend any BA try it simply because it is so original. Not sure I can improve upon my prior… an unrefined sugar pumpkin spiced rum bomb reflection. 4

10-26-2011 04:25:49 | More by rsdaugherty
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +15%

I reviewed this beer earlier, but it was on tap and I only had a 4 oz. pour. At the time I thought that might be all I'd get this year. I was lucky enough, though, to get a few bottles of it and I was finally able to sit down and do a proper review of a full beer. That said, I will let my tap review stand as almost anyone who has had it on tap has also only had 4 ounces.

APPEARANCE: This resembles a classic Double IPA. It is deep copper without much head to speak of. It is very unassuming considering what a big beer this is.

SMELL: Brown sugar, dark rum and pumpkin make up the bulk of the aroma in this one, in that order. Some ginger and other sweeter spices come through in the background as well.

TASTE: Wow. All the aromas from the nose are jam packed into the flavor of this beer and it is incredible. This is what a pumpkin molasses cookie would taste like if it was in beer form. It truly is delicious.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth, silky and very sweet. Each sip is sticky up front, but dries out for the finish preventing it from getting to sticky and mouthcoating.

OVERALL: Honestly, pumpkin beers don't get better than this. If you get the chance, drink it.

10-25-2011 07:58:08 | More by StoneTSR
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jfstilling

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

1st review:

Nearly no head. This beer pours a beautiful, cloudy orange-brown color with a great alcohol scent. Pumpkin taste is evident but not so much as the rum flavor. Not a huge fan of rum to begin with but overall great job by Avery. Really different but absolutely delicious.

10-24-2011 00:40:21 | More by jfstilling
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claytong

Vermont

4.72/5  rDev +16%

now its 15.8

appearance - nice orangeish amber. head dissipates quickly off a semi rough pour.

smell - pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon and other pumpkin spices, rum, and more caramel

taste - caramel leads the way, pumpkin, a very nice rum, cinnamon, a tiny bit of nutmeg.

mouthfeel - thick, but not overly so, minor sugar coating in mouth, not cloying whatsoever. carbonation is decent considering appearance. feels great for a cold autumn night on the porch.

overall - never had a pumpkin beer that compares...the closest would have to be st arnolds imp stout with pumpkin spices. which is a pumpkin stout? but anyways...this is great fresh but down the road?

10-24-2011 00:35:34 | More by claytong
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

A - Little to no head. No lacing. Head that swirls in is a creamy-beige color. Brew is cloudy amber with tons of orange and brown.

S - Big brown sugar scent. Very oakey and vanilla. Slight booze burn. Some nice deep spice is buried inside. Lots of ginger and nutmeg. Smells like a strong rummed-eggnog.

T - Very spicy and elegant vanilla. Some nice strong rum notes along with banana and brown sugar. Tastes like bananas foster. yum yums. Not much in the way of pumpkin, but spice is still nice.

M - Perfect (light) carbonation. Hidden heat, but you can feel the burn.

O - Tastes like a shot of Captain Morgan's with a slight beer kick. Not the most impressive, but still a nice brew. This doesn't fit the style, but it's enjoyable. I will recommend this one, but I won't be buying any more.

10-20-2011 02:36:55 | More by chugalug06
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Many thanks to my friend Ken for sharing a bottle of this one late Sunday morning (a perfect time for this type of beer). Poured a clear dark orange amber with a small lingering amber head. On the nose, I got rum, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and cloves. On the palate, medium-bodied, very sweet, with lots of rum, dark brown sugar and molasses. Not a whole lot of pumpkin (or pumpkin pie) flavor going on, which is good; the rum barrels balance nicely against the pumpkin pie spicing, and although they stand out, they do so in a good way. The rum barrels work much better here than they did with Black Tot.

10-19-2011 22:36:50 | More by emmasdad
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours an amber/orange color. Very little carbonation or lacing on the glass. Somewhat transparent in appearance. A very small cocoa head that actually sticks around for awhile. Great looking beer. Wow. This is amazing- the nose is cinnamon, a tiny bit of pumpkin, nutmeg, rum, oak, and molasses. Really complex and fantastic smells coming from this beer! The taste really brings the spices out- though not overwhelmingly so. Rum definitely makes it's presence known too. The taste is almost port like. Very complex flavors- and the 15.9% ABV is fairly well hidden too. Feel is smooth, silky, and rich- with a little alcohol burn on the end- Fantastic! Overall, this is the best pumpkin beer I've had by a landslide- although you don't get a lot of pumpkin. It's great though, and I'm glad I got to try this brew. Highly Recommended.

10-19-2011 21:20:19 | More by jayhawk73
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

On tap at ChurchKey in DC. Poured into a snifter glass. Pours dark reddish brown with thin head and lacing that lasts throughout. Aromas full of toffee, caramel, cinnamon, clove, slight ginger, big notes of brown sugar, molasses, some nice spiced rum, nice sweet pumpkin notes on there as well, really big and full. Taste is just as good and the alcohol is pretty much completely hidden, starts with notes of sweet vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, and molasses, some nice cinnamon, clove, ginger, leading into a perfect blend of sweet pumpkin, rum, and a slight hint of warmth, balanced with a cinnamon, clove and ginger spice combo going into a nice dry, slightly bitter finish. Carbed well enough to carry the taste through the palate, nice full on the palate as well to have a nice lasting finish. What an interesting rum-infused pumpkin ale!

10-19-2011 17:37:29 | More by CuriousMonk
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alexipa

Colorado

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%

The Rumpkin is an intense experience. I've only had it at the tap room, however its taste is hard to forget. It has anything-but-subtle pumpkin and rum flavors, as well as a strong alcoholic smell. It's a very attractive dark orange with a thin head.

10-08-2011 03:43:31 | More by alexipa
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%

from notes on my last trip up north

orange tinted amber with a little bit of a haze to it and ample carbonation. A nice three finger head of white lace appeared on top and gradually faded down into just a film across the top. The aroma was very big, full of spices, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg were readily noticeable. The taste followed along the same line. A very spicy little ale with just the right amount of hotness to it. The cinnamon was particularly strong and had a great effect on the flavor. Very nice light body and ample carbonation made it go down very easily.

09-01-2011 01:12:40 | More by mikesgroove
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

The Farmhouse had this brew on tap last fall and after seeing it on their website I had to go try it. The beer poured out as a nice copperish orange color. The head didn't last very long and didn't leave a lacing. The smell of the beer was spicy and boozy. The taste of the beer had a semi-sweet at first, then the spices kick in and the alcohol warmth finishes off the taste. The flavor is very strong, and I really liked the rum barrel aging. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side but it's got a good carbonation to it. Overall this is a really good beer to sip on a cooler autumn night. Enjoyable!

06-16-2011 20:52:37 | More by Knapp85
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JCDenver

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

Enjoyed this on tap tonight as part of a Colorado Beer Week special tapping at Falling Rock. Reviewed from notes and a 15 minute old memory. The beer is a rich copper color, with small bubbles but no head to speak of. Aromas of spice, specifically cinnamon and clove. Rich mid-palate vanilla, with a butterscotch finish and a sharp but pleasant alcohol bite. This is a sipper, and an excellent one. If they ever decide to bottle this (and I hope they do), it'd be my go to snow day beer.

04-09-2011 05:07:52 | More by JCDenver
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jsanford

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

On-tap at Brewvival 2011.

Pours a dark orange with a creamy head. Smells and tastes of pumpkin, rum and brown sugar, with a good amount of spices. The rum really enhances the pumpkin, this tastes like the best pumpkin pie or casserole you've ever had. Very sweet, with a nice mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. As a pumpkin beer fan I was really looking forward to this, and I wasn't disappointed. Avery needs to bottle this!

03-15-2011 23:38:58 | More by jsanford
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

On Tap at UJ's Manatawny for their Wood fest.

Rumpkin comes in the tulip looking hazyish orange that is semi bright up to light. A small cap of off white foam graces the top of this one, no stick. Smell is str8 rum barrel mixed in with pumpkin spices. Some small amounts of chocolate and some brown sugar. Some alcohol as well. For 13 percent or so pretty well tamed. Taste is pumpkin spice, not so much pumpkin pie flavor. Rum is well stated comes on strong and resembles a spirit in some fashion. Some small cocco, molasses, booze soaked apples and the like. The alcohol is well hidden but feel comes off like a spirit of sorts. Coating, medium bodied, a light carb. A interesting beer, not one i'll be reaching the ends of the earth for, small pours of this are encouraged, would love to have this near the holidays with family.

02-28-2011 06:05:49 | More by BARFLYB
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NorCalYeti

California

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

goslings rum barrel type aged six months at 13.2% abv

the barrels impart a unique flavor character to the beer that is not overrun by pumpkin; an interestingly unique brew

rum barrels from bermuda with real pumpkin in the mash

sampled this at the bistro west coast barrel aged beer festival november 13, 2010

02-19-2011 22:50:35 | More by NorCalYeti
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slackerlack

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%

A - Brown, dark copper color. Clear. No head.

S - Smells like a mix of spiced rum, pumpkin, and alcohol.

T - Sweet pumpkin alcohol. Tastes more like a mild liquor than a beer to me.

D - This one will warm you up fast. It is not very refreshing due to the high alcohol content. This would be a substitution for hard liquor in my opinion.

02-04-2011 04:58:07 | More by slackerlack
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MrHirschybar

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

11th taster at Port's Barrel Blast followed by having this on tap later that night at Hamilton's in downtown

A - Cherry Brown mix, light colored with little to no head that seemed white or off tan

S - Pumpkin pie, rum undertones, sweet, with the spices of pumpkin pie

T - Like pumpkin pie in a glass spiked with rum - sweet, definite pumpkin, rum, and nutmeg and cinammon with a light alcohol finish

M - Creamy, refreshing, sweet, not overly heavy, though the sweetness and ABV can definitely get to you there was little to no heat - just you and the pumpkin pie

D - This was delicious - probably the best Avery beer I've ever tried. Definitely a seasonal thing that you need to be in the mood for and if you're not a fan of pumpkin pie you will hate this - it was literally like having a rum spiked pumpkin pie that you drink that wasn't quite as heavy and bloating. At 13.2% this could knock you off your feet and you wouldn't know what had hit you. I found this delicious and was fortunate enough to have had the taster and then on tap - so two different sources in one day to confirm. My brother also confirmed this was great - just like a pumpkin pie - so maybe a little "kitschy" but a must try since I was under the impression it was tap only - no bottles at Avery and apparently anywhere else that was fortunate enough to get a keg...
Delicious

01-24-2011 06:22:00 | More by MrHirschybar
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UTCengOwl

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%

Had this on tap at the Saucer's 3rd anniverary party. Wow. Sold out the keg in around 2 minutes. I felt lucky to get some of this. Served in a small snifter.

This beer's weakest component was its appearance. Red wi brown hues. Clear, but with little head. It's not like the appeareance turned me offf, but it didn't pull me in either.

The nose is spiced rum. Pure and simle. It's wonderfully smooth. If I smelled a rum like this, I would be ecstatic. However, there's not another layer beyond this, which prevents it from getting the 5.

The taste is spiced rum, too... but a bit more than that. It's spiced rum with a pumpkin spiced aftertaste that flows into a hopped beer finish. Complex and more than I'd ever expect from pumpkin.

The mouthfeel is like that of a good barleywine. Thick and coating. A sipper that doesn't make you want to stop and it coats your mouth with the smallest sip.

Wow. This beer is excellent. My friend that's drinking it with me says it's the best beer he's had in months and I don't want to disagree. I had a St Arnold DR 9 yesterday, but we all know which beer really deserves to be the imperial pumpkin.

01-17-2011 01:45:35 | More by UTCengOwl
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

A - Deep mahogany with reddish hues. Poured with minimal head. Only patches of lacing on this beer.

S - Very sweet and alcoholic. Nice rum notes and lots of spices. Like cinnamon and nutmeg and even a little clove spiciness. Smells like a pumpkin pie.

T - Spiced rum comes to mind. Taste exactly what it smells like. An alcoholic pumpkin pie. With all the sweet cinnamon and nutmeg flavors being more dominant. Alcohol is also very strong in the taste. Its very warming.

M - Full bodied, smooth and a little chewy. Has a nice medium level of carbonation. Works well with the flavors.

D - Not to high considering the ABV. The flavors are all very strong as well. One is enough for me.

Notes - A pretty interesting beer. Very tasty. Not very complex but all the flavors and smells seem natural and not artificial. I might consider trying this one again. Even though its a bit pricey.

01-09-2011 21:18:01 | More by depechemode1983
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Adouble

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

On tap at the Flying Saucer-Houston. 8oz pour and a good thing too, potent.

A- Deep copper with a short lived white head. No lacing with medium body.

S- Rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, wood.

T- Coconut, wood, cinnamon, nutmeg, alcohol. Low carbonation.

D- Not very drinkable but I really don't think they were shooting for drinkability on this one.

Overall I am glad I tried this monster. The spices are not overdone and it all comes together well. I am pretty sturdy and this one has me whipped at the 4oz mark. A good one timer.

01-07-2011 20:25:43 | More by Adouble
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.