Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.22%
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  16.73% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 10-09-2010

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 ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, oak, rum, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, a bit of dark fruit, and some booze.

T - Starts off with some caramel malts with some brown sugar, pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Through the middle, some oak and Rum comes through with some more pumpkin pie spices and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is a mix of brown sugar, Rum, oak, caramel malts, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, dark fruit, and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, warming, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. The almost 16% abv is well hidden and the overall balance is fantastic.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of elNopalero
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: A wonderful aroma on this beer. Tons of spices, namely cinnamon, all spice, and ginger, are immediately noticeable. The rum/barrel adds plenty of oak and vanilla as well as alcohol. A pretty decent pumpkin smell, too.

T: The pumpkin flavor in this beer is unlike any other I've come across. Legitimate fleshy, meaty pumpkin flavor that is complimented by the spice character. The rum helps to enhance the spiciness as well as providing some vanilla and alcohol warmth.

M: The body is medium with a smooth creamy carbonation.

D: This is one beer that is a little bit boozy, but it does not suffer from this characteristic. Amazing flavor and the nose is almost as good.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Brown ale with a slight orange tint to the body. Medium bubbles with a slightly off-white head. Head initially rose to about a finger's length and settles with very even lacing.

Smell: It smells great but lacks the extra punch you will be looking for.

Taste: Complex taste, sweet and lightly spicy. Nutmeg with a hard hit of either amaretto or the sweet rum used to concoct this animal. The pumpkin is very very evident, the cinnamon feel and cakey taste makes you want to indulge for more.

Mouth: Medium carbonation that lightens up a bit before you get to the end of the glass. Ridiculously sticky, I swear you put the glass down and all you can thick of are pieces of cake or pie still in your cheeks.

Overall: What it all comes down to is this, this brew as expensive as it is an absolute delight. Worth every penny and worth the trouble looking for it. It is literally dessert in a glass. Already one of my top three pumpkins, salud!

Photo of mverity
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle share at Proof courtesy of scotchzi. Opaque orangey amber. Zero head, but who cares? Aroma reminds me of hot cider: spice (cinnamon, clove) sweet almost burnt sugar, and pumpkin replaces the apple, but there is a touch of baked apple too. Taste is very similar, but a warm spiced rum comes through too. Thin-medium body with almost no carbonation; but who cares? Extremely well thought out brew, and yummy as hell. Maybe my new favorite pumpkin?

Photo of AmgineDanus
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy amber/caramel color with thin head that dissipates quickly. Nothing spectacular about the appearance, but I don't tend to place too much empahsis on this aspect of beer -- it's more about nose and flavor for me.

The aroma is pretty delightful: torched sugar, rum, caramel, vanilla, booze, a flutter of dark fruit. A second whiff harkens back to mom's kitchen in late autumn in New England - warm pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon.

Taste for me is delectable - like a sweet and complex, albeit boozy, dessert that galvanizes my palate. Almost like noshing on the butane-torch-caramalized crust of a pumpkin custard that's been aged in oak. A truly sweet, rummy, oaky, caramel raisin sensation. When the tasty flavors mellow I become more aware of the intense booze - this one packs a wallop at 15.9%.

Overall this is an outstanding beer. I can see how it could be a bit too sweet for some, but it's a gustatory homerun for me. The second bottle was a bit overkill, but the first one was amazing.

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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!!!

Photo of YouSkeete
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/brown with some cloudiness. Short off white head.

S: Bourbon, rum, wood, roasted nuts, sour mash/cherry strong in the nose. Earthy notes.

T: Blast of sour mash and green apple up front with sweet, rich notes of rum and bourbon barrel wood that follow. ABV tastes strong but well masked at 16.7%. Touches of vanilla and cherry linger on the tongue. Balanced carbonation, milky, smooth mouthfeel overall.

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of dannyancient
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
2011 vintage poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a burnt orange color that becomes a reddish rust color when held up to the light. The head pours off white, and disappears immediately

S:
Smells incredible. Notes of cinnamon, pumpkin, pumpkin pie, brown sugar, and maple syrup. There is also a great barrel aged aroma of oak, though the rum is not as prevalent as you might think. It seems to be surrounded by a very pleasant alcohol warmth, though it is secondary. Pretty amazing when you consider it's 15+% ABV.

T:
The taste is where this beer shines. A great pumpkin flavor wrapped around notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup, molasses, and a really pleasant alcohol warmth that gets more pronounced as the beer warms.

M:
Really rich mouthfeel, full bodied with a light to medium carbonation. The alcohol hotness is really pleasant, and the barrel aged taste is great. I wish there were more of a rum flavor, but it could be that it's just blended into the mix. Great beer!

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Big and boozy. Nice rum notes that didn't overpower the pumpkin. Really good, just doubt I could afford more than a couple.

Photo of JCDenver
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of aorloski
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Golden thick syrup. Pours like a watered down maple syrup. Deep dark mahogany in color. poured violently into a shifty gave me a very thin head which goes away and stays that way, i would expect that at near 16%

Smell - Let me tell you, right when i opened this bottle my nose was ATTACKED with rum and booze. COOL! I hate rum by the way but this one in the glass shines. There is this incredibly sweet character to this beer like nothing i have ever smelled in a beer like this. Rum soaked pumpkin definitely. Cinnamon, nutmeg, earthy tones. Smells incredible.

Taste - WOW, so impressed by this one. I am not a pumpkin beer fan but this beer goes somewhere else. This beer is incredibly smooth, not hot whatsoever. Very sweet, but not like a sweet RIS, it is like sweet raw sugar cane. Wrapped up in the sweet rum notes are the cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin you would want in something like this. Just so amazing, i must say.

Mouthfeel - Thick, viscous, coats your mouth with pure happiness.

Overall - Not a big pumpkin beer fan and i hate rum... but as i said this one is in a league of its own. Highly creative and delicious, these brewers knew what they were doing. Oh, and 15.90 abv? WHERE?!?!?

Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to G311 for hooking this one up...enjoyed out of a darklord inteligensia snifter.

bottled oct 5 2011 / 512 cases / batch 1

a - brew poured a crisp transparent amber with lively carbonation. a small head was present upon pour, but gone quick.

s - really nice cinnamon pumpkin spice. the rum barrels add a really nice elemnt of fruitiness.

t - fantastic. pumpkin cinnamon and rum fiesta. booze is well hidden.

m - smooth and flavorful. sangria like.

o - overall, a winner. i've had the pleasure of having this once before and it is just as amazing as i remembered. as far as pumpkin beers go, this one is at the top of the list. as far as barrel aged beers go, this one is at the top of the list. perpetual ISO.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Photo of JizackFH
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chefbigjon
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super hot. Full of sugar and sweetness. I split this 12 oz "beer" and I 'm glad I did. Full of flavor. Not any pumpkin at all but tons of sugary goodness. Should have aged this beer to let it cool down.

Photo of Resuin
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. This was bottled 09/06/13 so is 2 months old as of this review.

Appearance: Pours an interesting semi-translucent ruby/oak/dark orange color and leaves virtually no head, just some bubbles that fade right away. Not even a rim around the glass.

Smell: Lots of oak and rum upfront. Pleasant hints of pumpkin, apple, rosemary, brown sugar. Very sweet aroma. Very in-your-face as well.

Taste: Big oak and rum upfront followed by very pleasant mild pumpkin, rosemary, cinnamon, molasses, brown sugar. Very interesting and impressive flavor profile.

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation, with a sticky whisky-like medium body. Alcohol is present in the mouth-feel although the taste of it is pretty well hidden by the intense flavors.

Overall: Really an interesting beer. Lots of oak and rum lead the way, but the mild pumpkin and spices shine brilliantly in the background. The body is sticky and similar to a liqueur, but is much easier drinking than one. Sweet and delicious - this is a wonderful sipper for autumn.

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with some friends at Whistle Binkies. Poured into some snifters:

A - A nice deep amber with a little bit of golden hues. Hardly any head witha bit of foam around the edges with really no lacing.

S - Loads of nutmeg. Lots o' rum and cinnamon and pumpkin. Little bits of vanilla from the barrel and a bit of candy sugar. That's about it.

T - Oh yeah! Pumpkin pie, cream and rum! The spices are really nice with bits of pepper and a touch of citrus right before the rum blast. Pretty damn good!

M - Huge tingle from the booze and the spices but not too bad at all. Smooth but really no carbonation, only touch from the barrel.

O - Yeah its really good for a pumpkin ale but it is full of booze. Really great smell and flavor, but I'd be suprised if someone could finish one of these by themselves. Great for sharing though, especially around the holidays!

Photo of Joshpu
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a snifter. Batch #3

A: Poured an amber color with no head.

S: Immediately get the rum, sort of pineapple smell as I would describe it. It has that (English) barley wine sweet candy apple smell to it. Reminds me of smelling the Firestone Walker Double DBA. It wasn't until the last sip that I could smell the pumpkin and spices.

T: Wow, big flavor kick. It's a lot less off putting than I thought it was going to be. Very sweet. Probably the sweetest beer I've had. Has a very sweet molasses candy flavor. Kind of like an over ripe candied caramel apple with some pumpkin flavor. On the end I'm getting the nutmeg and spices. As it warms, the beer gets even sweeter.

M: Full bodied beer. The alcohol is actually pretty well hidden, other than the obvious burn on the chest. Sticky mouth feel.

Overall a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a boozy mess, but the rum really complements the pumpkin aspect of the beer. The rum obviously makes the beer very sweet. The best way I can describe the beer is that it's like a Firestone Walker Double DBA on steroids.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, pumpkin, rum, and wood. A very nice barrel aged aroma on this one. Taste is of malt, sugar and spice (cinnamon and the like), graham crackers, rum, and wood. The pumpkin is there but very subtle in my opinion. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great pumpkin beer that turned out extremely well with the rum barrel aging.

Photo of emyers
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy orange color with a half-finger beige head. Very good head retention given the impressive abv. There are quite a few chunks of sediment floating around (even with a very gentle pour).

Smell: Smell hits the nose as soon as the bottle is opened. Molasses, rum, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg. Tons of depth. Like a slice of pumpkin pie drizzled with molasses and dunked in rum. Extremely enticing.

Taste: Whoa. I was expecting this to pack a punch given the 16.73% abv mark and it delivers. Strong dark rum barrel notes up front with rich molasses, pumpkin pie, nutmeg, some ginger, cinnamon. Definite alcohol heat on the finish along with more sweet caramel malt/molasses flavor. The alcohol heat works very well given the strength of the beer (and who wants rum without a little burn?) Really quite a remarkable flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Extremely full-bodied and thick on the palate. Fairly low carbonation level.

Overall: Definitely a sipper and a very unique experience. When all is said and done this is easily one of the best pumpkin beer I've had to date. The rum and pumpkin play off each other beautifully. I wish more breweries would explore this combo.

Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.