Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.22%
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Gots: 422 | FT: 50
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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 CharlieMurphy
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'11

A: Orange dark amber with dusk finish. Little white head from a gentle pour.

S: Barrel Warmth.

All in subtle tertiary aromas - Roses, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and even a minute amount of clove.

T: Sweet, which masks alcohol, and even some barrel. Still titloads of barrel warmth. Sweet smooth, balanced pumpkin pie (cookie) extract flavor. Has a note of beer bread flavor too. 15.9%? I wouldn't know. This has a slight candied yam flavor on the finish as this approaches room temp.

M: Smooth. Carbonation is not noticeable and it doesn't matter. A significant amount of residual sugar, but appropriate and enjoyable.

O: A wee hot after its gone down and sat a while but this is very enjoyable. Definitely one to split, sip, and savor.

Photo of BergBeer
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottled Sept 6 2013 Batch No. 3 18.53% ABV

A: Slightly cloudy orange-copper with a thin caramel head that just barely rims the glass. the head disappears after a few minutes but there is still a bit of carbonation throughout.

S: Potent! Tons of rum up front with a definite pumpkin body. Getting rum, pumpkin, cloe, cinnamon, booze, various spices you would find in a pumpkin pie, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, hints of oak and barrel, and more rum. Sort of have to waft it because if you put your nose too close to the glass it stings the nostrils like a liquor!

T: This thing is a beast! Getting dark rum, toffee, caramel, pumpkin, cinnamon, almost a nutty pecan like taste, vanilla, spice, oak, raisin paste, more toffee, fig, dark rum, and graham crackers soaked in rum. Super complex flavors that feels like it is just toying with your tongue. Taste like pumpkin pie your uncle split his rum all over!

M: Easily one of the most full bodied beers i have ever had. It's sticky sweet and thick. Syrupy but not overly so. the closest thing i can compare it to is a barley wine. Like nothing i have really had. The booze is definitely there at the back of the throat but enjoyably so. Warms the whole body. Look up sipper in the dictionary and there is a picture of this beer.

O: One wild ride of a beer. It is thick, deep, and complex in every area. I have to give Avery some respect for making this so drinkable for how big this beer is. It is also pretty amazing just how much pumpkin and spice cuts through the booze and rum. Artfully done and like nothing else on the market. The taste is a bit muddled and maybe a bit overly sweet but with that being said I would not hesitate to pick another up for a special occasion like Thanksgiving dinner! Sit down strap in and let rumpkin take you on the outer bounds of what beer is!

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just fantastic.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms

Look: Copper in color with a 1/2 inch head and decent retention

Smell: Lots of rum on the nose backed up by some pumpkin spice and cinnamon and some very present alcohol

Taste: Upfront is the expected pumpkin but then the rum takes over and brings a bit of warmth with it. Back end has some cinnamon and all spice

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium to low carbonation and a bit sticky

Overall: This is probably the best pumpkin beer I have ever had but it is still a pumpkin beer so that is not saying much

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Capones in a 5.5oz glass

Purposely poured w/short head over an opaque dark orange body

Aromas are full of spices and lots of rum barrel with apple juice

Wow. Where to start? Super sweet, featuring caramelized pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, apple pie, molasses, and some rum sweetness. Tasty but almost over-the-top sweetness

Mouthfeel is obviously rich, yet juicy (as if that makes sense). Goes down WAY too easily.

Dangerously drinkable beer. Good thing for 5.5 oz pours!

Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thank you JBMSH for sending me both batch 1 and 2

2012-Batch 2 poured into a snifter 4.2
A- A nice deep ruby red with a very small off-white head that fade very quickly. 4

S- Rum, pumpkin, sweet caramel malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar. 3.75

T- Holy shit! Pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, oak, rum, think pumpkin pie made with rum, nice earthiness to balance the sweetness. Alcohol is present but it is not too hot or too much for 18.1%. ABV. 4.5

M- Full body, good carbonation, but the alcohol does get hot going down. 3.75

O- This is a great sipper and a lot more drinkable than I thought it was going to be. Rum adds a great flavor. Can't wait to try the 2011 bottle I have, really hope the alcohol has calmed down. 4.25

2011 Batch 1 poured into a snifter 4.14

A- A hazy dark ruby red with a two finger off-white that doesn't fade to nothing. 4

S- Sweet pumpkin, caramel malts, rum, some dark fruits, brown sugar, cinnamon, less alcohol than the 2012. 4

T- Pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruits, some rum, oak, nutmeg, very sweet,really not much alcohol. 4.25

M- Smooth, full body, nice carbonation, almost no alcohol burn 4.25

O- Comprared to the 2012 this a look less boozy and easier to drink, it is sweeter which which I don't see as an improvement in taste. 4

Both years are great beers and enjoyable. I liked the earthiness of the fresher bottle and I feel it gave it better balance. I wish I could combine the flavor of the 2012 with the lack of booziness of the 2011.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy orange brown with a small tan head that fades into a wisp. Legs down the glass. Light retention, but pretty impressive given the high ABV.

Big sweet rum notes along with some pumpkin flesh and just a little earthy spice.

In general, I will have to say I'm amazed how close to tastes to pumpkin pie soaked in rum. Big pumpkin character up front which is refreshing since I hate "pumpkin" beers that are just overly spiced. The rum does a good job of lending some spiciness to complement, but not overpower the pumpkin. A decent amount of cinnamon with a little nutmeg on top of the rum spices. Not nearly as boozy as the nose although it is noticeable. My only complaint would be it's a touch on the sweet side.

Thick bodied with lower carbonation levels appropriate to the ABV level. Booze is noticeable, but hidden fairly well and I wouldn't have guessed it'd be this high.

Pumpkin beers aren't usually my thing, but this was an enjoyable over the top take on one. Would still prefer some other barrel aged things to this, but still very solid.

Photo of Slatetank
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this bottle courtesy of tenderbranson69, chilled in a teku...review from notes.

The color is ruby with light hazed appearance and thin light tan head with streamers of lace and visibly carbonated in the glass. The smell has lots of vegetal/pumpkin quality with mild woody and toasted odor with a slight spice scent and almost no alcohol in the nose. The feel is intense with a lot of spice and malt with mild sweetness and gentle toasted texture with medium high carbonation and dry alcohol on the palate with spice in the finish.

The taste is excellent with a nice pumpkin quality and slight clove-like spice and mild caramel intertwined with a subtle spicy cinnamon woodiness with the rum barrels mild molassess and toasted character with woody undertones and spicy presence of alcohol. There is a good amount of pumpkin sweetness and malt in the taste but pretty rum barrel dominant as it warms with spiced flavor and alcohol into the finish. Overall a great blend of a strong ale with spice and the pumpkin quality still noticeable in the taste with rum enjoyable as an enhancement to the base.

Photo of flannelman808
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mar02x
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try this beer at a tasting organized by Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Read some more about the tasting on my review of The Brewery - Black Tuesday.

A - A beautiful cloudy ruby pour with a small off-white head. Head retracts almost instantly and there appears to be no lacing.

S - A near perfect smell of vanilla, caramel and some sweet sour-like scent.

T - Really sweet, boozy, caramel toffees and a bit sour.

M - Medium to low carbonation and no bitterness whatsoever.

O - A very nice and sweet pumpkin ale.

Photo of Viciousknishs
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep garnet deep amber color. Two fingers of almost brown offwhite head crowns the brew. Very good head retention considering the ABV.

S- starts off with big oak and rum aromas at first with a major vanilla and spice note. Aromas of pumpkin flesh and spices( nutmeg, spicy Ginger and savory cinnamon) lay under the rum blanket. Finishes with a warming boozey quality.

T- sweet molasses, oaky rum flavor and major caramel maltiness hits the palate at first. Roasted pumpkin and spice blends in giving some complexity and depth. Warming agressive alchohol gives some warmth and candied characteristics on the finish. Spicy oak and rum lasts long into the lingering aftertaste.

MF- slick full chewy mouthfeel with a full body and low fine unobtrusive carbonation.

D- very smooth and drinkable. High drinkability for the ABV.

Overall a very unique complex brew!

Photo of riored4v
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in to a tulip. Dark amber color, clear. Very little head.

Aroma brown sugar, malt, vanilla, spices and pumpkin. Some mild barrel notes. Caramel aromas. Fair amount of booze.

Taste was big amounts of rum, brown sugar and vanilla. Lots of caramel, malt and pumpkin. Fair amount of spices. Big alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel was heavy body, medium carb and a bit of a chewy finish. Definite alcohol warmth.

Overall this was great. Lots of complexity, big abv and very tasty. Can't wait to see what some aging does.

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 (bottled 10/5/11) and 3 (bottled 9/8/13) tasted side-by-side

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color and, of course, the younger beer has better head retention, at first, but both heads fritter away after about 30 seconds; not surprising, given the ABV

Smell: The rum is much more apparent in the younger version as is the spicing, but the older version has more depth of pumpkin aromatics

Taste: The pie spice, caramel sweetness and rum pounce on the tastebuds in the younger version but the older version is more mellow, bringing a complex melding of the spices, the rum and the pumpkin; a lot of warmth in the gullet from the younger version bursts forward and interrupts the flavor development while the complexity builds in its older sibling, with the warmth in that one settling deep in the belly

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and plenty of boozy warmth

Overall: Not sure why this beer has to have such a high ABV but it was very interesting to sample these two beers side by side; at first, I thought the younger version far superior as it forced itself upon the palate; after a few sips, I found myself returning again and again to the older version as it only revealed its complexity with the passage of time

Thanks, RuckusDu, for the 2013 version and I cannot recall the source of the older bottle but thanks go out to whomever shared it with me if indeed I got it from a trade

Photo of hmf05
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright saturated reddish copper color, perfect clarity.

Huge toasted plantain, caramized sugar sweetness. Smells more like a Stranahans barrel, a la Samaels. Rich, sweet, and boozy.

Tastes the same, extremely rich, sweet, and boozy. Sticky sweet caramel, marzipan, oaky vanilla, toasted plantains. Low carb with astringent booze. Though extremely sweet, the flavor profile is one I'm partial to, it's pretty similar to Samaels. Overall it is what it is, tastes and smells pretty nice, though not much in the way of distinctive rum/pumpkin elements.

Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy dark orange, almost brown, with a small tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is very heavy on the pumpkin along with some vanilla, rum, and spices. The alcohol isn't exactly in your face here but you can tell it's lurking in the background.

T: The taste is a huge blast of vanilla, rum, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and more pumpkin. Much better than the nose led on and everything is very big.

M: The feel is on the thicker side of medium with a decent level of carbonation.

O: The tap version of this was so-so but this bottle is great stuff. I am sad I only have one more of these and definitely plan to get more during the next release.

Photo of biboergosum
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz, gold foil-capped bottle, 2014 edition, procured during GABF last month. Also the reason why our contingent broke one of the basic first-day tenets there - by having late-evening pints of this stuff at World of Beer.

This beer pours a clear, dark red brick amber hue, with one finger of wanly puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly just bubbly tan head, which leaves some streaky Gulf War tracer fire lace around the glass as things slowly, slowly recede.

It smells of rich, roasted, and certainly vegetal pumpkin flesh, meek earthy ginger, subtle nutmeg, a baba cake meets caramel pudding maltiness, surprisingly plain brown sugar, stressed barrel staves, the metallic and tropical fruit-tinged rum that causes said stress, and a soft leafy, herbal bitterness. The taste is big and sweet, full of dense, syrupy brown sugar, thick caramel malt, hot vanilla, timid seasonal spices - the nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon just overwhelmed, it would seem - goopy pumpkin leftovers, and a rather standoffish aged dark rum booziness.

The carbonation is actually quite tangible for this early in the game, though still manifesting in a mild frothiness, the body smooth, but in the manner of having signed a veritable deal with the devil - always looking over your shoulder, and all that. It finishes on the inflated sweet side, for sure, but with enough going on in the interim, before that middle-shelf rum shot hits you, to keep things more or less just this side of sane.

As during that ill-advised 'nightcap' in metro Denver, the bristling threat of this offering (not necessary to detail here, look it up, or read a label) seems to just bleed away, once you dive in with both feet. Large, fully of bloated pumpkin pie, barleywine-esque malt, and actually polite rum barrel booze. What's not to like, especially when it's drinking this well, this soon?

Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour @ Falling Rock, stop 1/5 on the Barrel Aged Bike Tour

Wickedly big - rum barrel, pumpkin pie, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, dense pumpkin bread. Really good - would be a task to take down 12oz, but a task I would welcome. Definitely on the sweet end, with a tingling rum finish. Perfect for 11am on a Friday :)

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky copper into my snifter, with reddish hues, just about one finger of bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Pumpkin is very noticeable even with the other bit aromas, sweet molasses, caramelized malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana, oak and vanilla with a slight rum booziness.

T - Sweet molasses and pumpkin come right through, followed by oak, rum and vanilla. Caramel and spices linger on the palate, nutmeg and cinnamon, really deep malt profile fights against the warmth of the booze.

M - Full bodied and sticky, pretty spicy and warm on the palate.

O - This is a fantastic treat, would love to try it with some age on it to see how the flavors continue to meld and hopefully the booze will mellow a little, looks like I gotta fork out the dough for another bottle.

Photo of grittybrews
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of deford
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Wow...totally get catsup on the nose....

Poured into a FW snifter...

A-Beautiful ruby red with a sweet lil ring around the edge of the glass...no real head to speak of.

A- Like I said...catsup...this thing is so sweet on the nose its crazy! Probably more like rum, pumpkin, molasses.

T- Catsup...I mean rum and pumpkin and molasses....something roasted...actually really good.

M- Minimal carb...

O- Pretty fine beer. If you do rum, do this....

Photo of gtermi
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer looks very nice, with a thin head and a very nice sherry reddish brown.

S: A lot of rum and booze on the nose at first. I also get some sherry sweetness and some spices.

T: The taste is amazing. To me it is like if you made a pumpkin pie with rum. I am getting so sweet fruitiness, like raisins.

M: The beer has a strong crispness and has a bit of a burn on the back of the throat. Not much carbonation is present.

O: This is one of the best pumpkin beers I have ever had. This is well put together and the flavors are very complex. Cant wait to see how it is after it ages.

Photo of chefhatt
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rum sweetness up front,followed by spices and pumpkin.
definitely a sipper

Photo of brewmastercat
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

More of a spirit, less of a beer.

Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy copper with a bit of light tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of rum raisin and brown sugar, with some alcohol and sugary caramel and pumpkin spice.
T: It tasted like sweet rum raisin and candied fig, with pumpkin spice and brown sugar and alcohol. It had a sugary sweet aftertaste that was surprisingly mild.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was really a great beer! Amazingly smooth and easy to drink. The scent and taste were really enjoyable, and the body was solid. The alcohol was noticeable but not bad, so it wasn't difficult to drink. I was surprised it wasn't more complex, but the flavors all blended really well together. This was like a holiday version of The Beast or Samael's, but better than either of those. A great sipping beer for autumn/winter that could also cellar a long time. One of my preferred pumpkin beers.

Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
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