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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 1,099
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 13.82%
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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 twiggamortis420
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle of the 2011 vintage pours a murky brown with very little head and no retention.

Nose is oxidized malts, light pie spice and a well integrated alcohol. Im surprised at how much oxidation the malts are showing and the smoothness of the alcohol. I dont really get much in the way of rum or barrel character.

Taste is really smooth, unbelievably so actually. Cinnamon dusted pumpkin pie with a floater of Meyers Dark rum. Damn...I didnt realize this beer was as good as it is...fantastic! More like a liqueur than a beer, but the dark fruits know no bounds. This is one of those beers I need to get more of for sure and kicking myself for waiting so long to try it. Well done Avery. (693 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It seems appropriate that a Pumpkin Ale would have a Pumpkin orange color but this has a beaming glow of pumpkin. The head is a touch thin as it collared with a bubbly fizz.

The aroma is spicy, i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, peppercorn, anise and all spice, with enough gourd to make it pleasing. The rum barrel adds nice subtle tones of oak and sweet liquor.

The flavors truly expand as this warms. The pumpkin really drives the backbone as the spices compliment the taste. I catch the cinnamon and nutmeg but it blends with the malty gourd. The rum barrel further adds to flavor and the distilled sugar cane adds a tangy sweetness.

The feel is light but has a bit of alcohol harshness. There is a touch of spicy tang but the beer has a true fullness.

I'm fully impressed with this beer and found that it truly responded to warmth. It has a lot of complexity and is very delicious. (878 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper/amber with minimal khaki head that dissipates to nothing.

Rum and pumpkin dominate the aroma, with strong accents of booze, vanilla, and alcohol esters adding complexity. There's a note of sherry contrasting the rummy sweetness.

Extremely sweet, reminiscent of pumpkin pie initially. Underpinnings of rum, clove, and vanilla are not subtle! There's a muted dark fruit character that adds complexity to the sugary pumpkin onslaught. The finish is surprisingly dry and a touch oaky, exposing a squash backbone. Alcohol esters are a bit fusel and solventy.

Body is thick and syrupy, with modest carbonation and significant alcohol burn.

Definitely sweet, the sugary pumpkin and rum mingle well together. Esters balance nicely, keeping the beer drinkable. (790 characters)

Photo of PaulyB83
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on Sept. 6 2013. 18.53% ABV.

A- Small creme caramel head that quickly dissipated to nothing. Deep garnet with a small degree of clarity, can see the shadow of my finger through the glass. Sticks to the glass like a spirit. Some fine particles in the glass, could be yeast, pumpkin, or spices.

S- Lots and lots of caramelized sugars followed by some mellow spices of cinnamon, mace and allspice, some vanilla and a light pumpkin mellowness. The alcohol is present but not nearly to the degree I thought this 18% beer would be.

T- Similar to the aroma. Very, very sweet, one of the sweetest beers I've had. Caramelized sugars, marshmallow, lots of rum raisin, the ABV comes on more in the taste can definitely tell this is a strong beer. The spices a there at a nice balanced level. Slight burn as it goes down the throat. Some vanilla and wood from the barrel on the end.

M- Heavy mouthfeel, a definite sipper.

O- This beer is very sweet, a bit too sweet for me to finish one bottle by myself, should have split this with someone. It took me about 2 hours to drink the thing. After a while thought it really grew on me, maybe I was just getting drunk. An interesting beer that I'm really going back and forth on a lot of aspects of the flavor but ultimately it's just too sweet for me to really find it outstanding, and I generally love sweet beers like Wee Heavys and English Barleywines. (1,452 characters)

Photo of t8dd
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle. Enjoyed this on Thanksgiving Day with a slice of pecan pie and also pumpkin pie. Poured a dark amber color with minimal head. Smells incredible, spiced rum, spices, caramel, malt. Tastes-Whoa! The high ABV is not hidden at all but still has amazing flavors. Pumpkin? Pretty subtle. Spiced rum dominates. Finishes hot. I shared the bottle which was a good idea. Perfect end to a huge Thanksgiving day meal and paired very well with dessert. (454 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm just not really sure how to describe what I was tasting. Was like drinking a really thick, mulled cider. Lots of rum, cloves, cinnamon, and alcohol burn. Not very smooth and I don't really feel like the flavors complimented each other. Glad I was given the opportunity to try this, but don't really feel l need another. Possibly would be better with aging. (360 characters)

Photo of agwalters
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Just need to weigh in on this beer. Poured from a bottle in to a Hill Farmstead stemmed snifter. I tried to be patient and let this bad boy warm on the cabinet for a while before cracking open. Should have waited a tad more, but wow. Even at a colder temp you could tell it was going places. As it warmed it began revealing amazing, boozy pumpkin pie flavors. I paired it with some extremely dark chocolate and was in heaven.

I first had this beer at FOBAB in 2012 and recalled adoring it. This was my first chance to revisit it and I'm hoping it becomes an annual thing. I can't recommend this beer enough if you're a fan of big, spicy-sweet yam and pumpkin beers. I do wish I'd enjoyed one at the height of the Autumn months. This would be an absolute gem on a crisp Autumn day. (781 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby orange, not much head, or carbonation. Sryup like.

S-Rum. Alcohol, some spices, tad bit of pumpkin. But a lot of rum. Too sweet.

T-Rather sweet, very sweet. The rum imparted too much flavor. Nice pumpkin in the finish but hardly any of the spices you expect in a pumpkin beer.

M-Medium bodied, thick, no carbonation.

O-There was no need for this high of alcohol. Rum barrel aging was a good idea but it threw off the balance. (442 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.56/5  rDev +14.6%
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? (452 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch #3 bottle that I picked up in San Diego for $13.99. Better be good. Part of a 2-man tasting alongside Good Gourd Almighty and Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin. Pours a slightly cloudy dark orange without much head. Aroma of spiced rum, pumpkins, a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is sweet caramel and light butterscotch, a little pumpkin fruit, light cinnamon and nutmeg spice, brown sugar, a bit of marshmallow cream. The sweetness is very nice here. Alcohol warmth is like whoah, as expected. Sweet, not quite syrupy mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. Overall I like this a lot, and it is a huge improvement over the disappointment that was Good Gourd Almighty that we had right before this one. (705 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Deep ruby in color with lighter orange hues. The head sputters out very quickly, but that isn't surprising given the muscular abv and time in the barrel.

S: Loads or gourdy pumpkin with a toasty and caramelized facet. Toasted pumpkin seed and a light smokey aroma blend seamlessly with toasty oak. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger flit about playfully on the nose. Sweet and buttery rum. All of this plays off of a huge, sweet malt body of dark caramel and brown molasses.

T: Candied sweetness, lots of chewy caramel, brown molasses, brown sugar. Gourdy and sugary sweet pumpkin. Big estery component brings berry and cherry with it. Seasoned oak brings a speck of woody dryness, but doesn't some close to countering the sweetness offered by the malts. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger spiciness are present throughout as a sort of baseline. Buttery and caramelly rum flavors, spicy alcohol heat. Lingering boozy sweet finish of caramel and candy apple coating.

M: Thick, viscous, and loaded with dextrins. Slick and very syrupy. Little to no carbonation. Peppery alcohol heat is present too, and warming in the chest. It never feels hot though.

O: Ridiculously huge and over the top. I love it. An easy sipper, like a fine cognac or cordial. It really is sweet to the point of being cloying, but it just works here. This is the biggest pumpkin beer I've ever come across, and one of the most unique. I look forward to its release every year. Makes for a nice, slow dessert sipper. (1,525 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (1,841 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper to brown in color. I see definite evidence of alcohol from rum barrel aging in the cloudiness of this beer. The head was minimal and quickly vanished after the pour. The aroma is of dark rum and perhaps dark malt with a bit of caramel. The mouthfeel is thick,chewy,and warm with alcohol. I get dark rum on the front of the palate. I get some sweetness and body from the pumpkin. I also get some definite warming in my throat from the alcohol. While you can tell there is abundant alcohol,I would not have guessed what I see listed on the bottle! (557 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark amber with a little tannish head. The latter quickly vanishes leaving what looks like a still beverage.

S: Delicious pumpkin pie filling, with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice blends with the underlying caramel and vanilla. Big, rich, sweet flavor.

T: Rich pumpkin and spice mix with a boozy burn, moderate sweetness, and then a little toffee, chocolate, and dried fruit.

M: Round, full bodied, with a very nice light, sharp carbonation which cuts the

O: In the same vein as a lot of the bigger BA Avery beers, although I think this works better in terms of restraining the booziness and sugar compared to, say, Uncle Jacob’s Stout or the shelf beers. (677 characters)

Photo of ragoins
2.82/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle at Common Table. Much more rum beer than pumpkin beer in smell and especially taste. Smooth mouthfeel for such high alcohol content. Sweetness masked any alcohol burn for me - however the sweetness grew to a nearly intolerable level before the bottle was halfway finished. Glad to have tried this one, but far, far too sweet to order again. (366 characters)

Photo of Resuin
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled on 10/5/11

a - poured a one finger thick tan and fizzy head into a tulip glass that settled quickly to a thin ring that was gone about halfway through the beer. the body was a muddy brown color.
s - big rum aromas with some sweetness likely from the molasses.
t - boozy rum, woody, with a slight pumpkin taste. nicely sweet too.
m - creamy and smooth.
o - really interesting take on a pumpkin and i really enjoyed it. i think it could have used another year or so of aging as it was still a little hot but still a pleasant heat. (537 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
2.72/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 7 September 2012. Tasted 6 September 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange brown color. Clear at the top, murky at the bottom from the sediment. Just a little bit of off-white head.

Basically smells like rum, with a little bit of spice and a little bit of pumpkin. It's like sweet, candied rum. And alcohol. I tend not to drink hard liquor, so I can find its character overpowering. But this is another level.

Taste is... alcohol. It's burning, and I can barely get past it. Doesn't have enough flavor to contend with that unmasked alcohol. A touch of pumpkin and spice, but it's like pumpkin flavored rum rather than pumpkin pie. Yes, I know it's a high-ABV beer, but it's so one-dimensional.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, with a buoyancy that the evaporative alcohol provides. Carbonation is medium-low, but that's okay for a beer like this.

Just doesn't do it for me. It's super alcoholic, and more rum beer than pumpkin beer for sure. I'm buzzed just from my share of this 12 oz. bottle. Yikes, this is potent. Not a whole lot of positive flavors, and a serious alcohol burn. Not one I'd drink again, and I struggled to finish off the bottle with my friend (who said it seemed more appropriate for drinking down by the railroad tracks). (1,257 characters)

Photo of riored4v
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 Batch 1

A - Dark, cherry brown with a warm liquor like glow. No head and minimal carbonation

S - Brown sugar, raisins, molasses, and good rum presence. Hints of hearty pumpkin as well

T - Molasses, raisins, honey and dates up front. The beer then has a nice hearty pumpkin presence in the middle. The finish has some slight alcohol warmth and oak near the finish. It reminds me a bit of a fortified wine like a port in that it's big, sweet, and slightly syrupy

M - Has a port like body in that it is thick and boozy and slightly syrupy. It also has minimal carbonation

O - This is definitely a sipper that I could see a good after dinner drink. It manages to have some nice rum presence without being too boozy. Nice to have on a cool fall night (760 characters)

Photo of Joshpu
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Batch #3, bottled 9/6/13.

Appearance: Pours an extremely deep, clear copper color with a ton of carbonation. Just a beautiful hue to this beer. About 1" of light khaki head forms, which has decent retention, and really no lacing. Head retention characteristics are quite good for a beer this ABV. Reduces down to a healthy ring around the edges of the glass. One of the more gorgeous beers I have seen recently.

Smell: Toasted caramel, maybe a slight pumpkin note, as well as the requisite pumpkin pie spice. Not a lot of barrel, but a significant rum presence. Does not smell quite as big as the ABV would indicate.

Taste: Whoa, there is the ABV. Big time alcohol burst upon the first sip. Underneath that, sweet pumpkin and toasted caramel, along with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc. Again, not a ton of woodiness or barrel character, but the rum is quite prominent.

Mouthfeel/Overall: The body on this beer is quite big as you would expect, and all of that carbonation does not show quite as much on the palate, oddly enough. A bit on the syrupy side. Extreme alcohol burn on the back end. Overall, this is a beer I was very excited to get ahold of and try. It certainly lived up to expectations on a number of levels. Very flavorful and a good fall beer. In the end though, the ABV for this style is just too high for me, making this a quintessential sipper and a bit hard to get through. Half of this 12oz bottle would have been sufficient for me. Definitely worth a try though. (1,499 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage on tap at Good Life

A - Dark amber pour with no head or foam. Has a thickness to its consistency as it swirls in the glass.

S - Scents of rich molasses and brown sugar. There is a slight aroma of pumpkin and spices. Very strong scent of rum.

T - Initial flavor is sweet but there is almost no pumpkin flavors. Some spice notes and flavors of blackstrap molasses. Finish is very boozy and similar to a tawny port wine.

M - Too heavy to be anything more than a sipper, but the balance is simply near impossible to attain given the style and ABV. In short, pumpkin beers were not meant to be this big. The experience is not bad though; a small pour of this is a really good cordial.

O - Glad to have tried this extreme beer. Avery seems to push the envelope more than most. Good times. (800 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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 :) (334 characters)

Photo of CruisaC
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3 (9/2013) courtesy of beerdrinker619, thanks Derek!

Pours a dark amber with an initial 1/2 inch head that quickly fizzes away to barely a ring; not surprising.

Smell is sweet pumpkin flesh mixed with raisin.

Taste is pretty intense. Tons of pumpkin. Sweetness, rum-soaked raisin. I'm getting a slight alcohol burn towards the end, not shocking for the ABV. It kinda-sorta works here with the sweetness.

Good carbonation but definitely one to sip based primarily on the ABV but also the sweetness. There's that burn again. There is no question this is a high gravity brew.

Good beer for a cool fall evening. Not sure it's worth the price or one I could drink often but definitely glad to try. (707 characters)

Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.