Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.22%
Wants: 309
Gots: 422 | FT: 51
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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 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 srandycarter
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light murky prune, small tan head that is slow to leave. Some cling.

S - Smells like a big ass barley wine that was cooked with a little pumpkin. Alcohol apparent.

T - Delicious. Massive sweet malt, hot, hint of sweet pumpkin pie therein, finished off with sufficient bittering.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb, balances to the sweet and a little cloying.

D - Pretty happy with this one - except for the price.

Photo of zeff80
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with almost no head to speak of. No lacing.

S - It smelled of pumpkin, rum and booziness.

T - Very sweet with pumpkin flavors. Nice rum flavors come through. It almost tastes like pecan pie. Big boozy flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a strong alcohol warmth.

O - This is a really unqiue and tasty beer. Glad I was able to get my hands on a bottle.

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 billshmeinke
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass.

Dark brown/amber in color. One finger of off white head. Decent retention and lacing. Nice legs.

Smells of rum, spice, caramel, and molasses.

Taste follows smell. Quite sweet, molasses, caramel, pumpkin, rum, oaky vanilla, rum. Kinda like taking a bite of apple pie, a bite of pumpkin pie, and vanilla ice cream followed by a tiny sip of rum.

Well carbonated, medium bodied. Touch oilly.

For some reason it just doesn't all come together right. A touch too sweet for sure.

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 billab914
2.58/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into my Stone IRS glass. It poured a caramel brown color with a thin white head sticking to the edges of the glass.

The aroma shows a lot of the rum flavors to it. I get some woody notes mixing with the earthy pumpkin pie, nutmeg and allspice flavors. Lots of sweet, sugary and boozy flavors coming though in it.

The taste is very boozy and sweet. I get a sugary sweet maltiness mixing with the rum booziness and a little pumpkin pie spice in the finish. The sweet, sugary maltiness is just way too overdone in it for me making it almost undrinkable.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being below average. Overall I didn't really care for it. It was cloyingly sweet with too much boozy rum showing through. The pumpkin beer flavors just seemed completely hidden and overshadowed to me. Not an enjoyable beer for me at all.

Photo of SirWilliam666
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hands down my fave pumpkin ale. Big, strong, powerful. Had it at the Great Pumpkin Alefest at Elysian Brewery. Spice, Pumpkin, and Rum all in great balance throughout. I dare say this is a Pumpkin ale for Barley Wine fans(wich I am). Wish I could have got my hands on some bottles for my cellar.

Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12/03/2011

On tap at Strong Ale 2011.

A: Ruddy reddish brown with an off-white head.

S: Big notes of allspice and nutmeg. Rum is pretty strong, but there's not really any harshness one might expect from such a high ABV. Pumpkin blends with pie crust and cinnamon.

T: Lots of rum with strong notes of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Alcohol is bold but not harsh or out of place. I get a lot of pumpkin, as well as earth, fig, and date. This is quite sweet.

M: Medium body with high carbonation on tap.

Overall: This is well done, but it's not my style and is a bit much for me. Four ounces is more than enough.

Photo of bfields4
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber clear filtered body. Nice lacy orange head.

Spicy rum cinnamon and nutmeg. A little pumpkin to be had. Very boozy aroma.

Cinnamon and brown sugar open up a nice sweet chewy malt body. Sweet rum notes. The pumpkin lingers in the back as a nice finishing touch (along with a slight alcohol burn).

Very chewy and creamy low carbonation. Good sipper with a very complex flavor profile. I'm not sure I'd like another, but it is a very well crafted beer to be sipped and appreciated.

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 birchstick
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a brownish orange color without much of a head; pretty standard pumpkin ale color

S - the nose has sugary vanilla rum with some nice pumpkin spicing playing around it

T - boozy and hot with vanilla run up front. These fade to pumpkin spices and some cookie malts. Really nice complexity and huge booziness that works really well for this.

M - medium bodied, dry finish

D - boozy but in the right ways. The only barrel aged pumpkin ale I have tried so far, and I would say rum was a solid choice as it played nicely with spicing. Recommended if you can get your hands on one!

Photo of zander4dawin
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly light in color, a light murky brown with a very thin head. Smells of pumpkin and spices. Cake and pumpkin tastes are upfront with nutmeg and cinnamon lingering on the pallet, along with a boozy warming sensation (15.9% anyone??). The beer is a sipper for sure, feels real bubbly in the mouth.

Photo of lnashsig
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Rumpkin! Been looking forward to this big bastard for awhile. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn snifter. Pours a murky dark brown color, reminiscent of dirty drain water, except darker. No head whatsoever, but I expected that given the ABV. Smell- BOOZE! Rum, dark fruits like currants, trifle cake, brown sugar. The rum is unmistakable and overwhelming. Taste- WOW. a sweet blast of rum soaked cake to the front of the tongue. Brown sugar, candied dark fruit carries forward second. some nice bitterness evens out the sweet flavors on the back of the throat. This is boozy as hell, but it all works well together. What it does not remind me of at all is pumpkin. I really get more heavy rum, dark fruit, spices, and sweet candied sugar. Very enjoyable- I will be aging a bottle of this too, but I really like this fresh. A very drinkable 15.6% beer.

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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/23/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip, split with my brother. Batch 11.1, bottled 10/05/11.

a - Pours a hazy dark reddish brown color with one inch of tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Little head retention and no lacing.

s - Smells of pumpkin, gingerbread, nutmeg, rum, alcohol, and light spices. Lots of pumpkin and bread, and not quite as much alcohol as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, very sweet dark fruits, bready malts, rum, alcohol, spice, wood, light toasted notes. Again, actually not quite as much alcohol as I expected, though it was more prevelant than in the nose. A little too sweet, but still good.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warmth, but considering the ABV, not bad at all.

o - Overall I thought this beer was pretty good, and it was better than I was expecting. The taste was a bit sweet and boozy, but I enjoyed the nose quite a bit. Would be interested to see how this is with a year on it; may throw a bottle in the cellar until next Thanksgiving.

Photo of FosterJM
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

959th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz

2011 Bottling- Oct 5th, 2011
Purchased: Bevmo, Chino Hills, CA

730th Beer of the year. Mission Accomplished!!

App- This is a hard color to describe for me. Imagine a whiskey with orange and the edges are a bit of darker brown with some amber mixed in. Only a 1/2" of mocha colored head formed even with a semi-aggressive pour. Head was very fast receding and very craterous and fell to only about an 1/8" of bubbles.

Smell- On the opening whiff of this one you get a healthy dose of the fresh cut pumpkin. The rum follows to sting the nostrils a tad bit. It smells boozy as well and needs a good bit of time to settle down. The spices are the last to come on the aromatics. More nutmeg and cinnamon overall.

Taste- You can tell what this is. It's big, bold and brash. A beer meant to sip on and not guzzle. It's not a young beer or hot but that whispy booze from the nose comes as more of cloying sweet and rich spirit barrel flavor. Quite enjoyable. The pumpkin is quite upfront on the taste and the barrel treatment really adds a great depth of flavor to this one.

Mouth- It's a pretty full bodied ale with a good bit of medium carbonation behind it. The residual flavors linger for quite a bit and leaves a really spicy boozy rum flavor.

Drink- Very boozy and strong but well tamed. If you've had this beer that sentence makes sense. The pumpkin/rum combo was a smart choice for Avery to go with. One of the other barrel treatments and I fear this beer wouldn't have worked as well. I feel a year for this to sit and mellow would do wonders for it. Now I guess I have to try and find another bottle since Bevmo sold out....What a problem to have.

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 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 drpimento
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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 beerhan
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle into a wine glass.

A-Dark brown color with minimal head. Super thick and syrupy as seen from the pour.

S-The smell of this is weird, like rum infused pumpkins with old milk. Frankly I could not smell this for long.

T-Tastes like pumpkin pie on crack. There is a lot of molasses, clove, honey, lots of honey, graham cracker and the slightest rum after taste.

M-This is super sweet and sticky. It is smooth for being 16% though.

O-I do not know why but I kept sipping on this beer. It is not that great but for some reasonable enjoyable. Worth a try once. It is like old school barleywine with a pumpkin twist. Super weird beer.

Photo of xnicknj
3.27/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a slightly hazed leafy brown color with some brighter auburn tones. Very little head, retention or lacing.

Whoa, lots of booze on this one. Strong tones of spiced rum, vanilla, oak, and pumpkin. Some caramel and cinnamon. Warm alcohol esters.

Sweet and rich up front on the tongue. A strong sense of straight up Captain Morgan-like spiced rum, slight astringency as well. Thick bready caramel malts, very roasty and warm on the tongue. Vanilla and candy corn with some oak. Finishes hot and sweet.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky, chewy, and coating on the tongue. I was happy to try this, but I thought the rum was a little overboard and the sweetness was pretty strong.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.92/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Bistro barrel-aged fest.

A: Pours a deep orange-honey colored body with good clarity and a nice head. Decent retention with some lace.

S: This beer is intense on the nose. The rum barrel really stands out. Lots of rum, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, nutmeg on the nose.

T: This is horribly, horribly sweet. Cloying, really. Rum, vanilla, brown sugar. The only things that fight the flavor a little bit are the oak and a touch of nutmeg and/or cinnamon. Just the same, it fills that small need in me to have sickly-sweet things around holiday time (and holiday time only) -- then I can spend the rest of the year convincing myself they were awesome. Candy corn falls in this category. Candy corn and Rumpkin. Anyway, it's not the worst pumpkin beer I've had, but 2 oz is all you need, really.

M: Full-bodied. Very sticky, sweet flavors. Could clean up better. I prefer my pumpkin beers to be pie-like but fairly clean in flavor, not syrupy.

O: I was told by some other patrons to leave this "palate-wrecker" toward the end. I was skeptical; how badly could this wreck a palate at a BARREL AGED BEER FEST? Turns out, quite badly. A very sweet beer.

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