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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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590 Ratings
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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 254
Gots: 234 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  18.53% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 10-09-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-21-2012 04:19:52 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-01-2013 00:10:15 | More by st9647v3
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another thank you to Mrbubbler for this high-test treat. Bottled Oct 5, 2011. 15.90% abv

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep amber-orange with a very thin off-white head that quickly fades to a collar.

Smell. Rum, pumpkin spice, pumpkin, sweet caramel malts and molasses, and some old wood.

Taste. Pumpkin pie filling! Nice amount of spice, sweet and loads of pumpkin flavour. Some nice woody vanilla and a bit of rum. Not as boozy as I would have thought but the age may have helped in this department.

Mouthfeel. Full body, just a bit sticky. Low carbonation.

Overall. One of the better pumpkin beers I've tried. Love the drinkability considering the very high abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 18:43:54 | More by Rutager
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david18

New York

1.75/5  rDev -57%

12-29-2013 16:25:47 | More by david18
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Arbitrator

California

2.85/5  rDev -30%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 03:37:15 | More by Arbitrator
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-24-2012 19:34:56 | More by jheezee
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-04-2011 19:10:55 | More by kaelingirl
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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-15-2011 18:01:53 | More by IrishColonial
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-21-2011 01:10:44 | More by bigfnjoe
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Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-10-2013 03:04:42 | More by JamLand
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 17:33:38 | More by rlee1390
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egrace84

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-02-2013 23:35:30 | More by egrace84
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 22:33:58 | More by BMMillsy
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So this is something I've wanted to try for awhile now.

The bottle has an interesting label and describes the beer adequately. It's easy to observe a thin layer of yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. An unexpectedly rich hazelnut brown pours from the bottle leaving almost no head. It smells like a caramel apple mixed with fall spices...intoxicating. There is something slightly vegetal smelling and almost none of the alcohol bite can be detected in the nose. The taste follows through with syrupy brown sugar and intense rum which is followed by an interesting contrast from the potent alcohol. This beer defines "Fall," but doesn't highlight the pumpkin. The mouthfeel is sweet and spicy with a medium-full body and ample carbonation. It's definitely a sipping beer. Overall this beer is too expensive and too hard to get. However, I'd be excited to have this beer once a year to celebrate the fall season and pumpkin harvest!

Serving type: bottle

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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

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notchucknorris

California

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 03:15:01 | More by notchucknorris
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great over-the-top Avery beer. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a medium size light beige head on a hard pour from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Head retention and lacing are just about non-existent, as you would expect from a 15.9% abv beer.

Aroma is good. Cinnamon and allspice, rum, caramel malt, and a little oak.

Flavor is the same. The alcohol is very present but it is not overpowering. Sweet caramel malts, cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin and oak are all present in a boozy concoction.

Mouthfeel is rich and spicy. The alcohol fall just short of off-putting, adds some warmth and a little bite.

In all a very good winter slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 04:19:45 | More by JayQue
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 10/5/11
Victory tulip

A: Pours a murky dark orange color. Didn't get much head, but at that ABV it's expected. Just an off white ring around the edges. I saw some tiny bubbles up the sides, so there is some carbonation.

S: Initially smells like an old ale or something. Then I started to get the pumpkin ale character: the spices, pumpkin fruit, etc. Not getting the booze, so maybe the year helped this one. Some sweet booze.

T: Initial sip, I slight booze burn goes to the back of the throat right away. Then up front, I am getting that over riding pumpkin ale character. Nice rich pumpkin pulp and then the traditional spice blend. You get some oak and vanilla character from the barrel and it's certainly different than a bourbon barrel. More lively and spicy.

M: It's a big medium leading to full.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 18:09:18 | More by inlimbo77
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akang

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-28-2013 04:36:26 | More by akang
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 21:44:40 | More by Adamostella
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.