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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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91
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611 Ratings
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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 277
Gots: 232 | 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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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -20.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Bottled October 5, 2011. Labeled 15.90% ABV. Trying to get rid of bottles in my "cellar," but this one isn't in my catalog. Just found it back there. Hate when that happens. It's like it doesn't even count.

Appearance - Burnt orange to deep ruby body. Ample head as I pour it, but it's short lived. Collar sticks around a while. Sediment floats about the glass.

Smell - I can smell the rum from the initial crack of the cap. Spiced rum. Further inspection reveals a deep molasses sweetness and a ton of booze. Reminiscent of a rum barreled English barleywine.

Taste - Smooth sweet caramel and rum. Maybe some pumpkin there, definitely the spices associated. Cinnamon and nutmeg. All that stuff. After the initial flavors, an oaky dry boozy wave of alcohol hits. Sharp flavors sting the tongue. It settles to a lingering sugar flavor. The flavors aren't bad, but the alcohol is killer.

Mouthfeel - The blast of booze in the middle makes it very difficult to drink. Initial flavor is good, but the knowledge that the second wave of flavor will hit is fearsome.

Overall - I doubt I'm going to be able to finish this. I figured I could handle the 12 oz. bottle, but this is intense. Not really worth the flavors it provides.

11-20-2012 01:34:16 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

12-13-2011 00:26:48 | More by Rhettroactive
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-21-2014 17:51:15 | More by iL0VEbeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

05-05-2014 00:23:12 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-07-2014 11:50:08 | More by Cynic-ale
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KAF

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-02-2014 02:42:39 | More by KAF
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-03-2011 13:39:50 | More by bsuedekum
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Duff27

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

06-05-2013 01:52:06 | More by Duff27
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champ103

Texas

2.33/5  rDev -42.8%

On tap at Rudyard's in Houston.

A: Pours a clear burnt orange color. No head forms and no lace. Looks pretty lifeless.
S: An odd mix of peppery spice, pumpkin bread, and lots of alcohol.
T: Again lots of spicy flavors. Pumpkin and tons of alcohol. Fusel ethanol like alcohol. Plenty of sweetness as well. Actually, pretty much just sweetness and alcohol burn. I am not enjoying this.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation that is heavy and sticky. Really hard to drink. Way to much fusel alcohol.

I did not enjoy this. To much alcohol and nothing else really mixes well. I would not recommend this. I love Avery, but this is a big miss.

12-31-2010 03:28:53 | More by champ103
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atrocity

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-25-2014 15:23:12 | More by atrocity
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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!

11-18-2011 02:59:34 | More by drpimento
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Matt! 2011 vintage I believe.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Looks kind of flat, but it is 18% after all. Some minimal white froth did form.

(S)- Quite sweet with caramel and pumpkin components. Some subtle spice. On the backend, you can really get that rum barrel coming through.

(T)- Again, quite sweet but some nice pumpkin and caramel-like spice. The rum barrel really brought out some interesting complex malt components behind the pumpkin base.

(M)- It is very rich and sweet but some nice autumn themed maltiness alongside of the pumpkin and spice. A mellow carbonation level helped this as well. And quite surprising that this had little burn to it despite its massive 18% ABV level.

(O)- Its a big ABV beer, but has some very great sweet flavors that fit this time of the year well.

10-01-2013 14:08:40 | More by sweemzander
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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-14-2012 12:46:03 | More by whartontallboy
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-04-2012 20:51:44 | More by enelson
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Lare453

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

07-04-2014 03:46:11 | More by Lare453
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-19-2013 21:22:01 | More by IPAchris
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-04-2014 17:46:13 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Picked up a bottle of this at Russel's in Amherst. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Very impressive for such a boozy beer. Poured a crystal clear darkish copper with a nice half a finger creamy head that faded to leave nice thin creamy mochaish blanket and very very light side lacing. Very impressive.

S - Some nice cooked veg aromas, definitely some soft pumpkin notes. There are some very boozy rum barrel notes. Light wood, definitely very warm still.

T - Still quite boozy with lots of rum notes. There are some light wood notes and , quite sweet, with very light pumpkin. Lots of rum sweetness and some light malts. Faint pumpkin.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, a bit too sweet, slightly sticky. Definitely a sipper.

O - Overall this isnt a bad beer, it should be expected that this would be super boozy. Glad I have a few extra bottles to try and age to see if things mellow out.

05-31-2012 04:16:36 | More by rudzud
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FosterJM

California

4.03/5  rDev -1%

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.

11-25-2011 05:11:43 | More by FosterJM
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Pencible

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

12-30-2011 21:01:27 | More by Pencible
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Griffith

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

01-18-2014 15:04:05 | More by Griffith
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-16-2013 21:57:31 | More by eawolff99
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-03-2014 00:03:48 | More by ZEB89
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%

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!

10-20-2012 20:01:03 | More by VelvetExtract
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

02-09-2012 19:53:25 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
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