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Rumpkin - Avery Brewing Company

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801 Ratings
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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 310
Gots: 320 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  16.73% 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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

quirkzoo, Mar 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

TheBeerDad, Oct 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Johnny58, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

xpimptastikx, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of timc100
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Orange-gold, amber - decently clear, minimal white head.

Very pumpkin pie/fall aroma with a substatial punch of boozy rum sweetness. Graham cracker, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and barrel.

Tastes very young and boozy, hides some of the rich spice on the nose. In-balance boozy sweetness, nice barrel and strong rum.

Very smooth mouthfeel that is not too syrupy.

Not a big pumpkin beer fan, but this is easily the best I've had. Really want to try the porter bourbon version.

timc100, Oct 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Janis_Hoplin, Apr 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Shaggy9356, Aug 28, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

zander4dawin, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BergBeer
4.16/5  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!

BergBeer, Dec 01, 2013
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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Shimmering ruby and copper, translucent; looks very clean. An aggressive pour gives a tan finger head, but quickly falls down to a sturdy ring around the edge of the glass that has been hanging out for a bit.

S - Lots of barrel character - charred wood, sweet/sugary rum, vanilla, a bit of toasted coconut. Then the pumpkin essence wafts in - nutmeg, cinnamon, hearty bread.

T - A rum barrel can really do nice things to a pumpkin beer. Fact: all pumpkin beers are godawful and need things to make them be less awful. Enter: rum barrel! In this case, all of the characteristics from the barrel found in the nose are right here in the flavor - burnt wood, gobs of vanilla, toasted coconut, supersweet molasses and caramel. This would absolutely be cloyingly sweet if it wasn't for that burnt barrel taste keep the sweetness in balance. The spice comes in shortly thereafter and isn't bad - again, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe a little anise, but overall the spices aren't overpowering or making me think twice about spending $10 on a 12oz beer...

M - The body is mediumish, perhaps a bit on the thin side and the carbonation is a little high for my liking. The mouthfeel comes off as a little harsh.

O - For a guy that hates pumpkin beers, this is mildly enjoyable. About halfway through the beer I discovered I was drinking a 15.9% beer. Other than a very slight heat i'm getting in my gums, the booze is hidden like a boss.

drewba, Jan 19, 2012
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4.04/5  rDev -0.7%

Keene, Oct 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

40ontarget, Tuesday at 05:24 AM
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bentwookie, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

embass, Saturday at 06:29 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Lorianneb, Oct 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

crashoveride, Jan 20, 2012
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3.32/5  rDev -18.4%

Birmz, Oct 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

AndrewK, Feb 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

bigorange, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

doopiedoopiedoo, Dec 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

2013beer101, Oct 11, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

joshuaseresse, Nov 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Papa_Lafayette, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

averagejake872, Jan 11, 2012
Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.