Rum Pumpkin | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Rum PumpkinRum Pumpkin

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Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by largadeer on 10-20-2013

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of mikelly33
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a big pumpkin beer fan , but this is the best pumpkin beer I've had in quite a while. The Rum Barrel aging really seems to go with the pumpkin spice
a very good beer

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Photo of xdtfx
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3.34/5: Doesn't really improve the base significantly; I still like it slightly better because the oak balances things decently (that, and it isn't trying to be a saison anymore)

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting at Dick's .
Transparent, light orange body with a small white collar. Pumpkin, fall spice, booze. Sweet and spicy. Medium bodied. Best in small doses.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is one that I was honestly a bit nervous to try. I mean, pumpkin ales are pretty hit or miss for me, and adding rum barrels to the mix seems like it could be a hot mess. But one evening, I accidentally popped it open, thinking it was their Bourbon Barrel Gingerbread Stout since the labels were pretty similar, and was surprised. This actually turned out much better than I would have expected.

First of all, you have to really like pumpkin beers. This one has a strong but pretty typical pumpkin-and-associated-spices flavor. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, some cardamom, and pumpkin pie. Definitely a bit on the sweeter side. The rum adds a bit of flavor but does more to intensify the flavor that is already there. It is not a smooth drink by any means. You can taste and feel the booze and the sticky, slightly thick and only medium carbed texture really let the stuff stay in your mouth.

I had intended to cellar this one for a while to cool it down for a bit, but it's actually pretty tasty fresh. Mind you, not something I will be craving again or even splurging on next year, but a good beer to try once.

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Photo of Trythevealchild
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

750 mL corked bottle straight from the source.
Darker brownish color, darker than expected.
Outstanding balance between the barrel aging, and pumpkin farmhouse ale. I'm normally not a huge fan of rum barrel aging, but this was subtle enough. Definitely get and try any of the Hardywood barrel series.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cp45
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Nice overall pumpkin flavor with a mixture of Apple sauce, anise, nutmeg and rum. It's no Avery Rumpkin, but it's very nicely done and worth drinking again.

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Photo of GetTheYayo
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xt0n1cx
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwgduke
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dweedlebug
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of julielynndubee
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really underwhelming. A barrel-aged pumpkin brew is a beautiful thing, but this has barely any barrel presence and a very light pumpkin taste. The mouthfeel is watery and overall, and this is nothing to remember.

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Photo of Xenoreactive
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft at Whole Foods.

Light lacing and foam that dissipates quickly. Beautiful amber orange color.

Smells of nutmeg, cardamon, cinnamon, toffee, pumpkin pie and various other herbs. Light boozy smell also eminent.

Tastes very similar. Rum greatly brings out the sweetness and mild herbal quality of this brew. Very well balanced with no overpowering elements. Delicious barrel-aged pumpkin beer: the way it ought to be.

Mouthfeel is fluid, balanced and without any sharp takeaways. Relatively complex flavor with a neutral feel that allows the drinker to enjoy all of the subtleties.

Overall, one of the best pumpkin brews I have had. Would put it up there with barrel-aged Pumking and Rumpkin.

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Photo of gopens44
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Big, white foamy head with some obligatory lacing atop this clear orange beer.

Nose is massively spiced, and to be honest, if this were a blind "sniffing", I could almost be convinced that this is a beer of Belgian origin until the pumpkin finally punches through. Not getting even a hint of rum.

Taste does have rum, and immediately so as it takes center stage. The pumpkin and spice interplay comes off buried beneath astringency.

Overall, not a great beer. Hot, but not in a great way. I'd almost say it would work well aged but I have no idea if the spice would drop off or not. If it did, this would just turn messier.

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Photo of whitetale
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light golden color. Good lacing, good head retention.
Aroma: slight vanilla and oak barrel, some pumpkin spice, very little alcohol.
Taste: very mild pumpkin spice - improves as the beer warms. Nicely balanced with a little rum in the back. Rum is well hidden. Pumpkin spice and sweetness lingers nicely.
Mouthfeel: carbonation is good and works well to smooth the spice/rum sweetness. No sharp edges with this beer.
Overall: a very good beer, very smooth. When it warms it really tastes great - definitely a good winter warmer. Great job Hardywood.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly light and white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a clear palish medium amber. The beer has a very nice copper hue that is fairly appealing and isn't as dark as other pumpkin ales.

The smell is pretty good with strong pumpkin notes and spices as well as a light sugary smell. The spices include bits of cinnamon and clove, which are both helped along by the rum that gives it a nice sweet brown sugar smell. The smell is extremely well balanced and well crafted to the point where the notes do not compete with each other but cooperate.

The taste is pretty good with a nice balance to it. In addition to the notes found in the smell, the beer also has a slighty bitter hop finish to it. The rum also comes out a bit stronger.

The feel is pretty good. The rum gives the beer a very smooth feel and the light carbonation gives a bit more texture to distinguish it from rum. The beer has a medium body but it does not feel like it.

Overall, a pretty good beer. This one was definitely worth the price of admission and I highly recommend it. The beer isn't overly heavy or pumpkiny or spicey, which is what you might find in other beers. This seems to be a very nicely balanced beer that you can get behind.

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Photo of mwckiltedsavage
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Rum Pumpkin from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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