Rum Pumpkin
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #44
Ranked #13,005
3.93 | pDev: 14.76%
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
Very Good
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Photo of EnderFett11
4.46/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass resulting in a finger of head. Hazy orange color that's translucent with pretty heavy lacing. Smells first of rum but pumpkin in the background. Taste is similar with rum first and pumpkin flavors later. No spice flavors to speak of, and not too sweet. Good taste. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. Excellent rum pumpkin ale.

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Photo of hophugger
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall a well done Bree. For my taste the alcohol feel is a bit string but the rum is bold and buttery. Color is pumpkin, mouth feel is spicy and warm

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear orange body with minimal head with an aroma that is slightly boozy and has pumpkin spice. Smooth, light to medium body with a strong pumpkin and slight vanilla rum sweetness with hot and boozy finish.

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Photo of srw
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018 bottle poured into a snifer glass. I like to let the rum barrel beers from Hardywood sit a little becuase they taste like straight rum fresh. Dark orange in color with a very small head and almost no lacing.
The nose is full of pumpkin slice, nutmeg, cinnamon, with some rum as well.
Taste is similar to the nose. Like a pumpkin pie but lacking some of the flavor. Caramel is present along with some hints of rum on the finish.
Medium body and carbonation. Very easy to drink considering the 12% but that may be due to me aging it for 6 months. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of teromous
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't see a bottle date listed. Also this beer is currently titled "Rum Barrel Pumpkin."

Appearance: The beer has a brilliant and sparkling dark orange body with loads of visible carbonation. The head is short and fizzy with some white bubbles. It doesn't have any retention or lacing but the color of the beer is lovely.

Aroma: The beer has a strong rum aroma and it is highly reminiscent of rum cake. The beer smells like rum, raisins, bourbon, and caramel all mixed together. I should note that nothing smells like pumpkin or pumpkin spice.

Taste: Again this beer tastes like a Jamaican Rum Cake. It's hard to taste anything other than pure rum but there is a bit of a raisin flavor. Once again there is no pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavor.

Mouthfeel: The beer is smooth and it does have a mellow alcohol bite. It's a sipper but it's a good sipper.

Overall: This is a beer that splits two different ways. As a pumpkin beer it falls miserably short in that it tastes and smells nothing at all like pumpkin or pumpkin spice. I doubt I could find a single person that would even come close to considering this a pumpkin ale in a blind taste test. On the other hand the beer tastes just like Jamaican Rum Cake and anyone who enjoys rum will fall head over heels for this beer. I would not likely recommend it to anyone as a pumpkin beer but I would definitely recommend it as a rum infused beer. It is likely to surprise most people with how much actual rum flavor is in this beer. This is the kind of gem that is worth stashing away for Christmas.

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Photo of Riff
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, light orange color with minimal head that fades away quickly. Smell is strongly of rum, with a little bit of pumpkin pie coming towards the end. Taste follows, predominantly of rum, a little bit of pumpkin pie flavor in the middle, a small amount of malt, and then finishes with a lingering rum flavor. As it warms the pumpkin flavor becomes more prominent. Medium body. It's okay, not sure if it is something I would want to buy again as the rum flavor is just a tad too strong for my liking.

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

Revisited 10/20/18

A-Pours a very nice dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice pumpkin and rum hints
T-The taste follows the nose with s nice pumpkin flavor and a subdued rum flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nine rum aged pumpkin beer

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Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. A fair amount of lacing.

S: A big, bracing aroma of pumpkin, rum, spices, and some malt.

T: Tasted of a hint of malt, a whole lot of the rum (it's pretty boozy), a good shot of pumpkin, several different spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), and a bit of caramel. This is one powerful flavor, mostly due to the presence of the rum. It's not overly complex, but it does have a big, likable character.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: It's hard to believe this will please everyone, but if you like this sort of thing, give it a whirl. Very tasty.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Real nice color with fluffy head that disappears pretty quickly. Nose is a nice mix of pumpkin and rum. Rum is a little too dominant in the flavor and it finishes a bit boozy for my taste. While I like the fact that the HW pumpkin is not as sweet as many other pumpkin ales, in this case a bit of molasses flavor would work nicely with the rum. Definitely more balanced and tasty as it warms -- so don't be in a hurry to bury this one straight out of the fridge. Since the HW Rum Barrel GBS is one of my absolute favorites, I guess I was expecting a bit more here. Its good, but not epic.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml into a large tulip glass. Pours an orange/gold color with an inch of off-white head that fall quickly leaving a ring around the glass. Smell is rum. Very, very rum. Golden rum to be precise. Weirdly similar, almost exactly the same, as rum. You can get the pumpkin a bit, but only a tad, spices about the same. Taste is a bit more complex. But mostly rum. The pumpkin is present, but in the background, with honey, nutmeg, and spices (clove, maybe?) coming in in the fore as the beer sits on the palate and as you swallow. Fairly full bodied with a slight to medium warming alcohol presence. Overall, it’s enjoyable to drink but seems like a long shot from the base style as the rum character quickly overpowers the saison character, as well as the pumpkin and spice. However, it was last year and the year before that I had the base beer, so perhaps they went a slightly different direction this year and then the barrel aging took it even further away from what I remember.

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Photo of mikelly33
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -15%
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 -10.2%
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 -3.1%
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 AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 DoubleSimcoe
3.3/5  rDev -16%
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 +16.5%
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 -21.6%
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 +13%
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 +5.6%
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 GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork and cage bomber into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, rich, caramel-copper coloring with a halo of white head, and a slow roll of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. The aromas are pumpkin spice and vanilla heavy forward. You actually smell this blend as soon as the cork pops. Rich vanilla, subtle molasses, tangy cream, and a spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Very aromatic and rich. Flavors are pumpkin rich and vanilla sweet forward, with a solid follow of rum spice, molasses, woody and char notes, tangy cream, and roasted overtones. The body is robust and slick, with a building warmth as you drink. Pumpkin spice, vanilla, and booze build to provide a solid aftertaste, lingering on past the slick, smooth, pumpkin heavy finish. Good beer.

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Photo of digitscd
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had it on release night and then bought some bottles to try at home. Some lacing, very good to smell, sweet aftertaste. Almost caramelized. Very satisfying full body. Definitely rum infused. Very solid and very very good beer.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden Amber with very little head. Smells of rum and pumpkin spice. Tastes just like it smells. Overall a great example of a BA pumpkin beer. Which is one of my favorite styles

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mikehighplains (Reddit) for this interesting gem that I was excited to try. Wish it was the bourbon barrel, but the rum seemed to have it's own place in this beer.

Light fizzy big bubble head that fades pretty quickly, some lacing and legs on the sides, very hazy copper honey tan brown like.

Nose brings nice pumpkin and rum, lots of pumpkin, vegetal pumpkin and gourd like, very light baking spices and stringy pumpkin flesh, but really cinnamon or sugar, hint of it and hint of pie, also some toasty brown malts and very little candy syrupy molasses like. Rum is nice mild but blended nicely, smooth smell.

Taste starts with a quick rum shot, nice smooth molasses based rum and thankfully not spiced. The rum quickly turns to pumpkin, nice fresh pumpkin, stringy flesh and gourd like flavours, with mild baking spices and hint of pumpkin pie. Then pure Molasses comes in, nice fermented molasses little candy sticky almost syrupy, then mild esters but nice farmhouse Belgian phenols, a booze warmth with a big warmth and slight tingle with the nice phenolic flavor. Nice blend and smoothness, and touch creamy. Finish adds a touch of bitterness and baking spices, more molasses and sticky feel, mild sweetness, nice rum, and more booze lingering.

Mouth is nice, med bod with a touch of a creamy feel, little syrupy molasses, a bit light on the carb, big warming booze.

Overall quite nice. Good balance between everything, rum almost seems strange but eventually comes through nicely, good sweet fresh molasses, nice phenols, nice very mild spices. A bit boozy and bit low on carb but not really bad on either.

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