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Rum Pumpkin | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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: 127 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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 kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MidloRapid
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason_cs
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
1/5  rDev -74.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of scottegold
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Driftpunx
3.04/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of srw
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cejaev
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too boozy and all rum

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Photo of teromous
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -16.1%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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 +3.4%
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 -3.9%
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 rossracing
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikelly33
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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 -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
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 -8.5%
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 -1.3%
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 +13.2%
look: 4 | 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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