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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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 108
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 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 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 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 GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +12.9%
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 +21.9%
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 +7.5%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy copper honey hue with a thin one finger head that fades to leave a thin wispy cloud.

S - Aromas of rum, delicious and quality, nice pumpkin vegetable pie filling notes, nice vanilla. Very well balanced here, clearly pumpkin and rum, with candy molasses sweetness.

T - Taste is somewhat boozy, definitely rum with molasses, good pumpkin notes and light spice notes. This is quite tasty like someone took a quality pumpkin pie and poured rum on top of it. Light phenolic notes on the finish. Very pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is solid for a 10.5% , the carbonation keeps everything nice and light all things considered.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. The pumpkin and rum are balanced quite nicely. Aromas are really great here. Winner.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

growler courtesy of Shlit. Thanks!

Pours a dark orange color with a slight head. smell if huge on pumpkin...some honey too and a bit of bourbony goodness. taste is huge on pumpkin but also boozy and! one of the best pumpkin beers ive ever had! lvoe the boozy characteristics here. medium bodied...mild-love carbonation. goes down smooth..abv apparent but not overwhelming.

overall, a terrific boozy, pumpkin treat.

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Photo of csparace
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rum pumpkin

Smell (4.50) - yeasty and sour with definite rum notes. Very bright. Makes me think I'm about to have a sour. Sour grape smell too.

Appearance (4.50) - hazy gold. Good autumn color. Medium white clean head that fades immediately.

Taste (4.50) - oh mama. Immediately you find a hugely bold farmhouse ale. Big caramels with pumpkin spices. The rum flavor kicks in at just the right time on the finish. Molasses is quite prevalent.

Mouthfeel (4.50) - heavy natural yeast feel in combination with the robustness of the rum. Starts a little flat but then the supercharger kicks in leaving a little rum afterburner.

Overall (4.50) - super impressed. I think this is a great combo of flavors. Awesome choice of rum with pumpkin spices created a bold and robust drink.

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Photo of russwbeck
2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: About one finger of white head builds up on top of a brown-orange body that is slightly hazy. It's darker than the Farmhouse Pumpkin, which I had just a few hours prior, but generally looks the same. The bubbles don't raise up any faster in this one than they did before, either. 3.5

S: The aroma is extremely sweet, as most all of the spices seem to have been left behind in the barrel. It's mostly rum, but there is some pumpkin lingering underneath. I'm worried about how boozy this might taste. 3

T: My fears of booziness were well placed as Rum Pumpkin knocks you over the face with it. The taste starts out with rum, gives you some rum in the middles, blends in a slight amount of pumpkin, and then finishes with booze. The only spices that hang around were probably imparted from the rum barrel, as they seem to have a completely different complexity than was highlighted in the Farmhouse Pumpkin. The sweetness takes the stage here, vice the spices before, which isn't bad. I'm just not sure that this is balanced enough to stand up to its already unbalanced base. 2.5

MF: The taste is light and just as undercarbonated as its base beer. The aftertaste is all rum, so if you like rum then you're good to go. But otherwise, you probably should stay far away. The boozy finish makes it tough to finish the glass that I have. 2

Value: Again, the release of this bottling went off without a hook. At $15 per 750ml bottle, it's a bit pricey. But, with the track record of Hardywood it's always worth it. 4

O: I was disappointed in this one more than the Farmhouse Pumpkin. It's not a bad beer, but it certainly isn't one I plan to buy another of. I think that this spent too much time in the barrels, as the tastes that I enjoyed in the base beer are all gone. 2.5

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Photo of Mattyb79
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into a Hardywood tulip.

A: A hazy copper orange color with about 1/2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: I get a little bit of the base beer, but this is completely dominated by spiced rum. It goes well with the beer, but I kinda feel like I'm smelling a shot of Capt. Morgan's.

T: I get a bit of nutmeg and pumpkin right up front followed by almost straight spiced rum flavors. Not that it is a bad thing, but the barrel kinda overrides the base beer completely.

M: Feels about medium on the mouth with a higher level of carbonation that would be expected from a Farmhouse style pumpkin.

O: I enjoyed this brew, but I think a large part of that is because I truly enjoy spiced rum. After having Farmhouse Pumpkin, then this, I really think the rum barrel influence is a bit too much. It's not a bad beer by any means, in fact I enjoy it, but it doesn't truly taste much like beer. More like a low ABV, toned down, cheap spiced rum.

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Rum Pumpkin from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
3.89 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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