Pump[KY]n | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter, spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves, and aged in fresh Bourbon barrels for 6 months.

Batch #1: 17.22% ABV
Batch #2: 15.00% ABV
Batch #3: 18.80% ABV

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Photo of strohme2
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/16/2016, poured into a tulip. Pours a somewhat clear chestnut although the last 2 ounces and dregs made it into a glass for my wife. That glass was murky. Short lasting head. Smell is pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, raisins and toffee. Some heat burns ma nose too. Ohhhh, first sip reveals smooth spiciness, wood, bourbon, caramel, figs and alcohol. Chewy mouthfeel, delicious for the amount of alcohol…which is absolutely present. As it warms the heat comes out and the flavors seem to get stronger. Or maybe that's the alcohol talking.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Bottled Nov 7 2015.

A- Pours a fully opaque dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Deep, rich spice aroma includes nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and clove. Also some sweet vanilla and oak plus the expected waft of booze. Overall, gives the perception of pumpkin pie, crust and all.

T- Explosion of spice, oak and bourbon. The barrel character melds seamlessly and compatibly with the spices. There's a hint of metallic taste but I think that will subside once the beer warms. There's some fusel alcohol but the spice and barrel do a good job of masking it.

M- Soft, creamy and smooth with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- Damn right. Such a good synthesis of bourbon barrel and fall spice.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.87/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been walking past Avery Pump[KY]n for years. I finally caved last week which wasn't easy at over $1/FLOZ. Besides, Avery is one of the best brewers on the planet and probably one of the most under-rated. I've had excellent beers for way less, but you have to consider what went into the making of this thing...I guess.

Many beers look like this, especially some of those Belgian "whales." I happen like the murky copper caramel bronze look, but let's be honest, it isn't all that appealing without a nice crown of foam to dress it up a bit. And you won't find that crown on a 15% abv brew anyway. Still, I look the other way on that fact and only take off 0.5 on looks for no head. (Lydia Loveless would surely not tolerate that one bit.)

The aromatics of this beer are just fan-freekin-tastic. I mean, this stuff is like the air freshener at a Texas Hippie Coalition concert. It is one busy whiff - brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, burnt sugar, pumpkin custard, allspice, cinnamon, carrot cake, and simmering sugared butter. Once it warms up, you just want to stick your schnoz in there like some degranged Tony Montana.

This beer is a full on sex festival in Flavor County. Burnt brown sugar, burnt pie crust, vanilla bean, pumpkin pie, brandy, cappuccino, and a nice little alcohol sting. This is like when Guy Fieri is at a loss for words with a mouth full of other worldliness.

Of course this brew is NOT fizzy. It's full heavy chew - makes you lick your gums and teeth. Yeah, you know what that is.

I'm kind of pissed at myself. I'm pissed that I waited so long to try this expensive brew. Hell, I could have bought it for under $10 a few years ago. Worth every penny though.

Drink good beer,

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours clear brown with no head. The aroma offers up maple sugar, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, balsa wood, grape skin, caramel, and a high degree of booziness. The flavor is also very boozy, with nutmeg, clove, chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla. The mouthfeel is quite thing, light, and strongly boozy. Overall this is an unbelievably huge beer. The booziness does not detract from the flavors, it rather adds to the enjoyment of the spice and sweet flavors that are here.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Seiously big beer, with a ton going on. Aroma of pumpkin spice, booze, vanilla, roasted malt. Taste similar, and pretty tasty, but the booze and especially the lingering super sweetness knock down the drinkability. Maybe good if your looking for a slow sipper on an autumn evening, but be warned, it's sweet! Rumkyn is still on the bucket list, but don't think I feel the need to shell out the money for this one again.

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Photo of kitch
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 12 fl oz foiled bottle, Batch No.2, bottled on 7th November 2015. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear dark brown amber colour with pretty much no khaki coloured head, but some sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie, vanilla, cinnamon and a hit of boozy bourbon.

Taste: Sweet and spicy. Pumpkin pie, caramel, brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice with notes of oak and bourbon booziness.

Mouthfeel: Lightly syrupy, full bodied, alcohol warming with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: Wow this was nice. A Pumpkin Ale that’s perhaps approaching a Winter Warmer. Great pumpkin pie spice flavours and good use of the barrel. Its quite boozy at 15% and you do get it in the aroma and taste yet at the same time, I like it, which is rare for me. Perhaps it just works for this particular style. If more Pumpkin Ales were like this, I would definitely go for the style. Good job by Avery on this one.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the Capital Ale House during Resolute release weekend. This is Abigail beer that needs to be sipped. The pumpkin and spice are subtle in both the aroma and taste, it blends perfectly. Overall this was a excellent brew very much with having.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was hesitant to buy this, have nearly zero experience with Avery. Turned out to be great. Smells like a slice of decadent pumpkin pie. Seriously it does. The barrel is very strong on this beer, and i love it. The flavors are all quite balanced and i cannot even tell that this is 15+ ABV. Well done.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Did a side-by-side with the 2014 and 2016 vintages.

2014 Pours out dark like a Porter and the 2016 pours out an amber color like a Pumpkin Ale.

Aromas are also different worlds completely. 2014 is milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, roast, some light spices, zero pumpkin and barrel notes too. 2016 is all pumpkin pie and spices along with some vanilla and bourbon.

Taste is also extremely different. 2014 is roasty, chocolate, HUGE bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow, light spices. 2016 is all pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, some bourbon and vanilla, caramel, molasses and brown sugar too.

2014 is medium-full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and 2016 is light-medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. 2014 is very boozy despite 17.22% vs the 2016 is very smooth for 18.8% which is very odd.

This is like drinking two different beers, not two different vintages. Odd stuff. (SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE WITH MY RATINGS TO COME UP WITH AN OVERALL BTW)

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours dark brown pupleish color, nice tan head excellent head.

Smell - Very bourbon forward, nice pumpkin and nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice, oak brown sugar.

Taste - Nice warm pumpkin pie is what it reminds me of. Nice balance of pumpkin and bourbon, vanilla, nutmeg and sweet brown sugar. Lots of bourbon.

Feel - Higher bodied, warm feeling from the alcohol very smooth.

Overall - I really like this one, great bourbon and pumpkin combined, very smooth.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.81/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

This one pours a light brown, kinda of looks like Coca-Cola, with a rapidly dissipating head, and no lacing. This is a porter?

This smells like pure pumpkin-spiced rum, it burns the nose. The cinnamon and pumpkin does smell nice, but I can tell the booze will be way too strong on this one.

This is just thin, and burning. It tastes like drinking straight rum mulled with pumpkin spices. There's barely any porter characteristics here, with a huge rum character, and just a burning and intense booziness. It's extremely hard to drink.

This is so thin, and insubstantial. A solid porter body would have masked some of the booziness.

This is really not that good. I don't get it.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Color of cola with light brown bubbles. The aroma is over powered by booze. I taste the spices but the pumpkin is overshadowed by alcohol. The bourbon barrel taste is more subtle than I expected. I dig the syrupy mouthfeel. This brew is worth a try but I wish I would have aged it. Bottled August 2016.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Batch 2

A: Pours a clear, almost opaque very dark mahogany in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate garnet red + cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin, bourbon, and oak with moderate aromas of vanilla + brown sugar sweetness. Light aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon + nutmeg).

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts with moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin and a slightly heavier than moderate amount of brown sugar + caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon + nutmeg). Finally there is a slightly less than strong flavor of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Moderate amounts of lingering sweetness + booziness.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Considering the strength of this beer, it is relatively easy to drink with a really nice combination of flavors + aromas from the bourbon, vanilla, pumpkin, and spices. Pretty sweet but not cloying. I really enjoyed this one and it seems like a worth example of the style for pumpkin beer number 100.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wowzers the flavors are big and bold on this one, but it doesn't drink anything like an 18% brew. Nice and smooth, but warms you up pretty quickly. Not quite roasty enough to be labeled a porter - more like an old ale or barleywine, and a robust one at that. Lots of ripe dark fruit. All enshrouded in a tastefully restrained pumpkin pie spice profile - clove, brown sugar, cinnamon, anise... Whisky is there at the edges too.

This brew gets sweet as it progresses - which is to be expected when a beer approaches this gravity - and the caramel/brown sugar/roasted marshmallow profile becomes more prominent. Plum and bourbon begin to pop more too.

Overall, a really tasty brew that doesn't clobber you with pumpkin spice. Great, smooth use of bourbon barrel per usual with Avery. Still can't believe I'm drinking an 18% brew. Well done.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Nov.7 2015,batch 2.15%ABV.Pours into a goblet a deep mahogany with a half finger khaki colored head atop.A nice warming nose of pumpkin pie spice and vanilla tinged bourbon,a great mix.A mix of the boozy bourbon notes, with sweet clove,cinnamon,and brown sugar on the palate wich makes it very festive and spot on for the October-November season,could see myself drinkin this next to warming outside bonfire.It's a sipper but to me it's one of the better "big" pumpkin infused beers I have had.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled on 8/16/16. Batch No. 3. Pours dark amber with thin off white cap and no lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove make up the spices and the bourbon is there too. Tastes like sweet pumpkin pie whiskey and goes down way to easily. There is some heat on the finish and the whooping 18.8% abv is remarkably well hidden. Another Avery barrel aged brew that far exceeds all expectations. Probably one of the best pumpkin beers I've ever indulged upon.

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Photo of KBlodorn
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/7/15 and consumed on 9/28/16.

My esophagus is on fire. This beer is still a bit of a hot mess, with not much balance. In the end, the alcohol ends up dominating. That being said, I'm convinced I'd like this beer with about 2-5 years of age on it. That's not the case now, however and I'm stuck with this cloyingly sweet, boozy pumpkin-spice bang-out of a brew.

Also, not sure where they come with "porter." This is clearly a BBA Pumpkin Ale. It's dark brown and shares little to no characteristics of a porter.

Was strongly considering buying RumpKYn, but at $15/bottle, it just isn't worth it, unless tried aged properly. If you stumble upon either of these two beers for less than $10/bottle (will take a miracle), or properly aged, maybe give it a shot, but until then, I just can't recommend.

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Photo of leonardwl
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had high expectations for this, although I'm generally not a fan of pumpkin beers. Brunt caramel, nutmeg and faint clove with a mild suggestion of pumpkin sweetness on the finish. Heavy bourbon aroma. But it's all overwhelmed by the booziness. You come away with some pleasant flavors that get washed away by waves of alcohol taste. Some nice residual warming bourbon notes. Good potential here, but not realized.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brown, almost black with a khaki head that left little lace. Aroma is of dark malts, booze, wood, and pumpkin. The beer balances sweet pumpkin and pumpkin pie ingredient flavors with a strong booziness and the woodiness keeps the beer smooth and easy to drink. Little bit of heat on the finish but still an enjoyable and strong boozy, pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Seanem44
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I hate pumpkin beers. I mean, I HATE pumpkin beers. I despise seeing the glut of them on shelves this time of year. I hate the taste, and I don't get the craze. HOWEVER... Pump[KY]n is the exception. After trying it this year, I will be looking for it next year. The 15% abv is well masked. Its drinks smooth and the pumpkin doesn't taste "fake". This is the best pumpkin beer I've tried, and it even stacks up against non-pumpkin beers. A tad expensive, but well worth the price.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque dark brown color. Strong rum notes in the taste and smell. A bit of alcohol too. Nice nutmeg note in the taste but overtaken by the light alcohol in the smell. Allspice in the smell. Sweet taste.

Thin heavy body. Good and better than rumpkin.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, bottled on Nov 7, 2015, Batch #2, 15.0% ABV. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly sweet and spicy, it smells like bourbon, vanilla, pumpkin spices, and some graininess. For the most part the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some molasses, licorice, roasted malt and caramel noticeable. Just like the aroma, this is a very sweet and pumpkin spicy tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's coating and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, but I only recommend it if you like really sweet and pumpkin spice flavors. The sweet and spiciness almost got to be too much after a while, and it's not something I could drink every day. With that being said, I'd certainly buy this again in the future.

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Photo of bobhits
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

November 7 2015 (wow didn't realize it was that old when I bought it today).

The pour is of a rich stout, dark, creamy tan head, good lacing, light but noticeable legs when swirled. Rather thin for a 15% beer and shocking to see any retention on the lacing. The glass was clean but not dry so even more surprising

The nose is pupkinbeer with chocolate and port wine and plums, cane sugar, vanilla, oak, a hint of maybe a cigar.

The flavor is something else. This is rich, sugary sweet to the point of being candy, but yet oak and chocolate bitterness and perhaps even a hint of a sour note come in and pull it away from being candy. This really has me thinking of a port wine with pumpkin and oak finishing. There's a certain fruity flavor that doesn't come from the pumpkin nor the barrels that's really strong and lasts nearly from start to finish. I'm getting of course nutmeg and cinnamon along with other spices (I've never actually had clove so I'll have to take their word on that, but there's certainly more than what I am listing). So much of a port....really wasn't expecting that at al.

The beer is well carbonated, amazingly so for 17%, it's thick and creamy just like you'd want without actually becoming over the top or turning into a brandy sniffer only kind of affair. I won't lie this one is going down WAY faster than any 17% beer should.

I can't comment on this fresh vs about a year old, it's rare a year does THAT much, but it's very possible based on other reviews that this was a more in your fave alcoholic even fresh. I would expect some of the mouth feel was improved with age and the alcohol fading a bit.

I don't like the flavors or style or really anything about this beer on a surface level. I should honestly be drain pouring it. Pumpkin is an ok thing, give me one. I like nutmeg and cinnamon, reminds me of my body building wanna be days adding that to raw eggs I'd blend with vanilla protein powder (it's actually good...but I know you won't trust me). All that said, I'm loving this beer and wishing I had a second. I want a glass of this on a cold night with a good friend by a fire to just sit back and talk all night while we sip on this amazing beer. I might be driving back to the store tomorrow to clear these out. Amazing stuff.

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Photo of bnes09
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lots of pumpkin. Minimal roasted character or bourbon flavor. Slight pumpkin spices. Way too sweet. Dense, syrupy body. Descent carbonation. Sticky, slick, syrupy finish. Not terrible.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch No. 2 dated 11/2015 poured from a 12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass L: good looking Porter, dark cola color with a finger of mocha head, active bubble streams, and moderate lacing S: sweet sugar/cinnamon notes, allspice, and nutmeg, alcohol is definitely present T: sugary sweet cinnamon up front followed by a peppery spicy allspice and nutmeg flavor with a drying alcohol finish F: thick, coating, with a slight alcohol burn O: best pumpkin beer I've ever had. It's incredibly sweet, so it's best left for after dinner. I would definitely like to get another bottle or two of this for next Thanksgiving.

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