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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #24
Ranked #6,894
4.08 | pDev: 13.24%
Feb 05, 2022
Oct 09, 2010
Notes: We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.
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3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Bottled August 17th, 2016.
As I watched the beer pour from bottle to glass, my first thought was "this is a very good looking beer". There was a vibrancy to the orange / brown color that I don't often see, and that I really liked. Unfortunately, in my eagerness to see if I could drum up some head on the pour, I forgot that this is 5.5 years old, and an aggressive pour may not be the best idea. While the pour did result in a finger or so of fizzy short-lived head, it also resulted in a significant amount of sediment bouncing around my glass like a bunch of 6 year old kids hopped up on Red Bull in a bouncy castle. Some people don't mind floaties....I'm not one of them. After suppressing my gag reflex, in an effort to be as fair as possible in rating this, I won't dock it too much for the floaties. It is still an attractive beer if you step back a few feet and un-focus your eyes like you had to do with one of those pictures from 20 years ago that looked like a bunch of dots until you saw them just right. Thus endeth the longest description I've ever given of a beer's appearance.

Aroma rolls out of the glass in waves, and is all pumpkin & spice. I'm not getting any rum barrel, but this still smells really good, especially given its age.

The taste is where this goes a bit sideways. The pumpkin takes the role of Grand Marshal in this parade, with plenty of spice riding along in the old convertible throwing cheap candy to the kids. If I were locking in on just those pumpkin and spice notes, I think I'd like this beer more. Unfortunately, there's an alcohol burn to it that plays the role of the local insurance agent who is also walking in this parade but adding no apparent value (i.e. he's not even throwing out candy, he's just walking with a banner advertising his business). I can't put a finger on it, but the beer is just lacking sufficient nuance. If you put this in a different shaped bottle and called it "Pumpkinschlager", or "Pumple Minze" you could sell cheap shots of this to college kids. It stays on the tongue for a long time in a vaguely unpleasant way.

Overall, glad to have tried it, but not my jam.

Feb 05, 2022
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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Todd from California

12oz bottled on August 1, 2017. ABV on this one is 16.9%. Sample from the brewery. Apologies to Adam Avery for taking so long. (Consider it unpaid research into aging your beer.)

Rusty, muddy, opaque with a thin creamy lace that clings a bit and sticks around until the last drop (damn impressive given the age on this beer). Nose if full of pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, and rum. Viscous, smooth, creamy body. It's quite thick and a bit chewy. Flavor is absolutely packed with more pumpkin pie spices (dustings of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg), tons of vanilla, oak, sweetened coconut, caramelized pumpkin, candy-like sweetness, syrupy even, with toffee, molasses, and a boozy hit of rum. Slight oxidation that's easily missed, but blends well with everything else that's going on if detected. Flavors linger for a while with a spicy, peppery note.

As of this post, it's been 1,649 days since this beer was bottled and it remains intense AF. And, as far as pumpkin beers go, Rumpkin is hands down one of the best, most unique, and stands as a reminder of what Avery was back in the day: a heavy-hitting, non-apologetic, brewer of big, bold beers. AKA - an OG extreme beer brewer.

I absolutely love this beer. It said what it said.

Feb 05, 2022
4.25 by Birdlegs from Washington on Jan 16, 2022
4.1 by hopley from Massachusetts on Nov 18, 2021
3.9 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Nov 01, 2021
4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Sep 12, 2021
3.9 by buking21 from Massachusetts on Jul 03, 2021
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2.7/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by Blankira from Kentucky

2017 bottle

Look-Dark amber like a traditional rum would have, little to no head on the beer as expected with such a high ABV, moves around in the glass almost like a light syrup? Interesting.

Smell-Sugar, Spice, and boozy I do not know if I even liked the smell. It was definitely interesting.

Taste- Like a boozy syrup no kidding with spices thrown in. As it warmed up the booziness takes over even more. I feel like this would go great in a cake batter or something.

Feel-Thick like syrup, mine had mild carbonation, spicy and sweet up front with a creamy mouthfeel, and a over bearing burn on the finish.

Overall-Not a fan. Would like to try a more fresh product possibly? The 17% ABV likely went up over the years sitting in the bottle for another 3.5-4 years. Would try a more fresh bottle or if I wanted to try something like a unique cake batter that may work well with this.

Apr 26, 2021
4.06 by mltobin from Connecticut on Feb 01, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

Taster at bottle share, 2015 vintage. Aroma brings some pumpkin pie notes, sweet, hint of spice. Taste hits with a the right amount of booze, sweet, and strong. Nice savory notes top off the whole package. 2021update: 2015 vintage still rocks.

Jan 25, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Seanjohnhunt from California

I found a bottle at my local specialty beer liquor store. Date on the bottle says 2017. 4 years aged on top of what it comes fresh already. Yikes! Has some chunks in the bottom. Hoping the 16.9% will keep it still great. After sipping it for awhile it still taste pretty dang good. Wish there wasn't chunks at the bottom but towards the end this beer starts putting you down for the count at the 16.9%. Would like to try one fresh to compare..

Jan 05, 2021
4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Dec 05, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep golden beer that is topped by a two finger dense and slightly rocky head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of pumpkin with some warming spices, vanilla, and definite rum barrel notes.
T: Taste is pumpkin and caramel with some warming spices, vanilla, and rum barrels with some hints of molasses. On the swallow there's a ton of warming spices, pumpkin, caramel, vanilla, and lingering rum barrel.
M: The beer has a full body with a feel that is slightly syrupy. Carbonation is low but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is how pumpkin beers should be done. Great flavors and a nice amount of complexity make this one that is very enjoyable to drink. It ages really well too. Worth a try if you can find it and want to try a pumpkin beer that's on the extreme side of things.

Nov 21, 2020
4.5 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Sep 27, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Sellen from Connecticut


Jun 23, 2020
4.61 by lebrisa from Connecticut on Jun 04, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange / brown color and a mostly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A big, powerful aroma of pumpkin, booze, spices, malt, molasses, and ginger.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of rum (and its accompanying barrel), a tinge of ginger (not a huge element), lots of spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, in particular), a bit of molasses (quite sweet), and a decent amount of pumpkin, of course. Like the aroma, the flavor is big, boozy, and complex. It's quite well-rounded and satisfying. Delicious.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, warm finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An excellently made beer. Drinkable.

Apr 07, 2020
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4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a 2018 dated bottle into the test glass
A - Still, deep mahogany color, thin ring clings to the glass wall. Carbonation struggles upward.
S - Alcohol, fusel wrapped spice sack, strong grain base, raisan, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, Alcohol.
T - Follows the nose well, deep, spice notes, strong malt base, spices dance by on waves of sweet malt. Caramel, toffee again, brown sugar, late harvest cigar wrap tobacco. Vanilla reduction served over pumpernickle toast.
M- Big and slick, oily, carbonation has no chance. Linger is rich , complex , compelling. Sweet but quick to dry, Luxardo Cheerie comes to mind
O - Wow, thats an experience. One worth experiencing, craft cocktail Or craft beer.

Apr 05, 2020
4.61 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts on Mar 23, 2020
3.75 by edthehead from New York on Mar 20, 2020
4.21 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jan 22, 2020
4.37 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 16, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ToddAxeBeer from Minnesota

The brewers description is accurate. I am not sure I can add anything that has not been said. I gave my wife a taster and she thought it was a cocktail. It is that strong...and that good. Sipper for sure, but my 12 oz lasted 15 minutes max.

Dec 31, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

Pours a very cloudy golden color with a thin foamy head. Retention is minimal. Lacing is very mild. Very boozy aroma with pumpkin, brown sugar and rum. Very sweet taste. Candied sugar with some pumpkin, mild spices. Boozy, boozy, boozy. Too sweet. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Dec 25, 2019
4.23 by Hop_God from California on Dec 19, 2019
4.33 by ronniebruner from Arizona on Nov 30, 2019
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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Medium light carbonation with a just above average body. Has a slight thick creamy feel .
Aroma is alcohol, rum, wood/ earthy, pumpkin and spices in the background.
Taste is alcohol, boozy, rum, wood, a little sweet and some alcohol burn
Overall it was excellent, I didnt feel the alcohol was as well hidden as some but for such a high abv I'm probably off on that

Nov 04, 2019
4.37 by kbwalters from Wisconsin on Oct 27, 2019
4.59 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Oct 15, 2019
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3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Update of Pumpkin Beer from 2013-2019 Blind Tastings.


Oct 12, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

A medium pour resulted in a couple fingers of head that faded pretty quickly. Dark orange/brown color with noticeable sediment. Smells intensely of sweet pumpkin puree, almost overpowering. Tastes much like it smells, but not quite as intense. Some rum notes, which increase as the beer warms. A definite warming sensation, a result of the 16.9% alcohol. A dessert beer for sipping, but might be better paired with the right food.

Sep 02, 2019
4.27 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Aug 31, 2019
4.17 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Aug 27, 2019
4.79 by mpolewan from Ohio on Aug 24, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by MudDrinker from Ohio

Look - Caramel, very thin white head. No lacing, and a fair amount of sediment. Looks pretty festive and autumny.
Smell - Rum, very boozy and sweet smelling. Not really picking up much spice - maybe some cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste - Tastes like someone smeared a pumpkin pie into a rum barrel. It's delicious, and the booze isn't that evident (except for the warming aftertaste). It is intensely sweet, definitely a dessert beer. This beer is perfect for cold autumn days. Flannel, the smell of dead leaves and this.
Feel - Not much to say here, but its oily enough to not be weird. I don't know that mouthfeel really matters with pumpkin beers.

Overall - okay, this is damn tasty. Schlafly used to be my favorite pumpkin beer, but this is pretty phenomenal. Heavy recommend, even at an outrageous price (it was $14 for a 12 oz bottle).

Aug 20, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

Reddish appearance with slight white head. Aroma is a spicy pumpkin that is very prominent. Taste is also a spicy pumpkin with a strong alcohol that has not dissipated much in two years.

May 08, 2019
4.06 by moonman1994 from Wisconsin on May 05, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by hardy008 from Minnesota

Hazy caramel color. An aggressive pour gives less than one finger of head, which fades quickly to a small collar of foam. The aroma has rum, molasses, oak, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Tastes just like it smells. Extremely sweet. The alcohol is well disguised for 16.9 % abv. Full bodied with average carbonation. Fairly smooth and also a little sticky. Very well made.

Apr 30, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Mommala from Colorado

I first tried Avery's Tweak, and fell in love. Someone recommended this seasonal variation. I didn't think I could like Tweak more, but I was wrong. Not your average Pumpkin BEER! But it is fall in glass..

Apr 30, 2019
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2.31/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

L: Deep orange hue. No head or lace to speak of.

S: Pie spices, malt, sweet syrup and booze to the hilt.

T: Sickly sweet pumpkin and tons of booze, ethanol burn, and spices.

F: Choking down syrupy sugars and even devoid of carbonation to the offset this in any way. Awful.

O: I typically like Avery but this was pretty poor.

Apr 30, 2019
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