Avery Brewing Company

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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #10
Ranked #2,738
4.13 | pDev: 13.08%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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ToddAxeBeer from Minnesota

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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MudDrinker from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Radcpa from Washington

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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hardy008 from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Mommala from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.31/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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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Wasatch from Colorado

4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
Gold Foil/Capped
Bottled: AUG 16, 2018

First time seeing this around here. 8 Months on this bottle.

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice translucent golden orangy color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice creamy/fizzy one-finger off-white head, which leaves a very nice medium size oil slick, and some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some pretty nice pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger notes, pretty nice rum/oak, vanilla. The taste is very nice malty, with a very nice touch of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, pretty nice rum, oakyness, vanilla, very nice sweetness. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, a very nice complex brew, definitely a sipper, but it is addictive! Overall, probably the best pumpkin brew I've had to date, very nicely done Avery!

Apr 07, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades quickly leaving a good lace. Amber hazy color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Spicy nose and flavor is sweet, not cloying, spice and pumpkin, mellowing. High ABV, 17.5%, is nearly hidden. Bottled Aug 2016. Seriously pricey at $14.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Mar 16, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single from Bottle Craft Liberty Station San Diego. Pricey little number. Pours out a cloudy, murky orange colour with scant short lived yellowish white head.
Aroma is pumpkin, pumpkin pie, ginger and some dark rum booziness.
Taste follows - rum boozy character but with distinct pumpkin pie flavours mixing nicely x some definite boozy heat and sweetness.
Thick mouthfeel - coating pumpkin sweetness, again touches of boozy heat at the finish, but not over the top or terribly inappropriate. Honestly think best pumpkin beer have come across.

Feb 27, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure what to think about this beer. A pumpkin beer with 16 percent and rum barrel aged makes for an unusual combination. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour of the beer produced a one finger reddish tan head. The head of the beer dissipated reasonably quickly due to the high alcohol content. The color the beer is SRM 12 a deep amber with mahogany hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. The head left no lacing on the glass when it fell.

The initial aroma of the beer was a toasted sugar, alcohol, and vanilla. Next, smell bananas, cloves, pumpkins, toasted oak, bready, nutmeg, molasses, caramel, and cinnamon.

The flavors in the beer are cinnamon, nutmeg, molasses, caramel, vanilla, bready, cloves, banana, toasted sugar, ginger, alcohol, cloves, grass, earthy, caramelized sugar, and loads of pumpkin.

The mouthfeel of the beer is warm and sticky.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

The beer is a mouthful of wow. The beer is sticky sweet and a nice subtle rum flavors. The beer has loads of pumpkins and baking spices. I am not a fan of the massive alcohol content.

Feb 03, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 vintage poured into a tulip
A: Hazy brown, thin head
S: Pumpkin, pie spice, a bit of rum/brown sugar
T: Sweet, pumpkin, pie spice, sugar syrup, a hint of rum
M: Full-bodied, quite sweet, the alcohol is well hidden
O: Tasty but too sweet for me. One to sip, may work well in a sauce for a dessert

Jan 12, 2019
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AllOfTheCats from Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Immediate taste was couch syrup when cooler. As it warmed up, it was way too sweet and boozy to enjoy. My girlfriend thought the same. Probably not going to try this again.

Dec 11, 2018
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Beejay from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 6. Thanks Richard and Alanna!

A: A murky brown in color with a ver small white head on top.

S: At first the aroma is just a big canon fire of vanilla, oak and rum. Returning to it you start to get maple, molasses, pumpkin, and hints of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

T: Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and spiced rum. A hint of oak and vanilla, with a touch of toasted coconut. Caramel sweetness, and bread round out the finish.

M: Medium thick, with fairly high carbonation for the style. Slick and sticky finish.

O: Sweet malt bomb with barrel aged goodness and spices.

Dec 03, 2018
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sjrider from California

3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wasn't sure what to expect, as this is my 1st pumpkin beer. Pours a murky deep copper/dirty brown color with minimal frothy chocolate milk colored head. Nose is slightly sour pumpkin pie.Taste is surprisingly sweet and spicy ,like pumpkin pie. Seems a weird tart dryness on the finish with a definite bit of alcohol creep. Definitely won't make it into 'A' rotation , but might be a once a year quaff. Unique BA brew.

Nov 20, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

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

Pours a clear medium copper color, minimal head. Big, sweet aroma of pumpkin spices, faint rum, molasses. Very sweet, lots of dark fruit, loads of brown sugar and molasses, pie spices are faint in the background. Thick and viscous, coats the tongue. Overall, very sweet, very tasty, glad I aged it a while.

12 oz bottle, 2014 vintage
4.25 rating

11/1/19 - just cracked a bottle of 2015 vintage, still agree with above review.

Oct 30, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy, hazy brown that sits completely still with no bubbles or effervescence showing. Head is a finger in height and khaki in color, and retains modestly well. Aroma is comprised of pumpkin, spices, and molasses, and is dense enough it invokes the vision of shoving your nose into a pumpkin pie and taking a sniff. Thankfully there are no solids in this sniff. Light rum at the back gives the beer a little additional spice and the light booze helps stifle the spices from running away with the show. Oak adds to the complexity. Flavor profile is big and bold pumpkin, spices, molasses, caramel, and toffee with a heavy pinch of spices right at the end. Despite starting rather balanced, it turns heavily towards the sweet side of the spectrum, and then the spices tame and dry it out. Rum adds a light booziness to it, but overall not anything stifling. Surprising smoothness for a beer hitting nearly 17% ABV! Oak helps add to the complexity in a positive way. Mouth feel carries a light grainy texture with a medium-thick viscosity that gets heavier as the beer sits and warms. Overall, woah. Had no clue this beer was nearing on 17% until I checked the bottle half way through a glass. It's smooth despite having an impressive load of flavors and nuances, and showcases pumpkin well without being cloyingly sweet. Aroma is a touch sweeter and more close to cloyingly sweet than the flavor, thus the knock down 1/4th of a point. This is a pumpkin beer (err... liquor...?) for those who like their strong ales, strong.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Oct 21, 2018
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dream from Nevada

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first double imperial pumpkin ale. I dont think ive had another pumpkin beer over 10%. 2018's batch of this is 16.4% if i recall.

L: looks like a fierce autumn in a glass. Unfiltered but no floaties. the color is of orange blossom honey and amber

s: A generic but plesant candied pumpkin sweetness, rum barrel.

t: Smacks right up front of candied pumpkin sweetness, natural pumpkin, allspice. This is a very sweet beer, but i like sweet beers. rounds out with a sweet rum barrel, not spiced rum.

f: super smooth. damn.. probably the most dangerous 16%+ beer ive had. This feels like 8-9% abdcoats the mouth as well. mouthfeel hits the mark nicely here. i have a feeling it is due to the absurdly sweet malt or ingredient that is in it off setting the barrel abv.

o: pricey like all barrel aged beers, but definitely worth 1 try if you really dig pumpkin beers like me. i think it defines a double imperial pumpkin category well.

Oct 10, 2018
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gbiello from Massachusetts

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

Look is a deep amber orange. Smell has a great blend of pumpkin and 'pumpkin spices'. Taste follows the nose but way too boozy at 16.9%. This would be a great pumpkin been if the ABV's were about half that.

Mar 01, 2018
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Mitzvahman72 from California

3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch #6, Bottled on August 17, 2016

With a cloudy amber color, there are vibrant burst of warm spices and raisins with a very good balance between sweet and hoppy. Sweet raisins are part of the aroma, but it's very likely the yeasts have eaten up all the pumpkins in this beer. Unfortunately, it’s very boozy, making any other flavors in this beer overpowered by it. At least it’s better than rum itself, or even a nice take on a classic Revolutionary Era mixed drink called the Bumbo. Nevertheless, I recommend the barrel aged Numbskull and Olde Ale/Special Reserve from Alesmith Brewing Company, Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Company, Chanukah in Kentucky from Schmaltz Brewing Company, the Bourbon Barrel Aged Brown Ale from New English Brewing Company, The Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Company and the Vanilla Bean Stout from Avery Brewing.

Feb 25, 2018
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Jim_Benz from Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I guess this review will be an outlier, but I really don't care for this beer at all. I bought two 12oz bottles a couple months ago and cracked one now to try it fresh. It'll probably be five years before I drink the other one and that should make a difference. I hope.

A: clear copper, slight head, some lacing. Frankly, it looks like a good ESB.

S: sweet, fruity, not particularly complex. Juicy Fruit gum?

T: Identical to the smell. Very sweet, which hides the alcohol well, but not too appealing to me. Neither the pumpkin nor the rum really stand out for me, nor the spices. Juicy Fruit gum. At the back of my pallate, as I swallow, I can pick out the pumpkin and the spices, but that doesn't help much. Years of cellaring will hopefully remedy this utter lack of complexity.

B: much thinner than expected, but that's okay. If it weren't so sticky sweet, it might be crisp and refreshing. Which is way unexpected, but okay.

O: Meh. Needs a lot of aging in my opinion. I'll look forward to trying my second bottle in 2023 ...

Feb 20, 2018
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