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Rumpkin | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.90%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by womencantsail on 10-09-2010

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#2,344
Reviews:
316
Ratings:
1,415
pDev:
13.48%
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Reviews by Oakenator:
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delight of a desert beer, designed and crafted very well for the cooler Autumn season.

Rumkin pours with a lightly carbonated mohogany redish-brown color and good clarity. Early froathy head formation eventually falters underneath the weight of alcohol and savory sweetness.

Spiced rum hits the nose with a mellow and rich scent. Elements of molassas, toasty, light chocolate, and pumkin pie spice round out the rum/barrel woodiness very well. Very appetizing and mouth watering.

Even more intense is the flavor; where the Porter-ish flaovor of toast, chocolate, nutty, and coffee flavors apply the initial flavor. Sweet rum flavor develops the Porter flavors into more congac and port wine richness and layers. Chocolate and pumpkin pie linger into the long and sweet finish and give a lasting impression in the aftertaste.

Rich, oily and weighted- Rumkin drinks much like a well aged Barleywine with a silky smooth sweet feel. No dryness or fleeting progression, this beer doesn't need it, Rumkin is a desert all to itself.

Surprisingly, the beer's own sweetness develops its into layers upon layers of complexity and substitutes balance very well. Savory and succulent throughout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 1 (bottled 10/5/11) and 3 (bottled 9/8/13) tasted side-by-side

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color and, of course, the younger beer has better head retention, at first, but both heads fritter away after about 30 seconds; not surprising, given the ABV

Smell: The rum is much more apparent in the younger version as is the spicing, but the older version has more depth of pumpkin aromatics

Taste: The pie spice, caramel sweetness and rum pounce on the tastebuds in the younger version but the older version is more mellow, bringing a complex melding of the spices, the rum and the pumpkin; a lot of warmth in the gullet from the younger version bursts forward and interrupts the flavor development while the complexity builds in its older sibling, with the warmth in that one settling deep in the belly

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation and plenty of boozy warmth

Overall: Not sure why this beer has to have such a high ABV but it was very interesting to sample these two beers side by side; at first, I thought the younger version far superior as it forced itself upon the palate; after a few sips, I found myself returning again and again to the older version as it only revealed its complexity with the passage of time

Thanks, RuckusDu, for the 2013 version and I cannot recall the source of the older bottle but thanks go out to whomever shared it with me if indeed I got it from a trade

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Photo of gibgink
4.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This sweet treat was right up my ally. There is no hint whatsoever that this is a 16% beer. To me, this tastes like a pumpkin barleywine. Smooth and mellow, with a rum sweetness lingering on the palate. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

look: Crystal clear orange brown...noble pumpkin i say. Full off white head on the pour that entirely exits.
smell: Aromatic spices, oak and rum brightness and to quote the Avery site, " candied molasses" indeed.
taste: Much like the nose. If Willy Wonka were a lush, he'd make this at every holiday.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle into a snifter.

Avery says this is a porter, made with pumpkin, and aged in rum barrels.

I'd say it's more like a barleywine ... a very potent concoction, on the sweet side. The aroma is huge (and I know I don't have the most sensitive sniffer, so for me to really get knocked out by the aroma, it's got some oomph!).

Drinking this one year after bottling, the ABV was strong, but appropriately so. The 17.22% (who knew you could have 2 decimal places in an ABV?) is part and parcel of the overall barleywine effect, and fits in well with the other components of the ale.

The flavor is a well balanced blend of pumpkin (in the background), roasted notes, rum, typical spices, and some sweetness. I did not find it to be syrupy sweet.

I had one bottle, shared with 3 friends, so we each had just a small snifter. That was plenty, and it was very enjoyable. I wouldn't drink this often, but it is certainly memorable.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Avery's Rumpkin for $12.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this one for a while and since I've finally seen it at the beer store it's time to see what it's all about, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes well with the beer and it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light that was pretty cloudy and it had a thin ring of bubbly off white head and it didn't really leave and lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, it's what I would expect for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness with the rum being the first to show up and intense aroma with the rum and oak really coming through and that goes into the pumpkin spices which impart all the typical pumpkin spice aromas and it's followed by a big alcohol aroma that makes my nose tingle. Up next comes a sweet fruit aroma with a honey like aroma coming through and it's a little stone fruit like. Towards the end comes the malts which impart some caramel malt. sweet malt, caramel and candied like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's intense and it delivers on the rum.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly medium amount of higher sweetness with the rum still being the first to show up and it imparts some nice rum and oak flavors and it isn't as boozy as it was in the aroma and it's noticeable, but still fairly well hidden. Up next comes the spice which are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but they impart all the same aspects and it goes into a little bit of a pumpkin flavor that's followed by the other fruity aspects which make for a generic candied fruit flavor. Towards the end comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel flavors coming thr most. On the finish there's a little bit of bitterness with some sweetness and a little bit of booze taking it's place and it has a very caramel, sweet, rum and spiced aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer, it's smoother than I was expecting and it lives up to it's description.

M- A little smooth, alcohol is fairly well hidden, a little creamy, not too crisp at all, full bodied with a lighter amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel works well with this beer and it's smother than I was expecting.

Overall I thought this was good beer and it's a good example of the style, it lives up to it's description and it's one intense beer. This beer has ok drinkability, one is enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the taste and the mouthfeel, they were both good and I like well the taste is balanced. What i like the least about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they could use just a little more work. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a strong and rum forward pumpkin ale. All in all I liked this beer and I thought it was just intense as I heard it was. It's not a favorite Avery beer and it's a good example of the style. Good job guys, this is one tasty and intense beer, keep it up.

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Photo of Rcaros
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 8-17-16. Opened 9-25-16

L: 1/2 finger off white head, tight bubbles, good carbonation, amber color and very transparent

S: nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin pie, candied yams, caramel, mild alcohol on the back, little to no barrel but still WOW

T: follows nose almost exactly, there is no way this is 17.5% abv, minor boozyness with a lot of warming in the chest, spiced rum, not much oak

Medium feel
Overall outstanding

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA as part of their Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 1/2 inch tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spices, pumpkin, rum, and wood. A very nice barrel aged aroma on this one. Taste is of malt, sugar and spice (cinnamon and the like), graham crackers, rum, and wood. The pumpkin is there but very subtle in my opinion. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great pumpkin beer that turned out extremely well with the rum barrel aging.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml batch 5- Sept, 9, 2015 18% bottle poured into tulip 20/5/16 cheers billverstein for sending the long standing want

A tiny suspended particles in a copper body, lots of big bubbles much to my surprise, the two fingers of foam makes some noise as it quickly fizzles out, some thin legs on the glass and enough carbonation to make it look like a slow boil

S nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, vanilla, roasted yams and pumpkin, candied ginger, lots of rum barrel, yes there's some booze but for 18% I'd say its fairly well hidden, molasses and hard toffee, more spice, more barrel, smells intense

T it mimics the smell but the booze is cranked up and more wood then rum, its still not drinking like a 18% monster but you definitely know its got some ABV, its like a rum spiked pumpkin beer and its pretty solid

M silky and hot, some tannin like grit, hard to judge mouth-feel when it hits your chest and head before anything, just a little sticky on my numb lips, spicy, woody heat just keep going

O what jacks you up more then steroids? this is a pumpkin beer on whatever that is and then some, powerful, subtle, harsh and gentle all at once, this shit could ruin anyone who let it

Hard to say if this is a little fresh for such a big boy, its drinking well but could probably benefit from a decade under the stairs. Intense all around and well rounded, different and jacked up in every way, seek this one out.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle of the 2014 release. Poured into a snifter 10/21/2014.

A- Darker brown-amber body, minimal head, minimal retention time, minimal lacing. Not that impressive in terms of appearance. [3.5]

S- Holy rum booze and pumpkin spices. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg that is still dominated by the white sugary sweet base beer. Kind of hard to get the nuances of this beer. [3.75]

F- Rum booze, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider-like tartness. But this is very rum-forward. I definitely feel drunk after tasting an ounce of this beer. [3.75]

M- Full bodied, thick and sugary. Strong body, strong booziness. I can't even begin to imagine how much malt they used to brew this. Sugary sweet and hot finish on this one. [3.5]

O- Definitely a flavour intense pumpkin beer, but its not exactly what I'm looking for in a pumpkin beer, especially not at the price point it sells for. The booze quotient is extremely high in this one, as is the diabeetus quotient. This 12oz bottle is definitely best split with multiple people. [4]

Final score: 3.71

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.84/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Batch No. 6 and bottled in August 2016. Copper color, no lacing, no head to speak of. Rum and a plethora of pumpkin pie spices reach the nose. Beautiful flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses, pumpkin, oak barrel, and spiced rum. Moderate full feel with tons of boozy heat and super sticky sweet on the lips. Overall, a quite fantastic pumpkin rum aged beer! Enjoy

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Photo of DanGeo
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tbryan5
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BEER #1500!!!

A- Dark, opaque, brown and orange.
S- Rum, Rum, and more rum. If there is pumpkin in there it's hard to pick up on. Still delicious!
T- I get a hint of pumpkin ale but dominated by rum. Maybe bc this is from 2014 and the pumpkin has faded.
M- GREAT carb for such a heavy barrel aged beer. Very impressed!
D- One and done but makes a SUPERB sipper. I hope that I can trade for more!

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DahWag
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sabitu
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of gregmoscetti
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamato3000
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Afroman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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