Rumpkin | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too sweet, too much yam

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had high expectations, but taste was too sweet and miserable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.07/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria.

Pours a moderate brownish color with a bit of an orange tint to it. There's some light lacing after a single-finger head dies down. The nose is pretty boozy, but at the same time it works with the brown sugar and dark rum character in addition to plenty of pumpkin spicing. Everything is well integrated and though it's boozy, the rum notes work well with the pumpkin and spicing, so I don't have anything to complain about.

The taste goes quite a ways downhill as the intricate rum characteristics are overlaid with all too much booze. Just really, really heavy on the alcohol here. There is some spicing there as well. The feel takes it even lower, as there is nothing there but booze. Pretty heavy body. Drinkability isn't all that high given the excessive booze. It's a shame that the booze took this one over. I wish this were in bottles so I could lay one down for a year to see what happens.

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3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.12oz. bottle poured into my Wild Heaven snifter:

A: Pours a murky brown with big hues of red. There is about a half finger of khaki colored head that settles quickly into a thing ring that hugs the edges of the glass.

S: This beer is big on booze (possibly barrel treatment), but yet smells kind of like a band-aid. There is a definite astringency to this beer. There are scents of big malts, a little vinegar, and dash of sea-weed. This beer isn’t for me.

T: This beer is sweet and syrupy right up front. But that quickly changes into a ton of boozy and a touch of tartness. It’s a bit sour. God damn, this beer has to be high in ABV. The finish is a mix of all three major players: the booze, the sweet malt, and whatever is making it tart.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer is sticky, chewy, and totally cloying. The flavors envelop the palate and hold on for dear life.

O: This beer just isn’t doing it for me. It’s seems like a barleywine or an old ale that is just starting to turn into a sour mess.

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3.1/5  rDev -24%
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 Grand Cru from North Coast Brewing Company and the Vanilla Bean Stout from Avery Brewing.

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3.12/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt dark orange/bronze with absolutely zero head. Aroma has a ton of heat to it; dominated by the rum with some pumpkin and spices hiding underneath. Flavor too is dominated by the heat, it lets you know its 18% but the other flavors are more prevalent in the flavor, some pumpkin, spices, and a nice thick sugary vanilla.. Mouthfeel is nice, fuller with little activity. Overall, I was hoping for a little more from this than it delivered. Avery usually does an amazing job disguising the ABV in these beers but here all 18% definitely showed itself. I would have liked the pumpkin and spices to have been more assertive to help balance things out.

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3.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From notes: Had on tap at Avery. 5 oz taster

A-- Poured an opaque ruby color, no head at all, small layer of film. Just a few small carbonation bubbles.

S-- All spice, Nutmeg, pumpkin and rum. ABV is well hidden for a high ABV beer.

T-- Dark rum, all spice, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Very sweet and a lot of alcohol.

M-- This was tingly, thick and syrupy. Very sweet and a lot of alcohol. Was told Goslings rum barrels were used for it. Could easily taste that though.

D-- Taster was more than enough. Great nose but after that not much great about it. More like rum and very sweet I thought. Too syrupy and not a huge fan of rum. Had to try it though.

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3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
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 ...

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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,441 ratings