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Rumpkin | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.73%

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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Photo of TBoneJones
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This behemoth manages to embody Autumn holidays with every sip. Plenty of rum barrel-soaked notes of pumpkin spice and sweet molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon and a healthy hint of ginger, all in both scent and taste.
I almost overlooked this heavy-duty gem, thinking it was something I tried recently (I initially mistook it for Avery's PumpKYn).
This is better in the sense that it's so highly drinkable considering its high abv. The rum barrel serves the pumpkin notes well. Most of the woody notes appear in the nose and not in the taste, which is a fine balance between rich sweet malt/ molasses and rum barrel/ Fall spices.
I took half a growler once I realized this was new to try, as Avery doesn't steer one wrong in the "big beer" department. It would be great to sip through November, too.

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Photo of mschrei
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer#666 that I've rated. 2015 edition. Poured into thin Unibroue snifter. A real MONSTER. Color of a pumpkin if I left it out for a while. Not much in the way of foam or lacing, but a lot of particulates floating around. Strong pumpkin smell and the barrel presence isn't overwhelming. Taste, however, totally different story. It is a big boozy bastard with a booze burn foremost with a healthy pumpkin flavor following. Glad I let it age a year, because it's a super powerful beer now, and I can only imagine how strong it would be fresh. I don't know how much rum I'm getting, but it's a great beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, Batch No. 5, bottled Sept 9, 2015. 18.0% ABV. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a burnt orange color with about an inch light tan head that fizzled away quickly. Lacing is OK, and there are some floaties noticeable too. I like the aroma, the brew smells like rum, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, allspice and some ginger. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some brown sugar and graham crackers. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinks easy enough for being 18% ABV. It's still a sipper, but a pretty good one. This is definitely worth picking up! $12.99 a bottle.

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Photo of seedyone
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From bottle at home. Dated 08/27/16. Head?...what head? If I hadn't washed the glass myself I'd have thought it was dirty. Now that the shallowness of first appearances is out of the way....

The rum ageing is all up in your face. The first sip has a burn that is tempered by a rich molasses sweetness. Beyond the alcohol in the nose is a serious oak. Caramel bordering on burnt sugar is present, but it all seems to come together as long as your ready for a really robust, big experience. This is not for everyone, but there are those of us who hold it true to heart.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg/spices and liquor/whiskey. The flavor is pumpkin, nutmeg/spices, malts and a mix of alcohol, whiskey/liquor and very warming in the finish.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.84/5  rDev +20.7%
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 Rcaros
4.61/5  rDev +15%
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 Furlinator
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Slater's 50/50 Rancho Cucamonga on 09/15/16. Pours murky dark brown. Huge aroma of Autumn spices, molasses and pumpkin. The taste follows with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pie crust, maple, molasses and just a hint of rum. Full bodied with low carbonation.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had the Sep 09, 2015 bottled batch @ 18%. Very tasty imperial pumpkin, yet another great beer from one of the best breweries (some of their equipment is from Oregon as we saw during the brewery tour). Get a lot of bread, malt, spices, pie crust, a little pumpkin, vanilla, rum and the warmth of the high ABV. Although not the best imperial pumpkin, still worth getting for the cold winter months. Gather a couple for aging and save one for Thanksgiving and Christmas time as I did. Cheers.

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Photo of BradC
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch No. 4, bottled 9/22/14. Pours a murky copper, even with a careful pour, lots of sediment suspended in the glass. Fair amount of carbonation and head that quickly disappeared. Smells of rum and dark sugar, plum. Taste is still pretty hot, lots of rum, some spices, hot cinammon, burnt sugar. Good but definitely a sipper. Overall, I let this one age almost 2 years and it's still good and still boozy.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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 cindyjeffsmith
4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
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 Migrios
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Copper orange color. You can see stuff floating around in the bottle. Similar to an aged wine.

Strong aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Tasted like a pumpkin flavored light rum. Boozy. Sweet. Delicious.

Rich and hearty. Definitely a sipper. This can easily replace a desert.

Excellent overall. Not your average pumpkin beer. It's in a league of its own.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks like a pumpkin beer would/should, equal parts light brown and orange, looks like fall. Mild 1/3" head, off white. Aroma was sweet, definitely rum.

I don't get all the love for this beer, its overly sweet and boozy. Would like more oak. Just too dominant with rum and pumpkin. Some better spicing and hopping I think would be a significant improvement.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch No. 5 - Bottled Sept 09, 2015. 18% abv. Almost 6 months old, and will probably be better with 6 more, but lets not get ahead of ourselves.

Opens with a lot of carbonation. Sweet pumpkin pie before I can even pour this thing...

Look is a murky orangish-copper. Couple finger head is full of carbonation, but goes away almost instantly leaving no traces. This beer was fizzing like a can of soda, not sure I've seen that specific behavior before.

Smell is very spicy, literally smells like a pumpkin pie with hints of rum creeping up then dominating. The all spice is the one I get the most of. Its kind of intimidating.

Taste is sweet and basically follows the nose except there's the molasses flavor first, then the spice, then the rum. The longest notes are sweet and the after the spices fall off its mostly candy on the tongue.

Feel is highly carbonated and medium-fullish bodied. Very sticky and chewy, like eating a pumpkin flavored Werther's candy.

Overall, this is exactly as advertised, so you can't knock the product for what it is. The 18% is present, but its actually hidden pretty well. The flavors are intense, and that should be what you expected here. This is not to be - and probably cannot be - consumed at a fast pace. This is a slow sipping desert beer. And while I was definitely put back a little when I first started, by a third of the way through the 12oz serving I'm enjoying it a lot.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a medium to dark brownish orange with a half finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, banana, pumpkin bread, rum, dark dried fruit, clove; smells a lot like a rum pumpkin bread. Flavor is rich caramel malt, pumpkin, rum, dried and fresh dark dried fruit, with the same bready components. Medium to heavy bodied, a bit syrupy and boozy. This is the closest I've found in a beer to a slightly undercooked pumpkin bread soaked in rum. I'm a big fan of pumpkin bread and the rum is a nice touch. Big and sweet, but with lots of flavor to support it. A big pumpkin bread barleywine. This may be my holiday dessert beer in the future.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch#5 ( 18% abv) Pours an somewhat murky amber with fast falling cream colored head. Clears up nicely minimal head retention & lacing

S: Nutmeg & all spice, nice nose throughout

T: Follows the nose, along with some booze warmth & squashyness, a little vanilla & cinnamon as well up front. Squashyness, all-spice, a little booze bite, cinnamon & rum nibbling at the edges as this warms. Finishes spicy with a assertive boozey warmth, restrained enough although mixed with a little rummy sweetness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, slightly grainy/coarse, warming

Pretty good, pumpkin ale with plenty of heft. I'm guessing this would lay down nicely for years. Still has a few rough edges now; I imagine if you like the spices & aren't afraid of the booze now is your time

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Photo of brauther
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz into snifter. A seasonal favorite of mine, I had this one lurking in my closet from October. Perfect for an early nightcap!

Appearance: Light brown to dark bronze in color. Not much head on this big boy (18%!)

Aroma: Oak, vanilla, rum, pumpkin, cinnamon...delicious

Taste: Brown sugar, rum, pumpkin, vanilla, a touch of oak. Warming.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with light carbonation. Perfect for this type of beer.

Overall: Different, and a real treat. That's why I love what Avery has done here. It's an 18% beer that drinks almost like a digestif. It's sweet enough without being cloying. Pumpkin beer done right in my opinion.

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Photo of chicksdiggit
3.32/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured center from 12 oz bottle into a snifter. I let this warm for about 10 minutes coming straight out of the fridge.

L: Plenty of sediment visible in the bottle even before pouring. A good squirt of carbonation escaped upon opening. Did my best to decant and only poured a half glass, still with plenty of sediment. Kind of unexpected with only 3 months of age. Thin head but at 18% I wasn't expecting much. Carbonation across the entire glass. A few isolated patches of lace.

S: Pumpkin rind and cinnamon pumpkin pie straight from the bottle. Oak, light rum, and allspice after poured.

T: Hot alcohol up front but the cinnamon is so prevalent it reminds me of hot apple cider immediately. Pumpkin still comes out I'm sure with a lot of effort from the Brewers.

F: You can definitely feels this in your stomach. Hot alcohol right up front on the palate. Feels stiffer than a shot of rum in the belly.

O: A sipper, which should be no surprise. I'm certain a lot of hard work went into this beer due to its difficulty to produce. I like rum and I like pumpkin beers, but the ABV is so stout that this is a little difficult for me to drink, and consequently enjoy. Again, high marks for such a technical beer but it's not a slam dunk for me.

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Photo of CHickman
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Sept. 09, 2015, 18% ABV listed: pours cloudy copper color with a ton of sediment chunks floating around in the brew which led up to a 1 finger beige colored head that was full of bubbles but faded very fast as it hissed and settled into zero head with zero lacing. Looks as expected based on the heavy alcohol presence.

Smells of pumpkin, brown sugar, strong rum or bourbon, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and potpourri. It is so strong and aggressive in every way that my nose hairs constricted in fear of what was coming next.

Tastes of very strong dark rum up front, followed by brown sugar, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, light white pepper, candied sugar, heavy hot booze which felt like a shot sliding down my throat, and toasted grains, potpourri and pumpkin pie. It is way too boozy and the heat is brash, but the way it does taste like pumpkin pie is quite impressive.

Mouthfeel is very heavy, dense and viscous, with a soup-like quality which resembles tomato bisque but you can swap out the tomato with pumpkin and add in a bunch of spices like ginger, allspice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, light white pepper, candied sugar, heavy dark rum and/or booze and then potpourri and pumpkin pie. It's all malt and spices, and even as spicy as it is this brew can not cover up the insane ABV which warms you with each sip. Spice driven, as expected for the style, yet it was the heat that surprised me.

Too many spices for my liking overall. The novelty wore off quickly here and I liked it less and less as it warmed. Too much and over the top, I could not even call it a slow sipper as it was more like a shot of Bacardi 151: you drank it fast to get fucked up while ignoring taste. That about sums this one up for me. I should have aged it but my curiosity got the best of me.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/22/14
Smells boozy, rum, caramel sweetness
Flavor is very sweet. Perhaps a bit cloying but good for sipping. Like a dessert wine almost
I can detect pumpkin and rum but it is mostly just super sweet caramel and toffee. Very thin. Abv is not as near detectable as one would expect. A wonderful treat for my birthday :)

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Photo of whojayjones
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Ordered this beer online living in Florida and was super anxious to try it. Bottled 9/15 abv 15%. A: cloudy orange/light brown. Head dissipated fairly quickly due to alcohol content with a solid lacing left in the glass. S: huge notes of banana, very similar to a banana taffy, followed by spiced rum and minimal cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. T: for an 18% beer this is extremely smooth. Taste of the pumpkin spice upfront followed by huge notes of the oak and rum spices from the barrel. After sitting for a second I can feel the burn in my chest from the rum. Such a great feeling. O: extremely impressed with this beer. Heard such high reviews among the community and decided to give it a try myself and am not disappointed. I'm not really into pumpkin beers myself, but would be into drinking this beer again next year.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pumpkin pie colored liquid with a light tan head that leaves only a speck of lacing here or there. The smell is reminiscent of a pumpkin pie that someone soaked in rum. There is a crust like bread smell with rum, caramel sweetness, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and fresh pumpkin. The taste is all of this. At the first sip it tastes like a pumpkin pie brûlée. The breadiness plays with this to round out the whole pie experience. The rum then takes over and brings some of the pie spice along for a fiery ride. There is a burn like you would expect from a 18% beast but the sweetness keeps it in check. This is a great beer that screams for a cold fall night and a raging fire.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-Rum barrel aged 18% Halloween night treat.

A: Beautiful murky ice tea coloring, slight bready beige capping. Minimal lacing speckle.

S: Strong rum-molasses notes on the nose with some brown sugar, and pumpkin spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. Surprisingly not much alcohol is detected here.

T: Nice spicy boozy rum-molasses and caramel sweetness combines with cinnamon spicing, nutmeg and deeply toasted malt. Nice abv%, with a big spicy bite and balance of spices, rum influence, and alcohol which never tastes near its 18%.

M: Sicky, syrupy mouthful. Thick, viscose and warming of pumpkin spice and glow on the inner cheeks. Nice hold.

O: One of the best pumpkin beers i can remember having. A real natural feel of pumpkin puree and balance of spicing which is not over done or obnoxious like pumpkin pie beers. Spicy rum influence but still drinks like a 7-8% rather an 18%. At $14 a bottle i would say this was worth it.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.49/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I've been looking forward to this one for some time, but alas it was not to be. Bottom line was that the nose was one note, and the taste was so sweet and cloying it was disgusting. I'm learning that beers north of 16% are not in my wheelhouse

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