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): 16.73%

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.

Added by womencantsail on 10-09-2010

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Ratings:
1,365
Reviews:
300
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
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338
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516
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Photo of cjgiant
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 9/22/2014:
Appears a sort if orange-amber, hazy to cloudy in clarity. Head is small bubbles that reduce to a foamy thick edge head, with some large bubbles in the mix. There is actually some lacing for tis high ABV beer.

Nose is obvious pumpkin, somewhat tart fruity nose. The spice is actually subdued (some nutmeg and ginger can be detected). As the beer warms, a rum sweetness can be noted. The power if the smell is nice, but the mix does have sonething weird about the mix that made me mark it diwn a notch.

Taste has a molasses sweetness to it at the beginning, but not dark or heavy. The pumpkin bitter/tart is as present as it is in the smell. The spice notes, especially ginger, come through in the beer and add a bite, which is accentuated but a rum-tinged alcohol burn. I get an impression of rum-soaked fruit bread (rum raisin maybe) in the taste. Feel is medium overall body, the sweetness up front seeming a bit heavy, but some carbonation and fruity ending lighten it a bit.

This is a sweeter beer, to be sure. It also shows its power a bit. If you are not a fan of a sweeter beer, you can save your money. If you like real pumpkin beers, and aren't dissuaded by the previous sentence, give this a try at least once. Beware, it's likely a slow sipper based on its ABV and sweetness.

Revisit 12/2015, tap:
Pours ruby/auburn with no head (full pour), and none forthcoming, even with agitation. Very clear.
Nose is boozy spice-nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe clove. A little sweet/tart apple/cranberry like note, and indistinct spirit barrel.
Taste follows nose, booze actually a bit stronger, spice has decent punch, and a caramel sweetness underlying it all.
Little hot, but expected at 18%.

Adjusted rating down a bit. Fortified wine-like beer that has decent flavors, once you get past the ABV.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange/brown with some cloudiness. Short off white head.

S: Bourbon, rum, wood, roasted nuts, sour mash/cherry strong in the nose. Earthy notes.

T: Blast of sour mash and green apple up front with sweet, rich notes of rum and bourbon barrel wood that follow. ABV tastes strong but well masked at 16.7%. Touches of vanilla and cherry linger on the tongue. Balanced carbonation, milky, smooth mouthfeel overall.

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Photo of ackeeper
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ech
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mj81
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful burnt orange. Initial nose is rum, pumpkin, brown sugar, molasses. First taste and holy sweet pumpkin Batman! After I got past the initial diabetic shock and let it warm, the taste follows the nose. If you were to caramelize some pumpkin in butter with brown sugar and then deglaze it with a dfh 120, that is pretty much the flavor you get from this beast. Excellent mouth feel and hardly any booze burn (though halfway through the glass my equilibrium can definitely detect the booze). Excellent brew.

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Photo of CDCNAM
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Martyrob
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sweet almost like a barleywine

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $10.99. I'd heard about this beer for years and finally capitulated to the high price. To start off it looks like shit, tons of sediment mixed throughout what would have been a pretty beer. Aroma is this strange melange of pumpkin, spice, and booze. The flavor is very sweet, spices, pumpkin and booze. My first couple sips had me ready to pour it out but it grew on me and I finished my glass. Still, this one is not for me.

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Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chief09
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good and pleasant beer. Definitely worth putting one or two to cellar.

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Photo of Yellolab2010
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AP224
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.64/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of joeyfeets
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This brew is a deep, dark amber. Smells of alcohol & a fruity sweetness. The initial taste mirrors that smell with dark molasses & roasted pumpkin flavors. That is followed up by a boozy shot of cinnamon & other spices. I think the rum adds a slight warming into the finish. Despite the high abv popping through, this is a very tasty pumpkin offering that y'all need to go pickup. Good brew to sip next to the firepit after sundown.

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Photo of chefbigjon
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super hot. Full of sugar and sweetness. I split this 12 oz "beer" and I 'm glad I did. Full of flavor. Not any pumpkin at all but tons of sugary goodness. Should have aged this beer to let it cool down.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving; Bottle
Bottled on: 09-22-2014 (Batch No. 4)


A:
Pours a dirty orange-brown with a pop-like head that evaporates to nothing. No retention; no lacing. (3.25)

S:
Melange of holiday spices. Caramelized pumpkin with ginger and cloves, spiced rum, woody spiciness, butter. (4)

T:
Spiced rum with pumpkin sweetness. Very spicy ginger with rum, cinnamon, toasted biscuit, white chocolate, roast squash, butter. (3.75)

M:
Warming booziness with medium-full body, slick feel, lingering rummy warmth, sticky starchy squashiness. (4)

O:
Very good beer for what it is.
I am no fan of pumpkin beers or of a lot of barrel aged ones. This is, however, a very fine example of what it is.
Admittedly, it was too much for me, but does seem to be a solidly brewed pumpkin beer made very complex through the use of barrels. It is also too boozy in my opinion, I don't understand what is gained by being stronger than wine, but whatever. It is very multi-layered and I feel like a lower booze presence could maybe bring out somem other things in it, but who knows...
There is a lot of very spicy ginger presence and the hot-buttered-rum feel and flavor is constantly there. The aroma is of pumpkin pie and Nag Champa (appropriate since it's from Boulder). Warming, oily, and intense.
One to be sipped and shared.
Won't have again; but, if you like boozy BA beers and/or pumpkin beers, you can't go wrong, this has got to be the cream of the crop for you : ) (3.75)

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Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rumpkin is a thick orange, as in extremely thick, somewhat bright but with no give to it. The orange-tinted head is small and develops a firm layer with some bubbling coming in as it drops. It leaves behind tight lace in light to moderate quantity, mostly in spotting.
I think my nostrils are eating pumpkin, honestly. Otherwise it has a lot of sugary sweetness and some alcoholic burn. There seems to be vanilla and wet molasses, like a syrup was made and woody spices added.
The flavor is extremely sweet, exceedingly so in fact. Spices make their play, and they do add something good but they can't do much to cut the sweetness. The alcohol stings hard, a little too hard, and it just ends up leaning too cloying and harsh even for a dessert beer.
The sweetness in the thick body make this beer too syrupy in the feel. The body ends up full, obviously sweet with no dryness balancing and the ethanolic sting hitting the tongue pretty hard.
I can't get into the beers that are this hard as much as I'd like, though it could be a good enough sipper for sure.

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Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DersForsbrand
3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
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 Takezo
4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An amazing pumpkin beer, every time i drink it I find something else I didn't notice before. Seriously need to buy it when you see it; it will be off the shelf very shortly.

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Photo of Bierleichen
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dannyfayy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SamN
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rumpkin pours a sort of glossy garnet-sienna hue, with brilliant clarity and zero head, no matter how hard you pour it. At a eye-watering~17%, no surprises there. Looks all the world like a glass of cognac in my hand. The smell is powerful but plush and decadent, like a slap across the face with a velvet-gloved hand of iron. Massively sweet and malty. Behind the mountain of malt lies subtle authentic pumpkin aromas, but very faint spices you'd expect in a pumpkin ale. For such a high octane brew, the rum aging doesn't add to much alcohol aroma, but offers its rich character. Rum was the logical choice for such a syrupy sweet beer, what could go better than sugar cane? I think I even detect the oakiness of the rum in this. Quite an exquisite smelling beer.

The taste, wow, the taste. Again, more sugary sweetness. Everything here just adds to the massive tastes, the powerful rum tastes and its sweetness, the deep caramel, pumpkin and spiciness all overwhelm the palette. The overall impression, as alluded to in the appearance, is more a liquer or cognac than a beer. Only the bare minimum hops are used to still legally call it a beer. I love an agressively malty, sweet, highly-boozy brew, and this ranks up there with Samichlaus, my current favorite. More drinking, and I am really loving this beer. Every phase of this beer in my mouth is sublime; the opening is a blast of pumpkin syrup and solera aged rum, moving to the subtle pumpkin dn malt interplay and finish on more rum and a just that kiss of hops that brings it all together.

Wow, Avery. Avery, Avery, Avery...how did you do this? A boozy, rum soaked pumpkin ale sounds like a gimmick on paper. But this beer is a watershed in the big beer category. Amazing, top notch, world class. Beautiful.

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Photo of FlandersNed
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,365 ratings.
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