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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300
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
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Photo of womencantsail
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger's worth of off-white head.

S: A wonderful aroma on this beer. Tons of spices, namely cinnamon, all spice, and ginger, are immediately noticeable. The rum/barrel adds plenty of oak and vanilla as well as alcohol. A pretty decent pumpkin smell, too.

T: The pumpkin flavor in this beer is unlike any other I've come across. Legitimate fleshy, meaty pumpkin flavor that is complimented by the spice character. The rum helps to enhance the spiciness as well as providing some vanilla and alcohol warmth.

M: The body is medium with a smooth creamy carbonation.

D: This is one beer that is a little bit boozy, but it does not suffer from this characteristic. Amazing flavor and the nose is almost as good.

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

Photo of orangesol
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Bottled October 5, 2011. Labeled 15.90% ABV. Trying to get rid of bottles in my "cellar," but this one isn't in my catalog. Just found it back there. Hate when that happens. It's like it doesn't even count.

Appearance - Burnt orange to deep ruby body. Ample head as I pour it, but it's short lived. Collar sticks around a while. Sediment floats about the glass.

Smell - I can smell the rum from the initial crack of the cap. Spiced rum. Further inspection reveals a deep molasses sweetness and a ton of booze. Reminiscent of a rum barreled English barleywine.

Taste - Smooth sweet caramel and rum. Maybe some pumpkin there, definitely the spices associated. Cinnamon and nutmeg. All that stuff. After the initial flavors, an oaky dry boozy wave of alcohol hits. Sharp flavors sting the tongue. It settles to a lingering sugar flavor. The flavors aren't bad, but the alcohol is killer.

Mouthfeel - The blast of booze in the middle makes it very difficult to drink. Initial flavor is good, but the knowledge that the second wave of flavor will hit is fearsome.

Overall - I doubt I'm going to be able to finish this. I figured I could handle the 12 oz. bottle, but this is intense. Not really worth the flavors it provides.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Never thought this one would be found on my local shelves, but, hey, I'm not gonna argue. It pours a sunset tawn' topped by a half-finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises spiced rum, extra brown sugar, light oak, vanilla bean, and caramel. A heavy spike of booze keeps full enjoyment at bay. The taste follows pretty closely, with the rum getting all up-close-and-personal with my tastebuds. The spices and vanilla bean are strong as well. There's pretty much no trace of any pumpkin, save the residual spices that get lost in the pre-existing spice forest in the rum. And, once again, the booze is more than present. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thick, syrupy feel. Overall, this was too much of a rum bomb to be fully enjoyable. If you like spiced rum, you'll love this stuff. It's not bad enough to be considered bad, but nothing I would really feel comfortable calling truly good.

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Photo of Zaphog
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

The beer is sunburst orange with a thin, off white cap. The aroma yields booze, malt, spices. Good flavor, with rum emerging more so than in the aroma. Sweet, and best in small doses. Alcohol is there, but not a barrier to enjoyment, even in spite of the nearly 16% abv. Overall, very good. I would definitely have this again.

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

A - A hazy auburn beer with no head.

S - Very sweet spiced Puerto Rican rum. A huge bouquet of candy sugar and spice. Rubbing alcohol nipping the nose.

T - Very sweet, like candy sweet. Sugary and spiced, like rum soaked fruitcake. German liebkuchen and candied fruits. Big bold mouth here, this one needs the sweetness to build such a big abv.

M - Warming and bold, yet the 18.1% is well disguised, relatively speaking. This one has kick, and it evaporates up the nose to an extent, but maintains a decent balance as well.

O - A kick to the mouth, a big bold beer. Super spiced and sweet, this should be consumed with warning and moderation.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for hooking me up with some bottles of this. Poured into a matching Avery cervoise, the brew appears a hazed amber with a finger of tan head. The cap recedes leaving some spots of lace on the glass and rising bubbles of carbonation maintain a thin layering atop. This is a mighty attractive looking brew for 15+ abv. I am surprised at the head retention for such high strength. A swirl agitates bubbles from solution that collect to form nearly a finger of yellowish-stained creamy topping and the swirl paints strings of thing lace on the glass.

The smell is big and boozy which is not surprising considering this beast was bottled 7 months to the day tomorrow. It has almost a raisiny alcohol ester about it that is complimented by a spirit reinforced strength (this is the rum playing into the nose here I assume.) There is a bit of spiced quality as expected from the pumpkin aspect, it is mildly reminiscent of an earthy sort of nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a bit of earthiness about this brew suggesting almost a veggie quality that you would expect if a large amount of pumpkin was included in this. There are some complimenting spices here that I just cant put my finger on, I am assuming this is the rum contribution maybe coupled with any spices that they put in to this. Regardless, I am really digging this and it works for me.

The taste hits hard with alcohol. It is mildly fusel but very well accented by a spirited inclusion of rum. The flavor of the alcohol comes across almost like dark fruits and raisins just like the aroma indicated. There is a significant amount of earthy quality here that I assume to be the pumpkin inclusion, it is complimented by some spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. More sips bring out a familiar spice that I just cant put my finger on until I break down and read the label. Ginger it is, and it brings a fresh brightness to the brew that is very enjoyable mixed with the earthy quality and deep pumpkin flavor. There is no avoiding the alcohol though, when you take a deep sip it tingles and burns right up your nose. However, rightfully there is a quite a significant amount of residual sweetness that helps to keep everything in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Despite being a huge brew, it is lively in the feel with the bubbles keeping this one from really dragging you down and destroying your palate too easily. The big presence of alcohol also helps to seemingly thin things out a bit by almost evaporating on the tongue. Overall I found this brew to be really good. I know it is met with big variance but I really enjoyed it and will be looking to secure more of this for drinking in October for years to come.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Too much rum, not enough else.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of mklisz
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Duff27
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

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

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle on January 4, 2015. Bottled Sept 22 2014

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch No. 3, bottled Sept 6, 2013. Poured into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, muddled, opaque, amber-brown coloring, with no head whatsoever. Aromas of booze, pumpkin sweetness, brown sugar, woody notes, tangy caramel, and a subtle spice blend of cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavors are very layered, with a rich pumpkin bread characteristic of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, leading the way, followed by an immediate blast of booze, both in strength and warmth. Woody and vanilla notes come through in highlights, as well as some brown sugar and heavy molasses characteristics. This thing is a beast. Slick, oily, robust bodied, with a huge warming factor as you drink. The aftertaste is surprisingly light on booze, and more of a sit down and chat with the pumpkin and spice blend. Very pleasant surprise. The finish is slick, quick, and surprisingly clean, with only the slightest candi sugar linger. Great beer!

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