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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298
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1,355
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
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Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage from total wine palm desert for around $13. A bit of an odd sour vinegar scent/taste but that doesnt ruin it. The booze is very well hidden considering it is nearly %17 ABV.

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Photo of FBarber
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

2015 vintage.

This beer is a hot mess. It pours orange with soda like carbonation and fizz. Not much of a head. Smell has some spice with lots of rum and pumpkin gourd. Taste is incredibly hot. It tastes like this was aged in 151 proof rum barrels. It burns in the mouth, burns going down and lingers in your throat for a while afterwards. Once you get past the overwhelming rum burn, there is some pumpkin flavor and some spice. But those flavors are really overpowered by the barrel. Overwhelming sweetness is also noted. Again reminiscent of a pumpkin soda like flavor. Feel is *very* carbonated. Fizzy and prickly. Does not go well with the heat.

Overall this beer is just not very good. Its not pleasant to drink, its far too sweet and soda like, and its gimmicky to me. At this price point, its in no way worth it.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear dark amber with a one finger off white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, brown sugar, vanilla and rum.

T - The taste follows there aroma. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins and rum.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft syrupy mouthfeel with a dry finsih.

O - This is very tasty. The rum adds a nice touch depth to the pumpkin pie spices. Despite being 17.5% ABV this drinks really smooth.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau barrel aged glass.

Look is dark orange hazy with a lot of clumped proteins.

Aroma is still a ton of pumpkin spice but not much barrel.

Barrel is definitely in the taste. Lots of vanilla rum and spice like a fall cocktail.

Good but the look does freak me out.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~2 months from bottling date

Appearance- Pours a medium amber color, copper orange hues, transparent. Thin layer of off-white colored head, soapy and fizzy. Alcohol legs coat glass like a film w/ patches of small spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Pumpkin flesh, bready sweetness, lots of molasses and candied brown sugar. Vanilla, caramel, spicy oak, boozy rum intermingled w/ spice notes of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon.

Taste- Molasses sweetness, brown sugar, candied fruitiness, rum, fusel alcohol notes. Fleshy pumkin, dark fruits, raisins, vanilla, oak, and earthy spice. Lingering sweet spices, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg.

Feel- Medium bodied, not overly thick. Syrupy body, very sweet throughout. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Real pronounced sweetness throughout, syrupy sweet with strong barrel presence and alcohol notes. Lots of rum and fruitiness to go along with an authentic pumpkin taste, much more fleshy and raw than pumpkin pie type flavors. Spices are more subtle on the back end into the aftertaste. Altogether, the beer drinks very big with tons of sweetness, rum, and barrel presence.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage

A: Mahogany with some ruby tones, no head, still
S: Very sweet, brown sugar, rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, vanilla, liqueur
T: Sweet brown sugar, hot rum, caramel, cinnamon, earthy nutmeg, alcohol, vanilla, madeira, dark fruit
M: Very light carbonation, syrupy thicker body
O: I'm liking this more than the first time I had it. No oxidation after 2 years. Spices are all still present but so is the high abv. Probably will not purchase again though.

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Photo of Patinthebronx
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage. Poured into a stemmed glass. Light head that dissipates quickly. Smells of warm molasses and pumpkin. Intoxicating. Strong but not overbearing taste that warms the pallete. While a year or two would do wonders to this, it's an amazing beer. If you're a pumpkin fan, is a must try.

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Photo of stephens101
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An opaque brown brew with a thin layer of tan froth. Smells like a big slice of pumpkin pie with the spice and crust and all. Sweet with molasses, hot with rum and big with gourd, but damn if it doesn't just absolutely work. Notes of oak and black cherry are also noticed. Medium side of heavy in body and fairly smooth.

Always slightly apprehensive when approaching a beer this big, and not only because of the alcohol content, but Avery pulls it off like few others can.

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Photo of BWood
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look has a grape juice hue. No head.

Good spice and pumpkin smell.

Tastes amazing. The rum goes great with the pumpkin. The booze is there but masked very well for 17%.

Feel is good. The sensation from the rum lingers

Great beer. Better than pumpKYn. The rum just compliments the spices so well.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't even know where to begin dissecting this big boozy beast. It almost has more in common with a port or liqueur than beer. And I say this as someone who is well acquainted with barrel aged brews.

The nose one this one is really spicy, with a lot of ginger. Tastes really sweet and bright up front, with notes of dark fruit, port and pumpkin spice. There's a genius convergence of rum-like sugar and spice, with your more typical pumpkin ale sugar and spice. Plenty of caramel holds things together, with vanilla in the background. Boozy, yes, but not in a raw ethanol sort of way. More like a really mellow 10-year rum booziness.

A little thinner in body than I expected, with no real head or lace to speak of. But there's a somewhat syrupy character that coats the palate and helps round out the feel. Nice oaky finish.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the a copper brown with thin head, but there is an inordinate amount of yeast clumps floating in mine, which annoys me in anything put a few Belgian style beers. Aroma is fairly hot, and the rum note thins out some of the spicey aromas (nutmeg & cinnamon) giving them a stale characteristic. But it isn't bad. This one is very hot on the rum booziness as you'd anticipate from the ABV. The sugar / molasses flavors from the rum coupled with some of the pumpkin spice somehow creates a concotion not dissimilar to apple flavored robitussin. Very medicinal. I like it to a degree but a whole bottle is a slough. Mouthfeel is thick & coating, very molasses like.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.34/5  rDev +8%
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%
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 +5.5%
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 +2.2%
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 -1%
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 +20.4%
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 +14.7%
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 +6.2%
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 -4%
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 +2.2%
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%
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 +16.2%
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 +15.7%
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 -19.2%
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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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,355 ratings.
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