Rumpkin | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,362
Reviews:
299
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
Wants:
340
Gots:
513
For Trade:
50
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Ratings: 1,362 |  Reviews: 299
Photo of Czequershuus
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear deep ruby brown with a small head. The aroma offers up nutmeg, allspice, clove, burnt orange, vanilla, brown sugar - overall heavy spiciness. The flavor features cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coriander, burnt orange, rich brown sugar, very sweet, very boozy finish, and some licorice. The mouthfeel is full, cloying, and low carbonation. Overall this is a dessert beer with tons of spice flavors - it is very complex and deliciously boozy.

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Photo of GreenMind
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L - A finger's worth of audibly fizzy light-to-medium khaki colored froth fizzes away in the blink of an eye leaving no lacing or collar in its place... Mostly still with just a stray carbonation bubble here and there... The color is a dark resiny amber that teeters on light brown...

S - Deep, rich and robust... In your face pumpkin pie sweetness... Caramel... Graham crackers... Some light rum notes and a hint or two of Caribbean spices... Very appealing and pleasant... Quite effective...

T - The rum booziness lingers from start to finish... This sits above a huge malty base... Pumpkin pie sweetness and brown sugar abound... Some very light nutmeg and cinnamon notes on the deep finish... Not overly complex... Rather quite intense and satisfying...

F - Dense and rich... Velvety smoothness... Little or no carbonation... Coats the mouth fully... A bit sticky... A bit of chalkiness on the finish...

O - A booze bomb of epic proportions... That's typically not a compliment in my book, but it works exceptionally well in this instance... Unique and world class... A sipper to say the least... Everything is exaggerated a bit and it works really well... I have long wanted to try this and it didn't disappoint one bit... Well worth both the search and price tag if you are able to locate a bottle...

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Photo of Sabtos
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At first I was pretty miffed at the price tag of this, but I think after cracking this one I started feeling a lot better about it.

Appearance is dark, clear copper with a fizzy, light tan head that retains a thin film and collar. Fluid leaves clear legs on the glass--this is going to be a hot one!

Smells like Thanksgiving--savory, roasted squash and pumpkin, with caramelized sugar, baked pie crust and hint of boozy spiced rum in the background bringing a sort of comforting warmth that reassures you that you don't have to deal with your family while fully conscious.

Taste is sweet, boozy and savory, with rum raisin, softly roasted caramelized pumpkin, spiced rum, and soaked pie crust.

Slick and wine-like but slightly fizzy--a slow sipper for sure, finishing pretty hot.

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Photo of epyon396
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barnoloid
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A sticky, rum forward vegetable beer which definitely lives up to its billing. For one, if you don't like pumpkin beers or yammy type flavors then this isn't going to be for you. I split a year old bottle with a friend here, as there is little way I could finish a full one. Sweet and boozy, with a big burn in there as you sip away.

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Photo of GreenEggsHam1
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This may have been the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. The light bit of lacing on the top and it went down really smooth. While it was really high on the alcohol (17.5%), it didn't taste of it. Overall flavor was on par, subtle pumpkin and spice, but nothing over the top and in your face.

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Photo of Nunya
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 sposter4
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dextermcgurk
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oldvines
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fusebuddy
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 TooGood
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Keepnitrl
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very boozy, goes down warm 18%

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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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Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,362 ratings.
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