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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1,362
Reviews:
299
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
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Photo of xnicknj
3.27/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a slightly hazed leafy brown color with some brighter auburn tones. Very little head, retention or lacing.

Whoa, lots of booze on this one. Strong tones of spiced rum, vanilla, oak, and pumpkin. Some caramel and cinnamon. Warm alcohol esters.

Sweet and rich up front on the tongue. A strong sense of straight up Captain Morgan-like spiced rum, slight astringency as well. Thick bready caramel malts, very roasty and warm on the tongue. Vanilla and candy corn with some oak. Finishes hot and sweet.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, sticky, chewy, and coating on the tongue. I was happy to try this, but I thought the rum was a little overboard and the sweetness was pretty strong.

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Photo of BJasny
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of jsh420
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of usnmustanger
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KShophead
3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Birmz
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of chicksdiggit
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
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 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 codewarrior
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Cheeky Monk on Colfax, Poured into a Cheeky Monk Balloon.

It was also listed at 13.20% ABV on the tap list for Sunday Breakfast at Cheeky Monk, listed as "Imperial Pumpkin Ale Aged in Rum Barrels."

A: 2-fingers rich head, deep mahogany with a rust-orange tint. Transparent.

S: Front is rich pumpkin with nutmeg and spices. Front doesn't last long and is consumed by rum, entirely.

T: Tastes like a pumpkin being actively drowned in rum (note that this is somewhat violent sounding, and the taste was similarly so). The rum is a little overpowering at first, but by the end of the 12oz pour, it seemed to balance out a bit more (although by the end of the 12oz pour I was decidedly less balanced ... ).

F: Thick and rich, a bit cold for my taste, and hence just a touch thinner than I'd like.

D: Decent beer, but ultimately it couldn't stand up to the rum, which overpowers in places, instead of enhancing.

When I saw this on the menu I thought that this would end-up tasting like pumpkin pie, Rum gives off many brown-sugar notes. Nearer the end of the beer this started to come through (but i'll chalk that up to mild-drunkeness).

While I was able to finish this beer (a problem i've had with 12oz pours of Avery beers at Cheeky Monk before), I would again suggest that a 12oz pour of a 13.2% ABV beer is ... a tad much.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of M_chav
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of leroybrown10
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a very murky copper color. The head is around half a finger high, with an off-white shade. Given the fact that it's nearly 17%, its poor retention is unsurprising. There are some alcohol legs (but no real lacing) left on the glass, though. (2.75)

Smell: Some credit is due, as this does a decent job of smelling like pumpkin pie. I pick up a little gourd, and a huge amount of nutmeg/cinnamon. The huge spiciness accentuates the rum barrel, at least. Letting it warm up even further will expose some general alcohol. Actually, it's the spice that comes across more harshly than the booze. But it's still an intriguing nose. (3.5)

Taste: At first, it pulls off the pumpkin pie impression admirably. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, backed by some gourd and even some vanilla cream. The finish sees an explosion of brown sugar, molasses, rum, and leather; even some graham cracker. And yes, it's RIDICULOUSLY sweet and sugary. Having said that, it's not ridiculously sweet, sugary, and brutally harsh - it's just a big-ass sugar bomb with some nice autumnal qualities. Despite that, it has reasonable depth without being overly sloppy in its flavor profile. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: It doesn't quite burn the throat and esophagus the way Pump[KY]n or Mephistopheles did...but still, this betrays every ounce of its near 17% strength. That, and the massive body leaves behind an ass-load of residual sugar on the palate. A semblance of carbonation does at least help it go down more easily. (3)

Overall: Avery's barrel-aged beers (excluding the sours, natch) are always like manhandling a 1994 Dodge Viper in a rainstorm - big, ridiculous, but almost charmingly silly. This is no exception. It's a little less harsh than Pump[KY]n, thankfully. Sure, it's too sweet, but it also does a good job of drinking like a pumpkin pie with a shot of rum. I'll drink this again, though I probably won't buy it again because of the price point. And even if I do, I'll have to not only make sure I sit on the bottle for a couple years, but also split it with a good friend. (3.5)

3.41/5: Not elegant, but a solid fall-time dessert beer

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Photo of rhinos00
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap straight from the source at Avery. Poured into a tulip-type glass. This one has been aged in rum barrels for 9 months.

A- Pours a crystal clear mahogany. Produced a fingers width of white head. Reduced to a semi-thick ring around the glass. Little to no lacing.

S- Smells like autumn. Upfront you get a nice whiff of pumpkin and spices. The rum creates a perfect blend here. Adds a great alcoholic sweetness to the aroma.

T- After the aroma, I can't help think that this was a let down. The base beer was just off. The initial flavors were great, but the spices and pumpkin quickly fade and take on a soda type water taste...very bland. The blandness actually intensified as the beer warmed. The rum aspect of the beer saves it. It was very rich in flavor and offered a nice compliment to the spices.

M- Medium bodied, yet slightly on the thin side. Pretty well carbonated.

D- At nearly 14% abv, the alcohol was hidden very well. However, the flavors were the problem. I just couldn't get past the spiced blandness.

Overall, at $10 for a 10oz serving I will pass from now on. However, I can't help but think that Avery is onto something with pairing pumpkin beers and rum barrels. If the base of this beer was anywhere close to that of Pumking, it would be an absolutely phenomenal beer.

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Photo of n2185
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a murky brown-orange with half a finger of beige head that almost completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: sweet caramel aromas up front followed by some tart apple aromas. Slight pumpkin spice aromas follow along with vanilla, oak, and rum. The tart fruit aromas permeate throughout.

T: lots of caramel up front with vanilla and oak. Some light pumpkin spice and ginger notes follow. Sweet rum with a light alcohol burn bring up the finish.

M: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is syrupy sweet.

O: a decent beer, but much too sweet. I like the rum characters, but the pumpkin aspects are lost in the sweetness and alcohol.

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Photo of jamato3000
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mctizzz
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of earlholman
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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