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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): 16.90%

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
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#2,344
Reviews:
318
Ratings:
1,420
pDev:
13.48%
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Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little white head. Color is a bronze golden amber.

This beer is pretty much like most pumpkin beers but it has a nice oak flavor and the rum does show. Lots of pumpkin and spice.

This beer hides the abv well and drinks fairly easy despite all the spices. Reminds me of new Hollands rum ichabod.

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Photo of kenm2118
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of AndrewK
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Brutus627
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of JayAre46
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gavjamhawk
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of quine
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Hrdqore
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of turbotype
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of xpimptastikx
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of cfh64
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Domingo
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Rackhouse Pub.
A deep amber orange with a white sheen. Carbonation is light and fades a bit over time, but never goes flat. Pretty impressive for something this strong.
The nose is VERY rum heavy. Rum overpowers even the pretty potent pumpkin pie spices.
The flavor is sweet and creamy, like some of the best pumpkin beers around...and then that rum hit kicks in. While it adds flavor, it also adds a fair amount of heat and distillate character.
Allspice, sweet cream, and cinnamon are amplified by that rum sugar. Sometimes that's awesome, sometimes it's fiery and off-putting.
A pretty hot brew at 15%, and a very slow sipper. Treat it like a cognac instead of a beer.
Some sips are really, really good while others taste like pumpkin rum.
I almost wish the beer weren't rum aged. Either that or maybe just taking on a milder character.
Pretty good, but probably not one I'll seek out like I would Meph Addict or some other Avery brews.

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Photo of FBarber
3.51/5  rDev -14%
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 Keananmichael5
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davey101
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2, bottled 9/17/12. 12 oz foil topped bottle into a brandy snifter.

A - Pours a rather clear burnt orange/brown color. Some small off white bubbles dissipate quickly leaving behind a very still body. Swirling creates some minute bubbles and leaves behind a thin alcoholic trace.

S - Pumpkin and squash flesh, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some rich malty toffee. The finish is harsh alcohol and some sweet vanilla. The beginning is quite nice and reminiscent of many pumpkin ales, but the alcohol just burns the nose and prevents the aroma from being approachable. I find myself smelling it from a few inches away from the glass rather than stuffing my nose in like most beers.

T - Starts off with some basic roasted pumpkin flesh flavors along with the standard spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and all spice. These flavors are then interrupted by a huge wave of alcohol that burns the mouth and throat. Aftertaste is of oak and some brief vanilla. The rum is just noticeable in a lingering spice. Disappointing and light in the flavor department. Its saving grace is that its not too sweet or cloying.

M - Medium to thin bodied with low carbonation. Drink ability is quite low. I'm struggling with the first 6 oz pour.

O - I really wanted to like this one, but alas I'm just left perplexed. Sticking a pumpkin ale in a rum barrel sounds like an amazing idea. Somewhere along the line Avery decided to make the beer an 18% abv monster. Big boozy beers rarely bother me, but this one is just a bit too harsh and simple.

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Photo of SFC21
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is of some pumpkin spices and straight alcohol. A deep inhale burns the nostrils almost as if it were a glass of whiskey. Taste is tons of molasses, and ginger and nutmeg come through as well. The finish is rough, though. Medicinal, buttery, boozy. Too much.

Disappointing as I had been wanting to try this for years. This definitely has potential. Perhaps some age will mellow it out.

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Photo of JDRourke
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I applaud Avery for their inventive brews. I happen to be fairly particular about my pumpkin ales and I was very curious when I came across this one in the local grocery store for a winter seasonal. First off, very little head and carbonation which really leaves the mouthfeel to the weight of the brew itself. Soft, and a little flat. A little heavy, and naturally so at 15%. It is a very interesting combination, I just felt like the ABV weighed it down. Aging in old rum barrels was a clever combo. I wonder if this might be better with a bourbon barrel. Nevertheless, the pumpkin was drowned out. I got a little bit, but I most tasted some spice and brewing sugar. Not a bad beer, imaginative pumpkin ale, probably best for when you are in an exploratory mood.

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Photo of beerhan
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle into a wine glass.

A-Dark brown color with minimal head. Super thick and syrupy as seen from the pour.

S-The smell of this is weird, like rum infused pumpkins with old milk. Frankly I could not smell this for long.

T-Tastes like pumpkin pie on crack. There is a lot of molasses, clove, honey, lots of honey, graham cracker and the slightest rum after taste.

M-This is super sweet and sticky. It is smooth for being 16% though.

O-I do not know why but I kept sipping on this beer. It is not that great but for some reasonable enjoyable. Worth a try once. It is like old school barleywine with a pumpkin twist. Super weird beer.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 Vintage

Cloudy orange/light brown body with some chunky floaters. Thin pale tan head that settles quickly and just leaves a ring of bubbles. Aroma includes tons of pumpkin spice and lots of banana aroma. A sort of pumpkin/banana pie aroma overall. Flavor is big on the pumpkin spice and big on the booze. Exceptionally sweet, with big pumpkin sugary spice in the middle and a potent boozy rum finish. Feel is thin, hot, low carbonation, with a lingering sweet aftertaste. An extreme beer for sure, that drinks every bit of the ~17% it is.

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Photo of petermethot
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewqueno
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,420 ratings
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