Rumpkin | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Photo of Vidblain
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a trade extra that came earlier this spring. I just now noticed the bottle date of 9-22-14. Damn. Almost 3 years old to the day.

L - teku pour. Thin ruby red translucent pour with light khaki head. Lots of sediment in this.

S - like rum, and a loaded swwet potato. Marshmallows and cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. I'm getting the pumpkin but honestly it smells more like a yam to me.

T - wow that's hot. It tastes like a loaded sweet potato soaked in rum. Stupid sweet. Stupid hot. I like it though.

M - burns like everclear. It drinks so sweet yet finishes with a surprising dry grittiness.

O - I dig it. I generally laugh when people think high abv beers "tone down" in time. That's a big misnomer imo and this beer is every bit as hot as any fresh avery, dogfishhead, or bruery beer in the 15-20% range.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. batch #5 bottled 9/9/15, plus however long it was aged in the rum barrels.

despite a careful pour, there are tons of floaties, some bordering on chunks. initially medium brown cloudy brown body, lots of carbonation running up the side of the tulip replenishing a small bubbly off white head, at least at first. over the course of the 90 minutes it took to get through this one. as it settled, the head disappeared, and the body took on a clear dark brandy coloring.

Aroma is a pleasing mix of rum and pumpkin spices.

ouch, this one burns a lot. one hot, hot, beer. But this seems initially more due to the spices. the alcohol hits later, numbing the tongue and creating a slow burn in the back of the mouth. However, there is also a pretty strong sweetness, to balance it out a little. And it rolls around the tongue beautifully.

Mouth is closer to full than medium, finish is hot.

overall, and i admit to being no big fan of pumpkin beers, this one seems to get it mostly right for my palate. other than the initial ugly look of course.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of antman27
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tcsox
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bogdawg
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucular
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big, boozy (rum!), sweet, with a nice blend of pumpkin pie spices and mellow squash flavor. Well-done and interesting beer. I had a 5 oz pour and 12 oz of this would probably be a bit much.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dustin22martin
2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sickly sweet. No balance whatsoever. Worst rum barrel beer I've ever had and the worst Avery beer I've ever had.

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Photo of user785335
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I know I've reviewed this before; I just haven't gotten around to typing up my written notes. Those are forthcoming, but in the interim here are brief impressions on a 2013 vintage bottle:

Bottled Sept 6 2013. 617 cases produced. Gold foil covers the pry-off cap. 12 fl oz format.

"Pumpkin ale"..."aged in fine fresh rum barrels." 18.53% ABV...sweet Jesus.

Served chilled into an Avery snifter and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

APPEARANCE: Still yields a hiss upon removal of the cork even after 4 years of aging. Unfortunately, the head fizzles out quickly (within 10 seconds flat), leaving no lacing. It was weak and thin anyway, but clearly that 18.53% is tough for a head to stand up to.

Boy colour is a vibrant red with plenty of plainly visible yeast particulate floating within. Translucent. Transparent when backlit.

I didn't expect a reddish hue in a pumpkin ale, but it's not unappealing by any stretch. A more robust head would be a definite improvement, though.

AROMA: Booze is the first thing I notice, along with warm rum and obvious spices...ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice.

Less prominent notes follow...canned cherry pie filling, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, pie crust, red hot cinnamon candy, leather, and, yes, pumpkin gourd...though the pumpkin is far less prominent than I expected, hardly dominating and indeed almost drowned out by the aggressive rum booze.

I'll never know why Avery insists on monstrous ABVs in their barrel aged beers, and this - like most in the series - is worse for being so hot. Suggests a sipper of a brew with downplayed pumpkin and played up spice.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high. I find no overt hoppy or yeasty notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Tingles from cinnamon spice ripple across the palate joined by unpleasant boozy heat and unwelcome rum...time has not been kind to this beer, nor has it mellowed out the obvious high alcohol and concomitant heat.

Ginger, nutmeg, and allspice make appearances alongside sweet molasses and heavy malt sweetness. The rum is harsh, and the barrel doesn't suit the taste well to any extent. I find no overt oak, coconut, or anything you'd actually want from rum barrels; all I get in terms of the rum barrel is depleted sugarcane and booze.

It's aptly carbonated, which is to say it's not very aggressively carbonated at all - and that's precisely what you'd want in a sipper like this.

Pumpkin gourd is buried if not barely present at all...why brew a pumpkin ale if you're not going to commit to the pumpkin gourd?

A bit leathery, a bit rough/coarse on the palate, a bit dry, dragging, and oh - did I mention this was hot? The mouthfeel is unpleasant (and, obviously, unrefreshing). Not oily, scratchy, or astringent, but it's definitely off and there are missed opportunities to accentuate the beer's flavours. Full-bodied and heavy on the palate, but it does stop short of being syrupy even if it does feel too viscous and a bit sticky.

No overt yeasty or hoppy notes.

This is an imbalanced loud beer that emphasizes big bold flavours over nuance, subtlety, and harmony of flavour. I guess it's suited to sell to American drinkers who want that in a barrel aged beer, but I'm not so keen on it.

OVERALL: The premise isn't great...rum and pumpkin in a beer? Sometimes, such combinations work surprisingly well...this is not one of those cases. I didn't find this to be as great as many American drinkers seem to when I tried it fresh, but I hoped it would mellow out with age; in actuality, it just gets worse. At a minimum, an effective pumpkin ale has to deliver in terms of deep vivid pumpkin flavours; this fails that test. Boozy rum drowns out any subtlety this might otherwise have had, and its ABV is high for high ABV's sake. I recall preferring Rumpkin to PumpKYn, but I have to concede aging it changes the pecking order. Enjoy this fresh, or not at all.

To be fair, I do get a hint of coconut as it comes to temperature, and as the alcohol sets in it becomes more enjoyable, bringing a nice warmth to the belly.

C (2.90) / AVERAGE

12/23/17 bottle courtesy of Nick at a tasting - thanks, man!

Ginger is prominent. Not as boozy as I remember.


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Photo of psweendogg
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Theogre83
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prager62
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz. bottle dated Sept 22, 2014 that's been sitting around the fridge waiting to be opened. Poured in a twelve ounce Avery snifter for the review.

Look- Pours a transparent copper color yielding a small finger of creamy light tan foam that doesn't settle much. Some moderate lacing is left behind along with tiny carbonation bubbles and sizable floaties.

Smell- Spiced rum, pumpkin flesh and musty wood.

Taste- Sweet caramel and spice that borders a strange but satisfying cotton candy profile, followed by oak, rum and pumpkin flesh.

Feel- Thin, slick and smooth on the palate. The heat is still there but takes awhile to gather itself.

Overall- I've had this on tap at the brewery and while I liked it, I found it a little too hot and spicy fresh to drink a full 12 ounces. That's not the case with this 3 year old bottle. It's a more refined version that while easy drinking and smooth to start, quickly reels you in to slow down and savor the second half. A great cellar candidate if you have the patience!

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Photo of bbtkd
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Avery Rumpkin, 16.9% ABV. Pours chestnut brown and medium viscosity, with a half finger of white head. Nose is rum, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice - taste follows. It's a bit alcohol forward, and the sweetest beer I've ever had. Mouthfeel is good, and overall nearly excellent. My bad, but I was so sure Rumpkin was a stout that I never checked, and was surprised when I poured it.

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Photo of GKiki
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BEST Pumpkin beer EVER! Unfortunately cost prohibitive for me at $12.99 for a 12 oz. bottle. is THEE best pumpkin variation I've ever had. Highly recommendit!

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2014 shared with friends. Pours a hazy dark coppery color with off-white/ivory colored head. Rum, still plenty of sweet rum on the nose, some pumpkin, oak, dark fruit, and spices as well; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with plenty of rum and barrel character with some pumpkin and spice.

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Photo of stortore
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 9/9/15, had 2/18/17. 18.0%.

Pours an orange amber color, mostly clear, with no head and no real lacing. The smell is lots of spices- cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, allspice. Also malt, rum, pumpkin, yeast, raisins, vanilla, toffee, some oak, light molasses. The taste is more rum and malt driven, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, caramel, more molasses than the nose, some oak, light brown sugar, pumpkin. Very sweet, but it seems to work. Smooth, decent medium body, an appropriate level of carbonation.

I really liked this, and it has the typically well developed aroma and flavors that Avery packs into their gold foil beers, but this is very sweet, almost over the top sweet. Still, it's good and is certainly worth a purchase once, to make up your own mind.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesLeung
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/17/2016. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger bread, vanilla, rum, toasted oak, toffee, brown sugar, and brown bread; with light notes of molasses, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of pumpkin, spices, bready malt, and rum barrel notes; with big strength. Minimal booziness as it warms. Taste of huge pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger bread, vanilla, rum, toasted oak, toffee, brown sugar, and brown bread; with light notes of molasses, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, herbal, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness and rum/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger bread, vanilla, rum, toasted oak, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, light molasses/cocoa, and herbal/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, bready malt, and rum barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness and rum/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden; a small increasing warmth, with mild barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial pumpkin ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, bready malt, and rum barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. Absolutely perfectly balanced between malt, spice, and rum barrel complexity. Great barrel presence without being overly boozy, tannic, or drying. After less than 9 months of age, this is already ready to go. The 17.5% is exceptionally well masked. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MHJeff06
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rumpkin from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,434 ratings
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