Tasting: November 11, 2014
Style: Pumpkin Ale aged in Rum Barrels
Beer #: 646
What’s interesting about Rumpkin from Avery Brewing:
If you ever see me review pumpkin ale, you should know that there has to be something interesting about it. In this case, the 16.73% ABV would be the “wait! – what!?” factor.
How did I acquire this beer? Gary’s Wine in Wayne for about $13 for the twelve ounce bottle – ouch. One day there were about twenty-four bottles on the shelf – two days later only two remained.
Vitals: A 16.73% ABV is probably all you need to know — but this amped up pumpkin ale is aged in dark rum barrels. Rumpkin has a low IBU of 15 and an Original Gravity of 1.135 (very high density). Label gives a bottling date of September 22, 2014.
Name: Avery has two pumpkin ales out this fall. Rumpkin is a pumpkin ale aged in dark rum barrels so, you should be able to piece together the name for yourself. The other Avery offering is Pum(KY)n – which is a little trickier as it’s probably the same pumpkin ale as Rumpkin but aged in bourbon barrels – hence the Kentucky abbreviation.
Available: There are only six states that don’t get Avery Beer. However, Avery’s barrel-aged series releases like Rumpkin and Pump(KY)n are hard to find and only available each fall.
Other acclaim: 92 points Beer Advocate and as always, a higher score (99 points) from Rate Beer.
It doesn’t take long to realize that Rumpkin isn’t your typical pumpkin ale. Yes, it has the atypical cinnamon, clove and ginger spices but those are secondary to huge molasses sweetness, a big boozy warming sensation. Syrupy thick body. I’ve had two very good pumpkin ales this year. I’ll put this one a slight tick ahead of Almanac’s Heirloom Pumpkin Barley Wine – and I’ll call it 91 points.
In case you missed my entry on Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin