juice303 (5) - - AUG 7, 2012 does not count
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2012 just had this years rumpkin, best beer of all time. It’s so good I think I quit drinking because I will never want to drink anything else. This years is 18.1% its a great red-brown color, the fresh (not canned) pumkin flavor is amazing you get a lil rum alc at first but finishes crazzy smooth for 18.1%. sjohnny (663) - - DEC 29, 2012
Pumpkin, booze, malt aroma. Pours a golden caramel color with almost no head. Dark fruit, caramel, pumpkin. Drinks like a nice smooth liqueur with a light clean finish. This was an incredible beer. JohnnyWad (1) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2013 does not count
Batch number two. Everything about this beer is phenomenal. One of the best beers I have consumed on recent history. Even the label is cool. Can’t wait to have more jerseyjohn71 (309) - Corsicana, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 16.73 AVB, bottled 9/22/14 [on-bottle] alcohol, raisin, vanilla, banana, butterscotch, resin, floral, caramel, nuts, toast, roasty, cereal, clear, red, tan foam, heavy cloying sweetness, full body, thick feel, average carbonation, average carbonation, Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Perfect balance of pumpkin essence, pumpkin spices, and rum.
Syrupy (but not too syrupy) body, and a very sweet, but not quite cloying flavor, thanks to a dash of dryness from the ginger.
The alcohol is beautifully masked for 16+ percent, and the finish is nearly endless.
Pumking WAS my favorite pumpkin ale until I savored Rumpkin.
tsd08460 (1223) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Aroma: caramel, pumpkin, alcohol, pumpkin spices
Appearance: cloudy amber, off-white head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
Awesome dpitinga (136) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Some things just go great together. Peanut butter and jelly. Coffee and cream. Rum and pumpkin. At this year’s GABF, Avery entered the big-batch PumKYn (bourbon barrels are near ubiquitous), rather than the small-batch Rumpkin (rum barrels are rare). Seeking greater profitability? Going with a crowd-pleaser to be judged against over-specified style guidelines by a room-filling number of judges? Whatever the reason, beer competitions are a poor (pour?) way to discover the great beers of this world. Better to keep an open mind and educate your palate through tastings (outside of competition!), preferably of beer on draft at a local brewery/bar. As to the latter point, see Mark Dredge’s "Tropical Fruit Juice IPA (or IPA in 2015)", 24 November 2015. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2010
UPDATED: APR 8, 2011 On tap at the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, TX. Poured orange with little head. Smelled strongly of alcohol and then pumpkin. Had a forward alcohol flavor followed by pumpkin, but the pumpkin flavor became more apparent as I drank the beer. Full-bodied with little mouth carbonation and a slick texture it finished strongly of pumpkins that lasted maybe just a little bit too long.