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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 20
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 09-07-2013)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

impressive beer right here. i went through all the pumpkins left in the fridge last night, and this was by far the most enjoyable of the beers i had. it has a pale golden color, really light for a pumpkin beer. a nice white head with great clarity and sparkle and a wonderful nose of oaky bourbon barrels, very gentle spice, and a unique sweetness. the taste profile is very well refined, so much going on here but not dominant spice or gross overripe pumpkin flesh, its all perfectly put together. my girlfriend tasted carrot cake and frosting, and upin close examination, i had to agree with her. this has a light and delicate pumpkin side, and a delicate sweetness with just enough baking spice. the oak adds a lot, vanilla and smoothness to the whole thing. one of the lighter pumpkin ales in color and flavor that ive had, and also one of the best hidden alcohol strengths in the beer world. my first beer from these guys is very impressive, great use of spice and barrel. im going to have to get a whole lot more of these next fall.

StonedTrippin, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV

A - Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale pours a warm honey golden color that shines with vibrant clarity, briefly topped by a white head that conservatively dots the snifter in lace.

S - Hints of bourbon barrel peek through the veil of roasted pumpkin and a melange of allspice, nutmeg, and a pinch of cinnamon, gently imparting a dribble of vanilla to the warm, inviting aroma. Bourbon notes wonderfully compliment the seasonally rich nose but leave any trace of booziness behind.

T - Sticky caramel cube and brittle toffee flavors develop wonderfully behind the buoyant fall attributes of pumpkin and spice while smooth bourbon barrel lends relaxed vanilla warmth and undertones of uncharred oak stave.

M - This barrel-aged pumpkin is much lighter than anticipated but quite smooth and punctuated with the perfect level of carbonation and alcohol warmth, which catches up with your stomach quite quickly though boozy it is not.

O - A beautifully barrel-aged pumpkin beer, this light and drinkable brew might actually be too drinkable, slyly inserting high alcohol into it's smooth lighter body and soft, warming finish. The pumpkin isn't over the top either, so if you're looking for something that's not pie in a glass, this one is for you.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There's something about the standard Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale that's bourbon sweetened with high caramel, wood, vanilla, pepper and subtle fruit. But somehow it seems lacking. Its near praline-type taste makes it ideally suited for rich pumpkin taste and a pie-like decoration of spice to swirl about its periphery. What a great introduction to Fall!

Its appearance is spot-on the regular bourbon aged ale- bright copper with nary a hint of haze. Its crystal clarity allows for tawny golden highlights to gleam. Well headed with a dense, cottony sheet of foam that retains the session even after receding to a thin veil half way through. Light speckled lace decorates the snifter, if only for a fleeting moment.

Sweet caramel, cashew and that praline sweet scent kicks things off. But a quick rise of those unmistakable pumpkin pie spices entice the nose with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The sweetness and spices are pulled together with a blanket of gentlemanly bourbon booziness. The charred wood, spicy alcohol and calming vanilla scent is the ideal intangibles that makes the nose so captivating.

And to taste, its the emulation of pumpkin pie that really takes hold- in dessert-life fashion, the caramelized sugars, pumpkin fluff starchiness and soft, buttery nutty flavors that round into a creamy-sweet early palate. Where the standard ale relies solely on wood spices and alcohol for balance, here we get a sharply spiced aid from the spice rack- that blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice work in equal parts and give the beer a creamy dryness to finish.

Again, the beer's texture is creamy and light, like meringue with pumpkin flavor. Supportive sweetness and embedded carbonation keeps the beer sweet and soft through the middle and well into finish. That's when the caramel linger is met with light spice astringency and a powdery wood finish. Bourbon warmth slices right through the malt and warms the throat in its long, sweet finish.

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale is a warm welcome to the palates of Central Kentucky and beyond. Where it shies away from the over-the-top intensity of other high gravity pumpkin ales, it has a subdued palate and profile that makes it highly drinkable compared to its high alcohol content. Dangerous from sip to finish!

BEERchitect, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 112714-1. Sampled on October 18, 2014.

The pour is a headless orange. I suppose "headless horseman" makes sense for this time of year but I do like a little head in my beer.

But the boring appearance is superseded quickly by the pumpkin spiced aroma that puts a bit of emphasis on the cinnamon spice. It screams "Stop looking and drink me for crying out loud!"

So I did and I got a nice medium body out of the deal.

The taste echoes the cinnamon of the aroma but the pumpkin spice is somewhat muted. Yet it is there enough for one to know they are drinking a pumpkin spice. I did not get much in the way of the bourbon barrel aging but overall I thought it was pretty vibrant and tasty beer.

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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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