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

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 396
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 29
Gots: 97 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BEERchitect on 09-07-2013

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear copper. Thin in appearance and sparsely carbonated , but the head is nice enough.
Aroma is commendable enough. It captures autumn with pumpkin spice, vanilla, kind of like one of those candles.
This one is just okay. There's definitely a vegetable aspect to it all, even though it tastes like pumpkin and nutmeg. The malts are there, it's a bit sweet with brown sugar notes, then hard with mineral, then dry. Overall burn is present, as is the bourbon-soaked wood.
Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation.
Just okay overall. Not a memorable pumpkin ale, but at least worth trying if you're a fan of them. (626 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a fan of pumpkin ales, and a fan of really big brews, I thought I would like this more than I do. Don't get me wrong, it's an outstanding brew, but I was hoping for ... ahhhhh.

It pours a beautiful deep orange with a head that dies quickly but leaves fine bubbles behind. The aroma is more faint than I would like, but it's clean, and vaguely pumpkin, and of course, boozy.

The taste is a clean, huge, ale. It's got loads of bitter under even bigger loads of malts, balancing things out. The pumpkin taste is under all that. The aftertaste and mouthfeel is boozy, but smoothly so. They have mellowed this out - aged in what, pumpkins?? Say what?

Recommended as probably the best pumpkin over 10% ABV. (709 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A clear dark red in color, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Has a medium amount of carbonation. Pumpkin and spice smell is present, not overbearing. Vanilla and clove smell sneaks in. Pumpkin taste on the front in, then the spice explodes. The bourbon aging helps tie the two extensively. A very light bodied beer for the style. There is a nut presence at mid mouth. I'm not big on the pumpkin beers, but the bourbon aging really helps this one. I don't taste the alcohol much, but the burn comes after letting it sit to tKe all in. Nice effort! (570 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy dark orange in color with a large and dense off-white head, which persists well. The lacing is thin and scattered. Carbonation is minor.

Aroma: Massive aroma of pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Spicy alcohol and buttery notes are present also.

Taste: Begins with a surge of pumpkin pie spices and caramel. As the taste develops, there is pumpkin roasted in butter, toasted nuts, and a moderate, warming alcohol note. The alcohol presents quite gracefully, particularly in light of the high ABV of ten percent and seems more spicy than vinous. Later in the taste, notes of wood, vanilla, and bourbon manifest, adding another layer of complexity. Finishes with a graceful interplay of the spices and caramel against the bourbon and wood.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, with delicate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: An excellent, over-the-top example, which eclipsed my fairly high expectations.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

02/22/2015 (1,192 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very odd beer for me. The pour was a nice amber color with an off colored head that trails the glass. The smell was full of wood with hints of caramel and vanilla, however there was not much pumpkin on the nose. The taste was heavy on the wood with then a bit of pumpkin and brown sugar on the end. Enjoyable but not very well balanced. (338 characters)

Photo of sgulner
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bourbon, Yes..Pumpkin, not much.. I love there base beer, it's my dessert at most dinners when available. I bought this as my wife is a huge Pumpkin fan and this was no pumpkin. Letting a few sit in the basement to see if the bourbon will chill out and the veg will come thru...TBD (281 characters)

Photo of beerinabottle
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pumpkin and spice hit me first followed by the hint of bourbon. No head of note. Deceptively easy to drink for a 10% but a fine ale for Christmas night here in Offaly Ireland. (179 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

A-Clear orange and not much carbonation

S-Nice pumpkin spice character bu not much oak or bourbon.

T-Starts with some pumpkin and some spice. Not much oak. Slight bourbon.

M-Lighter and not much carbonation.

O-Better than I was expecting, but for the price a try it and never have it again. (296 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Really clear light amber pour, small head quick to poor lace.
Smell of heavily spiced (and sprinkled with sugar) pumpkin pie, with a splash of bourbon (or more like baking rum essence). Faint stave, some citrus peel, peach juice.
As the nose, describing the taste feels more like a cooking recipe. Sweet pumpkin mash up front with lots of the obvious spices (lots of nutmeg, clove, ginger, cinnamon, some anise), a bit of apple mash too, faint banana, citrus peel and some faint nut. A hearty splash of prickly, on the brink of being mouth-numbing, bourbon. Caramel malts add to the sticky sweetness, but the beer doesn't feel entirely encumbered. Damp stave note in the finish, some oaky vanilla, bourbon dry finish.
Medium to light in body, a bit oily, medium carbonation. Aftertaste as expected, a bit of everything.
A nice seasonal pumpkin ale, a bit boozy, but fitting for colder days. A small "artificial" note (cheap kind of bourbon?) underneath it all, but covered smartly by the spices. (995 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass....

A - Pours a dark clear amber with a small head.
S - All I can smell is pumpkin, spices and alcohol.
T - All I can taste is pumpkin, spices and alcohol.
M - Thin, medium carbonation, some alcohol burn.
O - Bottom line, this is a simple beer that I like. THIS IS NOT A COMPLEX BEER. You get an amber ale with pumpkin flavors and an bourbon barrel bite. And I like it! More than most it seems. (432 characters)

Photo of hopmashian
4/5  rDev +3.9%

When I saw all the pumpkin or harvest or seasonal beers offered at TW I thought pumpkin and ale just sounds wrong. Well a friend gave me this one. I didn't notice the ABV until I tasted it. First thing I noticed was the alcohol. Then the second mouthful revealed complexity and as it warmed the flavors came through. Oak, vanilla and caramel balanced with pumpkin spices and just a touch of each makes a nice flavorful ale. I really wouldn't want stronger pumpkin spice flavors. This is very nice. I would buy this but a six will last awhile. Recommended. (557 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A pretty good aroma of pumpkin, malt, and spices.

T: Tasted of pumpkin, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, malt, and a little of the bourbon barrel. Surprisingly not very boozy given the ABV%. The flavor here is good enough, but not as aggressive with the spices as I would have liked.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a drinkable beer on some levels, but is uneven in others. There are definitely worse examples of the style out there. (660 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has the body of an IPA. A light copper orange in color with a bright white head. It's slightly lighter in color than other pumpkin beers. The head is there, but it's not impressive. Half a finger, even with a swirl, and it doesn't retain well. It does leave a nice spotty lace behind.

Smells like pumpkin pie. You can almost taste the sweetness. Spice are there, but not overwhelming which is kind of nice in a beer like this. I can't pick up any bourbon barrel presence.

Very malt forward taste. I expected spice to dominate, but it's more malty than anything. The barrel flavoring finally appears which is a nice addition.

Reminds me of Duvel in that it's a light looking beer, but with some body and punch. The barrel provides a nice dose of body. The beer is never really sweet. It's got a spicy nutmeg bite to it and some bitterness in the finish. Despite high ABV, it never over does it.

I liked this beer because it's a bit different from other pumpkin beers. I like the barrel aging. It's goes some rough edges, but most of the beers from Alltech do. (1,080 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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. (737 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another local draft offering at The Beer Sellar in Nashville, tis the season fro pumpkin beers so had to try.
Clear, deep orange color, tight white head with light lacing.
Shot of alcohol right to start the smell, but then you get the other aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg.
Taste is of the pumpkin spices, bourbon character also pretty dominant.
This beer has a nice sweet caramel malt base, vanilla and maybe even some oak finish.
Medium mouthfeel. Light carbonation. The body was smooth with just enough carbonation prickle to keep it from being too cloying.
Full of flavor, but I wouldn't want more than one at a sitting. (620 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

This beer was overpriced and I haven't been a fan of other "Kentucky Barrel" beers but i figured I should try it anyway.

A - Deep orange color with nice clarity. Bountiful white head with light lacing.

S - Mostly spices come first: i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and maybe some slight clove. Second to the spices comes the bourbon and then some malt, caramel, and vanilla notes

T - Pumpkin spice flavor washes over your palate and there is a smooth bourbon character. This beer has a nice malt backbone with some caramel and vanilla tones that go great with the pumpkin.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Light carbonation. The body was moderate and smooth making this beer a great sipper.

Overall, this is the best Kentucky Barrel beer with a nice pumpkin flavor and smooth bourbon character instead of their other beers that have harsh bourbon first and beer flavor last. It has a nice spice flavor but it isn't the best pumpkin beer. If you haven't liked Lexington Brew-Co in the past and like pumpkin beers then I would suggest you giving this beer a try. It's still overpriced.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Clear, Scotch-colored amber. Very little head and no lace.

More pumpkin than "pie" smell. Mild and malty.

Sweet flavor with a definitive alcohol kick. The pumpkin comes through in the swallow. Rich body and an equally low carbonation. The aftertaste is more alcohol and sweet malt. Short lived. (302 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and branded orange pry-off pressure cap acquired at Whichcraft in Austin, TX, and served chilled into a snifter.

Allowed to reach room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Reviewed live as a barrel aged pumpkin ale per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two fingers wide. White in colour. Decent thickness. Nice creaminess and fluffiness. Complexion could be softer. Has a nice supple consistency. Retention is good for the high ABV - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper-gold of excellent vibrance and richness; this is a fantastic glowing colour. Translucent and transparent, with excellent clarity.

Brilliant rising carbonation bubbles are showcased by the clarity and vibrance, and suggest apt carbonation. This is a fantastic looking pumpkin ale which has my immediate attention.

AROMA: Pumpkin gourd, subtle clove spice, allspice, nutmeg, faint pie crust, brown sugar, and pleasant spicy bourbon notes (especially on the back-end, where they shine). I pick up on vanilla, charred white oak, caramel, and barrel sugars. This evokes a decadent blend of exquisite bourbon and seasonal pumpkin notes; I'm craving the first sip. Very mouthwatering.

Intensity is above average. No hop notes, overt alcohol, or yeast character are/is detectable. I'm shocked at how well concealed the ABV is.

TASTE: The barrel notes are present - more the white oak than the bourbon. I pick up on barrel sugars and faint char, but no exquisite toasty character. Bourbonwise, it's a disappointment, lacking the vanilla hinted at in the aroma as well as any deep or rich bourbon notes. It does offer up some nice pumpkin gourd and pumpkin-pie like spices such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and clove, but the pumpkin isn't as deep or rich as would be ideal. Caramelized sugars abound.

I'm not quite sure what the malt base is here; I'd guess caramalt and Munich malt? It's not too sweet like some pumpkin beers. I find it pretty well balanced overall; the barrel character doesn't overwhelm the base beer and there aren't any jarring off-notes. It's got a nice albeit loose cohesion to its build, but make no mistake - this is not a gestalt flavour profile, and there's ample room for improvement. It brings a fair amount of complexity to the table, but I did hope for more - especially given the bourbon barrel aging.

The alcohol is far less well concealed than the aroma suggested.

Its held back by its painfully shallow depth of flavour. Duration and intensity of flavour are average.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied. Not as thick as you might expect, but assertive and filling. Has some alcohol warmth, which works well here coupled with the pumpkin spices and barrel character - which together are a bit redolent of a spicy whiskey. Smooth, wet, and well-carbonated.

It doesn't have the artificial slick texture of many poorly executed pumpkin ales, but it's not the creamy soft texture you hope for a good bourbon barrel aged brew.

OVERALL: The pumpkin never quite feels genuine, and I wouldn't be surprised if this is yet another pumpkin beer brewed with artificial extract or concentrate. The spicing is just right, but neither the pumpkin nor the barrel notes rise to the occasion. And where's the bourbon? I find none - doesn't that warrant a lynching in Kentucky?

This is an interesting but ultimately underwhelming brew from Alltech's Lexington, and while I wouldn't recommend it to friends and I wouldn't purchase it again, I'm pleased I tried it once. It's more drinkable than you'd expect, but that's likely because it lacks the bourbony notes you want.

Low B- (3,777 characters)

Photo of JustinAniello
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange with one finger of head, dissipates to a light cap and lacing. Eventually fully dissipates.

S - Pumpkin and spice with a mix of vanilla and bourbon. All the aromas vie for prominence.

T - Lightly sour pumpkin with a generic sweetness that stays throughout. Can taste the bourbon on the swallow with it getting heavier in the aftertaste. Minimal spices, vanilla or pumpkin pie.

M - Medium body and carbonation.

O - A different but good take on traditional pie spice pumpkin beers, but lacks in some areas. Excellent aroma, smells exactly like what it says on the bottle. The generic sweetness would be better replaced by a dark caramel to complement the bourbon along with an increase on the spices. One of the better beers that uses a sour pumpkin flavor. (784 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: Crystal clear orange. Big swath of an off white head.
smell: Not mind blowing, quite simple pumpkin and spice but really dialed in. Not getting much bourbon but as it warms it's there. Deepens the nose imo w/o being obvious.
taste: damn, this is very tasty. Much like the nose plus a vanilla and subtle spice thing in the finish that is delicious.
overall: Alltech's brews have been ok but this one is tops for me. (422 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar dominate. The oakiness comes on strong as the beer warms. One of the better beers from this brewery. The original bourbon ale may be the only beer they make that I prefer to this one. (219 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%

On-tap at Three Cellars, Franklin, WI:

Pours orange-amber with very little head that almost immediately becomes barely a wisp.

The smell is of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and booze.

The taste is strong on cinnamon, though other pumpkin spices are there. Strong vanilla/oak comes through.

A sweet and spicy brew. A bit too strong on the cinnamon, for me personally. Vanilla and raw booze linger.

An "interesting" brew for one. (442 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Out of a bottle into a pint glass.
A – Fairly clear amber pour with almost no head at all.
S – Nice rich pumpkin smell with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg.
T – Interesting mix of pumpkin and bourbon. Bourbon comes on strong at first and fades leaving a light pumpkin. Has a fairly sweet taste in it but not a great deal of the normal pumpkin spices. Perhaps the bourbon is over riding it? Spicy taste.
M – Very lively on the palate. Tingly but smooth. Medium bodied.
O – Not bad. An interesting mix for sure. I like my pumpkin a bit more like a pie flavor and this deviates a bit. Overall its solid but not great. (629 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%

Disappointing. I thought that pumpkin and bourbon barrels were going to be a pretty good mix, but it might just be poor execution. The flavor was a bit too strong on the pumpkin, not enough on the bourbon. Surprisingly crisp, would have thought there would have been a heavier body as well like most bourbon ales. The color was nice, a hazy amber, very good looking beer with a mild white head. Overall...was really hoping for something better. (449 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.82/5  rDev -26.8%

$ 3.99/12 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated 12 oz bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of bourbon and pumpkin spices
Head small (1 cm), fizzy, off white, gone.
Lacing – none
Flavor of bourbon, hint of spices, hint of alcohol; no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 2.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 2.8125. Final weighted score: 2.825.
It’s official – not every beer or ale tastes better from bourbon barrels. (489 characters)

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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.