Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
4.2/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz brown bottle with the standard Kentucky Ale labeling and logo of the race horse only in a more pumpkin and fall setting. This brewery seems to rely on classy labels and they seem to hit it right on.
A - copperish orange hue that's clear and rusty looking. Head pours nice but doesn't stick around. Thin ring of lacing leaves minimal stick to the glass.
S - pumpkin spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a small hint of allspice. Then an awesome bourbon presence creeps up and dominates with an oakiness paired with vanilla sweetness. Pumpkin notes make up the backbone but are never too much. This is maybe the best pumpkin nose I've experienced. Unbelievably grand and this is what fall is all about.
T - not quite as good as the nose, but still a well balanced massive pumpkin ale. Pumpkin pie up front with the usual spices of cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg doing their parts in keeping the flavors balanced. Light pumpkin bread like malt with the bourbon barrel notes coming to full display. Vanillas and caramel with a touch of oak. A little Booz in the back end, but just adds more character to the flavors.
M - this thing lacks a bit of texture and thickness but makes up for it with its remarkable smooth feel. It's an easy drinker at 10% and its well balanced body will slam you if you forget what the number really is. Very enjoyable and massive pumpkin ale.
O - I really appreciate the beer these guys are dishing out. Makes me proud of our state of Kentucky. There bourbon is awful and needs improvement, but hey if their bourbon is contributing barrels for brews like Pumpkin Barrel to be aged in then by all means keep pumping it out. But I won't be buying the bourbon. I will look for the Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel every Fall though
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2013 16:35:02 | More by BradtheGreat7
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4.63/5 rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Appearance - slightly cloudy golden color with a touch or orange. Thin head, fairly short-lived but holding at a partial cover and collar.
Aroma - interesting mix of pumpkin and bourbon aromas. Some caramel and butterscotch that might be the melding of the two flavors, I can't really tell. Smells pretty much as I expected though.
Taste - yep, pumpkiny, the malts playing to the sweeter side of the gourd. The bourbon and oak are very complementary, and now I'm pretty sure the caramel/butterscotch effect is created by the combo of pumpkin and bourbon. The pecans are not really tasted but I think they do lend a subtle nuttiness, maybe working in concert with the coconut element of the bourbon. In a style that's been done up every way, this is an incredible new twist. Finishes warm and smooth, hardly evidence of this beer's strength.
Mouthfeel - a little heavier than average, fluffy enough to not be slick or syrupy.
Overall - I should have bought more than a 4-pack. It will be hard to time test the last bottle, I don't think I want to risk losing the spices over time, which is what would happen. We'll see. Next year, several 4-packs...
...update - well, that took about 20 minutes to figure out the last bottle was doomed. It's nearly midnight and I have a long day tomorrow, but in a carpe diem mentality, I am enjoying this last bottle right here, right now. So here's to all of you who fly in the face of reason for the love of one more awesome craft beer. Slainte.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 03:38:02 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.96/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 17:18:02 | More by StonedTrippin
3.81/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A- pours a clear and hazy golden orange with a fizzy white head that quickly wisps away, leaving no head behind.
S- very sweet aroma up front of caramel and cream filled pastry, the typical pumpkin spice aromas or cinnamon, nutmeg and clove kick in mid-palate. Light barrel notes give just a hint of bourbon with sweet vanilla on the finish
T- the up front sweetness continues through to the flavor with pastry-like sugary notes, of the pumpkin spice flavors that hit mid-palate, nutmeg seems to stand out the most. The bourbon flavor doesn't really kick in until the finish, providing a straight bourbon linger with a hint of sweet caramel
M- medium body with biting medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel with a slightly warming finish. Dangerously drinkable, given the high ABV
O- a bit sweeter than expected, I would have preferred a bit more bourbon flavor, but overall pretty enjoyable for a style that hasn't been tried often
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2014 02:08:40 | More by Treyliff
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.