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

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 23
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
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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 BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of beerinabottle
4.72/5  rDev +29%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean, clear amber with a substantial head of fine, white foam. Lace is loopy tree-line in formation. Nice!

Nose is rich with pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice touches. Pleasant.

Taste is heavy on the pumpkin and spices, and smooth. I don't sense much of the bourbon barrel aging here, so a second bottle may be in order. The high ABV also isn't too apparent, though this definitely is a flavorful and heavy brew. Enjoyable, and begging for a revisit.

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours a clear orange color with an off-white head. Perfect color for a pumpkin beer.

S- The aroma is just as the name of the beer suggests, pumpkin and spices with some notes from the bourbon barrels as well.

T- The taste of this beer features pumpkin spices, vanilla, and a warmth from the bourbon and alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O- Overall, this beer is a unique twist on a pumpkin beer with nice notes from the barrel aging. Glad I tried this one.

Photo of RickS95
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light orange to copper with little to no head in my snifter. Lacing is non existent.
S: light scents of pumpkin and spice upon first pouring, but as it warms, oh my! The pumpkin and spices are enhanced, but now copious amounts of booze and vanilla pour out. All told, it's a very sweet and spiced up aroma. Really digging this.
T: The pumpkin and cinnamon spice is prevalent at the front. It's very tasty though lacking the pie crust flavor that the best pumpkin ales posses. However, as the beer makes its way to the back, the vanilla and bourbon really jump out. It finishes sweet and warm. Nicely done.
M: Decently carbonated and medium to full bodied. The aftertaste is awesome. A warm, boozy, pumpkin spice sweetness.
O: I really enjoyed this. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is fantastic and this gave it an interesting and tasty twist. Looks like they added the pumpkin and spices to an already great ale and let the chips fall where they may. The results were outstanding. Great brew for the season.

Photo of glass_house
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Bright copper-orange with good clarity and two fingers of frothy head that dissipates to a thin collar with light, oily lacing. Aroma not as potent as many of the pumpkin ales I've tried. The oak and bourbon are present. The typical pumpkin, spices, and vanilla provide a mellow background.

Smooth. The bourbon doesn't overpower the other flavors, as I feared may be the case. The pumpkin is certainly there, but is not overdone or artificial as with many others. The spices are just enough to give it an aftertaste reminiscent of pumpkin pie. For some reason the label had a blank spot next to "ABV/VOL" and I was astounded to see it listed at 10%. The alcohol is well hidden, except for a mild heat in the finish. The body is medium, bordering on full and creamy, with enough carbonation to give it a crisp feel.

I grabbed a mixed 6-pack of various seasonals just for fun. I had low expectations for this one, considering I was less than impressed with other offerings from this brewery. I can admit when I'm wrong. When it comes to pumpkin ales, I like a good one, but they don't exactly excite me. This is one of the best I've had. I can see it being a bit strong for some, but not me. I will be buying more of this while I can.

Photo of Shadar
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Just like the standard Ale from Kentucky, this adds some nice spice notes. Very tasty but not something I can drink constantly. I'd imagine it would mix great with the same types of beers as the standard Bourbon Barrel Ale. I plan to try mixing with a Vanilla Porter very soon.

Photo of Treyliff
3.82/5  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

Photo of KYGunner
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As it is pumpkin ale it has a pumpkin orange hue but not full figured in body. The head sat firmly atop with a loosely knit but thick cloud of bubbles.

The spices typically associated with pumpkin are prevalent with cinnamon and nutmeg but there's a creamy side to the scent. Light bourbon and vanilla waft softly across the nose as one can easily notice the barrel aging.

The feel and taste of this barrel aged pumpkin are creamy on both sides. This creaminess gives a full mouthfeel and smoothness but also lends to a dessert like sweetness. The sweetness blends well with the spicy cinnamon and nutmeg. Spice and sweet then work together with pumpkin or pumpkin butter to give an overall pumpkin pie in a bottle, or tap.

10pct ABV is hidden reasonably well but some of the bourbon character bleeds off to make sure you know where this was aged.

Photo of puboflyons
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear orange color with a thin quarter inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. The brew smells like pumpkin spices, pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla and a bit of peppery spice. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, it tastes like pumpkin spices, pumpkin, bourbon, vanilla, and a bit of coconut. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's slick and smooth and goes down easy. The 10% ABV is well hidden in this brew. It's very similar to their regular Bourbon Barrel Ale, but with some pumpkin and spices. I think it's a good overall brew. If you like their Bourbon Barrel Ale, then you will probably like this one too. $14.99 a 4-pack.

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +9.3%

2014 release - newer label than the one currently shown, beer possibly reformulated from previous releases...

A: crystal clear orange amber beer with a firm head of pale tan foam that left lace down the glass; flimsy cap retained to the finish

S: bourbon vanilla and holiday pumpkin pie; sugars and spices...

T: I caught a vanilla bomb up front - probably the bourbon's influence - and then waves of sweet pumpkin and spice - this is 10% abv? You'd never know - taste profile follows the pumking and Smashed Pumpkin formula, but the bourbon barrel effects elevate the flavors to another level

M: light-to-medium weight, some tingle of carbonation or spice, but mainly smooth; dries slightly on the finish but not without leaving a little sticky sweet aftertaste and feel

O: pleasantly surprised! Their bourbon barrel ale and stout are both somewhat underwhelming, so I set my expectations accordingly, but this was a fine pumpkin ale, assuming you enjoy the likes of Pumking, Greater Pumpkin, Smashed Pumpkin, and Punkin. Still can't believe the abv - this drinks real easy and light. Recommended for pumpkin ale lovers if nothing else.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local beer store; I'm not expecting too much based on my previous experiences with Alltech's beers. This is, however, my first bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a dark coppery bronze colored body; semi-clear with about a finger of foamy off-white head. Leaves behind some nice sheets of lacing that slowly cascade back down the glass. It's a nice appearance for the beer and the style. 4

S - The aroma is of notes of vanilla / oak wood chips & some creamy buttery diacetyl pumpkin / spices. A mild alcohol fume note is noticeable. It's actually a fairly pleasant aroma. 3.5

T - The taste follows the nose - it's fairly simple, and tastes basically exactly how you would expect a pumpkin beer from Alltech would taste. Mild pumpkin / gourd flesh, buttery diacetyl, some holiday spicing, and the trademark vanilla & woodsy oak chips. 3.5

M - The feel is smooth and creamy, mild alcohol notes, with some vanilla / diacetyl / spice lingering on the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. 4

Overall, it exceeded my expectations, that's for sure. The 10.00% abv is slightly noticeable, but this beer goes down smooth and easy. Not a bad representation of the style from these guys. More ones like this, please.

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale -----3.5/5

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.


Photo of BB1313
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear/transparent golden; fluffy eggshell white head that fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. Great color. The aromas are full of sweet caramel malts. There's a nice amount of ginger and cinnamon. Lots of vanilla and sweet cream. The bourbon is there, but somewhat subtle. It also adds a sweetness to the aromas and the flavors as well. The flavors are on the sweeter side. There's a good amount of spices. Tons of vanilla. There's a little bit of a warming sensation, but barely. The bourbon is pretty subtle, but there's a nice little kick to accent the flavors. Finishes slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied and the carbonation is active. It's very smooth and the alcohol goes unnoticed, making it dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid Imperial Pumpkin Ale. The bourbon is subtle, but gives it another dimension. It's enjoyable.

Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

Photo of BigBry
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Klewisx3
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Very smooth pumpkin ale

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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.