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

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 22
Gots: 91 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BEERchitect on 09-07-2013

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Ratings: 386 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured into a glass, the beer was a murky brown color with no almost no head.

Smell - The cinnamon makes an impression, giving the beer a cinnamon bourbon aroma. I am pretty sure there must a cinnamon flavored bourbon available, which I bet smells similar.

Taste - At the front, one notes sour bourbon, cinnamon, and clove. Something is missing. The pumpkin is notably absent. So instead, this is cinnamon bourbon beer. I can appreciate the nuances to the bourbon in this beer. However, it is just not a pumpkin beer.

Mouthfeel - The texture of the beer allows it to linger in the back of the throat and sting the tongue with alcohol. It goes down fairly smooth.

Overall - The woman at the liquor store suggested this one to me. I am I only bought one bottle.

More User Reviews:
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 Kappakoosh
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -59%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.32/5  rDev +18%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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 WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 09robejo
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

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