1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

330 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 330
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 16.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 70 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BEERchitect on 09-07-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 330 | Reviews: 46 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Pillowburn:
Photo of Pillowburn
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Pillowburn, Oct 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
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 +8.5%
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
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Kappakoosh, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +9.6%

JakerLou, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

tigg924, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.25/5  rDev -11%

IrishGermanAmerican, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

TKEbeerman, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

WVbeergeek, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of KrissyKat6
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

KrissyKat6, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of nhirsch04
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

nhirsch04, Sunday at 04:25 AM
Photo of Iparedman
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%

Iparedman, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

seavercm, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

secondtooth, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of 09robejo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

09robejo, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

cjgator3, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.55/5  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.

RickS95, Sunday at 03:04 AM
Photo of jheezee
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

jheezee, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Gonzoillini, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Infamous7100
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Infamous7100, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of glass_house
3.98/5  rDev +9%

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.

glass_house, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Rborre321
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%

Rborre321, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Shadar
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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.

Shadar, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of ImperatorScab
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

ImperatorScab, Sep 18, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
83 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.