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

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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

221 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 40 | 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)
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Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden orange with a modest cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving no lacing.

Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and pumpkin form the aroma. There's a hint of graham cracker.

Flavor is initially bourbon and oak, but pumpkin, ginger, and nutmeg creep in mid palate, leading to a fairly dry finish. There's a slightly sour note that I've come to associate with pumpkin beers. Vanilla creeps in ad it warms.

Body is fairly full, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Not nearly as cloying as the bba, which is good, and the pumpkin detracts from the vanilla dominance. A little hot, and the sour note is offputting, but will probably age well.

barczar, Sep 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Kappakoosh, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

TKEbeerman, Sep 27, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -59.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

seavercm, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 +8.7%

09robejo, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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
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3.68/5  rDev 0%

jheezee, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of Infamous7100
4.01/5  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.

Infamous7100, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of glass_house
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Ccnative, Oct 06, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Lanstrum, Sep 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

ohiobeer29, Aug 22, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

kingskot, Sep 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

mscudder, Sep 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

apasternak, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Treyliff, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of KYGunner
3.93/5  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.

KYGunner, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jdkitchi, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

TheSamKuehn, Sep 11, 2014
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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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