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

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3.68/5
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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
kentuckyale.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BEERchitect on 09-07-2013

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Ranking:
#30,690
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
553
pDev:
15.22%
 
 
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Photo of Zazzi82
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KMcGrath
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gemini6
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of kkmiller76
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/30/2018. Pours slightly hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppercorn, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, and gingerbread; with lighter notes of coconut, toffee, oaken vanilla, herbal, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, spices, bourbon barrels, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppercorn, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, and gingerbread; with lighter notes of coconut, toffee, oaken vanilla, herbal, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy/spice bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, peppercorn, caramel, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, gingerbread, light coconut/toffee/vanilla, herbal, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, bourbon barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 10%, with zero barrel booze. Overall this is a delicious imperial pumpkin ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin, spices, bourbon barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, fairly crisp, and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV with the mellowly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish. Great balanced malts, pumpkin flavors, and spices; nice overall bourbon barrel presence/integration. Not overly sweet or boozy. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. Exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerme525
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Zaphog
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBob44
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It is Pumpkin Ale/Beer season again & while I may not be quite as enamored of them as I was when they first made the scene about fifteen years ago, I still pick them up, especially when it is one that I have not reviewed before. It pains me that this one is yet another bottle, but at least it is getting drank & recycled fairly quickly.

From the Bottle: "Ale brewed with natural pumpkin flavors and spices and aged in oak bourbon barrels"; "Contains: Wheat, Pecans".

Thank goodness that I only have seasonal pollen allergies! I Pop!ped the cap & began a C-Line pour, resulting in just better than a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with moderate retention that left a ton of lacing in its wake. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was a melange of spices with a light nuttiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was somewhere in the middle range for the style with the spices not quite as pronounced as in some nor as weak as in others. I got hints of vanilla from the oak bourbon barrel aging and I still sensed a light nuttiness. It also had a bit of fusel heat to it, reminding me that it weighed in at a whopping 10%! Finish was dry, as should be expected when adding spices to beer, but not gasping. It was a decent Pumpkin Beer & I would have another except for its ABV. Phew! Proceed with caution.

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Photo of aprabhu
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dakin
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nick4444
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrewMaven
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed the last 4pk from my local Stew Leonards for $15.99...!!... In all honesty, not really a bad deal for a 10% beer even if it is mediocre. Anyway, it pours a nice clear amber with nary a head to speak of..Getting some mild pumpkin spice on the nose. Flavor runs pretty much like most "standard" pumpkin ales with maybe a bit more sweetness and spice. Alcohol is very well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and mild carbonation..Overall, better than a typical 5% pumpkin beer but not quite as good as some Imperial Pumpkin ales. You don't know unless you try (buy), right?

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Photo of Devonking
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tcsox
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biertaster
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great pumpkin beer. Feel seems a bit lighter and less spicy than some, although it's a really great pumpkin style beer.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Almost no head on a clear amber body.

Aroma – Nutmeg, allspice, cloves, nutty pecans.

Taste – Nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. A little oak tannin.

Mouthfeel – Strong enough to support all the spices, pretty good, not thin.

Overall – As someone who often dislikes pumpkin ales they did a good job of balancing everything here.

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Photo of Nass
1.37/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is close to undrinkable and awful. Anybody that thinks that beer tastes fine and okay is an absolute idiot and needs to get their head checked. This beer taught me that bourbon barrel aging a pumpkin beer is not a good idea. Cheers! D-

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 553 ratings