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

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Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #132
Ranked #23,808
3.71 | pDev: 14.82%
May 07, 2022
Sep 07, 2013
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by nicholas2121 from Ohio

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale brewed by Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. This Pumpkin Ale has an ABV of 10.0%. The brew pours out of a glass 12oz bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with pumpkin, spices an bourbon. You also pick up some sweetness mixed with grains an malts. So far Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You pick up on the pumpkin at first then a nice smooth ending of grains and malts. This has to be one of the more closer to pumpkin pies brews on the market. An the bourbon flavors just add to the experience. The spices are spot on, definitely cinnamon, nutmeg, an ginger, all the good pumpkin spices. This Pumpkin Ale has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 10.0% ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Pumpkin, Spicy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. This brew would definitely go nice on a cool fall day next to a fire. Overall I am going to give Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale a 4.5 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving to opportunity too.
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., Did a super nice job with this style of brew.

May 07, 2022
4.25 by LizT from Texas on Apr 23, 2022
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2022
3.57 by StretchZep from Ohio on Dec 31, 2021
3.9 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Oct 29, 2021
3.88 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Oct 13, 2021
3.9 by SpdKilz from Illinois on Oct 06, 2021
3.71 by Newtobeet345 from Georgia on Sep 30, 2021
4.28 by npendres from Wisconsin on Sep 27, 2021
3.73 by RockyM72 from Florida on Sep 24, 2021
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3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

Look – Golden copper orange with transparent body and two fingers of white head

Aroma – Cooked pumpkin seeds and some alcohol. Getting a whole mishmash of flavors from chocolate notes, smoke, caramel, toffee, nutmeg, oh wait, there’s the pumpkin. It’s not bad or off-putting, but just weird.

Taste – Ok, the taste is a lot more coherent. The pumpkin shows up here and is quite prominent. Following that are some sweet caramel and toffee notes with some clove and allspice for good measure. The sweeter stuff sticks around a bit, so I would welcome more of that booze from the nose to cut into it. There’s no real bourbon flavor here and the barrel contributes the aforementioned toffee notes without much other barrel character.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied with little carbonation. Again, the sweeter stuff can overstay its welcome and inundate the palate, but whatever.

Overall – Interesting aroma which was kept in check on the taste. A surprising array of flavor sure, but some char from the barrel and slightly bigger body could have launched this into one of the better pumpkin ales.

Sep 12, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz undated bottle poured into snifter at just above fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours bright light amber in color with beige head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. Minimal lacing. The aroma is faint with just a hint of sweet vanilla. The flavor is semisweet malty pumpkin with subtle pie spice and faint oak and vanilla. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, good pumpkin beer with a light hand on the spice.

Sep 07, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Sep 04, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by deleted_user_995920

Pours a translucent bronze color with a fast receding bubbly head akin to Champagne, Smell is subdued pumpkin and spices,also faint barrel notes.Taste pumpkin, bourbon, spices are accentuated, almost a butterscotch component as well. Feels sufficiently carbonated, Feels medium bodied somewhat viscous( to be expected at higher ABV %,) At 10% this is already a big beer. Overall this is a really good pumpkin favorite. I had to rewrite this review from years ago because it did not ring true today. Overall this is a beer to be used with caution . The ABV is well hidden. I do not like regular Kentucky Bourbon Barrel at all. This is a classic.

Aug 29, 2021
3.5 by zbooks from Texas on Aug 15, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a golden orange color with a small head of fizzy off-white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving but a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice with lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Along with these aromas comes sweet smells of caramel and vanilla as well as a nice roasted malt and oak smell. Overall, very warming and inviting smelling.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice lightly roasted pumpkin flavor that is matched with a good sum of brown sugar and caramel. Right upfront that is a nice blend of pumpkin pie spice that hit the tongue, with it maintaining relatively constant throughout and augmenting just a bit toward the end. At the same time the oak and vanilla that were in the nose come to the tongue, adding a nice compliment ot the sweet and adding a woodiness that goes with the roasted pumpkin rather well. At the very end the 10 % brew lets itself be known, with a hint of warming bourbon booziness joining in, leaving one with a very pleasant and warming pumpkin pie taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is lighter for a 10 % abv beer with a carbonation level that is average. Overall the feel suits well the flavors of the brew and makes it dangerously easy to drink.
Overall – A very nice pumpkin ale. This is right up there with Southern tier Pumking and Elysian the Great pumpkin. Very tasty and a fantastic drinker!!

Aug 14, 2021
3 by GRhoads from Ohio on May 24, 2021
4 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
3.78 by Danzifer from Ohio on Apr 27, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Stephenkerr from Massachusetts

Damn, this was a great beer. It has put all the other pumpkins to shame so far. That's about 6 years variety filled pumpkin beer parties worth, topped by this glass.

Complex and inviting flavor, strong but not syrupy. The alcohol is tastable, but the bourbon tone removes any sharpness.

I'll do what I can to get more of these this year.

Mar 06, 2021
Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a burnt orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some pumpkin. Taste is equal parts pumpkin and bourbon, light spices are present, alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Nov 30, 2020
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3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CHickman from New York

Pumpkin beers are not my favorite style, however this was mild on the spices and heavy on the bourbon and booze heat. It had enough pumpkin taste to make it a seasonal treat and true to the style, but the boozy aspects made it a slow sipper. Nice oaky and vanilla notes with some spicy rye that seems peppery. A dash of caramel and solid malty notes balance it for the most part, but the alcohol was very strong and a bit too hot. A fine brew for a cold evening if you like BBA brews.

Oct 29, 2020
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5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Toccatanosferatu from South Carolina

It is rare to find a pumpkin beer that is well balanced and has a higher abv. This is a pleasant ale that is not over powering in terms of "pumpkin spice", which is always abit of a gamble for me. When its done right, it's fantastic, but otherwise terrible.

Oct 10, 2020
4 by n2492004 from Michigan on Oct 10, 2020
3.61 by Z-man from Michigan on Oct 02, 2020
3.84 by Mrseanworldwide from Ohio on Oct 01, 2020
Photo of ForAsh
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ForAsh from Florida

Three ounces served from a bottle into an Erdinger Oktoberfest stein during my second decennial pumpkin beer tasting.

Light beige head and slightly more orange than usual, for a pumpkin beer, color. Typical pumpkin pie nose with a healthy hint of Kentucky booze and vanilla. Sweetness carries through the long finish.

Sep 28, 2020
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3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Seanjohnhunt from California

This beer is boozy and has great spices. The oak and vanilla flavor come thru as well. Kinda hard to distinguish the pumpkin butter flavor they say they put in. The color is a great orange and with the 10% alcohol it is hard to pass this one up. Mouthfeel is coated and almost chewy. Overall a good beer and is unique in it's own. Not in my top 5 pumpkin beers but would buy again. If the pumpkin butter was turn up a little more and the vanilla down you would have a slam dunk.

Sep 20, 2020
3.52 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Sep 19, 2020
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3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours amber with orange. It has a white head with very low head retention.

Smell: Strong pumpkin aroma with bourbon and allspice. There are notes of cinnamon and low caramel.

Taste: There are all spice flavors with cinnamon and bourbon. There are some pumpkin notes with vanilla and a bit of caramel. There is a slight vegetable taste in the the finish.

Feel: It surprisingly has a medium body with alcohol warming in the finish.

Overall, an interesting beer in which the flavors work better in the front that in the finish.

Sep 11, 2020
4.04 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Sep 02, 2020
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4.73/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by SonnieJ from Florida

Wonderful flavor, body and feel. Nice boozy taste but not overwhelming.

Aug 29, 2020
Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very nice clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has Bourbon and pumpkin hints
The taste follows the nose with a well balanced Bourbon and pumkin flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A great Pumpkin beer

Aug 23, 2020
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 20, 2020
3.94 by bobert84 from Maryland on Dec 20, 2019
4 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Nov 18, 2019
4.11 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Nov 01, 2019
4.15 by Berknerj from Illinois on Oct 20, 2019
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Update of Pumpkin Beer from 2013-2019 Blind Tastings.


Oct 12, 2019
3.75 by socon67 from New York on Oct 11, 2019
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 604 ratings