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

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
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Ranked #201
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3.73 | pDev: 15.01%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden Light
Smell: Sweet, fruity, hints of pumpkin and spice.
Taste: Spicy, sweet, notes of pumpkin.
Feel: It does not finish well in my opinion.

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PorterJohn from Virginia, Oct 11, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little bit of vanilla, I dig these pumpkin ales. My favorite category is the smell--it's spiced as a pumpkin pie would be. The bourbon is hardly noticable, unlike the staggering 10% ABV.

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4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster; bottled on 01/19/2020.
A: Pours a crystal clear, bronze color with a two finger, off-white head, rim retention, and soapy lacing.
S: Aromas of pumpkin rind, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon with a cinnamon note.
T: Sweet. Flavors consistent with the nose, but clearly a notable peatiness. Low bitterness very much in balance.
M: Light to medium bodied with lively, but still moderate carbonation.
O: Really delicious, peaty form Pumpkin Ale style.

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VoxRationis from New York, Oct 03, 2019
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Medium copper orange color with perfect clarity and bright white lacing with light carbonation.

S - Whiskey, oak, and cinnamon.

T - Light pumpkin and spice, some oak, and whiskey with some delicate vanilla buried way down. The whiskey presence is moderate but not over powering and doesn't cause any warming.

M - Full silky body with a tad bit of thinness around the edges.

O - The ABV is extremely well hidden but not a stand out in the crowd of pumpkin beers.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Sep 28, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a very large amount of head that takes its time fading. Pretty clear orange color. Smells faintly of bourbon, but not overpowering. Tastes of pumpkin with only a bit of bourbon and other spices in the beginning. Not boozy or over-bourbon heavy like other bourbon barrel aged pumpkin beers. A bit more bourbon and spices come through as it warms. Definitely my favorite bourbon-barrel pumpkin beer so far, most can be too sweet.

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EnderFett11 from Virginia, Sep 24, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I’ve been drinking this particular beer for several years now. It’s often hard to find, and often sells out too soon. This years batch is the best it has ever tasted in my opinion.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes pumpkin ales, and to those who like bourbon barrel aged ales. This is probably the most perfect combination of those two styles available, and it is consistently one of the most underrated beers I know.

Granted, there are plenty of beer snobs who insist that pumpkin beer is a fad, or that it is in step with the whole “pumpkin spice” phenomenon that includes coffee creamers, scented candles, and God knows what else they flavor or scent with “pumpkin spice” flavoring & scents. However, they could not be further from the truth, because for well over the first 100 years in the United States, pumpkin beer was one of just a few styles of beer that were available due to the lack of available barley malt.

When tasted cold, it taste mostly of the spices like nutmeg, clove, etc. However, as it slowly warms in the glass the pumpkin & bourbon barrel flavor becomes much more pronounced, and those two flavors are best described as being luxurious. It’s flavor as it warms is truly quite decadent, and is best experienced, because there are not enough words to accurately describe how exquisite it actually is.

Anyway, if you get the chance, try this beer. You will not regret it, and if by chance you do regret it (for reasons I can’t imagine), by all means contact me and I will gladly buy any unopened bottles from you.

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Moriarty27 from Kentucky, Sep 12, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not a big fan of pumpkin ale style but this beer is one of the exceptions for me. The pumpkin flavor in this beer tastes more authentic to me than a lot of other pumpkin ales. I am a fan of the bourbon ale style and I think the bourbon flavor complements the pumpkin very well in this beer.

(Personal reminder: Laura loves this beer, too).

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AvengeTheRavel from Connecticut, Aug 30, 2019
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber orange color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin, and some vanilla. Definite alcohol heat. The alcohol comes through along with a hint of caramel. Good mouth feel.

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dd53grif from Michigan, Aug 19, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no bottling date stamp from the Wall of Beer (Clemson, SC).
Pours clear and copper colored with high clarity. The head is short and mostly short-lived. Minimal spotty lacing.
The barrel aging and high ABV are most obvious in the aroma. Alcohol esters aside, the aroma is quite appealing and reflects the pumpkin, pie spices, and hints of bread and roasted nuts.
The flavor has more spiciness but not too much; certainly not as much as some other "pumpkin" ales.
Medium-full body with medium-light carbonation and well hidden alcohol.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Jan 06, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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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superspak from Michigan, Oct 27, 2018
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3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Sep 16, 2018
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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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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BrewMaven from New York, Sep 09, 2018
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3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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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connecticutpoet from Connecticut, Feb 28, 2018
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1.37/5  rDev -63.3%
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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Nass from Florida, Feb 09, 2018
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3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L - Rusty orange color and transparent body. One finger of off-white head.

S - Bland. Ghosts of cinnamon and nutmeg. No barrel character.

T - Flavors are bigger here. Spices, oak, char, and smoke. Small pumpkin. Residual booze.

F - A little light. 10%? Impressively hidden, but this was supposed to be a massive, warming sipper, which it isn't

O - Had potential, but fell short. Good, not great.

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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts, Oct 19, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the good stuff. Like the name suggests, expect that alcohol bite from the bourbon barrels. If you drink it expecting that it's amazing. In a blind testing it would probably be overwhelming. Considering I like bourbon this beer is heaven. It's around 11% abv so it hits you quick. Best poured into a stout glass imo. Smells boozy

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Willvoll from Connecticut, Oct 12, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a great looking beer,pours into a goblet a clear deep burnt orange with a thinner but well sustained off white head atop,love the richness of the color of this beer.Vanilla/bourbon and graham cracker stand out most in the nose than a bit of cardamom and cinnamon peak thru,the alcohol is very present.The body was thinner for such a big alcoholic beer,lightly carbonated with a slickness to it..Warming spices up front on the palate with some real pumpkin coming thru,the bourbon barrel comes in late and it does get a bit sweet late.Solid and so close to being really top notch,as is really damn good.

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oberon from North Carolina, Sep 29, 2017
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3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ok, I said this in other posts and I'll say it again: I am not a fan of pumpkin beer, donuts, cereal, coffee, or anything. I have no idea why this has become the big thing in the states, having said that let me say that this is one of three pumpkin beers I actually like. The reason why is it has a nice hint of pumpkin without being loaded with that pumpkin spice. The pumpkin favor gently sits on top of the very nice bourbon flavor making a very nice comfortable taste on the tongue.

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OzmanBey from Massachusetts, Sep 16, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Already being a fan of the bourbon barrel ale, this pumpkin ale is a distinct standout in comparison to the other seasonal offerings. Not overly spicey. Again, wish that these ales are more widely available. Higher ABV, can be deceiving since it's very tastey.

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Roby923 from Alberta (Canada), Dec 28, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle dated 07/29/16

Pours foggy amber orange with a creamy white foam head. Smells like fresh pumpkin, oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, graham crackery malts, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like fresh pumpkin, oak, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, brown sugar, graham crackery malts, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice bourbon barrel aged pumpkin ale.

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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts, Dec 22, 2016
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4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Kentucky line of Alltech's Lexington Brewery is very interesting and mostly good, indeed...

For a pumpkin brew, it probably has the most pumpkin color-likeness of any pumpkin beer I have had to date. It pour out a very bright white head with a small amount of staying power, but it's really got good lacing down the glass. The mouthfeel was most likely the most complex of any beer (pumpkin or otherwise) I have had. On the one hand it was quite carbonated, on another very boozy even to the tongue. There were several other things in play, to hard for me to discern, but not so I couldn't appreciate the complex character. This of course equated to a similarly complex taste - very distinct sweetness to the pumpkin mixed quite well with the 10% ABV. And speaking of the high alcohol content - it was masked incredibly well by pumpkin flavor. Probably the least boozy-tasting 10% beer I've ever had.

Though not the best pumpkin beer to date, it probably will rank up there pretty high on my list. (I'm glad I've got a second one to enjoy.)

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler, it pours amber with a moderate off-white head. Pleasant scent of pumpkin spice tickles the nose. The mouth enjoys the mild pumpkin pie flavor with little notice of the alcohol. Nice!

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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured at 44°F from a 12oz bottle (2016 vintage) into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 04Sep16.
SMELL: Mild aromas of caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg are supported by subtle oak, pecan wheat, bourbon, pumpkin, and clove aromas.
3.75 out of 5
TASTE: A mild balance of caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors come together at first sip. Mild flavors of pumpkin and cloves along with subtle flavors of wheat and pecans quickly follow to suitably commingle with the prior flavors. The barrel characteristics make their faint debut with subtle flavors of bourbon and oak as the pecan flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle flavors of stale bread finish off the profile as all previous flavors persist.
3.75 out of 5
NOTE: This was a good Pumpkin Ale, but it was too mild to be categorized as a great one. The most disappointing aspect was the lack of a dominating bourbon barrel profile. This must have been aged for a few weeks in barrels because not much of the flavors were strongly perceived.

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Myotus from Texas, Sep 27, 2016
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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't see a date code anywhere on the bottle or label.

Appearance: It is a mix of light and medium golds within the body depending on how light hits it. The white head is standing but short. Not much of a head retention or lacing. The beer is also hazy.

Aroma: It has a very nice pumpkin pie spice aroma and a very prominent butter scent. The buttery aroma actually works pretty well with the beer. It has a bit of an ESB character to it.

Taste: There are a lot of flavors here. It is to the point that the beer almost shotguns the flavors to the palate. Up front there is that initial flavor of pumpkin and butter which is followed by this strong fruity flavor that is a bit like raspberry with a bit of sourness. Then there is this very nice alcohol flavor mixed with wood. Nobody will say that this beer is lacking in bourbon character. The finish is this nice pumpkin spice flavor which is very even-keel.

Mouthfeel: The character of the beer changes depending on where you are at in the sip. It starts out medium-light bodied and quickly moves to a sour tinge which drifts off to a sweet pumpkin pie softness at the end. The sourness is what kills the drinkability though.

Overall: The beer is really fantastic. It all boils down to personal opinion but the sourness just doesn't seem to fit with this beer. It doesn't ruin the beer but it adds a character that seems to detract from the overall experience. If they could nail it down and remove that character then the beer would be one of my go-to pumpkin beers. Even with that sourness the beer is very good and it seems to have found a kinship between pumpkin pie and bourbon. I would really recommend looking for this beer. I would buy it again.

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teromous from Virginia, Sep 25, 2016
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3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper colored with a significant amount of carbonation bubbles erupting from within. There's a fingernail of beige on top. Aggressive aroma of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon are present. I taste pumpkin pie spice and allspice on the front of the palate and then I get a hefty taste of the bourbon barrel sweetness at the back of the palate along with more pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg. The mouth is fairly dry and crisp. The 10% of alcohol sneaks up on you in this one.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Sep 24, 2016
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 573 ratings