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

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #220
ABV:
10%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,699
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 15.01%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
589
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Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
 
Kentucky, United States
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Stephenkerr from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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CHickman from New York

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Toccatanosferatu from South Carolina

5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
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ForAsh from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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Seanjohnhunt from California

4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 unquie in it's own. Not in my top 5 pumpkin beers but would buy again. If the pumpkin butter was turn up alittle more this one would top notch for sure.

Sep 20, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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PorterJohn from Virginia

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.

Oct 11, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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.

Oct 06, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

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.

Oct 03, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 28, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

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.

Sep 24, 2019
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Moriarty27 from Kentucky

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.

Sep 12, 2019
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AvengeTheRavel from Connecticut

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).

Aug 30, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

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.

Aug 19, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Jan 06, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

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.

Oct 27, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 16, 2018
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BrewMaven from New York

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?

Sep 09, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

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.

Feb 28, 2018
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Nass from Florida

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-

Feb 09, 2018
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 19, 2017
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Willvoll from Connecticut

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

Oct 12, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

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.

Sep 29, 2017
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 589 ratings