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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BEERchitect on 09-07-2013

BEER STATS
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81
Ratings:
504
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
37.77%
 
 
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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Photo of Myotus
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of teromous
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of Franziskaner
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Pumpkin ever and was pleasantly surprised by the lite and crisp taste , which was refreshing.
Nothing at all like I expected !
No boozing ss at 10% at all on my opinion .
I like heavy brews, so for me to give such a favorable review says something.
I say give it a try like I did :)

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured an orange body with little head and no lace. Boozy, medicinal vibe with pumpkin in the aroma. Like the artificial pumpkin sweetness flavor but too boozy and watery for me so worth trying but not a big hit with me.

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Photo of MrWonka
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying this, and I can already tell that I am going to need to do a re-review. Though I have no problem whatsoever drinking various pumpkin ales at this point in the year, this one in particular (and again, let it be noted that this is literally the first time I have ever tried this pumpkin ale) seems to need a little more aging before cracking open the bottle. Its not that it doesn't taste good now, I just believe its potential will be reached in about a month from now. Love the carbonation in this beer, very consistent. Don't receive much bourbon on the smell, but when you taste the beer after its warmed up you can taste the bourbon for sure. Heck, besides this beer, Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin (which is a bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale), and Pump(KY)n, I do not know of any other bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ales, and Pump(KY)n by Avery brewing I have not yet had. So, long story short, if you happen to come across a 4-pack of this beer at a local or random liquor store, by gosh by golly people do not hesitate to pay the hefty price. Yes, when the cashier rings up the item your eyes are going to light up as if you'd just seen a UFO, but please understand it is worth it. If you see it/find it, but it. Period.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber color with off-white head. Pumpkin pie spice, bourbon, vanilla and oak on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with much of the same, maybe a little sweetness on the finish. Pretty much the same beer beginning to finish.

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very nice bourbon pumpkin flavor. Never had a whiskey barrel aged pumpkin ale. I have said numerous times I enjoy pumpkin, this will get you pretty buzzed. I am not sure this is an accurate assessment since I have been "reviewing" Oktoberfest beers such as Samuel Adams and Brooklyn brewery Oktoberfest. I can say this definitely is a unique ale.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent copper color with a modest head of frothy, off-white suds. Mild aroma smells of pumpkin, toffee, and traces of noble hops.

The taste features plenty of alcohol, along with small doses of pumpkin and caramel. A slightly buttery bourbon flavor lurks beneath the booze as well, while corn makes a surprising appearance on the back end. Spicing is very mild (for a change)--trace amounts of nutmeg are as much as I can surmise. Medium-light body and fine carbonation produce a semi-creamy mouthfeel that could use a shade more substance.

Overall, this is certainly the booziest pumpkin ale I’ve come across. It pulls off the barrel-aged bent in the most draconian sense, perhaps to the neglect of the more traditional elements. While interesting to experience, this isn’t a pumpkin ale I would gravitate toward.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: November 13, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... OCCASION: Friday night in--a good feeling on a cold, wet night... APPEARANCE: a beautiful amber orange body with translucence revealing balanced bubbles throughout; slightly creamy, slightly soapy white head that holds reasonably well... AROMA: cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin, and some vanilla; definite alcohol heat.... PALATE: warming, full-bodied and resilient in its finish; with the considerable ABV, this is a victory... TASTE: goodness, the bourbon--a strong, confident impact that rounds with a flowery hop aspect--the aspects of caramel are considerable, and the vanilla is pleasant; the spices are equally dominant and ambitious; this basically takes a nice whiskey and adds a more drinkable nuance to the profile... OVERALL: this could be lethal, with the ABV is subtle as the flavor is robust; far and away the best pumpkin I've had this season, with the sipability factor on high...

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Photo of Slack
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden to pale amber in color with no head and minimal lacing.

Aroma of malt, cinnamon, clove, and mild bourbon.

Taste is malt. cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar sweetness. Booze comes out as it warms on the back end.

Mouthful is medium with medium to low carbonation. Finish is cloying and sweet.

A nice pumpkin beer but not too much on the bourbon or barrel. Hardly any noticeable booze. Otherwise very easy to drink.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/25/2015 at Stevie D’s, in Cumberland, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of pumpkin, bourbon and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is one of the better pumpkin beers that I’ve had.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Definitely not the pumpkin beer for me. You do taste the bourbon and a bit of pumpkin, but very little pumpkin spice. Overall, this beer was just a bit too sweet and malty for me, which I typically find with many barrel aged beers with higher ABV.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

it's very pumpkiny like most beers of the same style, which i guess you're either a fan of or your'e not and i fall in the latter one. 10% ABV i'll always enjoy though no matter the taste.

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Photo of schwansmantr
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look- honey golden color with little to know head.

smell - Bourbon dominates the smell with hints of ginger or nutmeg

Taste- Bourbon dominates but you do get hints of Allspice,Ginger and nutmeg and maybe some vanilla

feel- is very surprisingly light with little on the tongue .

overall- A beautifully barrel-aged pumpkin beer, this light and drinkable brew might actually be too drinkable and could find many in trouble soon. The pumpkin isn't over the top either, so if you're looking for something that's not pie in a glass but bourbon , this one is for you. B+ if your a bourbon lover get some in fact run to the store I expecially think you'll love it.

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Photo of mermeen
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

At first all I could taste was the bourbon, but after a few sips the pumpkin flavor really came through. To be honest, I was a little disappointed as I very much anticipated the pumpkin flavor, but as I am approaching the second half of my beer, I rejoice at the fact that the wonderful pumpkin flavor is revealing itself in all its Halloween glory. The setback though is that I am yeeeearning for another one but given that toady is a weekday perhaps the consumption of a second 10% beer would be inadvisable

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Photo of jhartley
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

oured from a 12 oz.bottle into a Cuvee tulip glass no bottled on or best by date visible on the label or bottle., thin
Golden orange body with a finger's worth of head; dissipated quickly.
Smells promising! Pumpkin pie spices, bourbon, vanilla, burnt sugar.
First sip...very nice! Vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, plenty of bourbon and oak, maybe even a little marshmallow.
Feel is nice light; plenty of spice and bourbon to it; just not a heavy beer. No hint of the 10% abv at all, with such a light body feel this drinks really easy.
Overall, this is a tasty beer; the bourbon barrel added a nice extra hit of vanilla and flavor to the pumpkin spices. A nice balance of spices with with bourbon; one doesn't overpower the other and compliments the other quite well.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear medium-deep amber, producing only 1.5 fingers of beige, foamy but shortlived head that leaves little more than a collar ring of lace. Aroma is heavy with sweet caramel malts, pumpkin pie spices, a little pumpkin, wood & alcohol. The spices are not so overwhelming that the more subtle aromas are completely subdued as is the case with some pumpkin ales. Taste is malt & bourbon barrel heavy; boozy & malty sweet, cinnamon, ginger & other pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin, wood & alcohol are present throughout the sip. There is a bitterness in the finish (not sure if it is from the hops or alcohol) that bleeds over into the sweet & boozy, cinnamon/ginger aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, chewy & syrupy with a slight prickle. As with many higher ABV beers the alcohol prominence increases as the brew warms.

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Photo of SM00TH_H0PERAT0R
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very flavorful beer with a great smell. You can instantly taste the cinnamon, nutmeg and, possibly, some ginger in addition to the pumpkin. It does not give that warm feeling in the nose and mouth that I would expect from a barrel aged beer. It could be that I am used to coffee flavored ales and the spices in this style overpowered that sensation. Overall, this is an excellent beer; however, I would recommend the Wayerbacher Imperial Pumkin Ale over this one which will likely be on the same shelf, if you are going for a Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of John53189
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass, , clear Amber color, one inch head.
A really nice barrel aged pumpkin. Not too sweet and spicy, and great bourbon barrel flavor. Well balanced for the 10% abv.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I can't ding this beer for its beautiful copper color. I can ding the fairly weak nose, though it does bring some decent notes of pumpkin spices and bourbon barrel. While the flavor also seems a touch dinky, the vanilla from the bourbon barrels balances the pumpkin notes well. The finish is faintly warming yet not overdone. It's easygoing for a barrel-aged beer...perhaps even too easygoing. Fairly dull, but a good introductory BBA beer for pumpkin spice latte lovers. I haven't found a single pumpkin beer I really disliked this year - I need to step things up!

3.17/5: Not very interesting, but very beginner-friendly

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Photo of fredmugs
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Zero barrel on the nose or palate. As far as pumpkin beers this is decent but when you advertise it as barrel aged and it's not this beer fails. Most other offerings from Alltech have huge barrel characteristics.

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Photo of Beermeow
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had been hearing really good things about this guy and would say most of it held up. A great looking beer that smells Devine. The taste is also really good. My one criticism is that it is BOOZY, and it should be at 10%. It's almost like its warning you.

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