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

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Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BEERchitect on 09-07-2013

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Ratings: 507 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of fisherbray
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Roby923
4.41/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of T_Hass
2.12/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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 freewill35
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwbetts
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Griphon
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Myotus
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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 duvel1979
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of teromous
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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 Dactrius
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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 ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sposter4
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3.62/5  rDev -4%
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 fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 WDJersey
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrWonka
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 enelson
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.
3.77 out of 5 based on 507 ratings.
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