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

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel AleKentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #201
Ranked #34,350
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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Reviews by Jade:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Jade from Ohio, Sep 21, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There's something about the standard Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale that's bourbon sweetened with high caramel, wood, vanilla, pepper and subtle fruit. But somehow it seems lacking. Its near praline-type taste makes it ideally suited for rich pumpkin taste and a pie-like decoration of spice to swirl about its periphery. What a great introduction to Fall!

Its appearance is spot-on the regular bourbon aged ale- bright copper with nary a hint of haze. Its crystal clarity allows for tawny golden highlights to gleam. Well headed with a dense, cottony sheet of foam that retains the session even after receding to a thin veil half way through. Light speckled lace decorates the snifter, if only for a fleeting moment.

Sweet caramel, cashew and that praline sweet scent kicks things off. But a quick rise of those unmistakable pumpkin pie spices entice the nose with cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. The sweetness and spices are pulled together with a blanket of gentlemanly bourbon booziness. The charred wood, spicy alcohol and calming vanilla scent is the ideal intangibles that makes the nose so captivating.

And to taste, its the emulation of pumpkin pie that really takes hold- in dessert-life fashion, the caramelized sugars, pumpkin fluff starchiness and soft, buttery nutty flavors that round into a creamy-sweet early palate. Where the standard ale relies solely on wood spices and alcohol for balance, here we get a sharply spiced aid from the spice rack- that blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice work in equal parts and give the beer a creamy dryness to finish.

Again, the beer's texture is creamy and light, like meringue with pumpkin flavor. Supportive sweetness and embedded carbonation keeps the beer sweet and soft through the middle and well into finish. That's when the caramel linger is met with light spice astringency and a powdery wood finish. Bourbon warmth slices right through the malt and warms the throat in its long, sweet finish.

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale is a warm welcome to the palates of Central Kentucky and beyond. Where it shies away from the over-the-top intensity of other high gravity pumpkin ales, it has a subdued palate and profile that makes it highly drinkable compared to its high alcohol content. Dangerous from sip to finish!

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Sep 07, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
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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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Nov 14, 2015
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4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV

A - Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale pours a warm honey golden color that shines with vibrant clarity, briefly topped by a white head that conservatively dots the snifter in lace.

S - Hints of bourbon barrel peek through the veil of roasted pumpkin and a melange of allspice, nutmeg, and a pinch of cinnamon, gently imparting a dribble of vanilla to the warm, inviting aroma. Bourbon notes wonderfully compliment the seasonally rich nose but leave any trace of booziness behind.

T - Sticky caramel cube and brittle toffee flavors develop wonderfully behind the buoyant fall attributes of pumpkin and spice while smooth bourbon barrel lends relaxed vanilla warmth and undertones of uncharred oak stave.

M - This barrel-aged pumpkin is much lighter than anticipated but quite smooth and punctuated with the perfect level of carbonation and alcohol warmth, which catches up with your stomach quite quickly though boozy it is not.

O - A beautifully barrel-aged pumpkin beer, this light and drinkable brew might actually be too drinkable, slyly inserting high alcohol into it's smooth lighter body and soft, warming finish. The pumpkin isn't over the top either, so if you're looking for something that's not pie in a glass, this one is for you.

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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin, Oct 08, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

impressive beer right here. i went through all the pumpkins left in the fridge last night, and this was by far the most enjoyable of the beers i had. it has a pale golden color, really light for a pumpkin beer. a nice white head with great clarity and sparkle and a wonderful nose of oaky bourbon barrels, very gentle spice, and a unique sweetness. the taste profile is very well refined, so much going on here but not dominant spice or gross overripe pumpkin flesh, its all perfectly put together. my girlfriend tasted carrot cake and frosting, and upin close examination, i had to agree with her. this has a light and delicate pumpkin side, and a delicate sweetness with just enough baking spice. the oak adds a lot, vanilla and smoothness to the whole thing. one of the lighter pumpkin ales in color and flavor that ive had, and also one of the best hidden alcohol strengths in the beer world. my first beer from these guys is very impressive, great use of spice and barrel. im going to have to get a whole lot more of these next fall.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
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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fredmugs from Indiana, Sep 13, 2015
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

KMcGrath from Massachusetts, Dec 04, 2018
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crow from Illinois, Oct 31, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Johncnh from New Hampshire, Oct 18, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Keith27614 from North Carolina, Sep 24, 2017
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

GetTheYayo from Pennsylvania, Sep 21, 2014
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3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

MustyDusty from Illinois, Dec 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

A - Pours a light amber with a half a finger of white head.

S - A lot going on here. Clove, allspice, nutmeg and light pumpkin. Really nice here.

T - It has some clove, spice, light pumpkin, a little bourbon and alcohol.

M - A little too much carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

O - A good pumpkin beer. Stock up! Cheers!

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3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BeerBob44 from New York, Oct 05, 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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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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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MrWonka from Maryland, Aug 19, 2016
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3.58/5  rDev -4%
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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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

drinking12many from West Virginia, Sep 24, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bb-magic from Florida, Oct 07, 2016
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

MrBoh from Maryland, Sep 20, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin, Oct 23, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Thedrizzle from Florida, Sep 29, 2013
Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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