Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale. I picked up this bottle at Lonestar Beverages (here) in Carrollton, TX.
From the Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company website: “Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale – A barrel-aged ale brewed with Kentucky-sourced pumpkin, richly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. As the ale is aged in fresh bourbon barrels, the sweetness of caramel and vanilla are imparted upon the brew and complement its spicier base. At 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), this robust, limited release seasonal makes for a flavorful sipping beer to slowly warm up with as the weather cools.
Launched in Fall 2013, Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale was the first beer in the barrel-aged seasonal program and returned in Fall 2014.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a clear golden honey color with a thin bone colored head and good lacing.
Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, bourbon, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla and a slight scent of pumpkin.
Taste: Bourbon is upfront with caramel malt followed by vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, oak and slight pumpkin flavor.
Overall: I am a BIG fan of Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale and wish I had brought more home with me. This 10% ABV offering drinks much lighter than the ABV and is a masterfully balanced barrel aged Ale. I highly recommend this for fans of the style.
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