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Kentucky Ale - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.58%


Brewed by:
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  5.34% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Master Brewers describe Kentucky Ale as a marriage between two classic beer styles, Irish Red Ale and English Pale Ale. Light amber in color, Kentucky Ale owes its unique body and character to select imported malts and a pinch of wheat malt for a rich, smooth taste. The unique body and character of Kentucky Ale is heavily influenced by the water, drawn from aquifers in the limestone rock underlying the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-19-2001)
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Retroman40

Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a light amber with a fleeting head that gives way to decent enough lacing.

S - Carmel and malts with some hop background.

T - Good malt flavor with a nice balanced hop follow on.

M - Very good with a nice carbonation level and a good finish.

O - For the style advertised this is a nice choice. Maybe I'm biased living so close to the brewer but I think I'd like this if it came from 1000 miles away.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 22:12:11 | More by Retroman40
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 3, 2014.

This has a nice looking light to medium amber pour, more bronze, with a modest and short-lasting white head. Good clarity.

Roasted caramel malts are immediate on the nose along with a a slight but earthy hop presence. Not a vibrant hop presence but enough to pick up something.

Light to medium body. But a bit of astringency.

Like the nose, I get a good caramel malt character in the flavor which stands strong for a moment as the earthy, clean hop finish kicks in. I found it be drinkable and likable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 22:01:36 | More by puboflyons
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Pegasus

Texas

3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy deep copper-colored body, with a small, somewhat coarse head, which persists fairly well. The lacing is thick and patchy, covering much of the glass wall. Carbonation is rather minimal.

Aroma: Mild toasted malt, some caramel, and restrained grassy hops comprise the aroma.

Taste: Opens with slight toasted malts and a fair portion of earthy English hops. As the taste progresses, there is a little caramel as well, although the hops dominate throughout. Finishes with a moderate burst of caramel and a lingering hop presence.

Mouth feel: Soft, fairly full, with modestly sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Though described as "a marriage of English Pale Ale and Irish Red Ale", Kentucky Ale seems more restrained than either of these. Its not bad, merely unremarkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 22:26:23 | More by Pegasus
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bigcat1408

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Described a cross between and English Pale and an Irish Red. For me I really taste the Irish Red. It is a little too light for me with not a great body. There is almost no after taste to enjoy. A buddy of mine picked some up at a world market in Cleveland, TN. If I were in a Kentucky city for a stopover I might enjoy a few cold ones and then move onto something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 00:08:22 | More by bigcat1408
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, purchased near brewery earlier this month, and served in a lager glass.

Clear, medium amber. Has an average size head with average retention, but both the visible carbonation and the feel suggest a rather high carbonation level.
Floral/earthy, modestly hoppy aroma is marred by a metallic tone and suggests a beer that is more bitter than this one. Actually, this has a decent sweet/bitter balance, albeit a bit sweet up front and bitter in the finish.
Medium body; crisp with a rather dry finish.

O: disappointing on counts of both aroma quality and weak flavor. A decent but not particularly attractive brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:44:18 | More by chinchill
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calluci

Kentucky

2.04/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I live in Louisville. I would like very much to see this one do well. But, watery,
unbalanced, messy mix of flavors....just far no joy in the anticipation
of opening a daily pour. I have the feeling that the aim was to introduce the Budweisier drinker to a micro brew. That's the kiss of death for me. I'm always on the lookout for a beer with a frugal price. Back to trader joe for old standby's. If I'm going to drink ale Fat Weasel is much better. I'm surprised that Ky Ale gets better marks than FW.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 18:06:14 | More by calluci
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer ranges from amber in the center of the glass to gold on the edges. A perfect pour gave me three inches of beige head the was even with the top of the glass. There are so many bubbles rising from the nucleation sites that the head actually rose above the top of the glass after a couple minutes.

S - In the aroma I smell some caramel, bread, and some floral accents. I even get some hints of vanilla.

T - As far as the taste goes I get some toasted malt with a dry finish. It kind of reminds me of rye.

M - Medium leaning towards full. I get a grainy feel on my tongue.

O - It pairs well with watching Justified.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 17:55:27 | More by buschbeer
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.99/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: clear golden amber body with red/brown tints here and there, one finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves a bubbly film coating the top of the body, some sticky lacing graces the sides of the glass

S: bready, malty, strong scent of caramel

T: sweet through the previously mentioned flavors, no aftertaste, dry finish

M: light, sessionable, carbonation is spot on

O: not a bad English pale ale and doesn't get that "soapiness" some English Pales do, those who are normally turned off by the "soapiness" from English Pales could be pleased with this one, I would have this again

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 17:52:44 | More by BeerKangaroo
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lostinfla

Florida

3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second product from Alltech. Love the Aged Bourbon version and thought I would give this a try.
Bottle into a Sam Adams glass.
Good amber color with a short golden head that lasted a bit.
Smelled very average, much like an adjunct lager with a little sweetness.
Taste was more on par with a Octoberfest Marzen beer than the Ammerican Ale flavor I expected.
More malty than an ale and a very moderate bite, with hints of Bourbon, much like their cask aged version.
I liked it, but not sure I would repeat it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 00:41:47 | More by lostinfla
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kentucky Ale is a hybrid ale between Pale Ale and Irish Red. The color is near half and half as red and pale create orange. The head was creamy but weak.

The scent goes towards both with weak hops and burnt malts. Tinges of barley and malt hold the nose but get lost quickly.

Again, the hybrid nature of this ale continues in taste. Burnt malts with light malt/hop flavor are unfortunately lost in a watery taste and feel.

I'm a huge fan of this ale for the price but also I'm a bit of a homer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 23:48:38 | More by KYGunner
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Wait, there's no barrel here? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild honey, milder biscuit, light apple, and a vague smattering of flowers. It's light and simple, but fairly pleasant regardless. The taste brings in more of the same, with that pesky apple character playing a larger role. It's this apple-ness that really detracts from the positives a bit too much for my tastes. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a nice little English-esque brew, one I could see being a mild-ish staple if I found myself in Kentucky, but that damn apple character doesn't endear the beer to me all that much.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 21:48:53 | More by TMoney2591
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

3.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown, red tints, completely translucent. Thin solid head.

S - yeast, bread

T - hints of a more complex ale, not strong, but subtle hints to that aged dubbels have. Somewhat dry, cheap american pale ale finish.

M - balanced carbonation, not an overwhelming mouthfeel

Overall, a great, cheap session beer! (I live in Kentucky, might be cheaper for me than most)

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:06:30 | More by TastyAdventure
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2013-01-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Yellow-amber with a huge 3.5-finger pillowy head that sticks around. Not a great pour as there wasn't much room left in the glass for the liquid.

S - Fresh-cut sweet and tart apple, mild yeast and a touch of grain.

T - Toasted white bread, nut, apple, touch of caramel. Mildly bitter with a little hop spice.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth.

O - Decent, not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:16:33 | More by Tucquan
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metter98

New York

3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down a bit and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors are a little more pronounced and have initial hints of sweetness and notes of mineral water and hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice smooth mouthfeel, although the taste seems a little bland.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 23:48:39 | More by metter98
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours amber with a thin off-white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet and malty with toasted grain and caramel dominating the nose, slightly earthy. Tastes match the aroma with more malty sweetness, toasted grain, bready, prickly, earthy, modest piny hop bite on the end. Feel is thin-medium and creamy. Overall, not too bad. I get the Irish Red, I get the EPA, but nothing ground shaking here. Well put together for what it is though. Not sure that I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:08:07 | More by barnzy78
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I might like this beer more if it didn't remind me of Magic Hat #9 on so many levels. But prejudice aside, it's smooth. Flavor profile is consistent. It's smooth. Perhaps I have cracked the secret recipe of the #9. Anyways. This is an easy drinking beer. Interesting mix of styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 01:27:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Shenanigan's in Lexington, KY into a tervis tumbler. I just moved, so I don't have all my glasses unpacked yet.

A: Reddish-amber brew, with a one-finger head that dissipates after a little. Little bit of a haze on it the whole way down. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Smells like an Irish-red, much more so than an English Pale Ale, so it's half right.

T: See smell. A mild Irish red, much more so than an English PA, which is fine with me.

M: Sits well, feels good.

O: A good beer that does Lexington well. Bourbon barrel ale is better, though, and more unique. So, if you're buying beer in Lexington, spend the extra dollar and get the bourbon beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 00:16:13 | More by beerme626
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured two bottles into a great big mug with nasty pointy teeth.

A: Bright, clear but unnatural-looking reddish-orange. Poured with only a couple of millimeters of white head which disappeared in seconds despite active carbonation. Lots of bubbles visible floating to the surface of this one, but still only a spotty film of white on top.

S: Cereal grain and hayfield.

T: Lightly nutty and subtly flavored. A bit of caramel and some corn and straw on the backend. Apple aftertaste had a faint rottenness to it.

M: Medium-bodied and foamy. Dry finish.

O: A combination English pale and Irish red? What would you even call this; a tan and even more tan? What does either country have to do with Kentucky? What is the capital of Assyria? Why, god, why!?

In conclusion, a pretty adequate beer with enough off notes to keep you from coming back. So here's to comrades near and far, so raise a glass, raise your voices.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:49:55 | More by DirtyPenny
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kentucky Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a clear, copper color, with a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of grain husks, some sweetness, and maybe some barley malt. Taste is malt forward and sweet, with a touch of caramel and very low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery and somewhat slick, and Kentucky Ale finishes semi-dry and very easy drinking. Overall, this is a laid back and enjoyable English-style ale.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 21:22:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-15-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

Clear, copper-colored beer with a white and creamy head of a finger and a half that sticks around nicely. Very good lacing in the glass.

Aromas are are primarily of malts, caramel and bready, pleasant and rounded out with smells of earthy hops.

Taste is a smooth and malty affair, with toffee and caramel notes with just a hint of bitterness. Tastes more like an Irish red ale then an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a high amount of carbonation. Body is in the light to medium range. The finish is smooth and easy drinking, with a light sweetness.

Overall a very enjoyable, simple ale. A nice casual go-to beer for the spring and summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 17:05:17 | More by sommersb
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lexington Brewing : Kentucky Ale

LOOK: Pours a bright crystal clear copper.

SMELL: Pale and Caramel malts, toffee, small hop.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee, spent grains, mild hop bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated.

OVERALL: An average session ale, not that theres anything wrong with that.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 21:20:55 | More by Stinkypuss
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a 1.5 finger off-white head. Pretty good head retention.

Aroma is fairly nutty with some caramel thrown in there. Some light floral hops are also detectable.

Taste is very caramel/nutty up front quickly transitioning into some biscuit. There are undertones of spicy/floral hops that also contribute a light bitterness. Beer is moderately sweet with a stick finish.

Overall I was somewhat impressed by this beer. Some good flavor but still light enough to have several of. I'll probably pick up some more of this.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 00:14:41 | More by rangerred
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber with a very slight haze. Half finger head is supported by obvious carbonation.

S- Very malt forward, sweet, nutty and biscuity. Little to no hop aroma noticed.

T- Caramelly malt with mild toasty, nutty notes. More biscuit character joins the middle before trailing off into the finish.

M- Fairly smooth even though the carbonation is a bit high.

O- Nothing really great, however it still manages to be a pleasantly drinkable beer. Not a bad choice for intoducing someone to craft beer either.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 11:47:42 | More by Pauly2X
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bacabuck

California

2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A decent replacement of a macro brew. This is only something that I ordered because I was in Lexington and wanted something local. Cincinnati has a rich history of micro brews, but something happens as you travel down I-75.

The first was okay. The second made me wish I had ordered something else.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 00:13:24 | More by bacabuck
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k1001001

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not quite as intricate as others with my reviews, but I will say I do recommend this beer. It is not the "best beer on earth," but certainly makes for a great regional brew. I used to live in Lexington, and have had this beer many times. I prefer it on draft in Lexington, but a bottle is fine as well. It is definitely a beer that is highly drinkable - one seems to lead to anther.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:00:50 | More by k1001001
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Kentucky Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.