Kentucky Ale - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.33/5 rDev +1.2%
I scored a six-pack of this on my way home from Kentucky for Thanksgiving break from school. 12 oz. bottle with "bottled on" date of Sep. 10 2010, poured into a regular pint glass.
Appearance: A smooth pour yielded a thin one-finger eggshell colored head which disappeared very quickly to an outer rim of foam, leaving very little if any lacing. The beer itself is a very light amber/copper color, very close in appearance to most pale ales. To note, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is very similar in appearance. The overall appearance is average for its style, but its head retention and withering carbonation was a little bit of a letdown.
Aroma: Honestly, it smells like a regular pale ale... mostly. There are some sweet and earthy malts which smell kind of roasted but certainly not sweet enough to make one think of an Irish Red. The hops are also fairly standard and earthy with some zest to them, but the somewhat strange part about the aroma of the beer is its undertones of grains. Wheat, maybe? (That doesn't sound too out there for this beer.) Again, fairly standard "beer" smell with some of its own character in the grain undertones, but nothing too crazy.
Taste: Very crisp and refreshing at first, some very sweet malts hit the tongue initially. This is followed by a slightly spicy hop profile, but the beer finish is a weird blend of caramel malts and and the mentioned grain overtones. I guess if I had to sum it up, the fusion of the two flavors goes in linear fashion: The crispness and freshness - particularly the hop profile - of the English Pale Ale comes first and is followed by the slightly roasted character of the Irish Red and the sweetness in the finish. The beer is balanced, but the fusion of the two flavors can be disconcerting; it makes one wish that the beer would do one or the other, considering that the flavor profile of each is slightly watered down: It's like a mix of Killian's and a standard - but not spectacular - EPA.
Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and slick, though the carbonation at first can mask some of the flavor. Very dry and crisp finish.
Drinkability: This a fairly balanced and simple beer; I can see it going with just about anything as far as food goes. While not spectacular on its own, this beer may serve as my local go-to brew for its consistency and its originality. A big step above many macro-brews, and a drink like this is probably a good crossover beer for macro drinkers.
11-24-2010 05:11:53 | More by Groomsy
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3.8/5 rDev +15.5%
12 oz bottle pours a clear, orange amber body. Skimpy offwhite head falls flat in a few seconds and leaves very minimal lacing.
Aroma is subdued, with caramel malt, a hint of floral hops, and some fresh baked bread.
Mouthfeel features medium carbonation and reveals a light to medium body.
I love the taste of this, although there is really nothing stellar to speak of. Seems like pale malt, some buttery notes, fresh baked bread, and a restrained use of floral hops. Very smooth and pleasantly drinkable. Reminds me of a fresh Bass Pale Ale. This would be an ideal session ale.
04-28-2004 00:58:35 | More by merlin48
3.75/5 rDev +14%
Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one of many fine brews...I really need to get to drinking more of them soon :)
Served just slightly chilled and poured into my newly acquired Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter (thanks again Kev). Pours a nice bright copper color w/ very little bright white head...what forms disappears quite rapidly.
Nice aromas from this one...vanilla, caramel, and sweet malt.
The taste is very mellow, but quite enjoyable...not a lot of distinct characteristics jumping out at me. Mouthfeel is somewhat thicker than what I was expecting...a tad buttery. It is somewhat bitter in the finish and the carbonation really contributes to its drinkability.
I would really enjoy this one on tap.
Really glad I was given the chance to try this brew...a solid offering and my first from the Lexington BC.
06-23-2005 00:08:32 | More by warriorsoul
3.05/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass
Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, gold in color, clear
Smell: caramel and grass
Taste: grass, caramel malt, and light floral hops
Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation and light body
Overall: Not a bad beer, but nothing that really stands out either. An easy drinking potentially sessionable beer, but there are several others in the style I would go to a lot quicker.
06-07-2011 18:26:54 | More by tigg924
3.25/5 rDev -1.2%
Pours a translucent gold with a two finger whiteish head. Little retention or lacing.
Smells slightly of caramel with a little citrus coming through.
Tastes like an average pale ale. Nicely toasty/buttery up front with the pale malts doing the talking. Perhaps a little underhopped as the end just kind of fades off without any real character.
Mouthfeel is moderate. Carbonaton is acceptable.
It's ok, but so are a thousand other pale ales.
04-12-2004 00:22:15 | More by yankeeheel
2.28/5 rDev -30.7%
Acquired from Sheepnutz on a trade, first Kentucky brew. Appearance: Very soid amber tone with a fluffy but creamy textured caramel tan head nice, leaving specks of lace and sports good head retention. Seems to be a flagship pale ale from Lexington Brewing Co. Aroma: Fruity undertones with a nice solid caramel malt characteristic and finishing hops are apparent as well definitely immaculate in balance. Taste: Grainy sweet flavors with some hop bitterness splashing at the palate but not overdoing anything some buttery characteristics from the malts used nothing spectacular but painstakingly solid can't say anything bad about this beer. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body crisp smooth and decently complex. Drinkability: Nice quality lawnmower pale ale, seems English in inspiration not as edgy as some American style pale ales, but nice thanks Ryan.
Appearance is a deep golden completely see through nice sized white head large bubbled carbonation, lacing is intricate and nice. Aroma is slightly metallic, semi sweet watery malt profile. A bit grassy and herbal in the nose with a subtle sweetness, very reserved overall. Flavor has a sour twang that just isn't working again light herbal hops maybe some prickly citric notes coming through just barely. Again watered down malt profile leaves a grainy cereal sludge with minimal sweetness, just a poorly made beer. Very different experience than I had years ago before this became the official beer of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Mouthfeel is heavy with carbonation and watery in body, leaves a slight metallic note in the finihs of each sip, whta's going on. Drinkability overall, this beer is so forgettable it's really not worth another shot, let's move on to the Bourbon Ale I've never had or seen that one yet.
01-31-2004 17:31:15 | More by WVbeergeek
2.99/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
08-26-2013 23:44:18 | More by chinchill
3.45/5 rDev +4.9%
Had this courtesy of some friends in South Georgia.
Pours an amber copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of sweet caramel malts with herbal hops.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and carry through until the mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with subtle carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass, though I'm not terribly excited about another.
Overall this is a decent EIPA, though it's nothing to write home about.
04-13-2009 19:11:37 | More by glid02
2.98/5 rDev -9.4%
Thanks to Grafter for this extra.
12oz. brown bottle poured into an SA pint.
A: Pours a light amber with good clarity. Maybe a finger worth of fizzy white head forms and follows to a fizzy skim for a minute before it's gone. No lacing.
S: Light grassy hops, light 'fieldy' aroma. A touch of sweet malts. Hardly getting anything. After warming further a very noticeable sweet raw grain, maybe even sweet corn, comes out. Not diggin' that.
T/M: Very light bitterness. Some of the grassy and floral hops. A very small touch of peppery spice that is here and gone extremely fast. Sweet malts with a faint bran character more than balances. The body is medium light, very smooth, and with a crisp finish. No lingering bitterness.
D: Extremely quaffable. Maybe a good lawn mower beer but just not interesting enough beyond that. Thanks for the bottle, Jonathan :)
01-27-2009 02:03:59 | More by pwoods
3.18/5 rDev -3.3%
The color is a very pale amber, basically yellow-orange. A white head has fair retention but leaves little of itself behind in the form of lacing.
The nose is a little malty, a little earthy, and mildly sweet with a seemingly fruit presence. There a musty grains note underlying. It's pretty underwhelming.
I've rarely had as much difficulty describing a beer's flavor profile as I do with this one. Mild, with very little hops or malt presence at all but a sweetness and earthiness that combines for an odd funk make up the basis. There's an odd flavor in the aftertaste as well.
This beer is light-bodied, somewhat crisp but not exceedingly smooth.
I don't see this as being a good representative of the EPA.
06-15-2010 20:37:04 | More by Brenden
2.83/5 rDev -14%
12oz bottle, acquired as an extra via a trade with BA user "beerchitect"...served in a pint glass
A - thin layer of loose bright white foam. crystal clear, light golden colored liquid...
S - some light grassy hops, touch of honey covered biscuit underneath...hard to detect
T - very little hops in here, slightly noticeable grassy-ness. mostly some stale dough and biscuit. very minor bittering at the end.
M - good lively carbonation, not overdone. slick but thin body.
D - not sure about this one. not an awful beer, just certainly nothing special. might be a good gateway beer.
02-01-2010 02:40:15 | More by Stigs
Kentucky Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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