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

Kentucky AleKentucky Ale

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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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Groomsy

Kentucky

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 05:11:53 | More by Groomsy
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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.

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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.

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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.

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