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

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272 Ratings
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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by Retroman40:
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Retroman40

Kentucky

3.61/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +14%

08-15-2012 05:29:28 | More by danthehopslamman
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merlin48

Kentucky

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
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

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
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-16-2013 04:23:36 | More by Guinnsslvr
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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donunrue

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-20-2012 05:36:58 | More by donunrue
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-02-2012 08:33:54 | More by standardcherry
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fionn13

Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-17-2013 20:11:40 | More by fionn13
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-01-2013 02:57:53 | More by Cynic-ale
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yankeeheel

Maine

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
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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.

Update: 2/28/10

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
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chinchill

South Carolina

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
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carrie01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +21.6%

01-22-2012 03:48:34 | More by carrie01
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glid02

Georgia

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
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-08-2012 19:39:32 | More by richkrull
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pwoods

Ohio

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
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.5/5  rDev -24%

08-21-2014 19:00:39 | More by LXIXME
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Brenden

Ohio

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
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lcdawg

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-27-2014 03:49:15 | More by lcdawg
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mrjonesezn


4/5  rDev +21.6%

10-16-2012 00:46:27 | More by mrjonesezn
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javlin624

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

12-17-2013 01:41:45 | More by javlin624
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BDeHart

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

08-11-2014 21:45:28 | More by BDeHart
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

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
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-12-2014 04:24:57 | More by BamfBacon
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Kentucky Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 272 ratings.