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

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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-19-2001

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.
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Ratings: 321 | Reviews: 131
Reviews by aracauna:
Photo of aracauna
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper body with a white head. Faint hops are pretty much all I’m getting in the nose. It’s a dry beer with fairly little malt in there. Some grassy hops is all there is of the flavor. This is pretty bland and pretty much a dissappointment, although I wasn’t really expecting much from a brewery that makes nothing but an "ale" and a "light."

More User Reviews:
Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of yankeeheel
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.33/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pwoods
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 :)

Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Stigs
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Retroman40
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive transparent amber. Nice head that quickly dissipates with no lace.
Flavor is malty and sweet, hinting at honey and biscuit, with no detectable hops presence.
Not terrible, and a nice, light brew. However, this one's got no complexity or any trace of a unique flavor profile. Very average, any way you cut it. I wouldn't buy one of these again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dense rocky head. Deep amber hue showing a zesty carbonation through lines of tiny bubbles. A really nice appearance. The aroma is sweetly malty with a slight bit of hop. The flavor is of fruity, delicate malt lightly backed by hops. Light to medium in body. Not astonishingly different from a standard pale ale, but very unique in its own way which keeps me going back for more. A very drinkable beer.

Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, from kmpitz2

appearance: pours a pale golden/straw, a decent sized white head, clear and pale

smell: malty, caramel, somewhat odd smelling. aromas are almost buttery, nutty, sweet and fruity

taste: caramel malt, dry hops, buttery biscuit taste, sweet fruit, mostly apple. This serves as the base for the bourbon barrel ale, which is a bit more enjoyable

mouthfeel: medium body

Photo of calluci
2.08/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

Photo of mdunman
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber ale with a decent head but not much linger

S: Light maltiness and some light hops

T: Lights maltiness with some barely noticeable spices and then a decently dry finish

M: Medium body, good enough carbonation

Overall, it was a good beer. A cut above BMC, but nothing special by any means.

Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden-amber in hue, no animation. A foamy white head of a finger in height topped off the beer; the head retention was very good, it slowly faded before gently resting as a tight cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and insignificant. Still the appearance of this beer was decent. The nose doesn’t say much. All I get is an impression that this is an ale because there is very vague fruitiness. The hops contribute minimal aromas, maybe a kiss of citrus. Little more. There are some notes of grain and a hint of caramel maltiness. The potency is weak. The bouquet is not inviting but not offensive either, in other words it is apathetic. The palate vaguely falls into what I would call a Pale Ale. It obviously lays closer to the English versions than a hoppy-ass American adaptations. I am always happy to quaff a good EPA, is this one of them? The bitterness is odd, it is not very bright and it seems very wide yet swallow. And largely flavorless, a faint kiss of citrus. This works in combination with yeast fruitiness, which is also faint. The grainy, caramel malt flavors easily penetrate the hops, which kind of muddles the taste especially in the middle and finish. The malt isn’t tasty like an English Pale Ale, it is boring like an American but without the bold hoppiness the palate comes off dull. Lazy aftertaste, nothing tries to standout. This is far from a bad beer; honestly it doesn’t taste much of anything. Nothing is very distinct and the muddled flavors do little for me. Medium in body, low carbonation but not low enough to be bothersome, the mouthfeel is passable. It is drinkable; I think this is little more than lawnmower beer. So there is a time and a place for Kentucky Ale. Thanks SheepNutz!

Photo of nortmand
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz for the sample.

Brilliant amber-red pour with a half finger of whitish head. Foam dies down, leaving flocculative wisps on the surface of the beer.

Berry citrus nose. Malty. A minor tint of something oak-like way in the background. Maybe that's the influence of the bourbon soaked Kentucky populace.

Sweet and malty up front. Ends with a slightly sour bitterness. Dextriny mid-tongue after the bitterness subsides. Leaves an airy graininess in the mouth. Strange aftertastes- stale tea?

Rounded mouthfeel, not overcarbonated. Quite nice, very drinkable.

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit weak, some light malts. Taste is well balanced. Hops and a mild bitterness up front, malts at the finish, some hints of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and easy drinking beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of oracle
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Beer poured a light amber with no significant head.

I've had this on tap and thought it tasted nothing like an APA, so I thought I'd try the bottle to see if something was wrong with that keg.

Nope no significant difference. Mostly malt and sweet carmel. Few if any hops. I like the beer, but it's not an APA

Photo of jacobseyb
3.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my great Wife for bringing this one back with her from a trip to Lexington. Nice deeper amber color with a slight off white head. Aroma is gentle with caramel malts leading the way and some hoppy bitterness following, faintly piney. Taste is much the same with a generally good balance of sweet and bitter. Feel is very smooth, and has some slight oilyness on the finish. Overall a good beer, though not the best in the style.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.17/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.34% ABV, May 14 10 smeared on the neck.

Thanks to BEERchitect for another local Kentucky brew!

A - Great clarity allows this golden pale ale's strong carbonation to be seen. A low one-finger tall white head has moderate retention with some nice lace left on the glass.

S - Dry light grains are overwhelmed by a vegetal cooked corn aroma that's pretty prominent and off-putting. Biscuity pale malts and mild hops don't really shine through well.

T - This ale's flavor mirrors that of the aroma with a biscuity pale malt and dry graininess that's largely overshadowed by a cooked corn vegetal flavor. The finish is fairly off-putting as well.

M - Smooth and soft entry leads to a creamy medium-light body and a gross sweet vegetable lingering finish.

D - Time for a drain visit. This isn't pleasing at all. The flavor is off and makes me shy away from each sip for the review. I don't understand why this beer would even be a good candidate for barrel aging. Makes no sense.

As far as the date on the neck goes, I'm not sure if that's best by or produced on, but I'd imagine it's the latter. I don't think BEERchitect would send me spoiled brew.

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Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.