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

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Kentucky AleKentucky Ale

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 332
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 27.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of brewski09
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a big surprise to me, but this was a fantastic beer.

A - Light brown and clear in the glass. The head was about 1cm thick and remained throughout, even though it was very thin after the first few minutes.

S - I picked up a lot of malt character on the nose, followed by a vanilla and a tiny bit of leather. I began to think it was aged in oak or with oak chips.

T - I definitely picked up some light oaking here. If not, I need to know their tricks to get the rich flavor from this. A lot of vanilla and strong malts. Hop bitterness was in the background and balanced perfectly. The hops were not meant to be the star here, and they played the supporting role perfectly.

M - Surprisingly silky and thick. There was a creamy consistency to it as well.

D - I finished the first one so quickly, I wished I had a second. I will definitely pick up more of this one. I usually put in comments about when the beer warms up, but I didn't get to it on this one because it was gone so quickly!

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Photo of k1001001
4.16/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of chugamugofsud
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kentucky ale is brewed here in Lexington and I have had it both on tap and in the bottle. It is frequently offered for 2 bucks a pint at Pazzo's and is a great deal at that price. The ale pours as a slightly darker/amber lager, it's a combination of the lager and scottish ale styles actually. When served cold, the beer will have a medium frothy head and will have a slight fruit smell to the top of it. The taste is very solid for a lager, not tasting too bitter nor getting overpoweringly sweet. This beer is great for drinking several of, very easy to get down and recommended for the price.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle courtesy of kmpitz2.
Pouring into a pint glass at room temp.
The beer pours a clear deep gold color with minimal off white fizzy head foaming up and fading to nothing very quickly.
Aroma is grainy, husky malt and a bit of fruit (apples) also a bit of caramel. Pretty nice nose!
First sip reveals an average body with minimal carb that barely makes its presence known. The beer is very easy to drink and fairly lite. The flavor is pretty sweet with caramel and some graininess. There is just a hint of hops in the middle but the finish moves back to malt and caramel which does linger just a bit.

I think it would make a great session beer, as it has interesting flavor and is not very heavy on the belly or booze.
A pretty tasty beer that is well crafted and drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice ale, with a good balance of hops and malt, with a slightly floral hops at the finish. Limited distribution area, but a good ale if you can find it.

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Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint on-tap at the Amerigo restaurant in eastern Louisville.

The ale arrived with a creamy white head with some lacing on the glass. The color was a deep golden, clear copper much like a Bass ale.

The smell was dominated by sweet maltiness with no domestic hop aroma; this is definately an English style pale ale.

True to the style, the initial taste is a well rounded sweet malt with subtle flavors of hops. The freshness and crispness of the flavor keep this one from becoming cloying. Given some the low scores I reviewed here, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and body of this ale.

This ale is medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

Overall, I consider this ale better than the local rival's American pale ale brewed by Bluegrass Brewing company. I have seen this ale many times in the local liquor stores but always picked up something else. If it is similar in taste as the version on tap, I may purchase a six pack now and then. With the low ABV and refreshing flavor this could be a classic English session ale.

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Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden dark yellow in color with a firm off-white head about a finger high with some looser bubbles staying present, fades slowly to nothing, lace in fast drippings that don't stick. Aroma has a fairly nice malty sweetness with a great breadish tone of sourdough, nice and fresh with just a touch of grassy/citrusy hops. Taste is more of the same with a nice malt load, good bready sweetness of bagel dough with some nuttyness upfront and into the midway, light hops dot the finish which lingers of some sticky sweet malts and slight crispness. Good smooth medium body, clean, light creamyness ventures well as it warms, very nice drinker at that stage, sure its not as hoppy as most Pale Ales but for some reason that didn't bother me with this one. Its quite nice. Thanks to Brent for the KY sample pack of bottles!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-peach color. Some head and OK lacing.

American hops on the nose, I believe.

Taste: fruity characteristic but not sure from what. Types of hops? Yeast esters? Either way, pleasant and in a good proportion.

A solid and drinkable beer. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice peach and straw color with a smooth egg-shell white film of a head that left a little lace behind.

Smells of dry peaches, a crisp lemon and a dry birch bark hops.

Tastes of popcorn, sweet dehydrated peaches and a dry ashy and woody hop that lingers on. This picks up some sweeter herbal elements in the finish along with a little lemon zest.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation and it managed to come across a little bit sticky.

I admire the simplicity of this one and the flavors that it accomplishes.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of kmpitz2

Pours a deep orange with a small, but well defined white head. Retention is a bit lacking, but collar and lacing are okay.
Smell is sweet caramel malts, some biscuity aromas, definite fruitiness, and just a whiff of hops.
Taste is pretty well like the smell. Hops are turned up much higher in the flavor but are somewhat overtaken by the sweetness of the beer. Still very good for an EPA.
Carbonation is nice, and mouthfeel overall is good.
Overall, a very easily drinkable English Pale. I could see myself having a 6er of this in my fridge at all times if I lived in Kentucky.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried to avoid this beer, not because I thought it would be bad, but because I thought it would be hard to rate it with an open mind. It's a home state brew after all. But when my dad bought me a six pack I just had to rate it, so here we go.

The pour was a dark yellow almost bordering on light copper with a good two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a nice white lace on top of the beer that held on throughout the drink.

The smell was a sweet fruit mixed with a slight hop spice and a hidden ale skunk in the rear of the nose.

The drink stated with a sweet, unexpected element, that was very hard to put my finger on. The middle was very light and watery. The finish was a slight hop spice mixed with sweet fruity flavors.

This was, to say the least, a very refreshing beer. Like I said I tried to walk into this one with an open unbiased mind and I really think I did it. This was a good beer that is worth a try, don't avoid it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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.


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Photo of KeefD
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this in copious amount sin college, as I lived in Lexington and it was usually $2 or less at the bar. Just picked up a sixer on a weekend excursion to Kentucky. Poured a nice amber color, with inch worth of foam that slowly faded leaving behind little lace. Sweet smelling on the nose, with hints of fruit. Nice caramel malt use in the taste, hints of noble hops in the background, very malty and sweet. Refreshing, easy to drink quite a few of these in one sitting. Not as good as it bourbon-barrel aged big brother, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of nortmand
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't realize that I hadn't reviewed this out of the bottle yet. Pours a copper color with a medium white head that doesn't stay around too long. The aroma is malty and full of caramel notes. Not much hop to be found. The flavor is much the same. Quite sweet and malty with caramel being the main flavor. Body is good and the drinkability is good. It's actually a mixture between two different styles (having talked to the brewer about it), neither of which is an APA ... so the style is wrong here on BA. But it's a nice session beer.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being from Kentuuuucky, I'm relatively excited to see what the folks at Kentucky Ale have to offer. Doesn't look too promising...a very wimpy and unimpressive amber with a magical, vanishing head of white. Smells of moderately high alcohol with pine and caramel strands. Distinct and simple (in a good way). It tastes sweeter than expected, the caramel resonating on the palate the whole way through. In the end, it warms pleasantly into a smooth, buttery taste. The pep of carbonation is beautifully offset by an uncanny smoothness. A very enjoyable drink!

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Photo of horshack7
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a semi bright copper color with a light foamy head on top.

Aroma: Floral hops in the front. Malts are there releasing a very subtle caramelized sugary note. A few sweet fruit notes in the end.

Taste: Medium bodied with litte bits of fruity notes a little bit like apples. From the malt side is a twinge of breadiness towards the back.

Notes: This one is straight forward a very sessionble beer. Cheers.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out a clear golden-amber color with a big white head of big bubbles that fades fairly quickly.

Smell is muted, but with a clean maltiness and a light fruity hop aroma. Slightly toasted grain.

Flavor is fairly simple, but in a straightforward way rather than a negative one. Clean malt flavors, malty with a little bit of fruit and a touch of buttered bread in there as well. Light mouthfeel adds to the crisply clean flavor of the whole thing.

Overall: A nice effort from a brewer in my beloved home commonwealth. Nothing mind-boggling, but a solid, subtle English pale.

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Photo of Chaz
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden in color, with a white head of moderate duration. Simple, pale malt-driven nose and not at all indicative of the flavor! This is to say that Kentucky Ale has a wonderful, almost exceptional malt profile and flavor and it is definitely on-style. Might be something of a turn-off for hopheads as there's almost no hop presence to speak of: instead of the bitter beer aftertaste you may instead appreciate something of a clover honey-ish character and herbals aromatic notes, both of which make this one hell of an easy drinking beer. Light on the palate, but hardly boring: I caught a very slight astringecy alongside the moderate carbonation . . . plenty of finesse to this one. Dry-ish finish, with more herbal aromatic notes lingering. A very nice rendition of a British style Pale Ale.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of off-white head over the clear light copper brew. Head fades to half its height and holds more or less steady, with nice foamy lacing. Aroma is lightly of sweet malt and hops. Taste is pale malt sweetness coupled with a balancing amount of medium bitter hops. Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth, and the drinkability is even better, with high sessionablility. Pleasant English-style pale ale.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of sweethome
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bonefish grill in Louisville.

A light golden beer, delivered to me in a pilsner glass with a decent white head. Nice nose of rich malts for such a light beer.

The taste is simple, refined, and not bad. I get a nice malt flavor which reminds me in some way of bourbon...am I just thinking that? No, must be some corn in this grist.

I considered this more of a golden ale while trying it, so a bit surprised to see it called a pale ale. This did not have much ho flavor and very limited bittering.

I like this beer - a real quaffer.

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Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
77 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.