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

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 38 | 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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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

Photo of brewski09
4.3/5  rDev +30.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of k1001001
4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Photo of LexingtonBeer
4.09/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a little more complex than it would appear. It is rich and smooth. It is not hoppy per the current American fashion.

Photo of chugamugofsud
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
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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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of rhsiv
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very nice Ale. It's smooth and easy to drink. Very nice flavor, though not totally unique, very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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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Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.