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

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | 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:
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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3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not originally from Kentucky, but currently go to school there. I saw this on the list of beers at a bar and thought what the heck. This beer far surpased my expectations, and everyone else who tried it also liked it. It made me want to try more of what this brewing company makes.

Sosh, Apr 26, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

JimmyFlatRock, Dec 04, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

sweethome, Feb 27, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Want to thank kmpitz2 for the sixer and taking me to the brewery, mighty nice of him.

Pours a light amber color with a nice white head that falls fairly quick.

Aroma is light caramel malt some light fruitiness mixed with touch of hops floral in nature. Taste is the same caramel maltiness with touch of hop flavor and some light bitterness light crisp clean beer. On the tour the brewer said he was going for a good sessions beer, well that is exactlly what we have here.

Mouthfeel is light of medium, nice carbonation very crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is good this would be a great warm weather thirst quencher. Don't think the style listed on BA is right but still not bad little beer.

mntlover, May 25, 2005
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking brew that is smooth as silk. I really liked this one. The look ia mid amber, clear, with a nice ivory head of about two fingers. The head shrinks back rather quickly but leaves a layer that never stops lacing. The aroma is light and flowery smelling, floral I guess and that sense came to me in the taste as well. It is very malty, sweet, and floral with a slight peppery spice hint.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I'd put the ABV somewhere around 5% which makes this an all day beer. Had it with a cheese pizza at Pazzo's and loved the combo. Very nice from the Bluegrass.

AtLagerHeads, Oct 11, 2003
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I might like this beer more if it didn't remind me of Magic Hat #9 on so many levels. But prejudice aside, it's smooth. Flavor profile is consistent. It's smooth. Perhaps I have cracked the secret recipe of the #9. Anyways. This is an easy drinking beer. Interesting mix of styles.

RblWthACoz, Aug 20, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck, brown bottle, capped. No date.

This ale poured a clear, light copper color (hazy if the sediment was poured) with light tan foam that settled but clung to the glass and coated it. There was a good carbonation. The smell was sweetish malt with some floral hops. The taste was lightly sweet and malty with light floral hops and a mild hop bitterness with a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium-light body and modest carbonation. It was relatively clean but a light hoppiness lingered. This was an easy to drink, nice, balanced pale ale.

UncleJimbo, Feb 10, 2005
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, no, I don't work for these guys.

Alright. So, some breweries want to boast abour brewery fresh beer. I helped out with bottling of this beer tonight and this bottle comes from the run we just did about an hour and a half ago. That is brewery fresh beer my friends. It pours a deep copper color with a 2 finger head that falls to not much over top The nose is nice, with a good caramel base and a slight citrus and spicey hop. Much more of a hop profile than I recall finding in this beer before. The flavor is also caramel, with a very slight diacetyl butteryness, but not in a bad way. The hops are more subdued in the flavor, giving just a slight hop bitter, but not much flavor. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Well balanced between feel and bubble. Drinkability is very good. Its smooth and crisp. Very drinkable. A very good show for my hometown beer!

kmpitz2, May 18, 2005
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a 1.5 finger off-white head. Pretty good head retention.

Aroma is fairly nutty with some caramel thrown in there. Some light floral hops are also detectable.

Taste is very caramel/nutty up front quickly transitioning into some biscuit. There are undertones of spicy/floral hops that also contribute a light bitterness. Beer is moderately sweet with a stick finish.

Overall I was somewhat impressed by this beer. Some good flavor but still light enough to have several of. I'll probably pick up some more of this.

rangerred, Apr 10, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought some of this back from my trip to Lexington. This golden amber colored beer pours with a white head that slowly fades to a thin film. The aroma is mostly of malt sweetness, with a bit of grassy, herbal notes. The taste is a very solid malt profile, with much more sweetness than bitterness. The finish produces a bit of a mineral taste, presumably from the limestone water the beer is brewed with. The mouthfeel is solid, and the drinkability is excellent. I had several of these my first evening in Lexington. It is a very refreshing beer, and one of the few it seems from Kentucky.

aaronh, Jan 03, 2003
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3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a unique tasting brew. Don't expect this to taste like any other American Pale Ale. I actually find it to be much closer to the English Pale Ale style. It pours a pale amber in the glass with a brilliant white head that shrinks to a cap. The smell is pretty muted, mostly grain and some lightly roasted malt...it even vaguely reminds me of the smell of the mash from a bourbon distillery (yes, I've toured a few). Hmm...but that would mean, among other things...corn...which doesn't translate to the taste, maybe it's the water??? The taste leans toward bready malt, in fact it has a very grainy/bready taste, but some herbal hops make an appearance and provide ample support. Mouthfeel is pleasantly creamy and light-bodied. The finish is dry with a unique mineral taste. A highly quaffable brew, worth a try for the experience but not outstanding.

johnrobe, Nov 29, 2002
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3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-colored ale topped with about one finger of head which dissolves in 10-15 seconds. The odor is faint but smells grassy and sweet. Tastes creamy and bready with a little undertone of citrus and caramel. Has a nice weight to it-not something you'd want to drink in mass quantity but great when having a pint or three.

keeganfrank, Mar 07, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. Two inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight grain, slight hops, and hint of spice. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, grain, slight floral, slight citrus hops, and pale malt. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma and body.

Tone, Jun 14, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold, poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Poured a light golden color and had a very foamy and almost pristine white head that didn't last long at all. The head left behind thin lacing that went away after a drink or two.

S - Not much aroma to this one. A little hops, grassy and almost like hay. Not alot of a malt smell to it, but there was a kind of orange citrusy undertone to it.

T - Slightly malty, a bit of a yeasty bread taste. Hop taste is slight, but again grassy and citrusy. Tastes light and low on complexity. Is a great companion to barbeque pork or chicken or other Southern fare.

M - A little more carbonated than most, this beer is a little thin and easy to pour/drink. Less than medium body but hey, at least it is easy to pound back.

D - Very high drinkability. As light and smooth as it is, it will not overpower food or cigars. Could be a great replacement for anything the big guys put out.

I may be a little biased, for I live just a few miles away from the city it is made in. Definitely something local KY beer geeks like to drink on the cheap.

ryalmighty1, Dec 24, 2009
Kentucky Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
74 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.