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

Kentucky AleKentucky Ale

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240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.58%


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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danielplainview

Kentucky

1.2/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thin. No depth to the color. Head dissapates quickly.

smells like macro swill

tastes like a watery domestic pilsner. Not a fan of the flavors here

feels weak and watery

I guess if macros are your thing this could be your thing. Not for me. Life is short, drink great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 03:08:43 | More by danielplainview
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calluci

Kentucky

2.04/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 18:06:14 | More by calluci
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sauron681

Wisconsin

2.13/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish hue with gold to it. Very clear with no head, no lacing, but good carbonation.
No real appartent aroma i could pick out.
Taste like Crystal malt, with notes of plum and other mystery fruit. Syrupy in the mouthfeel. No hoppiness to it, and a long Nyquill like aftertaste that lingered forever

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 05:13:02 | More by sauron681
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 15:33:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.17/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Under attenuated? Yeah, this is a sweet mess. A clear body with way too much carbonation and good lacing.

I want to go into more depth but really caramel sweetness of an amber without ANY hops or balance. A touch of bready notes. really a boring beer that needs a hook. Kentucky Ale can do FAR better and this demands it.

Sorry guys but just getting the carbonation right isn't enough...you need balance. Edit, it looks well carbonated but it creates burps which I don't enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 11:22:34 | More by bobhits
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Spider889

Ohio

2.23/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this at winking Lizard last month. To be honest I was kind of expecting this beer to suck. I heard bad things, the marketing suggested the taint of macro influence, and the reviews are sub-par.

That said, Winking Lizard served this alongside the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and a taster of the Woodford Reserve Bourbon from which the barrels are sourced. In addition I got to keep a snifter and small tasting glass. All told not a bad deal to tick off these beers once and for all.

The style says English pale ale, but to be frank this is a beer called a pale ale in the same way that Becks or Harp is a "pale" beer as I have heard them called. I believe pale refers to the color and not the style/hopping.

It really was a nice looking beer. Had a tall dense head, very good lace. Nice clarity, a glowing golden color.

The smell is where it begins falling apart. It reminds me of the aforementioned import lagers. Slightly skunked profile, weak crackery pale malt, that finishes doughy and slightly sour on the nose.

I wouldn't be surprised if adjuncts were present in the brewing of this beer. The taste is of pale pilsen malt. Very bland and unappetizing.

Good medium to high carbonation, very dry. This is drinkable in the sense that it goes down easily, but then again, I also wouldn't ever pay for this beer again, so what's it matter?

On to the Bourbon Barrel Ale. I don't have high hopes considering it's just a -bal aged version of this....

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 08:43:49 | More by Spider889
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mklinger

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Very thin (1/4 finger) head formed then dissipated within 15 seconds. Color is slightly amber to dark golden. Bubbles still forming 3 minutes after it was poured are extremely large, like those in a soda. In fact, by appearance this beer looks exactly like a light cream soda or dark ginger ale -- no head, large bubbles, and lots of spritzy fizziness on the surface of the beer.

S: Not much going on for this beer. Slight bit of sweetness and faint wift of hops.

T: Taste is of caramel malts, slightly sweet, also slightly corn-y, I think. Low level of hop bitterness for a beer that markets itself as pale ale/Irish ale. In fact, more than anything this tastes a lot like Killians Irish Red -- slight sweetness, low level hops, but cleanly brewed.

M: Too spritzy and light bodied for me.

D: This isn't a terrible beer, but it's pretty lousy for its style. I'd certainly rather drink this than most BMC style beers, but some of those might do better on ratings because at least they are good examples of their style.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 22:36:39 | More by mklinger
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 17:31:15 | More by WVbeergeek
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gfreed

Massachusetts

2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure how this fits into the EPA category, or any other category except for the watery, blah, you've-got-some-nerve,-pal category. Decent white head; plenty of nothing in the aroma; plenty of corn in the taste with a side of peaches and even a little... prunes? Something along those lines. A lot like Old Speckled Hen. In other words, not worth decoding. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:55:14 | More by gfreed
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bacabuck

California

2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A decent replacement of a macro brew. This is only something that I ordered because I was in Lexington and wanted something local. Cincinnati has a rich history of micro brews, but something happens as you travel down I-75.

The first was okay. The second made me wish I had ordered something else.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 00:13:24 | More by bacabuck
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meathookjones

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this from BIF 15 from oracle. Pours out a clear light copper color with about an inch of off white head that dies quickly. Aroma is light with malt and a faint grassiness. Taste was more malt than anything with caramel sweetness being the only real component to stand out. Maybe a faint hoppiness in the slightly bitter dry after taste but that might be stretching it. Body was light to medium with good carbonation. Drinkability was decent enough, not a bad beer just not a typical pale ale. I would definitely take this over the macros but this is below average.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 13:45:26 | More by meathookjones
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ALESwhatCURESya

Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really like the looks of this beer, but the smell had a lot to be desired. I guess this is considered a pale ale, but compared to others I enjoy, this was very weak! It seemed very watered down without any bold characteristics. There was little hops noticed and I couldn't specify anything that struck me as a good pale ale. I would take a Sierra Nev anyday over this.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 22:43:44 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear and pale amber with nice bubbling, lack luster head after the pour, but a nice film of foam. The aroma is a week water craker malt and some musty hop. The taste starts a little tinny, then watery melba toast with a lemon twist. Palate is pretty thin overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 05:33:18 | More by scruffwhor
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Yegg

Kentucky

2.7/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Inviting reddish amber, clear. Thin head. Smells of lightly toasted grain. Subtle sweetness. Rather nice hint of vanilla and biscuity aroma. Light bodied feel, smooth with modest carbonation. Not a bad beer really. I may be judging this beer a little too harshly because, for me, their Bourbon Barrel Ale is a far superior ale.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2006 03:59:40 | More by Yegg
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Bones54

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is average at best. It almost had no head on the pour, and actually tasted that way. It tasted flat and thin.

Not much of a smell to it at all, and this beer is very bland. I'd recommend it over your BMC brews, but other than that it is nothing very special at all. It's drinkable because its so thin and light.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 02:49:03 | More by Bones54
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was shipped up to me by Acknud (thanks!).

It pours a light tan color with nice head formation which is very durable for a non-secondary fermented beer. Aroma is light caramel balanced with hops. I could tell from this preview that this wasn't going to be a hop-fest, but might be nicely balanced (between malt and hop), like McTarnahan's Amber. Flavor was fairly balanced. However, flavor was a bit watery with some cerealness. This beer was rather drinkable and uncomplicated, but not immensely commendable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 01:58:09 | More by BeerBelcher
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 02:40:15 | More by Stigs
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Shrews629

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very clear amber with golden/red highlights. Poured very aggressively right down the middle produced a 2 finger, soapy, off white head that did not hang around very long at all. I do kind of like the color though.

Smell - Some decent hops in the nose with a slight biscuit/bread smell with a touch of caramel and a slight floral hint.

Taste - Not a lot going on with the taste. Slight bit of bitterness at the end but not as much as I was expecting. I found a slight bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. To me, not as strong as a typical Irish Red.

Mouthfeel - Very light, thin, smooth and watery.

Drinkability - The thin, watery mouthfeel makes this very easy for me to drink. I don't mind drinking a few of these at one time. I could drink this at any time during the year.

This brew is not too bad really. Not the best beer ever, but I like it alright. I usually pick some up every now and then because I like the fact that it is brewed in Kentucky and I want to do my part to support our local breweries.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 19:35:56 | More by Shrews629
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Swill5786

Kentucky

2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Our local brew...

A - Copperish bronze. Clear. Decent head fading quickly.

S - Tough to distinguish. Sweet, malty, slight hops.

T - Carbonation dominates the initial taste, masking just about everything I expected of malty sweetness. Malt flavor increases a the ale warms and carbonation withers away. Slightly bitter hop kick with a confusing citrus-like aftertaste. It's a beer trying hard to be all things Irish Red and English Pale but perhaps a better idea to chase just one target.

M - Carbonation, dryish finish.

D - With my growing preference for darker stouts, probably won't chase this down again after this six pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 00:22:33 | More by Swill5786
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aracauna

Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
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."

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 06:14:54 | More by aracauna
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Ashland Beverage Center. The beer is a clear yellow-amber color with a thin and foamy white head that disappears quickly. Thin strings of lacing. Mild malt and caramel aroma. Light body with with sweet grain, malt and fruit flavors. Just a hint of hops bitterness in the background. The finish is short with a sweet malt aftertaste. Barely average overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 15:39:07 | More by Dogbrick
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dwarbi

New York

2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good color: darker than you would expect. A light amber. Good head, but it fizzles away rather quickly. Smells like wheat fields. Smells like summer. Not a very good taste. Tastes tart and weak. Not nearly enough going on here. Not a bad aftertaste or unpleasant on the palate, but nothing much on the mouth in general. No rush to have another, I just have to finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2003 20:55:57 | More by dwarbi
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pwoods

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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 :)

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:03:59 | More by pwoods
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DirtyPenny

Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured two bottles into a great big mug with nasty pointy teeth.

A: Bright, clear but unnatural-looking reddish-orange. Poured with only a couple of millimeters of white head which disappeared in seconds despite active carbonation. Lots of bubbles visible floating to the surface of this one, but still only a spotty film of white on top.

S: Cereal grain and hayfield.

T: Lightly nutty and subtly flavored. A bit of caramel and some corn and straw on the backend. Apple aftertaste had a faint rottenness to it.

M: Medium-bodied and foamy. Dry finish.

O: A combination English pale and Irish red? What would you even call this; a tan and even more tan? What does either country have to do with Kentucky? What is the capital of Assyria? Why, god, why!?

In conclusion, a pretty adequate beer with enough off notes to keep you from coming back. So here's to comrades near and far, so raise a glass, raise your voices.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:49:55 | More by DirtyPenny
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:44:18 | More by chinchill
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Kentucky Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.