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

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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Photo of MonkeyStain


1/5  rDev -69.7%

03-06-2013 03:05:42 | More by MonkeyStain
Photo of danielplainview


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
Photo of javlin624


1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

12-17-2013 01:41:45 | More by javlin624
Photo of Rihup


1.75/5  rDev -47%

06-04-2013 02:05:45 | More by Rihup
Photo of jdkoch


2/5  rDev -39.4%

09-01-2012 18:09:37 | More by jdkoch
Photo of calluci


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
Photo of sauron681


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
Photo of BeerFMAndy


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
Photo of bobhits


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
Photo of Spider889


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
Photo of khargro2


2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

01-21-2012 05:23:27 | More by khargro2
Photo of 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
Photo of lucasj82


2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

09-29-2013 18:39:30 | More by lucasj82
Photo of ericdailey


2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

11-20-2012 20:56:28 | More by ericdailey
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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

06-28-2014 10:30:47 | More by Vestlake
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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
Photo of gfreed


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
Photo of bacabuck


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
Photo of LJWalker


2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

02-07-2012 03:41:51 | More by LJWalker
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

02-24-2014 16:41:07 | More by drdiesel9483
Photo of tdog2983


2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

03-30-2013 23:22:13 | More by tdog2983
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

11-13-2012 07:22:33 | More by jharris0624
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

03-01-2013 04:45:28 | More by Zuidman
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

10-03-2013 02:19:00 | More by Wsherry1
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

01-31-2014 01:06:43 | More by Jakep2021
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Kentucky Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.