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

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 40 | 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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2.8/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of Stigs
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of aracauna
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."

Photo of Shrews629
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of Swill5786
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of pwoods
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
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 :)

Photo of oracle
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Beer poured a light amber with no significant head.

I've had this on tap and thought it tasted nothing like an APA, so I thought I'd try the bottle to see if something was wrong with that keg.

Nope no significant difference. Mostly malt and sweet carmel. Few if any hops. I like the beer, but it's not an APA

Photo of DirtyPenny
2.97/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle provided by kmpitz2.

Pours a clear light orange-amber with no real head forming, even after an aggressive pour. Zero lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet and malty. Smells fine, just weak.

A light sweet caramel maltiness upfront with just the hint of hops midway. Finishes lightly malty and rather clean.

Body seems ok, but needs a bit more carbonation.

Easily drinkable, but just a completely average beer.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.