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

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 328
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 2
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down a bit and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors are a little more pronounced and have initial hints of sweetness and notes of mineral water and hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice smooth mouthfeel, although the taste seems a little bland. (752 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting my review after a couple of years: I had a few pints last night (August 1, 2008) at a local Irish pub. The beer has much better attenuation rates than it did when I last reviewed the beer, making it crisper, less sweet, and drier. Still the beer has a malt-forward balance that lessens the drinkability and the potential character. Still, a super clean, crisp, refreshing ale, at least for one or two pints at a time.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Caramel malts, pale malts, and slight diacityl detected to the smell. No noticable hopping aromas. Mild spices and a little vanilla / butter.

Appearance: Copper to burgundy. Nicely clear beer. Off white head started at about 1/2" and fell to a trace after a few minutes. Head is mostly white with hues fo tan and red. Medium carbonation with averagely knit bubbles.

Taste: Very sweet. Malty and caramelly with a little vanilla thrown in. No real hop flavoring. Bittering barely detectable. Body is nicely full and shows traces of butterscotch-beleived to be a positive. Finishes sweet and malty. Doesn't leave the palate too sticky or sugary. Leaves the mouth moist and awaiting another qualf. Viscocity is creamy and palate coating.

Afertaste: Mainly the same sweet maltiness that started the drink. Now a notice of bittering hops which keeps this beer refreshing. Lingers nicely.

Impression: A better beer than what I was able to describe. Something more of a English Red style than an American Pale Ale. Even at that, a better Red than most that I have tried. Nicely balanced and aged. Very fresh and thirst quenching. However, this is one of few beers that I prefer from the bottle than on tap. (1,657 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazard cone orange with 24-karat gold accents at the edges. One smooth pour allowed all twelve ounces to enter the glass at once, producing a decent looking cap of eggshell colored foam in the process. It looks just okay while melting and could be leaving more lace.

The brewery describes this offering as a marriage between an Irish red ale and an English pale ale. It smells more like the latter, though it really smells most like an amber ale. There isn't enough toasted maltiness for an IRA and there isn't enough hoppiness for an EPA.

Kentucky Ale is average craft beer that badly needs a flavor hook. Combining the above two styles might have seemed like a good idea at the time (or not), but it didn't result in anything even remotely special. That said, if you like simple, balanced, drinkable beer... have at it.

The malts are modestly toasted, very slightly earthy, and not at all 'red'. The hops taste English pale ale-like, although there aren't enough of them to save the day. An odd lack of fruity ale yeast esters doesn't help.

The mouthfeel is average at best. It's just big enough for the ABV and the carbonation is nothing to write home about. Warming fills things out a little, just not enough.

Kentucky Light is a pretty good low-ABV kolsch that stacks up very well against its light lager competition. Unfortunately, Lexington's Kentucky Ale is the lesser beer all around. It isn't bad, exactly, but it isn't anything to get excited about either. Ho-hum. (1,480 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine extra that we chose to grab out of the fridge for a recent tasting, this one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, enjoyed on 03/26/2010.

The pour was decent enough. Golden amber in color with a big head of white that capped the top nicely. Rich lacing down the sides of the glass eventually gave way to a small broken crown that was reinforced by a constant stream of carbonation. Aroma is light, bready and musky with only a hint of caramel and light hop to balance it. Had a bit of a wet hay note as it warmed to which did not do it any favors. Clean, very light feel here, well carbonated and easy to drink but the flavor was lacking any real punch. Better then a common macro lager as the caramel malts and light grains seemed to work well, just needed more of a kick to make it interesting. Still a decent showing through and it went down easy enough with a long flavor of caramel sweetness on the tongue after the final sips.

Overall not bad. Nothing I would probably go after again, but I would have a hard time saying this one was bad in any way. Certainly average. (1,097 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Wait, there's no barrel here? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild honey, milder biscuit, light apple, and a vague smattering of flowers. It's light and simple, but fairly pleasant regardless. The taste brings in more of the same, with that pesky apple character playing a larger role. It's this apple-ness that really detracts from the positives a bit too much for my tastes. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a nice little English-esque brew, one I could see being a mild-ish staple if I found myself in Kentucky, but that damn apple character doesn't endear the beer to me all that much. (770 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, honey, caramel, bready malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and fruit. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, decent beer to drink for a while but there are better beers in the style. (726 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the class six @ Fort Knox. From Alltech's Lexington brewery decanted at cellar temp into my Dogfish head shaped pint.
The bottle is an attractive color scheme of red, black, gold and white w/ alltech's logo behine a centrally displayed horse head and multiple horses on the neck label and cap let you know this ale is from the land of horse racing.

A - Medium amber like honey w/ a very ecru cap and evenly spaced bubbles to comprise a head of smooth texture. Bubbles steadily rise to upward to greet the head and indicate a fair amount of carbonation. The ale is pleasing to the eye w/ brilliant clarity.

S - Mild malt in the nose which comes off as simple and straight forward. Pale malt w/ perhaps a touch of corn or rice for sweetnes.

M - Subtle malt & fruit w/ a mix of sweet and dry in the malt textures. Rather grassy as the timid sweetness w/ slight cereal feel relaxes the bottle is absorbed into my gullet.

T - Very smooth w/ bready malt w/ a touch of grassiness and hinto of melon-like mild sweetness w/ a kiss of honey and a tad of grainy flavor w/ a yeasty tinge. There is a nice herbal interplay, but the flavor doesn't come off as very British - I consider this a nice golden ale w/ nice malt dominance.

D - This beer is very satisfying and drinkable w/ smooth malt quality that lasts from start to finish w/ a vegetal notes that deduct from the overall experience but still for $5.45 a sixer you can't really beat it.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
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. (1,804 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, clear tangerine appearance, slim, short-lived head.

lightly fruity nose, traces of citrus, sweet tints of honey & herb...

Smooth and soft, thinnish body, faint finish. Small citric astringency, gone in a flash. Not much flavor, but palatable enough. An easy-drinking, inoffensive, meek and mild ale.

Not exactly a thriller in my book, but then, wasn't meant to be. I wouldn't be so rude as to turn any down, however. (432 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: light grass tones with some malt and fruit sweetness. Very mild aroma here.

Taste: decent grainy malt profile here, with some green grape sweetness, grass, and soft bitterness. A very light and mellow ale here, so do not expect to be blown away here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Clean aftertaste. Light bodied beer.

Drinkability: a pretty average beer that is not as refreshing as I would like. After the glass was empty, I was looking for something else. (643 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle given to me in a mix of beers from a family friend from Ohio. It poured a clear, light amber color with a thick, foamy head filling the top inch plus of the glass.

In the aroma I get some floral honey flavors really coming out. Some pale, sweeter malts are there as well as a little hint of caramel. I liked the honey notes I got out of it.

The taste shows more of the pale malts up front with some sweet, malty, caramel like notes to it. Towards the finish some of the honey flavors start to come out and mix with some toasted malts.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a lighter, easy drinking beer with some pretty decent flavors to it. I liked the honey, floral like flavors that got out of it. It wasn't bad at all, but it just didn't have anything that really stood out either. (843 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lexington Brewing : Kentucky Ale

LOOK: Pours a bright crystal clear copper.

SMELL: Pale and Caramel malts, toffee, small hop.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee, spent grains, mild hop bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated.

OVERALL: An average session ale, not that theres anything wrong with that. (314 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white, one-fingered head, fades quickly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Clear amber color. Light malt nose. Starts with a mix of hops and sweetness and finishes smooth like the brewer says - no bitter aftertaste. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY. (310 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of off-white head over the clear light copper brew. Head fades to half its height and holds more or less steady, with nice foamy lacing. Aroma is lightly of sweet malt and hops. Taste is pale malt sweetness coupled with a balancing amount of medium bitter hops. Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth, and the drinkability is even better, with high sessionablility. Pleasant English-style pale ale. (519 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit weak, some light malts. Taste is well balanced. Hops and a mild bitterness up front, malts at the finish, some hints of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and easy drinking beer. (307 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 3, 2014.

This has a nice looking light to medium amber pour, more bronze, with a modest and short-lasting white head. Good clarity.

Roasted caramel malts are immediate on the nose along with a a slight but earthy hop presence. Not a vibrant hop presence but enough to pick up something.

Light to medium body. But a bit of astringency.

Like the nose, I get a good caramel malt character in the flavor which stands strong for a moment as the earthy, clean hop finish kicks in. I found it be drinkable and likable. (557 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.66/5  rDev -19.9%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this courtesy of some friends in South Georgia.

Pours an amber copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and carry through until the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass, though I'm not terribly excited about another.

Overall this is a decent EIPA, though it's nothing to write home about. (609 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, from kmpitz2

appearance: pours a pale golden/straw, a decent sized white head, clear and pale

smell: malty, caramel, somewhat odd smelling. aromas are almost buttery, nutty, sweet and fruity

taste: caramel malt, dry hops, buttery biscuit taste, sweet fruit, mostly apple. This serves as the base for the bourbon barrel ale, which is a bit more enjoyable

mouthfeel: medium body (394 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.17/5  rDev -34.6%
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. (1,208 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours amber with a thin off-white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet and malty with toasted grain and caramel dominating the nose, slightly earthy. Tastes match the aroma with more malty sweetness, toasted grain, bready, prickly, earthy, modest piny hop bite on the end. Feel is thin-medium and creamy. Overall, not too bad. I get the Irish Red, I get the EPA, but nothing ground shaking here. Well put together for what it is though. Not sure that I'd buy it again. (506 characters)

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Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
77 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.