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

Kentucky AleKentucky Ale

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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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Photo of Tucquan


3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2013-01-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Yellow-amber with a huge 3.5-finger pillowy head that sticks around. Not a great pour as there wasn't much room left in the glass for the liquid.

S - Fresh-cut sweet and tart apple, mild yeast and a touch of grain.

T - Toasted white bread, nut, apple, touch of caramel. Mildly bitter with a little hop spice.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth.

O - Decent, not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:16:33 | More by Tucquan
Photo of pwoods


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
Photo of KYGunner


3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kentucky Ale is a hybrid ale between Pale Ale and Irish Red. The color is near half and half as red and pale create orange. The head was creamy but weak.

The scent goes towards both with weak hops and burnt malts. Tinges of barley and malt hold the nose but get lost quickly.

Again, the hybrid nature of this ale continues in taste. Burnt malts with light malt/hop flavor are unfortunately lost in a watery taste and feel.

I'm a huge fan of this ale for the price but also I'm a bit of a homer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 23:48:38 | More by KYGunner
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 02:23:11 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of barnzy78


3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:08:07 | More by barnzy78
Photo of KeefD


3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this in copious amount sin college, as I lived in Lexington and it was usually $2 or less at the bar. Just picked up a sixer on a weekend excursion to Kentucky. Poured a nice amber color, with inch worth of foam that slowly faded leaving behind little lace. Sweet smelling on the nose, with hints of fruit. Nice caramel malt use in the taste, hints of noble hops in the background, very malty and sweet. Refreshing, easy to drink quite a few of these in one sitting. Not as good as it bourbon-barrel aged big brother, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 03:37:39 | More by KeefD
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 aaronh


3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 15:52:36 | More by aaronh
Photo of meathookjones


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
Photo of sommersb


3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-15-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

Clear, copper-colored beer with a white and creamy head of a finger and a half that sticks around nicely. Very good lacing in the glass.

Aromas are are primarily of malts, caramel and bready, pleasant and rounded out with smells of earthy hops.

Taste is a smooth and malty affair, with toffee and caramel notes with just a hint of bitterness. Tastes more like an Irish red ale then an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a high amount of carbonation. Body is in the light to medium range. The finish is smooth and easy drinking, with a light sweetness.

Overall a very enjoyable, simple ale. A nice casual go-to beer for the spring and summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 17:05:17 | More by sommersb
Photo of SheepNutz


3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep amber color with one finger of head that dies away quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty and sweet, with just a touch of hops. Not too much on the nose. The taste is malty and a little bland. Some sweetness to it. Not much hops presence. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but the drinkability is fairly good. A sub-par pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 22:03:19 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of chilidog


3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked these up in Lexington, in passing. At home it poured a nice looking copper-amber. The head at a half inch, left little lace. The carbomation was moderate about the body of the same grade. Nothing over the top here. The malt I think favors this brew while balanced by a slight hop. The mouth is left with a faint, not bad, hop dryness. Drinkability is there for like I said, nothing over the top here to bother anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 02:10:17 | More by chilidog
Photo of Stigs


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
Photo of warriorsoul


3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one of many fine brews...I really need to get to drinking more of them soon :)
Served just slightly chilled and poured into my newly acquired Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter (thanks again Kev). Pours a nice bright copper color w/ very little bright white head...what forms disappears quite rapidly.
Nice aromas from this one...vanilla, caramel, and sweet malt.
The taste is very mellow, but quite enjoyable...not a lot of distinct characteristics jumping out at me. Mouthfeel is somewhat thicker than what I was expecting...a tad buttery. It is somewhat bitter in the finish and the carbonation really contributes to its drinkability.
I would really enjoy this one on tap.
Really glad I was given the chance to try this brew...a solid offering and my first from the Lexington BC.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 00:08:32 | More by warriorsoul
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 ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice looking white head that disappeared quickly. Color is deep gold to copper.

Not much of a nose. some hints of malty sweetness, but very subtle. Taste is mostly malty with some perceptable hop flavor, and very little bitterness. There is a nice, lingering buttery aftertaste.

This is a nice drinkable ale that can be enjoyed by enthusiasts and macro-drinkers alike. Nothing out of this world but a decent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 17:23:48 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Dithyramb


3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had less than an hour to kill in CVG, so I missed out on the Bluegrass Brewing Company way over in Concourse C. Located within the other concourses was a nice restaurant. The only non BMC product on tap was Kentucky Ale. I sat down, ordered a pint, and watched cable news wax destruction of the oncoming hurricane.

Served in a 20 oz. pint glass at Max's and Erma's, a nice amber color. It had a very faint and short lived white head. Retention was non-existent, but there was some decent lacing.
I had this previously through a trade in bottle. Again on tap, there was virtually no aroma whatsoever, just a whiff of malt. As I had this same issue in the motherland itself with real ale, I only docked a bit off for that...
This was smooth and easy drinking, and very creamy on the mouth. Very light malt with faint wisps of hops on the finish.
Light mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation made this one very easy to drink and worth several.

Overall: Average to above average american try at the English version. I liked this one better fresh and on tap than in the bottle. I'd really like to try this on cask and/or nitro...

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2005 20:23:20 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of theboozecruise


3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a pale amber color with a small white head.

The aroma is definitely hoppy with a lot of sweet notes to it.

The taste has a stronger malt base, and not as much hops as were on the nose.

Easy to drink, medium body.

Decent beer but nothing crazy here.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 01:43:31 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of horshack7


3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a semi bright copper color with a light foamy head on top.

Aroma: Floral hops in the front. Malts are there releasing a very subtle caramelized sugary note. A few sweet fruit notes in the end.

Taste: Medium bodied with litte bits of fruity notes a little bit like apples. From the malt side is a twinge of breadiness towards the back.

Notes: This one is straight forward a very sessionble beer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:35:16 | More by horshack7
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-peach color. Some head and OK lacing.

American hops on the nose, I believe.

Taste: fruity characteristic but not sure from what. Types of hops? Yeast esters? Either way, pleasant and in a good proportion.

A solid and drinkable beer. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 15:21:51 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


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
Photo of nortmand


3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz for the sample.

Brilliant amber-red pour with a half finger of whitish head. Foam dies down, leaving flocculative wisps on the surface of the beer.

Berry citrus nose. Malty. A minor tint of something oak-like way in the background. Maybe that's the influence of the bourbon soaked Kentucky populace.

Sweet and malty up front. Ends with a slightly sour bitterness. Dextriny mid-tongue after the bitterness subsides. Leaves an airy graininess in the mouth. Strange aftertastes- stale tea?

Rounded mouthfeel, not overcarbonated. Quite nice, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 00:20:43 | More by nortmand
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 Pauly2X


3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber with a very slight haze. Half finger head is supported by obvious carbonation.

S- Very malt forward, sweet, nutty and biscuity. Little to no hop aroma noticed.

T- Caramelly malt with mild toasty, nutty notes. More biscuit character joins the middle before trailing off into the finish.

M- Fairly smooth even though the carbonation is a bit high.

O- Nothing really great, however it still manages to be a pleasantly drinkable beer. Not a bad choice for intoducing someone to craft beer either.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 11:47:42 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of Chaz


3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden in color, with a white head of moderate duration. Simple, pale malt-driven nose and not at all indicative of the flavor! This is to say that Kentucky Ale has a wonderful, almost exceptional malt profile and flavor and it is definitely on-style. Might be something of a turn-off for hopheads as there's almost no hop presence to speak of: instead of the bitter beer aftertaste you may instead appreciate something of a clover honey-ish character and herbals aromatic notes, both of which make this one hell of an easy drinking beer. Light on the palate, but hardly boring: I caught a very slight astringecy alongside the moderate carbonation . . . plenty of finesse to this one. Dry-ish finish, with more herbal aromatic notes lingering. A very nice rendition of a British style Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 02:02:41 | More by Chaz
Kentucky Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.