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

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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | 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 Brent
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice ale, with a good balance of hops and malt, with a slightly floral hops at the finish. Limited distribution area, but a good ale if you can find it.

Brent, Aug 19, 2001
Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head, gold in color, clear

Smell: caramel and grass

Taste: grass, caramel malt, and light floral hops

Mouthfeel: sweet with a bitter backbone, high carbonation and light body

Overall: Not a bad beer, but nothing that really stands out either. An easy drinking potentially sessionable beer, but there are several others in the style I would go to a lot quicker.

tigg924, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz longneck, brown bottle, capped. No date.

This ale poured a clear, light copper color (hazy if the sediment was poured) with light tan foam that settled but clung to the glass and coated it. There was a good carbonation. The smell was sweetish malt with some floral hops. The taste was lightly sweet and malty with light floral hops and a mild hop bitterness with a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium-light body and modest carbonation. It was relatively clean but a light hoppiness lingered. This was an easy to drink, nice, balanced pale ale.

UncleJimbo, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, orange amber body. Skimpy offwhite head falls flat in a few seconds and leaves very minimal lacing.

Aroma is subdued, with caramel malt, a hint of floral hops, and some fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel features medium carbonation and reveals a light to medium body.

I love the taste of this, although there is really nothing stellar to speak of. Seems like pale malt, some buttery notes, fresh baked bread, and a restrained use of floral hops. Very smooth and pleasantly drinkable. Reminds me of a fresh Bass Pale Ale. This would be an ideal session ale.

merlin48, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

cdwil, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - average to light amber, thin head holds at a layer of solid creaminess and lays a thin coating of lace down the glass.

Aroma - sweet malt and grain, pleasant, fairly average.

Taste - smooth and tasty. Like the aroma, it is sweet and dominated by malt. A bare trace of hops on the finish. Less depth than the bottled version, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, good cabonation level.

Drinkability - I like Kentucky Ale. On the sweeter side for a session pick, but its smooth character makes 'em disappear fast.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -24%

malfunxion, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -8.8%

bigred89, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of threedaggers
3/5  rDev -8.8%

threedaggers, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

WDJersey, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
3/5  rDev -8.8%

ADTaber, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, no, I don't work for these guys.

Alright. So, some breweries want to boast abour brewery fresh beer. I helped out with bottling of this beer tonight and this bottle comes from the run we just did about an hour and a half ago. That is brewery fresh beer my friends. It pours a deep copper color with a 2 finger head that falls to not much over top The nose is nice, with a good caramel base and a slight citrus and spicey hop. Much more of a hop profile than I recall finding in this beer before. The flavor is also caramel, with a very slight diacetyl butteryness, but not in a bad way. The hops are more subdued in the flavor, giving just a slight hop bitter, but not much flavor. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Well balanced between feel and bubble. Drinkability is very good. Its smooth and crisp. Very drinkable. A very good show for my hometown beer!

kmpitz2, May 18, 2005
Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle courtesy of kmpitz2.
Pouring into a pint glass at room temp.
The beer pours a clear deep gold color with minimal off white fizzy head foaming up and fading to nothing very quickly.
Aroma is grainy, husky malt and a bit of fruit (apples) also a bit of caramel. Pretty nice nose!
First sip reveals an average body with minimal carb that barely makes its presence known. The beer is very easy to drink and fairly lite. The flavor is pretty sweet with caramel and some graininess. There is just a hint of hops in the middle but the finish moves back to malt and caramel which does linger just a bit.

I think it would make a great session beer, as it has interesting flavor and is not very heavy on the belly or booze.
A pretty tasty beer that is well crafted and drinkable.

sulldaddy, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

RedneckBeerz, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden-amber in hue, no animation. A foamy white head of a finger in height topped off the beer; the head retention was very good, it slowly faded before gently resting as a tight cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and insignificant. Still the appearance of this beer was decent. The nose doesn’t say much. All I get is an impression that this is an ale because there is very vague fruitiness. The hops contribute minimal aromas, maybe a kiss of citrus. Little more. There are some notes of grain and a hint of caramel maltiness. The potency is weak. The bouquet is not inviting but not offensive either, in other words it is apathetic. The palate vaguely falls into what I would call a Pale Ale. It obviously lays closer to the English versions than a hoppy-ass American adaptations. I am always happy to quaff a good EPA, is this one of them? The bitterness is odd, it is not very bright and it seems very wide yet swallow. And largely flavorless, a faint kiss of citrus. This works in combination with yeast fruitiness, which is also faint. The grainy, caramel malt flavors easily penetrate the hops, which kind of muddles the taste especially in the middle and finish. The malt isn’t tasty like an English Pale Ale, it is boring like an American but without the bold hoppiness the palate comes off dull. Lazy aftertaste, nothing tries to standout. This is far from a bad beer; honestly it doesn’t taste much of anything. Nothing is very distinct and the muddled flavors do little for me. Medium in body, low carbonation but not low enough to be bothersome, the mouthfeel is passable. It is drinkable; I think this is little more than lawnmower beer. So there is a time and a place for Kentucky Ale. Thanks SheepNutz!

bditty187, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of Pegasus
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy deep copper-colored body, with a small, somewhat coarse head, which persists fairly well. The lacing is thick and patchy, covering much of the glass wall. Carbonation is rather minimal.

Aroma: Mild toasted malt, some caramel, and restrained grassy hops comprise the aroma.

Taste: Opens with slight toasted malts and a fair portion of earthy English hops. As the taste progresses, there is a little caramel as well, although the hops dominate throughout. Finishes with a moderate burst of caramel and a lingering hop presence.

Mouth feel: Soft, fairly full, with modestly sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Though described as "a marriage of English Pale Ale and Irish Red Ale", Kentucky Ale seems more restrained than either of these. Its not bad, merely unremarkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Pegasus, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of Satchboogie
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer ranges from amber in the center of the glass to gold on the edges. A perfect pour gave me three inches of beige head the was even with the top of the glass. There are so many bubbles rising from the nucleation sites that the head actually rose above the top of the glass after a couple minutes.

S - In the aroma I smell some caramel, bread, and some floral accents. I even get some hints of vanilla.

T - As far as the taste goes I get some toasted malt with a dry finish. It kind of reminds me of rye.

M - Medium leaning towards full. I get a grainy feel on my tongue.

O - It pairs well with watching Justified.

buschbeer, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +14%

zonker17, May 11, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kentucky Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head and a clear, copper color, with a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of grain husks, some sweetness, and maybe some barley malt. Taste is malt forward and sweet, with a touch of caramel and very low hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is watery and somewhat slick, and Kentucky Ale finishes semi-dry and very easy drinking. Overall, this is a laid back and enjoyable English-style ale.


RonaldTheriot, May 17, 2012
Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't realize that I hadn't reviewed this out of the bottle yet. Pours a copper color with a medium white head that doesn't stay around too long. The aroma is malty and full of caramel notes. Not much hop to be found. The flavor is much the same. Quite sweet and malty with caramel being the main flavor. Body is good and the drinkability is good. It's actually a mixture between two different styles (having talked to the brewer about it), neither of which is an APA ... so the style is wrong here on BA. But it's a nice session beer.

clvand0, Jan 25, 2005
Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of this from a gas station in Kentucky while I was driving through the state.

A - Poured an amber color with a white head that tries to leave spotty lacing behind

S - Upfront is a earthy grassy hop smell with some sweet grainy malt backing it up

T - The sweetness in the malt comes out first followed by a slight hop bitterness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Nothing really stood out for me with this beer if I wasn't drinking it right know I would have nothing to remember to review theres better beers out there.

armock, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Tucquan
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Tucquan, Jan 20, 2013
Kentucky Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.