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

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258 Ratings
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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | 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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catfan2000

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -9.1%

02-08-2012 23:18:26 | More by catfan2000
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LJWalker

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

02-07-2012 03:41:51 | More by LJWalker
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carrie01

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +21.2%

01-22-2012 03:48:34 | More by carrie01
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khargro2

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

01-21-2012 05:23:27 | More by khargro2
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pheelingIt

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-26-2011 03:22:11 | More by pheelingIt
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Mellio

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +21.2%

12-13-2011 02:16:24 | More by Mellio
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wmickdds32

Ohio

4/5  rDev +21.2%

12-10-2011 12:52:57 | More by wmickdds32
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k1001001

Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not quite as intricate as others with my reviews, but I will say I do recommend this beer. It is not the "best beer on earth," but certainly makes for a great regional brew. I used to live in Lexington, and have had this beer many times. I prefer it on draft in Lexington, but a bottle is fine as well. It is definitely a beer that is highly drinkable - one seems to lead to anther.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 04:00:50 | More by k1001001
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tmeals

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +21.2%

11-25-2011 03:03:38 | More by tmeals
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Magery

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-22-2011 23:05:49 | More by Magery
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-16-2011 19:53:12 | More by Satchboogie
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +21.2%

11-15-2011 05:30:57 | More by Lawnboy33
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +21.2%

11-15-2011 01:45:34 | More by Exiled
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bobhits

Kentucky

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
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billab914

Virginia

3.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:17:35 | More by billab914
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sauron681

Wisconsin

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
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horshack7

Massachusetts

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
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 02:18:42 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 20:59:36 | More by Tone
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

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
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 18:26:54 | More by tigg924
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gfreed

Massachusetts

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
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brewski09

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a big surprise to me, but this was a fantastic beer.

A - Light brown and clear in the glass. The head was about 1cm thick and remained throughout, even though it was very thin after the first few minutes.

S - I picked up a lot of malt character on the nose, followed by a vanilla and a tiny bit of leather. I began to think it was aged in oak or with oak chips.

T - I definitely picked up some light oaking here. If not, I need to know their tricks to get the rich flavor from this. A lot of vanilla and strong malts. Hop bitterness was in the background and balanced perfectly. The hops were not meant to be the star here, and they played the supporting role perfectly.

M - Surprisingly silky and thick. There was a creamy consistency to it as well.

D - I finished the first one so quickly, I wished I had a second. I will definitely pick up more of this one. I usually put in comments about when the beer warms up, but I didn't get to it on this one because it was gone so quickly!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 00:41:59 | More by brewski09
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jacobseyb

Alabama

3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my great Wife for bringing this one back with her from a trip to Lexington. Nice deeper amber color with a slight off white head. Aroma is gentle with caramel malts leading the way and some hoppy bitterness following, faintly piney. Taste is much the same with a generally good balance of sweet and bitter. Feel is very smooth, and has some slight oilyness on the finish. Overall a good beer, though not the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 04:16:38 | More by jacobseyb
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mdunman

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber ale with a decent head but not much linger

S: Light maltiness and some light hops

T: Lights maltiness with some barely noticeable spices and then a decently dry finish

M: Medium body, good enough carbonation

Overall, it was a good beer. A cut above BMC, but nothing special by any means.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:27:03 | More by mdunman
Kentucky Ale from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.