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

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Reviews: 127
Hads: 327
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 47 | 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 sweethome
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bonefish grill in Louisville.

A light golden beer, delivered to me in a pilsner glass with a decent white head. Nice nose of rich malts for such a light beer.

The taste is simple, refined, and not bad. I get a nice malt flavor which reminds me in some way of bourbon...am I just thinking that? No, must be some corn in this grist.

I considered this more of a golden ale while trying it, so a bit surprised to see it called a pale ale. This did not have much ho flavor and very limited bittering.

I like this beer - a real quaffer. (545 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (517 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 xzqrut
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, this beer gave good first impression, decent head, nice carbonation, nice light copper color. After that, it was all average. Smell very mild hop, as was the taste, nothing real bitter, just mild. Mouthfeel was fairly light and a little flat. All in all, average at best. (295 characters)

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a perfectly clear copper with a nice white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smell is some English hops and a certain breadiness.

Taste is much the same. Light English hops, fresh bread and just a hint of bananna in the finish.

The only thing that threw me off this beer was the mouthfeel. Way too thin.

Not bad by any means, but could use more body. (400 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Bones54
2.8/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is average at best. It almost had no head on the pour, and actually tasted that way. It tasted flat and thin.

Not much of a smell to it at all, and this beer is very bland. I'd recommend it over your BMC brews, but other than that it is nothing very special at all. It's drinkable because its so thin and light. (324 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice peach and straw color with a smooth egg-shell white film of a head that left a little lace behind.

Smells of dry peaches, a crisp lemon and a dry birch bark hops.

Tastes of popcorn, sweet dehydrated peaches and a dry ashy and woody hop that lingers on. This picks up some sweeter herbal elements in the finish along with a little lemon zest.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation and it managed to come across a little bit sticky.

I admire the simplicity of this one and the flavors that it accomplishes. (568 characters)

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

The beer pours a clear amber color with a small short lived head. There was some light lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell was of a slight maltiness with hints of caramel with underlying notes of alcohol. Mixed with this is hints of a spicey hop aroma.
It has a nice malty sweetness with the caramel from the smell appearing. A slight hop bite, earthy and spicey, follows that balances the taste out nicely.
The mouthfeel is somewhat thin but still has a good body. The carbonation as good too.
Very drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding but a good session beer. Could be well liked by the BMC drinkers. Maybe something to help transition one over to good beer...lol. (677 characters)

Photo of Kicksmile67
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty darn good local. You can tour the brewery for free and they are more than happy to share the blends they use. The tour included a free sampling of what they have to offer and this always makes the visit more enjoyable. The price line on this being a local makes it a go to beer if Im out, being that most local bars/restaurants/venues seem to be picking it up.
On to the beer itself. The appearance is nothing spectacular although it does have a dark appearance leading you to believe its going to be rich. The smell is nothing out of the ordinary and is what you would expect. The taste is far richer than other beers its price and makes it an easy choice over the larger brands. Mouthfeel is good and overall drinkability is good. Many times this is the beer that finds its way into the fridges of my friends as its a good staple "drinking beer" as we call it. (880 characters)

Photo of Sosh
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not originally from Kentucky, but currently go to school there. I saw this on the list of beers at a bar and thought what the heck. This beer far surpased my expectations, and everyone else who tried it also liked it. It made me want to try more of what this brewing company makes. (285 characters)

Photo of nortmand
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Yegg
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Inviting reddish amber, clear. Thin head. Smells of lightly toasted grain. Subtle sweetness. Rather nice hint of vanilla and biscuity aroma. Light bodied feel, smooth with modest carbonation. Not a bad beer really. I may be judging this beer a little too harshly because, for me, their Bourbon Barrel Ale is a far superior ale. (327 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 Fugazme
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from a bargain bin at a grocery store for a buck...
Not expecting much.

Reddish-gold color. Clarity is good with a near-non-exsistent head.

Aroma is better than I expected, but still relatively average. Sweet with some berry notes. Floral. Smells like Twizzlers. Slight citrus.

Suprisingly good flavor. Not great, but good. Malty yet bright. (363 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out a clear golden-amber color with a big white head of big bubbles that fades fairly quickly.

Smell is muted, but with a clean maltiness and a light fruity hop aroma. Slightly toasted grain.

Flavor is fairly simple, but in a straightforward way rather than a negative one. Clean malt flavors, malty with a little bit of fruit and a touch of buttered bread in there as well. Light mouthfeel adds to the crisply clean flavor of the whole thing.

Overall: A nice effort from a brewer in my beloved home commonwealth. Nothing mind-boggling, but a solid, subtle English pale. (595 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev +20.8%
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. (800 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 GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
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... (1,151 characters)

Photo of Opethsprite
3.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being from Kentuuuucky, I'm relatively excited to see what the folks at Kentucky Ale have to offer. Doesn't look too promising...a very wimpy and unimpressive amber with a magical, vanishing head of white. Smells of moderately high alcohol with pine and caramel strands. Distinct and simple (in a good way). It tastes sweeter than expected, the caramel resonating on the palate the whole way through. In the end, it warms pleasantly into a smooth, buttery taste. The pep of carbonation is beautifully offset by an uncanny smoothness. A very enjoyable drink! (557 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
3.77/5  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. (815 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)

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