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

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 332
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 27.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 50 | 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 RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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.


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Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light amber with a 1.5 finger off-white head. Pretty good head retention.

Aroma is fairly nutty with some caramel thrown in there. Some light floral hops are also detectable.

Taste is very caramel/nutty up front quickly transitioning into some biscuit. There are undertones of spicy/floral hops that also contribute a light bitterness. Beer is moderately sweet with a stick finish.

Overall I was somewhat impressed by this beer. Some good flavor but still light enough to have several of. I'll probably pick up some more of this.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.25/5  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.

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Photo of bacabuck
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A decent replacement of a macro brew. This is only something that I ordered because I was in Lexington and wanted something local. Cincinnati has a rich history of micro brews, but something happens as you travel down I-75.

The first was okay. The second made me wish I had ordered something else.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving: 12oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass (review from notes earlier in 2014)

A: Pour produces a golden-amber body; decent clarity; 1.5-finger thick dollop of off-white head but it doesn’t stick around for very long; sheets of lacing coat the side of the glass on the drink-down.

S: Malty, albeit somewhat tame overall – nutty, slight toasted character; some caramel sweetness springs up; a faint kiss of earthy hops which is quickly swallowed up by a lingering aroma of baked bread.

T: Following the nose, this ale kicks off with toasted malts, somewhat nutty in quality; fresh baked bread; caramel sweetness through the middle balanced by a touch of hop bitterness; finish is clean with a nutty flavor that lingers after each sip; like the nose, the flavors are tame/mild – no off flavors, but nothing really stands out.

M: Carbonation keeps this on the lighter side of medium bodied.

O: Decent English Pale. Comparable to a Bass if you ask me. Nothing groundbreaking, but not bad either, especially since this is a local offering for me. Seems to pair pretty well with most food types – since it is pretty mild, it does a decent job supporting most food offerings without getting in the way.

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Photo of k1001001
4.16/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
2.2/5  rDev -33.7%
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!

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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.

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Photo of sauron681
2.13/5  rDev -35.8%
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

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Photo of horshack7
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of gfreed
2.29/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of brewski09
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
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!

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.42/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mdunman
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive transparent amber. Nice head that quickly dissipates with no lace.
Flavor is malty and sweet, hinting at honey and biscuit, with no detectable hops presence.
Not terrible, and a nice, light brew. However, this one's got no complexity or any trace of a unique flavor profile. Very average, any way you cut it. I wouldn't buy one of these again.

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Photo of Spider889
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
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....

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-colored ale topped with about one finger of head which dissolves in 10-15 seconds. The odor is faint but smells grassy and sweet. Tastes creamy and bready with a little undertone of citrus and caramel. Has a nice weight to it-not something you'd want to drink in mass quantity but great when having a pint or three.

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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.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I scored a six-pack of this on my way home from Kentucky for Thanksgiving break from school. 12 oz. bottle with "bottled on" date of Sep. 10 2010, poured into a regular pint glass.

Appearance: A smooth pour yielded a thin one-finger eggshell colored head which disappeared very quickly to an outer rim of foam, leaving very little if any lacing. The beer itself is a very light amber/copper color, very close in appearance to most pale ales. To note, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is very similar in appearance. The overall appearance is average for its style, but its head retention and withering carbonation was a little bit of a letdown.

Aroma: Honestly, it smells like a regular pale ale... mostly. There are some sweet and earthy malts which smell kind of roasted but certainly not sweet enough to make one think of an Irish Red. The hops are also fairly standard and earthy with some zest to them, but the somewhat strange part about the aroma of the beer is its undertones of grains. Wheat, maybe? (That doesn't sound too out there for this beer.) Again, fairly standard "beer" smell with some of its own character in the grain undertones, but nothing too crazy.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing at first, some very sweet malts hit the tongue initially. This is followed by a slightly spicy hop profile, but the beer finish is a weird blend of caramel malts and and the mentioned grain overtones. I guess if I had to sum it up, the fusion of the two flavors goes in linear fashion: The crispness and freshness - particularly the hop profile - of the English Pale Ale comes first and is followed by the slightly roasted character of the Irish Red and the sweetness in the finish. The beer is balanced, but the fusion of the two flavors can be disconcerting; it makes one wish that the beer would do one or the other, considering that the flavor profile of each is slightly watered down: It's like a mix of Killian's and a standard - but not spectacular - EPA.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and slick, though the carbonation at first can mask some of the flavor. Very dry and crisp finish.

Drinkability: This a fairly balanced and simple beer; I can see it going with just about anything as far as food goes. While not spectacular on its own, this beer may serve as my local go-to brew for its consistency and its originality. A big step above many macro-brews, and a drink like this is probably a good crossover beer for macro drinkers.

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Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
77 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.