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Kentucky IPA (2013 - ) - Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-24-2013

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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 30
Photo of UTPharm2012
2.6/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Good for an IPA but not a fan of IPAs

Photo of SPLITGRIN
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks like and IPA as the body is a golden honey hue. Head is about an inch of off white fluff. Smell is faint but includes some rustic piney hops. Flavor is the biggest let down here as the hops are not dynamic at all. They are woodsy and a bit flat with a hint of piney tones but really nothing else to compliment the palate. It is drinkable but not all that enjoyable.

Photo of tykechandler
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

it is what it is. light citrus, light bread, nothing special at all.

Photo of DDiFran
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Strangely malty, even doughy for an IPA. Drinkable. Not a bad beer, just not a very good IPA.

Photo of biboergosum
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of the six-packs they are sold in, exclusively by the local liquor store monopoly chain around here - boo-urns.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it duly sinks away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, some Pez dispenser candy fruitiness, i.e. indistinct citrus, a bit more rounded piney leafiness, subtle earthy yeast notes, and a further dank floral hop acridity. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a weakened caramel candy character, mixed and matched orchard citrus, a wet piney leafy bitterness, and further weedy, earthy, and floral hops.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their plain-Jane sassiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth, sure, but with a bit of hop and alcohol intransigence. It finishes off-dry, the tempered, yet still edgy fruitiness kind of running a racket - the grain and bitter hoppiness not in need of applying, as it were.

An adequate version of an American IPA, filtered through a Southern gentleman's idea of what it should be. No real off-flavours, but not really abreast of the best of breed coming out of the West or Northeast coasts right now. Easy to drink, but don't ask me to recall it beyond a week from now.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: earthy; sweet malt;

T: somewhat bland; a little malt sweetness up front, then a bit of caramel malt; light bitterness on the finish; no hop profile at all;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: no date on the bottle, so it may have been old; otherwise, this was pretty boring;

Photo of hophugger
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear Golden amber color with a magnificent fluffy head and amazing lacing that clings for dear life to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of pine, hops and a touch of citrus. Hops, citrus, resin and pine come out with the taste but something is odd. There seems to be an off taste, missing that clean hop bitterness that would be expected with an IPA. Overall, a decent beer, but lacking that extra uumph!!

Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%

A: 3.5 Clear light copper color with a small head.
S: 3.75 Medium hoppy aroma, with notes of pine resin and nuts.
T: 3.75 Bitterness is moderate for an IPA, with resin flavor. Malt is large part of the flavor as well and makes it slightly more interesting. Finish is dry.
M: 3.5 Neutral mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
O: 3.5 Alright beer. Doesn't stand out except perhaps its maltiness

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.65

Photo of Lemke10
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

This pours a mostly clear, amber color with a slight foamy head. The aroma is mild with hints of bitter hops. Texture is smooth and easy drinking with a strong bitter flavor that is very herbal and dry. While the flavor is there, it is very strong and a little off-putting after awhile. It finishes with a lingering dry, bitter after taste.

Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly good IPA. Certainly hoppy enough with good balance. Pours a clear light copper color with a medium size white head that fades to a covering on the glass. Better than aerage retention, average lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild citrus hops, Taste is more .balanced, The citrus hops and bitterness are pretty good. There is balancing caramel malt that adds a bit of sweetness without cutting the bitterness too much.

Mouthfeel is a bit too light for my taste. A nice balance between sweet malt and citrus hops but the body is a bit too thin.

Overall a pretty tasty beer. Not bad but there are better AIPAs out there.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from V&B, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and malty aroma with citrus note.
Taste & mouthfeel : moderate hops and bitterness in finish.
Overall : an average beer in the style IPA.

Photo of dcmchew
3.69/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, clear golden, two finger white head with decent retention.
Hop smell, mostly citrusy, a bit of pine and floral notes too.
Tastes of peach, sweet citrus and pine. Some extra lemon zestiness. Bitter grapefruit finish, dry but not too rough.
Light bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink and easy to down a few of these in one night.
Refreshing, nothing incredible, but packs enough punch for the hop fans, without scaring off the opposite crowd.

Photo of hosehead83
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear,copper gold in color, with a decent cap of airy white foam.
Aroma-Subtle citrus hop note.
Taste-Toasted malt, herbal hops. Flavors a bit muted and unbalanced, but not a bad brew by any means. Your basic middle-of-the-road IPA.

Photo of Retroman40
3.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured out a golden color with a firm and lasting creamy head.

S - An absolute explosion of citrus hops with some other floral hints.

T - The taste is pure hops but balanced with enough malt to take away any rough edges. I can see how for some the lack of bitterness could be a downside.

M - Very smooth and drinkable. In spite of the head the carbonation level is very good.

O - A bit different than many IPAs but definitely worth a try.

Photo of KarlMcGowan
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured from a bottle into a half pint goblet, it produced a two finger thick white head with a golden beer underneath. The smell of the beer hit me almost immediately, a pure IPA aroma - bitter and citrussy. Flavourwise however it's the IPA hops that dominates the palate. It's like the citrus that was there in the beers aroma just didn't translate fully to the taste. Still a good tasting beer though and I like the bitter edge to it's flavour. I first enjoyed this beer on draft at the Dublin Beer Festival though for this review I picked up a few bottles at my local off-licence.

Photo of Omnium
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank it straight from the can while playing some disc golf.
The aroma in this beer is incredible, I know getting aroma out of a can isnt ideal, but tons of citrus, fresh cut grass, white grape, a little pine, super dank aroma, absolutely killer. Taste follows up with it, but a little subdued in some way, got some nice bready malt to it, bright big citrus tones, strong bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium, tingly from the bitter bite.
Honestly Im kinda shocked to see the rating where its at, I really enjoyed this, the aroma reminded me a lot of heady topper.
Im going to get another one of these hopefully in the future and do a glass review on it.

Updated 12-8-13
Can > 2x IPA Glass
A - Clear orange gold with a finger of white foamy head, minor lacing.
S - Huge dank aroma, some caramel and bread malt, hop resin, floral notes.
T - Tons of dankness, dank pine, dank grass, hop resin, bready malt, grapefruit, lemon zest.
M - Good feel, easily drinkable.
O - I still dont see why this gets bad ratings i love how dank this beer is, its solid.

Photo of Dave128
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can into pint glass.

A - A medium pour yields a 3 finger head and leaves behind some fantastic lacing as it settles. Settles down into a flat disc on the top of the body. Body is amber in color and cloudy.

S - Not too strong on the nose. I get mostly wet grain and light floral hops. Pretty grassy for an IPA

T - Sweet up front without much distinction. Moves quickly into bitterness also without much distinction. I don't get a particular roast on the malt and I can't pick up a particular hop or hop family in the bitterness. Not too floral or citrusy as is noted on the can. If anything, I would characterize it as piney.

M - Adequate carbonation for the style. May possibly be a bit overcarbonated, hiding some flavors.

O - I good drinkable IPA. It's not incredibly punishing on the bitterness, but there isn't enough flavor to back up what bitterness there is.

Photo of barczar
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden copper with a modest cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, lacing minimal foam.

Citrus, pine, and resin form the initial aroma, with subtle malt sweetness and fruitiness adding depth.

Flavor is decidedly bitter in balance. Muted notes of grapefruit and pine underlie a watery toasted, bready caramel malt backbone. The finish is fairly resiny.

Body and carbonation are somewhat light, with slight astringency at the finish. Alcohol warmth is subtle.

Pretty one note, unfortunately. Fairly weak in malt and hops.

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a semi-transparent light amber, with a frothy head. Lace is sparse and erratic, though.

Nose is citrus hops, with a definite caramel malty presence, just below the surface.

Taste falls right in line with the aroma here, with citrus hops up front and a caramel malt layer underneath. This is really well-balanced, but in today's hop-forward craft beer climate, this seems a very safe and easy IPA. As a pale ale, this would be superior. As an American IPA, only solid. But certainly, a surprisingly enjoyable ale regardless.

Photo of rajendra82
3.79/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pale amber colored body was very clear, and the pour formed a nicely proportioned, two-finger thick, foamy head. The smell was grapefruit and mandarin oranges, and was very pleasing, but a bit mild. The taste once again showcased the citric hops, with lemony, grapefruity bitterness that was very much to my liking. There was a touch of sweetness and some light herbs in the finish. The body was a little on the light side. I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of rangerred
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a thick one finger white head. Really good head retention and lacing thanks to some serious carbonation. Not bad.

The aroma is very earthy and very dank. Wet leaves, tree bark, garlic, and onions along with weed. A tiny bit of toast from the malt underneath but hops really dominate.

There is a little more fruit in the taste but still a lot of earthy, dank hops. A bit of orange and tangerine and a bit of citric tartness. The malt is caramel and toast but takes a back seat to the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side with a strong bitterness and lingering mild sweetness.

Overall, just a very run of the mill IPA. The earth and dank is a nice departure from the typical citrus IPA's but I can't say I'm really impressed. I'll stick to the bourbon barrel ale.

Photo of Cresant
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The 16 oz. can I had was not dated. A vigorous pour displayed a clear and bright pretty copper colored body. The large pillowy head slowly collapsed leaving random lacing and a solid cap.

The aroma was herbal and piney. Leafy and gently minty. Perfume-y as it warmed.

The flavor was more bitter than sweet, just how I like IPAs. Hints of alcohol. Pine and oranges with a soft, lingering dry finish. The body was lighter than expected and had modest carbonation.

This one is easy to drink and I’m glad to have another accessible IPA in the Commonwealth.

Photo of screamking
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

16oz can poured into pint glass.

Pours burnt orange, with a two finger off white head. Great aroma with lots of grapefruit and orange. Lemon peel and some floral notes help round out the nose. Taste isn't as good as the aroma, grapefruit is overpowering everything else. Some vanilla in there too, but I think that is due to the age of the can. I got this 50% off so it has some age to it. Overall, I would say this is one o the bottom feeders of the IPA world. While not the worst I've had, its nowhere near worth the price at full retail. Only buy if you can find discounted.

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a clear, golden-amber color, with excellent clarity and moderate visible carbonation. The durable foamy head leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma: probably the ale's strong point, with a nice mix of citrus, floral and grassy scents.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. It finishes slightly dry with mild-moderate grassy and grapefruit bitterness that's lower than expected given the hop presence earlier on. Overall well-balanced and relatively easy drinking for style, with some similarities to an English IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation; relatively smooth and soft.

O: a solid IPA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking 16 ounce pounder cans, pours a bright copper orange hue with a slightly off white head forming thick and dwindling quick as well. Aroma bright citrus upfront tangerine zest and an air of cat pee, with some fresh cut grassiness, I also have to comment on the biscuit malt with some perceived sweetness from the cereal grains here to balance things out. Flavor is abundant with hop bitterness but lacks on balance and hop flavors. What's left is a one dimensional training wheels IPA from Kentucky, that sadly enough will not hold a flame to some of your favorite IPAs. Very strong hop pellet aromatics and flavors with the hops more generic than some of the vivid flavorful IPAs that are available today. A very weird experience develops with each sip as the hops explode into a concentrated hop pellet explosion, I get mostly high alpha bitterness levels and not much of the actual hop flavors I like for example, citrus/pine/floral qualities. Very persistent bitterness doesn't leave much room for balance a bit of a mess here. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, I would give it a medium bodied level with heavier carbonation than necessary, force pressurized in the can completely filtered not much in the way of yeast sediment. Overall it's a lackluster IPA that just doesn't stand up to the competition of the modern American IPAs that I have loved for over 10 years.

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Kentucky IPA (2013 - ) from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.