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

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 163
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-24-2013

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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 163
Reviews by mrfrancis:
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,383 characters)

Photo of Shagator
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of petewheeler
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NoetheMatt
1/5  rDev -70.8%

Photo of innominat
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of GOBLIN
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of rwilde
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of KarlMcGowan
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev +7%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The body shines a deep, bright dark gold with a haze throughout. The white head that develops makes it to one finger, shows moderate retention, and leaves equally moderate lacing mostly in patches with some heavier spotting as well.
The nose offers fresh leafy and grassy hops with the malts contributing more of a fruity note than anything. Citrus zest is in there as well.
The hops gets really grassy but pull some pine into it with a slightly pithy edge, making it go a little chalky in the middle. It does get a slightly medicinal edge to it, but barely. It eases up as it warms, but there's also a touch of something like brine sneaking in. The overall floral, grassy and very slightly citrus and resin bitterness is actually a good profile, and fairly well-balanced by the malt. The flaws do show, however.
Crispness from carbonation affords some smoothness, but the body is a little weak and on the watery side, making it somehow feeling flat while fairly active. (970 characters)

Photo of CTague
3.9/5  rDev +14%

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. (1,389 characters)

Photo of Dave128
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of beerinabottle
4.92/5  rDev +43.9%

Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zimm421
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of hophugger
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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!! (405 characters)

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danielr26
3.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KYGunner
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can is nicely presented in the 16 ounce tall version and it's 6.5 pct ABV. The coloring is golden to light orange which was a fairly weak face for an IPA. This must have been fresh as a rush of bubbly carbonation built a thick white head and the bubbles continued to rush to the top throughout.

The scent was subtle floral aromas, bready malts and pine essence.

The flavor followed suit with subtle earthy floral flavors, malt and pine. Hidden deep in the back is a lemon zest and a slight metallic after taste, but it was not detracting. This is crisp and very easy to drink.

Very well balanced with nice subtle flavors this is perfect for people new to IPAs as it has training wheels. (693 characters)

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