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

Kentucky IPA (2013 - )Kentucky IPA (2013 - )

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.06%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-24-2013)
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Retroman40

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: can

02-17-2014 10:47:29 | More by Retroman40
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: can

12-09-2013 06:52:29 | More by Omnium
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Dave128

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-22-2013 21:30:18 | More by Dave128
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

09-11-2013 01:19:45 | More by rangerred
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 13:38:58 | More by Cresant
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screamking

Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2013 01:33:56 | More by screamking
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2013 15:12:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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Brenden

Ohio

3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2013 16:11:25 | More by Brenden
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For fans of Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company- particularly the hop-heads, have chomped at the bit for years wanting the Bluegrass' "Oldest Brewery" (as proclaimed on the can) to provide a reliable, dependable IPA to quench their thirst. After success with several GABF Pro-Am one-time releases, the brewery caves and gives hop lovers what they want!

As the beer flows from the God-awful hideous can, it settles comfortably with a bright copper body and a slightly off-white frothy head on top. Brilliantly clear, the ale doesn't provide the typical dry-hopped haze that's normally associated with the style, yet the clarity is surprising and charming. Mid-statured retention recedes to a skirt across the glass nearly half way through the session, then holding firm. Denoting each sip, concentric lacing lines the glass all the way to the bottom.

American hops exude from the aromas- the classy scent of Pacific Northwest varieties provide a distinct grapefruit character with herbaceous pine and sod undertones. Wrapped in a cocoon of caramel, the obvious rise of barley malt supports the hops well without competing with their dominance.

Lead by caramel, soft grain, and light biscuit flavor, the malts introduce to the tongue with the familiar taste that's found in their flagship Kentucky Ale. But a turn to middle palate sheds its sweetish upstart and favors a drier, crisper taste of fresh kilned barley. The light taste of bran and wavering caramel allow for the rise of hops- citrusy grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a kiss of pine provide the crescendo of taste before trailing with a lightly resinous finish. Its bitterness closes, again, with the same broad earthen character that occurs in the Kentucky Ale.

Medium bodied, the ale's creamy upstart is held together by initial sweetness and embedded carbonation. But as the malt structures recede, so does the sweetness and weight- leaving behind a decidedly dry and bitter taste and feel. Finishing mildly grainy, the trailing textures reveal a terse leafy, stemmy astringency and a rustic grain note. Somewhat minty in its alcohol warmth, the ale refreshes and satisfies the palate with ease.

The signature "house" character of Alltech is alive and well in this newly devised hop-forward ale. More than merely serviceable, its a beer that's well to appease the hop savants in the Bluegrass- at least for now (do I see an Imperial IPA in their future?). Now can we do something about that eyesore of a can?

Serving type: can

06-19-2013 17:32:17 | More by BEERchitect
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

05-31-2013 23:01:00 | More by KYGunner
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KarlMcGowan

Ireland

3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:13:58 | More by KarlMcGowan
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barczar

Kentucky

3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2013 22:36:17 | More by barczar
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 20:48:17 | More by secondtooth
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 04:44:40 | More by rajendra82
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 21:45:09 | More by chinchill
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fastrodney

North Carolina

2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served from a bottle into a Sam hybrid glass.

A: Light copper. Poured with the thinnest of lacing.

S: Smells like fresh hops. Floral and grassy.

T: Antiseptic. Harsh and bitter. There is malt there, but it is overshadowed.

M: Normal carbonation for the style. Medium thin body.

O: This is not a repeat. Smelled great from the bottle to the glass and looked the part, but the bitterness isn't even particularly hoppy and detracts from pretty much anything else going on here.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 21:07:36 | More by fastrodney
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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Alltech's Lexington Brewing Co. has recently concocted their first IPA. While it is easy to surmise that this was brewed in response to West Sixth's IPA – steadily growing its reputation as the staple beer from Lexington, overshadowing Alltech's own Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale – I'm trying to put that idea aside and appreciate this beer on its own two feet.

Pouring a clear, burnished golden color, this American IPA has a lingering foamy head that leaves behind rings of broken lacing. It appears to have more carbonation than the norm for the style. Quite the norm for the style, though maybe a little clearer than I prefer for the style.

This IPA is relatively mild and, while pleasant, doesn't have nearly the boldness and hop presence for which the style is known. The trademark citrus characteristics appear in the form of grapefruit and lemon zest, and there is a nice floral scent as well. Some grassy scents are in there as well as some caramel malt. While it smells okay, calling it an IPA is somewhat misleading – this smells more like an APA.

The first noticeable taste is that of some orange and lemon characteristic on the front of the tongue; I would describe as more zesty than juicy. A big caramel sweetness, slightly bready comes on the middle of the tongue. Alltech's IPA finishes dry with grassy and grapefruit bitterness, slightly astringent. It's satisfying and has a bit more hop presence on the flavor than I anticipated. It's rather well-balanced and perfectly drinkable, but it's not a mind-blowing IPA – I would go so far to say that it's a misnomer to call this an American IPA, as it has similarities to an English IPA.

Mouthfeel is this is fairly light with a zesty carbonation and a dry, bitter finish. Drinkable and quaffable for such a beer.

While it's good, it's not great. It's a solid example of the style but not the best available. I wouldn't drink this regularly, but if I need a “standard” IPA with dinner, this will do finely.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 00:09:02 | More by Groomsy
Kentucky IPA (2013 - ) from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.