Kentucky IPA (2013 - ) - Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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3.51/5 rDev +6.4%
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?
06-19-2013 17:32:17 | More by BEERchitect
3.36/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
07-31-2013 15:12:44 | More by WVbeergeek
3.64/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
08-17-2013 21:45:09 | More by chinchill
3.39/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
07-19-2013 16:11:25 | More by Brenden
3.64/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
06-01-2014 20:02:26 | More by dcmchew
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
08-27-2014 00:59:17 | More by allengarvin
3.63/5 rDev +10%
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.
07-05-2014 12:34:47 | More by thierrynantes
3.46/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
08-13-2014 01:50:42 | More by JayQue
3.44/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
11-18-2013 22:36:17 | More by barczar
3.18/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
05-19-2014 17:31:20 | More by hosehead83
Kentucky IPA (2013 - ) from Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
76 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.