American Pale Ale | Bluegrass Brewing Co.

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American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale
American Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co.
Kentucky, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.79%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An American standard, BBC APA is a full bodied and heavily hopped American Ale. It is copper in color and brewed with a blend of pale and crystal malts, balancing the citrus and pine flavors from large doses of American and English hops to create a very drinkable, hoppy ale. BBC APA is a hophead’s dream!

55.2 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 55
Photo of WoodBrew
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying this at their Theater District location. It poured a clear copper with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had Fresh hop notes which leaned slight citric. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle bitter citrus finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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Photo of kagee
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBC's APA is a light lacing with strong carbonation and very smooth palatable beer--a very good companion to a snacking lunch or dinner. Just the right amount of bitterness for an APA.

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Photo of Nordbier
2.51/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Underwhelming in every category. Could have been an old keg. See lots of this pouring in Kentucky restaurants, hope this brewery either steps it up or fades away.

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Photo of zimm421
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a point glass. Appears a dark amber color with a small of white had. The grass sticks around fit a while, and leaves good lacing.

The nose is very sweet with lots of caramel. Not a lot of good going on here, but it doesn't smell bad. The taste is more balanced, with the malts playing up front, and the hops coming through, bringing some pine and bitterness. The finish is a little sweet, but still has balance.

The mouthfeel is on par for a pale ale, but maybe a little sticky for me. Overall, it's a pretty average brew, and nothing that blew me away.

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Photo of patpbr
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown hue with a small amount of head, some lacing
S- I sense a malty/hop aroma
T- Up front hops that does not allow for many other tastes
M- good amount of carbonation, does not linger all that much.
O- Nice APA that was worth the price of 9 dollars.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful medium brown color, good carbonation, nice white/tan head that's thick and has good retention and lacing.

Smell: Pine/floral hops

Taste: Very pine and floral with sweetness but not overpowering, not much else.

Mouthfeel: lacks carbonation

This is a good quality beer. The pine needle taste is a little too much for me, but the beer is much better than average.

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Photo of bobhits
2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

If you like head....well this is for you. Huge almost root beer float like top on this one. Murky orange body with a lot of lively bubbles.

Spicy hops with a hint of citrus opens it. Followed by and mingled with a LOT of bready elements that adds a lot of grain elements. This is followed by a lot of sweet malt notes. I'm expecting a very english pale ale flavor.

This is a well balanced beer, a good bit of hop bitterness at the end but the beer is well balanced as it goes through. Bready grains mixed with a lot of floral citrus notes. These notes never pass the sweetness of the malt beyond a touch of hops at the end. The finish has a good bit of soapy flavors that I'm not digging.

Given the AMAZING head, the carbonation in the glass seems marginal at best.

This isn't my style of beer. The english elements are iffy to say the best. It isn't a great beer and I won't go back I have to say.

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Photo of taigor
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into regular pint glass.

A - Poured hazy amber color with medium foamy head that slowly dissipated leaving moderate amount of lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly floral, citrus and hops.

T - Slightly malty start with grains coming through and a citrusy hoppy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Good APA that's smooth and refreshing. I would recommend it.

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Photo of chocosushi
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled May 2011. Fantastic.
12oz->Young's Pint

A ~ Pours a nice burnt amber color with a perfectly carbonated
ivory head. GREAT lacing and SOLID retention. Settles into nice cap with little rings embedded within.

S ~ Pale malt and resin...bit of caramel & earth. Smells like a perfect pale with a good amount of hops.

T ~ Wow! American hops first off. Lots of clean grassy hop flavor. Pale malt mid-palette providing a nice fresh bread quality with a touch of caramel & honey. There's a bit of hop oil on the back of the throat. It's almost like 2 phases of hops. Grass->Sweet Malt->Resin/Citric.
There's a grapefruit juice quality of bitter on the finish.

M ~ A medium-light body with nice unobtrusive carbonation. Hoppy enough without killing the Pale Malt that literally makes a pale ale. Lots of hop oils going on.

D ~ I just really enjoyed this beer. At less than 6%, it is the perfect session pale for a hophead. Got a good kick to it. I would love to try it on tap.
My first great beer from Kentucky. Thanks Cresant


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Photo of stewart124
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper to orange in color with a nice centimeter of head.

Nice amounts of juicy fruit and citrus in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation and a delicious burst of hops. Amarillo comes to mind. I really love the blend of light carame/biscuity malts to the fruity hops. Plenty of delicious hop resin and citrus just blend wonderfully.

Delicious APA and one that I don't pass up.

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Photo of Shrews629
1.3/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I should preface this review by saying that I received an old bottle. I am only going to post this review because I feel I need to review the beer in the condition I received it. I will be re-reviewing it when I get the chance to sample a fresh bottle.

Appearance - An orangish/amber/copper color with some yellow highlights around the bottoms and sides. It's hazy with an off white colored head that was kind of small and didn't leave much lacing or have much retetnion. The color is nice though.

Smell - The smell revealed some apple and some sourness. I think I may have a bottle that is a bit old. Not real citrus to speak of. It smells a bit dank and stale and rotten.

Taste - Rank!!!! Almost like amonia. This beer is old. Sorry, but I can't give this a proper review.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel seems medium and dry. Couldn't really tell because I was too distracted.

Drinkability - Couldn't drink it. Drain pour.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my brand new Gouden Carolus glass...Pours a dirty, murky light brown, much darker in the middle. The head is light tan, doesn't rise more than a finger with poor lacing...A light dank aroma of alcohol, caramel, and grass hops. Actually pretty decent for a pale ale, could use a touch less alcohol and caramel...The taste brings out even more alcohol, way to much for a pale, would love to know the abv here to see if this is supposed to a double pale ale or just really poor execution. Wet grassy and strong hops finish the beer, bitter finish. A touch of the sweetness from the aroma would probably have balanced this out...Full feel, crisp sip. Tough to crush which is what I like in my apa's.

Not worth trying yet

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Photo of rapayn01
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a drinkable hoppy ale. It does not pour a significant head, but the copper color is very pleasant.

This is a local beer for me, which means I've also had it on tap many times. If you like hops and want a local brew in Kentucky, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of Poppleton
1.85/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- looks like apple cider, little head

S- initial flowery hop bouquet fades fast

T- overly bitter, metallic grapefruitish taste that cannot escape my mouth.

MF- well carbonated

D- taste buds don't wake up but are jolted awake by the bitter hops. I suspect that this beer is more or less true to style but generally i like american IPA and this one does not stand out for me.

Please note the freshness is questionable - about 8-9 months.

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Photo of Brew33
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Saaz dry hopped version at the Brewpub on Cask.

Rich amber color. Thick, off white head from the hand pump. The aroma was European hops and caramel malt. Some American hops in the background. Cascade? The flavor was pretty good. Clean malt bill with a faint hop bitterness. Not as hoppy as I would have expected. Good balance. Light toasted malt flavor. Some tobacco. Some grain bitterness too. Well balanced.

Smooth body and creamy mouthfeel attributed to the cask. Medium bodied. Very drinkable. Overall a nice beer but something I probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of johncampbell
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of Bluegrass Brewing Co. American Pale Ale fresh off the line at the BBC Brewery on Clay and Main in Downtown Louisville. It had a rich amber color, nice creamy head, and good lacing in the glass. The pungent, woody and citrus aromas prepared you for this monster of an APA. mmm mmm... The Centennial and Willamette Hop aromas were strong and enticing. This medium-bodied beer had a creamy mouthfeel and a big, sweet malt body to balance the vibrant hoppiness. So good, I had to have another, and another, and...

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Photo of buddhapeace
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Love the semitransparent amber color and the lacing; hard not to score this a 5.0 on appearance

S: Obvious floral aroma reminiscent of hibiscus; some citrus notes present as well

T: Fairly strong flavor for a pale ale; first sip is good with the citrus coming through on the front palate followed by a sugary fruitiness; back palate has a very pronounced grapefruit-hop bitterness, even for a pale ale; it is worth noting that after a couple of sips the front/mid palates all but disappear shooting straight to the typical bitter pale ale finish

M: Acidity and carbonation come to mind, not bad; medium body becoming instantly foamy in mouth

D: Average smoothness for a pale ale, but I can't escape the thought that one beer is more than enough

Nearly flawless appearance in glass. Nice persistent hoppy bitterness on back palate.

Despite the strong initial flavor, midway through a glass this beer becomes one-dimensional; after one of these, I'm ready to move on to something else

Okay beer if you are faced with limited options, but better pale ales are readily available in stores

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Photo of Nicadeamis
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful dark amber hue in color, explosive hoppy aroma with a faint maltiness. Flavor is a little slice of heaven. Explosive hoppiness for an APA, this gives many IPAs I have tasted a run for their money. Lots of sweet citrusness, just enough of a light maltiness to give the beer a backbone. Tastes of Cenntennial with Fuggle possibly? Incredible lacing and head retention. Bring me more.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with vigorous carbonation a full four fingers of head, still waiting on the beer to settle out. Once I got some of the foam to settle, I noted a dark tan color with perfect clarity. Given the excessive carbonation, I am curious to try this "active" APA. No lacing was evident.

The aroma was of brown sugar and apple, some malt and not piney hop.

The flavor had a nice malty backbone with no hop bitterness or crispness. The flavor also came across thin.

The mouth feel was thin as well, (a low ABV??)

Drinkability was good, but only because the flavor was so transparent.

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed over my holiday break in my hometown in louisville, ky with some happy hour wings at the st. matthews brewery...ahhh, to be home again...

ordered on tap and came to me with a distinct amber color with a small bright-white head...little to no lacing

generally get hops to the nose, with a hint of orange peel...malted backbone is slightly present...

the hops dominate in this year round apa which i tend to enjoy...almost a piney hop blend which will surprise those who are looking for a more mellow apa...crisp to the mouthfeel, great carbonation and the flavor really travels one of the other ba reviews states, this beer can tend to be a little watery when enjoyed on-tap so be careful...

nothing like sitting at the bbc with great company on a random tuesday at 3pm...cheers

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Photo of fastrodney
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first review, so please bear with me here.
Purchased as a single bottle at Party Source in Newport, KY

A: Pours amber with medium to heavy carbonation, slight cloudiness, small head

S: Smell is grassy but more subdued than expected with a hint of floral undertones - a slight malty sweetness is also present

T: Cascade hops at the forefront but with a hint of sweetness in the finish

M: Light and crisp, medium carbonation

D: Enjoyable for the most part. Not a regular style for me but did enjoy the slightly more balanced bitterness compared to some other examples in this style. After a few drinks the bitterness starts to linger, leaving an antiseptic taste in the mouth, but a hint of maltiness continues to come through.

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Photo of plinythethirsty
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a big green hop in the center of the label of this beer. It's not false advertising. This is a very hoppy APA. Maybe that's why its is my favorite, year-round, BBC beer. I like hops. Also recommended for those who relish bitter brews or malty beers with a bitter finish.

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Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber/copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong hops, alcohol, dark citrus, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, and slight grain. Overall, a good body and drinkability.

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

Nice full head - off-white, medium sized bubbles. Light amber color - no hints of copper. Plenty of lacing at first; as I drink more, there's less lacing. Head subsides, but at a reasonable pace.

As one would expect from an APA, nice hoppy nose. Not too sappy, but nice balance of pine and the malt - a subdued barely caramel smell. Well balanced.

Reined in pine and spice (a bit towards sage). The big problem with the flavor is that it is watery - but the flavors are there nonetheless and in very appropriate proportions.

In spite of the watery taste, the mouthfeel is quite nice. A touch on the "fuzzy" side - nice carbonation and very, very light body. I'd put the ABV at around 4.5 from the tasting - but none is listed.

A fair APA, and, if you're like me, a great way to support local brewing. I do wish they would approach the watery flavor problem...

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Photo of huguey
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured vigourously.

A: Medium pure white head. Pale Yellow in color.

S: The first smell that comes through is unripened green apple, with hints of more sourness. Sour upon sour is the prevalent smell.

T: Along with the smell. The sourness is very powerful. It balances with the plentiful hops used.

M: The carbonation is very good, but it and the acidity only slightly burns the taste buds. Not very pleasant but not overly unpleasant.

D: Good on a hot afternoon, however, it's best paired with food and does not offer a beautiful stand alone experience.

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