Kentucky Ale | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Brewed by:
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
kentuckyale.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Master Brewers describe Kentucky Ale as a marriage between two classic beer styles, Irish Red Ale and English Pale Ale. Light amber in color, Kentucky Ale owes its unique body and character to select imported malts and a pinch of wheat malt for a rich, smooth taste. The unique body and character of Kentucky Ale is heavily influenced by the water, drawn from aquifers in the limestone rock underlying the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,853
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
362
pDev:
16.57%
 
 
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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 362
Photo of BradMacMullin
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Oh. Um, well had at Brown Hotel in Louisville. It was free, so that was good. Apparently a marriage of 2 styles. I read many that said on a hot day this is nice. It is cold today so that’s not good. I’m done rating this beer as it is not very good unfortunately to me, but I’m sure in a better setting this would be better

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold to faint copper in color with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering two thirds of the top. There's a very appealing aroma of caramel and lightly bready malt. I'm tasting caramel, lightly bready malt, and just a hint of marzipan. The mouth is faintly sticky and very well rounded.

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Photo of Rufus1
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours an amber/copper into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer. Two finger off white head that collapses quickly to a thin rime. Lots of fizzy bubbles. Very little in the way of lacing.

Nose is pretty simple. Sweet caramel malts with no hops discernible. Touch of sulphur. Could be over its date.

Taste is sort of sweet caramel malts with no hops discernible. Very plain Jane brew.

Quite thin and watery on the palate with a sweetish finish. No hops at all.

A very ordinary brew. Didn't expect much. Got even less.

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Photo of Act25
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mid pack at best.
A) Tired bottle graphics. Pours a clear, bronze amber body with a thin, foamy head with much last or lace.

S) Some floral honey over pale, sweet caramel malts, almost a coke. (not good)

T) Develops the pale malts up front with sweet, malty, caramel notes - makes me instantly go for pretzels to balance this with salt. No much hop. End of-pack red ale.
F) Mid weight, uneventful, fine with pretzels or a good food beer for american fare. Burgers.
O) Remarkably simple and cola like, too sweet and mid-american, mid pack for me.

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Photo of wingman14
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light orangish red with a frothy white head the fades in 1 or 2 minutes. The smell is malty with some subtle hop aroma. Up front a malty beer with some hops coming through, followed by a strong malt finish and a hop aftertaste with no bitterness. This on has a nice balance between the styles it is comprised of, and tastes doughy as you continue to sip. The mouthfeel is harsh up front and smooths out as you sip, not a big fan of how this one feels. It is more of a medium mouthfeel, which is nice. Overall a decent beer, nothing that is extraordinary, but easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice mixture of pale ale and irish red ale. I think it mostly leans toward a irish red ale with more hops present. This is my favorite kentucky ale brand beer I've had so far.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is going to take some time (clearly), but inroads are being made as far as eradicating the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody are concerned. I am now setting my sights on the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

From the bottle: "A marriage of traditional English Pale Ale and Irish Red Ale styles".

Happy Election Day 2016! With so many horse's a**es running for various offices both state & nationwide, I Pop!ped open a horse of a totally different color. Speaking of color, in this case, it was a lightly-hazy Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with deep amber highlights. I gave it a gentle pour, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of foamy, tawny head. Nose smelled strongly of caramel malt and given the brewer's ambitious mash-up of styles, it seemed okay to me. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was sweet, but the caramel was not as pronounced as it had been on the nose. Instead, it was offset by a red raspberry flavor that actually worked well with the caramel. Finish was semi-sweet, kind of a fruit-caramel blend, but not so pronounced as to be cloying. The problem with reviewing to style when you have a hybrid is that it is tough to be objective. It was tasty, but it really was not truly an EPA.

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Photo of mlockman
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer is great on a hot day and/or after working outside. Described as a marriage between an English pale ale and an Irish red, the flavor is mostly that of pale malts with some hints of maltiness lent by the Irish red. Quite refreshing, but where this beer really stands out is its lively mouthfeel.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Almost clear light amber. Half finger head with aggressive pour, good sheets of lace however.
S-Sweet toasted caramelized wheat, yeast & malt.
T-Big mineral water rush at first, followed by a little sweet caramel & finishes with pretty strong sour tart bitterness sort of like sour green apples but without the actual apple flavor.
M-Big carbonation & quite astringent; VERY light clean & crisp too.
O-Very easy drinker!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled
light amber body with surface only head of 30% coverage of mid to small sized bubbles
Quite a wheaty aroma, bit of orange squash too
Quite a malty main body with barley sugar and slight vinegary sourness with light peppery bitter finish
slight bit watery for the strength
" a marriage between two classic beer styles, Irish Red Ale and English Pale Ale"
this has a bit of Belgian sour & Hefe
4 beers in one, well almost, certainly worth a try.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color. Aroma is a sweet malt with a hint of apple. Tastes slightly sweet and malty. There are some fruity, apple notes. Mash up of two styles that is kinda meh.

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Photo of do_ob
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a very clear golden color with about 1/2 a finger of white foam. The head quickly fades down into a constantly-carbonated lacing. Wheat, straw, lemongrass, malt, barley, and spice on the nose. Light weight, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. Wheat, coriander, malt, and banana on the taste. Crisp, carbonated finish with a bread/doughy aftertaste, along with some slight hop bitterness.

Overall, an okay beer. It came on incredibly offputting, but grew on me over the remainder of the glass. The "marriage" of styles is done well, for what it is. I'm not sure how well they mesh, but this beer is a good effort. Not one I'd buy again, but not terrible either. I'd drink one if offered to me.

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Photo of wildactbrewer
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber to red. Clear as a bell with about a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Very little if any hop aroma. Slightly detect english hops but the overall smell is that of malt. I was surprised by how malty this thing smelled.

Taste: Balanced bitterness, even a little on the sweet side. Big malt. I also detect a slight tart which I attribute to the calcium content of the water. Again, not what I was expecting.

Mouth: Smooth and silky with a clean finish.

Overall: I didn't rate this beer very high for the sole reason that it is billed as a blend of English Pale and Irish Red. It doesn't fit either style very well. However, it is still a very enjoyable ale that I would buy again.

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Photo of kd45-music
3.14/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't keen on this ale upon drinking the first bottle. However, I have finally decided this is an okay brew. There's not a lot of carbonation, the head starts out at about half an inch and quickly dissipates to a thin white peel. This is not an offensive drink, nor is it world class. But if you just want to enjoy a nice ale blend, then this might work for you. I'll buy it again on occasion.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit weak, some light malts. Taste is well balanced. Hops and a mild bitterness up front, malts at the finish, some hints of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of PubMariner
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Amber leaning towards red
Aroma – Light aroma that’s malty sweet with some toasty character.
Taste – Fresh, malty, toasty – very similar to an Irish red ale but lighter. Next to no bitterness
Finish – Clean with a slight malty aftertaste. Still no bitterness in the end.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this average looking labeled beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a orangey amber looking concoction tat looked a little on the cloudy side. The head was tan and decent. The beer smelled pretty good like sweet rolls. However the taste was ciderish, much like the crap I made with the Mr. Beer kit. I will not buy again,yuk!

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Photo of jtw004
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apperance - A warm amber color that is very nice

Smell- Next to no smell, actually leaves you wondering what the flavor will be

Taste - A fresh taste, that is pretty refreshing

Mouthfeel - Decent carbonation

Overall - A pretty decent early summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Retroman40
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours out a light amber with a fleeting head that gives way to decent enough lacing.

S - Carmel and malts with some hop background.

T - Good malt flavor with a nice balanced hop follow on.

M - Very good with a nice carbonation level and a good finish.

O - For the style advertised this is a nice choice. Maybe I'm biased living so close to the brewer but I think I'd like this if it came from 1000 miles away.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 3, 2014.

This has a nice looking light to medium amber pour, more bronze, with a modest and short-lasting white head. Good clarity.

Roasted caramel malts are immediate on the nose along with a a slight but earthy hop presence. Not a vibrant hop presence but enough to pick up something.

Light to medium body. But a bit of astringency.

Like the nose, I get a good caramel malt character in the flavor which stands strong for a moment as the earthy, clean hop finish kicks in. I found it be drinkable and likable.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy deep copper-colored body, with a small, somewhat coarse head, which persists fairly well. The lacing is thick and patchy, covering much of the glass wall. Carbonation is rather minimal.

Aroma: Mild toasted malt, some caramel, and restrained grassy hops comprise the aroma.

Taste: Opens with slight toasted malts and a fair portion of earthy English hops. As the taste progresses, there is a little caramel as well, although the hops dominate throughout. Finishes with a moderate burst of caramel and a lingering hop presence.

Mouth feel: Soft, fairly full, with modestly sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Though described as "a marriage of English Pale Ale and Irish Red Ale", Kentucky Ale seems more restrained than either of these. Its not bad, merely unremarkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of bigcat1408
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Described a cross between and English Pale and an Irish Red. For me I really taste the Irish Red. It is a little too light for me with not a great body. There is almost no after taste to enjoy. A buddy of mine picked some up at a world market in Cleveland, TN. If I were in a Kentucky city for a stopover I might enjoy a few cold ones and then move onto something else.

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Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, purchased near brewery earlier this month, and served in a lager glass.

Clear, medium amber. Has an average size head with average retention, but both the visible carbonation and the feel suggest a rather high carbonation level.
Floral/earthy, modestly hoppy aroma is marred by a metallic tone and suggests a beer that is more bitter than this one. Actually, this has a decent sweet/bitter balance, albeit a bit sweet up front and bitter in the finish.
Medium body; crisp with a rather dry finish.

O: disappointing on counts of both aroma quality and weak flavor. A decent but not particularly attractive brew.

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Photo of calluci
2.08/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I live in Louisville. I would like very much to see this one do well. But, watery,
unbalanced, messy mix of flavors....just far no joy in the anticipation
of opening a daily pour. I have the feeling that the aim was to introduce the Budweisier drinker to a micro brew. That's the kiss of death for me. I'm always on the lookout for a beer with a frugal price. Back to trader joe for old standby's. If I'm going to drink ale Fat Weasel is much better. I'm surprised that Ky Ale gets better marks than FW.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12FL.OZ. bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - This beer ranges from amber in the center of the glass to gold on the edges. A perfect pour gave me three inches of beige head the was even with the top of the glass. There are so many bubbles rising from the nucleation sites that the head actually rose above the top of the glass after a couple minutes.

S - In the aroma I smell some caramel, bread, and some floral accents. I even get some hints of vanilla.

T - As far as the taste goes I get some toasted malt with a dry finish. It kind of reminds me of rye.

M - Medium leaning towards full. I get a grainy feel on my tongue.

O - It pairs well with watching Justified.

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Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 362 ratings