Kentucky Ale
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

Kentucky AleKentucky Ale
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English Pale Ale
Ranked #408
Ranked #46,976
3.34 | pDev: 16.47%
Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Kentucky, United States
Kentucky AleKentucky Ale
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by Curt_rowe:
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3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.61/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I really like the looks of this beer, but the smell had a lot to be desired. I guess this is considered a pale ale, but compared to others I enjoy, this was very weak! It seemed very watered down without any bold characteristics. There was little hops noticed and I couldn't specify anything that struck me as a good pale ale. I would take a Sierra Nev anyday over this.

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Photo of Noisia
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazard cone orange with 24-karat gold accents at the edges. One smooth pour allowed all twelve ounces to enter the glass at once, producing a decent looking cap of eggshell colored foam in the process. It looks just okay while melting and could be leaving more lace.

The brewery describes this offering as a marriage between an Irish red ale and an English pale ale. It smells more like the latter, though it really smells most like an amber ale. There isn't enough toasted maltiness for an IRA and there isn't enough hoppiness for an EPA.

Kentucky Ale is average craft beer that badly needs a flavor hook. Combining the above two styles might have seemed like a good idea at the time (or not), but it didn't result in anything even remotely special. That said, if you like simple, balanced, drinkable beer... have at it.

The malts are modestly toasted, very slightly earthy, and not at all 'red'. The hops taste English pale ale-like, although there aren't enough of them to save the day. An odd lack of fruity ale yeast esters doesn't help.

The mouthfeel is average at best. It's just big enough for the ABV and the carbonation is nothing to write home about. Warming fills things out a little, just not enough.

Kentucky Light is a pretty good low-ABV kolsch that stacks up very well against its light lager competition. Unfortunately, Lexington's Kentucky Ale is the lesser beer all around. It isn't bad, exactly, but it isn't anything to get excited about either. Ho-hum.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of nortmand
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz for the sample.

Brilliant amber-red pour with a half finger of whitish head. Foam dies down, leaving flocculative wisps on the surface of the beer.

Berry citrus nose. Malty. A minor tint of something oak-like way in the background. Maybe that's the influence of the bourbon soaked Kentucky populace.

Sweet and malty up front. Ends with a slightly sour bitterness. Dextriny mid-tongue after the bitterness subsides. Leaves an airy graininess in the mouth. Strange aftertastes- stale tea?

Rounded mouthfeel, not overcarbonated. Quite nice, very drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of horshack7
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a semi bright copper color with a light foamy head on top.

Aroma: Floral hops in the front. Malts are there releasing a very subtle caramelized sugary note. A few sweet fruit notes in the end.

Taste: Medium bodied with litte bits of fruity notes a little bit like apples. From the malt side is a twinge of breadiness towards the back.

Notes: This one is straight forward a very sessionble beer. Cheers.

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Photo of bigcat1408
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
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 LuckySevens82
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of kmpitz2

Pours a deep orange with a small, but well defined white head. Retention is a bit lacking, but collar and lacing are okay.
Smell is sweet caramel malts, some biscuity aromas, definite fruitiness, and just a whiff of hops.
Taste is pretty well like the smell. Hops are turned up much higher in the flavor but are somewhat overtaken by the sweetness of the beer. Still very good for an EPA.
Carbonation is nice, and mouthfeel overall is good.
Overall, a very easily drinkable English Pale. I could see myself having a 6er of this in my fridge at all times if I lived in Kentucky.

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Photo of CraigTravor
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried to avoid this beer, not because I thought it would be bad, but because I thought it would be hard to rate it with an open mind. It's a home state brew after all. But when my dad bought me a six pack I just had to rate it, so here we go.

The pour was a dark yellow almost bordering on light copper with a good two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a nice white lace on top of the beer that held on throughout the drink.

The smell was a sweet fruit mixed with a slight hop spice and a hidden ale skunk in the rear of the nose.

The drink stated with a sweet, unexpected element, that was very hard to put my finger on. The middle was very light and watery. The finish was a slight hop spice mixed with sweet fruity flavors.

This was, to say the least, a very refreshing beer. Like I said I tried to walk into this one with an open unbiased mind and I really think I did it. This was a good beer that is worth a try, don't avoid it.

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of Dithyramb
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had less than an hour to kill in CVG, so I missed out on the Bluegrass Brewing Company way over in Concourse C. Located within the other concourses was a nice restaurant. The only non BMC product on tap was Kentucky Ale. I sat down, ordered a pint, and watched cable news wax destruction of the oncoming hurricane.

Served in a 20 oz. pint glass at Max's and Erma's, a nice amber color. It had a very faint and short lived white head. Retention was non-existent, but there was some decent lacing.
I had this previously through a trade in bottle. Again on tap, there was virtually no aroma whatsoever, just a whiff of malt. As I had this same issue in the motherland itself with real ale, I only docked a bit off for that...
This was smooth and easy drinking, and very creamy on the mouth. Very light malt with faint wisps of hops on the finish.
Light mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation made this one very easy to drink and worth several.

Overall: Average to above average american try at the English version. I liked this one better fresh and on tap than in the bottle. I'd really like to try this on cask and/or nitro...

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of off-white head over the clear light copper brew. Head fades to half its height and holds more or less steady, with nice foamy lacing. Aroma is lightly of sweet malt and hops. Taste is pale malt sweetness coupled with a balancing amount of medium bitter hops. Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth, and the drinkability is even better, with high sessionablility. Pleasant English-style pale ale.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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 sauron681
2.13/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish hue with gold to it. Very clear with no head, no lacing, but good carbonation.
No real appartent aroma i could pick out.
Taste like Crystal malt, with notes of plum and other mystery fruit. Syrupy in the mouthfeel. No hoppiness to it, and a long Nyquill like aftertaste that lingered forever

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Bones54
2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is average at best. It almost had no head on the pour, and actually tasted that way. It tasted flat and thin.

Not much of a smell to it at all, and this beer is very bland. I'd recommend it over your BMC brews, but other than that it is nothing very special at all. It's drinkable because its so thin and light.

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Photo of DustinHamilton
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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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4.35/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 362 ratings