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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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-19-2001

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Reviews:
132
Ratings:
350
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
27.03%
 
 
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Photo of yankeeheel
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent gold with a two finger whiteish head. Little retention or lacing.

Smells slightly of caramel with a little citrus coming through.

Tastes like an average pale ale. Nicely toasty/buttery up front with the pale malts doing the talking. Perhaps a little underhopped as the end just kind of fades off without any real character.

Mouthfeel is moderate. Carbonaton is acceptable.

It's ok, but so are a thousand other pale ales.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I scored a six-pack of this on my way home from Kentucky for Thanksgiving break from school. 12 oz. bottle with "bottled on" date of Sep. 10 2010, poured into a regular pint glass.

Appearance: A smooth pour yielded a thin one-finger eggshell colored head which disappeared very quickly to an outer rim of foam, leaving very little if any lacing. The beer itself is a very light amber/copper color, very close in appearance to most pale ales. To note, Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale is very similar in appearance. The overall appearance is average for its style, but its head retention and withering carbonation was a little bit of a letdown.

Aroma: Honestly, it smells like a regular pale ale... mostly. There are some sweet and earthy malts which smell kind of roasted but certainly not sweet enough to make one think of an Irish Red. The hops are also fairly standard and earthy with some zest to them, but the somewhat strange part about the aroma of the beer is its undertones of grains. Wheat, maybe? (That doesn't sound too out there for this beer.) Again, fairly standard "beer" smell with some of its own character in the grain undertones, but nothing too crazy.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing at first, some very sweet malts hit the tongue initially. This is followed by a slightly spicy hop profile, but the beer finish is a weird blend of caramel malts and and the mentioned grain overtones. I guess if I had to sum it up, the fusion of the two flavors goes in linear fashion: The crispness and freshness - particularly the hop profile - of the English Pale Ale comes first and is followed by the slightly roasted character of the Irish Red and the sweetness in the finish. The beer is balanced, but the fusion of the two flavors can be disconcerting; it makes one wish that the beer would do one or the other, considering that the flavor profile of each is slightly watered down: It's like a mix of Killian's and a standard - but not spectacular - EPA.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and slick, though the carbonation at first can mask some of the flavor. Very dry and crisp finish.

Drinkability: This a fairly balanced and simple beer; I can see it going with just about anything as far as food goes. While not spectacular on its own, this beer may serve as my local go-to brew for its consistency and its originality. A big step above many macro-brews, and a drink like this is probably a good crossover beer for macro drinkers.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lexington Brewing : Kentucky Ale

LOOK: Pours a bright crystal clear copper.

SMELL: Pale and Caramel malts, toffee, small hop.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee, spent grains, mild hop bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp and well carbonated.

OVERALL: An average session ale, not that theres anything wrong with that.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2013-01-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Yellow-amber with a huge 3.5-finger pillowy head that sticks around. Not a great pour as there wasn't much room left in the glass for the liquid.

S - Fresh-cut sweet and tart apple, mild yeast and a touch of grain.

T - Toasted white bread, nut, apple, touch of caramel. Mildly bitter with a little hop spice.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Smooth.

O - Decent, not great.

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Photo of kinger
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

All around solid ale. Amber in color with a decent head. The flavor is much better than I anticipated so I was quite pleased. Standard flavor for an english style ale. The taste is good and the price is right unfortunately it is hard to find in this area. I will pick more up if I ever run across it again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, clear tangerine appearance, slim, short-lived head.

lightly fruity nose, traces of citrus, sweet tints of honey & herb...

Smooth and soft, thinnish body, faint finish. Small citric astringency, gone in a flash. Not much flavor, but palatable enough. An easy-drinking, inoffensive, meek and mild ale.

Not exactly a thriller in my book, but then, wasn't meant to be. I wouldn't be so rude as to turn any down, however.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine extra that we chose to grab out of the fridge for a recent tasting, this one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, enjoyed on 03/26/2010.

The pour was decent enough. Golden amber in color with a big head of white that capped the top nicely. Rich lacing down the sides of the glass eventually gave way to a small broken crown that was reinforced by a constant stream of carbonation. Aroma is light, bready and musky with only a hint of caramel and light hop to balance it. Had a bit of a wet hay note as it warmed to which did not do it any favors. Clean, very light feel here, well carbonated and easy to drink but the flavor was lacking any real punch. Better then a common macro lager as the caramel malts and light grains seemed to work well, just needed more of a kick to make it interesting. Still a decent showing through and it went down easy enough with a long flavor of caramel sweetness on the tongue after the final sips.

Overall not bad. Nothing I would probably go after again, but I would have a hard time saying this one was bad in any way. Certainly average.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Wait, there's no barrel here? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a half-finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises mild honey, milder biscuit, light apple, and a vague smattering of flowers. It's light and simple, but fairly pleasant regardless. The taste brings in more of the same, with that pesky apple character playing a larger role. It's this apple-ness that really detracts from the positives a bit too much for my tastes. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a nice little English-esque brew, one I could see being a mild-ish staple if I found myself in Kentucky, but that damn apple character doesn't endear the beer to me all that much.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the class six @ Fort Knox. From Alltech's Lexington brewery decanted at cellar temp into my Dogfish head shaped pint.
The bottle is an attractive color scheme of red, black, gold and white w/ alltech's logo behine a centrally displayed horse head and multiple horses on the neck label and cap let you know this ale is from the land of horse racing.

A - Medium amber like honey w/ a very ecru cap and evenly spaced bubbles to comprise a head of smooth texture. Bubbles steadily rise to upward to greet the head and indicate a fair amount of carbonation. The ale is pleasing to the eye w/ brilliant clarity.

S - Mild malt in the nose which comes off as simple and straight forward. Pale malt w/ perhaps a touch of corn or rice for sweetnes.

M - Subtle malt & fruit w/ a mix of sweet and dry in the malt textures. Rather grassy as the timid sweetness w/ slight cereal feel relaxes the bottle is absorbed into my gullet.

T - Very smooth w/ bready malt w/ a touch of grassiness and hinto of melon-like mild sweetness w/ a kiss of honey and a tad of grainy flavor w/ a yeasty tinge. There is a nice herbal interplay, but the flavor doesn't come off as very British - I consider this a nice golden ale w/ nice malt dominance.

D - This beer is very satisfying and drinkable w/ smooth malt quality that lasts from start to finish w/ a vegetal notes that deduct from the overall experience but still for $5.45 a sixer you can't really beat it.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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 scooter231
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, rusty ruby color, quite pretty, with some off white head that dissipates quickily, but leaves some decent lacing around the glass.

Nose is faint, but from what I can smell, I get some malty and breadnyess, and after warming up, some sweet grassy... corn? scents.

Taste is very very malty, lots of bready, rye flavors going on. Nose, intensified, and much sweeter. Mouthfeel is pretty decent- sudsy, chewy, slick. Overall a pretty decent beer- much preferred over the light version. A bit too sweet for my taste, but not at all shabby.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of jacobseyb
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to my great Wife for bringing this one back with her from a trip to Lexington. Nice deeper amber color with a slight off white head. Aroma is gentle with caramel malts leading the way and some hoppy bitterness following, faintly piney. Taste is much the same with a generally good balance of sweet and bitter. Feel is very smooth, and has some slight oilyness on the finish. Overall a good beer, though not the best in the style.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours amber with a thin off-white head that leaves little lacing on the glass. Aromas are sweet and malty with toasted grain and caramel dominating the nose, slightly earthy. Tastes match the aroma with more malty sweetness, toasted grain, bready, prickly, earthy, modest piny hop bite on the end. Feel is thin-medium and creamy. Overall, not too bad. I get the Irish Red, I get the EPA, but nothing ground shaking here. Well put together for what it is though. Not sure that I'd buy it again.

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Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this courtesy of some friends in South Georgia.

Pours an amber copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt flavors kick things off and carry through until the mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass, though I'm not terribly excited about another.

Overall this is a decent EIPA, though it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, from kmpitz2

appearance: pours a pale golden/straw, a decent sized white head, clear and pale

smell: malty, caramel, somewhat odd smelling. aromas are almost buttery, nutty, sweet and fruity

taste: caramel malt, dry hops, buttery biscuit taste, sweet fruit, mostly apple. This serves as the base for the bourbon barrel ale, which is a bit more enjoyable

mouthfeel: medium body

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.43/5  rDev +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 metter98
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down a bit and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors are a little more pronounced and have initial hints of sweetness and notes of mineral water and hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has a nice smooth mouthfeel, although the taste seems a little bland.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
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 chilidog
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked these up in Lexington, in passing. At home it poured a nice looking copper-amber. The head at a half inch, left little lace. The carbomation was moderate about the body of the same grade. Nothing over the top here. The malt I think favors this brew while balanced by a slight hop. The mouth is left with a faint, not bad, hop dryness. Drinkability is there for like I said, nothing over the top here to bother anyone.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a perfectly clear copper with a nice white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smell is some English hops and a certain breadiness.

Taste is much the same. Light English hops, fresh bread and just a hint of bananna in the finish.

The only thing that threw me off this beer was the mouthfeel. Way too thin.

Not bad by any means, but could use more body.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kentucky Ale is a hybrid ale between Pale Ale and Irish Red. The color is near half and half as red and pale create orange. The head was creamy but weak.

The scent goes towards both with weak hops and burnt malts. Tinges of barley and malt hold the nose but get lost quickly.

Again, the hybrid nature of this ale continues in taste. Burnt malts with light malt/hop flavor are unfortunately lost in a watery taste and feel.

I'm a huge fan of this ale for the price but also I'm a bit of a homer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, honey, caramel, bready malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, caramel and fruit. Then a hearty but not too heavy malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, decent beer to drink for a while but there are better beers in the style.

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Photo of SEOhioSipper
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear amber color with a small short lived head. There was some light lacing on the sides of the glass.
The smell was of a slight maltiness with hints of caramel with underlying notes of alcohol. Mixed with this is hints of a spicey hop aroma.
It has a nice malty sweetness with the caramel from the smell appearing. A slight hop bite, earthy and spicey, follows that balances the taste out nicely.
The mouthfeel is somewhat thin but still has a good body. The carbonation as good too.
Very drinkable beer. Nothing outstanding but a good session beer. Could be well liked by the BMC drinkers. Maybe something to help transition one over to good beer...lol.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white, one-fingered head, fades quickly and leaves some lace. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Clear amber color. Light malt nose. Starts with a mix of hops and sweetness and finishes smooth like the brewer says - no bitter aftertaste. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

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