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

Kentucky AleKentucky Ale
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Kentucky AleKentucky Ale

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

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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Ratings: 355 |  Reviews: 135
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
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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2.8/5  rDev -15.4%

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2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, acquired as an extra via a trade with BA user "beerchitect"...served in a pint glass

A - thin layer of loose bright white foam. crystal clear, light golden colored liquid...

S - some light grassy hops, touch of honey covered biscuit underneath...hard to detect

T - very little hops in here, slightly noticeable grassy-ness. mostly some stale dough and biscuit. very minor bittering at the end.

M - good lively carbonation, not overdone. slick but thin body.

D - not sure about this one. not an awful beer, just certainly nothing special. might be a good gateway beer.

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2.86/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was shipped up to me by Acknud (thanks!).

It pours a light tan color with nice head formation which is very durable for a non-secondary fermented beer. Aroma is light caramel balanced with hops. I could tell from this preview that this wasn't going to be a hop-fest, but might be nicely balanced (between malt and hop), like McTarnahan's Amber. Flavor was fairly balanced. However, flavor was a bit watery with some cerealness. This beer was rather drinkable and uncomplicated, but not immensely commendable.

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2.87/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear copper body with a white head. Faint hops are pretty much all I’m getting in the nose. It’s a dry beer with fairly little malt in there. Some grassy hops is all there is of the flavor. This is pretty bland and pretty much a dissappointment, although I wasn’t really expecting much from a brewery that makes nothing but an "ale" and a "light."

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2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very clear amber with golden/red highlights. Poured very aggressively right down the middle produced a 2 finger, soapy, off white head that did not hang around very long at all. I do kind of like the color though.

Smell - Some decent hops in the nose with a slight biscuit/bread smell with a touch of caramel and a slight floral hint.

Taste - Not a lot going on with the taste. Slight bit of bitterness at the end but not as much as I was expecting. I found a slight bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. To me, not as strong as a typical Irish Red.

Mouthfeel - Very light, thin, smooth and watery.

Drinkability - The thin, watery mouthfeel makes this very easy for me to drink. I don't mind drinking a few of these at one time. I could drink this at any time during the year.

This brew is not too bad really. Not the best beer ever, but I like it alright. I usually pick some up every now and then because I like the fact that it is brewed in Kentucky and I want to do my part to support our local breweries.

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2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Ashland Beverage Center. The beer is a clear yellow-amber color with a thin and foamy white head that disappears quickly. Thin strings of lacing. Mild malt and caramel aroma. Light body with with sweet grain, malt and fruit flavors. Just a hint of hops bitterness in the background. The finish is short with a sweet malt aftertaste. Barely average overall.

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2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Our local brew...

A - Copperish bronze. Clear. Decent head fading quickly.

S - Tough to distinguish. Sweet, malty, slight hops.

T - Carbonation dominates the initial taste, masking just about everything I expected of malty sweetness. Malt flavor increases a the ale warms and carbonation withers away. Slightly bitter hop kick with a confusing citrus-like aftertaste. It's a beer trying hard to be all things Irish Red and English Pale but perhaps a better idea to chase just one target.

M - Carbonation, dryish finish.

D - With my growing preference for darker stouts, probably won't chase this down again after this six pack.

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2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Grafter for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into an SA pint.

A: Pours a light amber with good clarity. Maybe a finger worth of fizzy white head forms and follows to a fizzy skim for a minute before it's gone. No lacing.

S: Light grassy hops, light 'fieldy' aroma. A touch of sweet malts. Hardly getting anything. After warming further a very noticeable sweet raw grain, maybe even sweet corn, comes out. Not diggin' that.

T/M: Very light bitterness. Some of the grassy and floral hops. A very small touch of peppery spice that is here and gone extremely fast. Sweet malts with a faint bran character more than balances. The body is medium light, very smooth, and with a crisp finish. No lingering bitterness.

D: Extremely quaffable. Maybe a good lawn mower beer but just not interesting enough beyond that. Thanks for the bottle, Jonathan :)

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2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Beer poured a light amber with no significant head.

I've had this on tap and thought it tasted nothing like an APA, so I thought I'd try the bottle to see if something was wrong with that keg.

Nope no significant difference. Mostly malt and sweet carmel. Few if any hops. I like the beer, but it's not an APA

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2.97/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured two bottles into a great big mug with nasty pointy teeth.

A: Bright, clear but unnatural-looking reddish-orange. Poured with only a couple of millimeters of white head which disappeared in seconds despite active carbonation. Lots of bubbles visible floating to the surface of this one, but still only a spotty film of white on top.

S: Cereal grain and hayfield.

T: Lightly nutty and subtly flavored. A bit of caramel and some corn and straw on the backend. Apple aftertaste had a faint rottenness to it.

M: Medium-bodied and foamy. Dry finish.

O: A combination English pale and Irish red? What would you even call this; a tan and even more tan? What does either country have to do with Kentucky? What is the capital of Assyria? Why, god, why!?

In conclusion, a pretty adequate beer with enough off notes to keep you from coming back. So here's to comrades near and far, so raise a glass, raise your voices.

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2.98/5  rDev -10%
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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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 22.3% out of 100 with 355 ratings
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