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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.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive transparent amber. Nice head that quickly dissipates with no lace.
Flavor is malty and sweet, hinting at honey and biscuit, with no detectable hops presence.
Not terrible, and a nice, light brew. However, this one's got no complexity or any trace of a unique flavor profile. Very average, any way you cut it. I wouldn't buy one of these again.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-colored ale topped with about one finger of head which dissolves in 10-15 seconds. The odor is faint but smells grassy and sweet. Tastes creamy and bready with a little undertone of citrus and caramel. Has a nice weight to it-not something you'd want to drink in mass quantity but great when having a pint or three.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.17/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.34% ABV, May 14 10 smeared on the neck.

Thanks to BEERchitect for another local Kentucky brew!

A - Great clarity allows this golden pale ale's strong carbonation to be seen. A low one-finger tall white head has moderate retention with some nice lace left on the glass.

S - Dry light grains are overwhelmed by a vegetal cooked corn aroma that's pretty prominent and off-putting. Biscuity pale malts and mild hops don't really shine through well.

T - This ale's flavor mirrors that of the aroma with a biscuity pale malt and dry graininess that's largely overshadowed by a cooked corn vegetal flavor. The finish is fairly off-putting as well.

M - Smooth and soft entry leads to a creamy medium-light body and a gross sweet vegetable lingering finish.

D - Time for a drain visit. This isn't pleasing at all. The flavor is off and makes me shy away from each sip for the review. I don't understand why this beer would even be a good candidate for barrel aging. Makes no sense.

As far as the date on the neck goes, I'm not sure if that's best by or produced on, but I'd imagine it's the latter. I don't think BEERchitect would send me spoiled brew.

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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 danielplainview
1.2/5  rDev -64%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Thin. No depth to the color. Head dissapates quickly.

smells like macro swill

tastes like a watery domestic pilsner. Not a fan of the flavors here

feels weak and watery

I guess if macros are your thing this could be your thing. Not for me. Life is short, drink great beer.

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Photo of Swill5786
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of Brenden
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a very pale amber, basically yellow-orange. A white head has fair retention but leaves little of itself behind in the form of lacing.
The nose is a little malty, a little earthy, and mildly sweet with a seemingly fruit presence. There a musty grains note underlying. It's pretty underwhelming.
I've rarely had as much difficulty describing a beer's flavor profile as I do with this one. Mild, with very little hops or malt presence at all but a sweetness and earthiness that combines for an odd funk make up the basis. There's an odd flavor in the aftertaste as well.
This beer is light-bodied, somewhat crisp but not exceedingly smooth.
I don't see this as being a good representative of the EPA.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up at 'Wolf's Nuts and Fine Wines' in Findlay, OH. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark orange. A decent finger-width eggshell-white head on top. Disappears to just a thin sheet. Leaves some pretty sip rings. Scents of honey, caramel apples, and light grains. The body is crisp and refreshing. Moderate depth. The flavors are pretty tamed and watered down. Some mild bitterness at the onset, but this gives way to a cheap, grainy-macro taste on the backend. Some light sweetness balances it out alright.

This was refreshing and not all that bad, but it wasn't anything special either. Just a typical Pale Ale.

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Photo of Shrews629
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
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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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 Stigs
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
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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Photo of maximum12
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BEERchitect, who sent me this brew along with a bunch of other Kentucky beer I'd never heard of & am looking forward to.

Very light amber on the pour, & quickly settles into looking still & coppery in my New Belgium goblet. Smells grainy with a handful of rice thrown in.

I'll admit to being a little leery of the Kentucky Ale, since I was in London last month & every English Pale Ale I sampled was blah, or slightly better if I was lucky. Can America do a better English Pale? The answer is yes, a bit. This has more character. The grain is up front, followed up by a busted up bread, all on a bed of slightly sweet malt. I can see this being a great session brew, or a fine way to intro people into the "craft" movement.

Overall decent enough brew. Nothing stands out about it, but I'd take this over any EPA I had in the old country!

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Photo of ryalmighty1
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold, poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Poured a light golden color and had a very foamy and almost pristine white head that didn't last long at all. The head left behind thin lacing that went away after a drink or two.

S - Not much aroma to this one. A little hops, grassy and almost like hay. Not alot of a malt smell to it, but there was a kind of orange citrusy undertone to it.

T - Slightly malty, a bit of a yeasty bread taste. Hop taste is slight, but again grassy and citrusy. Tastes light and low on complexity. Is a great companion to barbeque pork or chicken or other Southern fare.

M - A little more carbonated than most, this beer is a little thin and easy to pour/drink. Less than medium body but hey, at least it is easy to pound back.

D - Very high drinkability. As light and smooth as it is, it will not overpower food or cigars. Could be a great replacement for anything the big guys put out.

I may be a little biased, for I live just a few miles away from the city it is made in. Definitely something local KY beer geeks like to drink on the cheap.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.66/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a super clear and pale amber with nice bubbling, lack luster head after the pour, but a nice film of foam. The aroma is a week water craker malt and some musty hop. The taste starts a little tinny, then watery melba toast with a lemon twist. Palate is pretty thin overall.

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Photo of mklinger
2.22/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Very thin (1/4 finger) head formed then dissipated within 15 seconds. Color is slightly amber to dark golden. Bubbles still forming 3 minutes after it was poured are extremely large, like those in a soda. In fact, by appearance this beer looks exactly like a light cream soda or dark ginger ale -- no head, large bubbles, and lots of spritzy fizziness on the surface of the beer.

S: Not much going on for this beer. Slight bit of sweetness and faint wift of hops.

T: Taste is of caramel malts, slightly sweet, also slightly corn-y, I think. Low level of hop bitterness for a beer that markets itself as pale ale/Irish ale. In fact, more than anything this tastes a lot like Killians Irish Red -- slight sweetness, low level hops, but cleanly brewed.

M: Too spritzy and light bodied for me.

D: This isn't a terrible beer, but it's pretty lousy for its style. I'd certainly rather drink this than most BMC style beers, but some of those might do better on ratings because at least they are good examples of their style.

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Photo of ElGeordie
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Hilton hotel bar, lexington Green.
I ordered this knowing nothing about the beer or the brewery. Visually it was a clear copper colour with a tight white head. Tastes like an American pale ale with a touch of another grain in there (rye or wheat maybe ?). The hops were very restrained and the adjuncts left a strange after taste. Not bad but I couldn't drink it all night.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crisp copper colour with a mid sized to smallish head that leaves spotty amounts of residue on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and grainy with a bit of a grassy vibe to it. Not much going on here.

Flavour is similar to the aroma with grass and general grain notes leading the way but also incorporating some bread flavour at the back end of each sip. Again, quite simple overall. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and perhaps a touch watery.

This is a run of the mill, average Pale Ale all around. Perhaps a Kentucky locals way to combat the likes of a Bud, MGD, Coors, etc. This one is far superior to all of those, but is on even ground in terms of lack of originality. At least this no frills, no noticeable flaws beer has some flavour to it. Eh.

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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 jwhawkins81
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - a sharp citrus hop aroma

Appearance - Light reddish color, good carbonation, with a light tan head

Taste - A sweet middle flavor with just a litte bit of hops at the end. Slightly watered down taste but a decent balance

Mouthfeel - Really light with not much body to talk about

Drinkability - Supposedly this beer was designed along the lines of Smithwicks. A very drinkable beer but nothing too impressive. A decent everyday beer though.

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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 Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of this from a gas station in Kentucky while I was driving through the state.

A - Poured an amber color with a white head that tries to leave spotty lacing behind

S - Upfront is a earthy grassy hop smell with some sweet grainy malt backing it up

T - The sweetness in the malt comes out first followed by a slight hop bitterness

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Nothing really stood out for me with this beer if I wasn't drinking it right know I would have nothing to remember to review theres better beers out there.

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Photo of pwoods
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
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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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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Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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