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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
130
Ratings:
347
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
27.33%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
59
For Trade:
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Photo of aracauna
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice peach and straw color with a smooth egg-shell white film of a head that left a little lace behind.

Smells of dry peaches, a crisp lemon and a dry birch bark hops.

Tastes of popcorn, sweet dehydrated peaches and a dry ashy and woody hop that lingers on. This picks up some sweeter herbal elements in the finish along with a little lemon zest.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation and it managed to come across a little bit sticky.

I admire the simplicity of this one and the flavors that it accomplishes.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking brew that is smooth as silk. I really liked this one. The look ia mid amber, clear, with a nice ivory head of about two fingers. The head shrinks back rather quickly but leaves a layer that never stops lacing. The aroma is light and flowery smelling, floral I guess and that sense came to me in the taste as well. It is very malty, sweet, and floral with a slight peppery spice hint.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I'd put the ABV somewhere around 5% which makes this an all day beer. Had it with a cheese pizza at Pazzo's and loved the combo. Very nice from the Bluegrass.

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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 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 MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle provided by kmpitz2.

Pours a clear light orange-amber with no real head forming, even after an aggressive pour. Zero lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet and malty. Smells fine, just weak.

A light sweet caramel maltiness upfront with just the hint of hops midway. Finishes lightly malty and rather clean.

Body seems ok, but needs a bit more carbonation.

Easily drinkable, but just a completely average beer.

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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 KeefD
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this in copious amount sin college, as I lived in Lexington and it was usually $2 or less at the bar. Just picked up a sixer on a weekend excursion to Kentucky. Poured a nice amber color, with inch worth of foam that slowly faded leaving behind little lace. Sweet smelling on the nose, with hints of fruit. Nice caramel malt use in the taste, hints of noble hops in the background, very malty and sweet. Refreshing, easy to drink quite a few of these in one sitting. Not as good as it bourbon-barrel aged big brother, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of meathookjones
2.51/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this from BIF 15 from oracle. Pours out a clear light copper color with about an inch of off white head that dies quickly. Aroma is light with malt and a faint grassiness. Taste was more malt than anything with caramel sweetness being the only real component to stand out. Maybe a faint hoppiness in the slightly bitter dry after taste but that might be stretching it. Body was light to medium with good carbonation. Drinkability was decent enough, not a bad beer just not a typical pale ale. I would definitely take this over the macros but this is below average.

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Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-15-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

Clear, copper-colored beer with a white and creamy head of a finger and a half that sticks around nicely. Very good lacing in the glass.

Aromas are are primarily of malts, caramel and bready, pleasant and rounded out with smells of earthy hops.

Taste is a smooth and malty affair, with toffee and caramel notes with just a hint of bitterness. Tastes more like an Irish red ale then an English pale ale.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a high amount of carbonation. Body is in the light to medium range. The finish is smooth and easy drinking, with a light sweetness.

Overall a very enjoyable, simple ale. A nice casual go-to beer for the spring and summer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought some of this back from my trip to Lexington. This golden amber colored beer pours with a white head that slowly fades to a thin film. The aroma is mostly of malt sweetness, with a bit of grassy, herbal notes. The taste is a very solid malt profile, with much more sweetness than bitterness. The finish produces a bit of a mineral taste, presumably from the limestone water the beer is brewed with. The mouthfeel is solid, and the drinkability is excellent. I had several of these my first evening in Lexington. It is a very refreshing beer, and one of the few it seems from Kentucky.

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Photo of bobhits
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Under attenuated? Yeah, this is a sweet mess. A clear body with way too much carbonation and good lacing.

I want to go into more depth but really caramel sweetness of an amber without ANY hops or balance. A touch of bready notes. really a boring beer that needs a hook. Kentucky Ale can do FAR better and this demands it.

Sorry guys but just getting the carbonation right isn't enough...you need balance. Edit, it looks well carbonated but it creates burps which I don't enjoy!

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Photo of beerme626
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Shenanigan's in Lexington, KY into a tervis tumbler. I just moved, so I don't have all my glasses unpacked yet.

A: Reddish-amber brew, with a one-finger head that dissipates after a little. Little bit of a haze on it the whole way down. Not much visible carbonation.

S: Smells like an Irish-red, much more so than an English Pale Ale, so it's half right.

T: See smell. A mild Irish red, much more so than an English PA, which is fine with me.

M: Sits well, feels good.

O: A good beer that does Lexington well. Bourbon barrel ale is better, though, and more unique. So, if you're buying beer in Lexington, spend the extra dollar and get the bourbon beer.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep amber color with one finger of head that dies away quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty and sweet, with just a touch of hops. Not too much on the nose. The taste is malty and a little bland. Some sweetness to it. Not much hops presence. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but the drinkability is fairly good. A sub-par pale ale.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.72/5  rDev -18.3%
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 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 Chaz
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden in color, with a white head of moderate duration. Simple, pale malt-driven nose and not at all indicative of the flavor! This is to say that Kentucky Ale has a wonderful, almost exceptional malt profile and flavor and it is definitely on-style. Might be something of a turn-off for hopheads as there's almost no hop presence to speak of: instead of the bitter beer aftertaste you may instead appreciate something of a clover honey-ish character and herbals aromatic notes, both of which make this one hell of an easy drinking beer. Light on the palate, but hardly boring: I caught a very slight astringecy alongside the moderate carbonation . . . plenty of finesse to this one. Dry-ish finish, with more herbal aromatic notes lingering. A very nice rendition of a British style Pale Ale.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one of many fine brews...I really need to get to drinking more of them soon :)
Served just slightly chilled and poured into my newly acquired Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale snifter (thanks again Kev). Pours a nice bright copper color w/ very little bright white head...what forms disappears quite rapidly.
Nice aromas from this one...vanilla, caramel, and sweet malt.
The taste is very mellow, but quite enjoyable...not a lot of distinct characteristics jumping out at me. Mouthfeel is somewhat thicker than what I was expecting...a tad buttery. It is somewhat bitter in the finish and the carbonation really contributes to its drinkability.
I would really enjoy this one on tap.
Really glad I was given the chance to try this brew...a solid offering and my first from the Lexington BC.

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Photo of mlockman
3.53/5  rDev +6%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice looking white head that disappeared quickly. Color is deep gold to copper.

Not much of a nose. some hints of malty sweetness, but very subtle. Taste is mostly malty with some perceptable hop flavor, and very little bitterness. There is a nice, lingering buttery aftertaste.

This is a nice drinkable ale that can be enjoyed by enthusiasts and macro-drinkers alike. Nothing out of this world but a decent example of the style.

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Photo of horshack7
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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 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 theboozecruise
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a pale amber color with a small white head.

The aroma is definitely hoppy with a lot of sweet notes to it.

The taste has a stronger malt base, and not as much hops as were on the nose.

Easy to drink, medium body.

Decent beer but nothing crazy here.

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Photo of jkrich
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a pint on-tap at the Amerigo restaurant in eastern Louisville.

The ale arrived with a creamy white head with some lacing on the glass. The color was a deep golden, clear copper much like a Bass ale.

The smell was dominated by sweet maltiness with no domestic hop aroma; this is definately an English style pale ale.

True to the style, the initial taste is a well rounded sweet malt with subtle flavors of hops. The freshness and crispness of the flavor keep this one from becoming cloying. Given some the low scores I reviewed here, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor and body of this ale.

This ale is medium bodied with enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

Overall, I consider this ale better than the local rival's American pale ale brewed by Bluegrass Brewing company. I have seen this ale many times in the local liquor stores but always picked up something else. If it is similar in taste as the version on tap, I may purchase a six pack now and then. With the low ABV and refreshing flavor this could be a classic English session ale.

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