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

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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 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 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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Photo of Spidey13
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kentucky Ale pours a clear, amber-gold with a small white head that quickly fades away. Very little lacing is left while drinking. The smell is mainly caramel with a small bit of floral hops in the background.

The taste consists is sweet caramel notes up front. Not much hops in flavor or bitterness at all. This is a very sweet beer. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with medium-low carbonation.

Overall, this beer is pretty average across the board.

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

OK... so it was Richard's turn to bring the refreshments to the K of C meeting last night. He did a really nice job! Cold cut tray for sandwiches, nice oriental noodle salad, potato salad, assorted brownies and deserts and THE BEER.... Now everybody else has always brought MACRO cheap beer to the previous meetings. Richard brought some macro/cheap stuff... but also mixed in some unique beers... (for our group...), including this one: Kentucky Ale.

Poured into a juice glass (hey this is a church parish hall... no pint glasses to be found...) to produce a scant 1/2" head of white foam that didn't really last too long and left no lacing. The color of this beer is a shade or two darker than most average macros... more of an orange tint and quite clear. (Average appearance)

The nose on this was fairly subdued. Just a hint of what was to come in the taste.... a sweetish malty nose... very slight.

Taste: Hey... not bad... This has a sweetness to it like honey mixed in with a lightly toasted malt. Hardly any hop bitterness balance... this one is predominantly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation... body on the light side. Very little aftertaste.

Drinkability: Have this one all day... refreshing, light, un-offensive. Nothing really outstanding... just a good solid beer.

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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 sweethome
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bonefish grill in Louisville.

A light golden beer, delivered to me in a pilsner glass with a decent white head. Nice nose of rich malts for such a light beer.

The taste is simple, refined, and not bad. I get a nice malt flavor which reminds me in some way of I just thinking that? No, must be some corn in this grist.

I considered this more of a golden ale while trying it, so a bit surprised to see it called a pale ale. This did not have much ho flavor and very limited bittering.

I like this beer - a real quaffer.

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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 Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly to a spotty surface foam. No lacing develops.

Smell: light grass tones with some malt and fruit sweetness. Very mild aroma here.

Taste: decent grainy malt profile here, with some green grape sweetness, grass, and soft bitterness. A very light and mellow ale here, so do not expect to be blown away here.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smoother towards the finish. Clean aftertaste. Light bodied beer.

Drinkability: a pretty average beer that is not as refreshing as I would like. After the glass was empty, I was looking for something else.

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Photo of xzqrut
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle, this beer gave good first impression, decent head, nice carbonation, nice light copper color. After that, it was all average. Smell very mild hop, as was the taste, nothing real bitter, just mild. Mouthfeel was fairly light and a little flat. All in all, average at best.

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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 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 Bones54
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
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 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 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

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Photo of Kicksmile67
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty darn good local. You can tour the brewery for free and they are more than happy to share the blends they use. The tour included a free sampling of what they have to offer and this always makes the visit more enjoyable. The price line on this being a local makes it a go to beer if Im out, being that most local bars/restaurants/venues seem to be picking it up.
On to the beer itself. The appearance is nothing spectacular although it does have a dark appearance leading you to believe its going to be rich. The smell is nothing out of the ordinary and is what you would expect. The taste is far richer than other beers its price and makes it an easy choice over the larger brands. Mouthfeel is good and overall drinkability is good. Many times this is the beer that finds its way into the fridges of my friends as its a good staple "drinking beer" as we call it.

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Photo of Sosh
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not originally from Kentucky, but currently go to school there. I saw this on the list of beers at a bar and thought what the heck. This beer far surpased my expectations, and everyone else who tried it also liked it. It made me want to try more of what this brewing company makes.

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Photo of nortmand
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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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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 Yegg
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Inviting reddish amber, clear. Thin head. Smells of lightly toasted grain. Subtle sweetness. Rather nice hint of vanilla and biscuity aroma. Light bodied feel, smooth with modest carbonation. Not a bad beer really. I may be judging this beer a little too harshly because, for me, their Bourbon Barrel Ale is a far superior ale.

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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 Fugazme
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up from a bargain bin at a grocery store for a buck...
Not expecting much.

Reddish-gold color. Clarity is good with a near-non-exsistent head.

Aroma is better than I expected, but still relatively average. Sweet with some berry notes. Floral. Smells like Twizzlers. Slight citrus.

Suprisingly good flavor. Not great, but good. Malty yet bright.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours out a clear golden-amber color with a big white head of big bubbles that fades fairly quickly.

Smell is muted, but with a clean maltiness and a light fruity hop aroma. Slightly toasted grain.

Flavor is fairly simple, but in a straightforward way rather than a negative one. Clean malt flavors, malty with a little bit of fruit and a touch of buttered bread in there as well. Light mouthfeel adds to the crisply clean flavor of the whole thing.

Overall: A nice effort from a brewer in my beloved home commonwealth. Nothing mind-boggling, but a solid, subtle English pale.

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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 sulldaddy
4.01/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle courtesy of kmpitz2.
Pouring into a pint glass at room temp.
The beer pours a clear deep gold color with minimal off white fizzy head foaming up and fading to nothing very quickly.
Aroma is grainy, husky malt and a bit of fruit (apples) also a bit of caramel. Pretty nice nose!
First sip reveals an average body with minimal carb that barely makes its presence known. The beer is very easy to drink and fairly lite. The flavor is pretty sweet with caramel and some graininess. There is just a hint of hops in the middle but the finish moves back to malt and caramel which does linger just a bit.

I think it would make a great session beer, as it has interesting flavor and is not very heavy on the belly or booze.
A pretty tasty beer that is well crafted and drinkable.

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