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 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 GeoffFromSJ
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-peach color. Some head and OK lacing.

American hops on the nose, I believe.

Taste: fruity characteristic but not sure from what. Types of hops? Yeast esters? Either way, pleasant and in a good proportion.

A solid and drinkable beer. Definitely worth trying.

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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 Opethsprite
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being from Kentuuuucky, I'm relatively excited to see what the folks at Kentucky Ale have to offer. Doesn't look too promising...a very wimpy and unimpressive amber with a magical, vanishing head of white. Smells of moderately high alcohol with pine and caramel strands. Distinct and simple (in a good way). It tastes sweeter than expected, the caramel resonating on the palate the whole way through. In the end, it warms pleasantly into a smooth, buttery taste. The pep of carbonation is beautifully offset by an uncanny smoothness. A very enjoyable drink!

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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 BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting my review after a couple of years: I had a few pints last night (August 1, 2008) at a local Irish pub. The beer has much better attenuation rates than it did when I last reviewed the beer, making it crisper, less sweet, and drier. Still the beer has a malt-forward balance that lessens the drinkability and the potential character. Still, a super clean, crisp, refreshing ale, at least for one or two pints at a time.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Caramel malts, pale malts, and slight diacityl detected to the smell. No noticable hopping aromas. Mild spices and a little vanilla / butter.

Appearance: Copper to burgundy. Nicely clear beer. Off white head started at about 1/2" and fell to a trace after a few minutes. Head is mostly white with hues fo tan and red. Medium carbonation with averagely knit bubbles.

Taste: Very sweet. Malty and caramelly with a little vanilla thrown in. No real hop flavoring. Bittering barely detectable. Body is nicely full and shows traces of butterscotch-beleived to be a positive. Finishes sweet and malty. Doesn't leave the palate too sticky or sugary. Leaves the mouth moist and awaiting another qualf. Viscocity is creamy and palate coating.

Afertaste: Mainly the same sweet maltiness that started the drink. Now a notice of bittering hops which keeps this beer refreshing. Lingers nicely.

Impression: A better beer than what I was able to describe. Something more of a English Red style than an American Pale Ale. Even at that, a better Red than most that I have tried. Nicely balanced and aged. Very fresh and thirst quenching. However, this is one of few beers that I prefer from the bottle than on tap.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of kmpitz2

Pours a deep orange with a small, but well defined white head. Retention is a bit lacking, but collar and lacing are okay.
Smell is sweet caramel malts, some biscuity aromas, definite fruitiness, and just a whiff of hops.
Taste is pretty well like the smell. Hops are turned up much higher in the flavor but are somewhat overtaken by the sweetness of the beer. Still very good for an EPA.
Carbonation is nice, and mouthfeel overall is good.
Overall, a very easily drinkable English Pale. I could see myself having a 6er of this in my fridge at all times if I lived in Kentucky.

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

Want to thank kmpitz2 for the sixer and taking me to the brewery, mighty nice of him.

Pours a light amber color with a nice white head that falls fairly quick.

Aroma is light caramel malt some light fruitiness mixed with touch of hops floral in nature. Taste is the same caramel maltiness with touch of hop flavor and some light bitterness light crisp clean beer. On the tour the brewer said he was going for a good sessions beer, well that is exactlly what we have here.

Mouthfeel is light of medium, nice carbonation very crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is good this would be a great warm weather thirst quencher. Don't think the style listed on BA is right but still not bad little beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, no, I don't work for these guys.

Alright. So, some breweries want to boast abour brewery fresh beer. I helped out with bottling of this beer tonight and this bottle comes from the run we just did about an hour and a half ago. That is brewery fresh beer my friends. It pours a deep copper color with a 2 finger head that falls to not much over top The nose is nice, with a good caramel base and a slight citrus and spicey hop. Much more of a hop profile than I recall finding in this beer before. The flavor is also caramel, with a very slight diacetyl butteryness, but not in a bad way. The hops are more subdued in the flavor, giving just a slight hop bitter, but not much flavor. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Well balanced between feel and bubble. Drinkability is very good. Its smooth and crisp. Very drinkable. A very good show for my hometown beer!

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried to avoid this beer, not because I thought it would be bad, but because I thought it would be hard to rate it with an open mind. It's a home state brew after all. But when my dad bought me a six pack I just had to rate it, so here we go.

The pour was a dark yellow almost bordering on light copper with a good two finger head that quickly dissapated and left a nice white lace on top of the beer that held on throughout the drink.

The smell was a sweet fruit mixed with a slight hop spice and a hidden ale skunk in the rear of the nose.

The drink stated with a sweet, unexpected element, that was very hard to put my finger on. The middle was very light and watery. The finish was a slight hop spice mixed with sweet fruity flavors.

This was, to say the least, a very refreshing beer. Like I said I tried to walk into this one with an open unbiased mind and I really think I did it. This was a good beer that is worth a try, don't avoid it.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of off-white head over the clear light copper brew. Head fades to half its height and holds more or less steady, with nice foamy lacing. Aroma is lightly of sweet malt and hops. Taste is pale malt sweetness coupled with a balancing amount of medium bitter hops. Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth, and the drinkability is even better, with high sessionablility. Pleasant English-style pale ale.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - average to light amber, thin head holds at a layer of solid creaminess and lays a thin coating of lace down the glass.

Aroma - sweet malt and grain, pleasant, fairly average.

Taste - smooth and tasty. Like the aroma, it is sweet and dominated by malt. A bare trace of hops on the finish. Less depth than the bottled version, but pretty good.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, good cabonation level.

Drinkability - I like Kentucky Ale. On the sweeter side for a session pick, but its smooth character makes 'em disappear fast.

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

12 oz longneck, brown bottle, capped. No date.

This ale poured a clear, light copper color (hazy if the sediment was poured) with light tan foam that settled but clung to the glass and coated it. There was a good carbonation. The smell was sweetish malt with some floral hops. The taste was lightly sweet and malty with light floral hops and a mild hop bitterness with a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium-light body and modest carbonation. It was relatively clean but a light hoppiness lingered. This was an easy to drink, nice, balanced pale ale.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't realize that I hadn't reviewed this out of the bottle yet. Pours a copper color with a medium white head that doesn't stay around too long. The aroma is malty and full of caramel notes. Not much hop to be found. The flavor is much the same. Quite sweet and malty with caramel being the main flavor. Body is good and the drinkability is good. It's actually a mixture between two different styles (having talked to the brewer about it), neither of which is an APA ... so the style is wrong here on BA. But it's a nice session beer.

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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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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 oracle
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
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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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 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 bditty187
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden-amber in hue, no animation. A foamy white head of a finger in height topped off the beer; the head retention was very good, it slowly faded before gently resting as a tight cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and insignificant. Still the appearance of this beer was decent. The nose doesn’t say much. All I get is an impression that this is an ale because there is very vague fruitiness. The hops contribute minimal aromas, maybe a kiss of citrus. Little more. There are some notes of grain and a hint of caramel maltiness. The potency is weak. The bouquet is not inviting but not offensive either, in other words it is apathetic. The palate vaguely falls into what I would call a Pale Ale. It obviously lays closer to the English versions than a hoppy-ass American adaptations. I am always happy to quaff a good EPA, is this one of them? The bitterness is odd, it is not very bright and it seems very wide yet swallow. And largely flavorless, a faint kiss of citrus. This works in combination with yeast fruitiness, which is also faint. The grainy, caramel malt flavors easily penetrate the hops, which kind of muddles the taste especially in the middle and finish. The malt isn’t tasty like an English Pale Ale, it is boring like an American but without the bold hoppiness the palate comes off dull. Lazy aftertaste, nothing tries to standout. This is far from a bad beer; honestly it doesn’t taste much of anything. Nothing is very distinct and the muddled flavors do little for me. Medium in body, low carbonation but not low enough to be bothersome, the mouthfeel is passable. It is drinkable; I think this is little more than lawnmower beer. So there is a time and a place for Kentucky Ale. Thanks SheepNutz!

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Photo of chugamugofsud
4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kentucky ale is brewed here in Lexington and I have had it both on tap and in the bottle. It is frequently offered for 2 bucks a pint at Pazzo's and is a great deal at that price. The ale pours as a slightly darker/amber lager, it's a combination of the lager and scottish ale styles actually. When served cold, the beer will have a medium frothy head and will have a slight fruit smell to the top of it. The taste is very solid for a lager, not tasting too bitter nor getting overpoweringly sweet. This beer is great for drinking several of, very easy to get down and recommended for the price.

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Photo of merlin48
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, orange amber body. Skimpy offwhite head falls flat in a few seconds and leaves very minimal lacing.

Aroma is subdued, with caramel malt, a hint of floral hops, and some fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel features medium carbonation and reveals a light to medium body.

I love the taste of this, although there is really nothing stellar to speak of. Seems like pale malt, some buttery notes, fresh baked bread, and a restrained use of floral hops. Very smooth and pleasantly drinkable. Reminds me of a fresh Bass Pale Ale. This would be an ideal session ale.

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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 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 WVbeergeek
2.33/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Acquired from Sheepnutz on a trade, first Kentucky brew. Appearance: Very soid amber tone with a fluffy but creamy textured caramel tan head nice, leaving specks of lace and sports good head retention. Seems to be a flagship pale ale from Lexington Brewing Co. Aroma: Fruity undertones with a nice solid caramel malt characteristic and finishing hops are apparent as well definitely immaculate in balance. Taste: Grainy sweet flavors with some hop bitterness splashing at the palate but not overdoing anything some buttery characteristics from the malts used nothing spectacular but painstakingly solid can't say anything bad about this beer. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body crisp smooth and decently complex. Drinkability: Nice quality lawnmower pale ale, seems English in inspiration not as edgy as some American style pale ales, but nice thanks Ryan.

Update: 2/28/10

Appearance is a deep golden completely see through nice sized white head large bubbled carbonation, lacing is intricate and nice. Aroma is slightly metallic, semi sweet watery malt profile. A bit grassy and herbal in the nose with a subtle sweetness, very reserved overall. Flavor has a sour twang that just isn't working again light herbal hops maybe some prickly citric notes coming through just barely. Again watered down malt profile leaves a grainy cereal sludge with minimal sweetness, just a poorly made beer. Very different experience than I had years ago before this became the official beer of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Mouthfeel is heavy with carbonation and watery in body, leaves a slight metallic note in the finihs of each sip, whta's going on. Drinkability overall, this beer is so forgettable it's really not worth another shot, let's move on to the Bourbon Ale I've never had or seen that one yet.

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Kentucky Ale from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.33 out of 5 based on 352 ratings.
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