Kentucky Race Day Session IPA | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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Kentucky Race Day Session IPAKentucky Race Day Session IPA
Kentucky Race Day Session IPAKentucky Race Day Session IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 47
Photo of Chasegator
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look- Golden with a small head.
Smell- Hops, little citrus and floral. Hint of wheat
Taste- Very bland. Hard to place the flavor of the taste. In between a wheat and a pale ale. Not a traditional IPA
Feel- medium bodied traditional of an IPA. A little heavy considering ABV
Overall- Not good. The ABV is low, difficult to disguish the ingredients and flavors. Definitely go for another brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have to give credit where credit is due. I am winnowing down & through the insidious Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody when this one appeared in the rotation. I was surprised that I could not find it since it was a fairly recent acquisition & even more surprised that it was "retired". sammythegoose to the rescue with a link to a newspaper article showing that it was still in production! Kudos, also, to the staff member who quickly resolved it through an Update!

From the bottle: "The original craft brew of the Bluegrass".

Correct name, correct status, approved pic on file! Man, this is perfectly aligned for me to Pop! the cap and get started. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of foamy, fizzy, rocky, eggshell-white head with modest retention before falling away. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity & while this would have normally precipitated a visit from the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas, they called earlier to say that they were poll-watchers today and would be unable to stop over. Nose had an odd grapefruit/pine/grassy smell that seemed like so many other Session IPAs. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was slightly bitter, more towards lemon & grapefruit, but in an awfully muted state. It was indicative of my problem with this offshoot of the AIPA style - aroma hops that do not translate onto the taste. Finish was semi-dry, but I did not really care since this was boring me to death! Boring!

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Photo of sammythegoose
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has been brought back as of Spring 2016, so the "retired" note here should be removed.

Had from a 12oz bottle with 053116 printed on the glass.

I love IPA's but their mix of Cascade, Calypso and Hallertau hops simply does not taste good. You would think a session IPA with a light hop taste would be tough to not be decent. What piney hop taste is there makes you wish there was less of it. No malt balance at all. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of hophugger
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an undated bottle. Scares me a little as I see this beer is retired and no longer brewed. It was on the shelf so here goes>>>Gold in color with white fluffy head. Aroma is almost non-existent with a touch of AAL smell like Bud Lite. Taste is very watery, hardly any hops or malt. What a mess !

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Photo of dalizzie
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from undated bottle.

(L) The color is medium golden with dissipating finger white head.
(A) The aroma is slightly floral and piney with a bit of skunk. Not getting much citrus or anything. Not much aroma at all.
(T) Not much flavor and what's there isn't enjoyable.
(F) The feel is thin. Light-bodied.

I'm with DoubleMalt. Undated bottle, retired beer... maybe slightly expired?

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Photo of DoubleMalt
2.94/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Considering the beer is listed as retired as I try a bottle, it is likely to be an old beer. Skunky smell and no hoppy flavors at all. Perhaps dating the bottles would help Brewers reduce poor ratings....hint, hint.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Nice golden amber with huge head, decent lacing.
S-Mostly a mild floral, sort of pine aroma, some wheat.
T-Mild bitter leading into a little caramelized wheat.
M-Good carbonation, easy drinking light body but not exactly watery either.
O-Easy drinker. Maybe a good segue beer for those seeking to experience craft beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This one was already behind the eight ball, as a style I don't like, but this was bad even for a session IPA. Watery, bitter and dank this didn't seem to conjure up any malt at all. The hops had no fruit or sweetness and delivered onion, chive and pine.

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Photo of crazyjoedivola
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Here, I'm torn. This is a really nice beer, and I definitely plan on buying an drinking more of it, but to rate it as an American IPA...not so much. It's a little thin, (not outside of other session ipa's, which is another style discussion) but it was the inclusion of Hallertau hops that mismatches the style. The smell and aftertaste are unmistakably German (weed/skunk) which is nice, but just doesn't fit the style. Good beer, and well worth a try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kicking off spring with a bang is the Lexington Brewing Company with their Race Day- a session IPA to entice the tastebuds of the horse racing community (or drinking opportunists) and give it to them in a body and strength that can keep their thirsts quenched and their motivations high.

The brightly colored amber beer is a shade deeper than golden and capturing a copper hue through the center. A cottony swath of foam is light and quick to share its hoppy secrets as its citrusy, herbal and piney perfume springs to the nose. But a delicately sweet taste remises of graham cracker and softly toasted caramel.

Across the middle, the lively beer bursts from the tongue and sheds its juicy malt flavors of caramel, honey and toast to allow the hops to shine. Bright with pink grapefruit, orange peel, freshly shaven pine and muddled chive, the hop's close relationship to cannabis is readily apparent. Its grassy bitterness grows to not only balance the fleeting malt, but to also command the finish.

Medium-light on the palate, the exuberant and bubbly nature accents the beer's dryness and crisp mineral action. As the hops turn to grass, stem and herb; its light astringency is captured by the effervescence in a seemingly seltzer-like effect.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrusy, dank, skunky, slightly onion aroma.

Flavor is biscuity malt, citrusy, fairly dank. Citrus is muddled grapefruit and orange. Much better than their standard ipa.

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Kentucky Race Day Session IPA from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 47 ratings