Kentucky Hopfield & McCoy IPA | Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 10-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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The 2012 Great American Beer Festival beings a unique opportunity for the northern Kentucky homebrewers Kurt Greivenkamp, Scott Roseburrough and Brandon Nevil to team up with Lexington Brewing Company for this strong American IPA that competes in the GABF Pro-Am division this fall.

The beer pours into the glass with a brightly lit copper-orange saturation. It's diffused hop-derived glow is a quintessential element of well made IPAs. As it's cotton white head builds upon the beer, the foam stance proves persistent, stern, and lacing the glass with defined rings with each sip taken.

Juicy aromas of citrus and tropical fruit rise from the rim of the glass. Grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and apricot seduce the olfactory senses with a drippy-sweet scent of honey and thin caramel from the malts. Noting a whiff of marmalade and butterscotch, its obvious that the beer does more than simply share a dialogue of hops and malt.

Candied fruit flavors start as the malts coax the front palate with the honeyish, caramelly taste that's sure to satisfy the sweet tooth of any drinker. But the malts are quickly balanced by hops flavor at middle palate- this rounds the beers flavors completely. The juices of ruby red grapefruit, kumquat, mango, apricot, pineapple, and lemon zest. Background herbal notes of mulled grasses and exotic botanical peak through the candied fruit taste before finish. Its late palate sheds its malty sweetness and begins to favor a lightly resinous bitterness that's reminiscent of pine needles and citrus pith.

Where the proclaimed alcohol content of eight-plus percent doesn't register with the palate, the beer remains smooth and drinkable from initial sip to its long finish. The thin sweetness that comes onto the palate early makes a quick procession toward fading malt dryness in finish; just as the growing hops assist the smooth and bitter dryness to close the beer as well. Mild alcohol warmth signal closure as the acidic bitterness extends well into the next sip.

Hopfield & McCoy relies more on hop flavor to balance the taste rather than the sharp and deep bitterness. Although it keeps the beer smooth, flavorful and drinkable, it leaves me wanting more hop bitterness for the full showcase of hops. It's strength straddles the line between standard IPA and imperial IPA. This is part of the beer's uniqueness and its indecision. Good luck to the homebrewers and Lexington Brewing Company in the GABF Pro-Am this October!

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Kentucky Hopfield & McCoy IPA from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
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