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

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MasterSki on 05-24-2013

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Ratings:
190
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
14.88%
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For fans of Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company- particularly the hop-heads, have chomped at the bit for years wanting the Bluegrass' "Oldest Brewery" (as proclaimed on the can) to provide a reliable, dependable IPA to quench their thirst. After success with several GABF Pro-Am one-time releases, the brewery caves and gives hop lovers what they want!

As the beer flows from the God-awful hideous can, it settles comfortably with a bright copper body and a slightly off-white frothy head on top. Brilliantly clear, the ale doesn't provide the typical dry-hopped haze that's normally associated with the style, yet the clarity is surprising and charming. Mid-statured retention recedes to a skirt across the glass nearly half way through the session, then holding firm. Denoting each sip, concentric lacing lines the glass all the way to the bottom.

American hops exude from the aromas- the classy scent of Pacific Northwest varieties provide a distinct grapefruit character with herbaceous pine and sod undertones. Wrapped in a cocoon of caramel, the obvious rise of barley malt supports the hops well without competing with their dominance.

Lead by caramel, soft grain, and light biscuit flavor, the malts introduce to the tongue with the familiar taste that's found in their flagship Kentucky Ale. But a turn to middle palate sheds its sweetish upstart and favors a drier, crisper taste of fresh kilned barley. The light taste of bran and wavering caramel allow for the rise of hops- citrusy grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a kiss of pine provide the crescendo of taste before trailing with a lightly resinous finish. Its bitterness closes, again, with the same broad earthen character that occurs in the Kentucky Ale.

Medium bodied, the ale's creamy upstart is held together by initial sweetness and embedded carbonation. But as the malt structures recede, so does the sweetness and weight- leaving behind a decidedly dry and bitter taste and feel. Finishing mildly grainy, the trailing textures reveal a terse leafy, stemmy astringency and a rustic grain note. Somewhat minty in its alcohol warmth, the ale refreshes and satisfies the palate with ease.

The signature "house" character of Alltech is alive and well in this newly devised hop-forward ale. More than merely serviceable, its a beer that's well to appease the hop savants in the Bluegrass- at least for now (do I see an Imperial IPA in their future?). Now can we do something about that eyesore of a can?

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Photo of biboergosum
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of the six-packs they are sold in, exclusively by the local liquor store monopoly chain around here - boo-urns.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, frothy, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some layered streaky, sudsy lace around the glass as it duly sinks away.

It smells of bready, doughy pale malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, some Pez dispenser candy fruitiness, i.e. indistinct citrus, a bit more rounded piney leafiness, subtle earthy yeast notes, and a further dank floral hop acridity. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a weakened caramel candy character, mixed and matched orchard citrus, a wet piney leafy bitterness, and further weedy, earthy, and floral hops.

The bubbles are pretty understated in their plain-Jane sassiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth, sure, but with a bit of hop and alcohol intransigence. It finishes off-dry, the tempered, yet still edgy fruitiness kind of running a racket - the grain and bitter hoppiness not in need of applying, as it were.

An adequate version of an American IPA, filtered through a Southern gentleman's idea of what it should be. No real off-flavours, but not really abreast of the best of breed coming out of the West or Northeast coasts right now. Easy to drink, but don't ask me to recall it beyond a week from now.

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Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours a clear, golden-amber color, with excellent clarity and moderate visible carbonation. The durable foamy head leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma: probably the ale's strong point, with a nice mix of citrus, floral and grassy scents.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. It finishes slightly dry with mild-moderate grassy and grapefruit bitterness that's lower than expected given the hop presence earlier on. Overall well-balanced and relatively easy drinking for style, with some similarities to an English IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation; relatively smooth and soft.

O: a solid IPA.

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Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, clear golden, two finger white head with decent retention.
Hop smell, mostly citrusy, a bit of pine and floral notes too.
Tastes of peach, sweet citrus and pine. Some extra lemon zestiness. Bitter grapefruit finish, dry but not too rough.
Light bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink and easy to down a few of these in one night.
Refreshing, nothing incredible, but packs enough punch for the hop fans, without scaring off the opposite crowd.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking 16 ounce pounder cans, pours a bright copper orange hue with a slightly off white head forming thick and dwindling quick as well. Aroma bright citrus upfront tangerine zest and an air of cat pee, with some fresh cut grassiness, I also have to comment on the biscuit malt with some perceived sweetness from the cereal grains here to balance things out. Flavor is abundant with hop bitterness but lacks on balance and hop flavors. What's left is a one dimensional training wheels IPA from Kentucky, that sadly enough will not hold a flame to some of your favorite IPAs. Very strong hop pellet aromatics and flavors with the hops more generic than some of the vivid flavorful IPAs that are available today. A very weird experience develops with each sip as the hops explode into a concentrated hop pellet explosion, I get mostly high alpha bitterness levels and not much of the actual hop flavors I like for example, citrus/pine/floral qualities. Very persistent bitterness doesn't leave much room for balance a bit of a mess here. Mouthfeel is slick with hop oils, I would give it a medium bodied level with heavier carbonation than necessary, force pressurized in the can completely filtered not much in the way of yeast sediment. Overall it's a lackluster IPA that just doesn't stand up to the competition of the modern American IPAs that I have loved for over 10 years.

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Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of piney hops, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of piney hops, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of sugar, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, and body, the sugar is the drawback.

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Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of wrightst
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jschott75
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of barczar
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden copper with a modest cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, lacing minimal foam.

Citrus, pine, and resin form the initial aroma, with subtle malt sweetness and fruitiness adding depth.

Flavor is decidedly bitter in balance. Muted notes of grapefruit and pine underlie a watery toasted, bready caramel malt backbone. The finish is fairly resiny.

Body and carbonation are somewhat light, with slight astringency at the finish. Alcohol warmth is subtle.

Pretty one note, unfortunately. Fairly weak in malt and hops.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of threedaggers
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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Kentucky IPA from Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
3.36 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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