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

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Kentucky IPAKentucky IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Brenden
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The body shines a deep, bright dark gold with a haze throughout. The white head that develops makes it to one finger, shows moderate retention, and leaves equally moderate lacing mostly in patches with some heavier spotting as well.
The nose offers fresh leafy and grassy hops with the malts contributing more of a fruity note than anything. Citrus zest is in there as well.
The hops gets really grassy but pull some pine into it with a slightly pithy edge, making it go a little chalky in the middle. It does get a slightly medicinal edge to it, but barely. It eases up as it warms, but there's also a touch of something like brine sneaking in. The overall floral, grassy and very slightly citrus and resin bitterness is actually a good profile, and fairly well-balanced by the malt. The flaws do show, however.
Crispness from carbonation affords some smoothness, but the body is a little weak and on the watery side, making it somehow feeling flat while fairly active.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The can is nicely presented in the 16 ounce tall version and it's 6.5 pct ABV. The coloring is golden to light orange which was a fairly weak face for an IPA. This must have been fresh as a rush of bubbly carbonation built a thick white head and the bubbles continued to rush to the top throughout.

The scent was subtle floral aromas, bready malts and pine essence.

The flavor followed suit with subtle earthy floral flavors, malt and pine. Hidden deep in the back is a lemon zest and a slight metallic after taste, but it was not detracting. This is crisp and very easy to drink.

Very well balanced with nice subtle flavors this is perfect for people new to IPAs as it has training wheels.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Golden bodied with big frothy white head that kind of sticks
Has a lovely citra-esque aroma citrus & nettles
The flavour is part UK IPA, part UK flowery bitter with a smidgeon of US IPA
It's a slight bit thin
Like everything in life balance is importance
& at £5 for 6 bottles this provides the financial balance for the expensive cost of craft ale
decent beer

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with over a finger of head. The nose has notes of nice earthy hops. The flavor is fairly bland and the body is very thin for the style.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%

A: 3.5 Clear light copper color with a small head.
S: 3.75 Medium hoppy aroma, with notes of pine resin and nuts.
T: 3.75 Bitterness is moderate for an IPA, with resin flavor. Malt is large part of the flavor as well and makes it slightly more interesting. Finish is dry.
M: 3.5 Neutral mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
O: 3.5 Alright beer. Doesn't stand out except perhaps its maltiness

Weighting (percentages): 20, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.65

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Photo of hophugger
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear Golden amber color with a magnificent fluffy head and amazing lacing that clings for dear life to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of pine, hops and a touch of citrus. Hops, citrus, resin and pine come out with the taste but something is odd. There seems to be an off taste, missing that clean hop bitterness that would be expected with an IPA. Overall, a decent beer, but lacking that extra uumph!!

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly good IPA. Certainly hoppy enough with good balance. Pours a clear light copper color with a medium size white head that fades to a covering on the glass. Better than aerage retention, average lacing.

Aroma is fairly mild citrus hops, Taste is more .balanced, The citrus hops and bitterness are pretty good. There is balancing caramel malt that adds a bit of sweetness without cutting the bitterness too much.

Mouthfeel is a bit too light for my taste. A nice balance between sweet malt and citrus hops but the body is a bit too thin.

Overall a pretty tasty beer. Not bad but there are better AIPAs out there.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from V&B, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and malty aroma with citrus note.
Taste & mouthfeel : moderate hops and bitterness in finish.
Overall : an average beer in the style IPA.

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Photo of ordybill
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light golden amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is of mild piney hops. The taste is piney hops with some malt, fairly dry palate. A pretty good beer.

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2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks like and IPA as the body is a golden honey hue. Head is about an inch of off white fluff. Smell is faint but includes some rustic piney hops. Flavor is the biggest let down here as the hops are not dynamic at all. They are woodsy and a bit flat with a hint of piney tones but really nothing else to compliment the palate. It is drinkable but not all that enjoyable.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear,copper gold in color, with a decent cap of airy white foam.
Aroma-Subtle citrus hop note.
Taste-Toasted malt, herbal hops. Flavors a bit muted and unbalanced, but not a bad brew by any means. Your basic middle-of-the-road IPA.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a semi-transparent light amber, with a frothy head. Lace is sparse and erratic, though.

Nose is citrus hops, with a definite caramel malty presence, just below the surface.

Taste falls right in line with the aroma here, with citrus hops up front and a caramel malt layer underneath. This is really well-balanced, but in today's hop-forward craft beer climate, this seems a very safe and easy IPA. As a pale ale, this would be superior. As an American IPA, only solid. But certainly, a surprisingly enjoyable ale regardless.

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Photo of Omnium
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank it straight from the can while playing some disc golf.
The aroma in this beer is incredible, I know getting aroma out of a can isnt ideal, but tons of citrus, fresh cut grass, white grape, a little pine, super dank aroma, absolutely killer. Taste follows up with it, but a little subdued in some way, got some nice bready malt to it, bright big citrus tones, strong bitterness. Mouthfeel was medium, tingly from the bitter bite.
Honestly Im kinda shocked to see the rating where its at, I really enjoyed this, the aroma reminded me a lot of heady topper.
Im going to get another one of these hopefully in the future and do a glass review on it.

Updated 12-8-13
Can > 2x IPA Glass
A - Clear orange gold with a finger of white foamy head, minor lacing.
S - Huge dank aroma, some caramel and bread malt, hop resin, floral notes.
T - Tons of dankness, dank pine, dank grass, hop resin, bready malt, grapefruit, lemon zest.
M - Good feel, easily drinkable.
O - I still dont see why this gets bad ratings i love how dank this beer is, its solid.

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Photo of rangerred
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with a thick one finger white head. Really good head retention and lacing thanks to some serious carbonation. Not bad.

The aroma is very earthy and very dank. Wet leaves, tree bark, garlic, and onions along with weed. A tiny bit of toast from the malt underneath but hops really dominate.

There is a little more fruit in the taste but still a lot of earthy, dank hops. A bit of orange and tangerine and a bit of citric tartness. The malt is caramel and toast but takes a back seat to the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side with a strong bitterness and lingering mild sweetness.

Overall, just a very run of the mill IPA. The earth and dank is a nice departure from the typical citrus IPA's but I can't say I'm really impressed. I'll stick to the bourbon barrel ale.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: earthy; sweet malt;

T: somewhat bland; a little malt sweetness up front, then a bit of caramel malt; light bitterness on the finish; no hop profile at all;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: no date on the bottle, so it may have been old; otherwise, this was pretty boring;

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Photo of Cresant
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The 16 oz. can I had was not dated. A vigorous pour displayed a clear and bright pretty copper colored body. The large pillowy head slowly collapsed leaving random lacing and a solid cap.

The aroma was herbal and piney. Leafy and gently minty. Perfume-y as it warmed.

The flavor was more bitter than sweet, just how I like IPAs. Hints of alcohol. Pine and oranges with a soft, lingering dry finish. The body was lighter than expected and had modest carbonation.

This one is easy to drink and I’m glad to have another accessible IPA in the Commonwealth.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pale amber colored body was very clear, and the pour formed a nicely proportioned, two-finger thick, foamy head. The smell was grapefruit and mandarin oranges, and was very pleasing, but a bit mild. The taste once again showcased the citric hops, with lemony, grapefruity bitterness that was very much to my liking. There was a touch of sweetness and some light herbs in the finish. The body was a little on the light side. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

This pours a mostly clear, amber color with a slight foamy head. The aroma is mild with hints of bitter hops. Texture is smooth and easy drinking with a strong bitter flavor that is very herbal and dry. While the flavor is there, it is very strong and a little off-putting after awhile. It finishes with a lingering dry, bitter after taste.

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