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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8   EST. CALORIES: 160   ABV: 5.34%
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Kentucky Ale is a marriage between two classic beer styles, Irish Red Ale and English Pale Ale. The Kentucky Ale mashing program uses: • the finest 2-row imported Harrington malt, • select caramel malt varieties grown both domestically and abroad, • a pinch of wheat malt for a smooth, creamy taste. Varieties of the English hops East Kent Goldings and Fuggles impart a spicy yet soft, floral aroma without a harsh, bitter aftertaste. These ale hops are used to balance the sweetness of the malt and are an important flavor component of Kentucky Ale. Light copper in color, the unique body and character of Kentucky Ale is heavily influenced by the water, drawn from aquifers in the limestone underlying the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2005
12 oz bottle that pours orange with a small head. Aroma is mostly malt with some caramel. Some hop presence along with a mellow dough taste. Nice mouthfeel and not as bad as I thought it would be.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 18, 2005
In the bottle. A gift from Bill Baburek. Pours amber in color with a non-existent head. I’m about to generalize here and state that beer that makes you burp is usually bad beer. This one folks is a burper. It has a very subtle caramel malt aroma, but no hop aroma. Tingly and crisp in flavor, this has plenty of calcium carbonate. A little more malt flavoring than your average macro, but not much more. I liken this to the old "Governor’s Ale" that was carried by the Harris Teeter grocery chain (made by the Virginia Brewing Co.) many years ago.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Bottle. Poured a dark amber with an average rocky white head that lasted the majority of the brew. Average hoppy aroma. Medium body and average flavor with a medium bitter at finish. Good ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Very, very cold from store cooler. Amber with very little head retention. Aroma smells a bit like iron. Only the slightest malt flavor balanced with a slight hops flavor. Finishes a little macro swill like. It is slightly better that most macro swill, likely by intention. Nothing offensive, nothing exciting; a near perfect 2.5.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (5493) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Reddish amber with a standard slippery head. The aroma is vaguely malt or caramel. The flavor started with an unexpected tartness, followed with a sweet tangy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2004
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
12oz bottle. Copper color, negligable head. Light malty nose...some toasty and bread. Mellow malty flavor. Light/thin body. Sligh suggestion of hops in the finish and a slight touch of fruitiness. Not half good. Certainly doesn’t fulfill my taste for robust ales. Not one I’ll need to revisit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Bottle. Light fruity malt aroma - subtle. Coppery red color - little head. Cherry malt flavor - slightly sweet and slightly tart - quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Clear light amber color and a quickly falling off white head start out when this one is poured. Musty malt aroma reminds me of a damp basement. Not really much flavor going on either good or bad, melded with a watery palate make this a forgettable brew.

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