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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Bottle - a malty nose with a deep hop undertone. Pretty dark gold with a short-lived white head. A deep malt flavor with a caramel sweetness - very nice. Slightly fizzy mouthfeel. I liked this one more than I expected to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9607) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Light brown with an off-white head. Hoppy aroma. Bitter in flavor. Mild and fizzy palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Clear copper body with a white head. Faint hops are pretty much all I’m getting in the nose. It’s a dry beer with fairly little malt in there. Some grassy hops is all there is of the flavor. This is pretty bland and pretty much a dissappointment, although I wasn’t really expecting much from a brewery that makes nothing but an "ale" and a "light."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2004
The commercial description is missing the part about this beer recipe being handed down by Jesus. In any event, it pours with a clear light amber body and a minimal off-white head. Yes, there is actually aroma (can you tell I don’t have high hopes for this one?) of biscuit and toast. OK, the suggestion that this is a "marriage" between an Irish Red Ale and English Pale Ale is apt- the flavor begins with cheerios and light toasty malt, finishing with earthy English hops for a slightly bitter finish. That said, this beer is too timid. A boost in the grain bill and hops additions would improve the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1456) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2004
Not too bad of an ale being from Kentucky. Deep yellow color with a nice off-white head. Some bubbles rose to the top. Herbal, with some sweet malt in the aroma. Smooth taste. Some hops, but not a lot. Overall pretty decent, and I'd be interested in trying this on tap! Had this bottle at the Beer Sellar in Newport, KY.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2003
Golden dark yellow in color with a firm off-white head about a finger high with some looser bubbles staying present, fades slowly to nothing, lace in fast drippings that don't stick. Aroma has a fairly nice malty sweetness with a great breadish tone of sourdough, nice and fresh with just a touch of grassy/citrusy hops. Taste is more of the same with a nice malt load, good bready sweetness of bagel dough with some nuttyness upfront and into the midway, light hops dot the finish which lingers of some sticky sweet malts and slight crispness. Good smooth medium body, clean, light creamyness ventures well as it warms, very nice drinker at that stage, sure its not as hoppy as most Pale Ales but for some reason that didn't bother me with this one. Its quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Deimos (81) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2003
A good ale. They tried for the English style and came pretty close. I can taste the limestone water which makes it similar to Bass somewhat. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This golden amber colored beer pours with a white head that slowly fades to a thin film. The aroma is mostly of malt sweetness, with a bit of grassy, herbal notes. The taste is a very solid malt profile, with much more sweetness than bitterness. The finish produces a bit of a mineral taste, presumably from the limestone water the beer is brewed with. The mouthfeel is solid, and the drinkability is good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2003 Let me start by saying, there is a very long commericial desciption for this beer when all they needed to say was horse pee. Aroma is malts, light hops and corn syrup. Appeaance is red / gold. Fine sticky head. Flavor is watery, and floral, kind of like the water that was in your grandmothers flower vase after a couple of weeks. Finish is dull and boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2003
Malty aroma, slight hops in the aroma. Orangy colour. Small head. Very smooth beer... Will have again. Hop taste malty taste.

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