Friday, May 31st 2013
(Alltech's Lexington Brewing Co.)
A brand new beer from Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company (also known as Kentucky Ale), Kentucky IPA is also their first canned release - and the first craft beer in a pint can in Kentucky. Until now the brewery was not packaging an IPA (or a Pale Ale) so this is a smart addition for sure. They also have plans to can their Kentucky Kölsch, formerly known as Kentucky Light.
From the Alltech's Lexington Brewing Company site:
"Kentucky IPA™ is a deliciously hoppy, golden-hued American IPA. It has bright citrus flavors and sweet floral aromas which come from liberal dry-hopping with American hops."
Here we go...
Pour - dark honey and amber in appearance with an inch and a half of thick head on top.
Aroma - orange, lemon, and grapefruit along with a solid backing of sweet malt aromas.
Taste - caramel malt flavors providing a tangy sweetness at first, followed by some citrusy hop flavors that don't whip the tongue around too much. Some hints of pine, candied oranges, and floral notes. Medium bodied IPA with a nice smooth finish with a crispness that isn't overly dry.
Overall - very easy drinking, balanced without being overly bitter. This is a very approachable IPA. If you're a fan of hops, but not obsessed with hops, you'll enjoy this beer as it has a solid amount of hop presence but its not going to peel the enamel off your teeth. Nicely done.
Note - Alltech also opened a distillery in Lexington last year, the first new distillery in the city in over 100 years. They produce Town Branch Bourbon and the barrels that age it are used in the production of the brewery's popular Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale.
Posted by Russ
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