I love my home state of Kentucky. I’m proud to say that I was born, raised and have lived here my entire life. Its beautiful countryside is something to behold with the plains and flatlands of Western Kentucky that give way to the rolling, bluegrass hills of Central Kentucky finalized by the mountains of Eastern Kentucky Appalachia.
Kentucky is best know for KFC, The Derby, UK basketball and Bourbon, all of which are honorable and proud things to be noted for, however one thing The Bluegrass State is not known for, is world class craft beer.
The Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company (kentuckyale.com) hope to change that.
Currently, they produce three different brews. The Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (which I have reviewed on the blog), the Kentucky Ale and Kentucky Light.
Today, I’m going to be reviewing the Kentucky Light. I found this detailed description on the website.
Kentucky Light is a light bodied easy drinker for a thirst quenching low calorie, low carb experience. The aroma is lively with a crisp, zesty finish. That’s because our specialized yeast, said to be the life force in beer, is the single greatest flavor contributor to this remarkably smooth and flavorful microbrew sure to be a Bluegrass favorite for years to come. Whether you’re strickly a light beer drinker or prefer a medium bodied microbrew, one taste of Kentucky Light will prove you can have a great tasting light beer full of flavor without all the calories.
This is the only one of the three that I have not had, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it tastes.
This brew comes in a 12 oz. bottle with an ABV of 4.32%.
The beer appeared a crystal clear, straw/yellow color with a super bright white, soapy, fizzy head. The head, actually had very nice size and girth, however it didn’t stick around very long and the lacing was minimal at best. I was amazed by how clear the body was. Impressive really.
The aroma produced a faint grain with a dry wafer or cracker note followed by some lemon citrus and a mild, butter”y” zest. It smells clean, laid back and balanced.
With the taste, I detected a dry, crisp, cracker flavor with a gentle lemon citrus, which provided some well needed touches of bitterness. A prevalent, grain”y” savor was recognized to add some intricacy and, like the smell, I think it had a very “clean” profile. The overall resume was somewhat subdued and slight, but it still had enough mettle to keep me interested. The one setback, that I encountered, was the arrival of some “dreaded” rice adjuncts. The weren’t putrid or off putting, but I was just hoping that I wouldn’t find them. It was still balanced fairly well though.
The mouthfeel was medium/thin, dry and smooth with a very crisp finish. It was not at all watery like a lot of other Kolsh style brews are, but it was still very refreshing and thirst quenching.
One thing is for sure. This IS a light beer. Not filling, very easy drinking and seems like the type of beer I would want after a hard, hot days work in the tobacco patch. I think it’s still better than any “macro” out there. Much better smell, flavor and mouthfeel. This might be the perfect brew to persuade non “craft beer” drinkers to expand their palate a bit. It is similar to a “macro”, yet it still has a personality and a presence that is duly noted. Give it a try if you want a Summer refresher.
On a side note, I hope to post a review of the flagship Kentucky Ale in the near future to complete the “trifecta” of the Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company brews.
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Score: 2.6 out of 5