American Pale AleSeptember 1, 2001 Louisville, KY
Bluegrass Brewing Co.
Available: KY, IN, OH
Bluegrass Brewing uses Centennial and Willamette hops to produce their American Pale Ale. Using generous amounts of malt, the recipe of this brew was carefully developed for the local palate.
Original gravity: 1055
One of the best pale ales I have ever enjoyed. It has good color, a lovable hop bouquet, and the head even sounds good! The beer itself isn’t quite that awesome but is ever so drinkable and gets better as you imbibe. Moreover, the hop character actually improves in the glass. This is indeed a welcome libation. Quite enjoyable.
- Fred Eckhardt
A voluminous tan head sits atop a slightly hazy, deep orange beer. A big, fruity, American hop aroma leaps from the glass. On the palate, the beer is dry and bracingly hopped, the hops obliterating the malt and flying through to a clean, clipped finish. Unbalanced for sure, but hopheads will pounce. The hop aromas are nice enough to hold your interest and the bitterness has the power to slice through burritos, pizzas, and probably carbon steel.
- Garrett Oliver
You don’t have to be British to associate the initials BBC with television. Wouldn’t the old Bluegrass Brewing Company be both more evocative and more in sympathy with the trapper on the label. Most American pale ales are pale, lean, and hoppy; this one is dark, full-bodied and malty—and then hoppy. It has a fresh, appetizing aroma; a very dense creamy head; a deep amber color; a creamy, nutty, treacle-toffee dryness; and a woody bitterness supporting the claimed generosity with the hops.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Michael Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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