Highest rated beer in Kentucky

Written by:
October 28, 2022
Alexey Andr Tkachenko // Shutterstock

Highest rated beer in Kentucky

If you drink beer—any beer—you've likely heard of the craft beer revolution, and you likely fall into one of two camps: IPA warrior or lager loyalist. The great thing about a beer-related revolution is that there is no wrong side. Whatever your preference, cheers to you.

The burgeoning brewery business is indeed a revolution by many counts. According to the Brewers Association, the number of breweries in the United States grew 390% from 2010 to 2020—all while beer consumption, on average, was declining.

Like all revolutions, this, too, began as a desire for change—as an overthrow of the old and the monopolistic. In 2010, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors (formerly MillerCoors), two of the largest beer companies in the world, comprised roughly 77% of total beer sales in the U.S. In 2020, that share was 60%, with smaller brewers claiming a larger share toward the end of the decade.

With a taste of the innovations and variety coming out of craft breweries, consumers are demanding a higher quality product, and are willing to pay more for it. Over the last decade, beer prices have increased by 33%.

If you've ever been curious about which beers are most popular in your home state, we have the answer. Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated beer in Kentucky using ratings from BeerAdvocate. A maximum of 5 beers per brewery were included.

You may also like: Highest rated IPAs in Kentucky

1 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#30. Hazelnut Stout

- Rating: 3.96 (12 ratings)
- Type: American Stout
- ABV: 6.50%
- Brewery: Country Boy Brewing
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
2 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#29. Jubilee

- Rating: 3.96 (17 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 8.00%
- Brewery: Braxton Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
3 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#28. Dark Charge - Bourbon Barrel-Aged

- Rating: 3.95 (32 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 13.00%
- Brewery: Braxton Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
4 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#27. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Peppermint Porter

- Rating: 3.95 (68 ratings)
- Type: Imperial Porter
- ABV: 8.20%
- Brewery: Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
5 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#26. Papaw's Red

- Rating: 3.99 (15 ratings)
- Type: Imperial Red Ale
- ABV: 9.00%
- Brewery: Country Boy Brewing
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

You may also like: Most popular girl names in the 80s in Kentucky

6 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#25. Dynasty

- Rating: 3.99 (18 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.50%
- Brewery: Country Boy Brewing
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
7 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#24. McPoyle

- Rating: 3.98 (26 ratings)
- Type: Sweet / Milk Stout
- ABV: 6.50%
- Brewery: Mile Wide Beer Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
8 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#23. Kentucky Coffee Barrel Cream Ale

- Rating: 4.0 (39 ratings)
- Type: Cream Ale
- ABV: 5.50%
- Brewery: Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
9 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#22. Power Chord

- Rating: 4.02 (22 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 6.80%
- Brewery: Gravely Brewing Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
10 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#21. Braxton Labs Edge of Mysteries

- Rating: 4.04 (15 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 6.50%
- Brewery: Braxton Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

You may also like: Counties with the most renters in Kentucky

11 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#20. Kentucky Maple Barrel Stout

- Rating: 4.02 (26 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 12.00%
- Brewery: Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
12 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#19. Ya Damn Skippy

- Rating: 4.06 (13 ratings)
- Type: American Porter
- ABV: 5.00%
- Brewery: Blue Stallion Brewing Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
13 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#18. Tropic Flare

- Rating: 4.01 (56 ratings)
- Type: New England IPA
- ABV: 6.80%
- Brewery: Braxton Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
14 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#17. Rico Sauvin

- Rating: 4.03 (764 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 8.20%
- Brewery: Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
15 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#16. Pennyrile Pale Ale

- Rating: 4.06 (67 ratings)
- Type: American Pale Ale
- ABV: 6.00%
- Brewery: West Sixth Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

You may also like: Highest-rated Class of 2022 football recruits from Kentucky

16 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#15. Bourbon Barrel Aged Pay It Forward Cocoa Porter

- Rating: 4.14 (15 ratings)
- Type: American Porter
- ABV: 9.00%
- Brewery: West Sixth Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
17 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#14. James E. Pepper 1776 American Brown Ale

- Rating: 4.05 (208 ratings)
- Type: American Brown Ale
- ABV: 10.20%
- Brewery: Georgetown Trading Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
18 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#13. Heller Heaven Double IPA

- Rating: 4.06 (150 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 9.50%
- Brewery: West Sixth Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
19 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#12. Knotty Pine

- Rating: 4.08 (56 ratings)
- Type: Imperial IPA
- ABV: 9.00%
- Brewery: Country Boy Brewing
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
20 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#11. Dark Charge - Bourbon Barrel-Aged - Vanilla

- Rating: 4.13 (21 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 13.00%
- Brewery: Braxton Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

You may also like: Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Kentucky

21 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#10. Tropical Gose

- Rating: 4.2 (14 ratings)
- Type: Gose
- ABV: 4.50%
- Brewery: Ethereal Brewing
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
22 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#9. Snake Eyes Imperial Stout

- Rating: 4.09 (89 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 11.00%
- Brewery: West Sixth Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
23 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#8. London Balling - Amburana Wood-Aged

- Rating: 4.23 (13 ratings)
- Type: English Barleywine
- ABV: 12.50%
- Brewery: Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
24 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#7. Debaser

- Rating: 4.24 (17 ratings)
- Type: American IPA
- ABV: 7.00%
- Brewery: Gravely Brewing Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
25 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#6. Nothing Special

- Rating: 4.34 (13 ratings)
- Type: Rye Beer
- ABV: 12.00%
- Brewery: Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

You may also like: Countries Kentucky imports the most goods from

26 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#5. London Balling

- Rating: 4.16 (456 ratings)
- Type: English Barleywine
- ABV: 12.50%
- Brewery: Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
27 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#4. Uncle Disheveled

- Rating: 4.34 (20 ratings)
- Type: American Stout
- ABV: 5.50%
- Brewery: Mile Wide Beer Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
28 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#3. Snakes In A Barrel

- Rating: 4.28 (51 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 11.00%
- Brewery: West Sixth Brewing Company
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
29 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#2. James E. Pepper 1776 Stout

- Rating: 4.59 (10 ratings)
- Type: American Imperial Stout
- ABV: 12.50%
- Brewery: Georgetown Trading Co.
- Read more on BeerAdvocate
30 / 30
BeerAdvocate

#1. Bo & Luke

- Rating: 4.25 (1,006 ratings)
- Type: Russian Imperial Stout
- ABV: 13.00%
- Brewery: Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
- Read more on BeerAdvocate

You may also like: Counties with the highest rate of food insecurity in Kentucky

Trending Now