Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's India Pale AleAlexander Keith's India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
62
poor

265 Reviews
THE BROS
67
poor

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Reviews: 265
Hads: 563
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 26.74%
Wants: 16
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-1998

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Reviews: 265 | Hads: 563
Reviews by Kooz:
Photo of Kooz
2.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit up front that I'm not a big IPA fan. I don't like overly hoppy beer. It does not make me hoppy [groan].

Anyway, things started terribly for this beer. The appearance almost made me not want to drink it. No head, artificial-yellow, almost like electric pee. Yeah, gross.

Smelled slightly skunky, and that was it. Very faint scent, may not have even noticed if I didn't plan on reviewing it.

Glad I stuck with it through the smell and look--this beer tasted alright. Hoppier than I care for, but not overly so. I tried to judge it based less on my personal tastes and more on a "what would an IPA lover like Madhopper like." I think Madhopper would appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel was "meh." Nothing offensive, nothing stood out.

Drinkability was above average. I put away the 473ml can with no problem, and wanted more. Surprisingly smooth for what it is. I would gladly drink this again and again. (914 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SchoonDoggie
1.69/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It tastes warm even when it's cold. Super salty and you're pretty guaranteed a hang over after drinking half of one. Harsh and barely tolerable when offered to you when free. Gives Nova Scotia beers a bad reputation. (216 characters)

Photo of cam477
2/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of csmartin6
3/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Todd
2.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twisty, with a red stag head on the label. "Union Made", do they have a brewer's union in Nova Scotia? Manni says that a while back, the beer was called "Stag Ale" (or something similar).

Appearance: This is as clear and pale as a beer can get, without being called Zima. I've never seen a beer this clear.

Smell: Clean with a very faint hop aroma. Hints of steamed corn, a sign of (DMS; dimethyl sulfide).

Taste: A refreshing mouth-feel, similar to a lager yet different enough not to be. Corn flavours are dominant, with thin hop bitterness. Leaves your mouth sharp, and a bit dry, afterwards.

Notes: Not sure how true to the IPA style this is, but it is a nice light ale with an 5% abv. Good hot day beer, as it is extremely refreshing and one could easily toss back many of these without getting bloated. (845 characters)

Photo of sponberg
3.8/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Let me preface my review: I had just driven 500 miles from Albany NY to Petrolia ON to pick up a pinball machine, then drove another 100 or so miles back to Brantford ON (where being the birthplace of Wayne Gretzky is a booming cottage industry) in the space of 13 hours. In 90 degree heat. And no A/C.

I tried Keith's IPA in a ice cold 1 liter mug at a local pub. And, under those conditions at that time, it was the perfect beer. I've never had a beer cut through a thirst like that before or since. Nothing fancy, lightly flavored and inoffensive, but it knows its job and does it spectacularly well. (608 characters)

Photo of H8B8
2.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Overpriced, to begin with. Calling this an IPA is an insult to the style too. This is in the same ballpark as say a Molson Ex or a Labatt 50. Nothing special at all. An IPA... Where are the hops?! I wouldn't turn one down but i certainly wouldn't go searching for it... or buy it again for that matter. (302 characters)

Photo of EsoxLucius
2.65/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, i'll start by saying i've been to Nova Scotia and wish that Garrison imported their IPA out over here! Also, Saskatoon based Paddockwood needs to bring their IPA back into production!

this is not a real IPA in my mind, it's weak, very weak with only the faintest of hints of being an IPA.

Seems like many others had the same disappointing experience with this supposed IPA that I did.

I went and visited the brewery and was completely excited to get some brewery fresh beer until I tried this. Very disappointing.

A: Pours pale, straw yellow with very little head.

S: almost overproduced, there was zero hints of the fruity tones found in other IPA's i've tried. slightly metalic/bitter smell.

T: the taste was thin, there was a cornish taste to it mixed in with the faintest of hop. eesh.

M: medium carbonation and feel is not bad.

D: it's one of the most available beers at the local pubs and is always on special. it's better than budweiser and kokanee. (974 characters)

Photo of JonBrand
4/5  rDev +55%

Photo of niangelo
2.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A clever little bear, spread through comedic marketing tools (Kind of a "Bud Light" from eastern Canada). And really a better beer if your sitting in a bar, faced with Coor-Bud-Molson draught choices.

Pours with a 1/2 inch head, fading quickly into nothingness, no lacing. Hoppy aroma, a bit yeasty.

Taste is a slight bitterness at the finish with some mild fruity interludes. Nothing special, gets a tad dull near the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel is watery, with lively carbonation.

A lawnmower or lesser-of-two evils beer, not terrible but not amazing. (569 characters)

Photo of tigg924
2.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear, straw colored, high carbonation, big head

Smell: faint, grass and small hops

Taste: also very weak, grass--small hops on the end, almost water like

Mouthfeel: watery, high carbonation, smooth, slightly bitter end.

Drinkability: The worst Keith's I have tried. Most IPAs I have are somewhat bitter. This has a touch of bitter on the end, but that is it. It is weak and watery. One is more than enough as this is a huge disappointment. (456 characters)

Photo of KolbMarley
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of talbotjf99
2.8/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at EastSide Mario's at the Park Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

This sure seemed to be a popular beer...I saw many, many pints being poured while I waited for my food at the bar. Sadly, these people don't know what they are missing. This stuff should be called "Canadian Budweiser". That's exactly what it tasted like. By no means an IPA.

Appearance is a clear dull blond in color, with hefty carbonation. Minimal white lace atop that tries (and fails) to lace. Aromas are brief and muted. Some floral hops and caramel sweetness. Flavor is macro. Short-lived and snappy. Starts with a dose of wheaty-corn, middle shoots a round of grassy hops, and finishes with a dry and short-lived aftertaste.

As a lager, this is OK. As an IPA, it's an insult to the name. (781 characters)

Photo of djmitche
1.45/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this at a college bar in Toronto, hoping it would be a bit better than the Labatt's and Moosehead also available. I figure, if you're going to make an IPA, then it's probably not fizzy yellow stuff, right? Wrong. It's fizzy yellow stuff - by appearance this is dark straw with minimal head and a coarse carbonation. No perceptible hop aroma. No perceptible bitterness or flavor, and even the malt falls painfully flat. It's hard to imagine a mouthfeel below "not impressed", so it gets 2 points there. All in all, I suppose this is drinkable if you're out of Bud Light, but I can't give it much more than that. (616 characters)

Photo of bsp77
2.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from tap.

Appearance: Looks like a pale lager with a thin white cap. Well, some IPAs are really pale.

Smell: Smells like a pale lager with corn and light spicy hops. Uh oh.

Taste: Tastes like a pale lager. WTF? At least it tastes like a full flavored adjunct lager. Some light hops but still taste some corn.

Feel: High carbonation, light to medium body. Finish could use some help.

Overall: WTF (425 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
1.98/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Basically this is a Canadian BMC. Pours almost clear has no hop aroma or bitterness at all. I bought it because it was in a can and appeared to possibly be a craft beer. But not, not at all. I think its better then a Miller but not by much although I'd rather support a bad small company than BMC. (297 characters)

Photo of BCborn
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ccurrid
3.01/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bpfrush
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of dogfishandi
2.3/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a 12oz can i fanagled off of some guy at a st. patty's day parade and then preceeded to drop. it didnt break (i love cans) but was nicely dented. its been in my fridge since. no freshness date poured into a pint glass.

pours out a super clear piss yellow bordering on gold. lots of carbonation bubbles. a big super fizzy head that very quickly faded to a very thin ring. whats left of the head is quite soapy, doesnt last for long. no real lace ot speak of. doesnt look like anything i would ever call an ipa, english or american.

not much of an aroma. some cooked corn, maybe a touch of grain. very macro like. the faintest aroma of hops, slightly floral and herbal.

the taste follows the aroma. nothing really indicating this to be an ipa. cooked corn, bits of grain, kind of a mineral lager like thing going on. bits of hops in there, but nothing that meets ipa standards, not even pilsner standards. some herbal qualitites, maybe hints of lemon citrus. finishes like a malt liquer.

light bodied, with ample fizzy carbonation. hardly any bitterness. drinks very easy, just like any macro would.

this is clearly not an ipa, but i wasnt expecting it to be going into it. happy for trying it though... (1,208 characters)

Photo of ahugenerd
4/5  rDev +55%

Photo of HoppySeb
2.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev +45.3%

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