Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale - Alexander Keith's
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Reviews by trevorwideman:
3.1/5 rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
This was the first beer that I ever had. I think that's pretty good seeing as most of my friends started with Club or OV. Anyways, it has a special place in my heart for that reason. However, that meant that I was under the impression that this is what an "India Pale Ale" is. Lord knows that the common consensus is that this beer is anything but.
330ml Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pale is the operative word here, as this looks like a lager. Small amount of head that subsides quickly to look quite flat in no time. From the nose it could be a lager as well, it's all very much of caramel-sweet malts and there's an odor of some cheaper corn adjuncts in there as well. Very sweet-smelling. Grassy, earthy hops in the background, but never very strong.
When one takes a sip of an IPA they are usually greeted by a strong hop presence, this is not the case with Keith's. This is a very malty beer, and I know if blindfolded I couldn't tell the difference between this and a lager, although it's slightly better than your average macro-lager, it's a bit more European in character. Taste is crisp though, and there is a hop presence in the background that comes more to the fore as the beer warms and the real flavours come to the front. Keep in mind though, this beer is much more sweet than bitter, soft in the mouth and a bit thick on the tongue. Drinkable to be sure, and a decent refresher beer. Not bad on tap. As far as I'm concerned though, I wish that Labatt's would have never branded this an "IPA", I feel that I was decieved for a long time, and I wonder what the original Keith's was like in the early 19th century. Maybe old Alex was a little crazy himself...
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2006 01:29:01 | More by trevorwideman
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2.83/5 rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for 2.35 CDN.
Appearance - clear pale golden color with a finger and a half of white head which recedes quickly and coalesces into a small white cap. Some effervescent bubbles rise from the centre of the glass.
Smell - weak grainy aroma. Some metallic mustiness in there to which is odd. Not a great smelling beer.
Taste - kinda like the nose, not much other than mild grains and a slight bit of bitterness. Really mild and pretty much an AAL crossed with and EIPA. There's just not much else there.
Mouthfeel - medium light body and soft carbonation. Would like a more lively mouthfeel.
Overall- pretty bland beer, lacking the crispness that good examples of the style usually have. I used to think this was a pretty good beer, and while inoffensive, there's not much exciting or different about this one. Still goes down easy enough on the first hot and humid day of 2014.
Serving type: can
05-28-2014 00:16:35 | More by DenisKolkin
1/5 rDev -62.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
One of the few offerings on the shelves that wasn't a variant of Molson, Carling or LaBatt.
Pours a too-bright gold with a huge head into my glass. Something's not right here. Hmm. More fitting for a pils.
Buttery malt in the nose? Check. Low hop presence? Check. Is it an English IPA? ("Price is Right" losing horn)
Tastes like I just drank a pint of dishwater. Hardly any hops, malt or anything.
Watery, metallic finish completes this abomination of an IPA. No, scratch this. This is a drain pour.
Being that this is the "Pride of Nova Scotia", I'd be shocked if empty cans didn't litter the grounds of Sunnyvale Trailer Park.
Serving type: can
05-04-2014 02:40:36 | More by Brad007
Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale from Alexander Keith's
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