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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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468 Ratings

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 26.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-1998)
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Manitoba (Canada)

5/5  rDev +89.4%

11-25-2011 19:46:56 | More by rbuisson
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +86.7%

for one its an ipa ipa is how the beers is yeast settles most ipa yeast settles top larger settles bottom has nothing to do with taste just saying any brewer will tell u the same .. so if u say its not ipa ur an idiot who knows nothing about brewing beers . also goto were the beer is made for a tour u will see its an ipa plus keiths made ipa before beers even went by ipa or lager .. truth hurts

10-05-2013 12:51:17 | More by beerguy1001420
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Alberta (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +74.2%

For the record, I am a little biased towards this brew as it is my favorite domestic "macro"...still think it comes off more as a micro and yes I can admit that this isn't a true IPA it's just so good!

A- OK, this is the only area that doesn't make me jump out of my socks. It has the common yellow/staw colour and shows that it has fairly heavy carbonation. The head doesn't come out to much even after a hard pour, but it does retain a thin film of foam over the top of the liquid, something many other beers don't do.

S- The aroma is just so inviting albeit a little mild. I smell some grains, sweet malts that remind me of fresh corn and a hint of the hops that a true IPA would have.

T- The clean refreshing sweet malty goodness of this beer just keeps me coming back for more. The hop presence is fairly muted but at the back of the palate I can taste just enough of a zing to let me know that there is some bitterness to this beer. The aftertaste is pleasant with a touch of hops, but just like the smell, there is a lingering toasted grain and sweet corn combo that just wants you to have another drink!

M- This is a perfect thirst quenching beer, as it has a medium-light body. It does however get just slightly watery right at the end, towards the back of the throat, most likely due to the carbonation, which is quite heavy.

D- This beer comes highly recommended by myself and I feel is the perfect beer to enjoy all night long. It is definately a great chugging beer on a hot summer day or in the pub with good friends....I'll have a schooner of this no problem...and then another! With all the history and quality behind this beer, it's no wonder the good people of Nova Scotia are so proud of Keiths!

06-27-2008 01:52:51 | More by ChrisCage
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4.6/5  rDev +74.2%

This has been the best IPA I have ever tried. Keep in my mind the majority of the time traditional IPA beers are way to hopping or aggressive for my taste. This was clean and an easy drinking beer. It always is excellent in beer batter for frying fish. I drank it out of a bottle so I am not exactly confident on the appearance but everything else was great.

03-31-2013 21:41:01 | More by idfancher
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4.5/5  rDev +70.5%

09-07-2012 23:32:49 | More by Dhuckaby
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4.5/5  rDev +70.5%

03-02-2012 11:47:15 | More by Metal4Breakfast
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4.5/5  rDev +70.5%

06-14-2012 14:05:05 | More by the_james
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +70.5%

05-05-2014 04:33:27 | More by kvadiat
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4.25/5  rDev +61%

08-04-2014 12:14:40 | More by Katzj78
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4.25/5  rDev +61%

09-29-2012 03:29:35 | More by nicsman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +59.8%

This is one ale that must be consumed cold, it adds a new dimension to the beer tasting process. Lighter in body than most Canadian ales. The colour as well. This India Pale Ale has a very balanced taste, leaving the consumer very satisfied. These people at Keith's really know how to brew up a good product. I would recomend this product, I call it friend.

11-10-2002 18:23:19 | More by Shiloh
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4.13/5  rDev +56.4%

This is a very popular beer in Halifax. When compared to many mass marketed Ales in the region, this has to be one of the best but, here is the funny thing, I detect no hops and the malt is very lite. If your drinking this for the first time your expectations are not going to be met. Matter of fact I would expect you to rate it very low. Think of it as a tasty mass marketed Ale.

When Halifax sold only non-refrigerated (the government loves monopolies), this was an even better beer to buy when compared to the many others since it tasted good warm.

Good Ale, just don't let the IPA on the label distract you.


12-16-2010 03:33:55 | More by tzchandler
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +54.5%

I think this beer is one of the best popular beers from Canada.

The taste is sweet and smooth, almost creamy. The malty taste is excellent. It even smells great. The lack of hops, however, is present.

Although on this occasion I reviewed it from a can (so a bit over-carbonated, thus a bit lower score for taste.) I highly recommend it on tap.

12-20-2005 19:51:12 | More by CrazyMike
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4.08/5  rDev +54.5%

Forget how its marketed as an IPA, its not brewed as an American style IPA that is bitter and leaves an after taste, it is however a wonderfully light, crisp, clean and refreshing beer, that has great carbonation.
This is a beer that can be drank all night it is not bloating.
I would pair this beer up when eating greasy, spicy foods as it cleanses the palette between bites like many Indian brewed beers.
Imperial IPA's or double IPA's are great but I personally only drink 3 to 4oz of them at a time like a digestive tonic.
This branded IPA is really a great daily driver offering a crisp lager type beer impression while wearing a IPA label to snag the trenders.

07-10-2012 15:22:56 | More by Raebo56
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New York

4/5  rDev +51.5%

08-23-2013 23:25:09 | More by JonBrand
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +51.5%

12-16-2011 19:52:37 | More by ahugenerd
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New York

4/5  rDev +51.5%

07-22-2012 21:37:44 | More by Bono09
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +51.5%

07-03-2014 04:19:08 | More by MasterOfArgos39
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4/5  rDev +51.5%

12-25-2012 17:18:26 | More by RyGlas
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +51.5%

11-30-2011 00:29:39 | More by graybayou
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +51.5%

11-21-2011 20:53:01 | More by ElGallo
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +51.5%

07-26-2014 20:31:57 | More by pughbear
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4/5  rDev +51.5%

People are ragging on this beer for claiming to be an IPA but it isn't hoppy enough. One person even noted it was worthy of a 3.5 rating but was insulted that it wasn't a "real" IPA, so he gave it a sub 3 rating ".Keith's was marketed as an India Pale Ale long before the IPA style gained popularity in craft brewing circles as a revived historic beer style. This has allowed Keith’s to effectively grandfather the India Pale Ale name in without meeting the current IPA standards." In the USA its marketed as a Nova Scotia Pale Ale. This is a very solid beer, it has great taste while not being too sweet or over powering. Went to the brewery also, a great experience and I recommend anyone who can to take the tour of the brewery. Drink on!

01-11-2013 19:14:02 | More by Rinzler
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +51.5%

12-23-2011 22:48:06 | More by Skizem
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +48.9%

355mL bottle poured into every kind of glass you can image and still more drank from bottles, cans, taps, kegs and beer bongs. Licked from a few places I won’t even get into.

Appearance: Fairly nice golden color. A little bit of white head that settles down into nothing. Very minimal lacing.
Smell: Very light hops, malts and sweet grains. Pretty basic.

Taste: Very much as the taste would lead you to expect. Lightly hopped and lightly malted with sweet grains and not much else.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. It goes down smooth and does its job. It never offends and never changes.

Drinkability: This is NOT and IPA. This isn’t even a PA; in fact, this isn’t even an A. This is a lager. If I am to rate this beer as an IPA I have to give it an F. If I’m going to rate this for what it is I’m going to give it a B+. This is the beer of my youth and the fond memories attached to it give it an unfair advantage. Still, if I’m forced to buy from a Cold Beer & Wine this is always my first choice.

11-15-2009 04:27:06 | More by Methodd
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