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

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

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415 Ratings

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 25.66%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-1998)
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Photo of beerguy1001420

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +86%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

4.6/5  rDev +73.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:52:51 | More by ChrisCage
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4.6/5  rDev +73.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 21:41:01 | More by idfancher
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Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2002 18:23:19 | More by Shiloh
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4.13/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


Serving type: on-tap

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

4.08/5  rDev +54%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-20-2005 19:51:12 | More by CrazyMike
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4.08/5  rDev +54%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 15:22:56 | More by Raebo56
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4/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2013 19:14:02 | More by Rinzler
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 04:27:06 | More by Methodd
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3.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Due to the fact I live in Halifax, I drink quite a bit of Alexander Keith's. First it's been around for almost 200 years and it shouldn't be labeled as an IPA because it clearly isn't. However that does not mean that it isn't an exceptional beer. What it is, is a very light refreshing blond ale with almost no hop aroma. It has a nice smooth mouth feel with bit of sweetness. It would be a great replacement for your common lagers in the summer time. This beer has a lot of history and I'm surprised it isn't more well known outside of Canada.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 04:20:09 | More by GoBrewOrGoHome
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3.9/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The only IPA I will touch, and most don't even consider it an IPA to begin with. Nonetheless:

A - Clear, pale, with little head. Almost looks like a cheap lager.

S - Very pleasant - notes of fresh-mown grass and berries.

T - As hoppy as someone like myself can take - in other words, a bit of floral hoppy flavor, but nothing that would put off a non-IPA drinker. Slightly bitter, flavorful, refreshing.

M - A little too carbonated for my liking, but otherwise smooth and crisp.

Overall - I've always liked Keith's, and considered it a fine beer. Maybe it doesn't please the current "in-crowd" of snobby IPA drinking hipsters, but for me it makes for a great pint.

Serving type: can

09-03-2012 00:14:12 | More by Thepumpkinpiper
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +45.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2002 00:22:45 | More by sponberg
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Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 473ml can, 5,0%ABV

Appearance: Very pale straw color. Lots of white creamy head and high carbonation (bubbles).

Smell: It smells good. Maybe not the smell of the greatest beers, but one of the most inviting ones for a macro.

Taste: Somewhat watery, because it doesn't have a strong flavour, but it got a very interesting grainy taste and dry finish

Mouthfeel: Correct and easy to drink.

Drinkability: Label says "Those who like it, like it a lot" Lots of you don't, but I do. It is probably the best macro ale I can easily buy here.

Serving type: can

03-20-2005 04:28:18 | More by Barraclou
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3.75/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not so much a contemporary IPA, but steeped in tradition.

Pale straw colour with a big, creamy ring for a head.

Light grain, almost wheat.

Malted grain upfront with a balanced, dry hop backup. Not a lot of flavour, but nice and creamy dry.

Light-medium body. Very interesting creamy body with such a dry finish.

Altogether, an IPA all about the body and not the flavour. I really dig the light taste with a creamy boday and dry finish.


Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 19:45:47 | More by BillyBrew
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3.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is a pale hazy yellow with a good white head that was about two fingers high and eventually faded to a skim of bubbles and tight lace within the first minute. Smells faintly of citrus hop and malt, very soft and airy. Taste is slightly tangy of citrus hop with malt balanced in and is on the lighter side of being bold and full, and definitely is missing that spunk of hop bite. It has a airy almost Pilsner taste to it that just doesn't seem to be in the true IPA spirit. As with the taste goes the feel on this, its light to medium bodied with a pilsner feel of hop and finish. This is very drinkable though, its actually outstanding in another catagory or style perhaps, but not as an IPA. As an IPA this needs more hop and a bit more layered complexitiy to compete with Two Hearted or 90 minute. But while in Canada this can be found quite readily and is a top pick for quenching thirst right behind Unibroue brews.
Got give Nova Scotia some credit for at least trying. Good job, eh. Keep at it, this is on the right track.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2003 14:32:28 | More by tavernjef
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District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Faculty Club, University of Toronto, courtesy of MSF.
A: cloudy orange yellow with a large white head that leaves quickly and has good lacing.
S: banana and bubble gum aroma with a bit of citrus.
T: slightly sour, nice hops, well balanced with malt.
M: Decent body for an IPA.
D: Overall, acceptable, but not special.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 00:57:17 | More by Travlr
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3.63/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Old Montreal served in the Alexander Keith 207th anniversity mug. Presentation is great. Tastes nice and interesting of flavor. Chunks of hoppy and dry with a touch of smooth. An IPA or a PA? I think more to the PA, but a good one of them. Worth a pint to try the brew's feel.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2003 08:09:02 | More by scottum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wow, what a beer! Picture perfect, as i see it. Hope it tastes as good as it looks.

See: Apple cider colour, great 4 finger stark white head that takes its time to dissipate. A nice solid film on top remains with lots of residual foam stuck to the sides. Even lacing almost lining the complete circumference of the mug.

Smell: Sweet citrus scent with a bit of pencil shavings in the background.

Taste: Hoppy, balanced & nicely carbonated. The finish is a bit bitter as it goes down.

Feel: Smooth, with a clean finish.

Blanket: Great with Filet Mignon, i imagine *drooling*. I wish i had another can to enjoy.

AKA: A Keeper

Serving type: can

08-02-2013 01:01:57 | More by BeerBateo
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm back to rave more about this stuff. Somehow, even though I've drank many bottles of this, I finally got to try it on tap just today. It's very light in color, smells pleasant, and tastes great enough that I could drink it long enough to forget what I was doing, as I almost have before.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2003 06:11:34 | More by sardonic
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3.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft, served at "The Sandbar" on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC

appearance: served to me a very pale straw-golden with an active frothy white head, clear and very light body

smell: canned light fruit, light pleasantly hopped aroma, fresh and fruity

taste: canned pears, white grapes, green apple, lightly hopped...Not a typical english (or american) ipa, but pleasant

mouthfeel: light and sparkling

drinkability: high...not to style, but easy drinking

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 19:03:24 | More by dirtylou
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3.55/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine brought back a case of Alexander Keith's from Nova Scotia recently and was kind enough to pass along a 6 pack. This is labeled as an India Pale Ale, which might be a bit of a misnomer as far as IPA's go, but not to say it's a bad beer. Keith's pours out very pale indeed, almost a golden yellow, with a generous amount of light white head. Smells more malty than hoppy, almost smells like a lager in my opinion. Taste is fairly light, no noticeable hop bite, but decent malty flavor with maybe a little bit of acidic hop flavor somewhere in the background. I'd call this a good summer day beer, it went down very easy, no major aftertaste or bitterness. It's a little on the weak/light side to be classed as an IPA, but not a bad beer for a change.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 01:12:54 | More by mikeys01
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much what you think it is. When people talk about this beer, they lovingly refer to it as the beloved "Keiths" and it's drank by people who like their beer consistent and good. It's an above average tasting macro beer but not for every session application. It's an all purpose higher-quality macro pretty much. It serves it's purpose, and it is ever popular with many of the people around our area, including myself on most pub nights! Keiths ftw!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 06:35:42 | More by RyanBelle
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gotta agree with everyone else... this is an IPA?? Canada must have a different opinion on what pale ale is, and what India is. And what's with the 5% alcohol? I thought Canadian beer was supposed to send Americans to the hospital.

It tastes more like a light lager, pours and looks like one too. That doesn't mean it's not good though, because it's actually quite nice to drink, and I had it in a can!

It has the traditional straw yellow color and taste. A good carbonation, and it left me wanting more. I just don't live anywhere near Nova Scotia.

Serving type: can

02-18-2011 23:01:27 | More by kneeland
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3.45/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light, clear, golden tint, with almost no head, and very little lacing. Smelled of faint hops and a little corn.

Taste is a little citrus flavour, very little malt flavour, and the end is moderately hopped and after taste is dry, which his nice. Could've mistaken this for a lager, but it's much more enjoyable than any of the macro lagers around IMO.

Definitely not a traditional IPA, but is very refreshing and drinkable nonetheless. Usually in bars without much selection, I choose this.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 04:03:44 | More by baiser
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3.45/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We took the tour and then got to sample the beer. I would've much preferred just heading straight for the sampling, because the tour is a bit odd, although a good way to spend an hour if you have nothing better to do.

I wouldn't even have thought it was an IPA because some IPA's are sort of bitter, but this one was very drinkable although it's not my preferred style of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2006 17:22:28 | More by MsRogueRed
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