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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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Reviews: 267
Hads: 578
Avg: 2.6
pDev: 41.54%
Wants: 16
Gots: 74 | 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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Photo of beerguy1001420
4.92/5  rDev +89.2%
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

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Photo of idfancher
4.57/5  rDev +75.8%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.54/5  rDev +74.6%
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!

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Photo of BxSTEW
4.39/5  rDev +68.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To let everyone know this is not a true ipa in the sense that everyone on this site is thinking this beer is more akin to coors light or beer of that sort. That being said it is still a decent beer for going out and partying (for those who still do so that is). This beer has a sense of nostalgia to me it was the first beer i ever had and being quebecois and living in the states i miss it from time to time. Give it a shot just keep my words in mind if you ever do. Happy drinking all!!

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Photo of Shiloh
4.18/5  rDev +60.8%
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.

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Photo of Raebo56
4.08/5  rDev +56.9%
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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.07/5  rDev +56.5%
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.

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Photo of tzchandler
4.06/5  rDev +56.2%
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.


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Photo of SJ-Roger
4/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When enjoyed on tap in Halifax on the Harbour at the Lower Deck with some great Canadian band, nothing else seems quite as good, though I never like it as much otherwise.

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Photo of Methodd
3.92/5  rDev +50.8%
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.

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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
3.91/5  rDev +50.4%
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.

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Photo of Rinzler
3.91/5  rDev +50.4%
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!

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Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
3.88/5  rDev +49.2%
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.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.81/5  rDev +46.5%
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.

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Photo of sponberg
3.8/5  rDev +46.2%
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.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.7/5  rDev +42.3%
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.


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Photo of tavernjef
3.68/5  rDev +41.5%
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.

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Photo of Travlr
3.67/5  rDev +41.2%
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.

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Photo of scottum
3.63/5  rDev +39.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerBateo
3.59/5  rDev +38.1%
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

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Photo of dirtylou
3.57/5  rDev +37.3%
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

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Photo of sardonic
3.57/5  rDev +37.3%
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.

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Photo of mikeys01
3.53/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

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Photo of docoman
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%

Drinks more like a pilsner, very weak for a IPA, but I like it as a canadian budweiser basically, good goto beer if you're not sure what you want to drink. Must be served cold, had one that was little warm, not very good when warm.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%
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!

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