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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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417 Ratings

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Ratings: 417
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:
No notes at this time.

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

2.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at a Calgary pub totally bereft of other options. A light gold color with a dribble of white bubbles and scant aroma, maybe hints of white bread and a corn sweetness. How on earth does a bona-fide IPA, English or American, manage to smell like a weak adjunct lager? Tastes almost exclusively like mass-produced base malt and corn adjuncts. There is perhaps the barest hint of generic citrus and grassy hop flavor choked out by a decent dose of rank corn syrup and some other doughy sweetness ... Perhaps a subtle hint of sour gummy candy. Completely neutered and not even at a pale ale level of hop flavor or bitterness. A blonde ale at best, although truth be told tastes like a macro-lager, reminds me of Busch, with the massive carbonation and thin body to match. Zero trace of earthy or floral notes. Strange dry finish manages to almost completely lack any bitter character. I won't begrudge people who dislike hops drinking this concoction and its probably a hair better than light beers or other mass-market pap. Avoid like the plague if you actually like IPAs ... Or any craft beer really.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2014 05:46:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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New York

2.54/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

I had at Traders Bar in Manhattan.

A. It is clear gold and there aren't really any bubbles coming up. There's some white bubbly head and a very limited lacing.

S. It has a nice fruity scent to it.

T/M. It kind of has a pomegranate taste to it. Very interesting. It is super sweet. Not heavy on the hops as you'd expect an IPA. Nor is it floral or grassy. Just sweet fruitiness. Some grape aftertaste. Light body.

O. The aftertaste is off-putting. Not much like an IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2014 22:31:21 | More by Amalak
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New York

2.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Got this as a Canadian care package from a good friend at work.

Pours a super clear gold with fairly rampant carbonation. Thin white head that dropped to a cover. Sticky, splotchy lace.

Smell is grainy and a bit yeasty. Nothing hinting that this is an actual IPA.

Taste confirms what my feeble nose already told me. light bodied mostly corn flavor with a clean dry finish. Thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable but not going to satisfy any hop cravings, that's for sure.

If I ever get up to Canada, I might seek it out as a refreshment after mowing some Canucks lawn.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 21:15:59 | More by BrewMaven
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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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Nova Scotia (Canada)

1.81/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

To call this an IPA would be a lie. Coming from the states, this tastes and looks like an adjunct lager relabeled an IPA. Now I've only been in Halifax a couple of weeks, but I know this city can make IPAs as I've had some great ones from Garrison and Propeller. LIES I TELL YOU, LIES!!! :)

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:48:43 | More by doopydoogle
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2.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Keiths initially poured a pale golden yellow with a medium thick white head it was very clear and clean.
It's acknowledged that it's not strictly an IPA and therefore there's no point seeking that out. You just won't find it. What you do get is a corn or grain aroma with a quite full carbonated mouthfeel.

When I drank this it was only available in the east coast. A rare event brought it to Toronto.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 22:20:02 | More by Mountainmanbrewing
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2.51/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pale golden ale topped with a rocky white head, excellent retention & chunky lace
S - pale lager aroma, some biscuit, grass, slight herbal-ness, faint lemon
T - weaker flavors of grass, biscuit, nut, herbal and spicy hop. English IPA? No. Slightly hoppier Golden ale - maybe.
M - thinner body, high carbonation, finishes dry and grassy
O - I'm confused as to how this can be called an IPA of any kind. It's not much better than most macro pale lagers. Avoid this one.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 02:57:59 | More by barnzy78
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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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Ontario (Canada)

2.31/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Head reduced to surface bubbles. Minimal lacing.

S - Light grains, dash of something sweet, and hint of grass. Very underwhelming.

T - Mild sweetness, hint of sour, hint of bitterness. Not enough to really pin down any particular flavours.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium-low body, dry finish.

O - This "IPA" sure is a disappointment. This is standard macro fare. Bland in every way. Relabelling this as a pale ale or blond ale would be more accurate. I don't refuse a Keith's when offered as I've drank plenty over the years but if I want a Keith's that's more of a true IPA, their Hop Series beers are much better drinks.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 01:52:03 | More by decimator
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2.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 20:01:52 | More by bsp77
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1/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Rating by style, this is an absolute zero. Looks like your standard BMC fare; pale yellow fizzy water with a white film. Zero hop flavor/aroma, cooked corn flavor.

I'm not sure what they were going for with this brew, but they completely missed the mark if they were really trying to brew an IPA. This beer should be rebranded as an adjunct/light lager, as it's on par with PBR, Molson Canadian, Bud etc...

Terrible; avoid at all costs if you're looking for an IPA.

Serving type: can

06-09-2013 18:29:28 | More by adams82
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Ontario (Canada)

2.06/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 13:27:46 | More by H8B8
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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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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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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from a bottle to a Pilsner glass

A: Very pale color. Looks like a typical macro lager. 1.5 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Gross adjunct like smells. I've only had two Keith brews but they both carried that same "Funk" of grains and adjuncts.

T: Tasted like licking on a lead pipe soaked in macro-lager. Very metallic. Lots of grain and adjunct in the taste, just like the smell. Very mild bitterness but not too much.

M: Fairly high carbonation for an "ale". Feels light and watery in the mouth but is relatively decent going down.

Overall: I would never buy this again. Did not enjoy it at all. Tasted far to metallic. I'm not much of a session drinker anymore but I drank as much as I could at one time to make it bearable and empty this stuff from my fridge. Definitely not an IPA either, tasted very much like a macro lager.Not something I would want to drink or even session with ever ever again. False advertising on the IPA part and overall a foul beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:38:27 | More by Haydn-Juby
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Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Canadian institution. Forced carbonation and pale gold body. Flat, undistinguished nose adding nothing to experience. Refreshing corn-roasted body more lager than IPA with notes of sugar, bordering on metallic, but fills palate with unmistakable Keith's character, texture and flavour apparent from first sip. Pleasant diminishing after-taste.

Serving type: can

12-27-2012 23:24:52 | More by HATS4BATS
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2.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 16 oz. can into shaker pint. No visible canning date.

Look- Straw with a finger of off-white foam and a decent number of rising bubbles. Head falls quickly, fair lacing.

Smell- Sharp, herbal lemon, floral, light sweetness, light lager-like crackery aroma, mild vegetal character.

Taste- Clean, light, inoffensive, but not nearly as flavorful as I'd expect from an IPA, and fairly adjunct-y. Fairly sweet. It's definitely not a terrible, but I wouldn't see this one lasting six months at sea.

Mouthfeel- Light body, crisp, moderate carbonation, dry feel, almost dusty.

Overall- Meh; it's alright. If you're looking for a more flavorful macro and it's available, then by all means snag one. As marketed, however, I have to dock it for being a gross misrepresentation of the style. Strongly reminds me of a waterier Henry Weinhard's IPA.

Serving type: can

12-10-2012 03:21:34 | More by Lawl3ss
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1.5/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

THis is the worst excuse for an IPA that I have ever had. If it was labeled as what it is, a medium lager, I'd give it a 3.5, but they called it an IPA. It is not an IPA. I taste almost no hops; a little residua sweetness/carmel; and that familiar american mass produced lager aftertaste.

Serving type: can

10-22-2012 00:42:44 | More by bmelanco
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2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight hops, sweet malt, and pale malt. Barley fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, rice/corn, and a hint of hops. Overall, hops are nearly absent, appearance is lacking, and aroma is muted.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 15:39:19 | More by Tone
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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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Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a light golden colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Light on the nose, bready caramel, floral hop, sweet corn and a grassy finish.

T - Again, quite light, flavors are of any typical macro leaning more on the bready malt side. Buttery notes, faint floral hops with a touch of blueberries.

M - Medium bodied, a tad thin and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A classic sessoionable mass produced brew. I'd tale this Amy day over Coors or Canadian, but it's only marginally better. Nothing memorable here, but it's certainly drinkable.

Serving type: can

08-28-2012 23:03:28 | More by andrenaline
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Good beer looking like your usual lager it remember that it isn't. Heavy bubbles on the body with a thin white head that hits up to maybe 1/8".

Smell: smells like the lightest hops you ever had.

Taste: this is not what I was expecting, light little hoppy taste. I feel a little orange maybe grapefruit peel but barely there.

Mouth: Definitely medium to heavy not bad but not sticking either. Toasted tangerine after taste that is a little tough.

Overall: to call this an IPA is a crime, I love IPAs but this is not one. More like a pale ale is you ask me. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 20:31:03 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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1/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not only was it never a good beer (Lager, Ale, anything ---Def not IPA), but it got way worse since the new owners goofed around with the recipe.

Not a 'daily driver', not a Lager, not an Ale.

Its an American adjunct lager at best so why bother drinking it?

This is crap in a bottle.

Pale pale yellow colour. It tastes and looks just like Blue. Hardly any bitter Hop taste. What a crime to call this beer an IPA. Should be a law against this type of marketing.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 07:24:01 | More by EliNightCrew
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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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Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the pleasure of visiting Halifax and getting Keith's from where it's made. Beer always tastes better fresh from the tap. Would recommend the brewery tour - gives good history of Keith's and includes samples.
Clear, golden yellow color. Bright white head, shrinks but never totally disappears. Smell is light, fresh grass. Taste is clean and refreshing, but as a pilsner/lager, not as an India Pale Ale or even a Pale Ale. Body and mouthfeel are light, and as mentioned previously clean and refreshing. No real aftertaste or lingering flavor (hops or otherwise). Easy to drink (especially from a ceramic Keith's mug in the cellar of the Stag's Head, in downtown Halifax).

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2012 03:18:16 | More by BigBry
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