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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:
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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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Photo of BrewMaven

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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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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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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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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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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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
Photo of Raebo56

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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Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, this clearly isn't an IPA, despite how it's marketed.

Pours very clear, not much foam at all and doesn't last long.

Not much smell at all, faint corn and a bit of hops.

Taste of fruit with again, light corn and hops. Pretty light and easy to drink.

As a light ale, it's not half bad, and 5% ABV, but doesn't cut it as an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:39:54 | More by NV9
Photo of M_fasanella

3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very canadian beer, and being canadian i love it. However it is not for everyone, it is defiantly not a crapy beer, but I would not say it's an amazing beer.

Overall, on a nice hot sunny day, or after hockey, this beer is great, always have some in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 00:29:09 | More by M_fasanella
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2.03/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - poured with half a finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - grainy malt and a hint of herbal hops.

T - some sweet malt up front with a hint of honey. Some grainy notes in the middle and a bready finish with light bitterness.

M - medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - kind of odd to call this an IPA. It has little bitterness and virtually no hop charter. A blonde perhaps, or even a european light lager, but certainly not an ipa. Light, sweet, drinkable and thoroughly bland.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 00:08:14 | More by nickfl
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1.88/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My friend brought me two Alexander Keiths back from Canada a few weeks ago. There’s an epic stag head on the label. A crisp and clean aroma. My expectations were high.

Why are you called an IPA? Whhhyyy? The SLIGHT hop bitterness and the low ABV puts it somewhere in betweena crummy English IPA or a very weak blonde/golden ale. It is fairly watery with a dry finish; rounding itself off with a welcoming aftertaste of something resembling astringent. Damn you Canada with your “oldest North American brewery” which is really just a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:46:51 | More by kristiekatk
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2.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473 mL can with some code on the bottom; served in its namesake glass. Pours a brilliantly clear gold, with high carbonation and a half-inch white head that leaves a bit of lace. Smells of sweet doughy malt and corn, with a dash of herbal hops that go piney and citric as it warms. Very clean entry on the palate, with grainy/sweet malts and a few esters. Nearly devoid of hops, and carbonation is the main flavor here. Very light and crisp, with lots of carbonation and a short finish. Definitely mislabeled by today's standards, but I'm not sure this would have been considered an IPA even fifty years ago. However, if you go into it thinking "regional macrobrew" (think Pabst or Narragansett), then it's not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:40:34 | More by mmmbeer
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer could be entered into a blond beer category and compete with the best. I was given these bottles by Paul from Canada at Wilmington NY NP campground as we exchanged beers. As I taste it now it reminds of what I had by the campfire. Nice clean beer satisfying and bold yet mellow to hint at a lawnmower beer. Being listed as an IPA throws off the reviewing. Smells like a blond ale with light malt and perfume hop. Pours a great foam that lasts for awhile to fade away to clear. Tastes like fun and enjoyed as such. Have some left. Oh yeah I have to do the lawn tomorrow!

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 01:41:23 | More by outdoorbrewer
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3.33/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a 4oz sampler glass.

Appearance- Dark brown/red hue looks much more like an amber ale, than an IPA. one finger head, dissipates at a moderate rate. Leaves decent lacing.

Smell- nothing special. Malts and light hop notes.

Taste- Nice bready taste with a very light hop bite. Not at all my idea of an IPA, though. Not sure what I would classify this as...maybe close to an amber ale. Nonetheless, pleasant tasting.

Overall- Not what I was expecting. Not an IPA, at least as I know them. But I found it pleasing enough and it paired very well with my Bacon Cheeseburger I was having at the time.

I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 19:50:11 | More by PokerGod
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3.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale at the welcome reception for a conference being held in Calgary. The IPA poured golden clear in a pilsner style glass. There was a thin white head which laced somewhat. The nose had a little hoppyness to it, but nothing overpowering like some IPAs. The taste was good...seemed more like a standard pale ale than IPA. Mouthfeel was smooth and would certainly try this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 23:35:27 | More by WoodBrew
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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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Alberta (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into Keith's mug.

A - Clear golden yellow, looks like apple juice. Just over a finger of fizzy white head, settles down but doesn't disappear completely, decent retention. Slight lacing.

S - Next to no scent at all. Some light malt and grain with a touch of hops. Underwhelming.

T - Slight bitterness, not overly hoppy, but lacks a lot of hoppy flavor one would expect from an IPA. Light malt is there, but barely.

M - Medium carbonation, light fizziness to the body. Kind of thin.

D - Drinks like a lager. Decent, but nothing exceptional at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 01:45:09 | More by Converge
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1.85/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle purchased at some random gas station in St. John's, Canada. I do have to say, I dig the nifty 6-pack boxes they use here in the great white north.

A- Pours a crystal clear golden/straw, with two fingers of fluffy white head that quickly dies down. Great looking for a Pilsner, a bit light for an IPA.
S- Not much of anything coming out in the nose. A faint whisper of malt with a hint of apple-juice. No hops to speak of.
T- Looking for hops? Malt? A harmonious balance between the two? Look somewhere else. Like the nose there is a faint grainy/corn note, more akin to a pilsner or adjunct lager. Also like the nose, there is not much of anything going on with regards to taste/flavor.
M- Lighter body, thin, almost watery.
O- I don't even know where to begin. It in NO way resembles what it's billed to be. Hell, most Pilsners have more hops than this. If I had this blind I would have guessed light lager, and an average one at that. Unoffensive, at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 01:04:46 | More by mrandypandy
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New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a clear light yellow color with a 1/4" head that falls apart immediately.

Smell: grass and some mild bitterness is all you can detect.

Taste: mild malt, light lemon citrus, golden apples, and a mild bitterness make up a very weak IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp thoughout. Aftertaste is very short lived.

Drinkability: when one wants an IPA, this does not really fit the category. Easy to quaff, this is closer to a pale euro lager than an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 21:43:41 | More by Gavage
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2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not an IPA more like a sweet tasting Cadian Lager. Looks like your tradional American Macro Lager. Straw yellow great carbonation. Smells sweet yeasty no hops at all. Tast like your average beer. Refreshing and tingily on the tongue. Great warm day fishing for pike and walley swating away the skeeters away beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 23:22:04 | More by sweett3k
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3.28/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Fine, no real complaints.

S: I personally can smell the hops.

T: I was really shocked by the taste, it is alright. I HATE IPAs, but this one is actual enjoyable. I know this beer does not get a high rating, nor should it, but it real is not a skunky beer.

M: Nothing inspiring.

D: I have not regretted drinking a single bottle. I will never purchase the beer, but if it is free at a party I will drink it.

I would say that the longer it has stayed in my frig the better it has gotten.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 05:15:23 | More by jellis00
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