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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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Photo of barnzy78


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
Photo of BeerBateo

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
Photo of adams82


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
Photo of H8B8

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
Photo of HATS4BATS

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
Photo of Lawl3ss


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
Photo of bmelanco

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
Photo of Thepumpkinpiper

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
Photo of andrenaline

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
Photo of atigerlife


2.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden. Small amounts of carbonation rising. Fluffy white head with decent lacing. The most striking thing is the clearness.

Aroma of sweet hops, corn....light

Taste is fruity, clean, crisp. More like a Euro lager than an IPA. So, don't buy this expecting an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall, it is OK. Not an IPA, but it is drinkable, sessionable. So, set your expectations low and non-IPA and you should survive the experience.

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 21:11:31 | More by atigerlife
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

473ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden yellow colour with a small fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - corn syrup, breads/grains, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn syrup, breads/grains and some light malts. It ends with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste

Overall - I really don't understand why so many people in my area buy this beer. Perhaps I would enjoy it more if they stopped calling it an 'India Pale Ale'. There are lots of better choices - even for an adjunct.

Serving type: can

10-11-2011 17:45:13 | More by spinrsx
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Mom felt the need to get a two-four at duty free for some reason.

A - Pours your typical light golden colour with a single finger of white head. Light carbonation. Bright. Head fizzled away pretty quick to a film and no lace.

S - Corny, grainy, sugary. Ick.

T - fairly boring with corny, grainy, sweet notes. Nothing really to be interested in. Very mild with lot's of plain grain.

M - Decent carbonation, light body, really sweet grainy finish.

O/D - Keith's what's more to say. How they call this an IPA is beyone me. Not worth the time.

Serving type: can

10-02-2011 23:48:33 | More by tbeckett
Photo of xnicknj


2.13/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into pint glass

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a thin layer of white head. Fades into a thin cloud of film, very little lacing on the glass.

Very faint floral hops, lemon peel, straw and cracked grain. Notes of biscuit and a slight adjunct feel overall - doesn't smell like an IPA.

Soft suggestion of hops with some floral and spice notes. Bready biscuit malts with straw notes. Fairly watery, some touches of grapefruit and orange peel. Finishes a little dry.

Lighter medium body, prickly on the tongue, higher carbonation. There's some pretty solid english ipa's out there, but this definitely isn't one of them.

Serving type: can

08-31-2011 23:59:28 | More by xnicknj
Photo of neliam24

New York

2.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased a case of this at the duty free on my way to Quebec for a fishing trip. It caught my eye because I have never seen it before and I assume it is only sold in Canada. I really like IPA's but had never tried one out of a can so I really bought it out of curiosity. As soon as they were cold I tried one and really didn't think it tasted much like an IPA. It wasn't necessarily a bad tasting beer, it just didn't taste right to me. I feel like drinking it out of a bottle may give it more of a traditional of an IPA taste so I plan on buying that rather than cans the next time I go to Canada.

Serving type: can

06-14-2011 19:19:29 | More by neliam24
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

2.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

a 12oz can i fanagled off of some guy at a st. patty's day parade and then preceeded to drop. it didnt break (i love cans) but was nicely dented. its been in my fridge since. no freshness date poured into a pint glass.

pours out a super clear piss yellow bordering on gold. lots of carbonation bubbles. a big super fizzy head that very quickly faded to a very thin ring. whats left of the head is quite soapy, doesnt last for long. no real lace ot speak of. doesnt look like anything i would ever call an ipa, english or american.

not much of an aroma. some cooked corn, maybe a touch of grain. very macro like. the faintest aroma of hops, slightly floral and herbal.

the taste follows the aroma. nothing really indicating this to be an ipa. cooked corn, bits of grain, kind of a mineral lager like thing going on. bits of hops in there, but nothing that meets ipa standards, not even pilsner standards. some herbal qualitites, maybe hints of lemon citrus. finishes like a malt liquer.

light bodied, with ample fizzy carbonation. hardly any bitterness. drinks very easy, just like any macro would.

this is clearly not an ipa, but i wasnt expecting it to be going into it. happy for trying it though...

Serving type: can

03-22-2011 03:13:33 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of kneeland

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
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly light straw colour, clear as a sunny windswept summer's afternoon.

The aroma is definitely that of a macro, but it's inoffensive. Mostly light sweet malt and grains a hint of something floral.

Tastes crisp and clean with no off flavors except maybe corn. It's actually more bitter than sweet, but both really dialed back and light. It's very light tasting. And if I am being honest, it's not bad for what it is--but just so we're clear: Not bad is not the same as good. Because this is anything but good.

Mouthfeel is light and middling.

Overall it's not as bad as I was expecting. Certainly not an India Pale Ale, Pale Ale or anything other than mass market swill. And um yeah. What can I say? Those who like it, like it a lot. Those who think it's not the worst beer ever but who don't care to drink it ever again except in extreme situations where they will tolerate it, are me.

Serving type: can

02-04-2011 03:01:01 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear light yellow with two fingers of bright white fluffy head. Settles to a bit of a cap and left a decent amount of lacing.

S: Very sweet grainy aroma.

T: Sweet grains with a weird almost metallic aftertaste that makes Keith's a little different then other macros.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: I've had this beer plenty of times so I knew what I was getting into. The label saying IPA didn't surprise me. This is not an Ipa at all. It's a pretty good macro though. But Alexander Keith's really need to figure out their styles of beer. Keith's dark ale used to be called "Stag Head Stout". And that beer is far from a stout. I think the names are more of a marketing gimmick. Overall it's a good macro beer but do not try if you're looking for a good Ipa because this isn't one at all.

Serving type: can

01-31-2011 05:35:35 | More by marty21


2.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

g06h01070 can code.
12oz can into pint glass.
A: A very small, extremely white head pours a layer of foam that quickly retreats, leaving a apple juice layer. The body is creepily clear for and IPA. The color is a light yellow hue with neon characters in the light. No lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma from first pour, is found without even bring the glass to the nose, but what is found and on further analysis, is a bland and faded lagerish bread. Hops that should be earthy and bold with bitterness are not present. Perhaps a bit faded, but other malt tones are not pleasant.

T/M: On the front this beer drinks like a lager, crisp on the mouth, but bringing a bready, rice note. The bland taste of a low carbonated brew is what best describes this batch of brew. Not a hop note is the beer, a bit of a dry finish, that could explain that the hops maybe faded and this beer is not as fresh as intended. The mouthfeel is short and the low amount of body washes this brew away quick. Weak lingering taste and overall intensity.

D: I could drink the whole pack, but not something I would seek out. Maybe a faded batch, but I have had good experiences with faded IPA (rich malt notes and hidden hops characters) not found is this brew.

Serving type: can

11-02-2010 14:36:46 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of Dukeofearl


1.5/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought an 8 pack of this in Ucluelet, Vancouver Island, British Columbia on a recent vacation. Paid about $16.99 (Canadian) plus HST (tax), which made this way overpriced, but it was the only store selling alcohol we could find on a Sunday afternoon, and it had a pretty limited selection.

Pours a pale BMC-lager like straw color, nothing like an IPA. The few bubbles quickly die away, and no carbonation remains.

Aroma? None, really. Where are the hops?

Flavor? A train wreck. This reminds me of the sweetest corn candy that I would expect of a cream ale. Some maltiness. Hops? Not to be found anywhere. OK, maybe I'm being too critical, let me try again. Nope. Still nothing close to style.

Left some of the 8 pack in the hotel when we checked out, brought 1 home to make sure I wasn't being overly critical. I'm not. Stay away.

Serving type: can

10-10-2010 23:22:28 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

1.8/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden colour with some thin head, but no retention. Smells like some hops if you try hard, but really, they basically aren't there. Flavour has almost no bitterness.

This is not an IPA. I believe this beer has set back other IPA's in Canada because of its popularity. Seriously, try to mention an IPA to someone that isn't into craft beer and they will go, "Oh, like Keith's". I don't blame the people, I blame Keith's for making a golden ale and mislabelling it. Hell, this beer probably caused me to not bother trying other IPA's for a couple years because I had no idea what I was missing. For that, I hate Keith's.... yet, it was still the best beer available when I had it this time.

Serving type: can

09-07-2010 15:33:42 | More by kwjd
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.23/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i actually trade for this one just to finish off this bottom 100 list. served iced cold and thanks to a wonderful ba for the hookup, this one was consumed on 08/29/2010.

light pour for the style with a very light amber, nearly hay color coming through on me. small head clings to the sides of the glass for dear life and really just makes it much lighter then i am used to seeing.

aroma is faint, light citrus hops are drowned out by grains and muted corn and wet cardboard. really not an ipa. clean and crisp, light and refreshing it certainly was not terrible in that regard but was not the big bold flavor i am accustomed to. clean finish with little flavor and light dryness.

overall i would pass on this, i tried it, i am ok now.

Serving type: can

09-02-2010 01:26:22 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of DrJay


2.1/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear pale gold with a fizzy white cap that disappeared quickly -- not even a collar. Slightly sour and musty aroma, faint cereal grains. Very low bitterness, mild sweetness with the same sour character as in the aroma. Slight fruitiness. Short finish, quite dry, light mineral flavour. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Don't drink this if you're expecting an IPA of any type. Hops are nearly non-existent and while it's mostly inoffensive, it still lacks any sort of character.

Serving type: can

08-19-2010 01:13:10 | More by DrJay
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting... this "IPA..." Well, it pours an ultra-translucent, pale straw gold (Bud Light - esque) with a thin white head that exhibits very little retention. Aroma is of light corn notes and a hint of mustiness. Taste is bready malt / corn with maybe a slight touch of earthy / spicy hop flavor (very minimal). Mouthfeel is light-medium. I'm drinking this coming in from the golf course, and its hitting the spot - despite its lackluster performance as an IPA, it is, at least, refreshing.

Serving type: can

08-07-2010 18:46:40 | More by jpro
Photo of GoldenChild


2.08/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

it says this beer is a IPA on the label which is a complete lie it should same CREAM ALE because that is what it is. the aroma has no hops to it all grains or rice smells like a Budweiser, its a crystal clear golden colored ale like a cream ale or a bud, mouth feel is thin does not hang in your mouth. taste very tiny hop taste lots of rice slight malt sweetness.
thoughts- this is a good beer for a thirst quencher not allot of flavor but goes down smooth so if you like Budweiser this is the beer for you. glad that i did not buy it wife got it out of a hotel room where she works.

Serving type: can

06-25-2010 04:47:08 | More by GoldenChild
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