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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

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-1998

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Photo of Mountainmanbrewing
2.95/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.51/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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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 decimator
2.31/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
2.31/5  rDev -11.2%
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

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Photo of adams82
1/5  rDev -61.5%
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.

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Photo of H8B8
2.03/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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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 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 Haydn-Juby
2/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of HATS4BATS
2.72/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.42/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of bmelanco
1.56/5  rDev -40%
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.

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Photo of Tone
2.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 andrenaline
2.52/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
2.24/5  rDev -13.8%
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!

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Photo of EliNightCrew
1/5  rDev -61.5%
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.

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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 BigBry
3.32/5  rDev +27.7%
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).

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Photo of NV9
2.9/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Alexander Keith glass from tap at a local pub in Ottawa, Ontario. Pours a crisp golden color, very little head or lacing. Malty slight hop aroma...kinda plain.
Taste is very malty for an IPA...but it is an English IPA, so malts are expected. Just an average brew accross the board. Nothing amazing, but its a Canadian staple. So have one while up north, otherwise im sure there are better brews around.

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Photo of atigerlife
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of M_fasanella
3.21/5  rDev +23.5%
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!

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Photo of rinhaak
1.75/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I hate to sound crass, but I couldn't have been more disappointed. This is glorified piss beer. Pours extremely pale with a weak head. There is a very, very faint hop aroma buried in the background. Almost no real flavor except from a mild hoppiness.

Not worth anyone's time or calories.

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