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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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BA SCORE
63
poor

481 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 26.89%
Wants: 9
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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 fartkowski
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can, bought at the LCBO. Poured a clear gold color, with about a 1" foam head. Nothing really special about it. A bit of sweetness, not too bitter, a bit watery. This would be a pretty good at a BBQ, that's about it. Overall a pretty average beer.

fartkowski, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of jhall00
2.35/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Nothing out of the ordinary. Light brown with decent head and carbonation

S- No real hops smell when poured. Malty, but more sweet smell than most.

T- No characteristic of IPA. Less bittering and more sweet.

M- Thin and watery.

D- Better than some, but mostly forgettable.

jhall00, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of eth916
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of a sampler pack while on a hockey trip in Canada.

A - Light golden color with a 1 finger white head that quickly subsides. Looks like a Bud Light after the foam is gone.

S - Light hoppy smell

T - Slightly hoppy. Could not detect any hint of citrus as in other IPA's.

M - Light, smooth and slightly watery.

D - My least favorite of the Alexander Keith beers I have tried to date. Would not seek this beer out when looking for an IPA, but not completely un-drinkable.

eth916, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of Travlr
3.68/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

Travlr, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of Carlton1964
2.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This stuff is worse with every drop you consume. Looks ok when its' served...but it's all downhill from that point. Smell like a nasty budget beer in a can. Leaves a horrible after taste...and if that wasn't enough...it creates a head ache that lasts for hours.

Another reviewer used the word "Skunky". Pretty accurate.
This is a steelworkers dream...you can taste the plant in the brew!

Carlton1964, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Methodd
3.93/5  rDev +48.9%
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.

Methodd, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of cratez
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As other reviewers have noted, this is not an IPA and possibly not even an ale. If it is an ale, it's probably a Blonde. But Keith's can best be described as an above average macro lager (meaning mediocre overall) with higher-than-usual bitterness and a very light hop character.

341ml bottle poured into a shaker at East Side Mario's. Bright golden yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly fades away. Smell is decent floral hops, mild corn/grain, and other vague adjuncts. Taste is clean cereal grains, a hint of yeast, and lightly grassy hops, with a subdued but noticeable bitterness typical of the Saaz hop variety. Crisp and light-bodied mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and a bit of tingly spice from the hops. All of the flavours are extremely toned-down, but this is an acceptable mainstream drinker when nothing else is available.

cratez, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of prosper
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An odd beast, this. A surprisingly good beer, but a looo-oooong way from being an IPA. This is an american lager, no doubt.

Pours a medium to dark yellow. Very clear. Good head, some lace.

Smells of toasty malts. Possibly a very low level of DMS, or maybe that's just some sort of dank hop smell.

Taste is better than I remember this being. There's no pilsner malt flavour, but a nice slightly toasty vienna or munich malt presence - quite mild, but there's more to this than the usual flavourless pale malts & adjuncts. Some minor hop flavour - dank and herbal, like saaz. Low-ish level of bittering.

Mouthfeel is decent - it's not overwhelmingly carbonated like a lot of megabrews.

Drinkability - actually, it's pretty good. I'd rate everything higher if it were classed as an american lager - it's characterful and tasty if compared to those, but a very dull 'IPA.'

prosper, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Kooz
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'll admit up front that I'm not a big IPA fan. I don't like overly hoppy beer. It does not make me hoppy [groan].

Anyway, things started terribly for this beer. The appearance almost made me not want to drink it. No head, artificial-yellow, almost like electric pee. Yeah, gross.

Smelled slightly skunky, and that was it. Very faint scent, may not have even noticed if I didn't plan on reviewing it.

Glad I stuck with it through the smell and look--this beer tasted alright. Hoppier than I care for, but not overly so. I tried to judge it based less on my personal tastes and more on a "what would an IPA lover like Madhopper like." I think Madhopper would appreciate this beer.

Mouthfeel was "meh." Nothing offensive, nothing stood out.

Drinkability was above average. I put away the 473ml can with no problem, and wanted more. Surprisingly smooth for what it is. I would gladly drink this again and again.

Kooz, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of EsoxLucius
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright, i'll start by saying i've been to Nova Scotia and wish that Garrison imported their IPA out over here! Also, Saskatoon based Paddockwood needs to bring their IPA back into production!

this is not a real IPA in my mind, it's weak, very weak with only the faintest of hints of being an IPA.

Seems like many others had the same disappointing experience with this supposed IPA that I did.

I went and visited the brewery and was completely excited to get some brewery fresh beer until I tried this. Very disappointing.

A: Pours pale, straw yellow with very little head.

S: almost overproduced, there was zero hints of the fruity tones found in other IPA's i've tried. slightly metalic/bitter smell.

T: the taste was thin, there was a cornish taste to it mixed in with the faintest of hop. eesh.

M: medium carbonation and feel is not bad.

D: it's one of the most available beers at the local pubs and is always on special. it's better than budweiser and kokanee.

EsoxLucius, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
2.17/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into pint glass sept5 2009

A crystal clear straw yellow with a one finger head that's gone before the second sip and leaves no lace

S sweet grains grass and very little hops, not how i expect a IPA too smell. This is however how i expect a macro lager too smell.

T This is a IPA in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant. It's a little grassy and has a little skunk too it not very good.

M good carbonation but that's about it

D not the worst beer I've had, not worth spending money on

How they advertise this as an IPA is beyond me. It makes me sad how many people come into my beer room and tell me they like IPA's like Keith's. Please don't buy this beer it's expensive and no good. I feel sorry for all the hop heads that have bought this beer thinking they would get something worth drinking.

wordemupg, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of sbe1
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: 473 ml can

Appearance: Extremely light yellow, almost clear. Frothy, quickly vanishing head that leave some lacing behind.

Smell: super clean with just a hint of hops.

Taste: Corny, slightly bitter, dry finish. No significant appearance of hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Clean and somewhat refreshing, light and watery body.

Drinkability: easy to drink, no doubt. The kind of stuff you'd drink to get tipsy on a hot day.

sbe1, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of MiamiRed
1.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On draft.

Did not look, smell, or taste like a IPA. If this beer had been labeled Alexander Kieth's Macro American Lager it would have scored higher for accurate representation.

It's not a horrible beer. It was easy to drink and was ok on a hot summer day. Its just that I could have ordered a Bud, Miller, Coors beer and had the same bland - not bad not great beer.

MiamiRed, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of biggred1
2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Palest yellow and crystal clear with a tiny bit of foam that quickly fades into a skim. The nose is faint and of sweet corn. This beer tastes more like a kolsch than an IPA, light and mildly fruity with just the faintest suggestion of mild hop bittering. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. A pathetic excuse for an IPA but not a terrible beer, the style is just wrong.

biggred1, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of Buebie
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Taken from notes.

Had ontap at Shaw's Landin in West Dover Nova Scotia.

For an ipa this is a pretty terrible beer. For a table ale, its ok, and great with the large bowl of homemade seafood chowder.

Appearance is a clear yellow, some white frothy head, quick to recede, leaving smallish thin lace trails. Carbonation rise in abbundance like champagne.

Aroma of corn, some mild malt and little grassy hops. This thing smells like a pils.

Taste is thin with mild grassy hops, fresh cut hay, alot of corn flavors. This thing tastes like a pils too, but somthing different with an ale yeast. Bready and mildly fruity. Its crisp and clean, great for a humid fog filled day on the harbor.
Finishing sharp and mildly bitter with a crisp clean snap of dry carbonation.

Definatly not like any ipa I've ever had. Could be compsred to budweiser, although this one has more flavor then a bud, its still light and weak, but easy to drink.

Buebie, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of tigg924
2.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: clear, straw colored, high carbonation, big head

Smell: faint, grass and small hops

Taste: also very weak, grass--small hops on the end, almost water like

Mouthfeel: watery, high carbonation, smooth, slightly bitter end.

Drinkability: The worst Keith's I have tried. Most IPAs I have are somewhat bitter. This has a touch of bitter on the end, but that is it. It is weak and watery. One is more than enough as this is a huge disappointment.

tigg924, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of KenOnBass
2.9/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Good head, golden, fizzy. Good carbonation although somewhat transparent.

S: Nothing really sticks out. Almost average.

T: Decent tasting, sweet, smooth. Not one taste stands out although it's a decent mix of hops.

M: Good carbonation but overall light.

D: Better from the bottle after drinking it on tap. Something was lacking but I couldn't put my finger on it. Maybe I should try it at a different bar.

KenOnBass, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of stakem
2.35/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beverage got the wrong label. It really doesn't display any characteristics of an IPA regarding both smell and taste. I mean heck yeah it looks good other than the fact that it has no head at all and kinda resembles a pale yellow, watered down pilsner...

Only reason I didnt give it a worse rating is because the carbination is nice and it gives a tingly mouthfeel that is easy to drink...but then again I could have gotten the same excitement from shooting seltzer water up my nose.

If you are in the mood for drinking and IPA...dont drink this one.

stakem, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of pasdachuri
2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all this is not an IPA. If I was to do a blind taste test I doubt I would be able to differentiate this from an MGD, Budweiser, or any similar macro lager. I'm really disappointed, at least I wasn't the guy who wasted money on this false label.

IPA...are you serious?

pasdachuri, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of stancpa
1.4/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I love a good IPA, this beer is not. The IPA taste is quite weak and barely drinkable. The overall flavor was unremarkable. I did not enjoy drinking this beer. I had purchased a case of it on my Canadian fishing trip, tried to trade it with my fishing buddies but after tasting it they declined.

I hope to find a decent Canadian IPA for my next Canadian fishing trip.

stancpa, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of berley31
2.17/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a very small white head that was gone almost immediately. Lacing? Bah. Body was completely clear and bright yellow, very carbonated. Smells...not good. Couldn't place it at first, but after awhile it started resembling urine. As for the taste... Alexander Keith's has always been college swill, but to claim to be an IPA is an insult to real IPAs. I don't really detect any hops at all... a slightly bitter finish that leaves the mouth feeling a bit dry is all. It's not an IPA, and it's not a good beer. Not that you can't get it down... it's just nothing special and offensive to claim that it's an IPA.

berley31, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of ElGeordie
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IPA ? You've gotta be kidding.
This is yet another Canadian same old same old.
It looks like Miller Light in the glass and doesn't tast that different. I have a theory that all Canadian beers are the same and they just change the labels. This alleged IPA just reinforces my theory. It looks like a macro lager, it smells like a macro lager... and its an IPA Eh !

ElGeordie, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Basically this is a Canadian BMC. Pours almost clear has no hop aroma or bitterness at all. I bought it because it was in a can and appeared to possibly be a craft beer. But not, not at all. I think its better then a Miller but not by much although I'd rather support a bad small company than BMC.

kingcrowing, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 mL can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Yellow body with lots of carbonation visible. Crystal clear. Head starts out generous, but is gone in a flash, leaving only a thin haze.

Aroma is cooked corn, a hint of honey, and a faint grassiness.

Taste is a thin malty and vaguely honey-sweetened bread up front, with some cooked veggies just before a mildly bitter hop finish. Hops seem stale.

Mouthfeel is crisp, fairly clean, and finishes dry. Carbonation's ok.

Another beer that's not really offensive, just boring. Light and moderately refreshing.

nighthawk, May 31, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
2.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I walked all the way around Skydome and this is the best I could come up with for CAD10 and change. Served in a plastic cup from a beer portable.

It's light, but not as light as a traditional macro - maybe a bit more honey color in there. Carbonation is decent, maybe a little bit of head.

Scent has a lot of Saaz silage in it - along that stewy, spoiled light caramel malt that drives me insane and smacks of corn-feed adjuncts. Nothing special - it's not a macro but it's a little too close for comfort.

Taste profile mirrors the scent - raw, a little adjunct, not too much hop freshness with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Palate feel - well this is served very cold, but it needs to be. The tinge on the back of the palate gets to be a bit much with warmth, so while Respecting Beer you should toss this one back quickly.

Maybe not for a true English IPA but for a traditional macro it drinks OK. Seriously, though...can't you do better at the ballpark? I didn't see it.

IBUnit63, May 21, 2009
Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale from Alexander Keith's
63 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.