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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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510 Ratings

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 27.27%
Wants: 12
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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 Otterburn
2.63/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the mix pack along with the red and the witbier.

Appearance: clear blond color., no head at all

Smell: nothing like an ipa should smell.

Taste: no bitterness here, taste more like a mix between a lager and water, and something like cabbage..

mouthfeel: is like a popsoda,thin with medium carbonation, watery brew

drinkability: well, this brew is far from the style. and not very inviting, insipid

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- super clear golden color. Light head, disappeared in a matter of seconds leaving a near perfect ring.

S- sugar, same as bottled, but less potent.

T- this tastes toxic. Like you shouldn't be drinking it. The bitterness doesn't taste like it comes from the hops...it tastes like artificial bitterness.

M- good carbonation, a bit too watery to complete a full mouthfeel.

D- high for most macro drinkers, but that chemical taste makes me sick.

Photo of pelicula
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Initial Impression: Let's be clear, this would only be a good beer if you were looking for a summer beer when you wanted to be hydrated and refreshed, not when you want an IPA, because this is flavoured water. Clear light golden colour, pours with no head from a bottle. Yeasty nose, light IPA smell. First taste is a very subtle IPA taste, it is quite subtle, smooth, and watery. It's like they were going for an IPA for beginners. No hop presence and too subtle for an IPA. Perhaps it's because I am partial to a distinct, strong, sharp IPA taste that this fails so terribly. It's almost like it is made with corn syrup. Really weak, I'm shocked. It would work well in a summer context, but not for those under the impression that they are having an I.P.A., it doesn't live up to what it should.

Notes about the beer: Some say that the Keith's IPA is not a traditional IPA. "The term Pale Ale originally denoted and ale which had been brewed from pale malt." It became known as India Pale Ale because of the huge demand among the East India Company in the 18th Century.

Photo of hopheadjuice
1.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My friends mom brought this down from Canada. Six pack brown bottles with a stag on the label.

Appearance: super clear dark straw yellow. Almost no visible carbonation. One of the clearest beers I've ever seen. Also the head disappeared in 5 seconds wtf is this a soda?

Smell: very musty and smells like cooked corn. Not a very good aromatic IPA if you can even consider this an IPA where's the hops?

Taste: Again where's the hops at? I cant taste any damn hops how can this be an IPA if there's no damn hop flavour. Tastes like cooked veggies...

Mouthfeel: light bodied and has the carbonation of soda. Not diggin it.

Drinkability: not so good after two.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale from Alexander Keith's
63 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.