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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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518 Ratings

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 27.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 45 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-16-1998

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Photo of EatsTacos
2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Straw yellow and pretty transparant. The smell is of corn. Taste again is of corn, some malt and hops and some fruitiness. People love to cut this beer up for not being an IPA and I don't blame them one bit. Call it a lager. Hell, call it a blonde ale, where do you get off marketing this beer as an IPA? There's no hop bitterness in the nose or the taste.

I'd like to see the actual IBU for this beer and see what kind of hops go in it.

Overrated and overpriced. The sad thing is that people pay $40 for a 24 of this garbage.

This brewery should be ashamed

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Alexander Keith's- IPA

On tap at the brewery tap room.

A- Light clear yellow, paler than the Lager with a small foamy white head. Moderate amount of lacing.
S- Not a whole lot going on here. Sweet corn and lemon.
T- Light sweet corn/ hay adjunct like flavors, sugary and no hop presence!
M- Sugary and watery. Bland.

Overall- Weak, lifeless, I was really disappointed! Enjoyed the brewery/ taproom though!

Photo of mizzoueng
2.16/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this in bottle form at The Keg in Ottawa, ON. This was the only IPA available and boy did it let down.

No detecable hops, no aroma, no bitterness. I tasted more biscuit malt than hops. The color was golden, like a Budweiser. Little head, but I really didn't care about that.

Photo of KaiMiller
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The problem with this beer is that people expect it to be an actual IPA (forgivable, considering its name). It is not, at least by the definition this community uses, anything approcahing the style.

That being said, however, it is reasonably flavourful (not necessarily in a good way) for a North American Macro. In appearance, it is not particularly interesting-sparklingly clear and flourescently yellow with a dissapearing white head. A slightly stale aroma with a watery palate.

As for flavour, very small (perhaps imagined) traces of hops, certainly not enough to qualify it as an IPA. Thin, grainy malt profile, but you can trust in the pissy Keith's aftertaste-not as objectionable as it sounds.

While there are certainly many better beers out there, this is our go-to draught beer at bars or restaurants without any good beers.

Photo of Shumista
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up 6 pack of this while in Canada recently because it was the only IPA at "The Beer Store". I don't remember much about it other than that it could not have been a worse representation of the style but other than that tasted alright. There were no hops present in the aroma or the taste. If it had not been labeled as an IPA I may have felt differently about this beer, but as is I was very unhappy.

Photo of bradley194
2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Pours a straw like color with basically no head on it.

Being an IPA, I expected a certain amount of fruity, floral aroma to it...There was none.

Again, being an IPA I was expecting a huge hop presence...There was none. Medium carbonation. I really decided that this was poor when I ordered the sampler and could hardly tell the difference between the "light" and the IPA.

I would liken this very much to just your average Budweiser or Bud Light.

I will say however that this beer is great if you just want something to sit back and drink without really paying much attention to its qualities. It is a good "hot day" beer and perfect I'm sure for drinking games!

Photo of changeup45
2.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer tastes and looks a lot like a light beer with perhaps a touch more flavor. I'd certainly say this is a decent beer to drink for just relaxing. Crisp, clean and refreshing. However, this is absolutely no IPA. Sweet, watery, some fruits and only faint hops are present.

Photo of lostdesperato
1.53/5  rDev -42%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was disgusted by this beer. It is a disgrace to its style. From its pale straw colored body, to its over-carbonated weak mouthfeel, and finally finishing on a nasty lingering after-taste. Everything about this beer says macro-american lager.

As they say:
Those who like it
Like it alot

I guess
Those who don't like it
Despise it.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a bottle in Windsor, it was the only IPA on the menu. But unfortunately after trying it I realize this isn't an IPA at all. There were no noticeable hops in the aroma or taste, this was just an unassuming lager. It wasn't really bad or offensive unless you count the fraudulent labeling advertising this as an IPA.

Photo of shamus
3.3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

to appreciate this beer discard the idea that it is an IPA. It's nothing like one and I have no idea why they bother putting that on the label. Second do not drink this out of a bottle, it's forte is as a draft. The only time I drink this is when i am at one of the many establishments in Ottawa that only serve macros on draft. Keith's draft is smoooth and has no questionable flavours. it's a fine chugging beer. That being said don't make it your favourite beer unless you are a big time boozer.

Photo of albern
1.61/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This was one of the worst IPAs I think I've had, and I don't know how this even fits into the genre. I had this in Canada recently and it was dreadful. It was really skunky so it might have turned bad ... let's hope so.

The beer pours an amber color with a head that just disappeared, no lacing. The aroma was really skunked out, and that's about all there was in the nose. The beer tasted like a bad macro, cooked veggies, adjunct, malt syrup, and the like. There were really no hops present, maybe if you searched hard in the background there might have been something. I've never had an IPA with no hops in the body. I think that says it all. This went down the drain quickly.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.54/5  rDev +72%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For the record, I am a little biased towards this brew as it is my favorite domestic "macro"...still think it comes off more as a micro and yes I can admit that this isn't a true IPA it's just so good!

A- OK, this is the only area that doesn't make me jump out of my socks. It has the common yellow/staw colour and shows that it has fairly heavy carbonation. The head doesn't come out to much even after a hard pour, but it does retain a thin film of foam over the top of the liquid, something many other beers don't do.

S- The aroma is just so inviting albeit a little mild. I smell some grains, sweet malts that remind me of fresh corn and a hint of the hops that a true IPA would have.

T- The clean refreshing sweet malty goodness of this beer just keeps me coming back for more. The hop presence is fairly muted but at the back of the palate I can taste just enough of a zing to let me know that there is some bitterness to this beer. The aftertaste is pleasant with a touch of hops, but just like the smell, there is a lingering toasted grain and sweet corn combo that just wants you to have another drink!

M- This is a perfect thirst quenching beer, as it has a medium-light body. It does however get just slightly watery right at the end, towards the back of the throat, most likely due to the carbonation, which is quite heavy.

D- This beer comes highly recommended by myself and I feel is the perfect beer to enjoy all night long. It is definately a great chugging beer on a hot summer day or in the pub with good friends....I'll have a schooner of this no problem...and then another! With all the history and quality behind this beer, it's no wonder the good people of Nova Scotia are so proud of Keiths!

Photo of ZorPrime
2.25/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well the only thing I have to say is this: This is not an IPA. Trying to taste a lot of IPA lately and this one is by far the worst one I drank. It is not a bad beer... just that the label shouldn't say India Pale Ale. Bought a taster 12 pack... damn still 3 bottles to drink. I guess I'll pass this along to friends! :)

The head is not present, which is something I hate. The color is nice yellow. Smell nothing. Taste like a commercial beer, which is very disappointing!

Photo of JamesS
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very light colored orange-straw, with a bit of head, not much lacing, and a lot of carbonation. It has a very light hoppy scent, strong malts for an IPA, but at least there was a little bit of bitter aroma. Same for the taste, a lot of malt in the initial taste, with a kick of hoppiness at the end, not a very strong IPA, more of a hoppy yellow macro lager. It did go down fairly smooth, though.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.38/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle in the Toronto airport waiting to leave.

Drank straight from the bottle, sadly, so I am guessing at the appearance.

Smell was somewhat muted and of earthy, floral hops.

Taste was mostly pale malts with some hop flavor and a decent amount of bitterness in the finish. Much milder than American IPAs and many English offerings as well. More like a slightly strong pale ale.

I guess my expectations weren't that high, based on what else was available at the Friday's in the airport, but I thought this was a solid, above average beer. Nothing amazing and a little mild, but a decent, well made, drinkable beer.

Photo of smcolw
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite pale, clear with virtually no head and no lace.

There is a lack of hop aroma that would be typical for the style. Lots of fruity esters.

This is a step up from most macros, but it is not an IPA in flavor. The hop is nearly undetectable. The fruitiness is present to the flavor. It has a decent body and low level of carbonation.

A clear miss in the IPA world.

Photo of sulldaddy
2.19/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am sampling at cellar temp poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a clear bright gold color with bleached white fluffy head of 2 cm foaming up with a gentle pour.
Aroma is mild and fruity with some grainy cereal malt as well. An IPA? Not too much going on in the hops department on the nose.
First sip reveals a thin watery body with fine rolling carbonation. The flavor is also mild with some grainy malt a bit of sweet sugaryness, and again lack of any hops. I get it that this is an English IPA, but there should be some earthy, or herbal or grassy flavors here from some EKG maybe, but I get mostly vague general grain flavors.
Overall this beer is rather disappointing. I can appreciate a well made English IPA, and this isnt one.

Photo of ATPete
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this beer in a small joint on the island of Bermuda.

12 oz capped bottle

A- Golden, slight haze, small white head

S- Muted hops, sweet toasty caramel malts

T- Weak, this is an IPA? wow i wouldn't even consider this a Pale Ale if talking about hoppyness. I wonder what the IBU is...they most be very, very conservative with their hops...

M- Nothing to it, does that make it drinkable to me? NO. I'm glad 1 bottle is all i had.

Photo of SaucyA
2.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

355ml can. Given to me by someone who "heard I like 'crazy' beer". Rating this as an English IPA. I should've known better when he said, "They were giving it out... told me to take as many as I wanted!"

A - Clear, pale, fizzy. Looks light an American Macro with half as much color. Ugly.

S - Grainy adjuncts, slight hop aroma. Not "bash-you-in-the-face" hops, just... enough to let you know it's beer.

T - Sweet, light. May as well be macro swill, but has one slight aspect on the finish that lets you know it's not. Not necessarily offensive, but not at ALL complex. Just... boring.

M - Sparkling water. Seriously. There's no body whatsoever.

D - It's sessionable, and easy to drink... just not ANYTHING I'd ever go out of my way for. If it's this or Budweiser, I'm choosing this. That's about the only way I'd order one.

Not a good example of the style. Pass on this unless you're looking for an easy drinker. I'm dumping it :(

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with excellent clarity and a thin one finger head of fizzy bubbles. Poor retention and no lacing. The aroma shows some mild herbal hop notes and weak rice/corn adjunct malt scent, but overall understated and not exactly to-style. The flavor is in a word bland; the malt is thin and mainly adjunct driven- almost like an american standard lager. The little hop presence is known only in the mild and dry aftertaste that has whispers of minty english hops, but the skunk character out of the keg is more apparent. Thin bodied with med-high to high carbonation, this beer is crisp and clean but not at all a showcase of hops or barley- of course the finish is clean and the drinkability is high. This may appeal to consumers who want to look cool ordering an IPA but prefer a Molson. For saavy Beeradvocates who are in the mood for Canada's take on the original English import, beware or false advertisement.

Photo of DogFood11
2.47/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its very light in color, similar to a macro lager. Head retention is below average and the carbonation is medium in size.

Nothing really offensive in this offering but I'd just assume order something else. Why? well its a dumbed down version of an English IPA. Dumbed down to the point of having zero bite and nothing to remember it by. Bargain basement malt bill is easily squashed by a very mild drying hop presence.

Notes: Not for me. I'm starting to think crisp clean macro's are the way to go in this area of Atlantic Canada. blehhh

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

Press for this beer is big in Eastern Canada for some odd reason. Not sure what's behind that, but it can't be the beer itself, can it? Sampled at the Sainte-Elisabeth Pub (Montréal), on to the beer:

I only ordered 10 ounces of it, and I'm sure glad I didn't get the 20 ounce size. Appearance is blonde and clear like a lager. Okay aroma of corn grits, DMS (cooked veggies), and a touch of honey. The taste begins with a slight sweetness from the grain. Some cereals show up too. I'm not wincing, but the overall flavor is weak. It goes fruity for a brief second before going dry, kind of like sweetneer. Hops anyone? Where are they? Yawn. And as the beer warmed, it started to get hard to drink.

If this is an IPA, then I'm the Easter Bunny. Molson Canadian can kick this beer's ass back to Nova Scotia.

Photo of thartman
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being out of town, in Toronto, I was excited to see an IPA on tap at my hotel.

The draft that I ordered had a pale yellow appearance with a slight, thin head, not what I am typically used to with an IPA. There was no signifcant hop aroma, or hoppy taste, and the beer reminded me more of a lager style.

The beer had a nice carbonation and went down easy, but I was expecting more of an IPA-style as advertised.

Photo of jwc215
2.21/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light golden yellow with plenty of clarity and a thin white head.

The smell is of sweet grain (some husk?) and corn. Doesn't smell like an IPA - maybe more like a cross between a light Helles Lager and a macro.

The taste -- Where are the hops???? Distant. They are there, but just to balance out the sweetness of the grainy malt, adding little if anything to the taste. Clean, and rather "inoffensive", this is bland to the point of being ridiculous. Some sweet grain and buttered corn (but a bit different than in a corn adjunct way). With modest abv and lack of hop presence, this is out of style. Rated out of style? Bland, boring. Finishes abruptly.

Thin - Light bodied, but not overly fizzy.

Way out of style. Someone send a search and rescue party out for the hops! Other than style? Lackluster.

Photo of daubelbrew
2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this from my parents after they took a tour with their coach through the great white north.

Aroma: malty sweet nose, some very light hop aroma - mostly "noble" hops, definitely not English or PNW.

Appearance: Golden clear with a thin (lasting) white head.

Taste: malty with some hop bitterness to balance. this tastes more like a pilsner than what I expect of an IPA. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall: this is an easy drinking bear but not what I expect of an IPA, where I'm looking for more hops up front an in the flavor. This is well balanced and clean with a pilsner malt flavor, but lacks depth of character from crystal/caramel malts. A decent Lager beer, but definitely NOT an IPA.

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