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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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517 Ratings

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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 27.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 44 | 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 JayTheFinn
2.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This is an IPA?...my ass! Where's the hops?! All I taste is corn extract. This tastes more like Tecate.

A - Very pale yellow body with a surprising long lasting head.
S - Corn. Blech.
T - Corn. Blech. THere's only the slightest hint of hops. It's sweet and watery. Very much like a macro lager.
M - Lots of carbonation and that's about it.
D - Very crisp. Goes down smooth. Would be refreshing, but the sweetness kinda ruins that.

Photo of soupyman10
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I guess I'd probably give this beer a much higher rating if it was listed as what it probably is, a macro lager. As an EIPA, though, this was total crap. My friend says that Canadian beers often make claims to being IPAs (Rickards, Sleeman's, Keith's, etc.) just because it's a 'beer-sounding title,' not because they actually belong to said genre. Either way, this one is a light straw color, with a nose of malt and light apples. Taste is crisp and clean, lots of grainy malt, nothing much else. Feel is highly carbonated but very refreshing. I've thrown back a bunch of these, but certainly not in a 'beer-drinkers' frame of mind.

Photo of medic25
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Initial pour gives a pale golden brew with a white foamy head that quickly dissipates; much lighter in color than I expected. No hint of hops in the aroma like I expected. Taste is more like a pilsener than an IPA; very dry, almost no hops to speak of. Relatively non-offensive brew, but not at all what I'd consider an IPA.

Photo of irishkyle21
2.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is not an IPA. Damn Keith's! Pours like a macro should pour a clear golden body with a head that disappears quickly. No hops on the nose just a sweet malty like macro. Once again no hops on the palate ( well they are there but not like a real IPA) some malt and that's about it. I give this beer such a low score due to the fact that it is clearly a macro lager that decided to say it was an IPA.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.28/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer on July 13, 2007 at Casey's Bar and Grill in Toronto (123 Front St W). The beer was a translucent pale gold colour with little or no head. Aroma? What aroma? I seriously thought I was smelling water. The mouthfeel was crisp and clean with quite a bit of carbonation. The taste was weak and thin-bodied. I followed it up with a Keith's Red....and that was a mistake in and of itself.

Photo of Shadman
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this one tap at a local sports pub...reviewing as a macro lager 'cause that's what it is folks, despite all the ads & propaganda.

Decent enough looking, 1 finger white head( in an Southern Alberta bar..too much head on a pint of draft beer and yur gettin' ripped off ya know) receded to a thin white cap, then a white ring...lacing was non-apparent (but that could be the local pub detergent too)

smell was very faint..but note some grainy malt & very faint hop.

Certainly a bit smoother than some macros...very close to Moosehead in taste...maybe slighty hoppier, but not by much. If I had to choose between this and Moosehead in a blind taste test with my life on the line....kill me now, I'm DUN.

again, typical smooth canuck macro, maybe a bit creamier...

average, nothing worth paying the extra "Premium" price on tap for.

Photo of relapse
1.3/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Very thin, pale colour, reminiscent of urine. Smells more like corn rather than the hops that it should be loaded with. Doesn't taste like an IPA, more like a sweet, corny macro offering. Has the mouthfeel of a light beer, and is very contrary to how it should taste.

I guess I'd put it a nose ahead of coors light as far as flavour goes. If this were a light lager I'd be far more forgiving of what it brings to the table. I'm sorry if my review isn't as vivid or inspiring as it could be, but perhaps it's fitting because neither is this beer.

"Those who hate it, hate it a lot."

Photo of kwakwhore
2.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap in Montreal, pale yellow with thin white head. Looked smelled and tasted like a macro lager. This is not an IPA in taste, smell, or appearance. Very little hops, in aroma or flavor, and not much malt either. If this were in the American style lager category I'd rate it a little higher, but not much. The only consolation was that I was able to order a bottle of La Fin du Monde to help me forget the experience.

Photo of JOaikido
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale gold with some bubbles and a decent pure white head. Head settles quickly with the bubbles sticking to the glass some.

S- Floral and herbal hops. Slightly off sweetness.

T- Mild, a tad watery. Clean. OK, but unexceptional blond ale. Slightly better than average macro. Bit of a mushroom-like sweet taste.

MF- Soft. Lacks the crispness of a lager or the fullness of better ales. Nothing really wrong with it though. Leaves the mouth a little pasty.

D- Very easy to drink, but somewhat uninspiring.

Photo of dherling
2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a piss yellow with a foamy white head. Light malt and rice characteristics in the nose. The taste offered nothing. Blah. If I wanted Coors light I wouldn't have left the country. Why would a brewery insult the good name of an IPA by putting liquid crap into a can and selling it to me for money? Jerks. MEdium carbonation, medium body. Very drinkable, like water.

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

Came home with two cans in pocket on St. Patricks Day?

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden straw colour with a very modest bone white head that settles quickly to nothing.

Aroma: Sweet, a bit of floral hops, a bit of citrus, and a whack of corn.

Taste: A smidge from the hops, but slight hints of corn and sour fruit. Not much flavour here at all. Metallic flavour in finish is unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and fizzy.

Final Statement: Definately NOT my first run in with the dreaded Keiths. It drinks like a cheap cheap macro ale. There's no doubt that it's better than Budweiser or Coors Light, but this is not an IPA or even good ale, and therefore gets terrible marks. Pride of Nova Scotia? I think not.

Photo of blackie
2.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Low, fizzy white head that soon recedes to a scant ring around the glass. The beer is a clear golden-hay in color.

mouthfeel: Med-high carbonation with a light body

smell/taste: Clean pale malts, subtle hop flavor/aroma. Light bitterness on the tongue. Pretty bland, even considering that it's an English IPA.

drinkability: easy i suppose, but not a very enticing drink

single bottle brought back from Canada by a friend

Photo of Caesar1pup
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is not an IPA and therefore is receiving a bad review from me based on the brewer marketing it as such. If it was truly marketed as it should be it would receive a much better rating. Someone needs to tell them the difference between an IPA and lager.

For a light lager it’s decent.

Photo of BeerSox
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pale apple juice hue. On top, a bright white fizzy head that doesn't hold well, and settles to a thin cap.

Very husky and soggy leaf smell. Small hints of citrusy hop notes are present.

For an IPA, it's very unhoppy. Mostly grainy malts and bits of hop bitterness. Tastes more like a Euro Pale Lager, even though it's an ale. Thin and watery too, with a spritzy bite from the higher carbonation. Finish is clean, with a grainy aftertaste.

Not a very good example of an IPA. The hop character isn't even close to what it should be. It's hard to tell if they even added hops. Not recommended.

Photo of tommy78
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I first experienced this beer in a bar in Halifax. I brought home a sixer to truly try it. While this is labeled "India Pale Ale," it is no where near being an IPA. The appearance is very clear, much along the lines of a lager. The smell was pretty much nonexistant. The taste is light on the palate; barely a hint of hops in it. As for the mouthfeel, it is very clean. Nothing bites at the palate either during or after tasting it. Finally, it is very easy to drink down. I could probably have the entire sixer in one sitting, but it wouldn't be worth it.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.38/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ordered this at some bar in Montreal over the weekend. Poured a firly pale brown in color and was perfectly clear. Honestly, it looked more like a lager than an IPA. Nose was just slightly malty and not much else. Flavor was dull and lifeless. Way too sweet in the finish and the hops were "on ice" and would not rise to the surface to give this beer any flavor much less balance. Mouthfeel was rather thin and very watery. Probably be an easier beer to drink many of in one sitting, just not for me.

Photo of stouty1
2.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very weak attempt for this style.

A: Poured a piss yellow with a small 1/2 finger head, by the time I got it.

S: Not much, very hard to get any hops from this. Slight amount of spoiled beer on your carpet smell.

T: No bite, very smooth. Smidge of hops, which had to be concentrated on. No nuances, that I could pull out. Almost bud worthy.

M: Fizzy and tingled the mouth. No flavors jumped out at me.

D: These could be consumed for hours. No real warming effect, no bitterness like should be expected.

Photo of BDTyre
2.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these before hitting the heavier Rickards during a recent stay at Whistler.

Very light appearance, almost lager like, with a weak head. Skunky, malty smell. Certainly, this would be an IPA if it weren't for the lack of hops. Slightly hoppier taste than expected...but still this is a malty, slightly skunked lager flavour.

Serves well as a session ale, but this is far from an IPA.

Photo of jdoolin
2.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale gold, very clear. Small, quickly diminishing head.

Aroma: Very clean, a little bit of hops. Kinda like a euro lager, actually.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp, much like a lager. Light hop flavor. Grainy flavor that lingers in the finish.

Notes: Clearly, this is not an India Pale Ale. Not by a long shot. Tastes very much like a euro lager, as clean and crisp as it is. You could drink these all day, and they would probably be very good on a hot day, but I had to give it bad scores for falling so far away from the style it's supposed to represent.

Photo of bodybyadam
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in BC served in a pint glass. AUG06

A: Alight golden yellow filtered liquid, bright and clear with a little 1/8" head. Relatively appealing for a golden ale but this is an IPA.

S: I did like the fact this carried some mild malt notes.

T: The confirmation to me that this was in the style of IPA is the initial taste of a citrus hop, even though as mild as it was. It did continue to stand well.

M: This IPA was a surprise yet still well balanced.

D: Give it a try and choose for yourself, because the appearance is clear filtered bright ale but a subtle citrus hop flavor that made this drinkable.

Elbows Up,

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

I had this beer at the brewery or museum itself and was stunned by the difference between the bottled and draft version. The bottle version is a clean lager kind of beer, with some fruity notes. The draft version was more caramellic with more hop aroma. I will review the draft version.

Color was amber and the head retention was pretty poor, leaving small rings of foam.
Smell was fruity with some "English" yeast notes. I don't know how to describe this, but it was not the smell I expect from an IPA. Where is the hop?

Taste is not very IPA-ish either, it was caramellic with some fruity notes and tasted more like a top fermented lager beer. Hops are in there, but only for bittering.
I agree with my former reviewer, that if they would market it as a pilsner, it cover the load more.

Photo of benito
1.58/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

There's one very simple problem with this beer--so strangely lauded in Maritime Canada: it's not an IPA. It can't 'pass' as an IPA be it from Britain, the US (ha!), or South Africa. Keith's is an above average macro lager with a nice aftertaste, but market it as an IPA, and it's rating will always suffer.

It is a hay yellow with a fizzy head, no hop presence in aroma or taste. To its credit, it does have a crisp finish, and a good balance in all-around flavor. As a macro lager, it is significantly better than any of the major American offerings, on par with Canada's Alpine Lager (another beer from the Maritimes!) The day that the folks out in Nova Scotia stop marketing this is an IPA and sell it for what it is will be the day that I give this a higher rating.

If you want a decent macro lager, this will do. If you wan't an IPA, caveat emptor: that's not what you're getting in Keith's.

Photo of elricorico
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold that is very clear. An aggressive pour gave more than a finger of very white head. The head fades down to a ring in a little more than a minute.

Smells faintly of an English Pale Ale, but there is a light crispness to the smell that makes it smell more like a lager. Somewhat grassy and somewhat sweet, but mostly non-descript.

The taste is a light corn/vegetable sweetness with a crisp finish and veggie aftertaste. All flavours are faint, almost watered down. Not much here to work with.

Mouthfeel is like a good lager, it does have a touch of body to it and plenty of carbonation. I find it hard to give it a good score, and hard to give it a bad score. I guess it comes down to average.

This isn't a bad beer, I guess it depends on what you want. If you want an IPA, look elsewhere, because hops are basically not notable in this brew. If you want a lawnmower beer, or hot weather quaffer, this one could do the trick, as it is so easy drinking and lightly flavoured.

Photo of dirtylou
3.58/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz draft, served at "The Sandbar" on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC

appearance: served to me a very pale straw-golden with an active frothy white head, clear and very light body

smell: canned light fruit, light pleasantly hopped aroma, fresh and fruity

taste: canned pears, white grapes, green apple, lightly hopped...Not a typical english (or american) ipa, but pleasant

mouthfeel: light and sparkling

drinkability: high...not to style, but easy drinking

Photo of allergictomacros
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ah... Keith's. The macro IPA.

A - Clear straw with a huge brittle head.

S - Candy-like sweetness with metal and crispness.

T - Apple-y. I'm a little surprised by this. A touch of fruitiness to too. I think I taste some maltiness in this.

M - A little bit light with a slickness.

D - As with macros, easy-drinking is the name of the game here. Still, it's not quite a macro - there's some interesting flavours here, but certainly not the hoppiness you'd expect from an IPA. Ale or not, it should be in the macro category, IMO, and would compare quite favorably in that.

Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale from Alexander Keith's
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