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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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468 Ratings

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Ratings: 468
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 26.52%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | 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 Tang07


2.3/5  rDev -12.9%


The beer is a pale golden yellow, and carbonated with very large bubbles. It looked like a not very good US lager.

Keith's has VERY Little hop flavor.
The yeast was too stong on the nose.

Not a good example of an IPA.

Because of carbonation, mouthfeel was not good.
It went down OK, but to be honest, I'd rather have a Bud.

03-08-2005 05:09:09 | More by Tang07
Photo of unit555


2.88/5  rDev +9.1%

Not what I expected out of an IPA. Pale golden color with a decent head.

Thick with that yeasty ale taste. Mild hops came through int he finish.

It was very drinkable and had a pleasant enough feel on the tongue. I think it wuold be ebst served brutally cold on a hot day.

01-24-2005 21:40:19 | More by unit555
Photo of ngandhi


2.38/5  rDev -9.8%

An India Pale Ale insofar as this is precisely the type of swill that was being guzzled off the black market when I visited that home country of mine two years. With its closest counterpart perhaps something like Kingfisher, Alexander Keith's IPA is a clevel cover for what is a light British pale ale like Boddington's at best or a good commercial adjunct lager at its worst.

Though up front a watered and honeyed herb wash coats the tongue and seems very British, the finish fades into the lingering stale flavors that come from mass produced beer. Piss colored and wholly uninteresting, this beer's saving grace is its compatibility with most spicy, citrusy, or fried foods. Indian or Mexican cuisine is a must with this beer -- anything full-flavored enough to overshadow it -- with a bias toward lime, which compensates for the beer's hop deficiency.

01-15-2005 00:43:30 | More by ngandhi
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3.75/5  rDev +42%

Not so much a contemporary IPA, but steeped in tradition.

Pale straw colour with a big, creamy ring for a head.

Light grain, almost wheat.

Malted grain upfront with a balanced, dry hop backup. Not a lot of flavour, but nice and creamy dry.

Light-medium body. Very interesting creamy body with such a dry finish.

Altogether, an IPA all about the body and not the flavour. I really dig the light taste with a creamy boday and dry finish.


01-14-2005 19:45:47 | More by BillyBrew
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2.3/5  rDev -12.9%

This beer pours a very pale yellow color with very little head and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is extremely subdued. No hop aroma. Smells just like Budweiser, which is not something I like. This is a bad example of an IPA and a bad example of microbrew. Didn't like it a bit.

11-24-2004 14:22:49 | More by clvand0
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2.2/5  rDev -16.7%

Okay. This beer pours a pale yellow color. The head is a finger tall and falls to just a ring over the beer. The beer smells like an American macro. I don't like it at all. The flavor...American macro. Some honey sweetness. No hops in there. This beer sucks. The feel is thin, somewhat wattery. I am not a big fan of this beer. Drinkability suffers from all the problems with this beer. I guess its a new beer on my list, but at the expense of taste and good beer. Eh.

11-24-2004 03:34:54 | More by kmpitz2
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2.2/5  rDev -16.7%

Great! I've been in the Niagara region for a week and haven't had anything close to a good ol' IPA (American, English, or otherwise). I think I'll settle down by the fire place and this nice oak bar at the Pillar and Post Inn and have an Alexander Keith's IPA on-tap...how cool...er...wait a minute....

Appearance: Crystal clear (dare I say Sprite???) and slightly (and I do mean slightly) golden with a sticky white head.

Smell: Are you kidding me?? Is this an IPA?? A faint hop aroma at best. Smells pretty clean and dangerously close to a clear soda. Granted, I've had some pretty big IPA's in recent memory but there ain't nothin' to this one.

Taste: Oh my....chardonnay grapes, oak, and a slightly bitter finish. Very clean and light. No way this is an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Light and slightly creamy. Maybe the creaminess is due to it being on-tap.

Drinkability: Certainly but who wants to...after getting all pumped up about an IPA, I get hit with light, crisp, and clean. I'm so bummed.

If you are looking for a summer fest beer or a clean lager, this is it. If you are looking for any kind of IPA, go somewhere else. This is a joke.

11-19-2004 03:36:40 | More by mattcrill
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2.93/5  rDev +11%

served on tap...
pours a straw gold. STRAW GOLD!!!! no cloudiness at all. what kind of malt bill are they using on this one?
the biggest problem with this beer isn't the hops -- the pint or two i had were very fresh and had a decent, crisp, noble hop flavor to them. not mouth-puckering hoppiness, but still...
the biggest problem is the utter lack of maltiness in this beer. i think i actually preffered rickard's red (another macro from canada) over this.
a very one-dimensional beer....but not undrinkable, either.

10-20-2004 23:15:57 | More by vitesse
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New York

2.53/5  rDev -4.2%

On tap in Toronto... this is not an IPA.

Poured clear and pale gold, smelled of mild malt.

Flavor was only marginally different from a typical macro...a very thin, metallic-and-floral flavor over standard fizzy yellow beer. Mouthfeel was a little more lively than average. Nowhere near enough hops for the style, this was a disappointment. I switched to Labatt Blue drafts after only one, and didn't feel like I was losing much quality.

10-11-2004 16:17:29 | More by shirfan
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Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a blond coloured beer without much head to speak of. Aroma is probably too "subtle" for me to notice anything beside cereals. Watery texture in mouth, malt is present, hops is surprisingly rather rare. A good thirst rage brew, but nothing tat stands out. Audacious indeed to label it as IPA. Kind of overrated from my point of view. This is bland, quaffable, an insult to IPA. Yet another hidden macro.

09-28-2004 15:30:56 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of proc


2.15/5  rDev -18.6%

Pours out to a pale yellow in the glass with a minimum head. The aroma is that of cereal grains and corn and is reminiscent of most beers in the American Standard style.

This is an IPA?
No it is not.
I know IPA's. Bell's Two Hearted or Victory Hop Devil, those are IPA's.

The taste is reminiscent of any mass-produced lager and reminds me of many of the "ice" style beers. There is a slight sweetness to it that in so ways redeems it but doesn't make it good.

09-16-2004 03:12:09 | More by proc
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2.28/5  rDev -13.6%

I am not a fan of IPA's in general, but I decided to give this one a try while I was on vacation in Toronto. Poured out to a brownish yellow colour with an unremarkable foamy white head that was gone too soon. Typical IPA flavor, with a little touch of sweetness and hints of cinnamon. Not what I would call a great beer, but worth a try, and better than most IPA's.

09-05-2004 16:45:53 | More by Frozensoul327
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2.53/5  rDev -4.2%

when i saw this canadian swill i found what i thought to be a diamond in the rough. wow! an ipa in this land of labatt and molson dynasty. I was completely dissapointed. this brew pours a very light gold with very little head. not much to smell, corn? taste was very underwhelming. very light with very little hop character. slightly bitter aftertaste. mouthfeel was thin and carbonation was high. i guess i could probobly pound a lot of these, but it did not live up to the style of ipas that i like. it seemed not far off from the usual macro swill.

08-26-2004 23:49:13 | More by ramrod666
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Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev +9.8%

Pale golden, didnt look like an IPA at all. Smell was of a shy IPA, or maybe I was fooled to believe in. The taste is unIPA like, nothing strong emiited from that beer except a strong taste of hops that disbalance that beer at all.
Its a very drinkable beer, but does not taste like a real IPA, maybe they should rename it Halifax Pale Ale.

08-06-2004 20:33:12 | More by 3Vandoo
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3.45/5  rDev +30.7%

Poured a light, clear, golden tint, with almost no head, and very little lacing. Smelled of faint hops and a little corn.

Taste is a little citrus flavour, very little malt flavour, and the end is moderately hopped and after taste is dry, which his nice. Could've mistaken this for a lager, but it's much more enjoyable than any of the macro lagers around IMO.

Definitely not a traditional IPA, but is very refreshing and drinkable nonetheless. Usually in bars without much selection, I choose this.

07-28-2004 04:03:44 | More by baiser
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2.85/5  rDev +8%

On-tap at EastSide Mario's at the Park Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

This sure seemed to be a popular beer...I saw many, many pints being poured while I waited for my food at the bar. Sadly, these people don't know what they are missing. This stuff should be called "Canadian Budweiser". That's exactly what it tasted like. By no means an IPA.

Appearance is a clear dull blond in color, with hefty carbonation. Minimal white lace atop that tries (and fails) to lace. Aromas are brief and muted. Some floral hops and caramel sweetness. Flavor is macro. Short-lived and snappy. Starts with a dose of wheaty-corn, middle shoots a round of grassy hops, and finishes with a dry and short-lived aftertaste.

As a lager, this is OK. As an IPA, it's an insult to the name.

07-19-2004 01:11:48 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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Ontario (Canada)

1.55/5  rDev -41.3%

This beer is a not a good IPA. It looks like a lager, it smells like a lager and it tastes like a lager. Im not sure if they even use ale yeast. It is a pale straw color with average carbonation. Its head is crackly and dissipates immediately, leaving no lace on the glass. The smell is of sweetish malt and barely discernable hops, very weak. The taste is watery like all bland macrobrews and the corn taste is prominent. Theres also a horrible cloying sweetness in the finish. This beer definitely smelled better then it tastes. The mouthfeel is like any boring macrobrew, watery. That being said this beer chilled would be somewhat refreshing on a hot summer day, just as labbatt or molson would be. Though it too is full of defects.
overall I didnt like this 'IPA'. Save your money and pick up some Propeller Pale Ale instead if you want a decent east coast canadian Ale.

04-24-2004 21:50:11 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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New York

3.15/5  rDev +19.3%

If not for the other reviews here, I'd have thought the wrong beer had come out of the tap. This "IPA" is a near clear beer, with some light hops in the aroma. Taste is much more like a standard lager. Not sure where the IPA characteristics are, or simply why it's being called one. On it's own it's a very refreshing, highly drinkable brew. I ordered another. IPA my ass, though.

02-29-2004 03:01:19 | More by Stingray5
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +28%

Better and fresher on-tap but also had it at Granite brewery, who are in a partnership. More color and action through fizz to normal pale color. Good with food. An unoffensive beer and a major step up to your mates from national brands. More malt than hops.

02-22-2004 01:44:43 | More by Sammy
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2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: crystal clear, pale golden color, rather un-IPA-like, topped with a large, lush bone-white head...the latter, however, does not redeem the former, though...
aroma: soft, spare, and slightly soapy, a little floral, and once more, exhibiting no India Pale Ale characteristics...not bad, but not what I'd like when the label clearly says IPA.
Taste: neat, tiny hop introduction, but very minor, showing no fruit, no particular hoppy bit,( can't imagine what hops were used, maybe a touch of Centennial and a whisper of Columbus?)..very small tastes of citrus and honey mark the flavor best, but it barely has any business on the palate, says hello and leaves...very light in body, flavor, in the memory, etc. Pleasant enough, but extraordinary shy of showing us any real taste, you can drink this pretty well, but it doesn't tickle me in any fashion, and I can't get past the mistake of the mislabeling. That's where the axe will have to fall in my ranking, for it clearly ain't what it says it is!
I'm having this bottle in between pints of Minneapolis Town Hall Masala Mama IPA, and one of these can be an IPA, but not both, 'cause this one don't cut it...not even an EPA...a blonde, maybe...

01-08-2004 03:50:21 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.35/5  rDev +26.9%

This beer is a very pale golden colour with almost no head to be found. The aromas are of light malts, and super light fruity hops. This smells nothing like an IPA, in fact, it is more reminiscent of a light lager/kolsch hybrid than anything else. The taste is very light, with not much going on in the way of complexity, but than again what do you expect? There are some slight hops in the flavor, and a very, very subtle malt backbone as well. The mouthfeel is watery, and almost below average, and the drinkability is not the best. However, the look, smell, and taste of this beer are all slightly better in the draft version of this brew, than they are in the bottled one.

12-19-2003 18:31:01 | More by francisweizen
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2.9/5  rDev +9.8%

Presentation: Well after the Molson Canadian lager that I had whilst waiting at Calgary Airport Terminal C for my plane home to LAX last night, I spied a Cooler with Bottles and this one stood out from the crowd of usual suspects. And it said India Pale Ale – great me thinks!

It arrived in a well chilled green glass 341ml bottle. Red, Dark Green and White label with the picture of a Stags Head that also professes to a heritage stretching back to 1820, as well as the fact that the Brewery is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Some bearded dude adorns the neck label, hey maybe that is Alex himself.

Appearance: A very pale straw golden color, clarity is excellent. Highly carbonated and a very compact smooth white head with good staying power.

Nose: Huh?? Where are the Hops??
So – no hops, but some light grain malts and a bready odor. Not much in the nose really.

Taste: Huh?? Where are the Hops??
Déjà vu – well this is really a pale lager in taste. Dry, pale malts, light bitterness and some astringent yeasty aftertaste. Above average tastes, but definitely no where near as much hops as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Very average – a light lager that leaves a clean pleasant enough feel in the mouth – I know I drunk something, just not sure what it was.

Drinkability: Easily imbibed – it does just enough to tell you that this is a beer, an average beer, neither bad, nor good and far from poor – but just VERY Average.

Overall: This is really a pale lager which is middle of the road, but considering the IPA moniker on the label, it’s a let down.

For a pale lager it's OK, for an IPA - this SUCKS BIG STYLE!

10-24-2003 05:27:43 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev +3.4%

OK. This pours out a very clear yellow colour with a big head that hangs around for a while - very foamy. Lacing rings after every mouthful. Smell of . . . something. Taste of . . . something - maybe a light ale. Nothing offensive. Just beer. Light, fluffy, no real aftertaste. The current ads say: "The pride of Nova Scotia." (That must drive some Nova Scotians crazy.)

This is an odd brew, but not a bad one from the Interbrew family. I'm not convinced its an IPA but the label says so, so we'll go with that and that's the only reason. It is, however, a drinkable "Pale Ale" if you're not shopping around. Its kinda like airplane food (back when they had food). You know: no spices, no onions, no anything that might offend too many folks. Done right just enough so that everybody could actually eat it. Well, we didn't really mind did we. If you wanted real tasty food you could eat before the flight or after touch down. If your schedule was such that you didn't have time to eat you knew that at least you would get something on the flight that was palatable. Well, have a Keith's IPA. Made for the masses I guess. No hops, no onions, no anything that might . . .

10-07-2003 20:00:19 | More by PiratePete
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Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev +9.8%

I tried this years and years ago when my friend brought a case back after graduating from the Nova Scotia College or Art and Design. Back when it was "Maritimer Beer", never to be seen on the Prairies. Wasn't very impressed with it, but was told that out East it was cheaper than borscht, and good for making beef stew. Now that more than half the Maritimes has moved to lovely 'ol Cowtown since then, there are stacks and stacks of this stuff in any and every beer store you walk into (you practically walk into them). Hard core tv commercial campaigns, you can't avoid the stuff any more. So that prologue aside, I thought that years later I'd give it another shot:

Poured from a brown 341 ml bottle, from a 6 pack. Is a very light, clear pale ale, decent head on the pour, but it fizzles quickly. A whole lot of corn on the nose, like a roasted corn aroma. Corn on the flavour as well, roasted corn. Uhh, guys, where are the hops (and where's the malt for that matter)? This is boldly advertised and passed off as a "traditional" IPA, but comes across more like a Molson Pilsner brewed on the Prairies. I mean, Big Rock's IPA comes way closer to an IPA (although still out of the ball park) than this stuff ever will. Perhaps they altered the recipe to suit the region. It's drinkable enough though, comparable to any high quality macro on the market, although nothing very noteworthy. Fantastic if you love the taste of roasted corn and can't get enough of it.

09-18-2003 23:20:50 | More by IronDjinn
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3.63/5  rDev +37.5%

On tap in Old Montreal served in the Alexander Keith 207th anniversity mug. Presentation is great. Tastes nice and interesting of flavor. Chunks of hoppy and dry with a touch of smooth. An IPA or a PA? I think more to the PA, but a good one of them. Worth a pint to try the brew's feel.

09-16-2003 08:09:02 | More by scottum
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