Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale - Alexander Keith's
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2.46/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Had on tap at a Calgary pub totally bereft of other options. A light gold color with a dribble of white bubbles and scant aroma, maybe hints of white bread and a corn sweetness. How on earth does a bona-fide IPA, English or American, manage to smell like a weak adjunct lager? Tastes almost exclusively like mass-produced base malt and corn adjuncts. There is perhaps the barest hint of generic citrus and grassy hop flavor choked out by a decent dose of rank corn syrup and some other doughy sweetness ... Perhaps a subtle hint of sour gummy candy. Completely neutered and not even at a pale ale level of hop flavor or bitterness. A blonde ale at best, although truth be told tastes like a macro-lager, reminds me of Busch, with the massive carbonation and thin body to match. Zero trace of earthy or floral notes. Strange dry finish manages to almost completely lack any bitter character. I won't begrudge people who dislike hops drinking this concoction and its probably a hair better than light beers or other mass-market pap. Avoid like the plague if you actually like IPAs ... Or any craft beer really.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2014 05:46:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
2.54/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25
I had at Traders Bar in Manhattan.
A. It is clear gold and there aren't really any bubbles coming up. There's some white bubbly head and a very limited lacing.
S. It has a nice fruity scent to it.
T/M. It kind of has a pomegranate taste to it. Very interesting. It is super sweet. Not heavy on the hops as you'd expect an IPA. Nor is it floral or grassy. Just sweet fruitiness. Some grape aftertaste. Light body.
O. The aftertaste is off-putting. Not much like an IPA.
Serving type: on-tap
01-11-2014 22:31:21 | More by Amalak
2.95/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Got this as a Canadian care package from a good friend at work.
Pours a super clear gold with fairly rampant carbonation. Thin white head that dropped to a cover. Sticky, splotchy lace.
Smell is grainy and a bit yeasty. Nothing hinting that this is an actual IPA.
Taste confirms what my feeble nose already told me. light bodied mostly corn flavor with a clean dry finish. Thin mouthfeel. Very drinkable but not going to satisfy any hop cravings, that's for sure.
If I ever get up to Canada, I might seek it out as a refreshment after mowing some Canucks lawn.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2013 21:15:59 | More by BrewMaven
Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale from Alexander Keith's
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