Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale - Alexander Keith's
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Reviews by TheHammer:
2.88/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - Can is pretty generic, but pours with a solid finger and a half of head. Laces very well, and the head sustains itself decently. The beer itself is a dark reddish/brown color, as the name would expect it to be. Not many signs of carbonation, and while it is decently dark, I think I seem some odd particles in the beer, but it's too hard to tell.
Smell - Clear malt scent with slight nut like undertones. Much more pronounced after the beer has warmed up. Also catching quite a bit of bitter hops. Something is a bit off though, but frankly it's so slight it's not worth mentioning.
Taste - Not bad, but something's not right. Starts with some sweet grains and then hits you a bitter nut and malt mixture. Finishes with a sudden wave of bitter hops but has an almost plastic like taste to them. I highly suspect preservatives are at work here. Also a bit too bitter for my taste.
Mouthfeel - The hops are in no way tempered and far too sudden the that plastic aftertaste lingers for far too long. The carbonation seems only good at retaining the head as it has definitely lessened substantially halfway through the beer. Still that lack of carbonation seems to make the beer a bit more palatable.
Drinkability - If not for the aftertaste, this beer would be solid. Despite it not being my thing, I find myself wanting to finish it fairly quickly and it is quite light on the stomach.
Final Thoughts - Slightly bellow average offering to be frank. Honestly, this beer strikes me as a beer that was designed to people who were already sold on Keith's India Pale Ale and might want a slight change of pace. It clearly has that Keith's hop taste, and it's drinkable, but it leaves something to be desired. Maybe if I'm bored I'll try it again someday, but nothing special here.
Serving type: can
02-26-2009 02:47:02 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
1.25/5 rDev -56.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1
This is quite possibly the saddest excuse of a red ale I have ever had in my life. It was dark and appealing upon pouring.
The taste? There was no taste. It tasted like someone dumped food coloring in a Bud Light in an attempt to pass it off as a red ale. I'd have a coke next time instead if offered this.
Serving type: on-tap
07-05-2014 06:08:04 | More by Jsmick
3.51/5 rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Alexander Keith's Brewery was founded in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1820 and is therefore one of the oldest commercial breweries in North America. It was founded by Alexander Keith who emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1817. Today, the brewery is owned by Labatt, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Keith's produces an India Pale Ale, Red Amber Ale, Premium White, Light Ale, and Keith's Dark Ale previously known as Stag's Head Stout for Canadian beer drinkers. Keith's also produces its Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale, Nova Scotia Style Lager, and Nova Scotia Style Brown Ale for the US market. Keith's has also produced a Harvest Ale, and Tartan Ale as seasonal brews.
On this occasion we sampled Keith's Red Amber Ale which is 5.0% alcohol by volume, in a 473 ml can.
This is a great looking ale which pours a beautiful mahogany colour, with about 2 centimeters of off white head. The head lasts for quite a while and leaves some lacing down the glass. There isn't much of an aroma to it, just a faint sweet malt. The Red Amber Ale ("RAA") is lightly carbonated with a light/medium body. The taste is respectable with a slightly sweet malt coming through and a clean finish. In all, there is certainly nothing offensive about RAA, but aside from the beautiful colour, nothing to really distinguish it either. I would certainly drink it again, but there's just not enough here to elevate it into the ranks of my favourites.
Serving type: can
04-17-2014 22:44:46 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale from Alexander Keith's
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