Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale - Alexander Keith's
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Reviews by biboergosum:
2.4/5 rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
A 20oz pint at Ceili's, an Irish-themed pub across the alley from my condo, and a popular after-work location to kvetch and such, with my fellow downtown colleagues.
This beer arrives at the table appearing a clear, dark bronze, reddish amber hue, with a thin cap of wispy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few swaths of weirdly sudsy lace around the glass as things evenly subside.
It smells of muted, semi-sweet, and lightly caramelized grain, toasted corn, and a bit of wet grass and sour vegetation. The taste is plain, bland caramel malt, some dry grain, origins well obfuscated - like that old box of breakfast cereal that you still thought was 'ok' - some weak floral hoppiness, but not enough to make any difference, and an unpleasant, sour metallic character, that only gets worse as it warms.
The carbonation is quite high, but thankfully only in a mostly innocuous, frothy manner, somewhat masking many of the actual 'flavours', the body on the light side, and very macro lager like in its smoothness, go figure. It finishes off-dry, same shit, same channel.
In the end, this is very much in the same vein as those stale Shreddies that you can't remember buying, as already alluded to. I admittedly have a love/hate relationship with this beer - I had it for the first time the night that I met my girlfriend (the beer options were limited, I was distracted...by the whisky), and now, under veritable scrutiny (shah, right!), it duly withers.
Serving type: on-tap
02-07-2009 20:04:06 | More by biboergosum
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3.35/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Had on tap at the pub at the end of the street. Served in an Alexander Keith's 500 ml pint glass that was too cold.
Appearance - Dark red almost brown in color. Only 1/2 finger of head when the beer arrived to my table, but left soapy wisps of head for the during of the glass.
Smell - Nothing unpleasant, but there wasn't really much of anything other than "beer". This may have partially been because the glass was too cold and kind of dulled the aromatics of the beer a bit, but really there wasn't much here.
Taste- Crisp and clean, light caramels blended in. Also a bit of bite from other malts. Taste is a bit watery but since it was very cold seemed to work well.
Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean, seems reasonable balanced to my tastes. Lowish carbonation and thin feel.
Overall - I like this beer as a quick quaffable amber ale. Better than most offerings from Macro-Breweries and thus unfortunately would be one of the best beers on tap at a lot of establishments. While not a great beer, this is one that for whatever reason I rather enjoy.
Serving type: on-tap
10-22-2013 18:32:51 | More by DenisKolkin
Nova Scotia (Canada)
4.85/5 rDev +67.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
was great and you people hatting , must drink junk beers from the usa thats not beer thats horse piss .. if this beer is so bad why is all keiths products in nova scotia sold at every bar and is the one you see signs everywhere for it because its great beer and dont give this idea its cuz its made here we have lots brands made here . its the best brand since 1820
Serving type: on-tap
10-05-2013 13:06:02 | More by beerguy1001420
2.15/5 rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Poured from a 473ml can into a conical pint glass.
This beer was quite a let-down. I am very much a lover of red and amber beers, so I was expecting something good. Where to start?
This beer's appearance is a nice, dark red-brown. Head is quite tall, due to the significant carbonation, and it lasted a few minutes. Barely any scent from the head, and still not much after the head had dissipated, except for some faint metallic smell. Moderate to high carbonation level.
I can't get over the taste of this beer. The flavour is nothing special, but the aftertaste is this really off-putting metallic flavour. To be honest, it is bringing to mind the iron taste of blood, like when you bite your lip or something. Obviously not the sort of mental experience you want when you're trying to enjoy a beverage or a meal.
Definitely would not buy this beer again.
Serving type: can
09-18-2013 02:18:25 | More by The-Jolly-Imbiber
Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale from Alexander Keith's
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