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Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Red Amber AleAlexander Keith's Red Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
69
poor

177 Ratings
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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 21.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Barraclou on 03-17-2006)
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Photo of Howlader
1/5  rDev -65.6%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of traumaqueen
1.25/5  rDev -57%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Jsmick
1.25/5  rDev -57%
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.

Jsmick, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of adjunct is mostly dominating. Taste is light on barley and quite strong on adjunct with a dry finish. All in all, this is just another bland offering from those fine folks at Labatt.

Phyl21ca, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of kabritz
1.75/5  rDev -39.9%

kabritz, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of Wordslinger
1.75/5  rDev -39.9%

Wordslinger, May 05, 2012
Photo of CharlyNovember
1.78/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap, poured with a finger of white head, little retention, some lacing. Glassy copper-red colour, completely translucent. I think I'm giving this one bonus points for appearance for being in one those nice Keith's pint glasses. Smell is bland and boring, not much to say about it. Tastes like it smells,very light malt and that slight chemical astringency very reminiscent of Keith's "IPA" (which, by the way, is not an IPA by any stretch of the imagination). Nothing interesting at all. And the worst part is a repulsive sour aftertaste that lingers for a second or two, almost reminds me of spoiled milk. It's big on the carbonation and has a thin mouth feel, pretty quaffable on that front.
Overall there's nothing ale-ish about this beer, it tastes and smells almost exactly like Kieth's "IPA". I can't call it completely inoffensive, because it kind of is... mostly due to that horrid aftertaste. Avoid if possible.

CharlyNovember, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -31.3%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Noelito76
2/5  rDev -31.3%

Noelito76, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of sclitch
2/5  rDev -31.3%

sclitch, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of lgmol
2/5  rDev -31.3%

lgmol, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of robuncorked
2/5  rDev -31.3%

robuncorked, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of hotsudge
2/5  rDev -31.3%

hotsudge, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of garuda
2/5  rDev -31.3%

garuda, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of DrJay
2.05/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear red/amber with a thin layer of fine beige bubbles topping the beer. A bit of lace, fair head retention. It doesn't smell very good, sour with some fruit and grain aromas. The flavour's a bit better, but still not great. Sweet with very low bitterness, fruity and grainy for the most part. Light to medium bodied with higher than average carbonation, a bit of dryness. I won't be going back to this one.

DrJay, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

The-Jolly-Imbiber, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of prosper
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice brilliantly clear amber/red with a decent head.

Smells faintly of caramel malt sweetness.

Taste is thin and sharp - slight caramel, but nothing really substantial, and not much else going on the malt side. More bitterness than I'd expect, but no real hop flavour. Finishes dry.

Very light mouthfeel.

I don't know what this beer is trying to be. It's like a light lager that sort of wants to bean amber, but in reality - just has a little food colouring in it. It's a feeble attempt, and ultimately, very unsatisfying.

prosper, May 02, 2010
Photo of kwjd
2.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright red colour without any head (or it completely dissipated by the time the waitress brought this to my table). No lacing on the glass. Smells of some mild sweet caramel added to a macro lager. Flavour has a bit of sweetness, almost no bitterness, pretty bland. Carbonation was quite prickly, which wasn't expected since it had no head. I'm pretty sure this only exists so they can have an alternative to Rickard's Red, though it falls way short of mediocre.

kwjd, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of BruChef
2.23/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at a Jays game at Rogers Center. Appearance was dark red/brown with a decent head that diminished after about a minute. Smelled somewhat of caramel and light cereal. Taste was bland, unbalanced and lacking somehow in both malt and hop flavor although the hops were just a little more prevalent than the malt. Reminded me of miller light with food coloring added except you could taste the food coloring too. mouth feel was light and luckily easy enough to slug down during a hot day at the ball park. Would not seek this one out again.

BruChef, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of slitherySOB
2.23/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

More of a dark orange than a red colour, with a small but lasting half finger head. Very light smelling. Some sweet scents, but nothing I can specify. Tastes alright. Bit of malts and candy, with a dry aftertaste. Little overcarbonated, almost to the point of being harsh. Not bad, but nothing great either. A rather forgetable ale.

slitherySOB, Sep 26, 2007
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2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Danielr26, Apr 17, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

tbeckett, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of DIM
2.3/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a clear coppery amber color. It was served to me with a medium sized head that faded fairly quickly.

s: Very little to speak of. Very faint floral hops and a little hint of something sweet.

t: This was pretty bland. There was a little caramel sweetness that was a touch off. mostly just a generic "beer" flavor.

m: Not bad, but the carbonation faded pretty quickly.

d: Saw it on tap and had never heard of it so I gave it a try.

DIM, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Barraclou
2.35/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I went to vacation for two weeks and here's what I see advertised everywhere back home. If I like the Keith's IPA (regular green label) and red beers, it might worth a try (even if that brand seems now to be marketed too hard by Labatt / Interbrew).

Apperance: It is quite weird. When I pour it, it was a reddish orange fluid, but it changes to a reddish brown with a little white head in my glass. Not impressed, but I saw worst elsewhere.

Smell: Not really good. Just some macro smell and nothing else to let you appreciate it for real.

Taste: Nothing to make you calling your mother. Way too bitter, then just a generic ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Well, it is probably the best part of the review. It burn a little bit my palate, but I like its creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It is disappointing. Yes, it is ale, but I feel ripped off. For a domestic (canadian) macro, I still prefer their green label IPA or a Kokanee. This ale is another Labatt macro under a fancy label.

Barraclou, Mar 17, 2006
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Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale from Alexander Keith's
69 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.