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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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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 21.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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 woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CANned beer from CANada in support of the CANQuest! CAN you believe it?!?

My pour created a lovely two fingers' worth of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a lovely deep amber with ruby highlights, in fact closer to deep red than amber, with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight tang along with its malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a raspberry-like sweet/tart flavor on the tongue. Finish was mild, still sweet-tart, very tasty. Decent lacing throughout. Frankly, I really liked this and would definitely set some room aside in my cooler for it, if I could get it regularly.

From the CAN: "Using only the finest ingredients, Alexander Keith brewed slowly, carefully, taking the time to get it right. Today, we still brew his Family of Fine Beers his way, only in Nova Scotia. Those who like it, like it a lot."

woodychandler, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Otterburn
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: the color of the brew is red,amber so it say on the label..with a small offwhite head that almost dissapeared

Smell: not much smell. maybe a little bit of sweet

Taste: some weak bitter taste in someways, plain

mouthfeel: watery, small body

drinkability: alright with chips,crips, whatever you can eat with it to had some flavors..

Otterburn, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of jhall00
3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of the Keith's that I have had (IPA, Red, and Dark), this is the best so far.

A- Red/amber beer with decent head and carbonation

S- slightly floral and malty

T- Hints of nuts and floral, but no real maltiness

M- thin and watery, true to Keiths

D- a decent average beer, not true to style

jhall00, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can I bought at LCBO at Ossington and Bloor last trip to Toronto.

Looks a dark reddish amber, appropriately named. Thick, foamy head that clears quickly, but leaves a small bit behind.

Smells very slightly floral, very faintly though. I had to almost stick my nose in the beer to get a sniff.

Tastes slightly oaky, with distinct hop notes. Not much grain presence. Feels a bit light in the mouth.

Not exceptional, but not bad. I still like the original Kieth's more, but this is a good alternative.

imprezawrxsti, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of eth916
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased sampler pack while on a hockey trip in Canada.

Appearance - Large foamy head that unfortunately subsides rather quickly.

Smell - Toasted Malt and hops

Taste - Slightly bitter to start and ends with a mild/sweet aftertaste

Mouthfeel - Feels a little over-carbonated and rough on the tongue at times.

Drinkability - Not a horrible Amber, Not a great Amber. Would not hesitate to drink again in the future.

eth916, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at an Irish bar in Toronto. As with other Alexander Keith's beers that I've had this was unimpressive. It might be the best of the buch so far but still, pretty mediocre. The beer is clear, dark red or mild brown color, 1 finger of foam. The smell is malty sweet, not unlike Killians. Taste is likewise pretty close to Killians, balanced more or less, bitter hops and caramel malts. Drinkable red ale, not horrible, not great though.

TurdFurgison, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into Ok Springs glass sept7 2009

A a clear reddish amber with a one finger head that falls fast and leaves no lace

S sweet grains and mild caramel

T a little sweeter then it smells but nothing special nor offensive

M good carbonation and smooth enough

D about as average as they come, grab a pint when your looking at all the big Canadian brands and nothing else

wordemupg, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of biggred1
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber with a small creamy eggshell head that leaves a touch of lace behind. The nose is very faint and subdued some light toasted malt and just the faintest suggestion of spice. Mild sweet malty flavors with just the faintest suggestion of hops for balance. The mouthfeel is very similar to a diet coke, watery with a ton of fizzy carbonation. Not much going on with this one.

biggred1, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of nokes
2.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes.

I've had this beer a number of times by now, mostly just out of the bottle. It's always been, well, fine, but nothing to look forward to. Time for a review.

Wow! Poured into a glass, this actually looks good! Really quite good! Foamy, rocky head; deep reddish-brown; light bubbles rising from halfway up the glass. Head dissipates to some modest lacing. Not bad at all.

Smells not too bad. Nutty, a bit earthy actually, and some deeper aromas too. Raisins, maybe? Did I just get a really good one, or what? It's nice.

Uh oh. That's about as far as it goes. The nuttiness is barely perceptible, there's some very light sweetness, and..uh..the depth is, well...not. That's just weird. Where do the smells come from?

Mouthfeel is thin and watery...there's nothing that pokes out, so it seems like someone took a balanced beer and watered it down.

And drinkability...well, somehow despite the wateriness, it manages to be sticky.

This is not an offensive beer; it just surprised me when I actually decided to think about it. Looks nice, smells nice, and it's probably an average beer tastewise, but I couldn't help feeling disappointed.

nokes, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown, big head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and hops towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, smooth, medium high carbonation, with a slightly bitter end

Drinkability: I actually really like this. It is a nice and smooth amber and could session it. I think it is the breweries best and think of it as a Canadian treat.

tigg924, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of berley31
2.48/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured with a small, off-white head, and a clear, amber-colored body... really, nothing special to look at. Nothing special to smell, either: light malt; what you would expect from a quickly-churned out amber. The body was light and texture thin, with average carbonation. Flavor was short-lived, lightly sweet. Not bad for Alexander Keith's, but not a good amber ale at all... just boring.

berley31, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of nighthawk
2.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

473 mL (16 oz) can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish amber, crystal clear, with a moderate white head that sticks around briefly. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is sweet grain, very light leafy hops and a cooked veggie odour.

Mild sweet malt taste, followed by a slight corn, with a cooked veggie and grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly slick and sticky, with very little carbonation. It's a bit too thin and watery.

Not even a middle-of-the-road amber, this beer is too sweet and sticky to be refreshing, but not robust either. Perhaps not overly offensive bit it's not a pleasure to drink. Avoid if possible.

nighthawk, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
2.63/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle on 4/8/09.

A - Poured a dark amber/reddish copper color with half a finger of bubbly beige head that quickly dispersed into a patchy film and left very sparse lacing.

S - Faint caramel and grainy malts with a light floral hop presence. Pretty muted aroma overall.

T - Macro-esque flavor with grainy and generic malty notes paired with a subtle hop presence suggesting light floral notes. Finish is sweet with suggestions of bready malt.

M - Light bodied with a watery texture and prickly carbonation. Not very bitter, but rather quite sweet on the palate.

D - Pretty quaffable, but definitely not memorable at all. This is a very ho-hum red amber ale.

ffejherb, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a beer stein.

Appearance - attractive maroon body with a light, foamy head that leaves lace.

Smell - tinny, hoppy, with leafy aroma. Not a whole lot else going on.

Taste - smooth, beckoning flavour with pretty minimal bitterness. Nice barley aftertaste felt on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability - not a bad choice for a session. The reality is that this beer ain't much, but it's enough.

DoctorStrangiato, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
2.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

TheHammer, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
2.4/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
2.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The best aspect of this beer is the gorgeous colour that it pours.

Poured this into a tall lager glass. Good two finger head disapeared right away, almost no lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt and some roasted grain. Some fruit, grapes?

The flavours are sweet malty grain, phenol, extract?, uh I wish I could say I tasted hops but it would be a lie, caramel malts are detected

Mouthfeel is way overcarbonated, and the body is too light IMO.

This beer is drinkable, I would try it on tap but I don't think I'd buy it again.

EatsTacos, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this after trying the Honey Brown offering from the same brewery. Got it at a gas station somewhere in Montreal. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a very, very light amber that had some red highlights when held to light. The proper term for the color might have been copper. The head was very light, and foamy. The head had a very meager retention. Not all that great.

S: Smell was of some caramel malt and maybe some hops. Not much was wafting my way. Kind of lame but a bit was there.

T: Taste was of hops and malt. There was a touch of grains but nothing too crazy. The taste is very subdued and reminds of an american micro. There was also a hint of metallic blech, in there.

M: Thin, watery. This brew was amazingly thin, but it did go down easy. The after taste is mostly of metallic flavors. This beer is very refreshing due to carbonation and its thin feel. Quenches the thirst just as you would expect from anything BMC.

D: Due to the feel, you can drink a lot of this without it weighing heavily on you. The beer is not spectacular in any category, just very run of the mill. It is drinkable and even more drinkable when compared to American BMC stuff. Still it is middle of the road. So sad because I had such high expectations after drinking the Honey Brown offering.

everetends, Sep 02, 2008
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 TheTrevor
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured an amber color with red highlights, appropriately enough. There was a minimal head that dissipated quickly. The smell is a little subtle on this one, and all I'm picking up is some malt. The taste is starts off with some sweet breadiness with a very small amount of hops in the background. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with medium carbonation. This beer is very drinkable, and I wouldn't mind sipping on some of these all night.

TheTrevor, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz beer into my Smokestack goblet. This beer pours almost a grape/maroonish red with a big fluffy off white head that left lacing down the majority of the glass. The aroma is roasted grains and a bit of a mild sweetness. The taste reminded me of dry stale cheerios with a hint of subtle sacchariney sweetness. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and a bit astringent. This would be a good beer if you wanted something to drink quickly and in large quantities. Not the best sipper.

hwwty4, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of ZorPrime
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in my glass and the color was good. Good head formed at the top.

Drank. This beer as very little taste. I'm more use to tasty beer so this one is dull.

I couldn't get any smell at all from this one.

The head and bubbles look good while the head disappear very quickly.

Still got 3 bottles which I will try again, at least one more but I'm sure my opinion on it will not change.

Too commercial?!

Drinker target: General audience who prefer their beers taste less... sad.

ZorPrime, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked up a can of this brew on a trip to Ontario.
Drinking at cellar temp, poured into a pint glass.
The beer pours a nice clear amber color with a small fluffy oatmeal colored head foaming up and fading gradually.
Aroma is grainy malt and some herbal hops but also just a touch of some unpleasant plasticy phenol notes. uh oh.
First sip reveals an average body and fine rolling carbonation. Texture is a little watery.

Flavor is caramel and husky grain with some herbal hops in the background. the flavor is probably the best thing this beer has going for it. not an outstanding flavor but certainly not awful either.
I probably wont buy this one again.

sulldaddy, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of ChrisCage
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very nice reddish/amber color, just like the name
describes. I poured hard, to get an idea of the head, and it started off decently thick, about 1 inch, but with the large bubbles, quickly disappeared into nothing more than a foamy skin on top of the beverage, but it offers more than some other beers I've had...actually sticks to the side of the glass. Good carbonation happening upon closer inspection.

S- Slightly sweet/malty would probably best describe the aroma of this ale. Not as pronounced as say, Rickards, but decently average. Maybe just a slight tinge of bread pudding.

T- I have to admit, this is the last bottle of a 12 pack that I bought to try this out, but haven't opened this last bottle for at least 3 months, if not longer. With that said, I actually like the flavor more than I remember. Even though my favorite domestic is Keith's "IPA", this I find has a little more of a hop presence and more flavor than the original, nice mild malty presence in the front of the palate and moderate bitterness to finish off, especially when in the throat. Actually leaves a bit of a mildly sweet aftertaste, which is nice.

M- Definately smoother than I remember, but still a heavy carbonation factor, as the appearance would suggest. Light/Medium body, nothing too serious however. I like the this more so in a lighter refreshing beer, like the IPA....would prefer less carbonation.

D- Definately can handle a few of these in a sitting, but think a couple of these would work better with a meal...probably pasta. Was and still am ever so slightly dissapointed with this brew from Keith's but wouldn't be opposed to ordering in a pub or purchasing again. I suggest at least trying it....I think it will be one of those average brews you try, but I think I'm being hard on this one b/c I love their original so much!

ChrisCage, Apr 01, 2008
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