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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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68
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169 Ratings
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 21.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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biggred1

Indiana

2.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 23:42:25 | More by biggred1
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nokes

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 03:08:42 | More by nokes
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 14:07:08 | More by tigg924
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 22:24:27 | More by berley31
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2009 19:13:21 | More by nighthawk
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 15:56:02 | More by ffejherb
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DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: can

03-25-2009 01:57:31 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

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
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -17.2%
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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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 17:29:02 | More by EatsTacos
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everetends

Alabama

3.1/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 22:56:57 | More by everetends
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DIM

Pennsylvania

2.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2008 10:40:01 | More by DIM
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TheTrevor

New York

3.33/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 01:28:51 | More by TheTrevor
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hwwty4

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: can

07-13-2008 01:27:07 | More by hwwty4
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 01:43:21 | More by ZorPrime
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-01-2008 02:14:32 | More by sulldaddy
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +20%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 02:03:26 | More by ChrisCage
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Not a Keith's fan, their, ahem, "IPA" literally makes me feel ill (seriously, I'm not just bashing). Nonetheless, was at a restaurant last night with a craptacular beer selection and figured I'd try something different.

Nice looking. Deep red. On tap gave it a really nice white head with some staying power and some surprisingly decent lacings.

Chalky macro smell. *sigh*

Pretty tasteless overall. It definately fits into the style, a very British feel to this one. Buttery bread, slightly floral hops and a sort of fruity malt backbone, I get raspberries. I'm being pretty generous here. Chalky, macro aftertaste, blah.

Horrible body, like drinking water.

A decent enough macro, I'd certainly take it over Keith's IPA, but it's relatively tasteless and way too thin.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 00:35:47 | More by CanuckRover
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DogFood11

California

3.95/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken in context this is probably the best brew I've had since arriving in eastern Canada. They advertise 2 cans of this in my box of IPA from Alexander Keiths. It has a reddish hue around the edges and copper in the core. Smell is sweet malts and a subtle baked bread in the distance.

This was very refreshing and has a wonderfully quick snap of bitterness and carbonation to keep it clean and drinkable. The sweetness is mostly up front and reminds me of dark hard candy with some brown sugar. The sweet side is hardly the story here though as a quck fizzy and sharp carbonation holds it together and allows the hops to bring it full circle.

I just hope I can find this at the JK's pool hall tonight. Oh well, If not I can't go wrong with some Alpine or Molson Canadian. This my friends is a winner and would seek this out if I return to this area again soon.

Serving type: can

12-28-2007 20:33:31 | More by DogFood11
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KenOnBass

New York

3.63/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is excellent. Dark, reddish and cloudy. Good head. Great cascading color. The smell is sweet and citrusy.

As far as taste goes I found it to be excellent. It's sweet, smooth and goes down great. The mouthfeel was super smooth but a bit flat though.

Overall, this is a great Canadian beer that I would order any time I get the chance to. It's a great red.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2007 22:40:55 | More by KenOnBass
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks very impressive upon the pour,but that's as good as it get's,great looking brew,but lools are decieving.Beautiful deep amber,mahogney color with a rocky bubbly tan head of good size,sticks around long enough to enjoy the looks and mild lacing.Nose to this one is faint on everything,a little toffee mixed in with some butter and malts and some prunes.Taste is kinda bland,was expecting a lot more,not much there,some sweetness coming at you from the toffee,a little bitterness,kinda tangy stale dry taste all coming at you at once with a hint of metallic,was really expecting a more wholesome maltier caramel kinda flavor,guess i was expecting too much.Easy to consume,not really that bad but expectations were high and flavor was kinda bland for me.Rickards Red has a lot more to offer for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 03:49:33 | More by GrimmReaper
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bland, uninspired brew from Keith's.

Copper colour with a thick white head. Generic malt with a metallic tone. Low hop profile.

Boring malt taste with a slighlty acidic hop undertone. Nothing too exciting, but not overly horrible. A bit light on the taste.

A bit watery, but otherwise not horrible. Sessionable, but not the best for that.

Serving type: can

10-12-2007 03:50:23 | More by BDTyre
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

October 5, Alexander Keith's Birthday, let's go out for dinner. Keith's on sale, good... only the IPA, not the Amber, bad...
Nice looking amber ale, actually was quite a red color when held to the light. Clear liquid with an off-white head with good retention and some thin lace. Some caramel malty aroma. Slightly sweet, malty flavor. Smooth, low carbonation made it slightly creamy mouthfeel. Comparable to Rickard Reds, I would drink this before Keith's IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 00:01:19 | More by BigBry
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2007 22:20:44 | More by slitherySOB
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

figured a $5.00 hit at the local draft bar is cheaper than $20+/case for a beer that may or may not suck.

decent looking red ale..certainly has the copper red mahogany color down pat. Clear as clear with a tan head that showed decent head and good lacing.

Had a real tuff time picking up any sort of aroma from this beer.

Smoother, more full bodied than teir so-called IPA. Having said that, the over-all flavour is balnd. Can't nail the malt taste..not really caramel, but almost leathery in taste if that's even possible.

At least it's closer to a ARA than their other offering is to an IPA

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 00:51:01 | More by Shadman
Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale from Alexander Keith's
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