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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 CanuckRover
2.48/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

CanuckRover, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of DogFood11
3.95/5  rDev +35.7%
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.

DogFood11, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of KenOnBass
3.63/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

KenOnBass, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

GrimmReaper, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

BDTyre, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of BigBry
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

BigBry, Oct 08, 2007
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
Photo of Shadman
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
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

Shadman, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of ozmodium
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never being particularily impressed with Keith's so-called IPA (the IPA which isn't), I wasn't expecting much out of this. Poured out the bottle into a pint glass and watched as the minimal off white head quickly dissapated into the standard macro froth. Faily low carbonation. Nice orangy re colour tho. On drinking, slight lacing appeared. Smells like not a whole lot...Tastes alright, slightly alcohol notes immediately (a bit much for my liking) quickly disolve to fairly nice caramel malts with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Barely any aftertaste. Good balance on the carbonation. I think the alcohol level isn't hidden enough. Strange even though they claim 5%. Not a bad session beer. I can drink this. Theres just nothing really special about this. Tastes better when really cold. Seems like a good candidate for that silly "subzero" draught you can get the likes of Coors light in.

ozmodium, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of headlessparrot
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went into the newly-available (in Ontario, at least) Keith's Red expecting either a Keith's IPA with red dye or a bland Rickard's Red clone. So in this respect, at least, I was presently surprised, because it's neither (though certainly much closer to the latter). It's also worth pointing out that I rather detest the standard Keith's.

473mL can, a single picked up from the LCBO. Pours into the pint glass a copper-red-amber, fairly translucent (but not too bad). Capped by an unfortunate head of only one finger (a head which dies almost immediately). Fairly significant lacing, but nothing special. If this brew could support a healthy cap, it would look quite appetizing. Sadly, it can't, and so doesn't.

Smell is pleasant, but neither complex nor particularly compelling. Sweet malt, mostly, big caramel, maybe some vague honey and heather. Biscuity and/or bready. I thought, at first, that I'd picked up some aromatic hops (slight citrus, flowers) at first, but if they're there, they quickly disappear.

Taste is more of the same - no hops to be detected, just lots of malt. Which is sometimes nice, but makes this (like Keith's other offerings) a not very-well rounded beer. On the plus side, you can't taste the adjunct (if there is any). Quite sweet initially (and throughout), caramel malt, with some bread and biscuit a bit subdued under that. Finishes nicely, and leaves a sweet malt aftertaste - but again, where are the hops? Some citrus hops finally assert themselves after almost twenty minutes, but they're hardly noticeable, on the whole.

The carbonation, thankfully, is not macro-heavy; unfortunately, though, it feels almost flat instead. Seems to be trouble in finding a nice balance. On the whole, however, I do rather like the mouthfeel - the body is good, if a bit... oily. And drinkability, when you combine the complete lack of bitterness with the under-carbonation, is exceptionally high. I could see this as a session beer, but only if my stated goal were to get completely blitzed from drink one. Otherwise, there's really not much point to this malt-water.

Part of me likes Keith's Red, part of me loathes it. I can see myself drinking it, but certainly not when I'm in a Beer Advocate mood. Rickard's Red is still the flagship macro red, and this shows a bit of promise, but I think I'll stay away for now.

headlessparrot, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of pootz
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Finally got to review the canned version from the singles bin at the LCBO.

Poured the same clear copper as the draft version...same flaccid head

Aroma: Not very fresh..sweet caramel notes some graininess

Flavor: Not much substance for a darker ale ,....no fruit notes no real malt notes but a pervasive caramel sweetness...quick clean finish, no off tastes just exceedlingly bland and nondescript.

Again this is a unchallenging commercial ale...very approachable for a wide segment of the market...but not for me personally...I may have been harsh on it but I'm getting sick of this fear-to-challenge-blandness trend in new beers from corporate brewers...times have changed go bigger or go home.

pootz, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a fairly dark red with a copious head. A little loose but thick.

S - Quite malty, with a touch of hops. Kinda lagery with a toasty kick.

T - Not bad. Reminds me of an EPA-lite - a bit of toastiness, slight hops. Bitterness isn't huge, but perhaps more hop bitterness than flavour here.

M - Carbonation is a bit harsh - no surprise there. Odd spiciness as well that bites at the tongue. Not as light as expected.

D - Not bad, esp. for a Keith's product.

allergictomacros, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at a local establishment. In the glass it was a nice reddish colour with a small tan-coloured head. The aroma was slightly malty and not very strong. The taste was decent. Not very malty, and not metallic. It was mild to the tongue, not a lot of carbonation.

cyrenaica, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish brown, decent medium white head forms, some lacing, good retention. Actually looks okay. Smell is sweet, some malts are in there, adjuncts, kind of a spicy herbal aroma. Taste is sweet, corny, bit of caramel, light citrus, balanced. Mouthfeel is light body, medium carbonation. Lightyears better than normal Keith's, but still not very good. Pretty drinkable though.

Viggo, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Alexander Keith’s Red is a middle of the Red it is not horrible by any means but it not spectacular either.

Appearance- A Red-brown almost bronze color that pours with a full head.

Smell- A little bit sweet with some hops thrown in.

Taste- More hops than malt slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied.

Drinkability- A good pub beer It is definitely worth a try.

MTNboy, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small shortlived head and minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet and weak. There's a bit of cooked cereal and sourness in the nose as well. The taste is one dimensional and sweet with some astringent flavors. Hops are very restrained. A bit of caramel is muddled in the background. The mouthfeel is medium and somewhat coating. The finish is sweet and malty.

This is the best Keith's beer Ive tried. Its still pretty lackluster though. They need to start using hops.

CAMRAhardliner, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 341ml twist off brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- deep copper/red in color. Big fizzy finger thick head with decent lace. I was actually pretty surprised to find a nice looking beer.( better looking than their so called "IPA")

S- slightly metallic, floral hop tone, a little malty

T- sweet roasty caramel malts, hops are somewhat scarce but do provide some bitterness, tastes of extracts. Not outstanding but not horrible by any means.

M- kindof smooth, light bodied, i expected this to be very carbonated but this was not the case. Carbonation is decent.

D- A little too sweet but overall fairly good.

Overall i don't think this beer is worth the money i paid for it, but on the other hand i would enjoy if offered to me. Worth a try.

drinkininthewood, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on-tap at a Mooseheads game.

Appearance: Poured a deep red colour with a really huge froathy off-white head. The retention is very suspicious (additives?) as it lasts forever.

Aroma: Grainy malt, biscuits, light florals, light corn.

Taste: Sweet, biscuity malts with a bit of hops. Low bitterness, quite bland as expected.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and a bit more body than expected. Goes down smooth but with a macro styled corn flavoured finish.

Final Statement: The best of the Alexander Keiths brand for sure. It's a macro styled Amber ale that's better than Rickards in my opinion, but definately not as good as Clancy's. I buy it only when I have to.

MMansfield, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, amber-red with a fluffy off-white head. Some retention & lace.

S: Floral hops (with a little grass & spicyness). Mostly caramel from the malt. It's a modest, but pleasant aroma.

T: Fairly plain, mostly a caramel sweetness (balance is a little too sweet for my liking). Hops are very subtle... probably a blend of multiple varieties so that nothing is overwhelming (floral, grassy, spicy, earthy, orange-rind... it's got it all... just not very much). Their IPA would probably seem hoppy & bitter after this!

M: Moderate body & carbonation; slightly syrupy.

D: Easily approachable & modest alcohol, but it won't bring the afficionado back for more.

Derek, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear deep red color mixed with a little bit of amber highlights. Light tan head that settles to a thin cap. Sticky lacing.

Grainy malts with a light honey smell. Some fruitiness.

Very bready and husky malts with a light burnt flavor. Seems to be a light fruit flavor present. Thin bodied with good carbonation giving it a bite in each sip. Mild bittering hops, to slightly balance the malt.

Seems like your average Amber/Red ale. It's worth a try, but don't expect anything special.

BeerSox, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of JOaikido
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red colour. Smallish head which dissappears leaving a thin film. No bubbles in beer.

S- Very faint berry. Not much else.

T- Very mild, especially for the style. Where's the malt? Like a watered down Rickard's. Slight hops. Balanced but bland. No off flavours at least.

MF- Smooth. Easy. Best aspect of the beer.

D- Very easy to drink, but there are much better choices out there in this style.

JOaikido, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of jaymirage
2.45/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What's kind of funny about this was when my family were on vacation for the first time in Montreal, I begged them to bring back some sort of local, markedly unobtainable craft brew. They managed to conveniently pick up Alexander Keith's at a gas station on their way back to the States, which, I suppose, is just as good.

Appearance is definitely brownish, with flecks of amber. Carbonation evident. No visible head retention.

Taste is smooth. Inoffensive. The hop profile is rather nice, actually. Not much going on here, though.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated. Smooth and slightly fruity; sort of thinnish, too. Drinkability? This might make an ideal session beer. Verdict: better than a Killians.

jaymirage, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of OldSock
2.42/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Brought back from Canada by Jaymirage's parents. Crystal clear amber with some red tones. Thin white head that quickly falls to a thin misty covering.

Smell – Mild grainy aroma, and a hint of roast. I also pick up some DMS.

Taste – Similar to the aroma, dry with some grain and a bit of caramel. Not much going on, but its pretty clean.

Mouthfeel – Rather thin with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – A Canadian answer to Killian's me thinks. Not particularly unpleasant, but there really isn't much to complain about.

OldSock, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have tasted this beer at the brewery itself from tap. I also had this beer from bottle and there is a distinct difference between the two. The draught version was more aromatic, more hop flavor and more depth.

Color was reddish, brown with a small lasting head.

Smell was little citric, grapefruit. According to the guy from the tour, Cascade hop are used for this one.

Taste is caramellic and fresh fruity, there are some floral and fruity notes. Bitterness is low and the beer is very easy to drink. The biggest difference with the bottled version is the depth of the beer. This is more complex, but certainly has a definate macro taste.

Absumaster, Aug 11, 2006
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
Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale from Alexander Keith's
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