Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Pale AleAlexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 17.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Brad007 on 04-25-2011

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Reviews by BeerNinja007:
Photo of BeerNinja007
2.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I sampled this recently at the end of a tour of the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Merrimack NH. It is made at the A-B brewery in Baldwinsville NY by the Teamsters union.

It is NOT a quaint little Nova Scotia micro like the picture on this site and the brand image are concocted to make us believe. What a charade.

A: Clear light copper/ amber brew, ample carbonation, thin fizzy head.

S: Odd phony sweetness, weird fruity/tropical hop.

T: Similar to the smell. Has a heavy corn syrup sweetness that is completely out of place. Lightly hopped, but its a weird pineapple/ mango kind of hop, virtually no bitterness.

M: Kind of thick for the style, despite the rigorous carbonation. Not crisp or refreshing.

O: Terrible, absolutely terrible as a pale ale.

Eerily similar to the other micro-knock off they were sampling called "Beach Bum Blonde", which is nothing like an authentic blonde. Having tried them side-by-side, I found it hard to tell them apart. Same body, same hops, but this was maybe just a tad bit darker than the "blonde". At any rate, avoid them both, don't be fooled. These are so-called "category killer" macro brews. Big brewers are putting out this kind of stuff and marketing it heavily so that their regular customers will give it a try and decide that they don't like micro and will go back to their usual macro swill. A false flag operation in the brewing world. Completely underhanded and deceptive.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light citrus hops

Taste: earthy hops, caramel malt, and some meadow

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, really sweet with a slightly bitter backbone

Overall: An OK pale ale that is definitely more on the malty side. I miss some of the hops that I normally get with this style. I could have several if offered to me, but would just as easily pass.

Photo of mempath
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not as bad as i expected after seeing all those C scores...

sure, average appearance and nose...but the taste kicks up nicely with a biscuity malt presence, not overly sweet, small hop's the mouthfeel that saves it, allows the rather mellow notes present their best. i can live without a great appearance or nose...that of course makes a beer stellar, but this counts where it basically counts. good taste and mouthfeel. i can't slam it but i don't think i'll buy it again when we live in an age of unlimited choices with limited funds and time on earth...

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale
12 oz. bottle; code on neck label: 11096 BG86
$1.69 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

A: Clear, deep golden body beneath an average sized head of bright white. Head retention and lacing are average.

S: Grainy malt with a bit of sweetness and a touch of floral hops.

T: As the nose suggests, this is a fairly straightforward beer that balances its grainy and lightly sweet maltiness with a sprinkling of floral and grassy hops over a moderate bitterness. Some apple-like yeasty fruitiness is present as well. It finishes with a bit of residual malt sweetness that fades relatively quickly leaving a smattering of leafy and grassy hops behind.

M: Medium bodied with a gently crisp, moderate carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: Consumed ice-cold it shows a little more balance; as it warms it becomes a touch sweet. The malt character is nice, and the hops are pleasant. It's fairly basic, but also readily accessible, giving it a good bit of drinkability for the mid-flavor market.

Photo of tempest
2.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have to assume this beer is no way shape or form represents the pale ales of Nova Scotia. If it did, it implies the island has never heard of hops. For a cheap amber ale, the beer isn't bad - with only a hint of macro character. There's a basic caramel malt and bread crust taste and maybe, just maybe the slightest touch of earthy hops.

Photo of HalfFull
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I see this is labeled as an American Pale Ale here on BA. Wasn't sure exactly what a Nova Scotia Style might imply, though a more British origin seemed likely. Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle which bears reference to St. Louis, Mo. of all places. The pour is pretty clear with a touch of haze, and moderate to deep straw in color. A half inch of white cap offers some retention. Rather light in color and a but unassuming and with a light carbonation.

Aroma is all adjunct initially and smacks of a macro lager. It does open up pretty quickly, showing a largely neutral graininess. Touch of lemon and a caramel/berry flavor that seems a bit artificial. Hops are pleasant but quite light and of a citric design, as the fruity malt presence is more forward.

Flavor is light and somewhat thin up front with neutral grain/straw notes. This segues quickly to the odd caramel/berry that presented itself on the nose. This odd character does have a decent lingering presence yet is a bit too reminiscent of a wine cooler of yore. Body is thin and lager like but matches the design of the beer adequately. Overall an easy drinking and fruity Leinenkugel-esqe brew as for what I assume are additives/adjuncts/syrups. Not a bad experience but a bit tame in the bedroom.

Photo of trappistlover
3.12/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(12oz bottle). Pours dark amber with tan head. Active carbonation. Aroma has caramel, milk chocolate covered berries, and some biscuit. Taste is sweet malt and little hop bitterness. Thin bodied with slick texture. Smooth finish. Not bad, but I think its too sweet to be sessionable.

Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brwon 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the malty side. Taste is also malty, rather mild, for a pale ale the hops are really well hidden. Flavor is not offensive but somewhat boring. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 11097-BG-05. Sampled on April 29, 2011. Even though Keith's is from Nova Scotia, the label on these new Keith's Nova Scotia Style brews says St. Louis, Missouri. It pours golden yellow with a thin head. The aroma is pretty average but I get a halfway decent mixture of thin malts and thin hops and a little corn but the gut reaction is that this smells crisp and clean. OK body. The taste also combines a thin but reasonably well-balanced combination of malts, hops, and bread. It is refreshing in its own way and unoffensive.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My mom got this for me in Fairfield.

Appearance- golden color, nice head

Smell- malt, hops

Taste- malt, little bit of hops, light flavor

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok. I would drink it again. Not too bad but I have had better.

Photo of FatJesus
2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden Color with litte head.

Smell is not impressive at all. Little citrus smell. Could have called this beer an ale. It does smell clean though.

Taste is ok. Again not any hop taste at all. Maybe i'm used to the ipa's but I am getting nothing. It is a refreshing ale though, nice and clean taste, finishing dry, maybe that's the hops. I found them.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Again maybe used to the bigger ipa's and can't enjoy this like it should be enjoyed but for me it is a session yard work beer.

Being from nova scotia but brewed in St.Louis. What's that a'boot

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on a recent visit to Toronto. Not my favorite of the trip but considering how easy it was to get not bad.

Appearance was a light pale, very active carbonation but not much head to speak of.

Aroma was very light. More malt than hops but not a whole lot of anything.

Flavor as well was not outstanding. Nothing wrong with it, just a bit on the unremarkable side.

Overall I like this better than Molson but not much more than most other things.

Photo of Zorro
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber colored ale with a small white colored head.

Smells mostly of wheat cracker malt. Hop is herbal and grassy to the nose. Smells clean just not real strong or complex.

Starts out malty and a little sweet with a faint bitter aftertaste. Not much flavor here just some malty and grassy hop.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a dull ale. Doesn't taste bad, it mostly just doesn't taste.

Photo of cbutova
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a golden yellow hue into a pint glass with a small white head. Cap fizzes out fairly quickly and leaves a very thin cloud atop the beer. No lace.

S- Faint aroma with a light malt presence. A tiny bit of hops and fruit as well.

T- Very light flavor, even for an APA. Mostly just sweet light caramel malt. Finishes out with a slight fruit flavor and a small amount of herbal, grassy hops.

MF- Creamy body with high carbonation. Light bitterness.

As far as flavor goes, this one is lighter even for an APA. Just a light malt sweetness throughout.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some citrus and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of apples, citrus and caramel followed by some breadiness from a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style worth drinking above this one.

Photo of TheSarge
2.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first beer from this brewery...

Pours out heavily carbonated, white frothy head of about two fingers thick and retains decently. Body is copper in color and cleanly filtered.

Smells very metallic, like the inside of a rusty tin can. There are some nuances of wet cardboard mixed in with freshly cut lawn grass.

The taste is buttery, a little toffee, and maybe a bit leathery too. This seems a bit more on the English Pale Ale side, than an APA.

Feels medium to light in body, a bit wetting to the palate, and that's about it.

I figured by its position in the grocery store, this beer is in the same league as maybe Beck's and St Pauly's. Not a drain pour, but not something I'd purchase again.

Photo of begforme4484
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearence is gold and very clear. Hardly any head formed, but it does leave a very spotty lacing on the glass.

Honestly smelled like a macro lager, was very turned off to that.

A bit of hops right up front followed by a subtle malt backing. Not intense at all.. very subdued flavor.

Kinda on the watery side, not much for carbonation. Not impressed.

Overall, I didn't enjoy this beer. I won't have it again.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at King Edward's Arms in Markham, ON

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall soapy white head which reduces to a layer covering the entire surface of the beer, though thicker at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Extremely light aroma with just the faintest hint of grainy malts and some very light almost grassy hops.

T: The flavor is more sharp/crisp but with a lower amount of sweetness than I expected. There is a light grainy/caramel sweetness to the malts and a subtle citrus hops in the finish (but there is not a lot of bitterness and it does not linger).

M: Light bodied with high amounts of carbonation.

O: Good but nothing special, not really what I would consider a pale ale as the hop characteristic is just too subdued. The beer is easy to drink, refreshing, and crisp. Probably would be really good on the boat, out in the lake, fishing.

Photo of woodychandler
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This may not be my preferred serving type, bottle be reviewing some some CANs later today. Don't you worry!

According to the label, they have relocated to StL, MO! Zounds! This is their idea of "Veritas Vincit - Truth Prevails"?!? Blather.

I had a nice fluffy finger of off-white head that resembled jacktheripper's avatar until it finally fell away, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a medium-golden with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a faint pine hops presence, but it was far too malty for my sensibilities, otherwise. Mouthfeel was medium and it was again a bit too malty for my taste in the mouth. It even evinced more of a biscuit malt, vice a caramel malt flavor. I might have had a tough time discerning this from the earlier lager, frankly. Finish was semi-dry, but mostly not very satisfying. I would not bother seeking this out, if you had any intention of doing so.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, big cascade hops. In the taste, a mellow gingerbread malt and a nice mellow pine hop. A smooth and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry malt in the aftertaste. OK, a bit light, but nice aroma, of hops.

Photo of billybob
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a slightly darker golden color one finger head leaving a collar of lace with the first few sips. smells lightly of malt and caramel and hint of fruit. lightly sweet malt with a grainy slightly dry feel light fruity taste leaning to citrus. carbonation is crisp and holds up well. overall its disappointing i would not buy again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap in a pint glass, the beer appears more like a Blonde than a Pale. Deep goldenrod coloring with a thick, frothy, foamy white head. Slight malty aroma, with no real hops presence. Watery smell. Tastes like a Blonde. Flavors are toasty bread and honey sweet. The aftertaste is dark, sweet honey, almost like mead. The finish is a little sour and lingering. Not impressed. This beer didn't really fit the style for me, personally, and there weren't a lot of positives overall.

Photo of Portertime
2.44/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was impressed with the lager so I decided to try the pale ale. The beer rep at my store claimed this was the most popular out of the lager, brown ale, and pale ale. Poured a nice brewed tea color with fizzy bubbles and a soapy head. Smell was flat with some herbal hops and mlats. The taste was flat as well with a really resiny, oily hop finish that just stuck to the back of the tongue and overpowered everything else. I did not want a palate recking IPA but some good malt balance, which dissapointed me on this one.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.06/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of butterscotch, with a hint of floral hops, but mostly butterscotch. The taste is very spacy with not much going on. There is perhaps some pale malt flavor, but it is extremely faint. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a watery texture, and carbonation that is slightly too high. Overall, this is a bad beer. It isn't bad it that it tastes bad; it is bad because it lacks taste. I will not drink this again.

Photo of Slyguy
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I would not call this an ale as it is far too light and shallow to compare to the ales.

This beer has an average light golden/yellow pour, clean with a light head. There is a noticeable lack of sensations from this beer but despite this shortcoming, it still comes across as a light and refreshing pint. There is no uniqueness to this beer, and nothing to stand above other drinks, but if you are faced with a tap with no preferrable beers, this makes for a simple unoffensive drink.

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