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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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70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 04-25-2011)
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:04:26 | More by BeerNinja007
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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.

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S. Some metallic smell, some corn, some faint maltiness, all three characteristics are very light in the nose for the color spectrum I of the beer. I'd expect this kind of nose off a lager, not an ale. Is that what they call a Nova Scotian Ale? A lager? But that can't be right because I've already tried the lager from this brewery.

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Appearance: Poured into a pint glass and achieved a thick1 finger head slightly off white in color. It made a fizzy sound like soda pop. Retained a little while leaving light lacing as it went away. Color was a clear light amber.

Smell: I definitely smelled more malt than hops. The hops were in the background producing a slight citrus aroma.

Taste: Again more malt than hops. The hops were there but the bitterness was mild. Slight citrus in the background.

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