Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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3.49/5 rDev +9.1%
473 ml can from LCBO for $2.60 CDN into a pint glass.
Appearance - Aggressive pour yielded head of 3+ fingers of head. Decent retention, but minimal lacing. Clear dark copper color. Some carbonation is visible. Good looking beer.
Smell - Mild hops aromas, piney citrus scents are present but concealed. There is a faint sweetness that is reminiscent of melon.
Taste - Similar to the scent, the hops are of course at the forefront, but again seem restrained. Very mild beer in all.
Mouthfeel - There is a certain element of creaminess and richness, that may be a bit unexpected with this APA, that seems a little out of place and prevents this from being a thirst quencher.
Overall - Good offering that I prefer to the Cascade Hop Ale (Keith's other offering in he Hop Series), but a little to mild for repeated consumption.
10-06-2013 13:18:57 | More by DenisKolkin
2.59/5 rDev -19.1%
Pours a dark gold/light copper colour with a little over a thumbs worth of egg shell white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of caramel, biscuits, vanilla, toffee and yeast. Not much hop presence in the aroma. Tastes a bit hoppier, with grass and spice hops coming through. Still, rather malty for what I'm assuming they are marketing as an IPA. Mouthfeel is mid body and smooth. Overall, a decent offering, but I prefer the cascade hop ale.
09-29-2013 23:11:15 | More by slitherySOB
3.15/5 rDev -1.6%
Average Pale Ale. Aroma actually has a nice noble hop profile - herbal, a little grassy. Taste goes south a bit though, a little watery mid-palate. Medium body, medium carbonation, but again, gets a little watery on the feel half way through. Looked interesting and I'd never heard of it before so I thought I'd give it a try. Not intrigued to get it again.
09-06-2013 00:26:41 | More by garuda
3.54/5 rDev +10.6%
A- Pours a very clear golden, leaning to coppery color, and comes with plenty of bristly looking carbonation. The head is decent....patchy egg white colored and textured foam over the brew with some spots that are thinner and more big bubbly looking. Lacing doesn't exactly follow, as the thin wisps of soapy bubbles quickly slide back into the liquid, never to be seen again! After a couple of minutes I notice the carbonation settles down to a slower, finer pace....
S- I notice much more malt sweetness than the Hallertauer hop variety initially....caramel and/or toffee seems to be the dominant aroma happening. I also smell notes yeast and vanilla in the background, which in itself smells quite good, but its different than what the style would suggest and what I was expecting. The finish does have the hop bitterness but it's definitely not as strong or of the distinct character this variety usually brings in a Pilsener or similar...
T- Ahhh, now the hop character shows itself in flavor immediately, but again, it isn't nearly as powerful or distinct as I thought it would be....still very noticeable though. Balancing sweetness shows up on the palate too, with aforementioned notes of caramel and a hint of vanilla tasted....its actually quite malty! The finish is mostly hop bitterness which lingers on the palate during the break in between drinks.
M- This is a thin bodied beer with a touch of oiliness on my palate....perhaps this does lean a couple of points towards medium body but it's slight. The carbonation, as I thought on appearance, really does smooth out and it helps to bring out the overall flavor scheme. The malt sweetness and milder than expected bitterness actually provides for a refreshing mouthfeel!
O- I think this is very decent beer, even though I feel it could have been slightly better overall....would I buy this again....yes I would! It's not going to offend anyone, as it is balanced enough and perhaps would be a great starter for somebody looking to get into the APA style. The slightly higher than average 5.4% alc/vol is not noticed at all and it makes for a very nice summer refresher! I recommend giving this a try!
08-05-2013 02:22:16 | More by ChrisCage
Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
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