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Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop AleAlexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale

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BA SCORE
74
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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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: wordemupg on 03-29-2013)
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3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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2/5  rDev -37.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving Type - 473ml can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear copper colour. It seems more golden like when it's held to the light. On top sits a finger of extremely thin, bright white head, wich dissipates quickly.

Smell - Some caramel/crystal malts which comes as a pleasant surprise. The hallertauer hops are definitely there...and actually pleasantly understated.

Taste - Caramel malts are evident instantly. The hallertauer hops follow this towards the middle, bringing with it some grass and grains, light spices and a very mild bitterness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, maybe even low. Medium, smooth body.

Overall - 3.5/5

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3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer may be part of Alexander Keith's Hop Series, but it has an appearance that showcases malt; the caramel-coloured body has a hard copper complexion and plenty of golden highlighting. Its clarity is in inverse proportion to its head retention - 100% for the former, 0% for the latter. Not even swirling can generate any foam.

I'm happy to finally see a large commercial brewery actively encourage consumers to pour the beer into a glass. Only problem is that their suggested serving temperature of 4 degrees Celsius is way too cold to properly appreciate any beer's aroma. Whatever. You're not missing much anyway. It's more toffee-sweet than anything; the hoppiness, curiously, is downplayed.

That being said, there are floral and mildly herbal elements afoot. They are more pronounced on the palate though there, too, the sweeter, slightly caramelly malt holds more sway. A lingering toastiness crowds out most of the delicate minty and lemony notes. No doubt this is hoppier than Keith's so-called "IPA" but, let's be real, that's not saying much.

Hallertauer hops are typically used in German lagers and, indeed, this crisp, natural-tasting maltiness and unembellished hop profile resembles something like, say, a Vienna lager more than it does a pale ale or IPA (which, in fairness, this doesn't claim to be). As a simple quaffing ale I don't mind this at all - it's infinitely better than anything else in Keith's usual portfolio.

Hallertauer isn't the sexiest hop out there; I think even if Alexander Keith's brewed this ale with all the Hallertauer hops this side of Bavaria anyone who's not a lifetime drinker of mainstream lagers would likely still not find it hoppy enough (relative to a recipe that overloads on C-hops for example). Shortcomings aside, this is a huge leap in the right direction.

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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps not as flavourful as the Cascade, this effort did do some justice with its hop. Taste comes through, decent drinkability, with above average carbonation. Foamy head. Slightly hoppy aroma. Serviceable beer considering it is from a macro brewery. Bought at the LCBO.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured an amber color ale with a medium white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light dry floral hops is more subtle then I had expected. Taste is also dominated by subtle notes of dry floral hops with a lightly sweet caramel malt base. Body is a bit light with good carbonation. Malt base is too sweet and hops profile lacks in character.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

473ml can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.50

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, metallic, lemon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some light grapefruit and some metallic/rusty/lemony notes. It ends with a malty somewhat tart aftertaste.

Overall – The cascade version was better.. but that's not saying much. I can at least appreciate the attempt at making a proper IPA, but this is something I'd never buy again. Especially with some many world class IPA's out there.

Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
74 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.