Alexander Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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3.19/5 rDev -0.3%
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
06-13-2013 03:38:18 | More by IdeaSpeeder
3.41/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
06-11-2013 21:34:43 | More by biegaman
3.46/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
06-02-2013 03:20:47 | More by Sammy
2.58/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
05-24-2013 13:49:23 | More by Phyl21ca
3.25/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-24-2013 00:06:52 | More by spinrsx
3.7/5 rDev +15.6%
473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.4%.
A - Poured a clear copper-gold with a 1cm white head. Head reduced to minimal surface bubbles. Minimal lacing.
S - Spice, herbal, hint of grass, caramel. The Hallertauer hops are very well showcased in the aroma. Smells very nice actually.
T - Sweet caramel, hint of citrus, some spice, herbal, bitter hop finish. Aftertaste sticks around just long enough. For a pale ale this is ample bitter.
M - Medium carbonation, medium body, slightly sticky, some oily resin, somewhat dry finish with some crispness.
O - Goes down quite easily. This is much better than Keith's regular "IPA". For a Canadian macro this is rather good and probably something I'll pick up again during the summer months.
05-18-2013 14:04:06 | More by decimator
3.35/5 rDev +4.7%
A - Pours a clear amber. Big fizzy head drops quickly.
S - Solid spicy-herbal hops. Getting a whiff of malt in the background as well.
T - Leans sweet-ish, with some acidity. Decent bitterness but doesn't linger in the aftertaste. A bit too clean finishing. Something keeps screaming ginger ale to me.
M - Light, sharp carbonation. Faintly slick feel.
D - I see where they're going with this. Easy drinking brew with a decent flavour, but not quite enough of it for my taste.
05-13-2013 02:42:39 | More by allergictomacros
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