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Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop AleAlexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale

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BA SCORE
75
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131 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biegaman on 03-30-2013)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A orange amber colour that poured with a finger and a half of head. The retention was quite good and went with with the relatively low amount of lacing. Modest carbonation in the body as well.

Smell: As advertised, those spicy cirtus cascade hops are right up front. Behind it is a nice caramel malt sweetness. Warming doesn't help either way, but all in all good stuff.

Taste: Starts with that sweet caramel malt that slowly dissipates as you drink it as the honest dose of hops becomes stronger and eventually rounds out the beer. It's done well, don't get me wrong, but it's missing a certain wow factor.

Mouthfeel: The transitioning is well done and a mild malt and hop aftertaste does the job although it's a little dry. The carbonation is a bit mild though. Pretty good.

Drinkability: Surprisingly light bodied although the dry note sort of puts a damper on the whole thing. Settled down nicely though and was easy to drink but had character to keep me interested.

Final Thoughts: These two hop series beers intrigued me when they came out. Did a big beer brewery put out something beyond macro lager? I'll be honest the answer to this one is yes. This beer as well as the Hallertauer ale were very excellent offerings. Thumbs up.

More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of dcbeers
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle. Nice to see that they've added a pry-off cap to their current single-hop bandwagoneering. My somewhat raw hand was expecting otherwise.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, caked foamy off-white head, which leaves a few streaks of sea-foam lace around the glass as it steadily recedes.

It smells of slightly sour, mildly toasted grainy malt, musty florals, jumpy citrus peel, an absence of any corn or rice nastiness, but an unfortunate ascendance of a phenolic fruitiness, which lends easy thoughts of bottom shelf, Minhas territory chemical gunk - oooh, so close. The taste is grainy, bready malt, an ethereal touch of dime-store caramel, very soft citrus pith, a faint pine needle astringency, and just a hint (thankfully for this hopeful enterprise) of that industry-standard, indistinct musty unpleasantness.

The carbonation is quite light and just a bit frothy, the body medium-light in weight, a wee bit tacky, but mostly workaday smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt kind of assuming a de facto role, while the now obviously neutered Cascade hops whimper at the gate.

I was given to believe a bit too much after trying the Hallertauer instance in this admittedly admirable venture by AB-InBev, which exhibited the very aspects of that hallowed noble hop. Here, not so much. The Cascade hops are way too downplayed, so much so that a few other undesirables burble up to take their place. I guess that the lesson here is baby steps, i.e. don't expect to become a sassy west-coast IPA (relatively) overnight. Because this surely isn't, even if the effort is definitely pointed in the right direction, finally.

Photo of mintjellie
2.19/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale copper colour, large off-white head. Mediocre retention, no lace. Mild grapefruit and floral aromatics. Light toasty malt character, very faint citrus flavour in the finish. Low bitterness that still comes across harsh on the palate. Light-bodied with restrained carbonation. Feels thin and a little watery, especially when taken in concert with it's anemic flavour. Where the Hallertau Hop Ale at least manages to deliver an easily perceived hop character, this Cascade Hop version almost completely fails.

Photo of ImJared
3.92/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit better than expected, from LCBO. Some orange hop flavour, not much, but enough to make it somewhat drinkable. Orange coloured body, not much head. Some orange citrus aroma.A tad thin and more carbonated than of course necessary. Still an upgrade on macro brewing.

Photo of jcubz
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of juliendesrochers
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of souvenirs
2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I expected this to be better than it was. I'm not sure why. I was hoping for something reasonably close to a West Coast-style IPA, and I figured this was a good choice to get my Dad away from only ever drinking Keith's IPA. Well, neither of us liked it.

A: one finger of head, amber, visible carbonation, slightly cloudy
S: MILDLY hoppy, not detecting a whole lot of anything, just a wee bit of citrus
T: mild and boring, like lager. nowhere close to an IPA.
F: thin.
O: disappointing.

Photo of DaveBar
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO $2.85 for a 473ml can served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Very good. Opens well and pours amber good. No head after 30sec though

S- Pretty good. Light hops and not overpowering

T- Let down. A lot more hops needed here. Nice recipe but needs more hops

M- Ok at best.

O- Not that great. Will not buy again

Food Pairing

This so so beer goes well with... hamburgers

Enjoy

Photo of ChrisCage
3.41/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a very clear coppery color, that has tinges of red and orange in it. The head is quite nice looking too, being quite thick but it isn't dense or anything....it is an off white color. Lacing could use some work, as thin wisps of foam quickly slink back into the liquid. There appears to be heavy carbonation rising at a rapid rate too....very much like the other Hop Series brew.

S- The cascade hop aroma is noticeable, but not super powerful or anything and it is the dominant aroma as well. Behind this, I notice refreshing, slightly citrusy malt sweetness....caramel/toffee and perhaps some vanilla bean. The finish is clean and of fresh hop cones.

T- The flavors follow the aromas quite closely, with the dominant flavor being of zesty Cascade hops. There is some balancing malty sweetness noted as well, with toasty caramel or molasses tasted. The finish is clean, refreshing and mildly bitter...the bitterness lingers on the palate for awhile after the swallow.

M- Thin bodied but full of flavor and the carbonation really mellows out after ten minutes or so, providing a richer, creamy beer that almost lingers towards medium bodied. The character of the beer bursts onto the palate rather well and while refreshing, is smooth at the same time.

O- I like this one....I don't think quite as much as the other brew in this series to date, but that's my personal taste....not a reflection of the beer itself. It definitely shows a good example of the style and hop itself, is rather well balanced, the alcohol is noticeable to a very small degree but doesn't offend, and I feel this is a good summertime refresher. I would buy this again in the future and recommend anybody to give it a try!

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.54/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light citrus hops with non-descript caramel malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by light citrus hoppy notes with some medium sweet caramel malt notes. Body is lighter then average with good carbonation. This one is definitely lacking character.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On tap @ Jack Astor's

I actually had fairly high expectations for this one and I don't really know why in hindsight.

The bitterness is low for the style but, more importantly, there was next to no aroma and very little in terms of flavour profile from the hops. I wouldn't have been able to guess that this was a cascade hop IPA. There was a very light piney flavour and not much else. No grapefruit at all. Just a bland, somewhat stale tasting bitterness.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of mmurphy525
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of montrealbcr89
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kp2517
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Hoagie
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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