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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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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: biegaman on 03-30-2013

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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by decimator:
Photo of decimator
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

473ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5.5%.

A - Poured a clear copper-gold with a thin white head. Head quickly vanished. No lacing.

S - Citrus (mostly grapefruit), caramel, some bread.

T - Crackers, light caramel, citrus, mildly bitter finish.

M - Average carbonation, medium body, dry finish.

O - Unlike Keith's "IPA", this one actually looks, smells, and tastes like one. It's not a bad beer but it's pretty average for the style. I found Keith's Hallertauer Hop Ale much better.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.31/5  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
2.24/5  rDev -30.2%
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 Sammy
3.41/5  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 souvenirs
2.99/5  rDev -6.9%
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
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +6.2%
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
2.55/5  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
2.32/5  rDev -27.7%
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 patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A. Amber with a pinkish tinge, clear flitered, no carbonation, 4 fingers o f creamy beige tinged white head.

S: Strawberries, pine, light citrus.

T: Strawberries, malt, light offal, fruity, slight herbal green quality, no real pine but some citrus.

M: Medium body, low carbonation.

O: Surprising. Wasn’t expecting strawberry or green herb, but it comes through. As a beer, not awesome, but achieves the presumed goal of displaying cascade hops.

Photo of JackSkerry
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Was surprised by the initial aroma of the cascade hops- all the usual suspects (grapefruit, citrus, spicy,etc). Aroma came forward initially but then some caramel, bready malts sat in the background.

Poured an amber, dark orange colour. Two fingers worth of sudsy foam head very quickly dissipated. Small amount of foam laid on the surface. Wouldn't call it head. Relatively thin beer with no lacing.

Certainly taste the cascade hop front and centre. Nice grapefruit, citrus taste. Not tasting very much malt sweetness. Would say this beer is quite 1 dimensional- appreciate a bit of sweetness to help balance things out.

Relatively dry beer that leaves the tangy cascade hop taste in the back of our throat for a bit of time.

Overall not bad. Good attempt at this. Certainly enjoy this beer more than the hallerteau version.

Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, grapefruit

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

Overall – The scent was promising, but the taste is a little off. It reminders me a bit of a diet coke in a way.. perhaps the aspartame? Anyways, points to the brewer for attempting to make a 'real' ipa, but this is one beer I wouldn't buy again.

Photo of SebD
2.99/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus with bready and caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus with bready and caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a light carbonation with a light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smoot drinkable beer accompanied with somewhat bland flavors and aromas.

Photo of BigBry
3.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tried a draft sample, this is more what an IPA should be.

Slightly orange color, white foam, decent retention with thin lace sheet. Some smell of citrus hops, along with the same orange, grapefruit taste. Body is a bit thin and highly carbonated.
A bit better than expected, for sure more flavorful and therefore more drinkable than regular Keith's.

Must find a can before it's gone.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; served ice cold. Probably one of the only macro 'faux-craft' beers I've ever known about ahead of its release; I love me some hops and I am really hoping that Labatt has actually made a hoppy session ale that will be affordable, decent, and widely-available.

Pours a clear orange-amber colour; highly effervescent, and topped with about one finger of frothy, creamy white head that manages to hold itself together for a few minutes. Eventually it wilts completely, leaving a smattering of lacing behind on the glass. A fairly attractive beer, with an enjoyable aroma to accompany it - with the Cascade hops providing a clean, citrusy feel that provides the majority of the aroma. There's a weak hint of caramel malts, but for the most part it's all lemon and grapefruit citrus, all the time. Not bad, but not imaginative.

The same could certainly be said of the taste, which, although not very interesting by the standards of the style, is still probably the closest thing to an "IPA" that the Keith's brand has ever produced. Starts off with some light pale malt and caramel sweetness, leading into some crisp lemon zest, leafy hop notes and a clean finish lightly brushed with hop resins. The grapefruit that I picked up on the nose is nowhere to be seen on the palate. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that give it a crisp, clean mouthfeel that works nicely with the zesty features of the hop bill. Extremely drinkable, and tasty enough to make consuming this an enjoyable prospect, rather than simply a vector for the facilitation of drunken shenanigans.

Final Grade: 3.41, a B-. Easily one of the best Keith's 'specialty brews' I've yet tried, Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale is a good beer, but it still isn't the kind of stuff that is going to blow away most BAs. Most of us have had enough IPAs to be familiar with the intense flavours and aromas that this style is capable of generating. Keith's Cascade Hop Ale is a restrained, almost benign sort of IPA - but rather than starting a rant as to whether this is actually an IPA, an APA, or something else, I'll simply focus on what the brewer did properly here. This is a well put-together beer by macro standards, one that showcases a few nuances of Cascade hop flavours without smacking you in the face with a burlap sack full of the stuff. I'd buy this again, but at this price point it's probably not too difficult to find something slightly better from an independent brewer. I prefer the Hallertauer variant over this one, but either one would do in a pinch.

Photo of Noxious26
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

341ml brown bottle with twist off cap poured in a pint glass.

Clear, pale copper in colour. 1/4 inch off-white head on the pour dissolves to a thin ring around the edge. Little to no lacing.

Aroma is all citrus hops. Grapefruit, grapefruit and more grapefruit. Perhaps some orange in there. Pretty much no malt balance.

Flavour matches the aroma. Lots of citrus hops flavour, mildly bitter with little to no malt backbone. Jsut enough to give it some colour.

Medium-to-light bodied with a bit of a harsh mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is the same as most macro produced north american lagers.

This was better than I expected, but a ways away from being a solid IPA. Probably the best labatt product out there and good for them for even trying something like this.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crisp Auburn color. Generous 3 fingers of head is poured and has some retention time. Head on top gives a creamy white appearance. Lots of carbonation is apparent

Smell – Hops are present but not overbearing or too powerful. Orange rind and maybe a hint of grapefruit are also present.

Tatse- The hops and bitterness shine through but there's also a subtle sweetness that comes through on the back end of sipping. This seems a bit strange in this beer and detracts slightly from the taste in my mind. This is despite being somewhat hoppy, piney citrusy on the nose. The flavor of hops and the orange / grapefruit is brief and fleeting, does not linger.

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel yet not quite as carbonated as is apparent upon pouring. A little more watery than expected.

Overall - A fine effort and one of my favorites from Keith’s but if you’re looking for a great IPA this is not it. Nonetheless this is a good transition beer if you are new to the craft beer stream and given its accessibility (especially in Canada) it may be seen as a stepping stone to wide world of craft beer.

Photo of EvanHarper
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale copper with a finger of vigorous, fluffy, short-lived head. Many small fast-moving bubbles. Crystal clear as befits a macro.

Grapefruit/floral/spice notes from the hops, over a backbone of smooth sweet maltiness. Exactly what you'd expect a well-made (if conservative) single-hop Cascade APA to smell like.

The taste follows the theme of "straightforward and well-executed." A proper balance of bitter and sweet, over which blooms a Cascade bouquet. No off-flavors, surprises, or bold stylistic choices - just quality ingredients and quality technique. How about that!

If there's anything to complain about it's the weak head retention and the arguably excessive carbonation, but the first is a minor point and the second is more a matter of taste.

I'm very glad that Keith's has decided to try and poach the craft market, and I frankly feel like this beer has lost at least 5-10 rating points simply because of the brewer's name. Let's face facts: just being a craft brewer doesn't inherently make your product better, and vice versa. It's very clear to me that Keith's set out with a reasonable objective in mind - to mass-produce a solid, credible, to-style American Pale Ale that's conservative enough to draw in craft-naive consumers - and succeeded exactly. Making it a single-hop brew, with a "sister" that uses very different hops, was a nice little bonus. Godspeed Keith's - your main product line may be forgettable swill, but you guys clearly know what you're doing and I wish you all the best.

Photo of andrenaline
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden colour with a copper hue, finger of head with little retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is sweet citrus hops, bready malts, hints of butterscotch and caramel.

T - The citrus hop profile dominates, but is slightly subdued by a bready caramel malt finish. Bitter citrus rind lingers alongside the butterscotch and a toasted crackers.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - I never thought I would see the day that Alexander Keith's would have an actual hop presence. This one comes through nicely and would pass nicely as a micro pale ale, but doesn't quite live up to the standard of an American IPA. That being said, I could easily see myself buying this as a session brew. Definitely worth a try and would be a nice addition to any macro tap line at local pubs and restaurants that (at least locally) typically only have macro options available.

Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/5/13

A clear light copper with a shitload of bubbles feeding a finger of off white foam that quickly falls to a 1/4inch film that sticks around but leaves no lace

S some spice, citrus almost creamsicle like, a little caramel and bread, better then I'd guess

T what I smell but somethings not quite right, not too far off but a big step back from the nose, not skunky but soggy cardboard perhaps

M pretty light bodied for an "IPA" carbonation gives some life but a little thin and I that aftertaste is more soggy cardboard

O far from good but better then expected, there's some hop character and that's much more then I expected but I would never buy it when I could get something like Phillips Hop Circle for the same price

its a step in the right direction but far from something I'd go out of my way to drink

Photo of Locuss
5/5  rDev +55.8%

Me and my boys drank this last night and it had me twerkin like all night long. My boy Dave got so tipsy he tried to get my face pregnant! Anyway, the dark, robust essence of the Cascade hops, together with the unobtrusive blend of grapefruit hints made for a delicious little event. One could conclude that Keith's could make a good statement with little else.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.07/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 473ml can poured into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a golden, light copper colour, with 2 fingers of bright white fluffy head which sticks around for a decent amount of time, leaving behind a moderate amount of lacing. Looks like an IPA.

Smell - The cascade hops are definitely noticeable. Floral and citrus notes, with caramel/crystal malt in the background. Smells like an IPA.

Taste - Caramel malts take hold immediately, closely followed by some faint citrus notes. At this point I would expect a decent amount of hop-bitterness, but it just doesn't deliver. Tastes like a very light APA.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body, pretty low carbonation. Nothing special or notable here.

Overall - 3/5 Looks like an IPA, smells like an IPA, feels like an IPA, but it certainly doesn't taste like an IPA. Very much an 'okay' beer.

Photo of biegaman
3.66/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale is a caramel amber colour. This is a far more typical complexion for an IPA than standard Keith's usual watery yellow. Finally someone at the brewery got the memo! To boot, it's got clarity, shine, bubbles and good head retention - as far as being taken seriously as an IPA, this passes the first test...

And the second. The bouquet features toasty caramel malt, florals, and a breezy spritz of citrus. It is very Sierra Nevada Pale Ale-esque. Swirling brings about a sweeter, heavier toast as well as more bitter, pithy hop notes though it is, on the whole, only mildly aromatic. Still, what's there is good (and what's even better is what's not there: stinky corn adjuncts!)

The taste is also mild, though pleasant, and ends with a satisfying combination of nutty-sweet malt, light citrus zest and faint tree resins. The hoppiness is a bit too mellow for concrete flavours of grapefruit or orange to really develop, though it maintains a citrusy air throughout. I'm surprised by how ample the malt is; it is relatively substantial for a commercial ale.

The bitterness is neither too little to disgruntle the average hop-head nor too much to offend the average mainstream drinker; a good balance is found between malt and hop, resulting in a very approachable beer. While I (like I imagine most craft drinkers) find it a bit dull for my tastes, at least the delightful floral and citrus qualities of the Cascade hops can be fully appreciated.

Alexander Keith's IPA is an IPA in name only. It is also my lowest rated beer and, baring a recipe change as well as public apology and reparations from the brewery, this is likely never to change. But this offering, indeed the whole Hop Series, shows that large commercial breweries don't have to be the enemy of integrity. Both craft beer and neoclassical economics advocates can rejoice - consumer tastes demanded this, the market supplied it. This is progress.

Photo of tbeckett
3.19/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours darkish golden and bright. Good carbonation. Two finger thin white head fades rather quick. Half finger retention, no lace.

S - Clearly a toned down Cascade aroma. Typical grapefruity/citrussy aromas. A little crackery malt too.

T - Grassy, citrussy. Seems mellowed out and restrained. Crackery malt and oranges.

M - Good carbonation, light but not thin body, bit of bitterness.

O/D - A good effort by Keith's. You know they wouldn't be making something groundbreaking and revolutionary, but accessible and introductory. I admire the effort.

Photo of TheHammer
3.86/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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74 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.