Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3.4/5 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: 3.4, 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.
Serving type: can
04-06-2013 18:30:47 | More by thehyperduck
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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
This so so beer goes well with... hamburgers
Serving type: can
05-30-2014 22:00:58 | More by DaveBar
3.73/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
Serving type: can
05-06-2014 03:16:55 | More by patre_tim
Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
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