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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
74
okay

119 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biegaman on 03-30-2013)
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

thehyperduck, Apr 06, 2013
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MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
2.19/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

mintjellie, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Sammy, May 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jcubz, Jan 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

juliendesrochers, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of souvenirs
2.99/5  rDev -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.

souvenirs, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of DaveBar
3.26/5  rDev +2.5%
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

DaveBar, May 30, 2014
Photo of ChrisCage
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

ChrisCage, Aug 06, 2013
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2.54/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.31/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ThinkAgain, Apr 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

WillAndSarah, Apr 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

mmurphy525, Jun 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

montrealbcr89, Jun 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

civicm87, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Hoagie, Dec 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CurtisD, Apr 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

DamageCase76, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

patre_tim, May 06, 2014
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Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
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