Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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3.85/5 rDev +21.1%
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.
07-03-2013 02:33:01 | More by TheHammer
3.74/5 rDev +17.6%
enjoyed this IPA, pretty decent coming from a large brewery, nice sweet taste balanced with just enough hops, leaving a slightly bitter citrusy after taste in the mouth, i would purchase this again, this is my first beer review so go easy on me, happy to join the Beer Advocate forum
05-17-2013 00:56:31 | More by Saskadan
3.73/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
05-06-2014 03:16:55 | More by patre_tim
3.68/5 rDev +15.7%
Served from a 341ml bottle
A: Poured a transparent copper color. 1.5 fingers of soapy sudsy looking head. Retention was decent and so was lacing.
S: You can definitely smell those cascade hops. Fruitiness/Citrus is evident along with a little bit of a floral aroma.
T: One again the hops come through pretty well. The fruitiness and citrus types flavor associated with cascades are dominant. Maltiness character is low but the beer is still not very bitter. I would expect more bitterness and a bolder malt character for an AIPA but its still pretty good tasting.
M: pretty smooth and refreshing. Not to thick on the mouth but its alright.
O: I liked it honestly. Not something I would make a goal of drinking but it paired nicely with burgers of the grill after a hot day. I would consider buying it again but I definitely have other IPA's in mind when I think of my favorites.
04-28-2013 12:58:50 | More by Haydn-Juby
3.66/5 rDev +15.1%
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.
03-30-2013 19:20:10 | More by biegaman
3.59/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
11-09-2013 17:41:05 | More by EvanHarper
3.58/5 rDev +12.6%
16 oz can was poured into a mason jar.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a orange copper color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Slight citrusy hops, caramel, and toasted bready malts.
Taste: Light grapefruit and tangerine, caramel, and toasted malts.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, highly carbonated, a little chewy, light to medium bodied, and drinkable.
Overall: Pretty simple North of the Border IPA. Light, a little hoppy, and a little malty.
12-06-2013 02:46:44 | More by Flounder57
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