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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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Reviews: 36
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 30.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: biegaman on 03-30-2013

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.34/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale

The look of it. A golden amber color to it. No head. Medium carbonation

The smell of it; light hops

The taste of it; Very light. Not very balanced on the taste. A bit disappointing here. Maybe more hops I guess. It just need a bit more work on it and it would be a avery good beer.

So overall would I recommend it ? No, for me there is not enough to recommend this beer. It needed to be a bit more work on this beer. It just missing something

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Photo of Locuss
5/5  rDev +55.3%

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.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.3/5  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


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Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of souvenirs
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of EvanHarper
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Well, it's more of an IPA than the original Keith's. I'll give it that. Pours a decent golden colour with a thick white head that dissipates a little slower than the average swill. Smells of caramel, grapefruit, orange rind and bread. Not that bitter smelling. Tastes... Not that bad. More bitter and citrusy than the scent would have you believe. Starts of caramel and bready, which quickly turns into citrus. Lemon, grapefruit, ruby orange peel. For a mass produced product, this is pretty damn decent. I'd drink it again. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, and somewhat creamy.

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Photo of mick303
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into Lagunitas jar glass. Colour is a darkish copper, visible carbonation and fairly good retention of a soapy white head.

S – caramel biscuit malt with some floral and lemon citrus hop notes. Mild grapefruit, ruby orange, but hops don’t really jump out. There is a lot of malt evident, which is caramel-like and UK-esque. Not the best in what I look for in an IPA.

T – a smooth mild start then the hop bitterness starts to coat overtop the malty base with a rolling carbonation going on as well. Zingy lemon zest with a deeper grapefruit bitter note, showing some decent hop character but without a ton of depth. Malt is still in force with some biscuit and bready notes with the bitterness as a gentle overlay, not overly bitter or all that pleasantly bitter for the matter. The taste on this has some more flavor but a good amount of shallow hop character and dryness.

M – sweet maltiness with a moderate light body, easy to drink with a dry finish and off-citrus aftertaste that calls on another sip to wash it down. Carbonation is moderate, not too aggressive.

A decently drinkable ale, and the abv and bigger body blend decently together but I would hasten to something with more quality flavor and balance if it where available. This just isn’t that exciting as far as the style goes.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of Noxious26
3.06/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.86/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.32/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of SebD
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of decimator
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Saskadan
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper with a billowy head.

S - Nose has some hops but not a big grapefruitiness I would expect. Smells a bit sweeter with some lemon/citrus, floral notes and some fruit.

T - Not a huge hop presence although a good deal more than a regular keith's... There's some light toast, ok bitterness and a fairly solid balancing sweetness. Fairly fruity.

M - Moderate body. Good carbonation level - not too much, not too little.

D - Solid quaffing ale that falls short of a 2nd tier brew. It's ok for everyday drinking and accessible.

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Photo of BigBry
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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