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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
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119 Ratings
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%

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
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.54/5  rDev -20.1%

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 biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%

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 XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

liamt07, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%

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

wordemupg, May 04, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.31/5  rDev -27.4%

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
Photo of spinrsx
3.31/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

spinrsx, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

tbeckett, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
3/5  rDev -5.7%

IPAchris, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

andrenaline, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

oldp0rt, May 05, 2013
Photo of kwjd
3/5  rDev -5.7%

kwjd, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of schopenhauerale
3/5  rDev -5.7%

schopenhauerale, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3/5  rDev -5.7%

DaPan, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of peensteen
3/5  rDev -5.7%

peensteen, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of BigBry
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

BigBry, May 04, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

schnarr84, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Kmat10, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
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.

Flounder57, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of allergictomacros
3.18/5  rDev 0%

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.

allergictomacros, May 16, 2013
Photo of patre_tim
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.

patre_tim, May 06, 2014
Photo of SebD
2.98/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

SebD, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jun 20, 2013
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