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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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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 15.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's visit their website
Nova Scotia, Canada

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biegaman on 03-30-2013)
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Photo of allergictomacros
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of jmkoscie
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of jbmaur
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of curtismontcalm
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Shadman
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BigBry
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.09/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Photo of Krakpoff
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of spinrsx
3.31/5  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.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.68/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of TerryW
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A reasonable effort by Keiths, but like all of their specialty beers, something dumbed down for the masses and lacking any genuine character.

Pours a moderate head on a clear amber brew. Reasonably long-lived with some lace.

Aroma is hoppy, but really lacking in the punch you normally expect from a Cascade brew. Some grapefruit, some malt, some bread. It just plain doesn't grab you, but it's better than you're typical macro. Slightly thin body, some bitterness to finish. Despite this, would probably rate as something radical to someone with an uneducated beer palate.

S'ok, but won't blow you away.

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tbeckett
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of JackSkerry
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Was surprised by the initial aroma of the cascade hops- all the usual suspects (grapefruit, citrus, spicy,etc). Aroma came forward initially but then some caramel, bready malts sat in the background.

Poured an amber, dark orange colour. Two fingers worth of sudsy foam head very quickly dissipated. Small amount of foam laid on the surface. Wouldn't call it head. Relatively thin beer with no lacing.

Certainly taste the cascade hop front and centre. Nice grapefruit, citrus taste. Not tasting very much malt sweetness. Would say this beer is quite 1 dimensional- appreciate a bit of sweetness to help balance things out.

Relatively dry beer that leaves the tangy cascade hop taste in the back of our throat for a bit of time.

Overall not bad. Good attempt at this. Certainly enjoy this beer more than the hallerteau version.

Photo of Mit
3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber with a rapidly dissipating head...

Definite grapefruit smell in the bouquet....very nice....not a big hint of sweetness to balance but there was some..

Okay this is what Keiths should taste like...LOL...this or the other one....LOL. Def cascade hops...more malt than the smell would indicate.

Mouthfeel is typical of the alcohol content.

Overall this is so much better than regular keiths and I'm happy that they decided to cash in on the craft beer "fad"

Photo of Caudalie
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of NV9
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at the Office in Toronto.

Darker than the standard Keith's so called IPA, nice large white head but dissipated quicker than I had hoped.

Floral smell, with a bit of citrus and bread.

There are hops present on the tongue, and this is actually a pretty good IPA.

Light-medium body, pretty easily drinkable.

This is a big step up for the "Keith's" brand and is on par with a lot of craft IPA's, it's not at the top of my list, but it's a decent beer and maybe having the familiar Keith's name on it will get more people to try it.

Photo of juliendesrochers
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of sbarre
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of NightINgale
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Kloug
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

Photo of mintjellie
2.19/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
75 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.