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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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75
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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:
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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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4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of DaveBar
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Photo of icculus71
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of duimie
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Aggro
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of DreamDeath
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of hunterjames
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of patre_tim
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of kvadiat
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Brody1714
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of kwjd
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of lgmol
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of KrisDLSmith
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Hoppy_McGee
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DamageCase76
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jcubz
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of wertschy
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Hoagie
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of souvenirs
2.99/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of boszormeny
4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Erik-P
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of EvanHarper
3.59/5  rDev +12.2%
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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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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