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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
okay

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

beerhunter13, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

mick303, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

schnarr84, Aug 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

groleau, Aug 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

civicm87, Aug 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

schopenhauerale, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of ChrisCage
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

ChrisCage, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

NDG07, Aug 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

DaPan, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

koes0024, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Noxious26
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Noxious26, Jul 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

dcbeers, Jul 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Cramshawbar, Jul 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

djcreepshow, Jul 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

MrBuckHigh, Jul 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TheDoctor, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Bf_89, Jul 05, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

TheHammer, Jul 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

liamt07, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.31/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

mmurphy525, Jun 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jun 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

4ster, Jun 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

IdeaSpeeder, Jun 14, 2013
Alexander Keith's Cascade Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
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