Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale
Alexander Keith's

Alexander Keith's India Pale AleAlexander Keith's India Pale Ale
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From:
Alexander Keith's
 
Nova Scotia, Canada
Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #408
ABV:
5%
Score:
62
Ranked #29,937
Avg:
2.63 | pDev: 28.52%
Ratings:
694
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 25, 2022
Added:
Apr 16, 1998
Wants:
  19
Gots:
  119
SCORE
62
Poor
Alexander Keith's India Pale AleAlexander Keith's India Pale Ale
Notes: The pride of Nova Scotia.
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Photo of Saracen1955
2.34/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
by Saracen1955

People don't understand that this is not the English IPA first brewed by Alexander Keith, in Halifax back in 1820 (the first IPA brewed in North America). Until Anheuser-Busch got their claws into it, this was a heavily-hopped, all malt (no corn) mash IPA. Now, it is a weak-flavoured, lightly-hopped, 5% ABV Blonde lager, which meets none of the criteria for an IPA. This is not the beer I drank at university, not even a pale (forgive the pun) imitation. It is thin, light, with no lacing, and a taste typical of Anheuser-Busch swill. Might as well be drinking Bud Light (but no one really drinks that, it's just an urban legend, just like the notion that there are people who actually drink Moxie). This was my go-to beer back many decades ago, but now, I wouldn't touch it.

Jan 08, 2022
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1/5  rDev -62%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by ghozx from Canada (ON)

So I rated this as an IPA. Much like if someone showed you a cow and asked you to rate it as a horse. So as an IPA this is terrible. As a lager it is good.

Dec 11, 2021
 
3.1 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Nov 14, 2021
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4.7/5  rDev +78.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
by TJillette90

All the complaints about wanting this beer to be an IPA or I was tricked needs to understand this isn't a real IPA. Hell this was one of the first mainstream "IPA's" out there. It's brewed like an IPA and was supposed to make the journey to INDIA and ferment but instead it just gots sold in Nova Scotia and became the standard beer. Not reaching that fermentation it doesn't hit the same as a real IPA buts boy does it do the trick and many a nights where you just come home reeking of this fine working mans beer. Stops comparing it to sierra nevada IPA its in the class with the beers that put hair on your chests like miller lite and coors lite.

Sep 30, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by bcbeerdemon

Good autumn/winter beer. Can see myself drinking these on a crisp day at the golf course.

Sep 04, 2021
 
2.68 by Brushkanna from New Jersey on Aug 19, 2021
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3.29/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 473ml at 5%.
my can was very fresh the letter E which stands for May 2021 brewed .
poured a 2finger head into glass that was leaving a lace as you drink it.
I expected more sweetness when I see India pale ale on the can but it's not that sweet at all .
overall it's an easy drinking beer more like a lagered ale then a IPA beer to me .
cheers.

Jun 12, 2021
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2.29/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by BadBeerBrian from Canada (ON)

Beer tastes like lager and apple.

If you were to drink this at a bar, it would taste like a bad beer.

I am whelmed with this beer and the facilities that it gives me.

Dec 05, 2020
 
3.27 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Oct 08, 2020
 
3.05 by aklavall from Canada (AB) on Aug 07, 2020
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2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5
by IceChuggington from Canada (AB)

When I was on my first date with my ex we went to a rotating restaurant. He said we're there for a beer and we're going on a scavenger hunt. This was our first and last date in the 2 years that we were together. I asked the waitress what beers were on tap, and she named 15 types and I just said Alexander Keiths. My ex's eyes lit up and he said that his eyes lit up. Later he told me that that was one of the moments he knew he loved me. He's a douchebag so that shows this beers quality. Left a sour taste in my mouth, even though the beer was not sour. 5 Smirnoff Ices/10

Jun 19, 2020
 
2.1 by europeanechoes from Canada (ON) on May 29, 2020
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2.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by HopMaester from Canada (ON)

Rated as an IPA (not a blonde lager that it truly is)

Bit of a scam to call this an IPA. Nothing IPA about it
Its a half decent beer but it is not an IPA

No lacing, no head. Just a bit better than a Coors light

Mar 21, 2020
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2.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Faint aromas of sweet malt extracts and caramel are preset in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is a bit sweet with hints of caramel-like flavors. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be very watered down for an IPA and has more of a mouthfeel that I would expect from a Euro Pale Lager than a beer in this style. The smell and taste also seem to be muted.

Serving type: can

Jan 05, 2020
 
2.73 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 22, 2019
 
3 by TLA from Pennsylvania on Aug 27, 2019
 
2.93 by Hopfenpeter from Maryland on Aug 19, 2019
 
3 by warpedrevolution from Illinois on Aug 05, 2019
 
2.51 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Jul 29, 2019
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1.05/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25
by LocalBeerGuy from Canada (SK)

water with coloring in it taste bland boring a poor excuse for IPA or any other beer but still in the poor beer list there is always better beer out there.

Apr 26, 2019
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1.25/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25
by McHopster from Canada (ON)

If you like bud light you might like this.

Apr 17, 2019
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2.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by RookieNumbers from Massachusetts

Not an IPA. At first I thought the waitress brought over the wrong beer. Eerily similar to a Bud heavy. I enjoyed it at the time but it may have been because I was parched rather than because of its taste. Wouldn’t recommend.

Apr 12, 2019
 
2.62 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Mar 12, 2019
 
2.83 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota on Mar 12, 2019
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1.67/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75
by jhsmbeerboy from New York

Pretty bad. I took a sip and said "this is an IPA?" No body to it, slight corn and citrus taste, getting nothing on the finish. This is the kind of beer you give your friends who like to pound Budweiser but want to try something with a different label. Probably good for washing down hot wings.

Mar 04, 2019
 
1.86 by achepil from Canada (ON) on Nov 30, 2018
 
2.13 by ian_graf from Minnesota on Nov 16, 2018
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2.32/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5
by jean-michel-demain from Canada (QC)

Definitively not an IPA. Light industrial commercial beer with preservatives taste.
Not impressed.
Tried it on tap (draft) in a bar. It tastes better and more crispy.

Nov 15, 2018
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2.13/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2
by Ryannoelan from Canada (ON)

This to me, does not feel like an IPA. It's sweet, over carbonated (for an IPA), and metallic. I understand it's no craft beer - but to say this is an IPA is a lie. It might be a good beer to get drunk on, or to start to move into different types of beers if you drink "average" beers. A positive is the can looks good!

Nov 14, 2018
 
2.66 by Eric_Standard from Canada (BC) on Oct 10, 2018
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3.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by rapayn01 from Kentucky

This was a 341 ml bottle. I've had this beer previously on a business trip to Ottawa. This one was free at a reception and I would not drink it under other circumstances. It is malty, a little sweet, and really tastes nothing like an IPA.

Sep 19, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by DaftCaskBC from Canada (BC)

Alex came to play with his new hops. Subbed Galena with bramling cross and brewers gold I'm guessing. Seems more like an English or Belgian pale now. Very smooth. Not an IPA but smooth.

Sep 16, 2018
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2.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

I agree with others here that this is not an IPA. More like a light lager. Pale yellow colour with strong lace. I don't detect much out of hops or malts in the aromas or flavours. Just a decent tasting, non-bitter, low carbonated, smooth beer. Pas plus que ca. I know along with Moosehead, Keith's is the pride of the Maritimes (great place to visit!) so I'll just raise a glass to it.

Aug 25, 2018
 
2.75 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois on Aug 18, 2018
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2.72/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint pale golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of cereal grain malts with a very light amount of grainy sweetness and a very light aroma of grassy + herbal hops.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of cereal grain malts with a light flavor of corn adjuncts and very light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by very light flavors of grassy + herbal hops which impart a hint of hops that fade away quickly..

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol but it seems to be incorrectly named - this is not an IPA but rather an ale version of a Euro Pale Lager. Glad I finally got the chance to try a beer from Nova Scotia.

Aug 15, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +57%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Mike-Hogan69 from Canada (MB)

Very drinkable beer. It’s a smooth tasting Ale; it’s not hoppy or bitter. While I agree that this does not have a “true” Ale taste, I really enjoy this beer. In the Maritimes, Keiths is one of the most popular beers.

Jul 22, 2018
 
2.78 by alwaysbetonduke from Canada (ON) on Jul 16, 2018
 
2.86 by jakea from Wisconsin on Jul 14, 2018
 
3.55 by Vylo from New Jersey on Jun 30, 2018
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