Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale
Alexander Keith's

Alexander Keith's India Pale AleAlexander Keith's India Pale Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #817
ABV:
5%
Score:
62
Ranked #48,881
Avg:
2.62 | pDev: 28.24%
Reviews:
295
Ratings:
683
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SCORE
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Poor
Alexander Keith's India Pale AleAlexander Keith's India Pale Ale
Notes: The pride of Nova Scotia.
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2.27/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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HopMaester from Ontario (Canada), Mar 21, 2020
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2.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

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metter98 from New York, Jan 05, 2020
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1.05/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

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.

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LocalBeerGuy from Saskatchewan (Canada), Apr 26, 2019
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2.53/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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RookieNumbers from Massachusetts, Apr 12, 2019
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1.67/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

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.

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jhsmbeerboy from New York, Mar 04, 2019
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2.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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jean-michel-demain from Quebec (Canada), Nov 15, 2018
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2.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

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!

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Ryannoelan from Ontario (Canada), Nov 14, 2018
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3.09/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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rapayn01 from Kentucky, Sep 19, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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DaftCaskBC from British Columbia (Canada), Sep 16, 2018
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2.99/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Alexc11 from Quebec (Canada), Aug 25, 2018
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2.72/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Aug 15, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +57.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Mike-Hogan69 from Manitoba (Canada), Jul 22, 2018
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2.38/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This isn't an IPA. It tastes like an American lager. If labeled as one, I'd definitely rate it higher, but it's labeled as an IPA. I was expecting bold hop aroma and a nice hop malt balance. I'm gonna break it down.
Look: straw. Pilsner looking with a white head.
Aroma: grassy, earthy, Pilsner like.
Taste: sweet, light malt character with earthy hops character.
Feel: light, carbonated like a pilsner.
Overall: it's tasty. It is drinkable, light, this is a great pilsner. Not an IPA though, as labeled. Uncle brought them back from Canada. Wanted to see Canada's take on an IPA. I'm positive it's not this so I'm reserving my judgement on Canadian IPA's. I'm sure this isn't it.

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2.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a clear gold-straw color with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly. Initial impression is WFT??? Tastes like a PBR Light, with maybe a little more corn. Definitely not an IPA. Not even close.

This is not good. Stay away. Stay far, far away.

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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania, May 27, 2018
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1/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Would have given ZERO if possible.
AHA! You just got fooled by AB-Inbev!
This is not an IPA by far. Very very far.
This is a regular lager sold as IPA because IPA is “fancy” now.
And by the way, it’s not even a good lager, it’s a very crappy one.
Don’t waste your time with this crap.
In fact, they should be sued for misleading customers.

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ThomazFigueiredo from Ontario (Canada), May 08, 2018
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2.12/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

an IPA for people who don't like IPA's

not terrible and i don't mind it but it doesn't have a huge amount going for it.

if you want a real IPA try Nickel Brook Headstock IPA for about 50 cents more you get a much better IPA

here's a link https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/11023/71708/

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samz0rp from Ontario (Canada), Mar 02, 2018
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5/5  rDev +90.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Only ipa that tastes good. Can’t stand hoppy beers. Might as well drink sewer water. Lol. This ipa has no bitterness or hoppy garbage lol.

It may be too watery for most but I think it has a nice flavour.

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Sh9683 from Alberta (Canada), Jan 04, 2018
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1.17/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a small effervescent white head. Leaves no lacing whatsoever before completely disappearing.

The aroma is.....mineral water? Soggy bread? Maybe some corn or grains in the background. Very faint but also gross.

The flavor is repulsive. Like a skunky AAL. Extremely metallic with some corn and grains. No hop presence whatsoever. This kind of tastes like a mediocre IPA that's been packaged in a green bottle and left out in the sun for 9 months. No other way to describe it.

The feel is literally water. Very little carbonation. No crispness or dryness. It's just water.

Overall, this is unquestionably one of the worst beers I've ever had. I didn't expect anything good but holy crap did I not expect something this awful either. There's zero hop presence, minimal malt presence, no bitterness and very little sweetness. Is this even beer?

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ScaryEd from New Hampshire, Dec 15, 2017
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3.44/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale. 341ml bottle. 5% alc. I like this beer but it in no way tastes like an IPA. It's more of a Lager. Virtually no smell. Taste is grain, malted barley and very lightly hopped. For what it is, a mass-produced beer, it's good.

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MichaelGennings from Ontario (Canada), May 24, 2017
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2/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Alexander Keith’s is a decent mass-produced lager, especially when it’s served really cold on a very hot day…basically, what I would call a good lawn-mowing beer. Like Molson Canadian, it's low in alcohol (5% ABV compared to 6% or more of a true IPA), pale-yellow, sweet, and very highly carbonated.

But make no mistake, this is by no means an IPA. It doesn’t even remotely taste like an IPA . I'm not ever sure that it's an ale. My guess is that it's a lager.

It’s true that it has been called Alexander Keith’s India Pale Ale since 1820 or something like that. However, there is no reason to continue to call it this at a time when so many folks can recognize the distinct taste of an IPA (that is, beer with a hop count somewhere between 60 and 80 which is what an IPA is). I would be surprised if this beer was above 20 as it just doesn't taste anything like an IPA at all.

I’m not sure why the original branding was “India Pale Ale”. Maybe, the recipe was different at one time or maybe the definition of IPA has just changed; whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter.

In my opinion, these guys need to rebrand this stuff and move away from calling it an IPA; which it is most certainly not.

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guywhodrinksbeer from Connecticut, Oct 18, 2016
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1.24/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

There is a sign by the road in Ingonish, Nova Scotia, that says, "If its nae Scottish, it's crrrrap." This stuff is nae Scottish. I'm pretty sure it's nae beer, either. I laughed out loud when I read a reviewer's note below that he assumed they'd hooked the wrong keg up to the tap, which is exactly what I asked the waitress. She apologized, said it might have happened, and brought me a bottle of it instead. One sip and I realized the error had happened at the brewery, when they created this swill, rather than at the bar. New rule: always, always, always consult Beer Advocate before trying something new. Sad, but better safe than sorry.

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gberg67 from Nova Scotia (Canada), Sep 07, 2016
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1.37/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

What is this, exactly? It's near ubiquitous in Canada, and some people think misguidedly that because it's from the Maritimes and all the good ole boys back home drink it, that it must be good.

Piss poor. I'd rather drink a malt liquor or even a non-alcoholic beer. I put this where it belongs, with all the other big dominant mediocre beers on the Canadian market (ie all the Coors, Molsons, and Labatts.) It's a macro style lager taste, and I honestly wouldn't know this was an IPA if you put it beside any of the anemic tasteless swill that comes from the Big Brewers.

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Cwrw from Alberta (Canada), Aug 21, 2016
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3.25/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly typical EIPA, with a crisp and apple-laden aftertaste. I could see myself downing quite a few of these on a Premier League Saturday at the local townside bar.

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Wer34truh from Minnesota, Aug 13, 2016
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2.06/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

S - shiny colour in an IKEA glass. 3 mark is for this,
H - hopes i had for this beer
I - IPA ? really?
T - time i have wasted to get carry a six of these home (and to pour the rest 5 out).
Almost no difference away the European low-quality lager. Have just registered to tell you this.

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uangel from Ontario (Canada), Jul 30, 2016
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2.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear pale golden color with a finger of airy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little-to-no lacing. Smells and tastes like a poorly-crafted AAL, despite the IPA label in this airport bar. Buttery, corny malt dominates the taste with a dull, stale bitterness behind. Light bodied with strong carbonation. Just awful.

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thebeers from Pennsylvania, Jun 29, 2016
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