Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale | Alexander Keith's

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635 Ratings
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Alexander Keith's India Pale AleAlexander Keith's India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada
keiths.ca

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
635
Reviews:
276
Avg:
2.6
pDev:
28.08%
 
 
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18
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For Trade:
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1.77/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

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2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.05/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Noooddle
2.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm confused.

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3.42/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.93/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of guywhodrinksbeer
2/5  rDev -23.1%
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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1.08/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tried the draught beer at two different pubs in the Vancouver area. Big mistake. A thin watery product.

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1.86/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Swill

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2.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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2.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

IPA? No flavor, no hops?

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1.24/5  rDev -52.3%
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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2.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.98/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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1.37/5  rDev -47.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev +25%
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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3.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.06/5  rDev -20.8%
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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2.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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2.66/5  rDev +2.3%
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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1.66/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Tried this twice on a recent trip to Canada. It seemed to be everywhere up there. I found this to be one of the worst IPA's I've ever had.

The color and appearance were decent, however the beer had no aroma, nothing from the hops. It's tastes like a blonde ale, or possibly even a macro lager with the tiniest pinch of hops in it. Salty. Watery, yet still somehow thick with a terrible mouthfeel. Flat. Tasteless. Actually, it tastes like they made this using a blonde ale and a diaper. It's bad, and I'm not sure I'd drink it again if it was free.

The fact they call this and "India Pale Ale" and are able to print it as such on the label is an absolute disgrace.

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2.56/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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