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

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Alexander Keith's India Pale AleAlexander Keith's India Pale Ale
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2.62/5
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645 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-1998

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,835
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
645
pDev:
27.86%
Bros Score:
2.85
 
 
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Photo of ScaryEd
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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Photo of bixby1971
2.44/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of probert
3.69/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eyeet7
1.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Not my favorite beer. Does not feel good going down and leaves a sour taste in your mouth. Does not taste like a traditional ale. Would not recommend

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Photo of wisegreensoul
2.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BrewsandBlues
3.13/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of csmrx7
2.71/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paulish
3.56/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cknoch
3.27/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of MichaelGennings
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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Photo of Fusebuddy
1.77/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
2/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of goalie35
3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sweffin
3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Noooddle
2.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm confused.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.42/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 22Blue
2.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of guywhodrinksbeer
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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1.08/5  rDev -58.8%
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 -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Swill

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Photo of FredGaudreault
2.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
2.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

IPA? No flavor, no hops?

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Photo of gberg67
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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