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Alexander Keith's India Pale AleAlexander Keith's India Pale Ale
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Alexander Keith's India Pale AleAlexander Keith's India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-1998

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Ratings: 646 |  Reviews: 279
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better and fresher on-tap but also had it at Granite brewery, who are in a partnership. More color and action through fizz to normal pale color. Good with food. An unoffensive beer and a major step up to your mates from national brands. More malt than hops.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spycow
2.9/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of biboergosum
2.4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

All of the East Coast culture that's made its way west seems to be the explanation for the pervasiveness of this so-called IPA in better bars and living rooms in this part of the world. Maybe it's the goofy advertising. Meh. It's in the fridge after a day of killing my legs on the slopes, so away I go.

This 355ml can pours a clear, rather pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy, fairly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random streaks of splotchy lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of a very light, very basic pale grainy cereal maltiness, some further sweet corn syrup, a very subtle hint of bland citrus, and some ethereal cooked veggies. The taste is more slightly grainy corn cereal malt sweetness, more stale vegetal character than anything hop-like, with an indistinct, but growing astringency.

The carbonation is quite sedate, a bit of weak frothiness the only thing going on, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit cloying in its plebeian smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the increasingly grotesque malt persisting in its hegemony.

I suppose that this goes down just as well as any mass-market macro lager, given its striking similarity to them. In the past, this offering benefited from me being held hostage by a lack of selection, and a general dearth of education. No longer am I blind, and I see this for what it really is - marketing sheen, and nothing else, as it has very, very little to recommend it - style-wise, or other.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pourred a yellowish brew with a nice head. Taste of cereal is very present without any distinctive spice coming out of this. I wonder if this is really a IPA or just another macro pale ale... I would be curious to taste to the original brew before it was bought by Labatt...

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Photo of mothman
2.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this at Elephant and Castle in Winnipeg.

Poured into 20 oz pint shaped glass.

Looked more like a lager than an IPA. Clear light yellow. 1 finger thin white head. Left some good lacing, however.

Aroma: Slight honey. The hop aroma was very light for an ipa. Kind of grassy. Not something I was expecting. Very weak.

Taste: slight grassy hops, and very little citrus notes. A little orange. Very dulled down ipa.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a tad bitter. Leaves a slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, not something I'd ever consider to be an IPA. I don't think I will ever have this beer again. Try a different IPA and avoid this one.

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Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in Halifax.
Golden body with excellent clarity.
Very mild, even for a pale ale. So weak and mild, my companion who doesn't even like beer found it drinkable and "like water". Ridiculous calling this an IPA. Ignoring that, it is clean, refreshing and well balanced. Should work well with food.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of nickfl
2.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - poured with half a finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - grainy malt and a hint of herbal hops.

T - some sweet malt up front with a hint of honey. Some grainy notes in the middle and a bready finish with light bitterness.

M - medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - kind of odd to call this an IPA. It has little bitterness and virtually no hop charter. A blonde perhaps, or even a european light lager, but certainly not an ipa. Light, sweet, drinkable and thoroughly bland.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.8/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of paulish
3.56/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
2.78/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite pale, clear with virtually no head and no lace.

There is a lack of hop aroma that would be typical for the style. Lots of fruity esters.

This is a step up from most macros, but it is not an IPA in flavor. The hop is nearly undetectable. The fruitiness is present to the flavor. It has a decent body and low level of carbonation.

A clear miss in the IPA world.

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1.5/5  rDev -43%

Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of WoodBrew
3.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale at the welcome reception for a conference being held in Calgary. The IPA poured golden clear in a pilsner style glass. There was a thin white head which laced somewhat. The nose had a little hoppyness to it, but nothing overpowering like some IPAs. The taste was good...seemed more like a standard pale ale than IPA. Mouthfeel was smooth and would certainly try this beer again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i actually trade for this one just to finish off this bottom 100 list. served iced cold and thanks to a wonderful ba for the hookup, this one was consumed on 08/29/2010.

light pour for the style with a very light amber, nearly hay color coming through on me. small head clings to the sides of the glass for dear life and really just makes it much lighter then i am used to seeing.

aroma is faint, light citrus hops are drowned out by grains and muted corn and wet cardboard. really not an ipa. clean and crisp, light and refreshing it certainly was not terrible in that regard but was not the big bold flavor i am accustomed to. clean finish with little flavor and light dryness.

overall i would pass on this, i tried it, i am ok now.

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Photo of 22Blue
2.93/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stakem
2.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this beverage got the wrong label. It really doesn't display any characteristics of an IPA regarding both smell and taste. I mean heck yeah it looks good other than the fact that it has no head at all and kinda resembles a pale yellow, watered down pilsner...

Only reason I didnt give it a worse rating is because the carbination is nice and it gives a tingly mouthfeel that is easy to drink...but then again I could have gotten the same excitement from shooting seltzer water up my nose.

If you are in the mood for drinking and IPA...dont drink this one.

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Photo of Tone
2.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight hops, sweet malt, and pale malt. Barley fits the style of an English IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, rice/corn, and a hint of hops. Overall, hops are nearly absent, appearance is lacking, and aroma is muted.

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Photo of jwc215
2.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours light golden yellow with plenty of clarity and a thin white head.

The smell is of sweet grain (some husk?) and corn. Doesn't smell like an IPA - maybe more like a cross between a light Helles Lager and a macro.

The taste -- Where are the hops???? Distant. They are there, but just to balance out the sweetness of the grainy malt, adding little if anything to the taste. Clean, and rather "inoffensive", this is bland to the point of being ridiculous. Some sweet grain and buttered corn (but a bit different than in a corn adjunct way). With modest abv and lack of hop presence, this is out of style. Rated out of style? Bland, boring. Finishes abruptly.

Thin - Light bodied, but not overly fizzy.

Way out of style. Someone send a search and rescue party out for the hops! Other than style? Lackluster.

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Photo of Duff27
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: crystal clear, pale golden color, rather un-IPA-like, topped with a large, lush bone-white head...the latter, however, does not redeem the former, though...
aroma: soft, spare, and slightly soapy, a little floral, and once more, exhibiting no India Pale Ale characteristics...not bad, but not what I'd like when the label clearly says IPA.
Taste: neat, tiny hop introduction, but very minor, showing no fruit, no particular hoppy bit,( can't imagine what hops were used, maybe a touch of Centennial and a whisper of Columbus?)..very small tastes of citrus and honey mark the flavor best, but it barely has any business on the palate, says hello and leaves...very light in body, flavor, in the memory, etc. Pleasant enough, but extraordinary shy of showing us any real taste, you can drink this pretty well, but it doesn't tickle me in any fashion, and I can't get past the mistake of the mislabeling. That's where the axe will have to fall in my ranking, for it clearly ain't what it says it is!
I'm having this bottle in between pints of Minneapolis Town Hall Masala Mama IPA, and one of these can be an IPA, but not both, 'cause this one don't cut it...not even an EPA...a blonde, maybe...

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Photo of Sweffin
3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Gavage
2.43/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a clear light yellow color with a 1/4" head that falls apart immediately.

Smell: grass and some mild bitterness is all you can detect.

Taste: mild malt, light lemon citrus, golden apples, and a mild bitterness make up a very weak IPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp thoughout. Aftertaste is very short lived.

Drinkability: when one wants an IPA, this does not really fit the category. Easy to quaff, this is closer to a pale euro lager than an IPA.

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