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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-16-1998

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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

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2/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from a bottle to a Pilsner glass

A: Very pale color. Looks like a typical macro lager. 1.5 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: Gross adjunct like smells. I've only had two Keith brews but they both carried that same "Funk" of grains and adjuncts.

T: Tasted like licking on a lead pipe soaked in macro-lager. Very metallic. Lots of grain and adjunct in the taste, just like the smell. Very mild bitterness but not too much.

M: Fairly high carbonation for an "ale". Feels light and watery in the mouth but is relatively decent going down.

Overall: I would never buy this again. Did not enjoy it at all. Tasted far to metallic. I'm not much of a session drinker anymore but I drank as much as I could at one time to make it bearable and empty this stuff from my fridge. Definitely not an IPA either, tasted very much like a macro lager.Not something I would want to drink or even session with ever ever again. False advertising on the IPA part and overall a foul beer.

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2.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Canadian institution. Forced carbonation and pale gold body. Flat, undistinguished nose adding nothing to experience. Refreshing corn-roasted body more lager than IPA with notes of sugar, bordering on metallic, but fills palate with unmistakable Keith's character, texture and flavour apparent from first sip. Pleasant diminishing after-taste.

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4/5  rDev +53.3%

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3/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Lawl3ss
2.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Chilled 16 oz. can into shaker pint. No visible canning date.

Look- Straw with a finger of off-white foam and a decent number of rising bubbles. Head falls quickly, fair lacing.

Smell- Sharp, herbal lemon, floral, light sweetness, light lager-like crackery aroma, mild vegetal character.

Taste- Clean, light, inoffensive, but not nearly as flavorful as I'd expect from an IPA, and fairly adjunct-y. Fairly sweet. It's definitely not a terrible, but I wouldn't see this one lasting six months at sea.

Mouthfeel- Light body, crisp, moderate carbonation, dry feel, almost dusty.

Overall- Meh; it's alright. If you're looking for a more flavorful macro and it's available, then by all means snag one. As marketed, however, I have to dock it for being a gross misrepresentation of the style. Strongly reminds me of a waterier Henry Weinhard's IPA.

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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -33%

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3/5  rDev +14.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -33%

Photo of bmelanco
1.56/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

THis is the worst excuse for an IPA that I have ever had. If it was labeled as what it is, a medium lager, I'd give it a 3.5, but they called it an IPA. It is not an IPA. I taste almost no hops; a little residua sweetness/carmel; and that familiar american mass produced lager aftertaste.

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2/5  rDev -23.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +62.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +34.1%

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2.6/5  rDev -0.4%
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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2/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +72.4%

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
3.91/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The only IPA I will touch, and most don't even consider it an IPA to begin with. Nonetheless:

A - Clear, pale, with little head. Almost looks like a cheap lager.

S - Very pleasant - notes of fresh-mown grass and berries.

T - As hoppy as someone like myself can take - in other words, a bit of floral hoppy flavor, but nothing that would put off a non-IPA drinker. Slightly bitter, flavorful, refreshing.

M - A little too carbonated for my liking, but otherwise smooth and crisp.

Overall - I've always liked Keith's, and considered it a fine beer. Maybe it doesn't please the current "in-crowd" of snobby IPA drinking hipsters, but for me it makes for a great pint.

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3/5  rDev +14.9%

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2.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a light golden colour, thin layer of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Light on the nose, bready caramel, floral hop, sweet corn and a grassy finish.

T - Again, quite light, flavors are of any typical macro leaning more on the bready malt side. Buttery notes, faint floral hops with a touch of blueberries.

M - Medium bodied, a tad thin and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A classic sessoionable mass produced brew. I'd tale this Amy day over Coors or Canadian, but it's only marginally better. Nothing memorable here, but it's certainly drinkable.

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Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale from Alexander Keith's
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