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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 | website

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
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275
Ratings:
623
Avg:
2.61
pDev:
42.15%
 
 
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Photo of EliNightCrew
1/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not only was it never a good beer (Lager, Ale, anything ---Def not IPA), but it got way worse since the new owners goofed around with the recipe.

Not a 'daily driver', not a Lager, not an Ale.
NOT A BEER.

Its an American adjunct lager at best so why bother drinking it?

This is crap in a bottle.

Pale pale yellow colour. It tastes and looks just like Blue. Hardly any bitter Hop taste. What a crime to call this beer an IPA. Should be a law against this type of marketing.

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Photo of Raebo56
4.08/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Forget how its marketed as an IPA, its not brewed as an American style IPA that is bitter and leaves an after taste, it is however a wonderfully light, crisp, clean and refreshing beer, that has great carbonation.
This is a beer that can be drank all night it is not bloating.
I would pair this beer up when eating greasy, spicy foods as it cleanses the palette between bites like many Indian brewed beers.
Imperial IPA's or double IPA's are great but I personally only drink 3 to 4oz of them at a time like a digestive tonic.
This branded IPA is really a great daily driver offering a crisp lager type beer impression while wearing a IPA label to snag the trenders.

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Photo of BigBry
3.32/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had the pleasure of visiting Halifax and getting Keith's from where it's made. Beer always tastes better fresh from the tap. Would recommend the brewery tour - gives good history of Keith's and includes samples.
Clear, golden yellow color. Bright white head, shrinks but never totally disappears. Smell is light, fresh grass. Taste is clean and refreshing, but as a pilsner/lager, not as an India Pale Ale or even a Pale Ale. Body and mouthfeel are light, and as mentioned previously clean and refreshing. No real aftertaste or lingering flavor (hops or otherwise). Easy to drink (especially from a ceramic Keith's mug in the cellar of the Stag's Head, in downtown Halifax).

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Photo of NV9
2.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, this clearly isn't an IPA, despite how it's marketed.

Pours very clear, not much foam at all and doesn't last long.

Not much smell at all, faint corn and a bit of hops.

Taste of fruit with again, light corn and hops. Pretty light and easy to drink.

As a light ale, it's not half bad, and 5% ABV, but doesn't cut it as an IPA.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Alexander Keith glass from tap at a local pub in Ottawa, Ontario. Pours a crisp golden color, very little head or lacing. Malty slight hop aroma...kinda plain.
Taste is very malty for an IPA...but it is an English IPA, so malts are expected. Just an average brew accross the board. Nothing amazing, but its a Canadian staple. So have one while up north, otherwise im sure there are better brews around.

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Photo of atigerlife
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden. Small amounts of carbonation rising. Fluffy white head with decent lacing. The most striking thing is the clearness.

Aroma of sweet hops, corn....light

Taste is fruity, clean, crisp. More like a Euro lager than an IPA. So, don't buy this expecting an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall, it is OK. Not an IPA, but it is drinkable, sessionable. So, set your expectations low and non-IPA and you should survive the experience.

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Photo of M_fasanella
3.21/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very canadian beer, and being canadian i love it. However it is not for everyone, it is defiantly not a crapy beer, but I would not say it's an amazing beer.

Overall, on a nice hot sunny day, or after hockey, this beer is great, always have some in my fridge!

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Photo of rinhaak
1.75/5  rDev -33%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I hate to sound crass, but I couldn't have been more disappointed. This is glorified piss beer. Pours extremely pale with a weak head. There is a very, very faint hop aroma buried in the background. Almost no real flavor except from a mild hoppiness.

Not worth anyone's time or calories.

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Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light amber in color this poured a two finger frothy head with some lacing and decent retention, I was left with a thin collar of fine suds

Smell is light biscuit, some adjunct, faint whiff of citrus

In the taste, biscuit, faint grassy hops and orange peel and banana again.

Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, this brew has a little snap of bitterness in the finish. Relatively easy drinking.

Decent Macro but not much of an IPA

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Photo of nickfl
2.04/5  rDev -21.8%
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 kristiekatk
1.87/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

My friend brought me two Alexander Keiths back from Canada a few weeks ago. There’s an epic stag head on the label. A crisp and clean aroma. My expectations were high.

Why are you called an IPA? Whhhyyy? The SLIGHT hop bitterness and the low ABV puts it somewhere in betweena crummy English IPA or a very weak blonde/golden ale. It is fairly watery with a dry finish; rounding itself off with a welcoming aftertaste of something resembling astringent. Damn you Canada with your “oldest North American brewery” which is really just a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473 mL can with some code on the bottom; served in its namesake glass. Pours a brilliantly clear gold, with high carbonation and a half-inch white head that leaves a bit of lace. Smells of sweet doughy malt and corn, with a dash of herbal hops that go piney and citric as it warms. Very clean entry on the palate, with grainy/sweet malts and a few esters. Nearly devoid of hops, and carbonation is the main flavor here. Very light and crisp, with lots of carbonation and a short finish. Definitely mislabeled by today's standards, but I'm not sure this would have been considered an IPA even fifty years ago. However, if you go into it thinking "regional macrobrew" (think Pabst or Narragansett), then it's not too bad.

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

473ml Can

Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden yellow colour with a small fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - corn syrup, breads/grains, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn syrup, breads/grains and some light malts. It ends with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste

Overall - I really don't understand why so many people in my area buy this beer. Perhaps I would enjoy it more if they stopped calling it an 'India Pale Ale'. There are lots of better choices - even for an adjunct.

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Photo of tbeckett
2.13/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Mom felt the need to get a two-four at duty free for some reason.

A - Pours your typical light golden colour with a single finger of white head. Light carbonation. Bright. Head fizzled away pretty quick to a film and no lace.

S - Corny, grainy, sugary. Ick.

T - fairly boring with corny, grainy, sweet notes. Nothing really to be interested in. Very mild with lot's of plain grain.

M - Decent carbonation, light body, really sweet grainy finish.

O/D - Keith's what's more to say. How they call this an IPA is beyone me. Not worth the time.

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Photo of Triples
1.97/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very disappointed in this beer. Looked good but smelled and tasted more like some macro adjunct lager than any IPA I've ever had. As an avowed hop head, I have to say that this missed the mark by a mile. Mouthfeel was watery. I couldn't even finish my 20 oz "pint".

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Photo of xnicknj
2.13/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into pint glass

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a thin layer of white head. Fades into a thin cloud of film, very little lacing on the glass.

Very faint floral hops, lemon peel, straw and cracked grain. Notes of biscuit and a slight adjunct feel overall - doesn't smell like an IPA.

Soft suggestion of hops with some floral and spice notes. Bready biscuit malts with straw notes. Fairly watery, some touches of grapefruit and orange peel. Finishes a little dry.

Lighter medium body, prickly on the tongue, higher carbonation. There's some pretty solid english ipa's out there, but this definitely isn't one of them.

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Photo of ummswimmin
2.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I picked up this beer at the hotel after a poor experience with a red at dinner. I was looking forward to an IPA replacing the bland red.

On the first sip... I double checked the tap. This was the most bland IPA I've ever had. I have had pales with more flavor. There was no aroma. It looked like a pale lager.

Avoid this beer. It tastes like carbonated water.

How does Unibroue come from Canada? Their beer has too much flavor to be from Canada.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.42/5  rDev +31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer could be entered into a blond beer category and compete with the best. I was given these bottles by Paul from Canada at Wilmington NY NP campground as we exchanged beers. As I taste it now it reminds of what I had by the campfire. Nice clean beer satisfying and bold yet mellow to hint at a lawnmower beer. Being listed as an IPA throws off the reviewing. Smells like a blond ale with light malt and perfume hop. Pours a great foam that lasts for awhile to fade away to clear. Tastes like fun and enjoyed as such. Have some left. Oh yeah I have to do the lawn tomorrow!

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Photo of gskitt
2.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap in Montreal. This beer did little to impress. Poured a pale gold, no lacing, little stick on the glass. Scented vaguely of hops but thats about it, maybe a hint of grain, wheat. Taste lacked any hoppy punch and had to check with bartender if this was indeed an IPA. She confirmed, but the taste did not. Very much like the smell, just a hint of hops and a hint of bitterness. Crisp mouthfeel and drinkable. Nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of crashdavisinoh
2.15/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ordered this on draft...hoping for a good Canadian IPA...riiigggghhhht.

A-Clear yellowish...small to medium head w/ little retention.

S-Hints of grain and malt...but not much else really.

T-I ordered an IPA...expecting an IPA...I did not get that. It is not that this beer tastes terrible...it is just not an IPA...it is more like a lager...not a very good lager but a lager all the same. Tastes of yeast but little to no hoppiness!

M-Good level of carbonation...but watery and thin

O-Would I drink this again? maybe...but it is not an example of an IPA...I feel like it is a mislabeled beer. I asked the server did she bring me what I ordered...to which she said they get that a lot. I would describe this as a better version of BMC...on par with Le Batt...maybe slightly better.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.29/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a 4oz sampler glass.

Appearance- Dark brown/red hue looks much more like an amber ale, than an IPA. one finger head, dissipates at a moderate rate. Leaves decent lacing.

Smell- nothing special. Malts and light hop notes.

Taste- Nice bready taste with a very light hop bite. Not at all my idea of an IPA, though. Not sure what I would classify this as...maybe close to an amber ale. Nonetheless, pleasant tasting.

Overall- Not what I was expecting. Not an IPA, at least as I know them. But I found it pleasing enough and it paired very well with my Bacon Cheeseburger I was having at the time.

I would drink again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.17/5  rDev +21.5%
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
2.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - extremely pale and clear, topped with a bit of quickly dissipating foam.

Smell - sweet corn and subtle floral hops.

Mouthfeel - light and refreshing, actually more like a lager, or even a pilsner, than an ale.

Taste - sweet, more corn than malt, with a bit of hops presence, but very little bitterness. Tastes, as it smells, more like a mass-produced lager than an ale. That said, it is noticeably different from the ususal lineup of Canadian, Blue et al. Don't know about it being an IPA of any kind, or about it being "premium" priced at most bars, but you could do a lot worse.

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Photo of neliam24
2.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased a case of this at the duty free on my way to Quebec for a fishing trip. It caught my eye because I have never seen it before and I assume it is only sold in Canada. I really like IPA's but had never tried one out of a can so I really bought it out of curiosity. As soon as they were cold I tried one and really didn't think it tasted much like an IPA. It wasn't necessarily a bad tasting beer, it just didn't taste right to me. I feel like drinking it out of a bottle may give it more of a traditional of an IPA taste so I plan on buying that rather than cans the next time I go to Canada.

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Photo of RyanBelle
3.5/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much what you think it is. When people talk about this beer, they lovingly refer to it as the beloved "Keiths" and it's drank by people who like their beer consistent and good. It's an above average tasting macro beer but not for every session application. It's an all purpose higher-quality macro pretty much. It serves it's purpose, and it is ever popular with many of the people around our area, including myself on most pub nights! Keiths ftw!

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