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Alexander Keith's Red Amber AleAlexander Keith's Red Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Alexander Keith's
Nova Scotia, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Barraclou on 03-17-2006

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Photo of Jsmick
1.3/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This is quite possibly the saddest excuse of a red ale I have ever had in my life. It was dark and appealing upon pouring.

The taste? There was no taste. It tasted like someone dumped food coloring in a Bud Light in an attempt to pass it off as a red ale. I'd have a coke next time instead if offered this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with a small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of adjunct is mostly dominating. Taste is light on barley and quite strong on adjunct with a dry finish. All in all, this is just another bland offering from those fine folks at Labatt.

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Photo of CharlyNovember
1.79/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap, poured with a finger of white head, little retention, some lacing. Glassy copper-red colour, completely translucent. I think I'm giving this one bonus points for appearance for being in one those nice Keith's pint glasses. Smell is bland and boring, not much to say about it. Tastes like it smells,very light malt and that slight chemical astringency very reminiscent of Keith's "IPA" (which, by the way, is not an IPA by any stretch of the imagination). Nothing interesting at all. And the worst part is a repulsive sour aftertaste that lingers for a second or two, almost reminds me of spoiled milk. It's big on the carbonation and has a thin mouth feel, pretty quaffable on that front.
Overall there's nothing ale-ish about this beer, it tastes and smells almost exactly like Kieth's "IPA". I can't call it completely inoffensive, because it kind of is... mostly due to that horrid aftertaste. Avoid if possible.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
1.97/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy copper color with moderate activity. Faint creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with poor legs. Flavors of corn syrup, faint noble hops, dark malts. Thick sweetness, a little sharp. Slick medium to full body with extra prickly carbonation. Light finish that shortly lingers with grassy notes and sweet grainy sugary toffee feel. Overall bad quality craft. Very faint watery flavors. Unbalanced, too syrupy. Bland, a little flat, lacks freshness. Adjunct feel.

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Photo of DrJay
2.04/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear red/amber with a thin layer of fine beige bubbles topping the beer. A bit of lace, fair head retention. It doesn't smell very good, sour with some fruit and grain aromas. The flavour's a bit better, but still not great. Sweet with very low bitterness, fruity and grainy for the most part. Light to medium bodied with higher than average carbonation, a bit of dryness. I won't be going back to this one.

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Photo of kwjd
2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright red colour without any head (or it completely dissipated by the time the waitress brought this to my table). No lacing on the glass. Smells of some mild sweet caramel added to a macro lager. Flavour has a bit of sweetness, almost no bitterness, pretty bland. Carbonation was quite prickly, which wasn't expected since it had no head. I'm pretty sure this only exists so they can have an alternative to Rickard's Red, though it falls way short of mediocre.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
2.16/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 473ml can into a conical pint glass.

This beer was quite a let-down. I am very much a lover of red and amber beers, so I was expecting something good. Where to start?

This beer's appearance is a nice, dark red-brown. Head is quite tall, due to the significant carbonation, and it lasted a few minutes. Barely any scent from the head, and still not much after the head had dissipated, except for some faint metallic smell. Moderate to high carbonation level.

I can't get over the taste of this beer. The flavour is nothing special, but the aftertaste is this really off-putting metallic flavour. To be honest, it is bringing to mind the iron taste of blood, like when you bite your lip or something. Obviously not the sort of mental experience you want when you're trying to enjoy a beverage or a meal.

Definitely would not buy this beer again.

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Photo of prosper
2.18/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice brilliantly clear amber/red with a decent head.

Smells faintly of caramel malt sweetness.

Taste is thin and sharp - slight caramel, but nothing really substantial, and not much else going on the malt side. More bitterness than I'd expect, but no real hop flavour. Finishes dry.

Very light mouthfeel.

I don't know what this beer is trying to be. It's like a light lager that sort of wants to bean amber, but in reality - just has a little food colouring in it. It's a feeble attempt, and ultimately, very unsatisfying.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.21/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

More of a dark orange than a red colour, with a small but lasting half finger head. Very light smelling. Some sweet scents, but nothing I can specify. Tastes alright. Bit of malts and candy, with a dry aftertaste. Little overcarbonated, almost to the point of being harsh. Not bad, but nothing great either. A rather forgetable ale.

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Photo of Poljazz22
2.27/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

From473 ml can
The color is a nice red copper. Head ( pale cream) disappears instantly. Fizzy and watery. Some malt and a bit of hops Salt? Better than a Bud but not by much...

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Photo of BruChef
2.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at a Jays game at Rogers Center. Appearance was dark red/brown with a decent head that diminished after about a minute. Smelled somewhat of caramel and light cereal. Taste was bland, unbalanced and lacking somehow in both malt and hop flavor although the hops were just a little more prevalent than the malt. Reminded me of miller light with food coloring added except you could taste the food coloring too. mouth feel was light and luckily easy enough to slug down during a hot day at the ball park. Would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of DIM
2.32/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: This was a clear coppery amber color. It was served to me with a medium sized head that faded fairly quickly.

s: Very little to speak of. Very faint floral hops and a little hint of something sweet.

t: This was pretty bland. There was a little caramel sweetness that was a touch off. mostly just a generic "beer" flavor.

m: Not bad, but the carbonation faded pretty quickly.

d: Saw it on tap and had never heard of it so I gave it a try.

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Photo of Barraclou
2.33/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I went to vacation for two weeks and here's what I see advertised everywhere back home. If I like the Keith's IPA (regular green label) and red beers, it might worth a try (even if that brand seems now to be marketed too hard by Labatt / Interbrew).

Apperance: It is quite weird. When I pour it, it was a reddish orange fluid, but it changes to a reddish brown with a little white head in my glass. Not impressed, but I saw worst elsewhere.

Smell: Not really good. Just some macro smell and nothing else to let you appreciate it for real.

Taste: Nothing to make you calling your mother. Way too bitter, then just a generic ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Well, it is probably the best part of the review. It burn a little bit my palate, but I like its creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It is disappointing. Yes, it is ale, but I feel ripped off. For a domestic (canadian) macro, I still prefer their green label IPA or a Kokanee. This ale is another Labatt macro under a fancy label.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A 20oz pint at Ceili's, an Irish-themed pub across the alley from my condo, and a popular after-work location to kvetch and such, with my fellow downtown colleagues.

This beer arrives at the table appearing a clear, dark bronze, reddish amber hue, with a thin cap of wispy, bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few swaths of weirdly sudsy lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of muted, semi-sweet, and lightly caramelized grain, toasted corn, and a bit of wet grass and sour vegetation. The taste is plain, bland caramel malt, some dry grain, origins well obfuscated - like that old box of breakfast cereal that you still thought was 'ok' - some weak floral hoppiness, but not enough to make any difference, and an unpleasant, sour metallic character, that only gets worse as it warms.

The carbonation is quite high, but thankfully only in a mostly innocuous, frothy manner, somewhat masking many of the actual 'flavours', the body on the light side, and very macro lager like in its smoothness, go figure. It finishes off-dry, same shit, same channel.

In the end, this is very much in the same vein as those stale Shreddies that you can't remember buying, as already alluded to. I admittedly have a love/hate relationship with this beer - I had it for the first time the night that I met my girlfriend (the beer options were limited, I was the whisky), and now, under veritable scrutiny (shah, right!), it duly withers.

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Photo of OldSock
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Brought back from Canada by Jaymirage's parents. Crystal clear amber with some red tones. Thin white head that quickly falls to a thin misty covering.

Smell – Mild grainy aroma, and a hint of roast. I also pick up some DMS.

Taste – Similar to the aroma, dry with some grain and a bit of caramel. Not much going on, but its pretty clean.

Mouthfeel – Rather thin with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – A Canadian answer to Killian's me thinks. Not particularly unpleasant, but there really isn't much to complain about.

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Photo of nighthawk
2.44/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

473 mL (16 oz) can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish amber, crystal clear, with a moderate white head that sticks around briefly. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is sweet grain, very light leafy hops and a cooked veggie odour.

Mild sweet malt taste, followed by a slight corn, with a cooked veggie and grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly slick and sticky, with very little carbonation. It's a bit too thin and watery.

Not even a middle-of-the-road amber, this beer is too sweet and sticky to be refreshing, but not robust either. Perhaps not overly offensive bit it's not a pleasure to drink. Avoid if possible.

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Photo of EatsTacos
2.44/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The best aspect of this beer is the gorgeous colour that it pours.

Poured this into a tall lager glass. Good two finger head disapeared right away, almost no lacing.

Aroma is sweet malt and some roasted grain. Some fruit, grapes?

The flavours are sweet malty grain, phenol, extract?, uh I wish I could say I tasted hops but it would be a lie, caramel malts are detected

Mouthfeel is way overcarbonated, and the body is too light IMO.

This beer is drinkable, I would try it on tap but I don't think I'd buy it again.

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Photo of jaymirage
2.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What's kind of funny about this was when my family were on vacation for the first time in Montreal, I begged them to bring back some sort of local, markedly unobtainable craft brew. They managed to conveniently pick up Alexander Keith's at a gas station on their way back to the States, which, I suppose, is just as good.

Appearance is definitely brownish, with flecks of amber. Carbonation evident. No visible head retention.

Taste is smooth. Inoffensive. The hop profile is rather nice, actually. Not much going on here, though.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated. Smooth and slightly fruity; sort of thinnish, too. Drinkability? This might make an ideal session beer. Verdict: better than a Killians.

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Photo of berley31
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Poured with a small, off-white head, and a clear, amber-colored body... really, nothing special to look at. Nothing special to smell, either: light malt; what you would expect from a quickly-churned out amber. The body was light and texture thin, with average carbonation. Flavor was short-lived, lightly sweet. Not bad for Alexander Keith's, but not a good amber ale at all... just boring.

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Photo of CanuckRover
2.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Not a Keith's fan, their, ahem, "IPA" literally makes me feel ill (seriously, I'm not just bashing). Nonetheless, was at a restaurant last night with a craptacular beer selection and figured I'd try something different.

Nice looking. Deep red. On tap gave it a really nice white head with some staying power and some surprisingly decent lacings.

Chalky macro smell. *sigh*

Pretty tasteless overall. It definately fits into the style, a very British feel to this one. Buttery bread, slightly floral hops and a sort of fruity malt backbone, I get raspberries. I'm being pretty generous here. Chalky, macro aftertaste, blah.

Horrible body, like drinking water.

A decent enough macro, I'd certainly take it over Keith's IPA, but it's relatively tasteless and way too thin.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small shortlived head and minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet and weak. There's a bit of cooked cereal and sourness in the nose as well. The taste is one dimensional and sweet with some astringent flavors. Hops are very restrained. A bit of caramel is muddled in the background. The mouthfeel is medium and somewhat coating. The finish is sweet and malty.

This is the best Keith's beer Ive tried. Its still pretty lackluster though. They need to start using hops.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another left-over...

A - Pours a light amber colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Musty buttered bread, grassy notes and a hint of caramel.

T - Very mild, almost as light as their 'light' ale. Musty, metallic buttered bread, sweet corn and the caramel lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A poor example of the style, and lacks the flavour that a good amber ale would typically have. A mass produced ale that appears amber, but bears no resemblence to the style.

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Photo of biggred1
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber with a small creamy eggshell head that leaves a touch of lace behind. The nose is very faint and subdued some light toasted malt and just the faintest suggestion of spice. Mild sweet malty flavors with just the faintest suggestion of hops for balance. The mouthfeel is very similar to a diet coke, watery with a ton of fizzy carbonation. Not much going on with this one.

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Photo of Shadman
2.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

figured a $5.00 hit at the local draft bar is cheaper than $20+/case for a beer that may or may not suck.

decent looking red ale..certainly has the copper red mahogany color down pat. Clear as clear with a tan head that showed decent head and good lacing.

Had a real tuff time picking up any sort of aroma from this beer.

Smoother, more full bodied than teir so-called IPA. Having said that, the over-all flavour is balnd. Can't nail the malt taste..not really caramel, but almost leathery in taste if that's even possible.

At least it's closer to a ARA than their other offering is to an IPA

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Photo of ffejherb
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle on 4/8/09.

A - Poured a dark amber/reddish copper color with half a finger of bubbly beige head that quickly dispersed into a patchy film and left very sparse lacing.

S - Faint caramel and grainy malts with a light floral hop presence. Pretty muted aroma overall.

T - Macro-esque flavor with grainy and generic malty notes paired with a subtle hop presence suggesting light floral notes. Finish is sweet with suggestions of bready malt.

M - Light bodied with a watery texture and prickly carbonation. Not very bitter, but rather quite sweet on the palate.

D - Pretty quaffable, but definitely not memorable at all. This is a very ho-hum red amber ale.

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