Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale | Alexander Keith's

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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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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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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a clear, amber body, topped with a finger and a half of off white head. The foam settles quickly but leaves thick lace on the glass.

S - A sweet caramel aroma with some herbal hops.

T - lightly toasted malt and some grassy hops. a dry, toasty finish with light bitterness.

M - medium body, average carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - there isn't much going in in this beer, but it is drinkable and completely inoffensive. If nothing else, it its an unusually good looking beer.

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5/5  rDev +74.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

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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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2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice clear amber colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of bready/grainy malts with slight caramel and some light grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy taste with some light caramel and light grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with fairly bland flavours and aromas.

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2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - One finger of fluffy, light-beige head after a gentle pour. Deep amber red hue sits below a decently retained head. Doesn't look half bad. Impressive lacing for a Keith's brew.

S - Bready grains and light caramel malt. A light earthy, grassy aroma lingers in the background.

T - For a split second I thought I tasted a well hopped ale as the brew started off, only to have it finish with a slightly sour, metallic grain finish. Way too close to a macro-lager in this department to be considered an amber ale. And while this is a clear step up from most fizzy, golden-yellow lagers, it doesn't really do anything for me.

M - Little carbonation with a fairly thin body. Could be worse. Dries my mouth out by the end.

D - It sort of irks me that Keith's try to market their beers as real craft beers, yet their catalog seems to be filled with watery brews that are only a minor step up from boring macro-lagers. This ale is alright, and I'd take it over a gross Corona or something any day, but this really isn't anything special.

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2.87 out of 5 based on 216 ratings.
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